Conventions are a glorious place that allow people of all walks of life to celebrate the things they love. Unfortunately, over the years, things have been not so great for convention-goers around the globe, as harassment, elitism, and generally being a jerk have become more common occurrences.
If you read my last review, one of the few qualms I had with this otherwise fantastic book was the lack of recognizable faces from Dragon Age: Inquisition. If I didn’t know how comics were made, I’d be thinking that the creative team on the book was listening to me specifically, because four issues in and the one problem I had with the book has been solved in spades.
It’s not often remembered now that Spain was a dictatorship easily the equal of Mussolini’s Italy well into the 1970s, tolerated by the United States in the name of anticommunism. In the aftermath of their brutal civil war and WWII, during which Spain was officially neutral but did little to disguise its Axis sympathies, many families were broken up. Often, this was the result of one or both parents being interned for political reasons. Carlos Giménez’ Paracuellos (IDW, available in April 2016), translated into English by Sonya Jones, is a very revealing first-hand account of growing up in one of the Auxilio Social homes that existed to take care of children who were left orphaned by this or whose parents were otherwise unable to take care of them - a dimension of history all too often neglected by academic accounts.
This book is hard. Hard to read, hard to look at, and hard to process. But, that’s what makes it so fantastic. Very few times has a book made me this uncomfortable but want to read more of it so much. The Violent is dark, grimy, and rough. But, it’s also a terrific story, one that hits every emotional beat that’s necessary to make for a quality book and many more.
Okay, guys. I want to start off with talking about how fantastic this book is. It’s been said before, and in the case of Leaving Megalopolis, it’s going to be said again. This book is really fun and really pretty. This isn’t much of a deviation from anything I’ve said before, but it really has to be said again here.
The wrestling comic that isn’t all that much about wrestling took another non-wrestling turn this time around in Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber’s Ringside. Dan is getting set to finally finish the job and track down his ex, regardless of the cost, while young gun Reynolds and his mentor work the lowest of the lower circuits to try to make a name for themselves in the wrestling world. While the once-was executes his plan, the washed up and the young gun try to keep themselves relevant, all to varying degrees of success.
Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra’s The Goddamned is back after a brief break. The good thing is that the book is absolutely worth it. It’s brutal, ugly, and in a completely contradictory way, absolutely beautiful.
Making comics is a very tough job. Anyone who can make it, especially in an indie market, is someone who deserves the utmost respect. Reading The Adventures of Punk and Rock, a series from Austin Allen Hamblin and his Hamblin Comics imprint, was a very interesting experience.
I continue to love the new Marvel Princess Leia comic book run. Like I mentioned in my first review, it really hits the spot in terms of strong, complicated female characters dealing with real issues.