The Comics of March 2024

In which I spent a surprising amount of time (to me, at least) visiting a lot of 1990s output from DC that I hadn’t really spent a lot of time with before: Priest’s The Ray, for example, I’d stayed away from because I wasn’t a fan of the art, even though the earlier Joe Quesada-illustrated mini had been a favorite of mine at the time. The Alan Grant-written L.E.G.I.O.N. was similarly something I dipped into and then almost immediately back out because I wasn’t so enthused about Barry Kitson’s art at the time, but looking back now, maybe I should’ve spent more time realizing that the story is… not the best, shall we politely say…?

  1. Kingsman: The Red Diamond #s 1-2
  2. Somna #1
  3. Kingsman: The Red Diamond #s 3-6
  4. Superman (2023) #12
  5. The Flash (2023) #7
  6. Green Arrow (2023) #10
  7. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1
  8. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
  9. Captain America (2023) #3
  10. Project Superpowers (2018) #s 0, 1-6
  11. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #s 2-8
  12. JLA/Avengers #4
  13. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #s 9-12
  14. It’s Jeff! #32
  15. Void Rivals #s 1-6
  16. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13
  17. Prodigy #s 1-3
  18. Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #5
  19. Amazons Attack (2023) #6
  20. Spider-Man Annual (2023) #1
  21. Iron Man Annual (2023) #1
  22. Fantastic Four Annual (2023) #1
  23. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #s 14-18
  24. Blood Hunt Diaries #1
  25. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #s 19-33
  26. Prodigy #s 4-6
  27. Ordinary #s 1-3
  28. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #s 34-50
  29. It’s Jeff! #33
  30. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 1-4
  31. Transformers (2023) #6
  32. Batman (2016) #146
  33. Birds of Prey (2023) #8
  34. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 5-8
  35. Nacelleverse #0
  36. Petrol Head #5
  37. Cobra Commander #2
  38. Duke #3
  39. 2000 AD Prog 2374
  40. Judge Dredd Megazine #466
  41. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 9-10
  42. Radiant Black #s 27, 27.5
  43. The Hawk and The Dove (1968) #s 1-4
  44. Prodigy: The Icarus Society #1
  45. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 11-18
  46. Adventures of Superman Annual (1987) #2
  47. L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #1
  48. Prodigy: The Icarus Society #s 2-5
  49. Aquaman: Rebirth #1
  50. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 19-26
  51. Mysterius the Unfathomable #1
  52. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #13
  53. X-Men (2021) #29
  54. Daredevil (2023) #4
  55. Fantastic Four (2022) #14
  56. Avengers (2023) #8
  57. Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982) #s 1-4
  58. Sentry (2023) #1
  59. The Darkstars #s 1-10
  60. The Ray (1994) #s 1-2
  61. Legends (1986) #s 1-6
  62. Underworld Unleashed: Apokolips – Dark Uprising #1
  63. The Ray (1994) #s 3-6, 0
  64. Deathlok (1990) #s 1-4
  65. Deathlok (1991) #1
  66. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 27-35
  67. Jughead #1
  68. L.E.G.I.O.N. #s 36-41
  69. The Ray (1994) #s 7-8
  70. It’s Jeff! #34
  71. Astonishing X-Men (2004) #1
  72. Shazam! (2023) #10
  73. Green Lantern (2023) #10
  74. The Ray (1994) #s 9-18
  75. Cobra Commander #3
  76. The Ray (1994) #s 19-20
  77. Justice League Task Force #s 0, 17-21
  78. 2000 AD Prog 2375
  79. Silver Age: Green Lantern #1
  80. All-Flash (2007) #1
  81. DC Comics Presents (1978) #s 12-13
  82. The Maze Agency (1988) #1
  83. DC Comics Presents (1978) #71, 79
  84. The Spirit (1984) #10 
  85. DC Comics Presents (1978) #81
  86. The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #3, 8
  87. Justice League Task Force #s 22-27
  88. The Maze Agency (1988) #s 4-5
  89. Justice League Task Force #s 28-29
  90. The Maze Agency (1988) #s 8-9
  91. Alien: The Illustrated Story
