Top of the Pile: X-Men Regurgitation

The X-Titles have gone through another cycle of relaunches in the wake of the Mutant Messiah crossover, most of which are disappointing. Uncanny X-Men sees the X-Men team disbanded (again) in the wake of the apparent death of Professor Xavier. Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler are touring Europe as Peter (Colossus) tries to get over the … Read more

Off the Bookhelf: Market Forces, The Sky People, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

My reading list this month is dominated by books demands spawned by the two book clubs I’ve joined: the Secret Lair Book Club and my gaming group’s own graphic novel book club. The first two books are Market Forces, a Car Wars meets Wall Street novel by Richard K. Morgan and The Sky People, a … Read more

Top of the Pile: Uncanny X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Red Hulk, Nausicaa

My comic collecting has entered the mid-winter doldrums; the big X-Men crossover has just ended, and while DC’s Countdown is approaching it’s end, that means little to me since I haven’t been keeping up with it. Instead, I’m waiting for the first few issues of the rebooted X-men titles and checking out the occasional one … Read more

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

Mutant combatants throw themselves into combat.

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 – … Read more

Off the Bookshelf: Hyperion, The Golden Compass, American Gods

An armored humanoid, covered in sharp spikes, overlooks a vast golden field.

The end of the summer saw me pick up a bunch of new books, including Hyperion and its sequel, The Fall of Hyperion and autumn actually gave me enough time to read one of them! As we moved into December, the movie release of Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass – and the religious controversy that … Read more

Top of the Pile: Messiah Complex, Ultimates 3, Uncanny X-Men, 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 … Read more

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

Superheroes stand ready for battle.

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 Machina, Batman — but I haven’t been venturing very far from that core. That’s … Read more

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

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more