Saga Vol 8 Graphic Novel Review

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsSaga Vol 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

Saga Vol 8The last volume of Saga left me feeling incredibly emotionally manipulated into buying into the story again. This one too. While the last one dealt with themes around war, innocence, and bystander casualties, this deals with the same type of pain — only instead of conflict-related, domestically-related.

(Though I suppose that Marko does blame his own actions of murder for the death of their son, so we could put this in the war pile. Alana wouldn’t have fallen in that manner had they not been trying to escape a planet-destroying, war-related weapon.)

On the other hand, stories about miscarriages — given how common they are — are too few and far between. And they are certainly not in fantasy, space comic books. So I do applaud Vaughan and Staples on this. Continue reading “Saga Vol 8 Graphic Novel Review”

Bingo Love Graphic Novel Review

Erica gives this comic five starsBingo Love by Tee Franklin
Art: Jenn St-Onge

Bingo LoveDisclaimer: I did back this book on Kickstarter. Which is really just a way of saying, I backed a book that I thought would be enjoyable, but I still paid for it, so why is this disclaimer here?

To the actual book, I loved Bingo Love. I loved its characters. I loved its love theme. I loved the art. I cried while reading it. Yes, cried. (Listen, I’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy for 14 seasons, and I don’t cry at it. Stone cold.) This warmed my cold, cold heart.

Bing Love is about true love. But it’s also about how to care about the person you love. How to really take care of them in this world. Both the writing and the art are extremely conscientious about this.

This is also an important graphic novel when it comes to queer black women and their representation. Hazel and Mari’s love story felt new and previously untold in ways that it shouldn’t have. We should have a ton of stories of the love between queer black women. I’m glad Franklin and St-Onge have put Bingo Love into the world to add one more.

In 1963 as middle schoolers, Hazel and Mari meet each other when their grandmothers play bingo together. Continue reading “Bingo Love Graphic Novel Review”

Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #2, and Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #3 by Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Maria Frohlich, Andrew Aydin, Joanna Estep, Conley Lyons, Craig Yeung, Che Grayson, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Danielle Henderson, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Jordan Clark, Naomi Franquiz, Alissa Sallah, Alec Valerius, Dylan Meconis, Kit Cox, and Vanesa R. Del Rey
Average rating: 3.6/5 stars

Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #2 Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #3 Continue reading “Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews”

Saga Vol 7 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Vol 7Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsSaga Vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

The last volume of Saga was not my favorite. It signaled to me a wind down in the series. The place where Vaughan gets in his long-term stories where the narrative just kind of bends in the middle without a place to go. (This notably happens in the middle of Y: The Last Man.)

Will Vaughan get Saga together? Does volume 7 accomplish this? Yes and no.

One of Saga‘s strongest elements is Staples’ art. Staples’ art will keep me reading this book when the story doesn’t do it for me. Her art continues to be beautiful. Staples knows how to draw space and movements. She understands bodies like few artists do. You can read this book without with the words. Staples is a true visual storyteller. Continue reading “Saga Vol 7 Graphic Novel Review”