Pick of the Week
Wacky Raceland 3
The Racers are skirting the crumbling coastline of the Pacific Ocean when an earthquake threatens to dump them into the toxic waters! And when Penelope and Dick are caught in a tsunami that sweeps them to a barren island without their vehicles or weapons, how will they battle the island’s horde of mutant crabs? And back on the mainland, the other Racers must fend off a tangle of carnivorous vines!
Wacky Raceland was the first comic series I picked up that I was not formerly introduced to through some other media (ie Poe Dameron, My Little Pony and Black Panther). It was also the first recommendation from my local comic store owner that I decided to check out. I recently learned that it was going to be ending after only six volumes, and I was very upset, so chances are likely it’s going to be topping my list for the remaining three.
Reasons to pick this one up: The art shift and mythological analogy surrounding Penelope’s backstory are a charming addition. A trans woman being viewed as desirable.
Reasons to avoid: Some people find the art to be a bit cluttered, so if that type of thing bothers you, you might want to avoid the entire series.
Runner Up: Wonder Woman 5
“The Lies” part three! Steve Trevor finds himself trapped in the heart of Urzkartaga’s darkness, with Wonder Woman and Cheetah the only hope of rescue for him and his men. But how far can Cheetah be trusted?
Wonder Woman was the second hero comic book I started reading after hearing so many great things about the history of the character on tumblr.
Reasons to pick up: The art by Sharp and Martin is incredible. It’s one of the reasons why I prefer this to Year One (although I am reading both). Also, cat people, wolf people and godly possession.
Reasons to avoid: Too much villain exposition?
Honorable Mention: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3 Rey and Finn escaped Jakku in the Millennium Falcon and teamed up with Han Solo and Chewbacca! But they're not in the clear yet — there be RATHTARS! Meanwhile, Kylo Ren meets with the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke! The search for Luke Skywalker continues! - Honestly, I've been kind of underwhelmed by the whole Force Awakens comic book adaptation. I was expecting so much more, especially having read Wendig's Aftermath novels.
On a related note, a good friend of mine bought me the first two comic installations on the four major battles of the Civil War. I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing them.