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I went shopping for goodies at my LCS yesterday. I enjoyed it muchly. And here are the results!

New things:
Thor #1 - Aaron, Dauterman
This is what I went to the store for, but also the purchase I ended up feeling least excited about. Partly it's that this is a set-up issue, in which the ground is laid for the female Thor revealed on the last page. (Well, "revealed"; we still don't know who she is. From the set-up in the issue I thought I knew, but consensus says no.)

Partly it's that Odin's back from wherever he was, and he's odious in this, completely undermining Freyja and dismantling the All-Mother triumvirate, which I am really sorry to see go. It's fairly clear that Aaron knows Odin's being terrible, but that doesn't make me enjoy it more. Blargh. Yuck.

Partly it just feels a lot less adventurous and more hidebound than the other comics I bought. Superheroing, check. Unambiguous bad guy, check. IDK. I'm not sold yet (which feels weird to say, because I'm on-board with the concept and with female-centric comics generally - possibly I will be much more convinced when we see more of actual female Thor).

Oddly enough, one of the parts I did enjoy a lot was Thor Odinson, who spends half the issue mourning over Mjolnir, which won't let him wield it anymore. IDK, I felt for him. Also he was very attractively drawn. I'm just saying.

Art in general is very enjoyable. I linked to that panel of Thor on the goat, underwater, swimming away from the frost giant, and really, if you ever need my attention in a comic, something alive and REALLY BIG is a surefire way to go. In general I like Dauterman's clean lines.

Copperhead #1 - Faerber, Godlewski/Riley
Space western, in which single mom comes to backwater town on backwater desert planet to be its sheriff, alongside her non-human deputy. I don't know this creative team and am not 100% confident they won't end up treating their protag in ways that make me unhappy, but for now I am on board.

This is largely because of the artwork, which I like quite a lot. The preview here gives a good sense of the things I like about it - the washed-out, deserty colors, the mix of human and non-human character designs, and the way our protag looks like a real person.

I will keep you posted.

Gotham Academy #1 - Cloonan/Fletcher, Kerschl/Geyser
AKA Snick Buys Her First DC Comic Ever. I picked this up on a whim because Kelly Thompson at She Has No Head was super excited about it and because, look, female friendship at possibly haunted boarding school! There is no way I will ever not be down with that.

And I enjoyed it a lot! Our main character Olive Silverlock has some mystery about her, mostly related to some kind of trauma suffered the summer before. She's tasked with mentoring new student Maps, who happens to be her boyfriend's little sister (although Olive's been trying to work up the nerve to break up with him, for reasons not yet divulged). There's some outsider angst and a ton of really adorable Olive-Maps interaction, and also some action to move things right along.

Not to say that this isn't a good comic, because I think it is, but I enjoyed it mostly not for being good, but for telling a story I wanted to read. This is something I've discovered more as I've gotten older - often the objective quality of a work, however one measures that, means a lot less to me than whether or not it is interested in telling the kind of story I want. I've also mostly gotten over feeling like that makes me a lesser or less intelligent reader. So. Yay?

A word about the art: it's super cute, mostly. I love the pencils; they're very fitting. However, I feel like the colors are often... ill-advised, shall we say. Look at this cover - who thought yellow browns mixed with purple were a good idea? In general this comic has more green than I think is really good for it.

Also worth noting is that it's co-written by Cloonan, as in Becky Cloonan, so if you're on the lookout for comics by female creators, that might be an extra reason to look at this one.

The Wicked and the Divine #4 - Gillen/McKelvie
More of the same, which is to say, extremely stylish, somewhat mysterious, with Lucifer being particularly enigmatic in an existentially tortured sort of way. More, pls.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)


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Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
I read an article that was saying the new Thor run was coming out of Thor: God of Thunder, which they described as being like a heavy metal album cover combined with a high fantasy epic (with Esad Ribic art), which sounds amazing, but I am super apathetic about Thor generally. I will be interested to hear how the new Thor goes, though, a goddess of thunder definitely has the potential to be super cool!

Also I will be interested to hear what you think of Gotham Academy, especially since you don't usually read DC. (Did you read some Gail Simone Batgirl a while back, though? Am I remembering right?) I think the bad color palettes have been kind of A Thing for DC lately, alas. I remember hating the color art on New 52 Batgirl, and I wonder if they may even be picking bad palettes on purpose to get like a "grimy" or "gritty" look for Gotham City. (Batman has way nicer art and coloring, though, and it still looks sufficiently gloomy without being ugly. *hands* )
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
I have no Thor feelings either, but I really liked what I read of the Thor: GoT, so take that as you will. Your article's description is pretty accurate, IMO, and I really liked how grand a scale Aaron was writing on.

I think I read like one issue of that Simone trade I got, and then I took it back to the library. It just wasn't doing anything for me. Gotham Academy, OTOH, hit all my buttons. It doesn't hurt that Olive and Maps and Maps' brother Kevin appear to be all brand-new characters, so I don't have to pick up anything up in terms of prior continuity.

Ugh the palettes, though. :\
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! How far did you read in GoT?

Yeah, Gail Simone Batgirl doesn't do a lot for me, either. But I have high hopes for the new creative team. And Catwoman and Wonder Woman and I think maybe Supergirl are getting new creative teams as well so I am thinking about trying them as well, but idk.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Six or eight issues, I think? Not far. I was reading them as they were released on MU, and with the wait in between I lost track of what was going on. But I recommend them!
Oct. 3rd, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh cool, maybe I'll check it out, then.
Oct. 4th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the actual review of Thor #1. Everyone is just talking about her or their personal feelings and I don't care about that, I want to know about THE COMIC.
Oct. 4th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Hmm, weird, I feel like I've been overwhelmed with reviews for this particular comic. I think CBR had four separate articles about it, including at least two on its content, and Fantastic Fangirls had a review, too.
Oct. 7th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
I tried to find Gotham Academy at a comic book store today and they didn't have it.

Oct. 7th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
I have the impression that the launch was a pretty big deal. Your comic store must have sold out? Bummer.
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