Janes in Love
by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
It’s hard enough being a teenager trying to figure out who you are and how you fit in this world. The last thing you want you need is something coming along to complicate things. Usually that’s when love enters the picture. Never has there been something so complicated and great as being a teenager in love. Cecil Castellucci captures that mixed bag of emotions in Janes in Love (Minx).
In this sequel to The Plain Janes , the four Janes return and are dealing with the aftermath of an art attack that caused trouble for someone close to them. Tensions over the art attacks are running high in the girls’ small town of Kent Water with their number one enemy Officer Sanchez leading the march. If all this wasn’t enough, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the girls have bitten by the love bug. P.l.a.i.n’s fearless leader isn’t letting anything stand in her group’s way of creating their community artwork as she applies for a grant from the National Foundation for the Arts.
While The Plain Janes (Minx 2007), focused on the blossoming friendship between the girls, Janes in Love takes a look at the girls dealing with that crazy little thing called love. The subject of teens dealing with day-to-day life while falling in love has been done many times, however Cecil Castellucci makes it something I still want to read about. Castellucci doesn’t ignore the fact that teens go through a lot during those difficult high school years. Even with those added elements Castellucci still manages highlight that wonderful anxiety ridden feeling of being young and in love. Complementing Castellucci’s story, Rugg’s artwork has a crisp, clean feel to it that gives it an indie comic book look.
Here’s your list of comics out for the week of February 9th, 2011.
Adventure Comics 523
All New Batman The Brave and the Bold 4
Amazing Spider-Man 654
Amory Wars Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 8
Batman and Robin 20
Birds of Prey 9
Black Panther Man Without Fear 515
BPRD Hell on Earth Gods 2
Buck Rogers Annual 1
Captain America Korvac Saga 3
Casanova Gula 2
Cinderella Fables Are Forever 1
Dark Tower Gunslinger Little Sisters Eluria 3
DC Comics Presents Green Lantern Fear Itself 1
DC Comics Presents Wonder Woman 1
DC Universe Legacies 9
Deadpool Team-Up 885
Doc Savage 11
Frenemy of the State 4
GI Joe A Real American Hero 163
Green Hornet 13
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors 7
Hack Slash Ongoing 1
Heroes For Hire 3
Incognito Bad Influences 3
Incredible Hulks 622
Invaders Now 5
John Byrne Next Men 3
Justice League Generation Lost 19
Knight and Squire 5
Lil Depressed Boy 1
New Avengers 9
Onslaught Unleashed 1
Power Man and Iron Fist 1
Red Robin 20
Secret Warriors 24
Sherlock Holmes Year One 1
Stan Lee Starborn 3
Star Trek Infestation 1
Thunder Agents 4
Transformers Ongoing 16
Ultimate Avengers Vs New Ultimates 1
Ultimate Comics Captain America 2
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 153
Walking Dead 81
Walking Dead Weekly 6
Warlord of Mars 4
Widow Maker 4
Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? by Liz Prince, Top Shelf Production
Love can be a pretty awesome thing filled with tons of super gooey romantic moments. Most which wears off after the first month and that’s when the real romance happens. Like when your partner makes fun of your dance moves that you think are super cool. It’s also when the two of you start to develop inside jokes that only the two of you find funny. Sometimes we forget how awesome those moments are but lucky for us Liz Prince captured these moments for us in her classic comic Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf).
Will You Still Love Me, is offers up of short vignettes that bring to light the cute, gross, and enduring aspects of relationships. These are those moments that happen when we find someone that allows us to take our guard down and become exposed. Liz Prince has the ability to capture that vulnerability with humor that makes this comic such a great read. It’s pretty hard not to find something to relate to while reading, whether its Liz noticing her boyfriend crying at the end of “Elf” or Liz giving Kevin a “corn on the cob” kiss.
When I first read this book I let how so many “aww’s” followed laughter that made my sides started to hurt, and I think those sitting around me looked at me weird; that’s why this is the perfect gift to give your partner for Valentine’s Day or any day during the year. Will You Still Love might make readers who are single want to go out and get a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Looking for something to do today from 11 am-4 pm? Well come up to DNA Comics on 20032 HWY 59 N, Humble, Texas, 77338 for their Grand Opening at their new location. The event will feature 50% off comic bin issues, 25% off almost everything, and free food from Chick-fil-a.
You can also get your picture taken with a Storm Trooper from the Star Wars 501st Legion, the Houston area Ghostbusters, and the Dark Knight himself, Batman!