You know what? It is a really good time for awesome fantasy comics about warrior women. Here are some of the ones I’m loving:
- Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
- The Legend of Bold Riley, by Leia Weathington, Marco Aidala, Konstantin Pogorelov, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan, and Jason Thompson
- Red Sonja, by Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni
- Princeless, by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin
- Princess Ugg, by Ted Naifeh
Do you have others you’re liking?
Here’s a thing I never have time for, but love doing. That’s right, it’s my picks of the week:
- Lumberjanes #5: The Lumberjanes are confined to camp for the day, but danger finds them anyway! Meanwhile, Jo has secrets and they might be connected to why our girls are getting a reputation as monster magnets. (Bonus points for use of my new favorite expletive, “Holy bell hooks!”)
- Madame Frankenstein #5: Vincent takes Gail out to a party to show off his creation, but thanks to both some sleuthing by Henry and Gail’s (Courtney’s?) blossoming self awareness, it looks like his fall is approaching. (More people to be talking about how great this book is, please!)
- She-Hulk #8: Jennifer agrees to represent Steve Rogers (now showing his age) in a wrongful death accusation. Cap’s a big profile client with an unblemished reputation, but Shulkie is still up for what looks like an epic legal battle!
- Honorable mention goes to Black Widow (now featuring Hawkeye) and The Woods.
P.S. If you want my weekly recommendations when I don’t have time to do the tumblr thing, head to twitter and follow LCSValkyries for Wednesday new comics recs from me and a whole slew of other awesome women working in comic shops around the world!
In tackling a gender-bent, psychedelically sci-fi version of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, comic-book writer Matt Fraction wanted a fittingly epic beginning. That is, until he learned that a 10-page foldout spread would break the presses.
An eight-pager, though? Totally doable.
The more I read about ODY-C the more I become absolutely certain that I am going to fall deeply in love with this book!
At the risk of turning this into more of a Matt Fraction appreciation blog than it already is, I have to talk about ODY-C again. We recently got the new Image Comics preview book at our store, so of course I immediately flipped through it. When I got to the pages for ODY-C I was actually unable to verbally express how beautiful they were. All I could do was stand there and stare at the splash of colors, the incredible design, and the intricate layouts. These preview pages are so beautiful, I can barely stand them! Christian Ward is an insanely talented artist and after seeing his character sketches at Image Expo I was prepared for the art to be gorgeous.
I wasn’t prepared for how emotional I got when I read those first pages of clearly classically inspired, epic narration full of female pronouns. It was one of those moments of being hit really hard by the realization that I’ve been missing something and then finally finding it. I actually felt something similar when I first read Suzie’s preteen search for sex ed, but that was more my adult desire to see an experience being represented. What’s happening here is somehow deeper. This is hitting me hard in the parts of me that are still a little girl reading Greek mythology, in particular devouring stories about clever Odysseus who solves his problems with his wits, and wishing I could more easily find myself in them. As a child I desperately wanted to see the story about the brainy hero who gets through adventures on smarts with a protagonist who reminded me more of myself. And as I read the first panel, here it was:
Clever Odyssia and her clever plan to win the war with Troia that had stretched across an entire century.
I don’t know yet whether or not I’m going to relate strongly to Fraction and Ward’s Odyssia (and as an adult I have much less interest in being compared to Odysseus), but even before its release ODY-C has started to fulfill a childhood dream that I hadn’t realized I was still holding onto.
Look, just click through to that article and look at the preview pages. Or stop by your LCS and see if they can show you the preview book in person. You’ll see for yourself. Of course if our store is the one you stop by, I’m more likely to make an awkward growling noise than say any of this because UNF, that art! But yeah. This book.
November can’t come soon enough!
You can find more context here, but basically the creators of Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky, have been playing what amounts to a game of Internet Chicken with Heather & Juliette at Fantastic Comics.
It started when Matt & Chip celebrated their 4th printing by posing for a photo cover with the original printing of Sex Criminals #1, and Heather & Juliette responded by posing with that cover. Things spiralled from there.
It’s been as entertaining to watch as Sex Criminals has been to read (which, if you’re not already, you should be doing. Now.), so when the latest photo in the series was posted, and Kieron Gillen wondered whether anyone had made an infinitely looping video of it, I felt like I should make that happen. (Better quality video available here if the .gif is too small/grainy)
So, OMG! This is a thing that happened!
The thing about Brimpception is it’s NEVER over!
Mostly because the Fantastic Comics Valkyries just don’t quit. :)
Hello, tumbly followers. I’m back home from four days at SDCC volunteering for the awesome folks at imagecomics. It was crazy fun and super busy, so now I’m catching up on the announcements I missed while I was at the con.
By far my favorite announcement was the reveal of the cover art for the upcoming Saga hardcover. The first hint I had that I would love Saga was that image of Alana breastfeeding with her gun in one hand. Such a simple, subversive, awesome depiction of motherhood right up front made me assume the rest of the book would be just as exciting. It was an accurate advertisement for what quickly became my very favorite title being published!
Then there was “controversy” about the cover because apparently breasts, and in particular the breasts of women of color, should only exist to be sexualized. I love that the hardcover collection is a big “fuck you” to all those naysayers from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and I can’t wait for all the exciting conversations about gender issues I’ll get to have with clueless customers about gender issues as a result. If possible I think I now love Saga just a little bit more.