Top of the Pile: Moon Knight, Alien, X Lives/X Deaths of Wolverine

Omega Red, Wolverine, and Phalanx Wolverine

One of my goals this summer is to get back to reading comic books every day, while simultaneously branching out into new titles. This is independent of my summer reading list but the intent is the same: take a few minutes each day to do something I love. Moon Knight Coming off of the the … Read more

Top of the Pile: Inferno, Dark Ages, Ultimate All-New Spider-man

A cast of Marvel superheroes in costume.

I’m once again caught up on my comic book reading, which means I can actually talk about what’s going on with my beloved X-Men. It also means I have time to delve into Marvel Unlimited looking for some new reads in the form of Dark Ages and Ultimate All-New Spider-man. Inferno Inferno is a four-part X-Men series … Read more

Top of the Pile: X-Men Resurgence

The X-men step through an otherworldly portal.

The X-Men are back. After years of being sidelined in the Marvel comic book universe, the X-Men have returned to their rightful prominence. Heralded by the twin six-issue series House of X and Powers of X, the X-Pantheon is back with a full-line up of comic book titles consisting of X-Men, New Mutants, Excalibur, Marauders, X-Force, and Fallen Angels. Thanks to a … Read more

Top of the Pile: X-Men Blue, Superior Spider-man, Immortal Hulk

I’m as close to current with my comic book pull list as I’m likely to get in the modern era, having just finished X-men Blue and getting ready for the Age of X-Men alternative universe titles. Truth be told, I’d be caught up if it weren’t for the happy distraction of Marvel Unlimited. The digital repository paid for itself 10 … Read more

Top of the Pile: Uncanny X-Men, Spider-Verse, Darth Vader

A close up shot of several different Spider-men.

My comic book pile is almost — almost — current. After a summer and fall of reading comic books almost every day I’ve caught up on everything except for X-Men Blue, a few issues of Uncanny Avengers, and the limited series X-Men Black. I credit my bullet journal’s habit tracker with finally accomplishing this feat. As I wrote over the … Read more

Top of the Pile: Cable, Kate Bishop, Renew Your Vows

A close-up of Kate Bishop, the other Hawkeye. She's wearing purple sunglasses and the fins of her signature arrows appear to her left.

When I started my bullet journal, one of my habit tracking goals to read a comic book a day. Over the summer I stuck to that goal, reading a comic book almost every day. I made steady progress on my pile of comic books but I’ve also taken advantage of my Marvel Unlimited subscription like never … Read more

Top of the Pile: Inhumans vs. X-Men

Two teams of costumed superheroes confront each other, Inhumans on the left, X-men on the right.

Inhumans vs. X-Men, the fight brewing since Marvel’s two main timelines collapsed into one during 2015’s Secret Wars, finally happened. The story lacks the high-stakes punch of Avengers vs. X-Men but this gives it the flexibility to tell a better story. The catalyst is a massive cloud of terrigen mists unleashed by Black Bolt, former king of the … Read more

Top of the Pile: An Uncanny Holiday

The Avengers team stands ready for their next assignment.

My pile of unread comic books is huge. So huge that I spent the last two Thanksgiving breaks whittling it down to a reasonable size. Those efforts are working; after spending a good chunk of the long Thanksgiving weekend reading I’m within striking distance of the Inhumans vs. X-Men crossover event from Summer 2016. That … Read more

Top of the Pile: Summer 2017

Covers of graphic novels from the B.P.R.D. and Hellboy series.

My Summer Reading List for 2017 included eight graphic novels drawn from the Hellboy universe. Hellboy and his friends have featured prominently in my summer reading list for the last decade, and I expect that to continue to be the case going forward. There’s nothing quite like reading a Hellboy or B.P.R.D. graphic novel by the camp fire on Lake Champlain, and … Read more

Top of the Pile: Battleworld!

Myriad superheroes battle in space.

The Marvel comic book multiverse collapsed in upon itself in Summer 2015. As the various worlds ended, a new one was forged by its all-powerful god, Doctor Doom. This new world — Battleworld — drove a summer’s worth of of spin-off stories as Marvel cancelled every one of their regular books and replaced them with … Read more