I dived back into the comic book world after participating in a readathon called the Genrethon where you have to try to read at least 3 books and 3 genres within the week.
I started off with Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson.
This pilot volume is about 16-year-old Kamala Khan from Jersey City, who one day gets equipped with superhuman powers. She has no idea why or how, but she does know that now her life is anything but ordinary.
I gave Ms. Marvel ♥♥ because while I do like the fact that there is a diverse superhero on the scene, I found the plot to be lackluster. It definitely exhibits the makings of a pilot novel in that you get a basic understanding of Kamala’s relationship with parents and friends and who Kamala is as a person, but there wasn’t anything really binding me to the story. For that matter, I find it less compelling for me to pick up future volumes.
Next, I read two comics within the same series: Lumberjanes Vol. 1 (Beware the Kitten Holy) and Vol. 2 (Friendship to the Max) by Noelle Stevenson.
Unlike Ms. Marvel, I found these two to be a whole lot of fun. It follows the misadventures of a group of five girls at a summer camp. Diversity is also well represented in this series; there are characters of varying ethnicities as well as LGBTQ.
I awarded each volume of Lumberjanes ♥♥♥
Finally, I caught up on Kazu Kibuishi’s The Amulet by reading volumes 5 and 6. Of course, stupid me forgot to take pictures of the books and of the gorgeous, meticulously detailed artwork within so I will make do by linking to Kazu’s website where he shares bits and pieces of his work. Both volumes were ♥♥♥♥ a piece. They’re worthy of all my praises.