  92. Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1
  93. The Maze Agency (1988) #17
  94. The Punisher (2023) #2
  95. The Immortal Thor #5
  96. Captain America (2023) #4
  97. X-Men Red (2022) #18
  98. Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #s 8-9
  99. Weirdworld (2015) #s 1-3
  100. Action Comics #1064
  101. Batman and Robin (2023) #8
  102. Justice League Task Force #s 30-37
  103. The Maze Agency (1988) #s 18, 20
  104. The Ray (1994) #s 21-28
  105. JLA #s 28-31
  106. Trinity (2008) #1
  107. Moon Knight (2021) #s 28-30
  108. Spider-Gwen: Smash #1
  109. Con & On #1
  110. It’s Jeff! #35
  111. Trinity (2008) #s 2-6
  112. DC Comics Presents (1978) #73
  113. Vigilante (1984) #s 1-3
  114. Vigilante (1984) #s 4-19
  115. Thunderbolts (2023) #1
  116. Thunderbolts (2006) #101
  117. Dark X-Men (2023) #5
  118. What If…? Dark: Tomb of Dracula #1
  119. What If…? Dark: Moon Knight #1
  120. What If…? Dark: Loki #1
  121. Ex-Con #s 1-5
  122. DC Comics Presents (1978) #43
  123. Justice League: No Justice #s 1-2
  124. 2000 AD Prog 2376
  125. Duke #4
  126. The Six Fingers #2
  127. Local Man: Bad Girls #1
  128. The Maze Agency (1988) #21
  129. The Maze Agency Annual (1990) #1
  130. DC Comics Presents (1978) #s 50, 58
  131. Detective Comics (1937) #s 569-754
  132. Justice League: No Justice #3
  133. Trinity (2008) #7
  134. JLA #s 107-109
  135. Captain America: Cold War Prelude #1
  136. King of Spies #s 1-4
  137. Vampirella (2001) #s 1-6
  138. Justice League: No Justice #4
  139. Justice League Odyssey #1, 25
  140. Justice League of America: The Nail #s 1-3
  141. Justice League of America: Another Nail #1
  142. DC 2000 #s 1-2
  143. Uncanny Avengers (2023) #5
  144. The Incredible Hulk (2023) #7
  145. Wolverine (2020) #40
  146. Doctor Strange (2023) #10
  147. Original X-Men (2023) #1
  148. Superior Spider-Man (2023) #2
  149. G.O.D.S. #3
  150. Star Wars: Revelations (2023) #1
  151. Alien (2023) #s 1-5
  152. Alien Annual (2023) #1
  153. Alien (2023 2nd series) #1
  154. Superman (2023) #13
  155. Titans (2023) #10
  156. Nightwing (2016) #113
  157. Crucible: The Final Impact #s 1-2
  158. Action Force (1987) #s 1-2
  159. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #26
  160. Wonder Woman (2023) #8
  161. Alien (2023 2nd series) #2
  162. Crucible: The Final Impact #s 3-5
  163. Justice League of America: Another Nail #s 2-3
  164. Jay Garrick: The Flash #6
  165. Crucible: The Final Impact #6
  166. Aliens: Horror Show
  167. Aliens: Earth Angel
  168. Aliens: Sacrifice 
  169. Green Lantern: War Journal #8
  170. The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #s 1-4
  171. Aliens: Rogue #1
  172. Aliens: Rogue #s 2-4
  173. Aliens: Taste
  174. Aliens: Backsplash
  175. Daredevil: Black Armor #s 1-2
  176. Iron Man & The Armor Wars #1
  177. Memoir of a Man in Pajamas OGN
  178. Batman: The Brave and the Bold #12
  179. It’s Jeff! #36
  180. Titans (1999) #1
  181. Titans Secret Files & Origins #1
  182. The House OGN
  183. Batman, Incorporated (2010) #s 1-6
  184. Aliens: Labyrinth #s 1-4
  185. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Echoes #1
  186. Justice League International (1989) #s 51-55
  187. Justice League Spectacular #1
  188. Action Comics (1938) #674
  189. Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #9
  190. Superman (1987) #65
  191. Adventures of Superman (1987) #488

The Comics of February 2024

What was behind the re-read of Marvel’s Thunderbolts, you might ask? Was it the movie that’s due out next year? Honestly, no; instead, I just remembered that I hadn’t read that much of the original series past that first year, and was in the mood for a solid, B-level superhero comic read after binging Louise Simonson’s New Mutants run. Thankfully, those Thunderbolts stories really hit the spot, even if they’re objectively rarely any better than “good.” There really is a comfort food quality of unspectacular, but good-enough superhero comics, isn’t there…?

