I’m sure I’m one of only a few people who have ever asked the question what if the Dirty Dozen had superpowers? Luckily for me one of the people who asked that question was John Ostrander, who also answered that question in 1987 when he created the Suicide Squad. The first issue of Suicide Squad introduces us to a half dozen convicted super felons with a choice: rot for the rest of your lives in jail, or take on extremely high risk, deniable, missions for the U.S. government in hopes of reducing your sentence. My favorite thing about this title is that Ostrander is more than willing to take risks and shake up his story, I mean one of the team dies in the very first issue. Full of unrepentant bad guys, awesome art, and terrific storytelling the first volume of the original Suicide Squad makes villains cool in a big way
I read FUN HOME for the first time this weekend. I knew, of course, how amazing Alison Bechdel is–I have heard a handful of songs from the musical, even–but I had never sat down to read her first graphic novel, about her relationship with her father. I, like many, was in turn struck by how similar and how dissimilar her experiences were from mine. My family’s reaction to my coming out involved a lot of denial from both me and my parents, and Bechdel captures the alienation of emerging queerness beautifully–as well as everything else. If you haven’t picked up FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC yet, read it now!
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After the cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune crashed and burned, filmmaker, novelist, and mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky and French artist Moebius took some of their ideas and turned them into the amazing comic book The Incal. In this format, none of the budgetary concerns which sunk the film existed thus allowing their imagination to run wild. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! Satire, mysticism, space opera, and more combine and recombine in various forms as this story goes on. Originally published in 1981, this graphic novel is a clear influence upon both Grant Morrison’s Invisibles and Luc Besson’s movie The Fifth Element. This beautiful hardcover edition is a must own for fans of all things amazing! I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH!