Graphic Novels Read in Early 2016 Part I

Although it may seem like it, I haven’t forgotten my comics and graphic novels in 2016, I’ve just forgotten to post them. Today I thought I’d get started on posting the books I’ve read since the New Year started… nearly two-and-a-half months ago!

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The 2 Guys Review New Comics from Ethan Young, Jeff Lemire and Michael DeForge


It’s rare that Derek and I talk on The Comics Alternative Podcast about comics we don’t like, but it may be rarer still for us to talk about three comics that we really, really liked. I can safely say that all three of the titles we discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast are all very good. I hope you’ll check out the show and the comics themselves.

Comics discussed:

Nanjing: The Burning City – Ethan Young (Dark Horse)

Plutona #1 – Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire (Image)

Lose # 7 – Michael DeForge (Koyama)

Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men (2015) Brubaker, Epting, Breitweiser


Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men (2015) Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser (Image)
Trade paperback, 128 pages
ISBN 9781632152343
Retail $14.99

People have noted that the best espionage novelists have actually worked in the intelligence field: Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, John le Carré, to name a few. I don’t know if Ed Brubaker has a background in espionage, but then again, that wouldn’t exactly appear on his resume, would it? If Velvet is any indication, Brubaker has at least read a lot of spy stories, watched a lot of espionage films, and done his homework. Of course it doesn’t hurt that he’s a damn good writer.

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Criminal , Volume 1: Coward (2006/2015) Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips


One of the greatest pleasures of getting back into comics a few years ago was reading the entire Criminal series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (followed by reading everything else I could get my hands on by this creative team). Even if you’re not a fan of comics/graphic novels but enjoy noir films or crime stories – or just plain good storytelling – you should check out Coward, the first volume in the series, which was just reissued last month from Image. You can read my full review over at The Comics Alternative.