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Let’s talk comics!
And this week we’ll be chatting about comics with KGW’s summer intern, Raeya Anderson! Raeya is a senior in high school and coming with me to the comic shop this week was her first time at a comic shop at all. She picked out her own comic, with the help of the lovely folks at Floating World Comics here in Portland.
But I picked up Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in “Pushing Daisies” and “Something is Killing the Children.”
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in Pushing Daisies
Written by: Jody Houser
Pencils by: Adriana Melo
Inks by: Mark Morales
Letters by: Gabriela Downie
I mean this comic didn’t leave me shaken to my core or anything, but I enjoyed it. I think if you have an interest in the DC sirens or in either of the titular characters this comic is worth picking up. Harley was written where she walks that line of cute and endearing without tumbling over to annoying or overly childish. I think that’s a hard line to walk with her.
I like the take that she feels like she has gone soft and even wants to try being a hero. I think Harley would certainly make an unlikely hero but one I would like to read about.
I also love this take on Pamela Isley that she is sort of finding herself again. She died and was reincarnated and is having a hard time getting a grip on herself, existentially and literally … like she is having an issue keeping her body shape and falls into a pile of vines.
However, falling into a pile of vines would be my preferred exit strategy if I could pick.
There’s also an element of Lex Luthor and I am interested to know what role he plays in this. He gives some fertilizer (yes like for a plant) to Poison Ivy and as we all know Luthor rarely gives without wanting something in return.
But perhaps the most interesting character entry is Jason Woodrue. Another plant-dominant human guy. As Raeya the Intern said, “He’s like a flowery Groot.” She’s not wrong.
I like this – pick it up if you’re interested in Harley or Poison Ivy, if not I think you can safely skip it.
Something is Killing the Children
Written by: James Tynion IV
Illustrated by: Werther Dell’Edera
Colors by: Miquel Muerto
“Something is Killing the Children” is a comic capitalizing on the boom (pun very much intended) of the sort of ‘children fighting the supernatural’ craze that we’re seeing in pop culture right now a’la “IT” “Stranger Things” and even a little bit of “Supernatural” thrown in.
I enjoyed this comic but definitely picked it up for its cover appeal. I mean it’s kind of hard to ignore the title. But it’s a little more gore-forward than I thought it might be, but not NC-17. More like T for Teen.
T for teens murdered.
James’ friends were murdered during a sleepover and they aren’t the only ones. This town is plagued by missing and murdered children and it is trying to make sense of their disemboweled bodies.
However, it seems that a nameless female protagonist is here to save the day and fight the monster and James wants in. This comic was interesting but there is nothing that indicates to me it is going to be a particularly different ‘hunt and fight monsters’ story. If you’re into that sort of thing, maybe pick this comic up.
Raeya’s take: Something is Killing the Children is about a young boy named James whose friends were murdered. He is traumatized after seeing his friends bodies but doesn’t know how they died, to make matters worse he is questioned by the police and bullied by his classmates. We also find out that his friends aren’t the only kids that have been killed or gone missing. At the end he meets a girl who also starts asking him questions about how his friends died and what he knows about it, she ends up telling him that there’s a monster in his town and she is there to kill it.
This was a really cool comic and it definitely fed into the popular topic of kids taking on the supernatural. The art was very gory, but all the while done very well. It ends with a cliffhanger that led me to be interested in reading more of the series.
Now, I am handing this article over Raeya the Intern:
Written by: Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
Artist: Karl Kerschl
Isola is the story of a soldier and tiger, who we find out was once a queen that was turned into a tiger. They are traveling to the city of Isola, all the while running from and fighting off hunters. They are met by an old man in the forest who seems to know the tiger and can communicate with her, but the story ends without much explanation being given.
I enjoyed this comic I thought it was interesting and the artwork was well done, it was a good pick for a first comic because it was fairly short and held my interest.