Elements: Fire Graphic Novel Review

Erica gives this comic five starsElements: Fire by Taneka Stotts (Editor), Shing Yin Khor, Kou Chen, Maddi Gonzalez, Sara DuVall, Myisha Haynes, Rashad Doucet, James F. Wright, Aatmaja Pandya, Der-Shing Helmer, Jaide Mandas, Marisa Han, Ash G., Chloe Chan, Nina Matsumoto, Mildred Louis, Melanie Ujimori, Tee Franklin, M. Victoria Robado, Deshan Tennekoon, Isuri Merenchi Hewage, Jemma Salume, Chan Chau, Genue Revuelta, Orunmilla Williams, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Shivana Sookdeo, Tristan J. Tarwater, Michelle Nguyen, Veronica Agarwal, Jy Yang, Yasmin Liang, and Kiku Hughes

Elements: FireDisclaimer: I was a Kickstarter backer. But like all my reviews, my excitement about a book that I preordered via Kickstarter (instead of preordering at my local comic book shop) doesn’t mean I’m an easier reviewer.

Elements: Fire is a gorgeous book. The stories, both the writing and the art, are top-notch. They are themed around fire and illustrated in black and white with red as a pop color. This art choice nicely coalesced the book as each story has unique tones, topics, and illustrations.

Elements: Fire also notably features all creators of color. Which is awesome. This also means that most all the tales feature characters of color, which is doubly awesome.

Unlike when I’ve reviewed shorter collections, I won’t be rating every single story. I walked away with a smile on my face and feeling the warmth of these stories. Almost all of them ranged from a 4 to a 5 stars out of five. Continue reading “Elements: Fire Graphic Novel Review”

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”

Taproot Graphic Novel Review

Erica gives this comic five starsTaproot by Keezy Young

Taproot“I got you a book about gardening.” This is what my partner said when he brought this graphic novel home for me. It also is a queer novel. His assumption was very correct that I’d love it.

The main character Hamal can see and talk to ghosts. This is completely normal for him. He doesn’t think much of it, except that he likes his ghost friends and he doesn’t want his boss at the gardening center to think he’s too weird to employ. Weird because he’s always seemingly talking to no one.

However, when the Reaper comes after Hamal, we think the worst for Hamal and his ghost friends. Continue reading “Taproot Graphic Novel Review”