Oni Watch: Home For the Holidays

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The holiday season is well underway, and let me tell you, it really feels like we’ve been dragging our feet to 2018. Now, my family is as conservative as they come. (“Even though they’re Latinx, Azha, really?” Yes, really.) And I wouldn’t have made it through the eight-hour Thanksgiving Family Extravaganza without digging into a good stash of comics throughout the day.

As such, this batch of Oni Press offerings is rated by how easily I managed to read them in the comfort of my own living room, surrounded by curious cousins and lazy uncles determined to let the women do all the cooking. Here’s what we got.

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It, #5

Tini Howard (writer), Marc Ellerby (artist), Katy Farina (colorist), Crank! (letterer)
September 13, 2017

6/10 – Some sex jokes, more boobs than I expected to see, and to be perfectly honest, Rick and Morty has always freaked me the heck out stylistically speaking. But there’s a nice lesson about being able to do anything if you just believe in yourself…like murdering a gaggle of alternate reality Ricks to free a hundred mini versions of yourself. The most I had to deal with while reading this were some questions about the Szechuan Sauce fiasco from my older uncle who reads the news.

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole Is, #5

Invader Zim, #25

Jhonen Vasquez (original creator), Eric Trueheart (writer), Warren Wucinich (artist), Fred C. Stresing (colorist)
November 22, 2017

8/10 – It’s a pretty good issue, and no one’s got the hilarious confidence of Zim high on denial, but Virooz is terrifying and I never want to see him again. My baby cousins loved him, though.

Terrifying yes? Yes? – Invader Zim, #25

Made Men, #3

Paul Tobin (writer), Arjuna Susini (artist), Gonzalo Duarte (colorist), Saida Temofonte (letterer)
November 22, 2017

1/10 – This series continues to be compelling as heck. There are more brown people in this issue than in the entirety of Disney’s filmography, but several pages have two characters chatting while entirely naked. I wasn’t about to risk the questions that might open up if I read this in the living room. Highly recommend it as post-family-gathering reading though.

Dead of Winter, #4

Kyle Starks (writer), Gabo (artist), Crank! (letterer)
November 15, 2017

0/10 – I’VE NEVER BEEN SO AFRAID FOR A DOG’S LIFE! My overt anxiety as I turned the page brought up too many questions from surrounding family members, but what a great issue! This mini-series based on the Plaid Hat zombie survival game of the same name really delivered to the very end.

Four issues later and he’s still a good boy. – Dead of Winter, #4

Merry Men, #4

Robert Rodi (writer), Jackie Lewis (artist), Marissa Louise (artist)
November 15, 2017

8/10 – At last, a Robin Hood adaptation where the Merry Men are queer: all is right with the world. In spite of the fact that I have a wildly conservative family, this was a pretty low-key issue that I managed to read about two feet away from my Republican uncle without raising suspicion, so I think we’re okay! The Merry Men skew white and male, but I’m hoping that evens out with the progression of the story.

And that’s it for Thanksgiving comics! Come back after Christmas for another run-down on “What Did Azha Read In Public This Time?”

Azha Reyes

Azha Reyes

When not teaching, traveling, or sleeping, I write. Find me at @writethenoise on Twitter, or Writethenoise.tumblr.com