Monday, July 18, 2016

The Lure of Comics

I have never been into reading comics despite having a hubby who was seriously into them while we were dating. The super quick stories that keeps you hanging from issue to issue never appealed to me. I am too impatient and greedy of a ready to patiently wait for issues to release. However, with the release of the Black Panther comics with a storyline written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, I gave into temptation and read my first comic book in decades. Yep, I said decades-over two! The fist issue of the new Black Panther series is beautifully illustrated and the story sucked me in, but you guessed it! You are given a little taste and then you are left drooling for more! This is the problem I have with comics. True fans don't mind though, and reading these will be a good lesson in patience for me. Thanks to a lovely man that I work with by the name of Jason, I am now very curious about other comics. I may even ask the hubby to break out his hundreds of comics that he has stashed away. Hmmm, I wonder how that will go...

Why I thought it was a good idea to go into a comic book store with a person who is as passionate and cray cray about comic books as I am about books, I'll never know. But it happened folks, and you KNOW that I didn't come out of there empty handed! My sweet Jason gifted me with a few comics that he thought I would enjoy, and of course, I added to them with a few of my own picks. I haven't read them yet, but they are prettily sitting where I can see them every day. I'm going to savor them a little and spread out reading them a bit. If you aren't into comics, but you find any of these interesting, you can order them online. But I highly recommend doing yourself a favor and visiting your local comic book store. It's much more fun. The people who work in these stores have tons of knowledge and recommendations. Just be careful, you'll come out with more than you intended! If you are a comic fan and know of a must read series that already has several issues out that I could eventually binge, please let me know in the comments. I do already have Saga on my radar because of my oldest daughter who says that I NEED to read them!

Happy Reading!

Gifted from Jason

Amazon  AGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN launches a brand-new ONGOING SERIES with superstar Wonder Woman artist CLIFF CHIANG! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure, starting with a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99! 

Amazon  Superstar SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz) makes his Image debut with an ALL-NEW SERIES! The Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness has arrived. In an adventure that ain't for the little kiddies, (unless you have super cool parents, then whatever), you'll meet Gert—a six year old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to find her way back home. Join Gert and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

Amazon  After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. DON’T MISS: NEW YORK TIMES best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.

Amazon  Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. Entertainment Weekly praised MONSTRESS as "one of Image Comics' most imaginative and daring new series" and dubbed it the "Best New Original Series" in their year-end "Best Comics of 2015" list. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6

What I added to the pile

Amazon  Maika struggles with the monster inside. (This is #5. I had to order 2-4)

Amazon  A battle ten millennia in the making is about to begin...with an all-new, prestige format mini-series from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man) & Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT) and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)!

The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers - those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed...and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy - a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives...and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has...THE VALIANT.

An entirely self-contained, new reader friendly comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.

Amazon  Cullen Bunn writes Conan! Alone, battle weary, and with nothing but his sword, Conan of Cimmeria faces his inevitable death in the arid wastes . . . but instead stumbles into a camp of Kozaki raiders. With a knife at his throat and a band of Turanian hunters at his back, will the half-dead barbarian find a new ally in the Kozaki chief? Covers by Lee Bermejo and Mark Schultz! A new number one...a perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

Amazon  Lunella Lafayette is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world- but learned the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous Inhuman genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call today. The pair is many things, and together the most amazing Marvel Team-Up. Marvel presents...Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur!

Amazon  BLACK PANTHER #2 RAHZZAH RUN JEWELS 2ND PTG VAR MARVEL COMICS (W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Brian Stelfreeze (CA) Rahzzah From Marvel Comics. The darkest chapter of the Black Panther mythos continues as Wakanda crumbles from within. Enter: The Midnight Angels! Two mysterious women leading the citizen revolt against the current regime of Wakanda, challenging not only T'Challa's politics but also his resolve. But will their rage provide more for the people than the royal family has thus far? Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend Brian Stelfreeze! Rated T. 

Amazon ( I bought the varient cover for this one, because-LOOK at it! Rawr!! Hotness!) The most anticipated Marvel series since Whedon & Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men! The Midnight Angels continue the liberation of Wakanda with extreme prejudice, and T'Challa's indecisions could cost him more than just the throne. Coates and Stelfreeze weave a quintessential Black Panther tale that will change the tapestry of the Marvel Universe forever.

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