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lavaturtle's comics-filled 2021

1lavaturtle
Redigerat: sep 8, 9:18am

I've been reading a lot of comics in the last few years, and I've decided to split them out from my main thread. I'm hoping this will avoid cluttering my main book-oriented thread with a bunch of comics, and also let me organize my comics into their own categories. This will be a bit of an experiment, so we'll see how it goes!

Here are my categories:
- Currently-running comics
- Old storylines
- Bought at an event
- Anthology
- Indie (non Big 2) publishers
- Non-fiction / memoir
- 2021 Hugo nominees

My main thread is over here.

2lavaturtle
Redigerat: okt 5, 9:14am

Currently-running comics
This is primarily for the comics on my pull list, but will also cover any kind of "oh, let me catch up on that big event from 6 months ago" reading.

Comics read:
1. Marauders (2019-) #15 by Gerry Duggan & Benjamin Percy
2. Marauders (2019-) #16 by Gerry Duggan
3. Marauders (2019-) #17 by Gerry Duggan
4. Firefly: New Sheriff in the 'Verse Vol. 2 by Greg Pak
5. Spider-Woman (2020-) #1 by Karla Pacheco
6. Spider-Woman (2020-) #2 by Karla Pacheco
7. Spider-Woman (2020-) #3 by Karla Pacheco
8. Spider-Woman (2020-) #4 by Karla Pacheco
9. Spider-Woman (2020-) #5 by Karla Pacheco
10. Spider-Woman (2020-) #6 by Karla Pacheco
11. Spider-Woman (2020-) #7 by Karla Pacheco
12. Spider-Woman (2020-) #8 by Karla Pacheco
13. America Chavez: Made In The USA (2021-) #1 by Kalinda Vazquez
14. Marauders (2019-) #18 by Gerry Duggan
15. King In Black: Marauders (2021) #1 by Gerry Duggan
16. America Chavez: Made In The USA (2021-) #2 by Kalinda Vazquez
17. Marauders (2019-) #19 by Gerry Duggan
18. The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 by Greg Rucka and Andrew Wheeler
19. America Chavez: Made in the USA (2021-) #3 by Kalinda Vazquez
20. Marauders (2019-) #20 by Gerry Duggan
21. The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
22. Marauders (2019-) #21 by Gerry Duggan
23. Planet-Size X-Men (2021) #1 by Gerry Duggan
24. The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #3 by Brian Michael Bendis
25. America Chavez: Made in the USA (2021) #4 by Kalinda Vazquez
26. The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #4
27. Marauders (2019-) #22 by Gerry Duggan
28. Marauders (2019-) #23 by Gerry Duggan
29. Spider-Woman (2020-) #9 by Karla Pacheco

3lavaturtle
Redigerat: dec 28, 2020, 5:06pm

Old storylines
In 2020, I finally read the "House of M" event. If I do something similar in 2021, or pick up where I left off on some old series, that will go here.

4lavaturtle
Redigerat: jan 25, 8:19am

Bought at an event
Every time I go to FlameCon, I come home with a big stack of cool comics, most of them extremely indie. Obviously conventions are on hold right now, but just in case, here's a category for any comics I buy at an event.

Comics read:
1. Pilgrimage by Alison Wilgus

5lavaturtle
Redigerat: sep 11, 7:00pm

Anthology
I love comics anthologies for showcasing a huge variety of art styles and subject matter. I've backed some really cool ones on Kickstarter. All comics anthologies go here.

Works read:
1. Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 by Jeffrey Veregge
2. Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy ed. by Joamette Gil
3. Marvel's Voices: Pride (2021) #1
4. DC Pride (2021-) #1
5. Women of Marvel (2021) #1

6lavaturtle
Redigerat: sep 19, 3:18pm

Indie publishers
There are some really great comics being produced outside the Big 2 (Marvel and D.C.) publishers. This category is for exploring some of that work.

