To Read ListSo, I just survived another San Diego Comic-Con. It was an amazing weekend of meeting new friends, making business contacts, and buying books . . . buying lots of books. You see, I have a bit of a problem. I buy way more books than I can read, and when a new convention rolls around, I do it all over again. I decided at this year's show that I needed to remedy this somehow.

 My wife reminded me of one of our favorite books, The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, a collection of articles where Hornby tries to tackle his own book obsession. So, I decided to steal his idea and apply it to my graphic novel obsession. Over the next year, I will regularly blog about my graphic novel reading habits. I will start each blog with a list of which books are on my 'To Read' list, which books I've bought, and which books I read. I will then blog about why I bought what I did, why I read what I did, and what I thought about what I read.


This is mostly a therapeutic way to deal with my obsession but may also be an interesting experiment in blogging and graphic novel reviews. Stick around and see what the wonderful world of comics holds for me. Without further ado, the 'To Read' List:

Green Arrow 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Multi-billionaire playboy and philanthropist Oliver Queen, known for his innovative technologies, spends his days running away from his responsibilities and his nights shooting hypersonic arrows to fight crime.  He has no powers, no abilities, no special skills, but the backup of two friends and the trained eye of a marksman.  A mundane man in the world of the super-powered, he is the Green Arrow.

 
 

SPOILERS BELOW

Batman and Robin with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Ten years ago, Batman had a relationship with Talia al Ghul, daughter to the villain Ra'as al Ghul. Years later, Batman met Damian, his and Talia's son, who had been trained by the League of Assassins to be a brutal killer. Damian broke away from the League to join his father and became the new Robin, but he still has a lot to learn about what it means to be a hero and a Wayne.

 

 

 

 

 

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capt-marvel-jamie-mckelvieFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 



Captain Marvel #1
by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy

Captain Marvel is back! Kelly Sue DeConnick has brought Carol Danvers, one of my all-time favorite Avengers, back to her own series, and she is not living in anyone’s shadow anymore. This is an awesome comic. It’s packed with, action, emotion, humor, and amazing art. Wow! I don’t know where Stephen Wacker and C.B. Cebulski found Dexter Soy, but his art is really cool. He pencils, inks, and colors the whole book. I especially love the layout of this book; no two pages use the same layout, and he uses the panels in unique ways to convey the sense of movement in the book’s action scenes.  Everyone should buy this book on Wednesday. It is truly a work of art. If that’s not enough to convince you to buy the book, then check out this interview I did with Kelly Sue a while back about this book, which can be found here

 

SW Ghost Prison 3Wow, this issue really kicks things into high gear. While not action packed like the previous issues, the story really begins to unfold and secrets are revealed.

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The Occultist V1Take Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Dresden Files, Dr. Strange, and about half a dozen other modern-day supernatural and superhero stories, put them in a blender, run it for five minutes, and then drink.


The first thing you'll taste in The Occultist smoothie is the tangy taste of Buffy, where the protagonist, Rob Bailey, is chosen to a sacred duty to be the wielder of the book known as the Sword (why the book is called the Sword, I have no idea, though an actual sword is part of it.)  While he's learning his abilities, The Occultist takes on elements of the magic-gone-awry plots common to the Buffyverse.  Much like superhero origin stories, watching the protagonist figure out his powers is amusing with everything from a love spell to a memory spell gone awry, making Rob's life a little more difficult.

 

Baltimore 2The Baltimore series has always been about monsters, their creation, their crimes, and their nature.  Up until now the only thing to differ was their appearance: whether they are human, such as the titular character; appear human, such as vampires; or are something completely otherworldly, such as the various demons.  Dr. Leskovar's Remedy spins these issues on their heads and opens up the Baltimore universe to even more possibilities.


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JLI with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Unable to control the Justice League, the United Nations forms its own team of superheroes including Booster Gold, Guy Gardener, Vixen, Fire, Ice, Godiva, Rocket Red, and August General in Iron to serve as their superhuman defense force.

 

 

 

 

 

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BW Minutemen 2The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 


Darwyn Cooke continues to tell the backstory of the Minutemen in Issue 2. Hands down, this is the best of the Before Watchmen books so far. Now that all of the pieces are in place, Cooke picks up the pace and sets his team in motion. He manages to pack a lot of story in this book. Showing us the team’s formation, their first mission, a team meeting, and some of the dark secrets the team is keeping. Man, are those secrets ever dark.

Avenging Spider-Man 9Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Avenging Spider-Man #9
by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Edgar Delgado

The new and improved Captain Marvel flies onto the scene this week with a guest spot in Avenging Spider-Man, and if this issue is any indication, then next week’s premiere issue of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new series is going to be one awesome, wild ride. This story continues the flirtatious friendship between Spidey and Carol Danvers that has been hinted at in previous stories and is packed with humor, action, and superheroics. Kelly Sue does a great job establishing Carol as a very unique hero. She’s fun, brash, and tough as nails. The Dodsons really deliver on the art and capture the fun side of being a superhero. Pick this book up and pick up Captain Marvel #1 next week.

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