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Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1: Hooked On A Feline by Kate Leth

hellcatOne of my besties scooped this up on a holiday trip and I snuck it in between other reads. I’m not really a comics person and I never would’ve picked this up myself, but I did like this and laughed a few times while reading it. It’s a very self-aware, cheeky, and sweet story, composed of the first 6 issues of this version of Hellcat. You don’t need to know much about the Marvel universe to be able to dive into this, which I appreciated. The story follows a superhero whose teen years were made famous after her mother published stories about them. In between those teen years and now, some ~very bad things~ happened to the protagonist, which are alluded to frequently, as she tries to put her past behind her and just live as a super human who is also trying to lead a normal life. The artist switched from Brittney Williams (#1-5) to Natasha Allegri (#6) and unfortunately that negatively altered the tone for me. The new artist’s style depicted Hellcat and all of her accomplices as more childish which made me feel like they were much younger than they had been established to be in the first set of issues. I probably wouldn’t seek out more issues on my own, but I did enjoy this as a light vacation read.

Publication Date: 5 July 2016 by Marvel. Format: Paperback.

Writer: Kate Leth web/@twitter/tumblr/@instagram

Artist (#1-5): Brittney Williams @twitter/web

Artist (#6): Natasha Allegri @twitter/tumblr

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Comics for a Strange World by Reza Farazmand

comicsforastrangeworldDespite not being familiar with Reza Farazmand’s previous workPoorly Drawn Lines, I decided to read this collection of comics after recognizing the artist’s style from my Instagram Explore pages. I follow quite a few artists who draw lil comics on Instagram and while I don’t specifically follow Farazmand, I had stumbled upon enough of his pieces to recognize his work and some of his recurrent characters. 

This collection of comics, with each page typically consisting of a set of four images that compose a single comic, was slightly funny, but not laugh out loud funny for me or revelatory in the way that I found Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half even though that collection didn’t make me laugh much either. Each of the comics can function as a standalone, unrelated from the rest of the book, and the characters don’t often repeat, save for Ernesto the Bear and Kevin the bird that pop up frequently on Farazmand’s Instagram account (and were probably prominently featured in his previous collection too).

The collection is loosely organized into the following themes, but doesn’t always flow smoothly from one piece to the next: The Human Experience, Social Creatures, Changes, A Strange World, and Thoughts on Things.

Comics for a Strange World is a smidge existential, a touch sadistic, and full of dry humor. While I remember chuckling a few times while reading, none of the comics really stuck around in my mind after I finished reading it. I did photograph a few of the pages to send to my friends and I’m including one here that I think that we probably all could use help remembering sometimes. 

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Comics for a Strange World will be released at physical and digital bookstores in the U.S. on October 24, 2017!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital copy of this book for free from Plume Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by Plume Books or NetGalley.