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The Forgotten Queen #1: Goddamn. Valiant really likes to tell the kind of stories I like to tell. 

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1: I guess, see above.

The Punisher #9: still so great.

Uncanny X-Men Winter's End #1: I did not like the art in this. The story was inconsequential but fine.

Cruel Summer & Bad Weekend: Look, I don't dig the new branding of Criminal at Image. Can we please AT LEAST have "Criminal vol #: Cool Name?"

Uncanny X-Men #14:wow...while Age of X is going on the flagship title is going through some Chuck Austen shit...

Vampirella Vs. Re-Animator #3: this is pretty bad

Wolverine Infinity Watch #2: this is really fun

Wolverine The Long Night #3: this is fucking great.

Wyrd #2: just not engaged here. I'm out.

X-23 #10: I like the characters. The plot is pretty decent. I just can't get past the art. I know there's only two more issues in this run left, but I can't be bothered. Just looks like something a teenager draws when they should be paying attention in class.

X-Force #3, 4: This is a fun and interesting arc. Great cliffhanger. 

Infinity Gauntlet: This still has to be the best "event comic." Six issues, self-contained, spanning the entire universe and separate pantheons and pretty much every popular hero at the time dies in the fourth issue. Imagine someone like George Perez drawing three issues of a series and having someone finishing the other three for him today! Imagine the controversy! Imagine it's even better looking. Man, Ron Lim is a champion.

Daredevil #3: this is fucking great. I didn't see that end coming. Im intrigued. But it definitely needs to end properly and I don't think Marvel has the balls to do it right.

Dial H For Hero #1: pass.

Fantastic Four #8: I mean, this may as well be a Doctor Doom series but I'm loving it.

Freedom Fighters #4: I gave this a long rope because I love this property and the premise, but it just refuses to stop being so so mediocre.

GI Joe Sierra Muerte #2: do I need an early 2000s homage to 80s indie comic art version of GI Joe? Turns out, no.

Heroes in Crisis #7: as of everything, I'm of two minds on this series. I'll explain when I've finished. 

Hulkverines #2: fucking great.

Ice Cream Man #11: this was nice and fucked up.

Age of X-Man Prisoner X #2: still good.

Bronze Age Boogie #1: very fun backup story, but the main story was terrible.

Captain America #9:liking the story but not the art.

Conan the Barbarian #5: this was excellent.

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #2: too goofy. I'm out.

Major X #1: Jesus Christ Rob Liefeld! His art CAN be great. His up close work on faces, I kind of enjoy at times. I really enjoy the classic Cable look he gives him here. He tries his best two write Deadpool(s) and it isn't good. I like his lean short Wolverine even though he draws him as an atrocity on the cover for the next issue. For that reason, I'm out.

Marvel Comics Presents #3: not the best.

Marvel Team Up #1: I have yet to read a Ms. Marvel story I like. And I don't like this treatment on Spider-Man or the storytelling here. I'm out.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #1: not for me.

Snap Flash Hustle #2: yeah, the shine is off.

Stone Star #1: not for me.

Suicide Squad Black Files #6: same story for the whole series. The Katana story sucks (because Katana sucks) but the magical one is great. I'd love to write Suicide Squad Black.

Superior Spider-Man #4: I am really enjoying this.

The Forgotten Queen #2: fun.

The Punisher #10: still so damned good.

Uncanny X-Men #15: ok, I haven't been enjoying this arc up until now.

Robinsonia: an erotic european redo of Robinson Crusoe. It's particularly racist.

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War of the Realms #1: ok, this is fucking fun.

War of the Realms Journey into Mystery #1: also fun to slightly lesser extent.

X-Force #5: the quality is slipping here.

Age of X-Man Next Gen #3: look, in this kind of story, the biggest cliche is the "guy who knows how the world should be," but as cliched as that idea is, this series is pulling it off really well. 

Age of X-Man The Amazing Nightcrawler #3: still fun.

Assassin Nation #2: I mean, I'll give it one more.

Daredevil #4: I'm such a mark for Punisher and Daredevil stories.

