Comics I read in January 2018 – Reading Wrap Up

I finished a total of seven (!!!!!) trades/graphic novels in January which is…. very atypical but not unwelcome. TBH counting comic books, I read 16 books in January sooooooo I’m splitting this month up into YA novels, Adult novels and comics. Same deal as last wrap up – read the synopsis on the Goodreads links if you really need to. I do not have time to like. Write out what happens in every book I read.

  • Through the Woods , Written and Drawn by Emily Carroll
    • Rating: 5/5
    • Thoughts: I got this from my cousin for Christmas! A lot of Emily Carroll’s comics have been published online and I’ve read all of them several times. And then I found out she has a published horror comic anthology!!! It’s atmospheric and creepy as hell, and just a really fun spooky read! The stories aren’t heavy on the plotting, but definitely make up for all of that with Carroll’s incredible art and color. I will say, this comic collection is genuinely really unsettling and not for the faint of heart.
  • March: Book 1, Written by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, Drawn by Nate Powell
    • Rating: 5/5
    • Thoughts: My significant other got me the entire collection for Christmas, and I’ve only been able to dive into the first volume as of now. It is a really phenomenal autobiographical comic. The first volume is mostly about John Lewis’ childhood and early beginnings in the civil rights movement, but its a powerful illustration of what motivated him to become such a large part of the Civil Rights movement. And while the art is good, it really is John Lewis’ voice that makes this such a good read. I’m really looking forward to picking up the next two volumes in February for Black History Month.

  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1, Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Drawn by Brian Stelfreeze

    • Rating: 4.25/5
    • Thoughts: I really enjoyed my first romp into the Black Panther comics. The art is incredibly striking – both the linework and the coloring is just incredible. And I really did like the story construct, the characters, and the illusions to African mythos that are littered throughout the book. I wasn’t super into with how the story was constructed though – there were a couple parts that seemed kind of odd or just super not easy to follow. I have the second trade on my shelf right now though, and I enjoyed it more than enough to pick up the second.
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

    • Rating: 5/5
    • Thoughts: My SO had read this and finally encouraged me to pick this up, and it really did not disappoint. This book reminds me a lot of Maus in all the right ways — it’s set up as both a memoir for the author and a biography of her parents life in Vietnam, before, during and after the war. This is a moving read — I laid down on my couch and felt so… full of emotions when I’d finished. Bui weaves together a wonderful story about family and motherhood, change and survival in a very beautiful, powerful way. The art is incredibly suited for the story as well – I especially loved the water coloring she used. It really helped the line work stand out, while not distracting from the story. I also had the pleasure of meeting the author of this graphic novel during last years San Diego Comic Con, so my copy is signed (and she was INCREDIBLY lovely). Please pick up this book if you like graphic novels or memoirs at all. It is a read you will not forget.
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One, Written by Michael Dante DiMartino and Drawn by Irene Koh

    • Rating: 3.75/5
    • Thoughts: This was a solid follow up to the show (though I say this as someone who has… mixed feelings about the whole thing). Koh’s art here is on par with Gurihiru for the avatar comics, which is a pretty impressive feat, considering Gurihiru is a Gold Standard in Avatar Comic Art. The story is pretty standard Korra fare, except there’s also Korra x Asami which if I’m being 1000% honest is the main reason I bought this. Gotta support my girls. I like the plot well enough, and I’m curious to see where it goes. Not much else to say about it… the art and the characters are definitely what make this good
  • Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

    • Rating: 4.25/5
    • Thoughts: I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile, and I had an amazon gift card to spend, so I FINALLY picked it up. And it was… A lot better than I expected! I thought all I’d get a fun adventure read, which I definitely did, but both Delilah and Selim are very compelling, very likeable protagonists. It’s charming, funny, and the art is top notch for the kind of historical comedic story its telling. It’s got a lot of heart and I’m really happy I finally got around to reading it. The third book is going to come out later this year, so hopefully I’ll pick the second one up before that comes out.
  • Motor Crush, Vol. 1, Written by Brendan Fletcher and Drawn by Cameron Stewart

    • Rating: 3.75/5
    • Thoughts: Another fun comic read to close out the month. Bad ass girls riding bikes, kicking ass and being in love. What more could I want??? It’s a story ripped straight out of a classic anime with great art. I can’t say I really…. understand what was going on by the end of the trade, but I’m thinking they’ll explain a bit more as time goes on. I enjoyed it well enough. I’m not in a hurry to pick up the next trade, but it’s definitely made it to my to-read list

All in All, I read 3 really great 5 star reads this month, and 4 others that were pretty damn good as well. And I definitely have more – You should SEE the amount of comics on my to read shelf. Maybe next month will have a similar…. large amount of comics.

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