The Wicked + The Divine


Prior to actually visiting a comic book store a little over a year ago, I assumed that comic books were simply Batman, Spider-Man, and large eyed Anime characters. About three months ago I asked for a suggestion from the guy at the comic book shop I frequent weekly, Cape & Cowl Comics, and ended up picking up the first volume of an Image Comics book, "The Wicked + The Divine". If you really know me, you know I'm super into gods and religion based things, although I am the furthest from being a religious person. And the idea of gods from different mythologies who come back every 90 years, inhabit the bodies of teenagers, do their thing to influence the time for two years, then die (repeat) is cool as fuck to me.

They were already four volumes in when I discovered the series, so that first month was me going in the store every Saturday to pick up the next volume. But once I finished volume 4 I was stuck waiting for two months for the next volume to drop (being that I've only bought single issues of the Riri Williams "Invincible Iron Man" series, plus I couldn't get my hands on all of the previous singles physically). I finally got to get caught up on the series yesterday.

This is possibly the best comic book series I've read so far, and I'm currently reading multiple Marvel character series (Kamalah Khan's Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales' Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, and Invincible Iron Man/Ironheart), as well as two other Image series (The Beauty, Nailbiter, and I Hate Fairyland). If I had to recommend any book for someone who hasn't read a comic book in their life (which I did last night) or someone who has, I'd immediately yell at them to read this. It's a must read.

Can we get a two season Netflix series?

Comic Books #1: Ladies of Marvel

Over the past two years I've been getting into reading comics, lightly and mostly DC titles. But this years, specifically the last two months I've been reading a lot more and have drifted over to Marvel Comics, and most of them being about or having female leads.

I read "Old Man Logan" in ;preparation for the "Logan" film next year (the last Hugh Jackman "Wolverine" film). After than I picked up "X-23 Complete Collection Vol. 1" since she is the character they are introducing in the "Logan" film, and I really liked that book, specifically her origin story which is creative, dark, and sad at points. I realized that Marvel isn't all happy and flashy like I assumed based on the films and their focus on Spider-Man and Iron Man. Also being a person who loves females in anything creative, the way they portrayed X-23 was dope to me, so I picked up another book with a (majority) female center, "NYX: Complete Collection".

After finishing that one earlier this morning I went out to grab a few more books to read over the next couple of weeks. One that I wanted was "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection", but the first book wasn't there so I decided to stick with my female lead books and picked up the following books:

I'm hoping that this are all dope. The Spider-Gwen one caught my eye because it's in a alternate universe where Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy switched places in the well-known story involving the two of them. Also Ms. Marvel was always something I looked at because the cover art for issue #1 looked dope to me and after reading the synopsis and learning that she is a Muslim teen who lives a double life I had to read it. Silk was one I grabbed because I liked her look, and she's another Spider person; I always found the not Peter Parker Spider people interesting (waiting to see if there is anything out there about Peter Parker's granddaughter who is also a Spider person, based on her cameo and short description in "Old Man Logan" I have a feeling she's super dope).

So, let's see how all of these books turn out and what I pick up next.