Last weekend, we traveled from Connecticut to Pennsylvania to attend my family’s annual Fourth of July party. Of course we couldn’t leave without picking up some books along the way. Surprisingly, I didn’t spend any money on “traditional” books this weekend. Instead, I spent $60 on comic books/ graphic novels. I firmly believe that graphic novels should be respected as much as traditional books, if not more. People don’t seem to understand how much work goes into creating these books. The artwork alone is impressive; adding a good story makes it ten times better.
• Almost all of these were on sale, including (not pictured here) Saga Book One, which normally goes for $50 and I think I bought it for $30 something. The Thor #4 is a variant cover and was the hardest to find. A week or two ago I went on eBay to find it and Thor #1 because they were the last two I needed to complete the story. I ended up buying a variant edition of Thor #1 for about $9. Not bad for a hard to find comic. Thor #4, on the other hand, was going for about $20 or more. That’s a little pricey for me, so I held off on buying it. Thank goodness I did because I ended up finding it during a Fourth of July sale. All of their variant comics older than 2 weeks (this one came out in January, so it was!) were 75% off. I ended up paying about $6 for that baby. (PS. It is totally amazing because it’s Thor Odinson vs. the new woman Thor and she’s such a BAMF).
• A-Force features an all-female team of superheroes, including She-Hulk, Dazzler, Loki (as a woman), Medusa and more. This is only issue two, but I like the story so far. It’s interesting enough to keep me buying it.
• Princess Leia is essentially a story arc Marvel is doing to add more depth to the Star Wars universe. It takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and it features old and new characters. I was raised on Star Wars, and Princess Leia was one of my heroes as a child. I love reading more about her life as a princess and as a political rebel.
• Spider-Gwen and Wonder-Woman I mainly bought because I like the art. I have one other Spider-Gwen comic, so the collection is a little skewed right now. I don’t have any other W.W. but the artwork in this series is absolutely gorgeous. It also delves deeper into the Amazon mythos, which is always interesting to read about.
•The last three were completely new to me. I had heard about Bitch Planet before but couldn’t find the first book and didn’t want to start the series on #2. It’s about this planet-sized jail women are forced into when they are considered “non-compliant” . From the Image website: “Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.” This is a must-read for feminists. It’s like Orange is the New Black but in space and much more violent.
•Lola XOXO is set in a dystopian world where our protagonist, Lola, evolves from a cautious coward to a brutal leader. I was extremely impressed with the first comic and was kicking myself for not picking up the next few in the series. This is one of those books that shows a woman can be pretty and ruthless.
•We Stand on Guard I picked up for my husband. (Hey, he need to read too)! Set in Canada after the United States bombs their cities with nuclear weapons, we follow Amber on her journey to find her brother, Tommy, the last living member of her family after the U.S. attack 12 years prior. It’s a new idea to me and I loved reading it. It’s not very often in books that we (Americans) are the bad guys (at least from the books I’ve read).
And now for my “traditional” book haul!
♦ Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
♦ Hell House – Richard Matheson
♦ Day by Day Armageddon series – J. L. Bourne
♦ Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite – Matt Kaplan
♦ Life After Death – Damien Echols
♦ Saga Book One – Brian K. Vaughn
Excluding Saga and Ready Player One, all these books I’m borrowing from my dad. I’m feeling a little “meh” on J. L. Bourne’s series only because I’ve already read a ridiculous amount of zombie fiction. However, these are written as diary entries from a man in the military, so maybe it’ll be a different take on it. I don’t have the highest of hopes, but I’ll still try it. Hell House, written by the author of I am Legend, has me hesitant. I tried reading I am Legend a few years ago but couldn’t get into it. I’m hoping now that I’m older, I’ll be able to enjoy it. Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite and Life After Death are non-fiction books. MD&VB is about the history of monsters and why we are so obsessed with them.
Life after Death is the absolutely horrible story of the West Memphis Three, three men who were tried and convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. During the trial, the prosecution asserted that the children were killed as part of a Satanic ritual. In July 2007, new forensic evidence was presented in the case and a status report jointly issued by the state and the defense team stated, “Although most of the genetic material recovered from the scene was attributable to the victims of the offenses, some of it cannot be attributed to either the victims or the defendants.” Essentially, the real killer got away because the town didn’t like these three weird kids. They were all released, but only after serving 18 years in jail for a crime they didn’t even commit.
That’s it for my book haul this weekend. How was everybody’s Fourth of July weekend? I know this mainly focused on books, but I’ll add a few pictures here to show you how mine went.
Needless to say, it was a good weekend for me!