Comics/Graphic Novels I read in October 2018 – Reading Wrap Up

The spooky season has come and gone, and with it come the wrap ups. Here are four comics I managed to read throughout the month which considering one was like 1400 pages long and the other weighed as much as a textbook, I’d say is pretty damn impressive. The other two were just some typical trades just to balance out the huge books I frontloaded at the beginning of the month.

  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris

    • Rating: 5/5
    • Thoughts: Another one of the books that I picked up during San Diego Comic Con! I’d heard some great things about this from Possibly Literature over on youtube, and just from general comic reviews, so I finally picked up and read this beast.
    • And holy shit y’all, the hype is so REAL. What an absolute masterpiece! First off, the art in this is just. An absolute show-stopper. The sketched detail is a super unique look – I’ve just never seen anything like it. Ferris’ work is incredibly expressive while still being just amazing.
    • While the story took a bit to grow on me, when it gets going, it really fucking gets going. The main character is absolutely precious child and the world that Ferris paints is both monstrous and terrible and so fucking real. I grew to look forward to reading more and more of this everyday, piecing together peoples lives and the wild story that Ferris was putting together. (Also it’s just… fucking sad. Did I mention this book is fucking sad?God it’s sad. I was on the verge of tears multiple times). Ferris just does an stellar job of capturing that kid voice and telling just one hell of a story with it
    • I do have to say, I don’t think this will be for everyone. It’s a bit of a bizarre romp through 1960s Chicago with a protagonist that is a quintessential kid sister character who just hears and goes through a bunch of shit. It’s also long and wordy as hell. But it’s worth it if you give it a shot. I PROMISE.
    • Honestly why are you reading this. Go read My Favorite Things is Monster instead. Whatever I have to say about it isn’t nearly as interesting and good as this one. Pick it up and in the meantime I’ll be pining for the second volume.

  • Bone: The Complete Edition by Jeff Smith
    • Rating: 4.25/5
    • Thoughts: This one was… sort of a reread? I’d read the first couple volumes of Bone through 90s magazines (particularly Disney Adventure ) and I absolutely adored it. So I was really curious to see if I’d feel the same in the like…. 10-15 years its been since I’ve read it. And to see how the darn thing actually ends.
    • I have to start this review with the obvious – Jeff Smith is an absolute master of page composition, character design and background. I want panels of Bone framed in my fucking HOUSE it’s absolutely stunning. And the quality absolutely never lets up throughout the entire 10 book saga. Smith is absolutely PAINSTAKING with this quality on each panel. That in of itself is something worth applauding.
    • I think though as an adult, the weakest part of Bone is the story. I think the beginning of the comic has a really good mystery and atmosphere to it that kind of loses touch a bit as the story goes on. It’s trying SO hard to be EPIC that it loses some of its charm.
    • While some of the slapstick in this is still absolutely incredible, the two comedic based characters in this book are…. just so hard to deal with as an adult. Smiley, while annoying, isn’t enough to detract from the story. Phoney Bone IS. After the first couple volumes I started absolutely despising him. He is just horrible through and through and absolutely no fun as the book goes on.
    • I mean, all the characters are super memorable though. I came out of the book really sad to see them go, which I was surprised about. While most of the characters aren’t like works of masterful development, they’ve got a lot of heart and genuine emotion behind them. I still love Fone Bone and Thorn, and I love their strength and relationship throughout the entire series. Even when some of the more “”kid-friendly”” elements got on my nerves, this series is full of heart, and it still really resonated with me.
    • Another thing to note is that Bone is almost completely self-published and self made. Jeff Smith even did his own lettering in this! And I think that within itself is pretty damn impressive. This is a TOME of a work to complete mostly on your own.
    • If you want another opinion, everyone’s favorite modern fantasy author Brandon Sanderson wrote a pretty good review of it over on goodreads that I mostly found myself in agreement with, so take a look at that.
    • Honestly, kids will fucking eat this book up. Give this series to them if they show interest in comics. Hell, it’d be a great book to read aloud at bed time. I still absolutely adore Bone, but I will admit I may have some nostalgia on that front.
  • Gotham Academy, Vol. 3: Yearbook by a lot of people.

    • Rating: 3/5
    • Thoughts: I’m still probably one of Gotham Academy’s number one fans, but this volume for sure didn’t do much for me. It kind a filler/anthology comic about the characters before the second arc starts up, and the stories were a super mixed bag in both quality of story and art. I guess I get what they were trying to do, but I don’t think it worked super well. Gotham Academy works for me because of its atmosphere, characters and general longform mystery and emotional core. Which I just don’t think is as compelling in short/bite size stories.
    • I mean I still love the cast of Gotham Academy a ton, so it wasn’t a total loss, but they just were not enough to carry it. The only good thing about this I would say is that as long as you generally remember what goes on, you’ll be able to keep up with this.
    • OH and also Mingjue Helen Chen, also known as one of my favorite comic artists did a bunch of the covers for this. Her stuff is soooo good and so suited for Gotham Academy I hope she can sell some of these covers as prints cause i fucking WANT ONE so fucking bad.
  • Silk, Volume 3: The Clone Conspiracy, Written by Robbie Thompson and Illustrated by Irene Strychalski

    • Rating: 3.25/5
    • Thoughts: SPEAKING OF CHEN I did end up buying the cover of this trade as a print from her at the last SDCC because of course one of my favorite artists did covers for two of my favorite mainstream comics.
    • Getting off that tangent, this is was about on level with the second volume of Silk for me. First off, the book went off the rails for a spiderverse crossover event, and then the comic got cancelled so it had to wrap up super unsatisfactorily, Which is such a shame! Silk is good when she’s allowed to be a character, when we’re allowed to explore her feelings and talk about her personal life as well as balancing out the bullshit that comes with being a superhero. This book had some super good moments of that with her family, and it just had to drop it for the endgame and the tie in event.
    • All in all, Silk is a series that started out really strong that I think got lost in Marvel’s mandates and got cancelled too soon. If you are still interested, I’d pick up the first volume (aka volume 0 I know marvel sucks) and see if you can jive with it. If you do, I still think this is a pretty solid superhero comic, if nothing great.
    • I still absolutely would die for Cindy moon though no one is going to fucking take away my love for her.
    • And does anyone know if she ever has a crossover with Kamala or America or Kate Bishop because if she does I’m going to literally die.

Hopefully my november will be…. slightly less ambitious. Though I don’t know how I could be MORE ambitious considering I went through TEN VOLUMES OF BONE. Look out for the YA/Middle grade wrap up and adult book wrap up coming you way in the next couple days.

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