Last Months Reading List – December!

Holiday festivities over for another year it is back to blogging normality – sort of, it might take a few days to be back to 'normal'.

I thought to start with I would post Decembers reading list. The list is not so heavy with the comics this last month, mostly due to the time of year. Rest assured I checked my online pull list with my comic dealer just before writing this post and there are enough comics waiting to ship to bankrupt a small nation. So plenty to post about in a few weeks time.

So, on with the list:


2000 AD: Progs 1763, 2012 and 1764 & Judge Dredd Megazine: Issue 318 and 319

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.

Heavy Metal Magazine November 2011

Cover - "Dead Dawn" by Simon Bisley and Back Cover by Juan Giménez.
Includes "Party Girls" by John Mahoney, "Gallery: Snakebite" by Snakebite Cortez, "Malevolence" by Homero Ríos and Mehdi Cheggour, "I, Dragon: The End Of Genesis" by Juan Giménez, "Metal Media: John Buscema: The Lost Drawings" - Horatio Weisfeld and "Artist Studio: John Mahoney"

Graphic Novels & Trade Paper Backs

Nothing to see here this month!

Novels & Audio Books

Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back - Radio Play

The Empire Strikes Back was a ten-part radio adaptation of the original film, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The radio drama first aired on National Public Radio in the United States on February 14, 1983.It is the second series of the expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy, and lasts for a total of five hours. It was produced and broadcast by National Public Radio as part of NPR Playhouse as a follow-up to the success of the first radio series, Star Wars (1981).

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900. The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a storm.

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

Thuvia, Maid of Mars is a science fiction novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the fourth of the Barsoom series. In this novel the focus shifts from John Carter, Warlord of Mars, and Dejah Thoris of Helium, protagonists of the first three books in the series, to their son, Carthoris, prince of Helium, and Thuvia, princess of Ptarth. Helium and Ptarth are both prominent Barsoomian city state/empires, and both Carthoris and Thuvia were secondary characters in the previous novel.

The story follows the kidnapping of a Martian princess. This time John Carter's son Cathoris is implicated. and includes the creation of the Lotharians, a race of ancient martians who have become adept at telepathic projection, able to create imaginary warriors that can kill, and sustain themselves through thought alone!

In Summary

Okay, so no graphic novels or trades this month and only a hand full of comics. However I have managed to get through a few novels, a radio play and get about halfway through the classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which I plan to finish this month.

I really enjoyed everything I read this month, not a bad thing to say about anything, which is odd. I really enjoyed Thuvia, Maid of Mars. It has been a while since I first read the book and so the re-read has been very enjoyable. Some very interesting plot points are raised that appear to tie the book series together nicely, and so I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

On to this months highlight then...

This Month’s Highlight

2000 AD Prog: 2012

Once a year 2000 AD takes a break for the festive season and to keep those thrill buffers topped up publish a 'bumper' issue to tie you over until the New Year. This years 2012 Prog was awesome, more so given the fact that last month I was left questioning my enjoyment of recent strips within the weekly title.

This issue contained a complete Judge Dredd 'Choose Your Own Way' Strip, part 1 of a new Absalom strip, part 1 of a new Nikolai Dante strip, a 'teaser' prologue strip called Aquila, part 1 of a new strip Grey Area, a Dandridge Christmas Special, the ongoing Sinister Dexter and if that's not enough for you the first part in a new Strontium Dog strip. - few, I almost feel out of breath typing all of that!

There is so much good stuff going on in this issue from the front cover to the back. The one that stood out for me though was the, 'Choose Your Own Way' Judge Dredd strip by Al Ewing and John Higgins. A real flashback to many a waisted days reading choose your own way books as a kid, never seen it done with a comic before though! Nothing short of genius, great fun too trying not to get killed or locked up by Dredd.

A really good 'Law Breaking' 4 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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