Hard Time: The Complete Series: Brian Hurtt's art is fantastic. One of Steve Gerber's final works in the industry. Mostly written from outlines by Mary Skrenes as he was too ill. A lovely story that they had to sum up 49 years of in the final issue which works at least better than that final issue of Y The Last Man.

Nailbiter Returns: great! Love this series. Glad it's continuing

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics: nothing in here that isn't better covered in Evanier's book, but If you need more pictures to read, this will do.

Avengers/Defenders Tarot: when I heard Alan Davis was involved, I jumped immediately I wasn't aware he was writing and not drawing. The art is ok, but you can really tell it was written by Davis, because it has the feels of something he'd really want to draw. Lots of hero cameos, obscure villains and a fun alternate reality character design.

Captain America Epic Collection Monsters and Men: I'm glad they turned Scarecrow into a more sadistic villain. A bankroller with his gimmick is stupid. First Jack Monroe as Nomad here, sci that's kind of fun. DeMatteis' run is fun but holds no candle to Gruenwald's. Lots of great Zeck covers. But his interiors make Cap look like a big doofus. Like Moose from Archie.

Blacksad: I'd read two of these stories when they first came out. Only one of them was in english. These were hard to find back in the day, but they are beautiful.  

  • Issues: 231
  • Trades: 13
  • Omnibus: 14
  • Graphic Novel: 13
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Adventure Comics #316 (1938): A fun but predictable LoSH tale.

The Avengers #1-4, 262: Felt like some classic Avengers, and #262 was highly recommended on Twitter. I also give it a thumbs up.

Batman '89 #1: A continuation of the movie universe. Very good.

Batman: White Knight #1-2: What if The Joker got healthy and solved Batman? It's fine, but didn't inspire me to keep with it.

Daredevil #63-65 (1964): It's always a pleasure to come back to these lived-in characters.

Daredevil: Yellow #1-6: A quick but heavy look at Daredevil's earliest days.

Defenders #1 (2021): Not sure where it's going, but I'll give it some time.

Fantastic Four #1 (1961), Fantastic Four #1 (1996), Fantastic Four #1 (1998), and Ultimate Fantastic Four #1: For the 60th anniversary of The Fantastic Four, I read these four very different takes on the FF. Each one has its own merits, and I was quite shocked to see how close 1996 #1 was to 1961 #1.

Fantastic Four #23-28: Issue 27 is easily the best issue to date, while #24 is objectively terrible.

Fantastic Four: First Family #1-6: This slides right into early continuity without much disruption, and adds to the strife the team was feeling at the time.

Gambit #1-4 (1993): Lee Weeks, so that's a plus. But it overly dramatic and some elements are lifted from the original Wolverine miniseries.

Hellblazer #1-4: Some truly macabre stuff here, mixed with odd and somewhat out of place humor.

Hitman #47-60: The series comes to a definitive, emotional close. Over, very mixed bag of a book, but the good is so good.

Iron Man #218 (1968): Tony fights the KGB over a century-old bio weapon.

Marvel's Super-Heroes #12-13 and Marvel's Space-Born Superhero! Captain Marvel #1-5: This book is trying so hard to find its footing, and I had to bail after five issues. It's such a shame, because I've always wanted to get into Mar-Vell but there's very little here to latch onto.

Nightwing #83 (2016): This book just keeps getting better and better.

Punisher: War Zone #1-6 (2009): A lackluster sequel to Welcome Back Frank.

Quantum Leap #1-2: The show does not fit a comic book format very well.

Robin #5 (2021): This brought me to messy, ugly, slobbering happy tears.

Secret Origins #44 (1986) and Detective Comics #604-607 (1937): The Mud Pack is a wildly underappreciated story.

Seven Secrets #1-6: An interesting concept, but the cliffhanger went in a direction I didn't see coming and wasn't really established.

Spectacular Spider-Man #178-188 (1976): JM DeMatteis does not want you to be happy. Or the characters. My god this is bleak, but in the best way possible. Such an amazing run so far.

Starlight #1-6: What if Buck Rogers or Flash Gordorn returned to Earth, lived a good long life, and was asked to come back for one more fight in his twilight years? Surprisingly touching and straightforward for Mark Millar.

Suicide Squad #1-8 (1987): Solid. Gonna be coming back to it soon, I hope.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1: The Joker has Amanda Waller's kill switch. Oh no.

Superior Iron Man #1-4: Tony's a cunt now. I'm out.

Superman '78 #1: Same as Batman '89 #1.

Superman Annual #11: For the 1000th comic I've read this year, I treated myself to For the Man Who Has Everything. It's so damn good. "Burn."

Superman: Red and Blue #2: I'm finding this anthology series isn't quite for me.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #2: Jon struggled to find his identity, especially after Clark outed himself. Clark is way out of character in an otherwise good book.

Tales of Suspense #39 (1959): It's crazy to see how closely the Iron Man movie follows this issue.

What If? #3-9 (1977): Mixed bag but some good stuff in here.

World's Finest Comics #134 (1941): It's WFC.

January: 157
February: 125
March: 185
April: 131
May: 177
June: 86
July: 97
August: 128
TOTAL: 1086

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Fallen World #1: I'm digging this. 

Guardians of the Galaxy #4: really good still.

Savage Dragon #258, 259: it's in a  bit of a transition phase right now, but damn, I want to write North Force.

Sunstone Mercy Vol 7: one of the more, ahem, graphic, of volumes. Still so great.

Dega: a short graphic novel I kickstarted from Dan McDaid It's petty good. Only partially coloured. I don't quite get that.

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  • Trades: 14
  • Omnibus: 14
  • Graphic Novel: 14
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Marvel Premiere #28: read this to follow along on the Defenders Dialogue podcast. Good bronze age monster stuff.

Houdini Master Detective #1: pass

Incursion #3: such a great story. Loving it. Eternal Warrior is probably my favourite comic book character not from the Big Two.

Mary Shelley Monster Hunter #1: pass

Meet the Skulls #3, 4: it's an easy high concept idea The Americans, but instead of Russians, they're Skrulls...and the kids are agents too. Solid idea, pulled off well.

Offbeats #1:really not good.

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Avenging Spider-Man #6, The Punisher #10 (2011), Daredevil #11 (2011): The three-part The Omega Effect storyline is, honestly, remembered for one joke. It’s fine, but does nothing for any of the characters.

Batman ’89 #2: Pure fun.

Batman & Captain America: This had no right to be this good. John Byrne works magic to make Captain America feel like a DC character, especially a wartime DC character. And somehow this spun off into the Superman & Batman: Generations series.

Batman: Face the Face (Detective Comics #817-820, Batman#651-654): Between the end of a crisis and the start of One Year Later, Batman left Gotham City under the protection of a cured and healed Harvey Dent. Why? *shrug emoji* When Batman returns, someone starts killing villains, and all eyes are on Harvey. Is he the killer, or is someone else pulling the strings? I get why Two-Face fans would dig this, but it is not for me. It attempting to do too much and only serves to accomplish some of it.

Carnage #6-16: There’s a slight dip in the middle, but it’s needed to introduce new characters and set the stage for the big battle. It’s also good to see one creative team throughout the run.

Catwoman #1-4 (1989): This tragic retelling of Selina’s origin ties directly into Batman: Year One, while wrapping up some loose ends from that book and laying seeds for other writers to water down the line.

Chase #1-3: Sadly this did not hold my interests. I might come back though, if only because there are a total of 10 issues.

Daredevil #66-76: Matt visits Karen in LA, guilt trips her, then runs back home to work a politically charged case. As always, Matt’s a dick. Roy Thomas has left the book, and I’m not that keen on the new direction under Gerry Conway. Also, Matt is a real piece of shit.

Dark Ages #1: To save the planet, Dr. Strange makes a major mistake, casting the world into shadow. Seven years later, the story begins.

DC Comics: Bombshells #10-18: I get why the stories bounce around so much, but I do wish they stuck with the characters for more than one issue at a time before jumping to elsewhere on the front then back again.

