Comic Books, Issue #8 | December Hits & Misses

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Tokyo Ghost by Rick Remender, Sean Murphy, and Matt Hollingsworth

I waited so long between reading the first issue of Tokyo Ghost and finally catching up on the subsequent three issues, and am actually very angry at myself for doing so. Tokyo Ghost was created by Rick Remender and Sean Murphy. It’s a futuristic dystopian sort of world where most everyone has escaped from the hellish outside world into technology and consumerism. The main character, Debbie Decay, dreams of one day escaping with her tech-addict husband, Constable Led Dent, to the tech-free nation of Tokyo. Matt Hollingsworth portrays the grit and grime of toxic Los Angeles in beautiful, calming pastel colors. The attention to detail is incredible– it’s difficult to fly through this series because I want to linger on every page.

The story is similar in tone to Low, also by Rick Remender, but Debbie Decay’s co-dependent personality stands in stark contrast to the strong-willed female main characters found in his other series. Debbie is complex: she’s physically capable, but emotionally fragile, she dreams relentlessly, loves unconditionally, breaks down, and gets back up again. I have an issue with the disproportionate amount of female-to-male nudity in both Low and Tokyo Ghost, but the actual story and characters are solid and compelling.

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Other favorites of the month include:

  • Sakhmet’s backstory in The Wicked + the Divine #17 by Kieron Gillen, guest-artist Brandon Graham, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson.
  • The fantastic, hilarious, disgusting cliffhangers in I Hate Fairyland #3 (and previous issues) by Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
  • Thor and Loki as reimagined in The Mighty Thor #2 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matt Wilson.
  • My new favorite superhero and such gorgeous artwork in Doctor Strange #3 by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, and Tim Townsend.
  • The building suspense and overall flawless design of Paper Girls #3 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matt Wilson.

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Some solid reads that haven’t let me down…:

  • Southern Cross #6 by Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, and Lee L0ughridge.
  • Ms. Marvel #2 by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Ian Herring.
  • Low #10 by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, and Dave McCaig.
  • Plutona #3 by Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Jordie Bellaire.
  • Tomboy #2 by Mia Goodwin.

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… and others that have fallen from my good graces:

  • The Beauty #5 by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and John Rauch. (Not memorable, giving it one more chance to pique interest.)
  • unFollow #2 by Rob Williams, Michael Dowling, and Quinton Winter. (Jumping ship.)
  • No Mercy #5 by Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee. (… Weird? I have faith. We will rebuild.)

Obviously still playing with the format of these posts, but I used this one as an excuse to use my new, obviously-not-a-phone camera. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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