Been a fun day today:
Kick-Ass: Volume 1: The New Girl
This was a smart and very fun reworking of the story for a new take that feels consistent with what has come before. Relocating to the west coast also makes the story work, as the stuff that went on in New York is sort of known of but not completely.
Making Patience an ex-army vet also quickly covers why and how she has the skills she does.
Romita’s art in this is quite, quite excellent too.
All in all, it’s a lot of fun - hopefully the successor creative teams can maintain the quality.
Wild’s End: Volume 3: Journey’s End
I was expecting this to be the final volume and it sort of is, but it could also continue if they want to. I wouldn’t be against further for this remains a brilliant, little book.
It’s also one of those books where the less you know the better. All I’ll say for now is that Laidlaw and Barker’s fates were very satisfying and totally deserved.
Moonshine: Volume 2: Misery Train
This is a book where you don’t know what the hell is going on but it doesn’t really matter due to the creative skills of the Azzarello-Risso team. On their own, I can take or leave each of them, but put them together and usually something special results. So it is here.
Monstress: Volume 3
You can’t read this volume without being hit by the quality of the book - Liu packs in as much as she can to each issue and Takeda somehow renders it all with stunning full colour visuals of amazing detail and animation. This will not ever be a monthly book, it cannot be a monthly book - not if it is to keep the art it has. Such art requires time and I’m very happy for Takeda to have it.
A good amount of development across multiple plot strands, threaded over multiple locations and characters memorable enough to bridge the gap of many months since I read the last volume.