Comics for February

I didn’t read as many comics in February as I did in January, but still managed to plow through a fair amount of them.

Down. Set. Fight! (Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, Scott Kowalchuk, Oni Press): I care zip about football, but I know that a sports comics with Sims and Bowers is not going to be the usual. sure enough, this is a tale of deep corruption in an unlikely and overlooked area of sports. It’s a lot of fun, and I especially liked the flashbacks to Chuck Fairlane’s training with his dad.

Antares vols 1-4 (Léo, Cinebook): This is the third part of the Aldebaran series and so far it’s very different from the others, while still building on previous events. These books are some pretty good sci-fi, though the chracters go from well-developed at one moment to really juvenile the next. For some reason I thought that book four was the last one for this series, but it’s not.

Snow Piercer vol 1 (Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette, Titan): This sounded kind of interesting. After a global disaster that’s frozen the world, an unstoppable train carries survivors in an endless circle. And speaking of endless circles, they eventually develop a class system based on position in the train. The concept is more interesting than the execution, though, and there are a lot of obvious questions that are never answered. Volume two was available for order before I got volumne one, and I held off; now I’m kind of glad I did. Apparently a movie was made of this.

Usagi Yojimbo vol 27: A Town Called Hell (Stan Sakai, Dark Horse Comics): Man, I love Usagi Yojimbo.

Friends With Boys (Faith Erin Hicks, First Second): I got this after reading an excerpt in the Best American Comic Stories 2013 anthology. It’s not a bad book, and I like Hicks’ writing and art style, but I guess I thought it was going to go a little deeper. It turned out to be a lot more slight than I was expecting. I do want to read more of her work now.

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files vol 3 (John Wagner, Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, millions of others, 2000 AD): I got in the mood for some Judge Dredd and picked up on the stack of these phone books I have. This one has the first appearance of Judge Death, but it’s not the big deal you’d think it would be. I enjoy these collections and moved straight on to volume 4 afterwards, which is where I am now.

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