Sunday, June 23, 2013

My favorite comic books at the moment.

Saga Volume 1, 2012
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Fiona Staples
Collects issues #1-6

Goodreads Summary
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
Saga is a fairly new comic series. It was published in March of 2012.  I was on my kindle and I saw the cover in my comics app.  The first two issues of Saga were advertised as free so I went ahead and checked it out.  I normally don't read digital comics, but I'm glad I did this time.  I was hooked from page one.  I haven't been so engulfed in a world like this since when I was reading Harry Potter as a kid.

After reading the first two issues, I went to my local comic book store to buy the first volume.  This book is weird.  It's a cross between Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet.  There are talking cats, disembodied babysitter who is missing her bottom half, robots with television heads having sex, and a weird, bare chested spider lady with no arms.  It has some weird shit going on and I love it.

Volume 2 comes out July 2nd!!!!!

Rachel Rising, 2011
Written and drawn by Terry Moore

Goodreads Summary
 Rachel wakes up at sunrise on a shallow grave in the woods and discovers the freshly murdered body in the dirt is her own. With events of the previous night a blur, Rachel seeks out her boyfriend Phillip. But Phillip has a new girl now and Rachel is beginning to suspect she rose from the grave for a reason... revenge! (volume 1)
Rachel and Jet will not stay dead. It's a mystery to the two BFFs, but they suspect it has something to do with a 10-year old serial killer and a witch who wants revenge on Manson, the little town with a wicked past. (volume 2)
I put the blurbs for both volume 1 and 2 to give you a better picture of what the story is about.  Terry Moore is my favorite writer in comics. I'm a huge fan of Strangers in Paradise and Echo.  The man is super talented.  He has great female characters and I really appreciate that.  Anyways, this horror comic is fantastic.  It is slowly paced, but in a good way.  You leave each issue wanting to know more.

Rachel literally rising

Good news!  We might be seeing Rachel Rising on the small screen!  Rachel Rising is the first title to be picked up by Alcon Television Group.  I bet they're hoping Rachel Rising will be the next big hit since The Walking Dead tv show has become so popular.

By the way, a quick look at and it shows that issue #1 of Rachel Rising is selling for $149.95. That's insane.

Kabuki, Vol.1: Circle of Blood, 1994
Written and drawn by David Mack

Goodreads Summary
In a story that spans Japan's history and future, and alludes to the haunting traditions of the Japanese Ghost story, Kabuki: Circle of Blood touches on the interdependence between organized crime and politics in Japan.

This series is set in an alternate near future Japan where the protagonist, Kabuki, is an enforcement agent and television personality for the government called The Noh.  If The Noh identify a person or group that may be potentially dangers then they send Kabuki or their other agents to eliminate the threat.  She was brought into this world by a brutal rape and her mother eventually dies while giving birth.  This graphic novel is bloody, beautiful, and tragic.  If you're a fan of the medium then you should definitely pick this one up.  I've only read the first volume, but my birthday is coming up and the other volumes are definitely on my wishlist.

So, there you have it. Three of my favorite books in comics at the moment.

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