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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016 | December 10, 2016

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Biographical comics can either be self-indulgent or illuminating. Often they are both. This one fall firmly into the illuminating category. It is a fairly complex read, though that isn’t clear when you first start it. Bechdel jumps around in time quite a bit, but it is perfectly done to allow the story to unfold in the way it needs to. She sums it up very well on the last page, referring to the “tricky reverse narration that impels our entwined stories”. It isn’t reverse exactly, but it certainly isn’t linear.
Early on in the book, Bechdel’s father feels a bit like a monster. Quite a terrible parent, certainly. As we near the end, in the scene where he actually admits certain thing to his daughter, I practically cheered.
It is a story about repression and awakening, but as the author points out, to wish things had turned out differently is too easy. Her father has a lot too answer for, but the world has a lot to answer for to him as well.

This is a great book. Highly recommended.

Comic Books Read in 2016

Fun Home (Bechdel)
Secret Path (Downie / Lemire)
Rob Malo’s Tibert Le Voyageur (Lamoureaux / Miranda)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)

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