Continuing to catch up with all the graphic novels I’ve read in 2016 so far. (You can read Part I here.) This list takes us up to March, which I’ll post later this month or early next month.
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!
A bit late getting this one out… Hope you’ll find something of interest here:
We’ve still got one week left in September, but if I don’t get started now, I’ll never finish. I had a big weekend at SPX last weekend and you’ll see some of those books here and many more next time. Let’s get started…
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.
Nanjing: The Burning City – Ethan Young (Dark Horse)
Plutona #1 – Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire (Image)
Lose # 7 – Michael DeForge (Koyama)
Part II of the July graphic novels brought several surprises, a few of them highly recommended. Let’s get started…
It may appear that July is going to be a thin month in the graphic novel department, but I’m currently in the middle of a project that involves re-reading and studying an entire completed series which – while very enjoyable – is taking up a good bit of my reading time. More on that next time. For now, here’s what I’ve read during the first half of July:
Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men (2015) Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser (Image)
Trade paperback, 128 pages
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.
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.