A brief weekly rundown of recommendations of new releases I’m intrigued by, excited for and will be grabbing off the shelves to curl up with every new comics day before delving into them later in the week!
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Paper Girls 28- Image Comics
Usually I won’t recommend a series this far in, but with talented heart breaker Brian K. Vaughan about to leave another hole in our pull lists as the sublime time travelling coming of age story, Paper Girls starts to bring it all home in it’s final arc.
Saga started as my Vaughan series of choice but Paper Girls, with the girls being flung and pursued throughout time, overcoming each time periods dangers and the divide between a stale older generation and youth quickly drew me in. The relationships between the papergirls has felt genuine and at the core has been what has pulled many readers back each week,not least for it’s touching portrayal of an burgeoning relationship between Mac and KJ.
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor- IDW Comics
While I thought Jodie’s first season at the controls of the tardis was very spotty with some amazing moments (for balance I thought this about Capaldi’s entire run too) I was more than willing to trust in the writing talents of Jody Houser who over the last few years has contributed to quite a few of the major franchises from Batman to Stranger Things and Spider-Man.
I have to keep reminding myself that the last few years have seen listened properties step up their game rather than being lazy cynical cash ins and luckily Houser’s short yet staggeringly fun run with Thirteen is one of the one’s living up to it’s TV counterpart. Houser has perfectly captured the Dr after only one season and writes her with all the odd quirks and mannerisms already becoming synonymous with Whitacker including some very inspiring doctor-y speeches that rank right up their with her debut in “The Woman Who Fell To Earth”. Slott’s art is clean, detailed and having already worked on the comic adventures of the 11th and 12th Doctors, is perfect for the time lords action packed travels through time and indeed, space.
Giant Days 50- Boom Studios
When a comic runs for this long, it’s easy to just assume it’s still brilliant and miss out on praising it, so can we just stop to take in that Giant Days is hitting it’s 50th issue this week and refreshing it has been for the last four years or so to see Ester,Daisy and Susan change and mature,showing us the intricacies of female friendships that are often missing from, well media in general…
well, that’s what I started writing this morning until the evil world of social media conspired to inform me that sadly, issue 55 will be the series conclusion, sensibly ending when the trio finish University. It was kinda obvious, but difficult to acknowledge that it was always going to be the natural conclusion to their story with Alisson stating he didn’t want to risk extending the book beyond this in fear of diminishing returns. What he’s left instead is a consistently amazing and laugh out loud comic. Although we can all hopefully and eagerly look forward to a This Life 10 years later style reunion, which we can start building up the bile to be used in 2029 right away! Check this out before it’s too late, it’s a book that after reading the first volume will have you rushing back to buy the rest the next day.