Also on the list below: I read through basically all of the Massive-Verse, Image Comics’ creator-owned superhero universe run by Kyle Higgins, thanks to a Humble Bundle purchase, and it remains a fun take on a lot of classic superhero tropes… and something that led me into re-reading a lot of recent Green Lantern comics, as well; one of the strange things about reading quite the volume that I do is that you can overlook how solid something is until you binge-read, which is what I think happened here: the current state of DC’s two Green Lantern books is far, far healthier than I think I’d realized…

  1. Dial H for Hero (2019) #s 4-6
  2. Jennifer Blood #s 1-6
  3. Jennifer Blood #s 7-12
  4. Dial H for Hero (2019) #s 7-8
  5. Dial H for Hero (2019) #s 9-12
  6. Green Lantern (1960) #s 193-200
  7. Rom Spaceknight (1979) #s 1-4
  8. Infinity Inc. (1984) #s 3-4
  9. 2000 AD Progs 2368-2369
  10. Green Lantern (1960) #s 78-82
  11. Green Lantern (1960) #s 83-87,89
  12. Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (2019) #1
  13. Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (2020) #s 1-4
  14. Jennifer Blood #s 13-24
  15. The Ninjettes #s 1-6
  16. Rom Spaceknight (1979) #s 5-8
  17. Ultimate Universe #1
  18. Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #1
  19. X-Men (2021) #28
  20. The Avengers (2023) #7
  21. Doctor Strange (2023) #s 8-9
  22. Scarlet Witch (2023) #s 9-10
  23. Rom Spaceknight (1979) #s 9-13
  24. Venom (2021) #27
  25. Magneto (2023) #s 1-4
  26. The New Mutants (1983) #s 54-61
  27. Green Arrow (2023) #9
  28. The Flash #217-219, 226 (Green Lantern back-ups only)
  29. Green Lantern (1960) #s 90-91
  30. The New Mutants (1983) #s 62-67
  31. Spellbound #4
  32. The New Mutants (1983) #s 68-75
  33. Batman: The Brave and The Bold (2023) #10
  34. Amazons Attack (2023) #5
  35. The Penguin (2023) #7
  36. Jay Garrick: The Flash #s 1-5
  37. Green Lantern (1960) #s 92-93
  38. The New Mutants Annual (1984) #4
  39. The New Mutants (1983) #s 76-77
  40. Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #s 5, 16, 23
  41. Green Lantern (1960) #s 94-95
  42. World’s Finest Comics (1941) #s 301-302
  43. 2000 AD Prog 2370
  44. World’s Finest Comics (1941) #s 294-297
  45. The New Mutants (1983) #s 78-86
  46. Infinity Inc. (1984) #s 5-10
  47. Green Lantern (1960) #s 96-100
  48. The New Mutants Annual (1984) #5
  49. Dark Ride #s 5-8
  50. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 13-18
  51. Superboy (1949) #s 222-227
  52. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 19-22
  53. Avengers (1998) #12
  54. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 0, 23-25
  55. Superboy (1949) #s 228-230
  56. DC’s How to Lose a Guy Gardner in 10 Days #1
  57. X-Men Red (2022) #17
  58. X-Force (2019) #46
  59. Thanos (2023) #1
  60. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #37
  61. G.O.D.S. #2
  62. Punisher (2023) #1
  63. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 26-30
  64. Future Quest #s 1-3
  65. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 31-37
  66. Fielder #1
  67. Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #s 83-84
  68. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 38-49
  69. Green Lantern (1960) #101
  70. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 50-52
  71. Thunderbolts: Life Sentences #1
  72. Thunderbolts Annual (1997) #1
  73. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 53-59
  74. COWL #s 1-5
  75. Thunderbolts Annual (2000) #1
  76. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 60-66
  77. Thunderbolts (1997) #s 67-75
  78. Avengers/Thunderbolts ## 1-6
  79. Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1