Detective Comics #411 and Batman #232: The first appearances of Talia and Ra’s al Ghul. The Talia issue has its moments, but the Ra’s one is a stone-cold classic. And I will never back down from the idea that Ra’s initially calls Batman “Detective” from a place of sarcasm. By the end it is a title of honor, but those first few times, hmm, they seem suspect.

Extreme Carnage, parts 1-4 (Alpha, Scream, Phage, and Lasher): It starts out with an interesting hook, then sort of loses focus by the middle. Can’t say I’ll read parts 5-8.

Fantastic Four #29 (1961): Starts a little silly then ends on the moon. It’s an odd one, but a fun read.

Hellblazer #5: It’s interesting seeing John so utterly helpless in the face of terror.

Heroes Reborn
The Avengers #1-12 (1996)
Captain America #1-12 (1996)
Fantastic Four #2-12 (1996)
Iron Man #1-12 (1996)

Fantastic Four starts out incredibly strong. Stronger than it has any right to be. But it loses its focus after the Namor issues, and drops the ball once Wildstorm absorbs the Liefeld series.

Iron Man was okay to a point, but it had too much to do between the Iron Man characters, Hulk characters, introducing Rebel, and focusing on Doom in the later issues.

Captain America is a steaming pile of crap, even after Liefeld departs. And the whole series winds up being one retcon after another.

Avengers is forgettable at best and childish at worst.

Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year One #13-18: So I can only do this series in small doses. Tom Taylor is taking his time building this world, which is good, but the issues at play are complex and each side his to grow naturally. But some characters are way out-of-character, even for an alternate reality.

Kurt Busiek's Astro City #14-20 (1996): This is The Tarnished Angel storyline, and man is it sooooo damn good.

Magneto #1-6: With his powers vastly decreased, Magneto wages a one-man war on any human who would dare stand against mutantkind — including those turning humans into Sentinals. Again.

Nightwing #84: Part one of a three-part tie-in for Fear State. Ton Taylor’s pacing is a little off from his norm, but there’s a lovely moment between Batman and Nightwing, an old Nightwing side character makes their return, and Barbara is back in action.

The Pro: Before The Boys, Garth Ennis used The Pro to smear superheroes all over the place in a post 9/11 world. It doesn’t hold up so well ~20 years later, but some of the messaging still resonates and Amanda Conner is unmatched.

Robin #6 (2021): The tournament has begun. That’s it.

Ruins #1-2: It seemingly runs out of steam. Sad that, ‘cause it’s an interesting idea as a tarnished mirror held up to Marvels.

Seven Secrets #7-12: This needs to lean into the secrets a little more, but the action is great and there are a lot of ideas being threaded throughout the book. But it might have crossed one too many bridges for me. It keeps breaking reality — or, the rules of reality — and I’m not sure I can keep up.

Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #3-5: This What If…? tale does not end as one would expect, and the whole experience really could have been two issues. That said, it’s cool seeing Marvel bring back a line of What If…? comics.

Spider-Woman #5-10 (2015): The opening story takes a dark, real-world turn. The the book has to end for Secret Wars. It picks back up in the 2016 series, but this is a great slice of what it will become.

Spider-Woman #1-5 (2016): Roughly one year after the end of the 2015 series, Jessica is nine months pregnant and finds herself in a Die Hard-like situation… in a Men-in-Black-like maternity ward… in the middle of a blackhole… with no one to save her. And it is soooo much fun.

Superman ’78 #2: They did the Superman II thing and I love that they said, “Fuck it! Let’s do it.”

Superman & Batman: Generations #1-4: The final issue is a little too quick, but the miniseries overall is a love letter to the original versions of Superman, Batman, and their supporting characters. Byrne pulls a mega-swerve that’s setup from pretty much page one, and it is excellent to see it play out.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #3: They’re beginning to position Jon as the Superman of Earth, with Clark possibly erased from history in the near future.

