- Posted by Johanna on June 15, 2011 at 11:39 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
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.