  80. What If…? (1989) #108
  81. New Thunderbolts #1
  82. COWL #s 7-11
  83. Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1
  84. 2000 AD Prog 2371
  85. Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2
  86. New Thunderbolts #s 2-3
  87. The Invisibles (1994) #s 1-4
  88. New Thunderbolts #s 4-18
  89. Thunderbolts (2006) #100
  90. Batman (2016) #145
  91. Birds of Prey (2023) #7
  92. Shazam (2023) #9
  93. The Invisibles (1994) #s 5-12
  94. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #s 1-12
  95. Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3
  96. Alpha Flight (2023) #4
  97. Children of the Vault #4
  98. The Immortal Thor #4
  99. Uncanny Avengers (2023) #4
  100. Fantastic Four (2022) #13
  101. Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1
  102. Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 2
  103. Amazons Attack (2023) #s 2-5
  104. Wonder Woman (2016) #759-769 (Mariko Tamaki run)
  105. Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #s 1-6
  106. Superior Spider-Man (2023) #1
  107. Daredevil (2023) #s 2-3
  108. Jean Grey (2023) #s 2-4
  109. Dark X-Men #s 1-4
  110. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #s 13-24
  111. Knight Terrors: First Blood #1
  112. Knight Terrors #s 1-4
  113. Knight Terrors: Night’s End #1
  114. DC Universe: Lazarus Planet Alpha #1
  115. Titans: Beast World #1
  116. Justice League of America (1960) #147
  117. 2000 AD Prog 2372
  118. Justice League of America (1960) #148
  119. DC Universe: Lazarus Planet Omega #1
  120. Titans: Beast World #s 2-6
  121. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #25
  122. Action Comics #1063
  123. Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1
  124. Batman/Dylan Dog #1
  125. Green Lantern (2023) #9
  126. DC Ape-Ril Special #1
  127. Green Lantern Corps (2006) #s 29
  128. Detective Comics (1935) #425
  129. Green Lantern (2023) #s 1-8
  130. Duke #3
  131. Cobra Commander #2
  132. Radiant Black #s 1-6
  133. Radiant Black #s 2-12
  134. Radiant Red #s 1-5
  135. Inferno Girl Red Book One #s 1-3
  136. Supermassive 2022 #1
  137. Judge Dredd: A Better World 
  138. Conan the Barbarian (2023) #s 1-4
  139. The Cull #s 1-5
  140. Rogue Sun #s 1-6
  141. Radiant Black #s 13-18
  142. Radiant Pink #s 1-5
  143. Radiant Black #s 19-24
  144. Supermassive 2023 #1
  145. Radiant Black #s 25-26, 26.5
  146. JLA/Avengers #1
  147. Green Lantern: War Journal #s 1-6
  148. Green Lantern (2021) #s 1-4
  149. Immortal X-Men #17
  150. Wolverine (2019) #39
  151. Invincible Iron Man (2022) #12
  152. Incredible Hulk (2023) #6
  153. Avengers Inc. #3
  154. Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld #1
  155. It’s Jeff! #31
  156. Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #38
  157. JLA/Avengers #2
  158. Titans (2023) #9
  159. Justice Society of America (2022) #9
  160. Wonder Woman (2023) #9
  161. Green Lantern (2021) #s 5-9
  162. Green Lantern Annual 2021 #1
  163. Green Lantern (2021) #s 10-12
  164. John Stewart: The Emerald Knight #1
  165. JLA/Avengers #3
  166. The Great British Bump-Off #s 1-4
  167. Brilliant #1
  168. Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #s 39-41
  169. Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War #1
  170. Luke Cage: Gang War #s 1-2
  171. Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #s 1-4
  172. Nightwing (2016) #112
  173. The Flash (2023) #s 1-6
  174. Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #s 1-2
  175. Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #s 3-5
  176. Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #s 6-8
  177. Big Game #s 1-3
  178. TMNT: The Last Ronin II #1
  179. Big Game #s 4-5

Bam! You’ve Been Had, Dad!

