The Reading Pile – Week of 6/27/2018

Welcome to what I will call, The Reading Pile, these are some books I’ve read and what I think of them.

Here we go…


Shanghai Red 1 – Image Comics, released 6/20/2018

Starts as a 19th century nautical tale with a character named Jack murdering a ship full of “his” captors. Jack is actually named Red and is on a mission of vengeance. A really nice start here and I am very intrigued. Art is an accessible, but different style, reminiscent of Outcast. I’m in for issue 2 and this may be a candidate for my pull. 4 out of 5 stars.


The Terrifics 5 – DC Comics, released 6/27/2018

I’m a big Plastic Man fan so I knew I would be picking this up when I read the solicits. This is a really fun and underrated book blending science fiction, team superhero comics, and Doom Patrol quirkiness.  4 out of 5 stars.


Wonder Woman 49 – DC Comics, 6/27/2018

I’m finding Wonder Woman’s brother, Jason, tedious at this point. He’s just an annoying little brother type and that’s not the spirit in which he’s intended. Introduces The Dark Gods. There’s some good action and a great Jenny Frison cover, but I didn’t like this issue as much as I usually like my Wonder Woman comics. 3 out of 5 stars.


Kill or be Killed 20 – Image Comics, 6/27/2018

I’ll read anything by writer, Ed Brubaker and artist, Sean Phillips. They have been doing books for years and their synergy is palpable and I sometimes took it for granted how good this book really was. The series ended this week and it was pretty close to perfect. I encourage folks to read this and The Criminal series.  5 out of 5 stars.


Thor 2 – Marvel Comics, 6/27/2018

Really dialog heavy and the art is disconcerting at first, but it eventually won me over. This issue was mostly set up for future issues and Jason Aaron’s Thor stories can sometimes take awhile to get going. 3 out of 5 stars.


The Realm 7 – Image Comics, 6/27/2018

I go back and forth on this title. I LOVED issue 6 of the series, which was the 1st book back after a long layoff, but I found this issue kind of “meh.” I think I don’t find the protagonists all that endearing or original, but when the series features other elements I like it. Not a good sign, but it could be me. 3 out of 5 stars.


Descender 31 – Image Comics, 6/27/2018

Really great science fiction title and perhaps my favorite thing that Jeff Lemire has done. The art is sort of a water color style that is accessible and, well, cool. There are a ton of characters and plot points, but the main protagonist, Andy, had a companion robot, Tim, when he was a boy. Tim gets taken from him at some point and is a cornerstone of this robot revolution and they mash into each other as Andy is an adult now. There’s this renegade robot, called Driller, that is great, too. This is a poor summation of the title, but it’s worth your time and is ending next issue. Check it out 5 out of 5 stars.


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