Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.
Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy!
Kim Reaper is a silly, silly book and that’s sort of the draw for me. Written and drawn by Sarah Graley and produced by Oni Press, this book follows Becca in her initial interest in the cute goth girl she meets in university. Then she gets inadvertently sucked into Kim’s part time job as a trainee-grim-reaper. That initial attraction and the excitement inherent in the job isn’t enough to make Becca think it’s cool, though. While Kim is cute, she’s reckless, and while the whole thing is ridiculous to an extreme, there’s a little more going on under that in this series. The second issue came out this week and I appreciate in a big way that we can be gently reminded in life that there are things more important than a person being cute.
Aftershock Comics is one of a few companies that has produced enough amazing series that, whether I intend to stay with them or not, I will give a shot to every series they create. Once again, they hit their mark with Eleanor & The Egret. The second issue is out this week and gives a little bit clearer purpose to the story. Drawn by Sam Keith, best known for The Maxx, this is a beautifully illustrated book full of very different characters and all manner of realistic animals. Written by the creator of Chew, John Layman, this series has its credentials on lock. Detective Belanger has been assigned to the case of a mysterious art theft in Paris with only one clue left behind – the white feather of an egret. Meanwhile, Eleanor and her egret pal are on a mission and it isn’t quite as simple as stealing any old masterpieces.
Terry Moore is a writer I think of as such a staple that I tend to always forget how much I love him. From Strangers In Paradise to Rachel Rising, I’ve never been disappointed by what I’ve picked up from him. More to the point, though, he always manages to impress me. This newest series, Motor Girl, has the same qualities I’ve always liked about everything else from him. Samantha is strong and independent with a set of problems as big as her imaginary gorilla friend. Some of those problems stem from the horrors seen in her time in the military, some stem from the aliens that (may or may not) be crashing in her junkyard, and some stem from the people trying to muscle her out of her home. Moore creates a vivid world with interesting characters that are at the same time cartoonish and identifiably real. I don’t think I’ve ever brought a book to this list without mentioning color, so it’s worth mentioning here that Motor Girl is completely black and white. Don’t worry, though – the characters and story are colorful enough to make up for that.
For parents with very young kids, investing in a book to read to them can be hard sometimes. Babies and toddlers grab and tear at paper, chew on pages, and can discover new, exciting ways to destroy things that are as fragile as some books. At the same time, though, we all want to bring that joy of reading to our kids, we all want to induct them into our world of geek culture from the very beginning. Not to mention, there are never too many ways to learn colors, numbers, and ABCs. With that in mind, DC Comics and David Bar Katz have created the series of DC Super Heroes board books. From learning the basics of reading and colors, to being reminded about the importance of sleep and friendship, even to practicing verbs and playing with touch and feel books, these are perfect for beginning readers.
Like Steven Universe, Adventure Time has known more than a few incarnations in the comic book format, ranging from ongoing stories to graphic novels and more. This most recent series, Adventure Time Comics, is a series of comics with several mini stories, with varying artists and writers, of about 2-6 pages each. Some of them come with lessons, others are silly. (So, you know, just like the show.) There’s no single thing I can say about this comic to blow you away, because every issue is different, but for some kids and even some grown ups, that’s more than enough to hold attention. Pick up any issue and give it a shot – you won’t be disappointed!