I’m hyper-fixating on a detail from an old Superman comic I was re-reading recently, mostly because of the sheer fucking delight that it gave me; it’s a comic from the mid-1950s, when such material was firmly aimed at kids, and as such freed from the need to offer more than hand waving at any plot contrivance or speed bump on the road to where it needs to be, and as such is as bold and blunt as necessary to achieve its desired result.

The gimmick of the story is laid out in its first page: this time around, Superman isn’t just dealing with one villain, but three — and they’re all working together! Calamity! What made me laugh out loud with joy wasn’t that simple idea, though, but the way the villains met in the story. If that story was being told today, they’d meet in jail or through some appropriately grim, Machiavellian method, but in 1950-something, it was deemed entirely fine not only for all three to be escaping their glumness at the same local carnival, but for all three to literally bump into each other on the same carnival slide, each complaining that they were being jostled by the others.

It’s such a silly idea that it’s stuck with me ever since. I read a lot of superhero comics — it’s part of my job, sure, but they’re also just something that I deeply love personally — and seeing three bad guys on a slide together was a necessary reminder of how unserious and whimsical the genre is at its roots, and how playful this material used to be when it began. I’m not saying that I want more villains taking breaks at amusement parks at every given opportunity, but when repeatedly faced with the prospect of the world ending and an apocalypse on a monthly basis, maybe it’d be nice to remember that not everything has to be solved with a grimace and a seriousness that belies whimsy.

Even as I write that, I remember Marvel’s upcoming gimmick of releasing polybagged alternate versions of their superhero comics with more violence for “mature readers”…

The Comics of January 2024

And so we return and begin again. It’s a new year, and that means… well, I’m reading comics as much as ever, it seems. Of particular note from this past month’s haul have been my mass reading of Hickman-era X-Men, a return to old Superman comics, and my last-minute rediscovery of the joys of Dial H for Hero — the 2019 series that is very much a remix of superhero iconography and DC history, but also the earlier versions, too. Sockamagee, indeed.

