Welcome to another Hardcore Lady Types an articles series devoted to showcasing strong female and queer characters in comics and the creators who make them.
February was a busy month working up to and through Emerald City Comicon early in March this year! I’m combining February with March’s. So without further ado here are the latest recommended releases and reviews this month:
Jem Misfits #2 & #3
Written By: Kelly Thompson
Art By: Jenn St. Onge
This series started back in Dec 2016, so I’ll be focused on this latest issue in the run released on 02/1/2017 & 3/22/2017
What we know so far: The Misfits have lost their label and nobody will touch them in the music business. On the ropes and desperate to get back on top, they’re forced to consider the worst case scenario…A MISFITS REALITY TV SHOW. Though it promises the chance to get them back in the spotlight, it comes with a heavy, privacy-destroying price.
What’s exciting about this issue: The comic really speaks for itself. Here’s a page from issue #2 that depicts what makes this issue so awesome:
Issue #3 goes into Blaze’s story and what’s great about it is that you see an evolution take place outside of what little we’ve seen in the main Jem & the Holograms. She’s coming into her own musically; you seen how she got to where she is and where she’s headed. It’s really great to get a spotlight on each member per issue. There’s much to explore and I’m enjoying each and every one. Plus, St Onge is a great artist! She is the artist behind Emet Comics’ Finding Molly: Adventures in Catsitting; another series I’d recommend checking out.
Check this out if you like: Jem & the Holograms, Think the Misfits are better, Have a crush on Stormer, Love Jenn St Onge and or Kelly Thompson, Wanna have some feels, Wanna get inspired to take on the world!
[Category tags: Jem, Misfits, 80’s remade, body positive, LGBTQ]
Written By: Leila Del Duca
Art By: Kit Seaton
This series was released only in graphic novel format on 3/29/2017.
What it’s about: In a fantastical, post-industrial desert, fifteen-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astral project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s two parents have temporarily left her and her thirteen-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.
Whats exciting about this graphic novel: The art is beautiful, the characters are interesting and their characterization is really good, it makes you cheer them on and want to see them the succeed; I feel for the brother and sister throughout the story. Her gift is really cool and, though some of what is behind her ability gets a little far out, I love the art in those scenes the best. I found myself zipping through the story in one sitting. All-in-all, a great one-and-done package with the potential for more should the creators want to do that.
Check this out if you like: Spiritual/Supernatural stories, want more people of color in your comics, simply like sci-fi.
[Category Tags: POC, Supernatural, High Fantasy, Science Fiction]
Batwoman Rebirth One-Shot and #1 (Ongoing)
Written By: Marguerite Bennett, James TynionIV
Art By: Ben Oliver, Steve Epting
This series started on 2/15/2017 with the Rebirth one-shot and the #1 ongoing issue came out 3/15/2017. #2 comes out 4/19/2017
What it’s about: (One-Shot Rebirth #1) Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going.
(Ongoing #1) On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld… and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there. But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days… and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive!
What we know so far: In chronological order, Kate’s story begins with Detective Comics #854 in 2009, which shows her leaving the military and putting on the suit and becoming a part of the bat family. The story continued on when DC relaunched their titles in 2011 branding it New 52. That run ran until 2015. Now, this current run, the Rebirth run, of Batwoman fills in some of the gaps between Kate’s journey from soldier to vigilante.
If you haven’t read the beginning of Batwoman’s history and would like to, the collection of Batwoman Elegy by Greg Rucka & JH Williams III comes out 6/14/2017. It contains Detective Comics #854-863.
What’s exciting about these issues: For the last few years, many fans have thought that Batwoman hasn’t recieved the treatment of which she is worthy. These issues show that DC is back on track. They are moving in a direction that is both accurate to the character and fills in story we haven’t had before while also tying into the current Rebirth Detective Comics series (see Monster Men crossover event). The art is gorgeous and fitting of a Batwoman title. Ben Olivier on the one-shot and Steve Epting on the ongoing issue are a great fit. They use elements of JH William’s visual storytelling without being overly stylized (though I love that about Elegy). While I am generally not a fan of Bennett’s storytelling, knowing she is a big fan has given me hope that she will accurately portray the character and give her respect. With James Tynion IV co-writing on the title, I feel they are crafting a cohesive narrative that compliments the previous Batwoman titles that established her character.
What to look forward to: The Elegy run of Batwoman made me fall in love with the character. Unfortunately, New 52 negated a lot of what Kate seemed to be about, and in the process destroyed established relationships, and neglected to tie up oddly injected storylines. It appears the events that have happened to Kate in both Elegy and New 52 are considered to be cannon in Rebirth. For example, the top half of the picture below depicts characters from Elegy (the monsters and Alice, the main villain wearing all white). The lower half depicts moments from the New 52 (her team-up with Wonder Woman and her romantic relationship with Maggie Sawyer). I’m very curious to see how they tie things together and potentially address/fix some of the errors from the past.
Check this out if you like: Batwoman, Detective Comics, Bat family, Gay Superheroes.
[Category Tags: LGBTQ, Superheroes]
Giant Days TP Vol 4
Written By: John Allison
Art By: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
What we know so far: It’s springtime at Sheffield University-the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and fast-pals Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue to survive their freshman year of university. Susan is barely dealing with her recent breakup with McGraw, Esther is considering dropping out of school, and Daisy is trying to keep everyone and everything from falling apart! Combined with house-hunting, indie film festivals, and online dating, can the girls make it to second year? Collects issues #13-16.
What’s exciting about this volume: What isn’t exciting?! I love this series. That’s why it makes it on every list I write; Best of 2016 and the Nicole Recommends series. Esther’s ready to quit on a lot of life, in volume 4 we were left on a real cliffhanger and here we go right back into it. What’s going to happen! What will this little goth girl do? Of course good college mates won’t let ya down and they come to scoop her up. Next up, finding a place to rent when everyone else on campus is vying for the same thing. What lengths with they go to get a much needed space. Cameo by Mario (not the real one, just a really good and kinda creepy interpretation). And lastly, we get left with the ever growing question of Daisy and whether she’s gonna come out already! This series warms my heart. It’s my happy place.
Check this out if you like: Humor, Slice of life stories. If those types of stories are your jam, your jelly, your peanut butter, and your peanuts*, please do yourself a favor and head to your Local Comic Shop (LCS) and grab a copy now! (*FYI link is to reference a Key and Peele skit, it’s NSFW; go to 2:20 to get the quote I pulled)
[Category Tags: Slice-of-life, drama & relationships, LGBTQ]
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