Happy April! What comics have you been reading lately? Every month, WWAC contributors share some of the comics we’ve read recently that we especially enjoyed. Is there a comic you’re reading that you wish more people would check out? Let us know on Twitter!
Wendy Browne: I know nothing about Jessica Drew, but I trust my friend’s comic recommendations, which is why I recently read Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Fresh off of my Captain Marvel high, it was a good opportunity to learn a bit more about the Skrulls as well, since I missed that whole Secret Wars business. This book served me well enough as a basic introduction to both. I learned that Jessica is a hard and hard-on-herself character with many, many struggles, not the least of which is feeling wholly abandoned by people she wasn’t sure were friends anyway, after having been imprisoned and replaced by the Skrull Queen. Understandably, that’s a lot to deal with.
There are a lot of similarities between Jessica Drew and Jessica Jones in terms of who they are and what they do and how they deal with PTSD, but I’m not sure that Bendis (who co-created Jones with Michael Gaydos) did enough to differentiate Drew here, beyond the very different circumstances they have dealt with. The similarities made it difficult for me to like this story for Jessica Drew, but it did help me get to know her and want to get to know her better. Plus, I do love Maleev’s art, especially when Drew gets to cut loose in brutal fight sequences.
Kate Tanski: The first collected trade of Spectacle by Megan Rose Gedris came out last month and I’m still thinking about it. It’s really lovely aesthetically, but I was also totally absorbed by the story, which is about these two sisters who work in a travelling carnival in a semi-steampunk historical past. There’s magic, and psychic powers, and a murder mystery, and building relationships, and an aro/ace character, and burlesque, and it’s such a rich world. I love it. It’s being published as a webcomic first, so you can catch up and read the whole story here, or do what I’m doing and wait for the collected trades to hold it lovingly.
Louis Skye: I was putting together my Izneo Pubwatch when I came across a sexy-looking graphic novel called Servant & Lord. It sounds naughtier than it really is. Hehe. It’s actually a sweet little romance between two men who share a love of music—Christian is this rich kid who is lonely, and Dan is his orphaned music teacher. And it goes from there. I haven’t read Yaoi before but this was so fun, and kinda adorable, that I may have to look into the genre now.
Draven Katayama: I’m reading Let’s Play, which you can read for free on Webtoons. It’s about Sam Young, an indie video game developer who just released her first game. The game promptly gets a negative review by a prominent YouTuber, Marshall Law. While she’s figuring out what to do next, Sam discovers a new tenant is moving into an apartment on her floor. Of course, it’s none other than … Marshall Law! There are a number of fun supporting characters, including Sam’s barista friends and her coworkers at her day job. I kept seeing this comic because it’s near the top of Webtoon’s most popular comics lists, and I’m really enjoying it so far.
— Mongie (@mongrelmarie) October 18, 2017
— Mongie (@mongrelmarie) September 20, 2018