Reading Pile: 2/17/16

Reading Pile: 2/17/16

Zana, Surviving Megalopolis, Paper Girls, & Code Pru

Zana #1- Zana is another launch title from new publisher Emet Comics, and I kind of consider it to be frontline title along with the Wendy Project. These are both such different projects that I don’t want to say one is better than the other, which is something I really enjoy about the diversity of titles Emet has shown so far. But of everything the company has released so far, these two books stand out a little more for me.

Zana takes place in an alternate future version of South Africa where apartheid never ended. It’s a mixture of dystopian sci-fi, mysticism, and racial conflicts as the mixed race lead character struggles to live in a world where everyone from the white Royals, the people in her Tribal area, and even her ancestors want her dead. The world building is incredibly engaging as Jean Barker’s scripts and pacing roll out the political, racial, and interpersonal tensions at an excellent pace and Joey Granger’s artwork and colors make every pop in a richly realized style. This series is most definitely worth checking out. A

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #2- I’m generally curious about how big of a readership this title will find since the original run was released as a graphic novel. It’s still enjoyable for me and probably one of the projects I’ve enjoyed most from Gail Simone over the past few years, so I’m not trying to knock it. Just curious about the effectiveness of the format decision. B

Paper Girls #5- Five issues in and I find it difficult to really summarize exactly what this book is about, but I do enjoy it with each release. Part of that is certainly Cliff Chiang’s artwork, but I like the general panic, confusion, and weird sci-fi that Vaughan is utilizing. I think this is where the first trade will stop, so it will be interesting to see what Vaughan Saga ‘trade paperback only’ fans will think when they check it out. B+

Code Pru #2- Garth Ennis’ RomCom /Horror mash-up comes to its initial close as this will become a back-up in Avatar’s Cinema Purgatorio anthology. Pretty much everything played out the way Ennis telegraphed it from the first issue, which is fine because you can tell he’s just having fun with the concept. I’m a little sad it won’t be its own series, but at the same time smaller episodic segments might be a much better way to go, and that certainly will drive me to try out Cinema Purgatorio. A-