  1. Cosmic Odyssey #1
  2. The Immortal Thor #2
  3. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #10
  4. The Avengers (2023) #5
  5. Ultimate Invasion #4
  6. The Bogie Man: The Manhattan Project
  7. A-Next (1998) #s 1-3
  8. A-Next (1998) #s 4-6
  9. Cosmic Odyssey #s 2-4
  10. The Demon (1986) #s 1-4
  11. Action Comics #1061
  12. A-Next (1998) #s 7-12
  13. X-Men: Red (2018) #s 1-6
  14. X-Men: Red (2018) #s 7-11
  15. Dark Ages #s 4-6
  16. Batman and Robin Annual 2024 #1
  17. DC Power 2024 #1
  18. Trinity Special #1
  19. Inferno (2021) #s 1-4
  20. Immortal X-Men #s 1-10
  21. Sins of Sinister #1
  22. Sins of Sinister: Dominion #1
  23. Immortal X-Men #11
  24. Immortal X-Men #s 12-15
  25. X-Men (2019) #s 1-5
  26. Immortal X-Men #16
  27. 2000 AD Progs 2364-2365
  28. Petrol Head #s 2-3
  29. X-Men (2019) #s 6-11
  30. X-Men (2019) #12
  31. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest Annual 2024 #1
  32. Giant-Sized X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost #1
  33. Giant-Sized X-Men: Nightcrawler #1
  34. Giant-Sized X-Men: Magneto #1
  35. Giant-Sized X-Men: Fantomex #1
  36. Giant-Sized X-Men: Storm #1
  37. X-Men (2019) #s 16-21
  38. The Six Fingers #1
  39. The One Hand #1
  40. Moon Man #1
  41. Planet-Size X-Men #1
  42. X-Men (2021) #27
  43. X-Force (2019) #45
  44. Fantastic Four (2022) #12
  45. Superman: Lost #s 3-10
  46. Titans: Beast World #6
  47. X-Men (2021) #s 1-6
  48. X-Men (2021) #s 7-12
  49. X-Men: Hellfire Gala (2022) #1
  50. X-Men (2021) #s 13-15
  51. X-Men (2021) #s 16-21
  52. 2000 AD Prog 2366
  53. Cobra Commander #1
  54. X-Men (2021) #s 22-24
  55. X-Men: Hellfire Gala (2023) #1
  56. 2001: A Space Odyssey #1
  57. Conan the Barbarian Free Comic Book Day 2023 
  58. Batman (2016) #142
  59. X-Men (2021) #s 25-26
  60. X Lives of Wolverine #1
  61. X Deaths of Wolverine #s 1-2
  62. X Lives of Wolverine #s 2-3
  63. The Spirit Casebook Vol. 1
  64. Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers (1982) #s 1-2
  65. Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers (1982) #s 3-7
  66. Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers (1982) #s 8-13
  67. Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers Special #1
  68. X-Men/Fantastic Four #s 1-4
  69. X Deaths of Wolverine #s 3-5
  70. X Lives of Wolverine #s 4-5
  71. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #35
  72. Wolverine (2020) #38
  73. Guardians of The Galaxy (2023) #7
  74. Superior Spider-Man Returns #1
  75. The Avengers (2023) #6
  76. Children of the Vault #s 1-2
  77. X-Men Red (2021) #1
  78. SWORD (2020) #1-11
  79. X-Men Red (2021) #s 2-10
  80. Detective Comics #854
  81. X-Men Red (2021) #s 11-13
  82. X-Men: Before the Fall – Heralds of Apocalypse #1
  83. X-Men Red (2021) #s 14-16
  84. Cable (2020) #1
  85. Cable: Reloaded #1
  86. Powers of X #s 1-6
  87. Birds of Prey (2023) #6
  88. Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #6
  89. Red Hood: The Hill #0
  90. Justice League of America (1960) #s 201-205
  91. Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #1
  92. Inhumans Prime #1
  93. Royals #s 1-12
  94. Inhumans: Judgment Day #1
  95. Marvel Boy (2000) #s 1-6
  96. Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #s 2-8
  97. Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #s 9-15
  98. Batman (2016) #143
  99. Batman and Robin (2023) #6
  100. Green Lantern (2023) #8
  101. X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1
  102. Judge Dredd: A Penitent Man (collection)
  103. 2000 AD Prog 2367
  104. Ghost Machine #1
  105. Star Trek (2022) #s 7-10
  106. Star Trek Annual 2023 #1
  107. Best of 2000 AD Free Comic Book Day 2022
  108. Flash/Green Lantern: The Brave and The Bold #1
  109. Flash/Green Lantern: The Brave and The Bold #s 2-6
  110. Avengers Inc. #2
  111. The Incredible Hulk (2023) #5
  112. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #11
  113. Crypt of Shadows (2023) #1
  114. Children of the Vault #3
  115. Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends #1
  116. Helen of Wyndhorne #1
  117. Essential Rogue Trooper Vol. 1
  118. The Flash (1959) #131, 222
  119. The Flash Special (1990) #1
  120. DC Special Series #11
  121. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #s 1-7
  122. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #s 8-12
  123. Superman (1939) #88
  124. World’s Finest Comics #82
  125. Adventure Comics #253
  126. Sensational She-Hulk (2023) #1
  127. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #24
  128. Titans (2023) #8
  129. Green Lantern: War Journal #6
  130. Action Comics #1062
  131. Batman (2016) #144
  132. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #s 13-15
  133. World’s Finest Comics #71
  134. Aquaman: Through Fire and Water #1
  135. World’s Finest Comics #s 72-74
  136. Superman (1939) #s 1-2
  137. Duke #2
  138. Superman (1939) #65
  139. Superman (2023) #11
  140. Wonder Woman (2023) #6
  141. Nightwing (2016) #111
  142. Action Comics (1938) #s 544-546
  143. Action Comics (1938) #s 539-541
  144. Superman Special (1983) #1
  145. Action Comics (1938) #s 551-554
  146. Superman Special (1983) #2
  147. Action Comics Weekly #601
  148. Blackhawk (1988) #1
  149. Blackhawk (1944) #258
  150. Our Army at War #83
  151. Star-Spangled War Stories #87
  152. Action Comics (1938) #309
  153. Infinity Inc. (1984) #19
  154. Action Comics (1938) #484
  155. Infinity Inc. (1984) #1
  156. Immortal Thor #3
  157. Captain America (2023) #2
  158. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #36
  159. Alpha Flight (2023) #3
  160. Infinity Inc. (1984) #2
  161. Action Comics (1938) #252
  162. Detective Comics (1937) #567
  163. Action Comics (1938) #285
  164. Detective Comics (1937) #327
  165. Batman: Death and the Maidens #s 1-9
  166. Detective Comics (1937) #225
  167. Action Comics (1938) #241
  168. Uncanny Avengers (2023) #3
  169. Green Lantern (1960) #188
  170. Green Lantern (1960) #s 189-191
  171. Green Lantern (1960) # 192
  172. Dial H for Hero (2019) #s 1-3
  173. H-E-R-O #s 1-2
  174. Dial H #1
  175. New Adventures of Superboy #s 28-30 (Dial H for Hero stories)

