Comic books are a vast medium. Every genre you can imagine can be found between the covers of one comic or another. While often seen solely as the setting of superhero stories, there are horror comics, memoir comics, true crime comics, comic adaptations of classic literature, fantasy comics, sci-fi comics, comic adaptations of films, YA comics, comics about history, comics which continue the runs of favorite TV shows, and on and on. The comic medium truly has something for everyone. And, as someone who’s loved comic books for nearly forty years, I don’t care about any of those other stories XD. I’m sorry! But I don’t! Bring me my superheroes! I have novels and movies and TV shows and short story collections and memoirs and nonfiction books for all those other experiences. When I open a comic book, I want my Marvel heroes, my DC heroes, and nothing else. Except Saga. I want Saga. I want all the Saga. Saga is the brilliant, blazing, beautiful exception to my rule! With sixty issues released and forty-eight still to come, Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist) have created a masterpiece of love, family, loss, trauma, trial, and healing…while also telling one of the most poignant antiwar stories I’ve ever read.
Alright, so it’s officially October now right? That means our thoughts turn towards things spooky and scary. In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be interesting to use a character I’ve always found particularly terrifying to muse on the philosophical nature of evil. In so doing, I can jump from fictional frights to the true terror that exists in the world around us. Nothing says “holiday/seasonal fun” like wrestling with the darkness that can grow in the heart of the human soul right? Haha, nope! Sounds fun! This, of course, naturally brings us to the Joker. Continue reading
Ah yes, Wednesday…the calendars have turned over once again to this magical day. The world is treated once more to the latest in literary engaging prompts from the lovely people running the T5W group over at Goodreads. Yay! These always end up prompting faaar more deep reflection then I expect once I actually sit down to write them. Because of that, they’ve become some of my favorite posts. The idea this week was to highlight five books that I feel differently about after I’ve had time to think about them or reread them. After several days of thinking, talking it out, and starring at my bookshelves, here’s what finally made the cut! This may have ended up being my most eclectic Top Five Wednesday yet… Continue reading