I review a fair number of things each month and every month I like to look back and pick the things I most enjoyed, because hey, sometimes you’ll miss something that’s unmissable, and it’s the job of this post to scream and shout about them once more…
Right then, not such a great month as August, but still a few to highlight. Get your purses and wallets at the ready….
Frankly both this and Douglas’ other new book ‘Show Me The Map To Your Heart’ could have been on here, but Holding Patterns just edges Map out, and it’s all down to 10-pages of the best comics I’ve seen for a long time. The three strips Footnotes, Living Underwater, and Tan Lines are sublime, and convey more meaning, beauty and emotion in their combined 10-pages than some thick as a brick graphic novels can ever hope to.
By Yumemakura Baku and Jirô Taniguchi.
Fanfare / Ponent Mon.
A no-brainer really. My love of Summit Of The Gods began with Volume 1 and I fully expect it to continue right to the end. Epic in every scale, and one of the most thrilling comics I’ve ever read, the mountaineering scenes are simply breathtaking.
It’s taken four volumes, but here we finally find ourselves on Everest, watching as a lone climber attempts the impossible; a solo, oxygenless, winter climb of the most difficult route to the summit. It’s simply magnificent.
Ginny and Penelope Skinner.
So good, so very good, and a debut graphic novel to boot. Sure, it had problems, artistically it’s naive and needs work, the lettering isn’t that great, but the spirit of the thing, the capturing of the voice of troubled teen Briony… that makes it worthy of inclusion here.
It’s a tale of Briny Hatch, your typical teen, obsessed with a series of magical teen books, desperate to be just like her idol, and just as desperate to shift a few pounds. Insecure, beset with friendship issues, she manages to finally pull off a little magic… and gets lumbered with her deceased Aunt for her troubles.
Rob Williams and D’Israeli
Really wasn’t sure about including this, as it’s only one episode and 14-pages in, and for all I know it could be something that burns bright and then immediately turns into utter drek. Except that’s highly unlikely given the writer and artist.
Ordinary is the tale of poor Michael Fisher, the last ordinary man in the world after everyone else gets superpowers. We’re on basic scene setting and meet and greet duties, but even then it’s such a strong start, and such an enjoyable read, with both D’Israeli and Williams obviously having great fun bringing their very best to this.