Tumblr is going NUTS over the latest Grayson issue. And it is indeed very awesome. Check out my rather long commentary post below!
If you’ve been anywhere near Tumblr lately, you’ll probably been exasperated by the “crave that mineral” meme that has inexplicably and rapidly went viral, to the point where even luxury brands like Tiffany’s and Mercedes-Benz were referencing it on their social media accounts. It’s not the first meme to gain traction and it won’t be the last, but it felt particularly relevant as I caught up on Memetic, a three-part comic series published by BOOM! Studios.
Memetic, created and written by James Tynion IV (Batman, Batman Eternal), also features an animal-based image (a sloth) slowly taking over the internet. People go into a frenzy over it, as they often do with internet memes, but things take a sinister turn when said frenzy involves homicidal zombification.
I wrote a review of Memetic #3 (the final part of the mini-series) for Word of the Nerd — you can find it here, and I’ve also cross-posted it below.
First of all, how amazing is this cover by Kris Anka? The composition is kept simple so that our main subject, Ms. Marvel and her large beast friend, Lockjaw, are dynamic and striking. I love Kamala’s pose: this a a hero on the go, ready to kick butt and save people. The spray-painted logo and police car fill out the rest of the picture without cluttering it. The colours keep it fun and energetic. While I’ve enjoyed the previous covers by Jamie McKelvie, I’d love to see more covers by Mr. Anka.
Anyway… Kamala is baaaaack! Woohoo! We’ve had a month-long break since issue #9 broke way back in October, but as I started this issue, it felt like it was just yesterday — this book’s look and tone is just that distinct, thanks to the combined talents of G Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, Joe Caramagna (and of course the two editors shepherding them, Devin Lewis and Sana Amanat).
Issue #10 follows directly from where #9 ended: with some of Kamala’s peers, who she has just saved from captivity as human batteries, explaining to her that nope, the villainous Inventor wasn’t keeping them against their will. They were all there by choice. Yikes! As if the idea of kids plugged into weird machines, kept as energy incubators a la The Matrix, wasn’t horrifying enough.
Noelle Stevenson and gang have done a great job with this issue, which appears to be a special “filler” before we kick off the next arc on the comic. Filler issues usually equates to guest artists, and the editorial team took advantage of the opportunity to bring an all-star cast of creators on board.
Multiple artists on the book is often a mixed bag — it’s often because the designated artist couldn’t finish the work on time, or part of a hit/miss anthology. Here, the wildly differing styles of Faith Erin Hicks, Becca Tobin et al. work to the benefit of the issue’s plot, which sees our protagonists sitting around a campfire relating ghost stories.
Here’s a quick run down of some of my favourite panels from this issue —
The combination of Dick Grayson shirtless + carrying a baby from Grayson #5 is proving popular on Tumblr. Those were great aspects of the comic, definitely, but I was left more ambivalent by the issue. It was like literary fiction in comic form — and gosh, I do hate literary fiction. Which is interesting, given that most of my own fiction work seems to emulate the style of literary fiction by being character-driven, rather than plot driven.Perhaps that is why I prefer the fiction I read to be plot-driven — because it provides a form of creative expression that I, personally, struggle to create.
Regardless, have my thoughts on Grayson #5 below, taken from my write-up(s) for Graysonology & Word of the Nerd. Please do also check out my pal A.’s excellent commentary over at the Graysonology post — as always, she nails it!
Gotham Academy is one of the breakout books of the recent Bat-renaissance. It’s got a “Hogwarts in Gotham” sort of vibe, featuring a young and diverse cast of new characters as they receive their education in the mysterious and ancient institution of Gotham Academy. Sure, they aren’t training to be witches and wizards, but there’s a definite supernatural element here, and it’s utterly fascinating. And like those wonderful Harry Potter books, the creators drop lots of hints and Easter Eggs about the wider DC/Bat world the comic inhabits. Notably, Gotham Academy is also possibly the only book within DC Comics’ main New 52 line that is suitable for younger (though perhaps not too young) audiences.
browngirlcomics is proud to present a wonderful review of Gotham Aacdemy #3, written by my close pal Zina, who also happens to be a very excellent writer and knowledgeable comics fan!
This issue is tonally very different from the last two, which were both very dark and intense. I feared we might have Dick angsting over the death of Agent #8 from last month’s issue, but fortunately, Seeley and King do not take that route.Read More →
[This review originally appeared at Graysonology.]
This issue left me with a lot of feelings: not bad feelings, necessarily, but it certainly got me thinking. Much has been made out of the idea of Dick Grayson using guns (notably on the first issue covers by Mikel Janin & Andrew Robinson respectively). Having read Grayson #3, I’m pleased to see that the writers are on the same page as I am regarding this topic.