Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you're given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 15, which is A Comic That Makes You Smile.
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
This is an odd choice for me, since there are SO many options out there. But there's so many options that I see would fit better for other categories coming up, to the point where I'm going with a rather odd choice, Paul Jenkins and Mark Buckingham's Peter Parker: Spider-Man #35.
In this issue, we meet LaFronce Bennett, a young child living with a terrible, terrible mother in a less-than-ideal situation. His only outlet to keep himself sane is by talking with an imaginary friend - in this instance, Spider-Man.
Spidey keeps LaFronce's spirits up even as his mother drinks herself stupid each day and gets herself (and through her, LaFronce) involved with some pretty bad people.
Meanwhile, LaFronce's aunt and her boyfriend are trying to get custody of LaFronce, but the system is none too cooperative.
At the end of the issue, LaFronce is finally going to live with his aunt, so he likely will not be able to see Spider-Man anymore - the two have a tearful goodbye, which you need to see to fully appreciate...
That is adorable.
What a great job by both Jenkins and Buckingham. Definitely put a smile on my face.