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!
Unfortunately, this is another week where nothing stood out to me enough for me to want to put my name behind it on the first (or even second) issue. I’d rather keep this recommended list confined to things that really blew me away and that I’m excited for the next issue of and, for this week, there were no first or second issues that met that for me. Sorry guys, and stay tuned for next week!
Writer and artist Tsukumizu brings us the first volume of Girls Last Tour this past month. In what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world, Chii and Yuu are the only people left alive. Or at least, it seems that way. The pair of them, both young girls, travel around the empty cityscape looking for food and fuel so that they can survive another day of looking for food and fuel. They’re clever and resourceful, each picking up where the other lacks in survival skills and taking care of one another along the way. While there’s tons of weaponry from a war long past lying around, food is getting more and more scarce. The pair of them have to move on to find something else, something more, and they think they may know where they can find it if they can get there.
Nonfiction books aren’t just for grown ups, as I’ve shown you in a few previous iterations of Rae’s Recs. This week, we’re talking about the biography series Ordinary People Change the World, written by Brad Meltzer and drawn by Chris Eliopoulos. So far, there are twelve books in the series ranging from media icons like Jim Henson and Lucille Ball to activists and scholars like Jane Goodall, Rosa Parks, and Helen Keller. The books are packed with cool information about people who did amazing things for people and the world itself. It doesn’t get bogged down with too much information at once and reminds kids that all of these amazing icons were once normal people just like them. These books are a great way to introduce kids to biographies and the idea that they can be just as great as the people they’re learning about.
Lots of people my age and thereabouts (twenty-somethings, mostly) grew up watching a lot of Nickelodeon. One of the biggest shows they had, and the best in my opinion, was Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show was a magic and adventure tale set in a wide fantasy world, funny and serious all at once with brilliant characters and a creative world for them to live in. After that, they skipped forward a ways with Avatar: Legend of Korra. This show takes place decades in the future, but between those two comes the comics. Taking place directly where the show leaves off, the Avatar comics see Aang continuing his work preserving peace through the nations. While it’s great for folk that grew up on the show when it was airing originally, it’s easily as good for kids these days. The values of honor and keeping promises, of doing the right thing and protecting those who need protecting, are held up just as well as they always have been, while allowing the characters to grow and move forward. This is a great series for any age.