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The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

This is less about BIG IMPORTANT STUFF and more about just hanging out with the characters. I thought there was an underlying silver age vibe to all of this. Very enjoyable for what it is.

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick (Young Animal) - Gerard Way, Nick Derington

Reading only the first volume, I have no idea if this stands on its own or if it is some sort of cargo cult replica of Morrison's run on this title. But the book is beautiful and intriguing, so I suppose the answer is to read along until it reveals itself.

Superwoman Vol. 1: Who Killed Superwoman? (Rebirth) - Phil Jimenez, Phil Jimenez

A good attempt that just doesn't quite get it done. This is one of DC's second tier books for me. Still it's worth checking out

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love - Sarah Vaughn, Lan Medina

If you aren't too busy being triggered by the existence of a non-binary character, you have a real treat in store. Sarah Vaughn inserts Deadman into an old school Gothic haunting story. It's brilliant stuff, and easily the best Deadman story I've ever read.

The Fifth Ward: First Watch - Dale Lucas

This is a light hearted buddy copy meets police procedural. Oh yeah, it's set in a fantasy world.  Sound fun? It's worth a look.

Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) - Vivian Shaw

Like me, you may be expecting some sort of steampunky Victoriana. Well, you're wrong! This is a contemporary cozy mystery that just happens to involve a lot of supernatural characters. It's a great Halloween read in a suboptimal year.

The Great Alta Saga: Sister Light, Sister Dark; White Jenna; and The One-Armed Queen - Jane Yolen

Reprints of a trilogy from the late 80s- early 90s.  It feels surprisingly contemporary and should be of interest to anyone interested in feminist fantasy. Recommended.

Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Change (Rebirth) (Blue Beetle (Rebirth)) - Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins

A reboot of sorts for a character with a small but vocal following. This is much more of a multicultural YA approach than you may be used to seeing from DC Comics, but feels fresh and energetic. There's a great creative team on board, so check it out if that's your bag.

Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth) - Mikel Janin, Tom King, David Finch

Tom King may be the best writer working for the Big 2 at the moment. If he's writing a book, you need to be reading it.  It's that simple.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eleven - Joe Abercrombie, N.K. Jemisin, Ken Liu, Jonathan Strahan

Great collection of some of the biggest names in the field. Highly recommended.

Green Arrow Vol. 2: Island of Scars (Rebirth) - Benjamin Percy

I've always been a fan of GA, & I am happy to say that Rebirth GA is another model closer to the real one. While this book isn't yet to the level of King's Batman or Tomasi's Superman, the quality is steadily improving as it goes along.  Certainly worth checking into if you are a fan of the character.

Superman Vol. 2: Trials of the Super Son (Rebirth) - Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke

If you have been missing Superman, you know, the guy who was a hero and a genuinely nice guy -- here's the book for you! He's back! Thanks to the magic of complicated comic continuity (which you don't even need to really keep up with) Superman is now a loving husband and father.  It is so great.

I'm ready to read more please.

The Hellblazer Vol. 1: The Poison Truth (Rebirth) - Simon Oliver, Moritat

Like so much of the Rebirth series, this first volume is about cleaning up and getting ready for future stories. The good news is that they seem to be moving in the right direction. John's back in the UK, and he's a real jerk. Things are looking up.

Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

Well written, but it should absolutely be read only after the first volume.  I didn't do so, and I paid the price

Brother's Ruin - Emma Newman

This is the start of a new series of Gaslight fantasies.  I found it to be the rare case where the author's skill invoked certain present day realities that added to the urgency and ultimate anxiety of the narrative.  Recommended with reservations.

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle? (Rebirth) (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (Rebirth)) - Shawna Benson, Julie Benson, Claire Roe

Honesty I couldn't get past the partial reboot continuity problems with Barbara and her friends.  I feel like the comic book guy.

 

If you've been enjoying Burnside-era Batgirl, give this a look. You may really like it.