The Terminator: Sector War #1-4: On the same night Sarah Conner was fighting for her life in LA, a police officer in New York was doing the same. The manga-inspired art is a nice treat, but it takes no more than 15 minutes to read this whole useless thing.

What If…? #8-10: Issue number nine was my very first What If…?, so this little run has a special place in my heart.

What If…?: Why Not: A collection of What If? stories from 2005, consisting of What If Karen Page Had Lived?, What If General Ross Had Become The Hulk?, What If Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?, What If Magneto and Professor X Had Formed The X-Men Together?, What If Dr. Doom Had Become The Thing?, and What If Aunt May Had Been Killed Instead of Uncle Ben? They’re all solid stories, but the Spider-Man one is a bit weak for me.

Witchblade #80-85: Ron Marz begins his tenure on the title, and it’s a fine entry point to Sara’s world. It’s not the best, but it opens doors for new readers just fine.

Wonder Woman #1-6 (2011): The start of the Brian Azzarello run does an excellent job setting up new mysteries surrounding Wonder Woman and her family.

X-Men: Fatal Attractions (X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, , Wolverine #75, Excalibur #71): This is way better than I had hoped it would be. My memory held this in esteem because it’s the first X-Men crossover I ever read, but it is still good all these decades later.

January: 157
February: 125
March: 185
April: 131
May: 177
June: 86
July: 97
August: 128
September: 188
TOTAL: 1274

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9 hours ago, The Master said:

Sometimes I don't even realize how many I've read in a day. But I can definitely tell which days I had IT support calls and which ones I didn't.

The pandemic has really affected my ability to read and write. But I'm starting to pick up again. I don't read at night so long either anymore because I'm actually falling asleep, so I'm kind of riding that wave a little bit too. Sleeping well is a luxury. Haha!

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My new sleep routine is 3a to 8a, maybe 9 on the weekends. Since I have anxiety around the act of sleeping, I basically have to push myself to the point of dropping from exhaustion. Or drink myself to sleep on the weekends.

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Marvel Zombies The Complete Collection Volume 1-3: I ordered a bunch of tabs and GNs for my school several years ago and ordered Marvel Zombies as one of them. I've also read the occasional one-shot (perhaps in IIWY? segments?). The original series is pretty awful. So is the second. Once Fred Van Lente takes over, it's great! 3, 4 and 5 follow various obscure characters as they work through ARMOR to destroy zombies in every dimension. Lots of Morbius. Lots of Howard the Duck. Lots of Machine Man. It's fun as fuck. Marvel Zombies Supreme is pretty great too. Written and drawn by two Italian guys. Battlestar and some specialized soldiers check out a strange occurrence at Project Pegasus to discover Squadron Supreme clones have been infected with the zombie virus. It's wild. Marvel Zombies Destroy is fucking wild. Peter David writing Howard's ARMOR team grabbing Dum Dum Dugan and a motley crew of characters who debuted in 1940 Atlas Comics (as well as brand new characters who I had to check and see if they ever existed back then) to go to a dimension where the Germans in WW2 made themselves zombies to take over the world. It's a pure delight. Most of the one shots are pretty bad. The chunk in the middle with the crossover into Marvel Ape (remember that shit?) was a garbage fire. Glad I finally read all this, though.

Sensational She-Hulk #9-30: I started the SSH by John Byrne, but because I'm mentally ill, I wanted to read the fill-in issues. And that's a hell of a fill=in. Not the last either. What was wrong with him at the time? Anyway, this stuff is almost always striving to be like Byrne's take on her. They all fall pretty flat. Some good stories and interesting satire by all kinds of folks from Steve Gerber to Peter David. A young Bryan Hitch does a spot-on mix of Byrne and Alan Davis. Halfway decent stuff.

The Man-Thing by Steve Gerber Complete Collection Vol. 3: This is the last bit of Gerber's run, the only recently finished Infernal Man-Thing miniseries with Kevin Nowlan, and what I was happiest to see: the Sandman-esque 12 part Marvel Comics Presents series Gerber did with Tom Sutton. 

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  • Omnibus: 18
  • Graphic Novel: 14
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