In addition to
hoarding reading piles of books, training all my dragons, and eating waffles, I enjoy devouring comic books and manga. Books with pictures are the best, so books that are pictures are even better. Here’s a list of comic books and manga I read in August.
DC Comics Bombshells Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 by Marguerite Bennett
You know what’s the best thing about this comic book series? Kickass lady action. The entire series focuses on the ladies of DC Comics as they battle Nazis and other problems during WWII. As the series progresses, it introduces more and more female characters and highlights specific areas and people groups during the war. It’s basically the coolest concept ever, and we deserve to have a live-action TV series.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 7: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Mirka Andolfo
Ms. Marvel is hands down one of my favorite comic book series ever. Kamala Khan is relatable, funny, and too precious for the world. This volume was hard to read. Kamala’s been through a lot lately and it hasn’t been easy, but there is hope. That’s the greatest thing about the Ms. Marvel comic series: there’s a lot of love and hope being shared. It’s inspiring.
Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together by Francis Manapul, Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Brad Anderson, and Steve Wands
This was a weird comic. Weird because Superman was from “another earth” and he was married to Lois and had a son. But also because it had a weird plot and villain. But I liked to see the “Big Three” of DC Comics facing difficult situations, especially since it dealt with the tender moments of their stories. Wonder Woman is the best, though. Always.
Gotham Academy: Second Semester Vol. 1: Welcome Back by Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl, and Adam Archer
I love the Gotham Academy comic series. It’s so fun and the characters are amazing. Maps will always be my favorite, but I’m excited to see what happens with Olive! This particular volume was quite the adventure, even though a few parts were confusing and I’m still not sure what that ending was. It’s possible I read too fast. It’s interesting, though, and I look forward to the next volume!
New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China by Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic, Richard Friends, and Dave Sharpe
I have mixed feelings about this comic. On one hand, I love the Chinese representation and references (especially including Qi into Kenan’s powers). Plus the plot twists were all kinds of awesome and pointed out that there are always more than one side to an issue and sometimes both sides can be wrong. But I couldn’t help but think that instead of “remaking” the Justice League with Chinese characters they should have just created NEW Chinese-based superheroes! I didn’t feel that Kenan or the others deserved to be called Super-Man or Batman because a scientist handed them superpowers in a bottle and told them that’s who they were. I wanted them to earn the recognition to be a hero and that never happened. I hope this comic paves the way for this to happen in the future, though.
Attack on Titan Vol. 22 by Hajime Isayama
I’ve actually read beyond this volume, but since the chapters are released to far apart, I read the volumes to remind myself what has happened. And this volume definitely has lot of information packed into it. If you’re a fan of Attack on Titan and want answers, pick this up ASAP. (Plus, the ocean! *sobs*)
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 10 by Hajime Isayama
I enjoy this volume thoroughly. Sharle was a big focus of this volume, and I like that her character is growing. She’s a lot stronger than before and more daring. She’s taking action for what she believes, and she won’t let anything–not even fear–keep her from doing it. I also LOVED reading about how the vertical maneuver gear was invented, along with the iron bamboo swords. It’s awesome to get backstory on items that are so important in the main series.