This has been a less-than-great reading week. The first week of December, my kids were sick, then I was sick, then I was catching up on work that didn’t get done while all of us were sick. Tough times. But still, here we go, first in an ongoing series of “What I’m Reading” that will grace Friday posts. Some of these may eventually develop into longer blog posts and reviews, some may just be here. We’ll see what we shall see.
- Ms. Marvel Masterworks, Vol 2: After my total love of Volume 1, I was really hoping to find Volume 2 just as great. I’ve read Issues 15-19 now, and I’m less impressed, unfortunately. The Carol vs. Carol metaplot was resolved in Issue 14, and hasn’t really been replaced with anything. This means we’re just fighting low-level villains. Carol’s costume has been updated to the black bathing suit with the boots, and side-boob is heavily featured. This is leaving me with nothing but dread for the inevitable Avengers #200. I can’t wait to talk more about Kelly Sue DeConnick’s intro essay, though, and Claremont’s clean-up in the Annual.
- Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai: I love basically everything Alisha Rai writes, and this is no exception. Just enough well written kink to wet my whistle without such full-blown BDSM play that it could be off putting to the casual reader. If more books had been written like this when I was a teenager, I would have realized my own proclivities much earlier, and with a lot less fear of being fundamentally broken. Alisha Rai’s books also feature characters with mental health stuff being worthy of love, and this one is no different. There’s a scene where Sadia has a panic attack in front of her son, Kareem, and she’s desperately trying to hide what’s happening from him. So so much identifying. At some point, I will need to talk about how I 100% headcanon Jackson as autistic.
- Jessica Jones Vol. 2: The Secrets of Maria Hill. Halfway through the first issue in the trade (Issue 7), I said to Mathias that this was the laziest writing I’d seen lately. Volume 1 ends with Luke Cage (Jessica’s husband) having reclaimed Danielle (their daughter) from Jessica’s mother. He is pissed as hell at Jessica, and I was desperate to find out how these two were going to figure this out. But halfway into the issue, Jessica’s found Luke, and Luke is glad she found him where he’s hiding because he can’t get the baby to stop crying. I closed the trade in disgust. I’ll pick it back up – I love Jessica – but this is cheap, lazy writing that pisses me off.
- The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu. Give how freaking much I love Laura Kinney (X-23), it’s a little absurd that I haven’t read this series. I’m partway through the first chapter and I’m already in love.
- Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie Omnibus. Not to be confused with the Young Avengers by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung: The Complete Collection, this book collects the 2013 run of Young Avengers. This series features some of my favorite heroes: Wiccan and Hulkling, Kate Bishop, America Chavez. I first read this book in digital single issues back when I was first getting back into comics, and I haven’t revisited it since. So excited to get into this again.
- All New Wolverine #28. This is a book where I do something I almost never do; I’m buying the comic in single issue form, having every intention to buy it in trades. I’m hoping that Laura’s increasing popularity will mean that the book gets some kind of deluxe edition, so I’m holding out for now. I love everything about this book.
- Gotham City Garage #15. I have a weird relationship with this book. Post-apocalyptic world, all kinds of major female DC heroes on bikes, what’s not to love, right? I pick the book up every three or four issues and catch up, and always enjoy it, but don’t tend to read it right away.
That’s what’s on my shelf this week. What’re you reading?