Three new(ish) comics starring lesbian heroes
Rising out of the middle of the wasteland, the Spire is a city home to both humans and other intelligent species. Sha, head of the city watch, is charged with investigating a murder that happened within the city walls. She has to combat both criminals and prejudice against her as a non human; one of the Medusae, who have many fine retractable tentacles.
I am a sucker for a good murder mystery, and the bizarre and fascinating setting is a bonus. It's also wonderful to see a lesbian hero for a change, especially a kick ass alien detective lesbian with an eye patch. The setting reminded me a little of Saga and Copperhead, for the sheer variety and oddness of the various species the different characters are, and the fairy tale atmosphere.
The Spire is a limited 8 part series, of which I've only finished reading issue 2. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the mystery unfold.
Published: July 2015
Rated: ★★ ★ ★ ☆
Teddy is a time traveller whose job consists of finding and correcting paradoxes created by other time travellers. These can be as small as an ornamental vase out of place or as large as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Teddy is an independent woman who has become very jaded about human relationships. Just at the end of issue one she meets a paradox in the form of a beautiful woman with whom she immediately falls in love.
The art has a fun, retro look. The concept is great, but it's hard to judge the story because very little actually happens in issue #1. It will probably take me at least one more issue to decide whether I like it. It's a limited series of six issues.
Published: December 2015
Rated:★ ★ ★ ☆☆
I picked this one up because of the intriguing tagline: “This is not the tale of a lesbian werewolf who goes to war. Except it kind of is.” It's a war story, which is not normally my cup of tea, but it's not your average war story. Lou, the hero, is a lesbian werewolf, recruited as part of a team with paranormal abilities, acting as private security contractors to the military in Afghanistan. They want to use Lou's tracking ability to find Lynn Odell, a renditions expert and fellow werewolf who has gone rogue and killed several CIA agents.
The timeline jumps back and forth a bit, which I found a little confusing at first, but there are clues in the art that remind you when a particular scene is taking place. There are also a lot of notes in the back of the book explaining some of the choices made and hinting at future developments.
Cry Havoc is written by X-Men writer Simon Spurrier and artist Ryan Kelley. It's an intriguing, different werewolf story and I'm looking forward to the next issue.
Published: January 2016
Rated: ★★ ★ ★ ☆