Rick and Morty, Volume 3 – Tom Fowler et. al. A dark, fun read that captures the vibe of the TV programme perfectly.
The Unbelievable Gwenpool, Volume 2: Head of M.O.D.O.K – Christopher Hastings et. al. It’s the spirit of Gwenpool that I enjoy the most – anarchic, zany, never-quite-getting it right. The stories are solid but they’re not exactly reinventing the wheel which is fine because the whole thing is so much freaking fun.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I’m the Only Squirrel in the World – Ryan North et. al. I don’t think I can even say anything coherent about Squirrel Girl at this point. Like Gwenpool, it’s a lot of fun but the fun comes from such a positive, happy place. This volume features Ant-Man and lots and lots of Canada jokes <3
Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Civil War II – Christos Gage et. al. SIGH. If I hadn’t read the Guardians of the Galaxy Civil War II tie-in before this, I wouldn’t have had a clue what was going on. The writers have a good go at trying to make Civil War II interesting but it’s an all but impossible task, and so many things happen ‘off screen’ that you wonder what the point of dragging the main story into different titles actually is.
Batgirl, Volume 3: The Lesson – Bryan Q. Miller, Dustin Nguyen & Pere Perez. Even though Barbara Gordon is my one true Batgirl (<3), I quite enjoyed this. Being that I started with volume three, there was a lot I didn’t fully understand but things clipped along satisfactorily despite that. Apart, that is, from the random visit to England which seemed to be part of a wider Bat-storyline that I knew nothing about. Squire and Knight were, and I can’t emphasise this enough, dreadful characters. Even this terrible interlude managed to be redeemed by the superhero team-up at the end where ladies help each other out and that doesn’t make them weak. Yaass!! I’d definitely be interested in reading more of this run.
Batgirl, Volume 4: Fists of Fury – Kelley Puckett et. al. Another book, another Batgirl. Given that I basically just read whatever the library buys in (and they have some kind of grudge against the idea of buying a whole series), I’m used to not quite getting some of the background story, but Fists of Fury took it too far. The action and story were really choppy and at the end of the volume I was left wholly confused, which isn’t what I’m looking for when reading a TPB.
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book Two – Ta-Nehisi Coates et. al. So wordy. Seriously. Two pages of this could be a whole issue in a different comic. And I just don’t care about anything that happened, which makes me feel really guilty, which yes, cry more, Lorraine, cry more.
DC/Dark Horse: Justice League – Mike Mignola et. al. The Superman/Terminator crossover is easily the weakest entry in this, combining poor storytelling with mediocre art. Superman/Predator is slightly better although the characters are basically just cardboard cut-outs and scientists apparently go on expeditions in teeny tiny bikinis. Obviously. Batman/Hellboy is a decent if not exactly exciting story, and the Batgirl/Ghost crossover is just tired. Plus, the Cassandra Cain featured doesn’t seem at all like the one in Fists of Fury which added yet more confusion.