The cold has finally broken in our nation’s capital. I know it’s not as cold here as it is in other places; in my native state, the high temperatures were in the negatives, and around the Great Lakes the temps were hitting -40F with wind chill. That is too few degrees, my friends. Too few. My kids actually had a day off from school! They were giggling about it; we could see the snow through the grass, but school was canceled. I get why, it just made us all laugh a little. They literally did go to school in a blizzard one time. But I digress.
I expected to have a lot more to talk about this week; Hawkeye: Kate Bishop released Volume 2 earlier this month, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Volume 4 came out this past week, but I didn’t buy either one since Marvel is about as useful to me right now as a bag of smashed assholes. Oh well, what the hell, I suppose.
Let’s dive in.
- The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth)“>The Stone Sky Book #3 of The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin. I’m listening to this on audiobook, so it’s hard to grab pull quotes, but the language just washes over you in the most incredible way. It’s killing me, seeing Essun and Nassun both trying to remake the world in different ways, and it’s difficult not to read this book as two women both trying to free themselves from the violent actions of men in two very different ways. After all, the event that set off the trilogy is kind of the shake that set off the season, but really, it’s Jija’s actions. I will never in my life shake the feelings of the very first chapter of the very first book. If you haven’t read it, I can’t recommend it enough.
- Punchline – #1-3. This indie comic got billed to me as Jessica Jones trains Buffy, and man, if there’s something that will drag me to the “buy now” button by the nose faster, I’m not sure exactly what it is. It’s hard dropping into a new spec fic world; the balance between “overwhelming the reader with too much info” and “not giving them anything to hang their hat on” is a difficult one to walk. Punchline maybe swings just a little too hard towards the later for my tastes, but Bill Williams’ writing is quick and fun and Matthew Weldon’s pencils and inks are right where I like them, so I’ll definitely keep reading this book for the foreseeable future.
- Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III– When the first few pages of your book involve Kate out-detective-ing the great detective, man. I love everything about Kate Kane. This book combines the well regarded Elegy, which leads into Rucka’s New 52 run with a story called Cutter which hadn’t been collected before this volume. I actually started reading Batwoman with Marguerite Bennett’s current Rebirth run, so it’s interesting to see the relationship between Kate and her dad, knowing where it will go.
- The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1)– Marjorie Liu. I’m legitimately mad at myself for waiting so long to read this book. I love urban fantasy, and it’s so rare to read a book where the badass super has their purpose questioned. Anita Blake and Harry Dresden are secure in their knowledge of who are the good guys and the bad ones, and they don’t question. They just… act. Maxine Kiss is just incredible. I’m going to devour every book in this series. “Faith is fine, but truth greases the wheels.”
- The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle – What the hell else is a demi-girl supposed to read while Jim Butcher writes Peace Talks at a pace that makes George R. R. Martin look like a speed demon? Fun book, great art, though the character of Will is such a Fainting Flower, which got annoying really fast. I was rooting for her to be the bad guy, but no such luck. Still, I do not wish my reading time back; this is good news, all in all.
New On The Shelf:
This was an accidentally busy weekend for purchases. I really didn’t mean to. But my oldest daughter went to a birthday party, and my youngest daughter was sad that she didn’t get to go because she wanted cake, so we went to the nearby Barnes and Noble for a cupcake and one thing led to another…and I came home with Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet (Rebirth), Justice League of America Vol. 1: The Extremists (Rebirth) (Justice League of America: DC Universe Rebirth), and Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams. I also got my Invincible Iron Man Omnibus Vol. 1 in the mail, so that has a place of pride on my shelves, and I can’t wait to get a chance to dig in. Long story, but reading bigger omnibus style books requires a certain amount of prep work so I don’t hurt my hands, but this one is worth it.
Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1 came in the mail early this week; I honestly bought this book because reviews said you really need to read it between what was volume 2 and 3 of Grayson, and knew nothing else about it. Flipping through it and seeing Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Steph in her Spoiler costume was exciting. I may end up reading this whole series just because I love the art. I am trying really really hard not to get sucked into the overall Batverse. I’m trying so hard, guys.
Young Avengers: The Complete Collection by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung finally arrived! When I originally read this series, I accidentally read the Gillen run FIRST which didn’t go well. I like the art in this series better than a lot of what’s in the Gillen, so I’m really excited to read this again, and in the right order this time. (Yes, I know Children’s Crusade and a few other tie-in books happen in between, but I’m not thinking about that right now.)
In The Mail:
I’ve been eyeballing Grayson since I got the chance to meet Tom King at a local comic book store. I’m a huge, huge fan of crime stuff and spy stuff, but it’s hard to find those stories that aren’t complete crap about women; Tom King seems to walk that line pretty well, given what I’ve read so far. But the comics store was out of the first trade of Grayson that day, so I bought Batman (Rebirth) and Vision instead. Both great books, but it’s Grayson I wanted. See above re: omnibuses, so I kept avoiding buying it, but then Half Price Books had a 40% off coupon (those pushers) and it was a great price…so now Grayson: The Super Spy Omnibus is in the mail.
I’ve been hearing drop-dead amazing things about Crosswind by Gail Simone with Cat Stagg as the artist, so I pre-ordered that; it ships in March. My kids are thrilled about the new Sailor Moon Eternal edition manga out later this month (though they’re going to be as disappointed as I am about its delay to April), and we’re going to pretend I ordered it for them. ::shelves it right next to Revolutionary Girl Utena:: I’ve also got the RWBY manga on the way; I got introduced to the show last year, and I am so incredibly in love with it. I can’t wait to see this new version.
Busy week on my shelves. I like busy.