Novembers Reading List



November already!

Well here it is, my reading list for the last month:


Comics

 2000Ad Progs 1759, 1760, 1761 & 1762

2000 AD is the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics. Imaginative, hard-hitting stories and eye-popping art have made 2000 AD essential reading - from the violent satire of futuristic lawman Judge Dredd and the war-torn world of Rogue Trooper to the robot mayhem of the ABC Warriors and the stone-cold mutant killers of Strontium Dog.
 Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris  #8

Pirate Queen of Mars, part 3! Dejah Thoris's kingdom of Helium is in tatters, and, even worse, it's running out of water. Water is worth more than all the gold and jewels on Mars... except for the fabled treasure Phondari, the Pirate Queen of Mars, is hunting for.

 DC Universe Online Legends  #16 & #17

Hal Jordan and the other human Green Lanterns have been recalled to Oa under emergency circumstances. Brainiac’s main fleet has been located and he’s gone to war with the Sinestro’s Yellow Lantern Corps on Korugar! The mission: Containment, allowing both enemies to annihilate each other!

 Detective Comics  #3

Batman sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.
 Star Wars The Clone Wars Free Comic Book Day Issue

A short flip-flop issue to give you a look at the Dark Horse comics Star Wars and Avatar!

Gears of War  #20

In part 2 of “Dirty Little Secrets,” the Gears have taken refuge on the island of Vectes, where they must defend the local civilians from marauding bands of Stranded. Joining them are their old enemies, the fiercely independent Gorasni. Memories of old atrocities may lead these tentative allies to kill each other instead of their common foe.



 Ghostbusters Ongoing  #1

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream… Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocalypse, or just a little indigestion? These questions and more are raised in the first issue of the all-new, ongoing GHOSTBUSTERS!
 Heavy Metal Magazine Summer 2011 - War of the Worlds Special!


Includes the stories: "Gallery: War Of The Worlds: Goliath", "War Of The Worlds: Goliath: St Petersburg" - Joe Pearson, David Abramowitz, Gavin Yap, and Puppeteer Lee, "War Of The Worlds: Goliath: Legacy" - Chi-Ren Choong and WanKok Leong, "War Of The Worlds: Goliath: Divine Wind" - Kromosomlab, Mayaloca, and Leon Tan, "War Of The Worlds: Goliath: The Oath" - Joe Pearson, Oh Wang Jing, and Popia, "War Of The Worlds: Goliath: The Patient" - Gavin Yap, Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar, and Ammar "Gecko" Jamal, "War Of The Worlds: Goliath: The Captain" - Na'a Murad, Gavin Yap, and Slaium


Judge Dredd Megazine 317

2000 AD is the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics. Imaginative, hard-hitting stories and eye-popping art have made 2000 AD essential reading - from the violent satire of futuristic lawman Judge Dredd and the war-torn world of Rogue Trooper to the robot mayhem of the ABC Warriors and the stone-cold mutant killers of Strontium Dog.
 Witch Doctor #4

It's Dr. Morrow's toughest challenge yet: a magical malpractice hearing! Mystics Without Borders wants answers. Why did the case of the 'Patient from the Black Lagoon' go so wrong? What's the biological secret of the Deep Ones, and their connection to the 'Great Old Infections'? And how do you fight an epidemic that's turning people into fish-people? Find out, in the finale of the debut miniseries from Robert Kirkman's Skybound Originals line! 
 Warlord of Mars  #11 &  #12

Dejah Thoris is left to fend for herself while her son, Carthoris, travels to the Atmosphere Factory to clear his father's name. Carthoris is going to need all the help he can get just to survive the trip - fortunately, he'll have Tars Tarkas, mightiest warrior of the green Martian tribes, at his side. Who knows what mysteries await their arrival? Dejah continues her own investigation into the murder of the Caretaker while they're away. She might not like what she finds... conspiracies, corpses and secrets...
 Suicide Squad  #3

They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide! Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark!
Star Trek Ongoing  #2

The original series episode Where No Man Has Gone Before comes to a conclusion in this month’s edition of IDW’s Star Trek.







