Content Warning: Phyisical and Sexual Assault
One of the books I was extremely interested in adding to my pull list while researching one of my indie FOC videos for youtube was Maw #1. Here's the summary from Boom! Studios.
"What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be? Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment… that isn’t at the bottom of a bottle. But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there. The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and awakening a hunger she can’t bring herself to name. When the townsfolk react with suspicion and violence, what unforgivable act will transform Marion into the very monster they’ve made her out to be?"
The final floating question from the previews text resonated with me for quite a bit. In coaching an activity (with a large squad of young women) they are all too often critiqued for being "bitchy" while males are "assertive." If they are critiqued for dressing "too provocative" for showing a shoulder or midriff. They are branded as feminazis if they seen as "too progressive" in their views. Given my experience in coaching/assisting young women through these unfair social norms, which will only age with them, I'm naturally drawn to the idea of the transition into the demons we make women out to be. Which is why I was excited to grab a quick preview of one of Boom's new releases next week!
Maw #1 (Boom! Studios)
After introducing us to an odd transformation with no context on the first page we jump almost 2 weeks back in time when two sisters are en-route to a feminist retreat to become "empowered." Wendy seems to be more than bought in to the premise of their voyage, where Marion is far more skeptical of what they're doing. Their banter with the van driver is quite hilarious to me in describing the retreat and its clientele:
All of this humorous skepticism does an excellent job setting the readers up to be vulnerable to the horrific events which unfold throughout the remaining pages of the book, which is an excellent literary tactic!
Are you intrigued? Let me know what you think in the comments down below. And as always...thank's for stopping by, and have a good one!
One of the things that made Thanksgiving special for my family (from 2008-beyond) would be when my brother and I would have an inebriated discussion about one of the greatest turkey day-themed movies of all time...ThanksKilling. This epic low-budget horror/comedy focuses on the most horrifying slasher baddie of all time, a demonic turkey. This year for Thanksgiving, I can serve up a new offering for our discussion of campy horror: Turkey Day!
Turkey Day One-Shot (Source Point Press)
By: David C. Hayes, Brian Dunphy, and Dan Gorman
Here's the pitch of the book from Source Point Press' Press Release:
"The annual Thanksgiving pageant in Pilgrim Point, IL is a town highlight telling the absolutely 100% true story of how benevolent European settlers brought peace, civilization, and home cooked meals to the natives. This year the pageant takes an unexpected intermission when a mob of turkeys recently infected by alien parasites kicks in the doors. Much like the early settlers, these invaders are just here to spread love, exude joy, and share recipes, right? They certainly don’t want to wipe humankind off the face of the earth, right? RIGHT? Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge."
- Awkward Small Town Pageants (I'm looking at you Best Christmas Pageant Ever)
- Indignant History Teachers mad at Historical Inaccuracies (I over-identified with this character!)
- Over-over acting while conversing with actors who are over-acting!
- Aliens proving an odd point about colonialism
- Aliens with dope mind-control abilities
- Blood and gore......and a lot of it
- Excellent tongue-and-cheek humor
- A Terrifying final page I want framed and hanging on my wall!
If you need a fantasy in your life to spice up your thanksgiving holiday get-together, then pre-order and pick up Turkey Day because it may give you that extra 25th spice to make your thanksgiving dinner quite nice!
While the free comic book day release was enough to satiate my appetite (it offered insight into the inner workings of the council, and the relationship between Erica and Aaron (her handler)), getting a new peak at number 1 makes me incredibly excited, and I am counting the days until the October 20th release!
The House of Slaughter #1 (Boom! Studios)
By: James Tynion IV, Tate Brombal, Werther Dell‘Edera, Chris Shehan, and Miquel Muerto.
In Stores: October 20, 2021
According to Boom! Studios' press release, here's the simple summary of what the first issue is about:
You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica's handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. . ."
Enjoy the preview pages below, and in the comments below let me know if you're as excited as I am for this upcoming release, and if not, let me know why! As alway's ya'll, thanks for stopping by, and have a good one!
Mexico is especially interesting to teach about, because kids know so little about their southern neighbor, and a large degree of my Hispanic students don't get to learn about a country they or their families once called home (yes, I have a large Mexican population, I'm not painting with broad brush strokes. Today, I'm especially excited because I can use a comic to help show that one thing which persists through Mexico's modern history from revolution to present is Hope. Which is the message clearly conveyed in today's book.
Seis Cuerdas, Defender of Mexico 1-3 (Source Point Press)
By: Anthony Rella, Benito Gallego
Single Issues in Store Now,
TPB Released September 28, 2021
Seis Cuerdas follows a long tradition of creating a folk hero, or evolving a folk hero into a modern superhero. Through one of the narrative elements of the book, narcotruth.com, we learn of the power superheroes have in uniting the public in a common goal. From fighting organized crime to defeating the Nazis to assisting refugees, there is a superhero who fights for everyone, leaving our masked podcast host asking "Who fights for us [Mexican Citizens]?"
Mexico's history gives us revolutionaries of elevated status like Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata, but in the world of fiction (and this book) the existence and/or representation of a Mexican superhero is virtually non-existent. In fact, creator Anthony Rella notes "To my knowledge, Seis Cuerdas is one of the first Mexican superheroes in American Comics." Regardless of if I would be drawn to the story, this call to representation definitely piques my interest.
Seis Cuerdas introduces us to Dantes, an almost-famous Mariachi who biologically doesn't need to sleep, but is otherwise a seemingly normal man who wants to fight for Mexico. (If you're wondering who Moe is...it's his cat...just a normal ass cat, and not a random super-animal). Dantes wants to help his fellow citizens fight against the stranglehold of drug violence and/or cartels that are a daily challenge to life throughout Mexico.
Writing about the Mexican drug war is something which can be both inherently challenging and deeply personal. Rella also speaks about this challenge when he notes "the challenge for me was to create a comic steeped in the disturbing reality of the Mexican drug war that does not support a view that drug violence is what defines Mexican identity or make light of real pain and suffering, but is still a fun read."
The Spoiler Free Summary
Second, I think the book does a great job highlighting the disruptiveness and corruption surrounding the War on Drugs, but makes it feel less impending by creating a villain with ties to religion and not a greater stake in the Drug War. Finally, I feel like he creates a hero for Mexico which could be rich in both the pop culture tradition of Captain America but also steeped in the legacy of folks like Villa or Zapata.
Third, can we talk about how smoking hot the art is in this book? Here are a couple of no-context panels to highlight how much of a badass Gallego is!
Should You Buy This Book?
Before I started reading the preview copy of Eve #5, I asked myself "how can a story with so many twists and turns resolve itself in just 5 issues?" Upon finishing the last watermarked PDF page, I answered my own question "like that."
I have been quite high on this book since I picked up issue one by chance and then previewed issues 2-4. It's also definitively held a spot in my weekly rankings on Youtube each month it's been released. Needless to say, I'm sad that this book has come to its end, but pleased with how it all ended.
Eve #5 (Boom! Studios)
By: Victor LaValle, Jo Mi-Gyeong, Brittany Peer
What I also really loved about the end of this book is the essay LaValle wrote for the final page of the book. Do yourself a favor and read it, and evaluate why representation in the stories we all love matters. It does, and I feel like Victor shares it in a way much more elegant than I ever could!
I can't wait to see what comes next from each member of the creative team, because this was one hell of a ride! Thank you for letting me ride along!
Have you been a fan of Eve? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And as always ya'll, thanks for stopping by! And Have a good one!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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