SpiderGwen #3, Giant Days #1 and Ms. Marvel #13
Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
SpiderGwen‘s been catching quite a bit of buzz lately and while I found the first two issues did hold my interest I wasn’t as captivated as the hype seemed to tell me I should be. That’s not to say that issues #1 and #2 didn’t have their strong points. Kudos to the beautiful artwork and coloring of Rodriguez and Renzi as well the ridiculously awesome idea of Gwen Stacy in a band with Mary Jane called of course, The Mary Janes. The story, in my humble opinion, just needed a little extra emotional ooomph and by golly, issue #3 certainly gave me what I wanted.
As awesome as it is to watch superheros kick ass and take names, I’ve found that I need that extra bit of emotional connection to really make my read a compelling one. Issue #3 finally has the very poignant and genuine heart-to-heart with Gwen and her father that I’ve been waiting for as well as just the right amount of character introspection due to the loss of Peter Parker. She also does that kicking ass thing I was talking about. It was a well balanced and beautifully written issue that now has me officially hooked on the wonderful and brilliantly drawn world of SpiderGwen.
Oh and because the internet can sometimes be pretty awesome, you can actually listen to The Mary Janes’ hit song “Face it Tiger” online!
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Colors: Whitney Cogar
While perusing the shelves at what is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic spots in Chicago, Alley Cat Comics, I stumbled upon a previously unknown but magical gem titled Giant Days. I knew nothing of this comic before picking it up but something about this title’s simple yet eye catching cover of a young goth-tinged girl sitting on a pile of luggage typing into her cell phone convinced me to give it a shot. After-all, about 75% percent of the titles currently holding my interest are superhero-centric so I thought it might be a nice change of pace to try something new.
Giant Days #1 is an adorably fun, genuine and entertaining read focusing on three college roommates, Daisy, Esther and Susan as they navigate college life as well as each other’s personalities and drastically different behaviors. Allison’s writing has such a strong sense of authenticity that it’s certainly not difficult to imagine myself having similar conversations and interactions with my group of friends. In fact, I’m sure a lot of mine have come remarkably close. Treiman and Cogar do a great job of capturing the array of emotions these three characters go through. This comic has the whole package. I can’t recommend it enough.
Writer: G. Williow Wilson
Artist: Takeshi Myazawa
Colors: Ian Herring with Irma Knivila
Ms. Marvel is of those comics that had me hooked from the very first issue. Kamala Khan is one of the most captivating and endearing characters that the superhero world has put out there in recent memory. As a teenage Pakastani-American living in Jersey City, she must navigate her new-found powers and responsibilities while learning how to incorporate them alongside her faith as well as her family and social life. She uses the alias Ms.Marvel in reference to her hero and idol Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel.
Throughout most of the series’ run thus far, Kamala’s focus was on her first nemesis, The Inventor, but at issue #13 we see the beginnings a new story arc emerge. I don’t want spoil too much of the plot so I’ll just say that this issue has managed to pull together everything I love about Kamala’s personality and makes me love her even more. Additionally, even though I am a big fan of previous artist Adrian Alphona’s work I immediately took to the wonderful illustrations of artist Takeshi Myazawa as he incorporated his own interpretations of Ms. Marvel while managing to maintain the original essence of its characters.
So that’s it for this week’s top comic picks and I hope to continue in sharing my weekly faves with you. I have a nice pile o’ comics in my living room that I look forward to getting through so please keep in mind that my picks may not always reflect the actual new releases of that particular week.
Any titles currently have you hooked? Share them in comments!