Comics read:
1. Eat the Rich #1 by Sarah Gailey

7lavaturtle
dec 28, 2020, 5:07pm

Non-fiction and memoir
I've enjoyed reading some graphic novels that are autobiographical and/or about historical events. Those go here.

8lavaturtle
Redigerat: maj 9, 11:06am

Hugo nominees (graphic story)
This final category is for 2021 Hugo nominees, specifically in the Best Graphic Story category.

Possibilities:
- DIE, Volume 2: Split the Party
- Invisible Kingdom, vol 2: Edge of Everything
- Monstress, vol. 5: Warchild
- Once & Future vol. 1: The King Is Undead
- Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

9lavaturtle
dec 28, 2020, 5:08pm

Okay! This thread is up and running.

10thornton37814
dec 28, 2020, 9:55pm

Hope you enjoy your 2021 reads!

11This-n-That
dec 28, 2020, 11:08pm

Have fun with your comic reading challenges.

12rabbitprincess
dec 29, 2020, 9:59am

Enjoy your comics challenge!

13lkernagh
jan 1, 12:30pm

What a fun challenge! Happy New Year and best wishes with your 2021 reading.

14lavaturtle
Redigerat: jan 25, 7:59am

Marauders (2019-) #15 by Gerry Duggan & Benjamin Percy
Category: Currently-running comics

This issue has quite the shocking beginning! It also does a good job wrangling the dozen-plus characters involved, giving us a little time to get to know who they are and what they're about.

I do hope the Marauders comics starts being about the Marauders again soon; the X of Swords event has really taken over these last few issues to the point where the only plausible connection is "Storm is there, I guess?"

15lavaturtle
jan 25, 7:58am

Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 by Jeffrey Veregge
Category: Anthology

I really loved Veregge's art in the intro "The Watcher". "Echo: Hitting Back" made me want to know more about that character, and I liked the tie-in to the larger mutant universe in "Mirage: Multifaceted". "Silver Fox: Blue Moon" wasn't as much to my taste, and felt like I was missing some context. I had no idea there were so many Native American / First Nations characters in Marvel Comics!

16lavaturtle
jan 25, 8:19am

Pilgrimage by Alison Wilgus
Category: Bought at an event

This short vignette offers a glimpse into an interesting future, where humans are presumably living in space somewhere... but it's mostly about a couple of people visiting a shrine to an early Mars lander. I like the quiet, peaceful ambiance of the art style.

17lavaturtle
feb 1, 9:38pm

Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy ed. by Joamette Gil
Category: Anthology

I really wanted to like this anthology more than I did. It's a beautiful book, with amazing cover art and gilt edges. It's a great concept; there aren't a lot of comics centering non-binary folks. But most of the stories weren't that interesting to me, or felt like half a scene from a larger story.
There were a few stories I did really like: "The Beast in the Garden" (by Ver), "New Leaves" (by Emily Madly and Maria Li), "The Lungs of Jeju" (by Sunmi), and "Shuvah (Return)" (by Ezra Rose and Jey Barnes).

18spiralsheep
Redigerat: feb 2, 5:43am

>17 lavaturtle: Short stories in any format tend to be more difficult to do well: longer than a one-pager with punchline but not enough room to fill out details. I've found the same even with acclaimed anthology series such as Flight. I'm glad you found some parts to like.

19lavaturtle
Redigerat: feb 11, 7:37pm

Marauders (2019-) #16 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

The Marauders are back! The long-delayed confrontation between Kate, Emma, and Shaw is well worth the wait.

20lavaturtle
Redigerat: feb 19, 7:55pm

Marauders (2019-) #17 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

The gala sounds exciting! I'm not a big fan of the whole Crucible thing -- it kind of creeps me out -- but I have to admit it was well done here. I really like the plot that seems to be going on in Madripoor.

