Comics · Fantasy · Science Fiction

Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

I was really looking forward to this book when it was first announced, because I’m a huge Miles Morales fan and Jason Reynolds is high on my “want to read” list. Not to mention that this would be the first story featuring Miles written by a black author.

 

For those unfamiliar with Miles: originally from the Ultimate universe, Miles is a black/Puerto Rican American teen who became Spider-Man after Peter Parker’s death. His comics were the only Ultimate universe comics I read, and after the Secret Wars event he was “moved” to the main Marvel universe. By the way: Aaron Davis, the character played by Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming, is Miles’ uncle!

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The Backstagers Vol. 1 & 2 by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

The Backstagers Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

This comic was marketed as “Lumberjanes for boys”, and I love Lumberjanes, so of course I wanted to read it straight away. The story centers around Jory, a new student at an all-boys private school – a fact that freaks him out not only because he’s transferring around a time where most people would have already fallen into their own cliques, but also because an all-boys school would be full of BOYS. He ends up joining the backstage crew, who immediately took him in as one of their own, and discovers that backstage is a place of very literal magic (and danger!) Continue reading “The Backstagers Vol. 1 & 2 by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh”

Comics · Contemporary

Sometimes, it takes a different kind of courage to level up

When Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward (which I wrote about here) was released in 2015, it renewed my love for comics for middle graders. And when I found about Brave, it went immediately on my mental TBR list. Brave is set in the same school, and we see a lot of the kids that were in Awkward, but it focuses on the Art Club’s Jensen. Continue reading “Sometimes, it takes a different kind of courage to level up”

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Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli & David Wiesner

Fish Girl is a mermaid living in captivity in a boardwalk aquarium. Her only friends are the other creatures in the aquarium, and the owner, who tells her stories at the end of each work day if she “behaves” – that is, she shows herself only in flashes, enough to excite an audience, but not enough for them to consider that she might be a real mermaid. Humans would hurt her if they knew the truth, she’s told. But one day she meets a young human girl who only wants to be friends. They meet in secret sometimes, and after awhile Fish Girl begins to wonder what it would be like to leave the aquarium. Continue reading “Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli & David Wiesner”

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Just So Happens, Skim & The Shadow Hero

Just So Happens by Fumio Obata

I was recommended this title because of the London/Tokyo/Kyoto setting, but I ended up loving it because of the gorgeous watercolour art. Focusing on Yumiko, a Japanese woman who had been living in London for years, and her visit to Japan upon her father’s death. The story is told in a simple, subtle manner, slowly unveiling her relationship with her parents and siblings. In the beginning, Yumiko seemed disconnected from Japan – she would avert her eyes when passing by other Japanese people, as her English boyfriend observed. She didn’t talk a lot about home, either. Once she reached Tokyo, however, we get to see her memories – past conversations with her father, who seemed to wish she would take on more feminine, filial attributes (and get married/stay close). Continue reading “Just So Happens, Skim & The Shadow Hero”

Comics · Malaysiana

My Giant Geek Boyfriend by Fishball

Yet another comic for the #AsianLitBingo! And another Malaysian one – this time featuring a Chinese Malaysian author/main character.

This book is a compilation of comics by Fishball, who (mostly) chronicles the ups and downs of being in a relationship with a man who is 30cm taller than her – which makes him way, way taller than the average Malaysian. The comics are all bilingual with Chinese and English text, and are freaking hilarious. According to the comic, Fishball is of average Malaysian height, which makes her a little taller than me, but I relate to all the bits about being inconvenienced by one’s (lack of) height. Continue reading “My Giant Geek Boyfriend by Fishball”