Thursday, June 14, 2012

Comics I've Been Reading Lately

Images L->R are from: iZombie, Fairest, American Vampire,
Unwritten, Proof, Fables, Marvelous Oz, Leave It to Chance, Locke & Key

Thanks to Matt setting up the digital files on my tablet, I've been reading a bunch of comic book series during'/between feedings for Henry. Sometimes it's so I won't fall asleep, sometimes it's just cause its one of my favorite leisure activities. I really enjoy reading comics in that format, especially since I can carry so many of them around in such a small piece of equipment, and I can "turn the page" with a touch - very convenient for a person with their hands full of baby and bottle.

I've read up to the most current issues of - and/or all of (if it's no longer published):
  • Fables - This series is about exiled fairytale characters who live in New York, hidden from humans. They have strange, magical adventures and battle with "The Adversary" who will stop at nothing to take over every fairytale realm in existence. He's also why they ended up in New York.
  • Fairest - A spin-off of Fables, this carries on some of the storylines started in the original series.
  • Proof -This story follows the adventures of Proof, a Sasquatch who is also a secret government agent, taking care of supernatural-type problems and creatures.
  • Leave It To Chance - A steampunk(ish)/supernatural series about a teenage girl who wants to follow in her paranormal super star father's footsteps by helping people, solving mysteries and fighting bad guys. She thinks 14 is plenty old enough. It helps that she has a pet dragon...
  • American Vampire - I rarely get into vampire stories (Let the Right One In being one of the notable exceptions), but this series is very interesting. In it, all of the world's vampires are from countries other than America - except for one man and one woman who were turned. Being in a new place makes the vampire effect react differently, and so they have different powers and different weaknesses than the European vampires who keep trying to destroy them. Lots of this takes place in the Wild West, which is fun.
  • Locke & Key - This story revolves around a house called Keyhouse where a newly-widowed mother lives with her three children. There are many keys hidden throughout Keyhouse, each with a different magic. One turns you into a "ghost," one turns you into a giant, one lets you open up your head to put in or take out knowledge/memories, and more. It's a fascinating, inventive story.
  • Sweet Tooth -I wrote a whole post about this so click through to learn more.
  • The Unwritten - This is based on the idea of stories being powerful forces to change the world (via people's perceptions) and what would happen if this force was manipulated by a secret group, with one man specially molded his entire life by his father, a writer, able to stand against them.
  • iZombie - This is about a zombie girl who works as a gravedigger so she can get brains to eat and still pass as a human. Her best friend is a ghost who lives in the graveyard with her, and a Were-Terrier (like a Were-Wolf, but... not). She temporarily takes on the memories and feelings of the people whose brains she eats, often avenges them or finishes their unfinished business, fights vampires, falls in love with a monster hunter and has many other strange adventures.
  • Marvelous Land of Oz - This is a graphic novel adaptation of Frank Baum's Oz series of books, which I ADORED when I was a kid and have been meaning to re-read.
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