In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #13 and from Vertigo: Fairest #21 and Trillium #5. Talk about some serious déjà vu.
Young Avengers #13 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
There are only two more issues to go in the fabulous yet limited run of Young Avengers. In this issue, the Young Avengers have essentially become the regular Avengers because their adult brethren are currently powerless to stop the forces of evil. Specifically, the YAs “league of exes” or “gang of evil exes” unleashed by Leah as a possible homage to Scott Pilgrim and the alternate dimension evil versions of themselves unleashed by the dastardly Mother. Evil will be destroyed, sexy teen Loki (can I write that?) will open up to the others making the angst and the drama fly and they will defeat evil with the ultimate weapon: love. In the immortal words of Loki, “Oh, ugh. Is love really going to save us all?”
Although despite seemingly winning the day in this issue, we get a tease that this is not yet the end. One because there are two issues to go, and two because there’s more story to tell. And for that matter, I want to read more fake tumblr posts on the YA social media site yamblr, which is full of hilarious hashtags like, “#Avengers don’t assemble” and “#Oblivious adult Cap is unsurprisingly lame”. Plus I’m not ready to say goodbye to the intriguing and inventive panels, particularly in this issue when the past, present in future is laid out before the readers as if it were a comic book. Never stop breaking the fourth wall guys!
In this post, from Image Comics: Saga #16 and The Walking Dead #117 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #18 and Hawkeye #14. Which if you ask me is an awful lot of comics for Thanksgivukkah week.
Saga #16 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Making their triumphant return to Saga is my favorite duo who work for the Hebdomadal, an intrepid reporter and his photographer from the planet Jetsam, both of whom are having an adorable yet illicit love affair with one another. The problem is, homosexuals aren’t given the same opportunities as heterosexuals on Jetsam and to be an other could spell certain career disaster for our heroes, who are trying to break the story about what really happened to Alana. (Coincidentally, there’s a nice dichotomy between the laws on Jetsam and on Alana’s home planet of Landfall where citizens without the power of flight aren’t treated as equals.) Someone give these guys a spin-off!
Meanwhile, in more world building, we are introduced to a form of virtual reality television called the Circuit. You basically put on a helmet and are transported to watch a play complete with audience participation for anyone hooked up to the system. While it’s legal to watch the program (which is basically Jerry Springer-type melodrama) it’s basically run by criminals turned actors, which would be the perfect career move for Alana and Marko. If only things weren’t left on an enormous cliffhanger for them at the end of this issue. Can I haz #17 now?
In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #12 and from Vertigo: Fables #135 and The Wake #5. Basically some hysterical and terrifying hipster stuff plus Fables. Not featured: Sex Criminals #3 which was too strange and hilarious to review properly.
Young Avengers #12 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Young Avengers will be ending with issue #15 and that makes me so sad on multiple levels. On the one hand, I get why they’re doing it, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie only intended the series to be a one-season story so it wouldn’t lose the magic, but on the other I’m just not ready to say goodbye, especially when it’s so consistently good. The story, the artwork, the arrival of sexy twenty-something Loki! I don’t want it to go! I want to continue living in a hilarious world in which adult superheroes have been brain controlled by an evil parasite from another dimension! ::recreates the entire regeneration of Ten::
Making it even harder to say goodbye was this issue (yet another fabulous one of course) in which the storytelling and the humor were top notch. As usual we get a recap from fake Tumblr (Yamblr), the dialogue is spot on hilarious and the fun is in the details. From the ship renamed to the Panic Station Wagon to Kate Bishop’s rallying: “Avengers assemble, I guess” to comments like “the book was better” and the invasion of earth being compared to “a knockoff Converse sneaker stomping on the human face, forever” it’s going to be so hard to read the last issue of this super original Marvel series.
The CW and the “Veronica Mars” Creators Are Teaming Up For an iZombie Show (via Rickey)
The CW is joining forces with “Veronica Mars” creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero to turn the comic book series iZombie into a television show! The comic (which ran for four volumes) follows zombie Gwendolyn Price as she eats brains and retains the memories of the deceased once a month to keep herself alive. The show will be more of a police procedural, with the main character as a zombie medical student who works in a coroner’s office who teams up with the police to help solve murders. It could be great, or it could be terrible.
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
When you haven’t had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen.
If you’re living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn’t.
