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She Could Fly vol. 3 TP by Christopher Cantwell and Martin Morazzo, published by Dark Horse
I've really liked the first 2 volumes of She Could Fly. It's a serious, sad story about mental illness and the difficulties of life. But it's also a story of conspiracies, big ideas, and dreams. I think this is the first comic work by Christopher Cantwell that I'd ever read, and it really made me want to pay attention to anything else he did in comics. Thus far his work has been great, and it'll be really interesting to see him revisit the first story that brought him to comics. Martin Morazzo is a fantastic artist, able to bring the weirdness of this story to life in an incredible way. He's a fantastic storyteller, with a unique, weird style.
Black Panther #1 by John Ridley and Juann Cabal, published by Marvel Comics
This is a brand new creative team, as Ta-Nehisi Coates concluded his run on Black Panther earlier on this year (the latter part of that run was with Daniel Acuna and I was a big fan). But this is a new creative team that I'm excited for. The story is being written by John Ridley, who is an Oscar-winning screenwriter (12 Years a Slave) but has also entered comics this year in a big way, with some Batman comics, and with The Other History of the DC Universe. I really enjoyed the latter book, as it is definitely on my shortlist for favorite comics of the year. It's a really big, ambitious project, which told the story of the DC universe but from the perspective of characters from underrepresented populations. Now he's taking his talents to Wakanda and I couldn't be happier. He's teaming up with Juann Cabal who is a fantastic superhero artist (I really enjoyed his work in X-23) and this is a great team and a promising new start.
Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite creators in comics. He's certainly prolific as both writer and artist, and has created a ton of great work in multiple genres. But there are definitely themes that feel like they're important to him, to which he returns. Themes such as loss, trauma, mourning, and regret. He often does so on his written and drawn work, including in Mazebook. It's a sad story about a father, whose daughter died a number of years before. He thinks he is seeing clues left by her in different puzzles, and goes out to search for them and follow up on them. Is he imagining things? Is it just wishful thinking? Is some of it really happening? I'm not sure, and as with most of Lemire's work, the answers are often complex and not clear. But the journey is as important as the destination, so I'm glad to follow Lemire on this one. He just really gets the sense of emptiness and longing, and does a great job weaving in elements of the fantastical. I'd definitely recommend Mazebook for fans of his prior work, and for anyone who wants to get sad (in a good way) reading an excellent story.
Unbelievable Unteens: World of Black Hammer #4 by Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook, published by Dark Horse
Speaking of great Jeff Lemire stories, I'm loving all of the various comics in the interconnected Black Hammer universe these days. Unbelievable Unteens is no exception. It's the story of an artist living in Spiral City who draws a teen superhero comic, only it turns out that the stories she is drawing are in fact real, and are based on the adventures that she and her fellow "Unteens" had years before (they're very melodramatic X-Men type stories). But the truth is coming out, and everything is going haywire. This series is a lot of fun, and artist Tyler Crook is (unsurprisingly) doing amazing work. His painted style really brings to life the dramatic, exciting story.
It’s high time that one of the most important comics of all time gets a panel by panel annotation, and Chip Kids and Geoff Spear are a fantastic team to complement the seminal work by Kirby and Lee. Abrams is good at these kinds of books. They know how to package something like this. Part academic piece, part art book, this is something to put in a place of pride on the bookshelf.