The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Four stars. This is by far the funniest Marvel comic I’ve read yet. Squirrel Girl is such an upbeat, confident character; she solves problems with ass-kicking, yes, but also empathy and creative thinking, and that is cool. The “screenshots” of tweets between her, Iron Man, and Galactus are probably my favorite part.
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine, by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Three stars. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this series one volume at a time; I might have to wait for a few more to come out before I catch up. Knowing Kelly Sue DeConnick I can tell it’s going to be incredible once the story progresses, but right now she’s doing an excellent job setting up a horrific world that makes me want to scream and break every object within reach. I’m gonna need a little less space between the conflict and the resolution.
Also that tattoo.
Bleach, Vol. 1, by Tite Kubo
Three stars. Pretty over the top in both art and dialogue, but much more intriguing than my attempt with Dragon Ball. Will probably read another to see if it grows on me.
Oddly Normal, by Otis Frampton
Four stars. Well. I LOVED this. It’s just a fun middle grade comic about a girl, a half-witch who makes a birthday wish with some unintended consequences. I don’t know why I haven’t seen it around more, but I can’t wait to read volume two.
Birds of Prey, by Chuck Dixon
Three stars. Why on earth was that last storyline so much longer than the others? Especially since it was particularly silly. They’re fun stories in general, though, and I did like Black Canary teamed up with Catwoman and Huntress.
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, by Brian Azzarello
Five stars. It’s taken me this long to get around to Wonder Woman—in fact, I think this was my first DC comic, period. I’m not super interested in their other big name characters, but I’ll definitely read more of her. I want a crossover so she and Captain Marvel can hang out together. Can you even imagine the ass-kicking??
Pretty Deadly Vol 1: The Shrike, by Kelly Sue DeConnick
This just looks so ridiculously cool, but I started reading and it’s too gory for me. I gave it up very reluctantly.
Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost, by Joe Keatinge
Four stars. Similar to Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga in many ways, from the badass female characters to the (really, very) graphic violence to the combination of humans, anthropomorphized animals, ghosts, and robots that populate the apparently multidimensional universe they live in. I think Saga is slightly better written, though, making this more like 3.5 stars. The text is really overdramatic.
Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen, by Abby Denson
Three stars. Surprisingly comprehensive, easy to read, and full of good information. I read the full Tokyo Eyewitness Travel guide a few months ago and this covered a lot of the same bases, just with a more personal touch (and in graphic novel form).