lionteacher (lionteacher) wrote,

Books Recs. Or Rather, Comic Recs

 Last Thursdayikel89  left me a perfectly timed "what have you been reading lately?" comment. It was perfectly timed because it reminded me that several items I'd been eagerly waiting for had been released on Wednesday and I needed to swing by the comic book store and pick up my holds before I ran off to New York for the weekend.  So yes, this is going to be a comics only answer to her question because last week was a good week for comics! 

In case any of my international buddies have trouble finding these, I'm linking to these books for sale via because they provide free worldwide shipping. You can also buy digital copies of all of these on comixology

Ms. Marvel  by G. Willow Wilson
Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City--until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel?

If you're not already reading Ms. Marvel, you should be. Everyone should be.  It is so sweet, and engaging and hilarious and pop-culture savvy and just, gah, its the best thing, go read it!  Even if you're all "oh, I don't read superhero comics..." read this one! It is as much, if not more, about being a teenager, about being a millennial, about being the child of immigrants, etc. as it is about being a superhero.  Have I not convinced you yet? The cover of issue #7 is a picture of Kamala taking a selfie with Wolverine and the issue summary begins, "Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up for some help, but that won’t stop her from protecting her hometown." You know you love her already. READ THIS SERIES!  Good news for people late to this party you can buy the first 10 issues collected in  Vol. 1 and Vol 2, but beware, you're going to love it so much you'll end up buying the monthly issues after that!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on her award-winning web comic.

Like just about everyone on tumblr, I've been following Stevenson as gingerhaze for several years. And now her kickass webcomic Nimona is out as a graphic novel!  DROP EVERYTHING AND GO READ NIMONA.  This story starts off all silly and then wham!, so many feels.  Stevenson deploys ALL THE TROPES and lovingly and humorously twists so many of them--The villain is the hero, the sidekick is the boss, the princess is the dragon, etc. The result is a story that feels both instantly recognizable and refreshingly new.  Did I mention funny and sweet? BUY IT. Afterwards, go read Lumberjanes (also by Stevenson).

Marceline Gone Adrift by Meredith Gran
Marceline is on a rampage for mysterious reasons, and the kingdom of Ooo is desperately scrambling to stop her. In trying to save both Ooo and Marceline herself, Princess Bubblegum accidentally propels Marceline into the farthest reaches of space...and strips her of her powers! Guilt-ridden, Princess Bubblegum sets off on a space rescue that’ll test the power of her well as the power of friendship.

Do you wish that Adventure Time was 90% Marceline and Princess Bubblegum? Then this is the comic for you.  This story is currently on issue 5 of a 6 issue run, so you'll have to wait until...I'm guessing October-ish for a collected volume to get released.  In the mean time, if you don't want to buy single issues but still want more Marceline and Princess Bubblegum in your life, you're in luck. Check out Marceline and the Scream Queens (by the same author) in which Marceline forms a band and P. B. is their manager.  PS--If you're like, "oh, I always mean to get in on the Marceline/Princess Bubblegum wonderfulness but I haven't watched enough Adventure Time!"  you really just need a basic familiarity with the Adventure Time world and fondness for these two characters in particular to enjoy these stories.  Basically, just watch "What was Missing" and you're good to go^^ crossposted from
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