BONE WALKER by Angela Korra’ti is the second in her Faerie Blood urban fantasy series (I haven’t read the first), in which a young woman recently discovering her half-fae nature works with Seattle’s wizardly defenders (one of them her boyfriend) against supernatural threats. In this sequel (I know Korra’ti online, so I got to read an advance copy), a body snatcher starts wreaking havoc among her friends by taking them over, forcing the protagonist into several unwanted alliances. I liked this, and had no trouble picking up who was what, though the villain’s cooing dialog didn’t work for me (the Oooh, Mind Control Is Sexy voice is one comics overuse a lot and I know have a flinch reaction to it).
ARCANA by Jessica Leake is a flat fantasy romance about a half-fae woman in 1905 facing the marriage mart with fear no man will ever accept her magical abilities. I thought an Edwardian fantasy might make a break from steampunk, but socially this isn’t that different from the Victorian age. And the protagonist is just too generic, a mildly gender-nonconforming young lady with no particular ambitions or goals (she’s even duller than the protagonist of Study in Silks).
COYOTE Vol. 4 is a somewhat scattered collection involving Sly getting kidnapped by Venusians, kidnapped by the Russian undead assassin Slash, then getting back to basics by fighting for his woman against Coyote’s dark shadow. The Djinn backup series is way too heavy in Arab stereotypes, but Scorpio Rose was quite entertaining (even though her Traumatized by Rape origin isn’t). By Steve Englehart with multiple artistic collaborators.
THE INCAL: The Epic Conspiracy by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius is part of a running series about the picaresque exploits of future gumshoe John DiFool. In this installment, he discovers a dying alien, opens the box the alien told him not to open and finds himself in possession of the cosmic energy of the Incal. Enjoyably oddball and entertaining (cover by Moebius, rights with current holder)
POLARITY by Max Bemis, Jorge Coelho and Felipe Sobriero has a bipolar artist discovers that his mental illness is tied with acquiring super-human powers when he’s in manic phase. Going off his meds, he uses his powers to vent his rage about Brooklyn hipsters and art poseurs, while pursuing the girl of his dreams. Interesting as a metaphor of sorts for mental illness, uneven as a story: the fun bits are balanced out by the fact I really can’t summon up enough interest in Brooklyn hipsters to care if they get their just desserts.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is a good lesbian coming-of-age story by Julie Maroh, though the typeface (handwritten diary pages so a lot of this is script) was more distracting than anything. While not particularly novel, it’s well done,
though it still ends with half the lesbian couple dead.
CITY: The Mind in the Machine: The City Is Watching by Eric Garcia and Javier Fernandez positions itself as cutting edge near future SF, but the cliches are so old that it feels old-fashioned and clunky instead. A techie develops a universal security system that accesses every security camera in San Francisco, then winds up getting plugged into it as a way to combine human intuition with machine precision. Person of Interest handles these issues much more entertainingly, and in this day and age, the assumption exposing the watchers will prompt some sort of government restriction seems inanely optimistic.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: Higher, Further, Faster More by Kelly Sue deConnick and David Lopez is several volumes after the last collection of Carol Danvers’ adventures I read, which is why I wasn’t aware of details like her now dating Rhodey. In this collection she heads off-world and winds up helping alien refugees against Starlord’s tyrant-emperor father, who has his own plans for the refugee world. Enjoyable, and while the banter gets a bit heavy, it’s not as godawaful as in deConnick’s Avengers Assemble.