For some reason, I was possessed to use my day off do pretty much do nothing but read comics (bad Debbie, you have a million things to do). I read:

Doom Patrol: Crawling from the wreckage (link to a neat little DP site)
This is the comic that got me hooked on Grant Morrison. It’s a beautiful take on the superhero genre, with characters that really haven’t seen before or since (the exception being Cliff Steele, Robot Man). Crazy Jane had 64 separate personalities all with their own superpower. Dorothy could pull out disturbing yet real psychic manifests from her head. Rebis, the chemycal marriage, bandaged from head to toe, was male, female, and some other thing. The whole team was pretty fucked up.

The stories are insane and I can’t even begin to describe them. I thought Richard Case’s art was amazingly well-suited to nearly psychedelic story telling and nursery rhyme villains (Scissormen, Candlemaker, Red Jack). Now that I read the first few stories of that run, I really want to re-read the rest of the series, but those issues are still at my old house, 10 miles away.

Does anyone know what the Scissormen were saying?

(Yes, this comic is pretty much where the Mad Painter and the Supply Guys came from.)

The Ballad of Halo Jones (books 2 & 3; book 1 was destroyed in a flood last year).

Alan Moore and Ian Gibson created this series in the mid 1980s. It’s the story of a rather ordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Born into a future world which offered few opportunities, she struggled to escape — first Earth, then the galaxy. She survives a shopping trip from hell, dances with the galaxy’s richest boy, murders the universe’s most xenocidic general, insisting the whole while that “anybody could have done it.”

I’ve read this series was supposed to have been 7 books long. Maybe someday Moore and Gibson can finish the other 4, but only if they are as amazing as the first three.

Clan Apis
Clan Apis is an amazing all-ages book about a bee. Yup, a wise-cracking, anatomically correct, curious bee. When you finish the book, you will know more about bees than you ever did. And you will really care about Nyuki and her siblings Dvorah, Melissa, and Zambur.

I kept going back to my GN shelf looking for a book that was good but not depressing. That didn’t work very well. (“Desert Peach! That’s not going to be depressing, no wait…”