Definitely on the "good" side, it's been a really good summer for one of my favorite writers in comics, Gail Simone. Simone has written for both of the Big Two comics companies, as well as some indie work and work for smaller publishing houses like Dark Horse Comics. She is currently writing two of my absolute favorite books, Batgirl from DC and Tomb Raider from Dark Horse. Sadly, she will be leaving Batgirl in a few issues over creative differences with the publisher, but her run on the book has been absolutely amazing, including the addition of Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon's transgender roommate Alysia. I'm not a comics historian, so I can't state for a fact that Alysia is the first transgender character in comics, but she is certainly the first one in a major title from a mainstream publisher. Simone's writing is thoughtful and deeply complex and personal and her characters are utterly believable, even in a setting which involves the lead character putting on a costume and going out to fight crime as a vigilante. Her additions to this portion of the Batman canon will give other writers inspiration and material for years and years to come.
She is also the writer for Tomb Raider, a book based on the recent hit videogame which revitalized the classic videogame character with a complicated retelling and reimagination of the adventure which turned archaeologist Lara Croft into the badass character which has been depicted in the Tomb Raider games for over a decade. The comic takes up immediately following the events in the game and is the sequel that gamers only dreamed about. It's wonderful. Search out Gail Simone's work, even if you don't read comics. You will not be disappointed. If you are, contact me here and I'll buy the book back from you. But I think my money is safe.
As for summer movies, the one I've been waiting for all summer is just a couple of weeks away now: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. If you had asked me ten years ago to name the least likely comic book to be made into a movie, Guardians would have been on the short list. But here we are, and it looks great. Review to follow once the picture opens on August 1st!