So the only thing I was expecting to get this week was a copy of volume 61 of One Piece, so I could finally get into the New World arc and see how the Straw Hats are doing after the two year gap. No such luck. Instead, I ended up spending $80.00+ on three comics. On the plus side, I also realized that I have more money than I thought I did.
Anyways, here’s what I bought:
- Womanthology (IDW): I first wrote about this last year, after I’d gotten swept by the initial hype. Now that it’s here, I have to say it was worth every one of those fifty dollars it cost. Basically, you get a bunch of mini-stories–no more than five pages–some very varied art, and some nice tips on how to make it in the business. If you’re a fan of the medium of comic books, then you should definitively add this to your collection.
- Archie: The Married Life Vol. 2 (Archie Comics): Does anybody remember that Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin asks Hobbes what movie listings mean when they say a film has “adult situations”, and Hobbes says that it means the movie is about stuff like going to work and paying bills and all that stuff that never actually makes into movies starring adults? The Married Life is the comic about exactly just those types of situations, and does an excellent job in capturing the uncertainty of being just in the cusp of adulthood, where you aren’t quite sure how you got there or what you need to do next. It’s got its share of soap opera elements, to be sure, but unlike something like Revenge, this one is set in a world in which people are generally good–which, after reading something like D.C. comics for years, feels downright revolutionary.
- G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes #176 (IDW): Haven’t read this in earnest yet, but so far, I’m not sure just what to make of it yet.