A new book & some retro "hits" to explore

 So, I am going to talk about one of the comics I read this month that is new; but thought it would be fun to also go back and talk about 2 comic series that are on Netflix right now.

In Welcome to St Hell, Lewis Hancox explores and shares his journey as a trans-man.  He focuses on his high school years with a bit of college thrown in and by having his current self inserted into the story, the reader gets some extra nuance and context on the situations.  It really adds to the story to see "well, I know this now, but back then I was so confused" because maturing and living definitely gives perspective but also because being transgender can be really confusing and isolating.  Hancox's approach helps answer some of the questions cisgendered people often have without having to interrupt the flow of the narrative.  

Everyone's journey is different, but this book was interesting and I encourage you to try it.

Now for the "retro"

I am sure I'm not the only one obsessed with the Sandman series on Netflix; but it made me really happy to see it.  It also made me want to go back and read the original stories so I could see the changes and appreciate all the work Gaiman did on both the original story and the new script.   If you don't know, Sandman is a series, featuring Dream, or Morpheus, first as he struggles to recover from being captured and then as he handles all the changes in himself.  Some stories are really random, but so many strings are subtly wound together that you really don't see them until you see them....

There are so many moments of "wow, that random story has a call-back here" and "that character who seemed so silly is now crucial to this new section of story".....Gaiman is a master and whether you have watched the show or read the books, I encourage you to go back and enjoy them again.  Be aware that Gaiman mixes fantasy with realism and horror so some stories are .....uncomfortable.

Another series (this one I didn't finish yet on Netflix but I will); however I did enjoy the books.  The fantastical and the mundane mix into a horrific and yet touching story which just reiterates why Joe Hill is a master of horror and not in his father's shadow at all. (His father is Stephen King).  

If you aren't familiar, the story follows the Locke family after the death of their father and their move back to his family home.  The family home and the town are very odd, and creepy....and magical keys show up and allow for insights and crimes and mysteries to happen (sometimes silmultaneously).  

It is essentially a scary story so be aware but definitely worth reading.  Also the books are much more intense than the show, so again, just an FYI.


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