But that’s no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theaters of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: Was it really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, Renaissance set designer Adriano Lavicini, creator of the so-called Teleportation Device? And why is it that a handsome, clever, modest guy like him can’t—just once in a while—get himself laid?
From Ned Beauman, the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle, comes a historical novel that doesn’t know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can’t remember what isotope means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: A sloppy mess romance novel collides with a story of time travel that is confused about what science fiction means? Sign us up! Although we must admit it was the cover that first caught our attention.
In this post, from Dark Horse Comics: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5, Vertigo: Sandman Overture #1, Image Comics: Saga #15 and from Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #4 and Kick-Ass 3 #4. But mostly, OMG NEIL GAIMAN’S SANDMAN PREQUEL IS HERE AND EVERYTHING IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!
Dark Horse Comics
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5 by Gerard Way, illustrated by Becky Cloonan, cover by Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, androids, science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In this penultimate issue of Gerard Way’s My Chemical Romance album turned comic book sequel some questions are answered and a resolution is on the horizon but mostly we’re left wondering what the point of all this is. This issue we finally find out (through the spirit known as the Phoenix Witch no less) why the Girl is so important to the revolution and just why everyone either wants her on their side or wants her dead. Also Grant Morrison makes an appearance and is summarily punished for feeling love. Or maybe just gay love. It’s very unclear.
Way also throws some more mythology into the mix and while it’s an interesting and intriguing look at this strange post-apocalyptic world I’m also really hoping that it has something to do with the plot. This time around we learn about the android belief system which they have within a book called the Graffiti Bible. This book tells of an ancestor of theirs, a super robot called the Destroya, who escaped the power supply of Better Living Industries and who will one day return to free them from their oppressors. Destroya is also conveniently a song off the last MCR record because somehow I keep forgetting it was a super concept-y concept album.
First and foremost, New York Comic Con is a comic book centered convention, but that doesn’t mean we don’t find a good mix of upcoming comics, graphic novels and even a YA tome or six when we go to panels and patrol the con floors. In fact, if you can’t get into BEA, NYCC is a great place to meet authors, snag copies of their books (some of which are even ARCs) and add some autographs to your collection.
So without further extrapolation, onto the books and comics you’re going to want to get your hands on! Or paws, no judgement here.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Just in case your imagination is so terrible that even the photographic visuals in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children weren’t enough, a graphic novel adaptation is coming out right in time for Halloween and the annual All Hallow’s Read. Also to promote the books sequel Hollow City due out in January 2014. How very very convenient.
The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
Release Date: December 3, 2013
The fabulous social media manager over at Quirk Books, Eric Smith (who you may know as the guy who sold his fiance’s engagement ring after she broke up with him and bought some Master Chief armor with the cash) wrote a how-to guide for geeks and dating and since we’ve already seen the book in its draft and ARC stages we can tell you that it is witty, adorable and a must buy, even if you’re already in a relationship. Keep it around for the references alone!
Outcast by Robert Kirkman
Release Date: 2014
Walking Dead author Robert Kirkman is taking on yet another facet of the horror genre, this time by tackling demons, possessions and exorcisms. The monthly serial will follow protagonist Kyle Barnes who has been dealing with possession since he was a young child. Now in adulthood, Kyle is seeking answers that may have apocalyptic connotations that have nothing to do with Paranormal Activity.
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.
Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: We don’t know how many times we have to tell you we’re Team Magnus Bane before you get why we’re digging these short stories. Mostly though we can’t wait to read about what Magnus is wearing in the 70′s.
Dark Horse Is Bringing “Firefly” Back in Comic Form Since They’re Running Out of “Buffy” Spin-offs (via The Mary Sue)
Dark Horse Comics is taking over the reigns of yet another Joss Whedon property turned comic book and this time around it has absolutely nothing to do with “Buffy” and everything to do with Whedon’s gone too soon “Firefly.” Unfortunately, it’s set after the events of the 2005 film Serenity so don’t expect any Wash walking around being sassy. Instead, we’ll get a pregnant Zoe dealing with her loss, River acting as co-pilot of Mal’s ship and of course a whole lot of cowboy space shenanigans.
The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery by Frankie Y. Bailey
Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.
The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed “Lullaby,” has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can’t remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen,” doesn’t fit the pattern set by the first two murders.
With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Okay, so technically this came out on the 10th but we missed it so we’re adding it into today’s roundup. Kindly ignore this snafu. Regardless, this futuristic novel jumped out because we, Cassie-la in particular, loves all things Alice.