I read FIVE comics and graphic novels! Woo! Back on pace with the ridiculous backlog that I have on my bookself and my digital library. I read 9 other books this month as well, and I have some…. spicy controversial opinions about those. Though for comics, as usual, I enjoyed pretty much every one I picked up. Though maybe not as much as the ones I picked up within the last couple months. I think those I rated… a lot higher than I rated these ones.
- My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
- Rating: 5/5
- Thoughts: FUCK This is fucking good. This is really really good. This manga does an INCREDIBLE job of discussing and confronting shit like mental health, alienation and sexuality from the pov of a Japanese woman. The parts where he discusses her isolation and depression are painfully relatable and meaningful. I don’t want to spoil it, but there’s the end of one of the chapters that really resonated with my own mental health struggles and how I had to cope with them in order to just continue existing everyday that it just…. ooof. Another part that sticks out to me of the top of my head is where she discusses her attraction to women and hires a female escort, just so she can like. Try and experience what its like to be with a woman and feel a semblance of emotional closest which is just… so heartbreaking. God, she is great and just making you feel like your there, feeling that same shit. It really shows that this was written and drawn with a ton of heart. DEFINITELY pick this book up. It’s really really good.
- Possible TW for: Depression, Suicide idealation. There’s also some nudity but it’s not graphic.
- Silk, Volume 2: The Negative, Written by Robbie Thompson and Drawn by Stacey Lee and Tana Ford
- Rating: 3.25/5
- Thoughts: I loved the first two volumes of Silk. (This series starts with volume 0… I know very confusing) They’re just really really solid comic fun with a really interesting and lovable heroine. But this one…. didn’t do it for me as much. Silk is still a powerhouse of a character, who I will defend til my dying fucking DAY, but the latter part of this book resolves one of the plot threads that’s been there since the beginning in such a…. meh way. It was kinda disappointing, especially since I felt that they’d done a really interesting job beforehand. I also didn’t really LOVE the art in this book – it was super hit and miss for some of the volumes. The resolution of the plot line at the beginning of the book was some great comic book fun though, and all and all, it was just a disappointing chapter for a hero who until now hadn’t done much wrong. Still worth the read.
- Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra, Written by Kevin Panetta and Drawn by Paulina Ganucheau
- Rating: 4/5
- Thoughts: This was such a pleasant surprise! For one, all the character design is on point, the most important thing about any magical girl inspired book. Every one of the main heroines is so much fun and feel super distinct and lovable. Second, I think it does a really great job of paying homage and challenging the usual magical girl narrative we’re used to. I really loved the struggle that the characters went through, especially the main character. Though I really do think it is the art that sells this book in its entirety. Ganucheau should do more sequential work! This looked really really good! If you want to pick up a fun comic with a lot of heart and that looks fucking gorgeous, this will be the perfect read for you. Also the day is saved by two girls kissing which honestly? Should be a plot point in everything ever.
- Jem and the Holograms Volume 1: Showtime, Written by Kelly Thompson, Drawn by Sophie Campbell
- Rating: 3/5
- Thoughts: I have a confession to make: I have absolutely no nostalgia for the original Jem and the holograms. I’d heard good things about this book though, and I’d gotten it in a bundle, so I picked up. And… it’s fine! I think there were a couple elements, such as the entirety of Jerrica and Kimber’s character, that were VAST improvements to anything I remember in the show, and the art really has that glam 80s aesthetic going that is just phenomenal and completely on brand. I admire it for taking some of the ideas of the show and making something a bit more meaningful and interesting. I just don’t think this is my kind of story though. If you’re into the kind of fun ridiculous drama and relationships I’d give this a look, but that kind of thing just…. really isn’t my taste at all.
- Draupadi: The Fire Born Princess, Written by Saraswati Nagpal and Drawn by Chandu
- Rating: 3/5
- Thoughts: My SO’s mom bought this for me for Christmas, and I was in the real mood to pick up some more mythology, so I took a gander at this. I’m not super familiar with Hindu mythology other than the Ramayama, but this was super super interesting! I have to say though, I think the book really does suffer from the medium it’s told in, and who it decides to focus on. As far as I understood, this book only covers part of another large Indian epic, and it really shows. I think this would work a lot more a potential supplement if you’re already familiar with the tale, but as someone who was just stepping in for the first time, I found myself looking around online a bit more than I really wanted to. It also wasn’t… a well written graphic novel. It felt more like…. a book with pictures if that makes sense? I’d usually be more critical of, but since this is a story I’d never heard before, from an interesting perspective, it bumped up the score a little for me. I can’t really recommend it, but I don’t regret reading it.
Alright, I’ve got 4 YA books and 5 adult books that I got to talk about next! Stay tuned – I’ve actually got some real heavy negative opinions on those ones. It’ll be fun. You’ll hear me complain even more than I do now.