Hey fellow comic readers!
This is a monthly reading club for comics and graphic novels. All are welcome, from total newcomers who are interested in delving into the world of comics, to seasoned veterans who know their Secret Wars from their Civil War. This is a safe place where you can share your opinions and partake in discussions, all in a respectful and mature environment.
Each month, there will be two books assigned for us to read before the meeting. However, don't worry if you don't get the chance to finish reading them! You can come in and give us your thoughts based on however far you get! Just be aware that everyone is free to talk about spoilers for the particular volume we read.
We place emphasis on books that are accessible, and will typically assign either graphic novels or collected volumes that contain around six issues (although this is not a hard and fast rule). If there is demand for it, we may explore other formats, such as web comics, etc.
You'll also get the chance to vote for next month's books! We have a 'pass the torch' system in place so that each month, specific members will have the spotlight as 'recommenders,' who are in charge of creating the voting options. How this works: two members will bring two graphic novel recommendations each; we'll then vote as a group on one book from each person. Those remaining two books will be our assigned reading for the next meeting. That way, everyone gets to contribute to our reading catalog! Once you've attended two meetings, you are eligible to become a 'recommender.' More details will be given in the meeting if you have any questions.
A lot of our books will be available digitally, as well as from libraries. We aim to accommodate you in whatever way you prefer to read your comics.
The following are this month's books, as well as suggestions on where to read/buy them:
Once & Future Vol. 1
Written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Dan Mora
2020, 163 pages, rated 12+
The King is Undead. Long live the King. When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (Die, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day…especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain’s history!
Comixology Link: https://www.comixology.com/Once-Future-Vol-1/digital-comic/834366?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy
Hoopla Link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12896534
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Kieron-Gillen/dp/168415491X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=once+future&qid=1593309505&s=books&sr=1-1
The Mighty Thor (2015) Vol. 1: Thunder In Her Veins
Written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Russel Dauterman
2016, 136 pages, rated 12+
When Dr. Jane Foster lifts the mystic hammer Mjolnir, she is transformed into the Goddess of Thunder, the Mighty Thor! Her enemies are many as Asgard descends further into chaos, and unrest threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet she wages her greatest battle against a far more personal foe: the cancer killing her mortal form. When Loki steps back into Thor's life, will it ease her troubles or only add to her pain? There's no such question about Malekith as he continues to fan the flames of a looming War of Realms — when he isn't wedding planning, that is! And as Asgard is torn apart, the skies will shake in one of the bloodiest battles of all time: It's Thor vs. Odin like never before!
Comixology Link: https://www.comixology.com/The-Mighty-Thor-Vol-1-Thunder-In-Her-Veins/digital-comic/377594?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9jb21peG9sb2d5VW5saW1pdGVk
Hoopla Link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12020996
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Mighty-Thor-Vol-Thunder-Veins/dp/0785199659