Graphic Novels & Trade Paper Backs



Elephantmen Volume 2 - Fatal Diseases


Collecting issues #8-14 of Image Comics' hit Pulp Science Fiction series, Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases details the lives of Hip Flask, Ebony Hide, Obadiah Horn, and the rest of the survivors of MAPPO's genetic experiments in Los Angeles, 2259, as a meteor falls in Santa Monica Bay and a new epidemic must be contained!




  Novels & Audio Books




Star Wars IV A New Hope - Radio Play

An original radio drama based on the motion picture features an expanded version of the movie story, music and sound effects from the film, and original cast members reprising their roles.


I am Legend

An acclaimed SF novel about vampires. The last man on earth is not alone . . . Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive like this?

Warlord of Mars

The Gods of Mars ended on a cliff-hanger, with John Carter's beloved wife, Dejah Thoris and her former slave, Thuvia, caught in the clutches of the evil queen Issus. In order to free them, Carter journeys to the frozen wastelands of northern Mars, where new dangers and horrifying creatures await to confront him. Can Carter overcome the obstacles to rescue the woman he loves... and finally become the Warlord of Mars?




 In Summary

I've must admit I have surprised myself this month with the amount of books and comics that I have managed to get through. I'm really on-board now with the audio books, I spend so much time working on art and there are so many books I want to read that it feels like the perfect match. I've managed to get through the fantastic Star Wars radio play and the brilliant I Am Legend. Two stories I would never have found the time to sit down and read.

I think my low for the month has to be (and I really don't like having to admit to this) sadly, 2000AD. The progs recently have just fallen a little flat. 2000AD's strength, and sometimes its weakness, is that it is an anthology. This means that from time-to-time you get a duff story, it is a preference thing. Some things you like and some you wont.

Currently there are two stories I don't even read in the prog and a third that I feel I need to just because if I don't that's over half the comic I'm paying for and not reading! The stories (and I think to some this may be a surprise and to others not at all) are Indigo Prime – I just don't get it, and more importantly, I don't want to! Angel Zero – Please wake me up when this 'paint by numbers' story is over, and my half-hearted read is Sinister Dexter. I know at one point I was enjoying this strip, now though, I'm not too sure.

Over all another really good month, I am still very much enjoying the goodies that Dynamite and IDW are dropping on my doorstep each month, the Warlord of Mars series along with Dejah Thoris is still at the top of my reading pile when it arrives. I've taken the plunge with a new series, Ghostbusters by IDW. Very fun and a change of pace for me as a reader. (check out my review earlier this week).

Now, onto this month's highlight...


This Month’s Highlight


I am Legend

Oh-my! What an absolutely brilliant book I am Legend is indeed!

I remember when the Will Smith film of the same title came out being really disappointed by it, it is not a good film. In fact I would go as far as to say it is a really bad film! I talked to a friend about it and he agreed and recommended reading the book it is based on as it is a lot better. That is almost always a given though isn't? That the book is always going to be better than the film. In this case though my friend was more than right...

...Oh-boy, what a difference there is! 

The book of I am Legend is on a different planet to the film, not in that it is set on a different planet, just that it is knocked out of the park in comparison. The book is a closer more personal story of the last man alive in a world dominated by vampires.

Here is the synopsis:

The last man on earth is not alone . . . Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive like this?

What I like about the book is that you really do feel like you are on the same ride as Robert Neville, the protagonist for the story. You are right there in his desperations, hopes and fears, and you can't help but find yourself emotionally rising and falling as Robert discovers the truths of his existence and just how much longer he has. Then of course there is the other question, is he truly the last man on Earth?

I am legend is a fantastic, sci-fi and fantasy story with a good dose of horror thrown in the mix. I highly recommend this book and give it a 4.5 out of 5.  




*How my ratings work: 1: Awful, 2: Passable, 3: Good, 4: Brilliant, 5: Knocked it Out of the Park!  

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