The Old Gods Died

I am the audience for superhero comics; I am not a frustrated creator of them. Oh, maybe I was at some point decades earlier; I think it’s a generally recognized fact that a significant portion of the fan base of superhero comics are wannabe creators of them, and I was almost certainly someone who dreamed about that possibility when I was in high school, because of course I was. As I got older, though, that ambition faded and fell apart through a combination of knowing I wasn’t good enough and wanting to do other things anyway. I was happy enough to just enjoy reading them.

With the exception of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World.

I don’t mean that I don’t enjoy reading those characters; I do, very much — they’re likely my favorite collective of concepts and characters in mainstream superhero comics. Instead, it’s that when I do revisit those original Kirby books, as I tend to annually, I always end up thinking, Well, if you were going to do it today, you should do this… for whatever reason.

It’s never in the form of a plot idea, or anything I could ever pitch (not that I would), but odd background ideas and restaging things. It’s Kirby’s own fault: his Fourth World books were not only timeless, they were timely, with hippies and draft dodgers and commentary on media and society and the nature of war, and the nature of aging, even, and my head just… goes places. I can’t help it.

(Serifan is trans-masc; Darkseid’s primary weapon is Glorious Godfrey, who uses Kalibak as an example of masculinity that isn’t “allowed” by the left in an attempt to sow discord; the Forever People has a fandom of “stans” and “simps” that they don’t know what to do with because of their own attitudes towards equality; there needs to be more done with Apokolips conquering death and using technology as a cure to everything, and how that affects the Hunger Dogs, and so on.)

I’ll never do anything with any of these ideas, aside from forget them. Nonetheless, it’s fun to have them, and feels like a tribute to Kirby’s impossibly huge creativity — that he was so plugged into things that even I can be affected by it in such a way, almost 60 years later.

The Comics of December 2023

And so we reach the end of the comics of 2023, with this round-up of what I read in December. (Normally I do it closer to the start of the month, but the holidays distracted me. What do you want?) I went through a period of reading a lot of Christmas-themed comics in the middle of the month, in part because I wasn’t having an especially festive time and I wanted to jumpstart the season somehow. It kind of worked, in the same way that listening to a bunch of Christmas music kind of worked; more than anything, I learned to appreciate the cliche and stereotypes of these comics , and how creators navigated them — leaning in, in some cases, trying their best to avoid them in others.

When I started keeping track, it was something I thought I’d only do for a year as a project. I’ve found myself continuing to note down comics as I finish them. Along the lines, it became a habit instead of a project. The question is, should I keep posting them here for people to see…? We’ll find out this time next month, I guess.

For now, December 2023’s comics.

