Comics Round-up: Daken/X-23; Polly and Handgraves; Mystery Society and more

I’ve been doing pretty much all of my comics reading via Scribd these days. They have a decent variety of superhero (mostly Marvel) and non-superhero types, plenty of new-to-me comics and others I’ve heard of but have not had the opportunity to read.

So while last week’s roundup (which was really a collection of a month’s worth of comics reading) featured plenty of good reads, this week’s comics have been far less stellar.


Dear Beloved Stranger – Dino Pai

Gorgeous illustrations. A story about discovering a young artist struggling to find his way in the world. The storyline didn’t quite work as I kept wanting more from it, to push the boundaries, to show more emotions.


Mystery Society
Fiona Staples! Well, that was the sole reason I read this. A rich couple wants to right wrongs and what not. And it’s a bit weird and fun, but once again, not really pushing the envelope enough. With the wide variety of comics available these days, it’s not easy to stand out. Unfortunately this one, fun as it was to read, barely squeaks by.


Daken/X-23: Collision – Marjorie Liu and Giuseppe Camuncoli

One thing that I like about X-23 comics is that Gambit occasionally makes an appearance. I first knew of the X-Men through the cartoon series that aired in the 1990s. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Gambit since then.



But the main reason for reading the X-23 comics available on Scribd (not many – X-23: Innocence Lost; X-23 Vol 1: The Killing Dream; X-23: Target X) is that some of them are written by Marjorie Liu. I guess I can now call myself a fan of hers!


However, while I quite adore (ok adore may be the wrong word, perhaps ‘admire’ is better) X-23 and her horrific background, I didn’t really care for Daken much, so I won’t be pursuing any more books that feature him.



The Adventures of Polly and Handgraves: a sinister aura – Bret M Herholz
This dark and moody story tells of a suspicious suicide in a small town, which Polly Plum and her valet Montgolfier Handgraves are passing through. A little forgettable.


A matter of life – Jeffrey Brown
At first I wondered why Brown’s illustrative style looked familiar, then I realized, Darth Vadar and Son, which was heaps of fun to read (I bought it for the husband a couple of years ago). This book though is about Brown’s own experiences, in particular with religion. His father was a minister, and now he has a son of his own, and I guess he’s reflecting about life and death and family and all that. But once again, it was yet another solid 3 out of 5 stars for me. I was just underwhelmed I guess.