This Week Nicole Recommends:
There are many great collections coming out this week. From the newest trade of Saga, to the complete collection of Henchgirl, and the beautiful large bound collection of Sunstone (collects volumes 1-3) there’s almost too much goodness this week! I’m going to highlight a few things off the shelf that are a little off the mainstream path:
(W/A/CA) Cathy Malkasian
Cathy Malkasian’s Eartha is an expansive tale of pastoral life, city corruption, greed, and addictions, and reverberates with questions plaguing us today, such as the alienating effects of hyper-connectivity and the self-destructive obsession with novelty. Malkasian’s rigorous draftsmanship, stunning landscapes and sophisticated storytelling are all on display in Eartha, making this the author’s lushest and most impressive graphic novel yet.
Note: The art is beautiful, with an endearing main protagonist who takes you through the world and characters.
(W/A/CA) Manuele Fior
Set in 2048, The Interview is a science fiction novel from the author of 5,000 km Per Second that eschews outer space for inner space. It is a moving story about the passage of time, the commonalities and differences between generations, and on our changing society. “I tried to imagine the near future,” says the author, “where not everything is negative and catastrophic, where the end of the world does not come with a violent apocalypse, but rather an intimate and familiar context of daily life that keeps flowing.”
Note: The art is on yellow paper and black inks line the pages. There are moments between with charcoal splash pages. This book is beautiful illustrated. His style reminds me of elements of Marjane Satrapi.
CASTOFFS TP VOL 01
(W) Brian Smith, M. K. Reed (A) Molly Ostertag, Wyeth Yates (CA) Molly Ostertag
It’s Magic vs. Technology in Roar’s newest graphic novel! When three apprentice mages are sent to help a neighboring guild, they reignite a decades-old war with a robot army that has destroyed the world. Brian Smith, New York Times best-selling author (Stuff of Legend), teams up with MK Reed (Americus) and artist Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist) on a thrilling new fantasy adventure! Including an all-new, never-before-seen 24-page prologue made just for this collection!
Note: Now for something completely different. I have been following this series since the beginning of the printed material. It was super fun and a great all-age story. This collection includes the digital material as well. Looking forward to revisiting this and seeing the whole story in one place! Also, I spoke with MK Reed at ECCC this year and she said she’s signed on for another 10 issues!
Happy New Comic Book Day Everyone!