Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Marilyn's Top Five Single Issue Comics of 2016

Finishing up our lists of our favorite single issue comics of 2016, Marilyn is sharing her favorites today. You can see Meredith's list here, and John's list here.

Lazarus #23 – July 2016 (found in Lazarus: Book Five)

One of the things I love about Lazarus is the fight scenes. I’m not a huge fan of blood and guts, but I can look past that for a well-staged fight. And while Lazarus has had many fantastic fights, the battle in issue #23 featuring the Lazarus Sonya blew me away. 

Kill or Be Killed #1 – August 2016 (found in Kill or Be Killed: Volume One)

I will gladly pick up anything by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. They are such an incredible team, and after The Fade Out ended I needed more. Enter, Kill or Be Killed. The premise; Dylan, a young man unhappy with his life, attempts suicide. He survives and is visited by Death who informs Dylan that he must kill someone for every month he wishes to continue living, so he begins hunting down the worst of society. 

Ms. Marvel #12 – October 2016 (found in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2)

For those of you who are unaware, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel is my favorite super hero. One of the things that stood out to me when the comic first came out was Kamala’s family. And as Kamala has become more present in the Marvel Universe, we’ve seen less of her family. I had enjoyed the little flashbacks to her family coming to America, but in issue #12 Kamala goes overseas to visit her family still in Pakistan. 

Giant Days #17 – August 2016 (found in Giant Days, Vol. 4)

While Giant Days has never been as extreme or action packed as some of the other titles I read, it has become a bit of a comfort read for me. I’ve watched these characters grow through their time at university and develop meaningful friendships outside of their core group of friends, which has helped to enrich the story. Ester and Ed working together has been one of the highlights of the series, and my heart goes out to poor Daisy for having to act as Den Mother to the group. 

Saga #38 – September 2016 (found in Saga: Volume Seven)

Look man, just when I thought Saga couldn’t do something to surprise me, of course they did. It happened in September and I’m still not over it. 

Honorable Mention
Please, please, pick up Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. While no single issue made it into my top five, the series as a whole has been one of my favorite reads over the past two years. Lunella Lafayette aka Moon Girl has awakened as an Inhuman and is trying to become a superhero on her own terms while controlling, and occasionally switching places with her trusty pet, Devil Dinosaur. The ending of issue #6, where Lunella goes into her Inhuman cocoon and Devil Dinosaur sadly guards her almost made me cry. Just read it, and then have your kids read it, because they will love it too. Devil Dinosaur fights a Lego Dinosaur, what more do you need?

And that's it for our single-issue recaps of 2016, but I'm sure we'll still be talking comics throughout 2017.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Galentine's Day Edition

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February 13 is Galentine’s Day. What is Galentine’s Day? I’ll allow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from Parks and Recreation to explain: “Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” So in honor of Leslie Knope and Galentine’s Day, let me list my favorite gal pals.

1. Jo and Blair (The Facts of Life) – The best frienemies to ever grace the screen. From the first moment Jo rode her motorcycle to Peekskill, she and Blair have butted heads. They spent the better part of eight seasons constantly sniping at each other, but deep down, you knew there’d be hell to pay if anyone else dared cross the other.
2. Trish and Jessica (Jessica Jones and Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat) – Developed from the pages of Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias, Netflix’s Jessica Jones series introduced us all to the friendship between Jessica and her adoptive sister, Trish. The two have a fierce bond from dealing with the aftermath of an encounter with villain Killgrave. Their friendship has recently made the jump back to the comic panels in Kate Leth’s Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat series.
3. Claire and Alice (Resident Evil: Extinction) – When the world ends, it’s important to know that your friends have got your back. Alice and Claire have been looking out for each other over the past ten years during the Resident Evil franchise. No zombies even have a chance.
4. Pauline and Juliet (Heavenly Creatures) – OK, so not all friendships end well, but you can’t argue the steadfastness of your relationship when your best friend is willing to help you murder your mom. The film is Peter Jackson’s adaptation of a real life event involving author Anne Perry.
5. The Rockford Peaches (A League of Their Own) – When the boys go to war, it’s up to the women to keep things moving on the home front. The gals of the Rockford Peaches always have each other to lean on during difficult times.
6. Thelma and Louise (Thelma & Louise) – Best friends til the end of the line. Thelma and Louise hit the road to escape their dreary lives and soon end up on the run from the law.
7. Abby and Gretchen (My Best Friend’s Exorcism) – I talked about this book more at length during my full review, but it fits very well for this list. It’s a testament to the power of friendship overcoming the will of an evil demon.
8. Novalee, Sister Husband, and Lexi (Where the Heart Is) – Sometimes friends can become your found family. Novalee has nothing when her boyfriend leaves her at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart. Luckily, the small town of Sequoyah is full of quirky, big hearted people who are ready to take Novalee under their wings.
9. Idgie and Ruth (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café) – The lifelong friendship between Idgie and Ruth is one of the most enduring, I think, in any book or movie. They face a lifetime of triumphs and tragedies, able to weather it all as long as they are by each other’s side.
10. Anne and Diana (Anne of Green Gables) – Does a pair get more iconic than this? Anne Shirley, who has never had a single soul she could confide in, finds her true bosom friend in Diana Barry. 

Honorable mention to the one and only, Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation and her friendships with her fellow Pawnee residents.