Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick (2015) – Bitch Planet is about a future where Earth is run by the Patriarchy and women are, at best second class citizens. Any woman deemed Non-Compliant can be shipped off to the prison planet colloquially known as “Bitch Planet.” This volume introduces us to several Non-Compliants, most notably the giant, obese, ass-kicking Penny Rolle, and the stacked, ass-kicking Kamau Kogo, who are the best women ever. As the issues move on, we learn that the NCs will be putting together a sports team to challenge the Patriarchy. That part kind of weirds me out, and I’m a little skeptical that the series will keep my interest if it goes along that route. But it’s beautifully done, fun, and appeals to my fierce, feminist ways. Definitely going to keep reading.
Batman Li’l Gotham, Vol. 1 by Dustin Nguyen (2014) – This cute volume contains holidays stories involving the Bat-verse and numerous characters, most notably Bruce and Damian Wayne, the League of Assassins, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Poison Ivy, and Katana. It’s a fun volume with amazing watercolor art, but its writing is a bit lackluster. It’s good for a viewing but not much else. A little disappointed.
One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (1997 – ongoing) ch. 1 – 213 – This shounen manga is about Luffy D. Monkey and his pirate crew as they try to achieve their piratey dreams, navigate the Grand Line, and find Gold D. Roger’s massive treasure, the One Piece. It’s a fun, silly manga that gets better as it goes on, taking Luffy from just a dumb kid with magic powers to an almost adult with grit and determination. It’d be impossible to tell you everything that happened within these 200+ chapters, but at this point, we’re ending the rebellion in Alabasta and setting sail once again. Surprisingly fun.