Jeff Lemire

The Ogre's Staff Picks (05/30/2018)

It has been too long and some Picks have been stacking up. So... Let's catch up. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Gib's Pick

Roughneck GN

Gib's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire

Derek and Beth had a very rough childhood, and they are still dealing with the ramifications.  Derek is drinking and fighting through his days with no much going on when Beth returns after a long absence.  In order to escape her abusive and violent ex-boyfriend they hide out in a secluded cabin and start to heal as they reconnect with each other.  When Jeff Lemire (Descender/Green Arrow) draws his own stories, you know they will be powerful and compelling.  Roughneck is that and more, a lot like his Underwater Welder book.

Lauren's Pick

Shade, the Changing Girl

Lauren's Pick

Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artists: Marley Zarcone, Ande Parks
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Saida Temofonte

Expanding on the classic Vertigo series Shade, the Changing Man, this comic is truly the best of DC’s Young Animal line. Loma is directionless on planet Meta, drifting through a life she feels doesn’t fit, until she finds a way out: she steals the madness coat once owned by missing poet Rac Shade. Using the coat Loma travels to Earth and possesses the body of a formerly comatose high school bully, where she finds herself struggling to understand her new planet and somehow barred from returning home. Meanwhile back on Meta, powerful forces are looking for the coat, and the one who stole it. Simple, right? Writer Cecil Castellucci and penciller Marley Zarcone (as well as the whole creative team—this book is crazy beautiful) work together to weave a psychedelic adventure that spans the galaxy but stays anchored in high school.

Sarah's Pick

Be Prepared GN

Sarah's Pick

Writer/Artist: Vera Brosgol
Colorist: Alec Longstreth

After continuous failed attempts to fit in with the other girls at school, Vera discovers news of a Russian summer camp where she thinks she’ll finally be around other people like herself. What she learns, however, is that mean girls and boys will always be mean girls and boys, and that the camp is nothing like she expected. From the terrible two Sashas she shares a tent with, to the door-less outhouses, Vera Brosgol recounts a summer trying to navigate the perils of adolescence and friendship in this semi-autobiographical coming of age story.

Trish's Pick

Vinland Saga GN Vol 1

Trish's Pick

Writer/Artist: Makoto Yukimura

Taking place during the Viking invasion of England in 1013 AD, Vinland Saga is a manga comprised of both fictional and historically accurate elements that blend together seamlessly. The story follows the quest of the historical Icelandic explorer, Thorfinn, as he seeks vengeance for the murder of his father and inadvertently gets wrapped up in the dawning of King Cnut the Great’s rise to power. Not only is the story consistently intriguing as you become further entangled in the bloody drama of this saga, but you’ll learn quite a bit about Viking culture and history as you read! Fans of Lone Wolf and Cub or Berserk should certainly check this out as it spins a tale of revenge and honor that are very reminiscent.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (02/28/2018)

It has been busy around the store. But we want to take a moment to tell you about a story that you absolutely MUST read! Here is this week's Ogre Staff Pick.

Mike's Pick

Royal City TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire

Man. Royal City is so good and it feels like nobody is talking about it. After I finish each issue, I’m struck by how solid and engaging a read it is.  Jeff Lemire writes some of my current favorite series, specifically Black Hammer for Dark Horse and Descender for Image, but those are both (excellent) genre series. Royal City is much more grounded, although there are hints of surrealism that flavor the story of a small town family haunted (maybe literally, maybe not) by their long dead sibling/son. Lemire pulls double duty here, and his sketchy, impressionistic art is perfectly suited for this melancholy, possibly supernatural tale.  Volume one (available now) follows the family in the present as they reunite in the crumbling titular town where they grew up and experienced loves and losses. Volume two (due out in late April) follows the last days of the deceased son in the 1990s. I, too, grew up in a small town that’s now seen better days and I was also a teenager/young adult in the ‘90s so this book really appeals to me. Nothing else I’ve ever read has come close to palpably conveying those experiences. The prolific Lemire is at the top of his game here, breathing life into characters and a town in a painfully, and beautifully, real way.

 

It may only be one title this week but when you stop by to pick up Royal City we can offer you many, many more great titles! So come on by!