The toilet paper is gone. Small businesses are closed. The freeways are empty. Our hands are raw from washing them so often. Life feels surreal. Are we in an apocalyptic comic? Lest we start to wonder if reality is fiction, take a look at other weird worlds through Hoopla’s digital comics.
It’s summertime, which nowadays essentially means Marvel™ movies season! Not looking for more Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, or the Avengers? Then check out these lesser-known, but equally Marvel™-ous graphic novels:
Black Bolt vol. 1 Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed & Christian Ward
Blackagar Boltagon (yes, really), the silent king of the Inhumans, finds himself imprisoned. Where is this prison? Who could be powerful enough to hold Black Bolt captive? This mesmerizing character study, with surreal, vibrant artwork, is part prison break, part buddy movie. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: Graphic Novels”
Ms. Marvel, White Wolf, Mantis, Drax, Falcon, Peter Dinklage as Pip the Troll!… Just when you thought the burgeoning cast of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn’t get any more crowded, Hollywood Insider has gained access to leaked scripts for an as-yet-untitled Avengers movie due out in April 2020 that reveal a veritable avalanche of new characters, and a stunning new merger of beloved comics franchises. Continue reading “Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?”
Hoopla is an online streaming service available to Seattle Public Library patrons, offering 20 checkouts of movies, TV shows, music, and comics each calendar month, accessible on both web browsers and mobile devices. On mobile devices, the app, which is available for free through the Apple App store, Google Play, and Amazon, allows users to download and enjoy content offline, and can be streamed through Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick onto a television screen. Use your library card to create an account and you’re ready to go.
The Hoopla comics collection became available for Seattle Public Library patrons in November 2016, and includes popular titles from DC, Image, Dark Horse, Vertigo, Archie, Boom! Studios, and recently added Marvel Comics! Enjoy titles including Star Wars, Runaways, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, and more!
In addition to a search function, the comics home page includes “featured” and “popular” comics tabs, as well as a “categories” tab that allows browsing via comics specific groupings. Moreover, if you already know what you like, there are pages listing the works of particular creators or series groupings (which is helpful with comics in particular, since figuring out reading order can be a challenge). Finally, at the bottom of each item’s page, there are “similar artists” and “people who borrowed” suggestions for further reading.
The release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters this Friday signals a great opportunity to peruse some of the library’s comics collections starring the World’s Mightiest Heroes. The recently-published Age of Ultron, Brian Michael Bendis’s capstone to a six-plus-year stint writing the series, imagines the team in an alternate universe overlorded by the archvillain Ultron. Surely not-to-be-missed by anyone wanting more of the film’s eponymous automaton, however there are bounteous tales of impossible feats and catastrophic conflicts starring these characters worth reading. The following recommendations are some of the more idiosyncratic adventures starring one, some, or all of the core Avengers: Continue reading “Read some comics: Avengers”