The 2018 Reading Thread - The Extreme Ultimate Edition - January

A tradition unlike any other returns! The reading thread is back.

The rules as laid down by the great and powerful @Torchsong are simple:

Log everything you've read this year. Just edit your existing post or you (and we) will get confused trying to keep up. At the end of each month I'll start a new thread and you can pick a "winner" from your favorite books. You can focus on just trades (which is usually what I do), or just write about the good stuff you've read.

December Winner:
Marvel Epic Collection Excaliber vol 1

January List:

Marvel Epic Collection Power Man & Iron Fist vol 2 "Revenge!"

Amazing Spiderman Omnibus vol 2 (I might be able to finish this in January)


  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,796
    edited January 27
    Thanks for picking up the baton, @CaptShazam!

    December 2017 winner: Harrow County vol. 1-6 TP

    January books
    Archie #27
    Captain America #697
    Casanova: Acedia #1-8
    Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1
    Dept. H #12-22
    Doctor Strange #25, 382-383
    The Family Trade #2
    Fu Jitsu #3
    Mister Miracle #6
  • TorchsongTorchsong Posts: 2,710
    edited February 1
    Thanks Cap! I'm more than happy to pass the "torch" (Ugh...I hate myself now.) :) I'll participate once I get to reading some stuff.


    Gotham Central Vol. 3 (DC) - Great book even though I'm jumping in right in the middle.
    Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust (Crowdsourced) - More kinky offbeat humor from Archie comics artist Dan Parent.
    Star Raiders (DC)
    Saga Vol. 8 (Image)
    Motor Girl Vol. 2 (Abstract)
    Anti-Magic Academy - The Complete Missions (Seven Seas)
    Goblin Slayer Vol. 1 (Yen)
    Nisekoi Vol. 25 (Viz)
    Aho Girl Vol. 4 (Yen)
    Gwenpool Vol. 4 (Marvel)
    X-Men: Gold Annual Vol. 1 - Not regularly reading X-Men anymore but it's the 30th anniversary of Excalibur which is still one of my favorite titles and they got "the band" back together. Couldn't resist and loved it.
    Suicide Squad Vol. 7 : The Dragon's Hoard (DC)
    Mockingbird Vol. 1 (Marvel) (Digital)
    Green Arrow Vol. 8 Hunt for the Dragon (DC)

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 3,551
    edited January 29
    @Torchsong you should. I'm still bitter about December. I did a ton of EoY reading and no December thread.
    So here's my January list:

    Rock Candy Mountain 1-4 (digital) - an undefeatable hobo on the run from the devil, the FBI, and his past quests for the Big Rock Candy Mountain. I recommend the issues the backmatter on hobo life is interesting.

    Rick and Morty #32-33 (digital)

    Delicious in Dungeon vol. 3 - I am still loving this book.

    KoDT #180-194

    Bug #1-6
  • CageNarleighCageNarleigh Posts: 727
    edited January 12
    I always start the year intending to do this, but forget because I'm dumb. Haha. I'll do my best this year to participate! Let's see if I can hold to that!

    Here are the books I've read in the month of January:

    Batman and the Signal #1
    Batman: White Knight #4
    Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #3
    Green Arrow #36
    Green Lanterns #38
    Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #2
    Rogue & Gambit #1
    X-Men Grand Design #2
    Action Comics #995
    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #36
    Ragman #4
    Barbarella #2
    Port of Earth #3
    Old Man Hawkeye #1
    Venom #160
    Deadman #3
  • chrislchrisl Posts: 66
    edited January 29
    I'm trying to read more comics this year and maybe this thread will help keep me on track.

    Wonder Woman # 35
    Dastardly and Muttley # 1-3
    The Ruff and Reddy Show # 1,2
    Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica # 1,2
    Nightwing: The New Order # 3,4
    Batwoman # 8,9
    Detective Comics # 966-969
    Aquaman # 29,30
    Aquaman Annual # 1
    The Flash # 32-35
    Mister Miracle # 3,4
    Star Wars: Mace Windu # 5
    Sword of Ages # 1
    Star Wars: Doctor Aphra # 15
    Justice League # 8-27
    Suicide Squad # 9,10
    Justice League vs. Suicide Squad # 1-6
    Minky Woodcock: The Girl who Handcuffed Houdini # 1
    Port of Earth # 1
    The Wonderful World of Tank Girl # 1
    Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon # 1
    James Bond: Solstice
    Quarry’s War # 1
    Retcon #2,3
    Dan Dare # 1,2
    Thor # 293 vol. 1
    Fighting American # 1,2
    Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil # 1,2
    Star Wars: Poe Dameron # 22
    Superboy # 195 vol. 1
    Batman/ Elmer Fudd Special # 1
    Darth Vader # 9
    Star Wars # 40
    Star Wars: Last Jedi- Storms of Crait # 1
    Doomsday Clock # 2
    Tales of Suspense # 100
    Ms Marvel # 25
  • PeterPeter Posts: 447
    edited January 4
    I'll bite. Especially since one of my NY Resolutions is to read at least one comic a day from my collection. Because it's feeling neglected. Ha.

    I started so far with:
    Justice 1-5 by Ross, Krueger, Braithwaite and co. It's like a modern day Challenge of the Super Friends with the JLA vs Legion of Doom!
  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 3,551
    Peter said:

    I started so far with:
    Justice 1-5 by Ross, Krueger, Braithwaite and co. It's like a modern day Challenge of the Super Friends with the JLA vs Legion of Doom!

