Good Comics Out June 15

Summer’s here, and what’s better for lazy reading than some good comics?

Pick of my week are the graphic novels from First Second. Anya’s Ghost is one of the strongest stories I’ve read this year, and while Level Up didn’t speak to me as directly, I think boys might find it compelling in showing video games as a positive life experience. I haven’t reviewed Astronaut Academy Zero Gravity yet — soon, I hope! — but it’s a really meaty chunk of imaginative kid comedy. In outer space!

Also in the science fiction humor genre is the latest installment of Girl Genius. We’re now up to volume 10, Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse (Airship Entertainment, $22.95). The books can be a little pricey, but they’re in glossy color, and I always find the wacky adventures amusing and creative.

Speaking of wacky, Ed recommends Toriko Book 5 (Viz, $9.99) as “almost the perfect summer read” — assuming you’re familiar with the series so far.

On the periodical side, I continue enjoying Batgirl #22 and Tiny Titans #41 (both DC, $2.99), so I’m going to read them while I have them. Come September, I’m really going to miss Stephanie’s stories. From Marvel, my favorite superhero team currently is Generation Hope, and #8 is out today for $2.99.

If you’re too summer lazy to read, GraphicAudio has the perfectly timed CD version of the Green Lantern: Sleepers story — only it’s Kyle Rayner, not Hal Jordan, starring in this adaptation. I suspect most listeners won’t care.

I’ve been catching up on my superhero movies of summers past lately, wading through our stack of DVDs, and our most recent viewing was the two Fantastic Four films. I didn’t mind rewatching them, since they were entertaining in their own ways, but my favorite part of the special edition DVDs were the comic-book documentaries. I gained a new appreciation for a concept I’d never cared much about before, which is my long-winded way of saying I should probably read Fantastic Four by Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo Ultimate Collection Volume 1 (Marvel, $24.99), since it seems like an affordable way to get some really good FF stories.

7 Responses to “Good Comics Out June 15”

  1. Grant Says:

    I really like the documentary on Kirby that came with the dvd of the first film. I think I’ve watched that at least a dozen times since I bought it. I didn’t find the documentaries on the second film all that entertaining. Probably because there was no new information.

    Also, if you haven’t seen it, the new Planet of the Apes series from Boom is pretty good. The two main lead characters are women so that’s also pretty cool.

  2. David Oakes Says:

    I picked up Anya’s Ghost from the library. It is a wonderful book, definitely deserving of a Neil Gaiman pull-quote.

  3. Matthew Jeske Says:

    I heartily recommend the Waid-Wieringo Fantastic Four book. They were great comics, with a sense of humor, and a lot of fun ideas.

  4. James Schee Says:

    I remember really liking the first issue (iwas like 25 cents right?) of W/W FF so I might look for that trade.

    The Young Astronauts book series for YA was one of my favorite series as a kid, so I’ll look for that Astronauts Academy book.

    For those looking for something else to read, they may want to check out the Kickstart Comics ( )which are available at most Wal-Mart stores. I picked up 8 of the little GNs,which are 60 or so color pages for $3 each. Haven’t read much of them yet, but The Book of Lilah has been especially fun.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Wow, that’s good pricing. I hadn’t been paying attention to their releases because they sounded like another of these wannbe-movie-pitch comic companies, but Book of Lilah does sound cute.

  6. James Schee Says:

    Its nifty, there isn’t a lot of established comic talent on these I picked up. Though Jim Fern (drew GL and some CrossGen among others) draws one and B Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) writes a thriller.

    Two of the others I have are written by writers who worked on Pushing Daisy. Yet really at $3 for that many pages I would have tried them for complete unknowns.

    I’d like to find some of their other books now Mirror Mirror that Darwyn Cooke contributed to, and I see Amanda Conner contributed to two others.

  7. ~chris Says:

    I’d been waiting for a full-length book by Vera Brosgol ever since I first saw her art in Hopeless Savages B-Sides, and Anya’s Ghost did not disappoint. It was wonderful and surprising. I hope the wait for Vera’s second book isn’t as long!




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