21lavaturtle
feb 19, 8:15pm

Firefly: New Sheriff in the 'Verse Vol. 2 by Greg Pak
Category: Currently-running comics

This volume isn't quite as strong as the first one, although it's always nice to see our favorite characters.

22lavaturtle
apr 14, 8:50pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #1 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

What a fun setup! I liked how this established who Jess is when she's fighting, or arguing with rich teenagers, or raising a super-infant. And an interesting hook for the next piece of the story!

23lavaturtle
apr 14, 8:53pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #2 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

Oh, wow. There is certainly some dubiously ethical science going on here! I don't have the context to understand the impact of the stuff about Otto, but the testing montage was fun.

24lavaturtle
apr 14, 8:55pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #3 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

Poor Rebecca! Her dad just gets dodgier and dodgier. And what on earth is going on with Jess's mom??

25lavaturtle
apr 14, 9:18pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #4 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

I loved the complicated family relationships and backstory here. Miriam Drew is a great character, and there was a good mix of serious drama with bonkers action.

26lavaturtle
apr 15, 8:44am

Spider-Woman (2020-) #5 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

I liked the big battle, and the series of vignettes afterwards also worked really well. And it's so exciting to see Carol Danvers!

27lavaturtle
apr 15, 9:11pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #6 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

Fun space adventures! And Jess is... not coping well D:

28lavaturtle
apr 15, 9:46pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #7 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

Oh man, poor Jess. And poor Carol!

29lavaturtle
apr 19, 7:50pm

Spider-Woman (2020-) #8 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

This is a fun romp through several different locations while Jess tries to get her bearings. It's great to see Octavia again, too.

30lavaturtle
apr 22, 8:44am

America Chavez: Made In The USA (2021-) #1 by Kalinda Vazquez
Category: Currently-running comics

I like the mix of backstory and front-story, and it was fun to see Kate and Ramone again as supporting cast. The ominous narrator sure is ominous... who could it be??

31lavaturtle
Redigerat: maj 9, 11:00am

Marauders (2019-) #18 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

I really like what they're doing here with the political situation in Madripoor. Cool action scenes and social commentary -- that's how I like my X-men!

32lavaturtle
Redigerat: maj 28, 8:37pm

King In Black: Marauders (2021) #1 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

A great little one-shot adventure. Very "Marauders-y", with the high-seas adventures, rescues, and alliances with other mutant factions.

33lavaturtle
maj 28, 8:49pm

America Chavez: Made In The USA (2021-) #2 by Kalinda Vazquez
Category: Currently-running comics

This issue is mostly about America's backstory with the Santanas, and it's... not light reading. I'm intrigued about what the ending means, tho...

34lavaturtle
Redigerat: jun 6, 5:36pm

Marauders (2019-) #19 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

Some more fun hijinks in the ongoing Madripoor situation. I liked the Morlock connection here.

35lavaturtle
Redigerat: jun 29, 9:07am

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 by Greg Rucka and Andrew Wheeler
Category: Currently-running comics

I loved this great pair of vignettes. "My Mother's Axe" was super cute. And "Zanzibar and Other Harbors" reminded me just how much I love Joe and Nicky as a couple.

36lavaturtle
jun 29, 9:08am

America Chavez: Made in the USA (2021-) #3 by Kalinda Vazquez
Category: Currently-running comics

Oh wow, so that's a big reveal. Assuming we can believe what this new character is saying... I'm super intrigued!

37lavaturtle
Redigerat: jul 22, 8:01am

Marauders (2019-) #20 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

I loved the send-off for Storm; it was really sweet and funny.

38lavaturtle
Redigerat: sep 1, 9:14am

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Category: Currently-running comics

The framing of the first story was interesting. The second story was okay, but not as exciting as either of the stories in the first issue. Neither of these have characters I'm as invested in.

39lavaturtle
Redigerat: sep 1, 9:13am

Marauders (2019-) #21 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

The Hellfire Gala! It was fun spotting a bunch of characters from various Marvel comics. I really like this concept, but the sudden jump to an ominous ending was weird.

