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Top of the Pile

Top of the Pile: Dark Reign, Batman, X-Factor, Astonishing X-Men

by Ken Newquist / February 8, 2009

Two big story arcs have concluded in the comics universe over the last few weeks: Marvel's Secret Invasion mini series, in which the alien, shape-shifting Skrulls attempt to take over the Earth, and Batman R.I.P, in which the Dark Knight dies. Or appears to die, because really, what are the chances that he's actually dead?

As a result, we're into the clean-up phase of both story arcs, as their respective universes attempt to deal with the consequences that have been unleashed upon them.

Top of the Pile: Messiah Complex, Penance, End League, Gunslinger Born

by Ken Newquist / January 23, 2008

Last week was a light one for Marvel (or at least the Marvel titles I read) so I let Tony at Phantom of the Attic talk me into trying out a couple of other titles. In addition to my X-Universe standby – this week it was “New X-Men”, Part 12 of the Messiah Complex – I picked up Penance: Relentless #5 and Dark Horse Comics' The End League.

Finally there’s Marvel's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, one of the four graphic novels I got for Christmas.

Top of the Pile: Messiah Complex, Ultimates 3, Uncanny X-Men, 52

by Ken Newquist / December 11, 2007
Book Cover: 52

After spending the month of November writing fiction, I’m finally getting back into reading it. While the Fall of Hyperion waits on my bookshelf, I’ve decided to ease back into things with my comic books … and the truly mammoth stack of graphic novels lent to me by long-time friend and Nuketown commenter Evil Genius.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the fact that my local comic book shop, The Phantom of the Attic, has moved to Third Street in downtown Easton, which is far more convenient then tracking over the old location at the 25th Street shopping center.

Top of the Pile: Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Omega Flight, Franklin Richards

by Ken Newquist / June 12, 2007

Looking back over my Top of the Pile columns, and considering what this week's might bring, I found that I was in something of a rut -- I've got my standard comics that I get every month -- X-Men, Conan, Ex Machinia, Batman -- but I haven't been venturing very far from that core. That's partly a monetary issue -- I just can't afford to pick up too many more comics then I already do -- but there's also my comic comfort level: I'm just used to my routine.

I decided to shake things up this week by trying out some new titles, adding Omega Flight and the Incredible Hulk to my pile, and picking up a fun new one-shot for my daughter Jordan.

Top of the Pile: KODT, Dork Tower, Conan, Ex Machina

by Ken Newquist / May 25, 2007

Gaming comics top the pile this week as my copies of Knights of the Dinner Table #125 and Dork Tower #36 arrive, augmented by the sword and sorcery (though mostly sword) of Dark Horse Comics' Conan #39.

Rounding out the picks in this pile is the latest issue of Ex Machina, which sees a mysterious future time traveler arrive in New York and tease Mayor Hundred with the secret of his machine-talking powers.

Top of the Pile: Amazing Spiderman, X-Factor, X-Men, New Excalibur, Conan, Batman

by Ken Newquist / April 11, 2007

Despite the fact that I've been buying comics regularly for over a decade, I've only rarely reviewed them on Nuketown.

That changes starting this week with the debut of my "Top of the Pile" column where I'll be running down why I'm reading … and in what order. Almost every geek I know shuffles their comics once they get home, rearranging them into their preferred reading order. I'm no different, but in addition to talking about what's at the top of my comic stack, I'll also be talking about my kids' picks as I search for (and occasionally find) comics for my four-year-old daughter to read.