Let’s pretend this isn’t March already and I’m not only now posting my January wrap-up… you know how life can be! I actually read a lot in the midst of my exams, mostly comics. (Also I’m trying something new by changing the way I do these posts a little bit, with the covers of what I read, bunch of words on these, and then the listing with more details at the end, I don’t know if I’ll stick with it but it seemed easier for me today when I put myself in front of this post.)
My first four books of the year (from the library!) were a french comic book about feminism which was great to discover some important themes, a short fiction collection from Hao Jingfang where I liked most of the stories (especially when they were linked together) but some were a little bit boring to be honest, and two DC comics with Batman Année 100 which had a weird art style but an engaging story and L’étoffe des Héros where Batman and Superman swap their most famous antagonist! I liked this one a lot.
Then, after re-watching a second time in the cinema Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and subscribing to the Marvel Unlimited platform to read comics, I read everything I could staring Miles Morales! So that was the five volumes of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and two volumes of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man. I also read stuff he appears in even if he isn’t central to it, thankfully because it often involve a lot of life changing events for him, with Spider-Men, the Cataclysm event and the two volumes of All-New Ultimates! I also couldn’t resist reading the young adult novel Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds which was a nice addition to all of it.
I continued my comics reading spree with volumes 1 and 2 of Black Bolt, which were gorgeous and amazing in all aspects. To stay a bit more with these characters I also read Inhumans: Once and Future Kings and Lockjaw: Who’s a Good Boy?
Of course they weren’t as great as the Black Bolt series (which I’m planning on buying when the omnibus comes out in France soon) but they were still enjoyable.
After the Lockjaw mini series I wanted to continue with something fun so I read both volumes of The Unstoppable Wasp and it was the best possible decision! From sweet brave Miles Morales to sad tortured Black Bolt to intelligent bubbly Nadia Van Dyne, I really had an amazing time on the Marvel Unlimited application this month!
On the novel front I buddy-read Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett with a bunch of friends, while this was a re-read for me it was still a very fun read, but might have been even more enjoyable had we known the other characters from the Unseen University first.
Another fantasy novel with Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, I had only seen the Ghibli movie years ago and it was awesome to discover these characters anew. A lot is different from the movie, there’s more characters for one thing, and I ended up liking the novel a lot despite the middle that was dragging a little bit.
I can’t get enough of Seanan McGuire Wayward Children novellas so I jumped on In An Absent Dream as soon as it came out, but I think that – even though it was a good one – it’s my least favourite of the four so far… But that’s also what’s great about this series, there’s something for everyone (I really thought I was going to love it at first because of the main character being such a loner bookworm, but it didn’t click in the end.)
I then got an eARC from Ada Hoffmann of her upcoming novel The Outside which I LOVED. I already know this is one of my favourite novel of 2019 and I can’t wait to get a copy when it’s out this June. No worries, I’ll post a review of this when it’s closer to release day (and might even re-read it before then.)
And to finish, I read a Daredevil omnibus from the library which might be the first time I read something with this character being the lead. I enjoyed it a lot, and I think having a bit of knowledge of the characters from having watched the Netflix show might have helped.
Féministes : récits militants sur la cause des femmes, edited by Marie Gloris Bardiaux-Vaïente
L’insondable profondeur de la solitude, by Hao Jingfang, translated by Michel Vallet
Batman Année 100 (Batman: Year 100 #1-4), by Paul Pope, José Villarrubia
Superman et Batman : L’Etoffe des Héros (Superman/Batman), by Dave Gibbons, Steve Rude, translated by Philippe Touboul
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 1 (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1-5 & Ultimate Comics Fallout #4), by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 2 (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #6-10), by Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Samnee, Sara Pichelli, David Marquez
Spider-Men (Spider-Men #1-5), by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 3 (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #11-16),
by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 4 (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #16.1 & #19-22), by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Sara Pichelli
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 5 (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #23-28), by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez
Miles Morales, by Jason Reynolds
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand (Cataclysm: The Ulimates’ Last Stand #1-5, Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1-3, Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #1-3, Cataclysm: Ultimates #1-3, Hunger #1-4, Cataclysm #0.1, Survive #1), by Brian Michael Bendis, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Bagley, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Leonard Kirk, David Marquez, Alvaro Martinez, Joe Quinones
All-New Ultimates, Volume 1: Power for Power (All-New Ultimates #1-6), by Michel Fiffe, Amilcar Pinna
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1: Revival (Ultimate Spider-Man 200, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man 1-5), by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, Stuart Immonen, David Laufente
All-New Ultimates, Volume 2: No Gods, No Masters (All-New Ultimates #7-12), by Michel Fiffe, Giannis Milonogiannis, Amilcar Pinna
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 2: Revelations (Miles Morales: Ultimate Spiderman #6-12), by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez
Black Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard Time (Black Bolt #1-6), by Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Black Bolt Vol. 2: Home Free (Black Bolt #7-12), by Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward, Frazier Irving
Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (Inhumans: Once and Future Kings #1-5), by Christopher J. Priest, Ryan North, Phil Noto, Gustavo Duarte Nick Bradshaw
Lockjaw: Who’s a Good Boy? (Lockjaw #1-4), by Daniel Kibblesmith, Carlos Villa, Roberto Poggi
The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable! (All-New, All-Different Avengers #14 The Unstoppable Wasp #1-4), by Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier
The Unstoppable Wasp, Vol. 2: Agents of G.I.R.L. (The Unstoppable Wasp #5-8, Tales to astonish #44), by Jeremy Whitley, Stan Lee, Ernie Hart, Elsa Charretier, Veronica Fish, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt
Reaper Man (Discworld #11, Death #02), by Terry Pratchett
Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1), by Diana Wynne Jones
In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4), by Seanan McGuire
The Outside, by Ada Hoffmann
Daredevil, Tome 1 (Daredevil (2011) #1-21, 10.1, Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #677), by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, Chris Samnee
4 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up (2019)”
Ahhh, I’m so glad to hear that I’m not alone with my feelings about In An Absent Dream. Aside from also not clicking, I was really disappointed that there was none of the diversity that I loved so much in the previous books. It felt so bland in comparison. I haven’t even heard of The Outside, but now I’m looking forward to your review!
Yeah it was a bit of a stepback wasn’t it?
Omg I think you would like it, it’s an ownvoices autistic science fiction novel (both main character and another character are autistic in different ways!) and it was just perfect in every way for me ❤
That sounds amazing! I’ve asked my library to buy it, so fingers crossed.
Oh, and yeah, it was. I don’t really understand her reasoning for that.