Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 8/15
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.
Big Girls #1 (Image)– Big Girls #1 is a fun surprisingly socially conscious, and occasionally hilarious take on the kaiju genre from cartoonist Jason Howard. The comic’s basic premise is that some men have a gene that causes them to grow to Godzilla-esque sizes and go on rampages; women have a similar gene, but don’t lose their humanity so some of them get recruited to be “big girls”. (Think Ultraman or the jaegers from Pacific Rim, but less mecha.) Howard’s dialogue spoofs the overly pseudo-science of almost every monster movie while his art is full of energy, and at times, emotion as he is in full ink slinger mode through the whole book. He balances moral dilemmas with cheeky humor and big can of rage-turned-into whoop ass expertly in the protagonist, Ember, who wants to take a more nuanced approach to her job. This all fits into Big Girls’ monsters as a metaphor for toxic masculinity narrative. It’s a bit on the nose, but come on, this a book where a ten foot tall woman unloads a full clip into a giant monster so leave nuance for your Philosophy 101 class. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy
Marauders #11 (Marvel)– After what seems like forced emotions, Gerry Duggan and Stefano Caselli bring the Kate Pryde is having issues with resurrection arc to a close. There are complications along the way, and I hope some of this gets unpacked in future issues and not tossed to the side for X of Swords. Sure, there are Viking funerals, heartfelt tributes from Nightcrawler and Professor X, and even some longing looks from Magik and Rachel, but it seems like they want to jump to the good stuff: all out war against Sebastian Shaw. In probably the most interesting part of the issue, there is a small subplot with Storm getting some Krakoan meds to an X-Desk agent in DC to her mom with dementia. It makes Storm a bit of a wild card in a very pro-mutant society as she strives to help people even if they’re not Krakoan. But, yeah, this was just a pause before all-out war and maybe a bit of a parody of superhero funerals? Who knows, this series has seen better days. Overall: 6.0 Verdict: Pass
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).