Hi guys! I did the Try a Chapter Tag (which was created by Malia at Book Paradise) a while ago and it was a lot of fun – so I’m bringing it back! Except this time I won’t be reading chapters, but single issues of six different comic books and deciding which ones I want to keep reading. I’m really excited about this, so let’s get started.
Maestro by Steve Skroce and Dave Stewart
What’s going on: This issue starts with a massacre. The Maestro, the Wizard King, and his whole family have been murdered, presumably by a wizard called Mardok. Only the Maestro’s ex-wife and their son survive. This son, who’s been banished to earth, is now the the new Maestro – or he will be once his Mother finds him. Meanwhile on earth, the future Wizard King’s in a night club using his magic abilities to sell rich man bigger dicks. I kid you not. Then a stripper turns into a giant alien Venus flytrap monster type thing and all hell breaks lose.
My thoughts: I love it! The art is beautiful and the colors are so aesthetically pleasing: it’s colorful, but not too bright. The plot’s pretty bananas, but that’s what makes it fun and the humor is great.
Will I keep reading it: Yes!
Runaways by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
What’s going on: The Runaways have this in common: they’re all the children of super villains and when they discovered that they ran away together. They learned how to use the powers they’d inherited from their parents and returned to defeat them, losing one of their members in the battle. But that all happened years ago. In the present Nico, a magician who can only cast each spell once, is reminiscing about her days as a Runaway when another former Runaway shows up in her apartment carrying a third – Gertie, the one who died.
My thoughts: I’m not sure about this one. The art is pretty nice and Nico seems like a cool character. But nothing really happens in this issue except a whole lot of backstory, which is necessary, but not super interesting. It might improve once the plot gets off the ground though.
Will I keep reading it: Probably not.
Moonstruck by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle and Kate Leth
What’s going on: We start out in a coffee shop. Our main character Julie’s just met a girl she really likes and is talking to her best friend Chet about it, there’s nothing unusual about that. What is slightly unusual is that Julie’s a werewolf and Chet a centaur. While what we see in this first issue is mostly just our characters going about their day to day lives, there’s also hints of danger, as a prophecy is made promising the worst is yet to come.
My thoughts: I love it, I love it, I love it. I love the art, I love the soft pastel colors, I love the setting where fantastical creatures lead perfectly ordinary lives, I love the f/f content, I love characters, I just love it.
Will I keep Reading it: Absolutely!
Sleepless by Sarah Vaughn, Leila del Duca and Alissa Sallah
What’s going on: Our main characters are a princess and her sleepless night, who’s forsaken sleep so he can always protect her. Her father has recently died and it’s the day of her uncle’s coronation. She attends the ceremony, but on her way back to her rooms she’s attacked by an assassin and saved by Cyrenic, her knight. It’s revealed that this is not the first time someone’s tried to have her killed.
My thoughts: This has a darker and much more muted color palette which isn’t my favorite, but the art’s still beautiful. I love the medieval fantasy world setting and that there’s lot of people of color – which for some reason you typically don’t see in this type of setting. The plot is promising and I’m expecting lots of court intrigue.
Will I keep reading it: Yes!
Coyotes by Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky
What’s going on: Set in a place known as the City of Lost Girls, this issue opens with a police officer arriving at grisly scene. He finds a girl standing alone surrounded by the dead bodies of women, children and coyotes. She is Analia, known as Red, orphaned when were-coyotes killed her sister and mother. Now she’s being trained in combat by a woman called The Duchess, the leader of a society of women called Victorias, who hunt and kill the coyotes.
My thoughts: This is definitely the darkest of the comics, both in terms of colors and content. Part of it are quite violent, people do get eaten by coyotes guys. I tend to prefer more light-hearted and colorful comics – but I’m very intrigued by this one. What’s the story behind the were-coyotes? Why do they hunt women? Who are the Victorias?
Will I keep reading it: Probably.
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
What’s going on: Nicholas is entering a fencing tournament and finds out he’s up against Seiji Katayama, a huge talet who hasn’t lost a match in a year. Unlike a lot of the other contestants Nicholas isn’t rich, he doesn’t go to a private school or have access to the best coaches and equipment. But he’s determined to beat them anyway, through hard work and dedication.
My thoughts: I know Twitter loves this comic, but I was pretty skeptical. It’s a comic about fencing, that doesn’t sound fun. It’s actually very entertaining though, the art’s nice and Nicholas is a likable protagonist it’s easy to root for. There’s also a twist at the end that sets things up nicely for the next issues.
Will I keep reading it: I might
Have you read any of these? Which one sounds the most interesting to you?