Comixology Unlimited: My Adventure Back to Comics Part 1

Hello, all you wonderful bitches! It has been a MINUTE since I wrote anything for Bitch Team Alpha. Since I stopped doing This Week’s Comics, Dammit, I really fell off the comics wagon. I started (and finished) my final year of graduate school, moved to a new city, and started a new job. Fortunately, comic books did not wait around for me. Many series have started and finished since I last checked in with the comic book world, and I think it’s time for me to catch up!

One new(ish) development is Comixology’s monthly subscription service: Comixology Unlimited. Comixology has long been a great source for buying and reading comics digitally; they essentially carry any comic that you could ever really want to read, and they’re usually sold at the same cost as they would be in a comic book store. This “Unlimited” service was launched back in 2016. It allows you to pay a monthly fee (currently $5.99) and gives you access to thousands of titles. The service is definitely far from “Unlimited,” but there are still so many titles that I probably would have ended up paying for if I hadn’t tried out this service.

*One quick note on Comixology Unlimited* When it first launched, many creators were not notified that their comics would be included as content, nor was it disclosed publicly by Comixology how creators would be compensated. Now, most of what you’ll find on Comixology is first issues or first volumes, and that seems like it could really boost sales of continuing series. However, subscription services like these do have a reputation of screwing over artists and creators, so please continue to support your local shop and all your favorite creator-owned series!

With all that said, here are six series on Comixology Unlimited that are definitely worth your time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 & Bitch Planet Vol. 1

Both of these series are Bitch Team Alpha favorites. Pretty Deadly is an old west-themed fantasy series that follows Death and the Grim Reapers that do Death’s bidding, with incredible art by Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire. Bitch Planet is a science fiction series which takes place in a grim future where women are being imprisoned for being “non-compliant” and features 70s-inspired art by Valentine De Lando. I lumped them together here because they are both written by the absolutely incredible Kelly Sue Deconnick. Both of these volumes have been discussed in length on our podcast, but since I stopped reading comics, they both have second volumes! Bitch Planet has even released a spin-off series called Bitch Planet: Triple Features that showcases new creators in short stories that take place in the Bitch Planet universe. These volumes are the perfect companion to a shit-storm of a political climate. Check them out, and then read both of their volume 2s so we can all talk about it!

2. Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat Volumes 1 & 2

Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat is a three-volume series by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams. The first two volumes are on Comixology Unlimited, and the whole series is pure magic. Patsy Walker is one of the oldest female characters in Marvel history, and this series really pays respect to that rich (and lengthy) legacy, while updating it for modern readers. Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat is hilarious, fun, and just everything I could ask for in a comic book. I didn’t realize that it had already ended when I started reading it again, and I was absolutely crushed when I found out it was over. Read it. Love it. Hope it could come back.

3. Slam! Issues 1-4

Slam! is a brand new discovery for me. Written by Pamela Ribon with art by Veronica Fish, Slam! follows best friends on their journey into becoming competitive Roller Derby girls. This series makes me want to join a Roller Derby team, even though I’m fairly sure I would break everything in my body. This is a great story of female friendship through trial and trouble. Vol. 1 contains issues 1-4, but the story is now continuing in Slam!: The Next Jam. The art is amazing, the writing is clever, and there are at least two cats. Read Slam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Princeless Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5 & Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3

This one is another Bitch Team Alpha favorite. Princeless, and its spin-off series Raven: the Pirate Princess, are written by Jeremy Whitley with a host of fantastic artists and colorists including M. Goodwin, Emily Martin, Ted Brandt, and Rosy Higgins. I know what you’re thinking: “That is so much Princeless to read!” And you are absolutely correct. Comixology Unlimited has all but the most recent issues of Princeless and Raven, and that is only good news for you. This series is really a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

6. Generation X (2017) Vol. 1

As regular BTA fans are all too aware, I’m a big fan of X-Men. I will love and promote indie/smaller comics as much as I can, but if I’m being really honest with you all, I have spent most of my journey back into comic books reading X-titles, trying to work my way through everything that the X-Men have gone through over the past two years. There were some real high points (All-New X-Men, All-New Wolverine, Jean Grey, X-Men ‘92), but some of the ongoing X-titles leave a little to be desired. At last count, there were 10 ongoing titles with 30ish creators, and there is only one female creator among all of them. X-Men: Gold and X-Men: Blue, the two main X-Men teams, have pretty abysmal Harvey/Renee indices, with a whole lot of straight/white/cis/male characters on both teams.  However, Generation X, the current title following the X-Men students, is absolutely amazing. It is written by Christina Strain and has really unique art by Amilcar Pinna, colors by Felipe Sobreiro, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Comixology Unlimited has issues 1-6, out of 8 total that have been released so far, and that means that you can get caught up by only buying two issues! If you’re interested in checking out the current state of the X-Men, I recommend starting here.

If you have Comixology Unlimited, please pass along other recommendations; these are just some of the titles on Comixology Unlimted that made this subscription service really worth it for me. I’m getting ready to get back in full swing again, including re-starting our Girls Like Comics, Dammit podcast! You can join in our comic book conversation over on Goodreads, and make sure you check out some of our other great Bitch Team Alpha content.

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