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My Year in Read-view - Comics, Part One

Edward Shaddow in comics, reading, blogjune, personal

While I thought about doing #blogjune again this year, I was reminded of how I struggled to post everyday. While I enjoyed it I think I'll take this June to post a few thought out blogs. Where better to start than looking at my reading lists from the last 12 months. I've split it up over three posts, the first looking at collected volumes of comics, the second single on-going issues, and the third looking at books in general.

Below is a condensed list of collected volumes of comics I've read since June last year (the benefits of working at a library). Highlights include:

  • Reading everything Gail Simone has ever touched! She is single handedly responsible for my current Red Sonja obsession.
  • Fatale by Brubaker and Phillips, they continue to be masters of noir (if you haven't read The Fade Out or Velvet yet, do so!).
  • Hawkeye Vol 2 continues the greatness from volume one. Matt Fraction is a brilliant and humorous writer responsible for Sex Criminals (among other things) and always worth a read.
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson was wonderful in both art and story. Well worth a read.
  • I finally got around to reading Maus which was heartbreaking, especially when coupled with a trip to the Dachau memorial site in December last year.
  • Two collections I'm buying are the new Ranma 1/2 omnibuses and the MAXX: Maxximized. It's been good to relive some of my teenage reading and view it in a new light, although my shelves are overflowing...

One things I have noticed as I've gotten older is my tolerance for 'mainstream' superhero comics is waining. My interest in reading about men fighting each other is at zero tolerance, this is reflected more in my ongoing single issues reading (which will be the next blog post). I don't see this as a bad thing as there are some really good stories out there with a wide and diverse cast of characters (Nimona, Captain Marvel, Saga, Bitch Planet, Lumberjanes, The Fuse, Spider-Gwen etc.).

I'll leave you with my favourite panel from The Adventures of Superhero Girl which is still up as a webcomic for you to enjoy.

Reading List

  • Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 / Jonathan Luna
  • Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 / Jonathan Luna
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Verse / Dan Slott
  • Ant-Man, Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man / Nick Spencer
  • Ayako / Osamu Tezuka
  • Barbarella & the Wrath of the Minute-Eater / Jean-Claude Forest
  • Batgirl, Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends / Gail Simone
  • Black Science, Vol. 2: Welcome, Nowhere / Rick Remender
  • Black Science, Vol. 3: Vanishing Point / Rick Remender
  • Black Widow: The Name of the Rose / Marjorie M. Liu
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Volume 3 / Joss Whedon
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Volume 4 / Joss Whedon
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight / Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Down / Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Conan/Red Sonja / Gail Simone
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths / Marv Wolfman
  • East of West, Vol. 4: Who Wants War? / Jonathan Hickman
  • EI8HT, Vol. 1: Outcast / Rafael Albuquerque
  • Fatale Deluxe Edition, Volume One / Ed Brubaker
  • Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues / Erik Burnham
  • Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits / Matt Fraction
  • iZombie Omnibus / Chris Roberson
  • Jessica Jones - The Pulse: The Complete Collection / Brian Michael Bendis
  • Legenderry: Red Sonja Marc Andreyko
    Legends of Red Sonja / Gail Simone
  • Love Hina Omnibus 1 / Ken Akamatsu
  • Lucifer, Book One (Lucifer, #1) / Mike Carey
  • Morning Glories: Deluxe Collection, Volume 1 / Nick Spencer
  • Nimona / Noelle Stevenson
  • Ocean/Orbiter / Warren Ellis
  • Planetes Omnibus, Volume 1 / Makoto Yukimura
  • Prophet, Volume 1: Remission / Brandon Graham
  • Prophet, Volume 2: Brothers / Brandon Graham
  • Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 10 / Rumiko Takahashi
  • Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 11 / Rumiko Takahashi
  • Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 6 / Rumiko Takahashi
  • Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 7 / Rumiko Takahashi
  • Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 8 / Rumiko Takahashi
  • Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 9 / Rumiko Takahashi
  • Red Sonja, Vol. 3: The Forging of Monsters / Gail Simone
  • Roche Limit, Volume 1 /Michael Moreci
  • Saga, Volume 5 / Brian K. Vaughan
  • See You Next Tuesday / Jane Mai
  • She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Law and Disorder / Charles Soule
  • Snowpiercer: The Escape (Snowpiercer, #1) / Jacques Lob
  • STEINS;GATE / Yomi Sarachi
  • Suburban Glamour / Jamie McKelvie
  • Swords of Sorrow Complete Collection Volume 1 / Gail Simone
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl / Faith Erin Hicks
  • The Big Feminist BUT: Comics about Women, Men, and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism / Shannon O'Leary
  • The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) / Art Spiegelman
  • The Infinite Loop / Pierrick Colinet
  • The MAXX: Maxximized, Volume 1 / Sam Kieth
  • The MAXX: Maxximized, Volume 2/ Sam Kieth
  • The MAXX: Maxximized, Volume 3 / Sam Kieth
  • The MAXX: Maxximized, Volume 4 / Sam Kieth
  • The MAXX: Maxximized, Volume 5 / Sam Kieth
  • The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity / Mike Carey
  • The X-Files: Season 10, Volume 1 / Joe Harris
  • Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder / Jason Aaron
  • Thor, Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer / Jason Aaron
  • Tony Takezaki's Neon Evangelion / Tony Takezaki
  • Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood / Brian Azzarello
  • Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: Guts / Brian Azzarello

A writer with weird ideas and a polytheism fixation. My alter ego lives in the library, soaking up tech and designing pretty things.

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