    How did you like it?
  • PeterPeter Posts: 447
    So far so good! It’s along the lines of Earth X, where it won’t reach the status of Marvels or Kingdom Come, but as a stand-alone out of continuity story, it’s a fun ride. Some very interesting moments/uses of powers/character interactions. Looking forward to the rest of the ride.
  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 3,551
    @Peter How did you like Batman Metal? The trades are getting ready to come out, is it worth jumping in?
    Also thank you for doing the Legion podcast; I decided to start my Legion journey with that series just a few months before you started the podcast. I've really enjoyed it.
  • CageNarleighCageNarleigh Posts: 727
    edited January 4
    mwhitt80 said:

    @Peter How did you like Batman Metal? The trades are getting ready to come out, is it worth jumping in?

    You didn't ask me, but just jumping in with my two cents.

    It's not over 100% just yet, but, while I personally find it enjoyable, I also find it...scatterbrained. I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something or missing an issue or reading something out of order. If I had a list to follow, it may make things easier. But the way I've read the solicits, I've yet to see a cohesive DC Metal trade. Just the main series by itself, then the different Dark Multiverse Batmen by themselves, etc.

    But it's an interesting concept and I'm glad I read it!

    EDIT: Speaking of a reading order, I found this! CLICK HERE. Seems pretty cohesive. I'm going to try and re-read everything I had in this order and see if it helps.
  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 3,551
    Sorry, I'll take opinions on the subject from all readers. I just knew he reading it.
    Thanks CN
  • Evening639Evening639 Posts: 368
    edited February 24
    Jack Cole and Plastic Man (Chronicle Books)
    Brilliant Trash #2 (Aftershock Comics)
    Kong on the Planet of the Apes #2 (BOOM! Studios)
    Long Lost #2 (Scout Comics)
    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 3 (Kodansha Comics)
    Rockin Rollin Miner Ants #2 (Fate Comics)
    Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness (BOOM! Town)
    The Other Sides of Howard Cruse (BOOM! Town) (WINNER)
    Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites (Dark Horse)
    Amulet: Book Six - Escape From Lucien (Graphix)
    Amulet: Book Seven - Firelight (Graphix)
    The Adventures of Browser and Sequoia #1 (SaberCat)
    Buffalo Wings Archives #s 1 & 2 (Antarctic Press)
    Strangers in Paradise Omnibus One (Abstract Studio)
    "...and then we'll get him!" (Richard Marek Publishers)
    Strangers in Paradise Omnibus Two (Abstract Studio)
  • UltimateThorUltimateThor Posts: 25
    edited March 12
    Thanks for starting this thread, I've seen it in years past but have never participated before, I think it will be fun! I usually read 4 trades a month digitally on the hoopla app through my local library. I'll list them here as I read them and pick my winner at the end of the month :)

    JANUARY 2018:
    Saga Vol. 8 (Winner)
    Lazarus Vol. 5: Cull
    Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins
    Kill Or Be Killed Vol. 3

    FEBRUARY 2018
    The Walking Dead: Here's Negan
    Giant Days Vol. 1 (Winner)

    MARCH 2018
    Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,796
    Lots of participation this year—fantastic!
  • luke52luke52 Posts: 1,366
    edited January 29
    January books:

    Green Arrow vol.1-3 (Rebirth) this has been a seriously good read. The art is great, as are the stories. Well worth a read.
    Aquaman and The Others vol. 1&2
    Rapture #3&4
    Faith and the Future Force #1-4
    Neozoic vols. 1&2
  • ChrisBeckettChrisBeckett Posts: 487
    edited January 30
    All right, I'm game!

    January books:

    Flintstones v.2
    Black Hammer v.1
    Extremity v.1
    Descender v.1
    X-Men: Mutant Massacre
    Astro City v.12: Lovers Quarrel
  • BryanBryan Posts: 41
    edited March 15

    New Comics
    Green Arrow #36
    Pager Girls #19
    Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #18
    Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #2
    Quarry's War #2
    Sword of Ages #2
    The Wicked + The Divine vol. 5
    Days of Hate #1
    Normandy Gold #5
    Kill or be Killed #15
    Batman: White Knight #4
    Doomsday Clock #3
    Rat Queens V2 #7
    Southern Bastards #19
    Sex Criminals #21
    Maestros #4
    Vinegar Teeth #1
    Dark Knights: Metal #5

    Back Issues / Trades:
    Low vol. 1
    Low vol. 2
    Low vol. 3
    Krampus! (tpb)
    The Flintstones Vol. 2
    Clean Room Vol. 1
    Redneck Vol. 1
    The Punisher Vol.1: On The Road (Cloonan/Dillon)
    East of West vol. 2
    The Filth (complete series)
    Saga vol. 8
  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 3,551
    New Year's mid-month baby bump
  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 3,551
    Two day bump
  • Evening639Evening639 Posts: 368
    edited February 1
    This month has been a great reading month for me. I was finally able to cross Strangers in Paradise off of my list of books to read before I die just in time to be able to read the new issue when my DCBS order arrives. I caught up on the latest two volumes of Amulet. I read two of my wife's Christmas presents to me, Jack Cole and Plastic Man and Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites.

    I also dug one of the strangest cheap bin purchases I've ever made out of my collection, Rockin Rollin Miner Ants #2. I wondered what a TMNT knockoff about ants would be like. Turns's about elephant poaching. I never saw that one coming! And to believe, at one point, I thought Cyborg Gerbils was as weird as a TMNT knockoff could get.

    However, my favorite thing I read this month is The Other Sides of Howard Cruse. I had been largely unfamiliar with Cruse's work prior to reading this. It is both informative and entertaining and encouraged me to seek out more of his work and learn more about him. And, as an added bonus, I bought this wonderful hardcover for $1.99 at a local Ollie's Bargain Outlet in pristine condition. From the kid's section! I'm sure Cruse himself would appreciate the irony.
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