40lavaturtle
sep 1, 9:16am

Planet-Size X-Men (2021) #1 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running-comics

So, this is a big plot twist! There were a lot of characters I didn't really recognize -- presumably from X of Swords. Interested to see where this goes.

41lavaturtle
sep 1, 9:24am

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #3 by Brian Michael Bendis
Category: Currently-running-comics

The first story is a sweet little vignette. The second story is another interesting angle on Joe and Nicky as protectors/avengers of vulnerable queer folx through time.

42lavaturtle
sep 2, 9:28am

America Chavez: Made in the USA (2021) #4 by Kalinda Vazquez
Category: Currently-running-comics

I have such mixed feelings about this plot. On the one hand, it's interesting and dramatic and gives the characters a lot to deal with. On the other hand, it completely negates what happened in the previous run of America! I hope they can find a way to reconcile these plots.

43lavaturtle
sep 4, 12:06pm

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #4
Category: Currently-running comics

I like the mix of contemplation and action in both of these stories, which use the protagonists' special abilities to good effect.

44lavaturtle
Redigerat: sep 8, 9:12am

Marauders (2019-) #22 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

There are really two stories here, both about fallout from the past. The dive into Wilhelmina's past seems like it might be going in kind of a cliche direction, but we'll see... I thought the retcon of Lourdes's past was an interesting choice, and fits well with the ongoing drama between Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw.

45lavaturtle
sep 8, 9:17am

Marvel's Voices: Pride (2021) #1
Category: Anthology

So many stories in here, showcasing the breadth and range of queer and trans characters in Marvel comics. I loved almost all of them. I think the She-Hulk one is my favorite, but I also enjoyed many of the cute romance vignettes. The in-universe historian intro was a cool lens / framing device. And the reprint of Northstar's 1990s coming out was certainly educational.

46lavaturtle
sep 10, 9:18am

DC Pride (2021-) #1
Category: Anthology

There's a real range of stories in here, some to my taste more than others. I loved the cute Harley Quinn / Poison Ivy story, and the Flash story was great too. The art pages (I refuse to call them "pin-ups") between stories are a nice touch.

47lavaturtle
sep 11, 7:00pm

Women of Marvel (2021) #1
Category: Anthology

I really liked the mix of more serious stories (like "Saturday Morning in Harlem" with Misty Knight) and silly one-pagers (like "Good Hair" or "She's Got The Look").

48lavaturtle
sep 19, 3:18pm

Eat the Rich #1 by Sarah Gailey
Category: Indie publishers

This issue is like the first act of a horror movie, where you kind of know what's going to happen, but the characters take a while to stumble into it. I like the mix of creeping horror, the ridiculousness of the super-rich, and the vulnerability of our protagonist and her boyfriend.

49lavaturtle
Redigerat: okt 5, 9:09am

Marauders (2019-) #23 by Gerry Duggan
Category: Currently-running comics

The opening again feels like some very important plot must have happened in a different comic that I haven't read. Hopefully as the Hellfire Gala is over, it will become easier to follow the story by reading just Marauders. I liked the main adventure, and it was cool to see Tempo in a more prominent role. Wilhelmina's plot development was satisfying, and I hope it heralds some further changes with her former faction.

50lavaturtle
okt 5, 9:14am

Spider-Woman (2020-) #9 by Karla Pacheco
Category: Currently-running comics

Several things happened here... but none of them really felt like they were about Jessica Drew. Not the strongest issue IMO, definitely the middle of a story. And the running gag in the letters page didn't really work for me.

51JayneCM
okt 15, 4:58am

I was really interested to see that Penguin Classics are releasing classics editions of Marvel comics. I am intrigued to see what they will look like, in the black Penguin Classics format.

52lavaturtle
okt 20, 9:02am

>51 JayneCM: Interesting!