  1. The Divided States of Hysteria #s 1-6
  2. Dark Ride #1
  3. Transformers (2023) #3
  4. Duke (2023) #1
  5. 2000 AD Prog 2362 (End of year Christmas prog)
  6. Legion of Super-Heroes (2005) #37 (Jim Shooter returns)
  7. Every Judge Dredd strip from 2000 AD in 2023
  8. Excalibur (1988) #83-87
  9. Dark Ride #s 2-4
  10. Every Judge Dredd strip from 2000 AD in 2021
  11. Ultimate Invasion #3
  12. Excalibur (1988) #88-92
  13. Marvel Age #1000
  14. Batman (1940) #678-679
  15. Batman (2016) #129
  16. Jaegir: Warchild
  17. Jaegir: In the Realm of Pyrrhus
  18. Jeagir: Bonecrusher
  19. Jaegir: Valkyrie 
  20. Jaegir: The Path of Kali
  21. Jaegir: Ferox
  22. Marvel Mutts Infinity Comic #1
  23. The Incredible Hulk (2023) #3
  24. Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #s 1-2
  25. Miracleman (2015) #1
  26. Titans: Beast World #4
  27. Action Comics #1061
  28. Batman & Robin (2023) #5
  29. Batman (2016) #141
  30. Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #5
  31. Miracleman (2015) #s 2-16
  32. All-New Miracleman Annual #1
  33. Marvel Team-Up (1972) #78
  34. Marvel Two-In-One #78
  35. Marvel Team-Up (1972) #136
  36. What If…? (1989) #s 28-29
  37. Batman (1940) #428
  38. Batman #428 Alternate Edition: Robin Lives!
  39. Daleks: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection Vol. 1
  40. What If…? (1989) #s 30-32
  41. G.I. Joe (1982) #s 11-20
  42. What If…? (1989) #s 33-34
  43. Secret Empire #s 0-10
  44. Secret Empire: Omega #1
  45. Fantastic Four (2012) #s 5-7
  46. Fantastic Four (2012) #s 8-10
  47. Immortal X-Men #15
  48. X-Men (2021) #26
  49. Doctor Strange (2023) #s 6-7
  50. The Amazing Spider-Men (2022) #33
  51. Fantastic Four (2022) #11
  52. Scarlet Witch (2023) #s 7-8
  53. Fantastic Four (2012) #s 11-16
  54. Warlock: Rebirth #5
  55. Avengers: Beyond #5
  56. Captain Marvel (2019) #50
  57. Spider-Man (2022) #s 10-11
  58. Moon Knight (2021) #s 25-27
  59. Nightwing (2016) #110
  60. Titans (2022) #7
  61. Superman (2023) #10
  62. What If…? (1989) #s 35-39, 49
  63. Wonder Woman (2023) #5
  64. The Bogie Man #s 2-4
  65. Silver Surfer (1987) #s 139-140
  66. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #23
  67. Green Lantern: War Journal #5
  68. John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1
  69. Justice League of America (1960) #152
  70. The Flash (2016) #13
  71. Green Arrow Annual (2017) #1
  72. Harley Quinn (2016) #10
  73. Batman: Gotham Nights #22
  74. Detective Comics (1937) #826
  75. Hawk & Dove (1989) #20
  76. Superman (1987) #64
  77. Adventures of Superman (1987) #487
  78. DC Comics Presents #67
  79. The New Adventures of Superboy #39
  80. Super Friends (1976) #32
  81. Superman (1987) #109
  82. DCU Holiday Bash #1
  83. DCU Holiday Bash II #1
  84. DCU Holiday Bash III #1
  85. DCU Infinite Holiday Special #1
  86. DC Universe Holiday Special 2009
  87. DC Universe Holiday Special 2010
  88. DC Universe: Rebirth Holiday Special #1
  89. Daredevil (2023) #1
  90. Shadowpact #1-5
  91. Star Trek: Defiant #s 1-3
  92. G.I. Joe (1982) #22
  93. James Bond: Agent of SPECTRE #s 2-5
  94. The Incredible Hulk (2023) #4
  95. Hawk & Dove (1989) #s 21-28
  96. Shadowpact #s 6-8
  97. Star Trek: Defiant #s 4-5
  98. DC Holiday Special 2017
  99. X-Force (2019) #44
  100. Every Judge Dredd strip from 2000 AD in 2022
  101. X-Men Red (2022) #22
  102. DC’s Nuclear Winter Special #1
  103. New Year’s Evil #1
  104. DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1
  105. The Children’s Crusade #s 1-2
  106. Starman (1994) #27
  107. Batman (1940) #s 596, 598
  108. Justice League Unlimited #s 16, 28
  109. Swamp Thing Winter Special #1
  110. Superman’s Christmas Adventure #1
  111. Action Comics #93
  112. Moon Knight: Silent Knight #1
  113. Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1
  114. Daredevil (1964) #266
  115. The ‘Nam #23
  116. Marvel Two-In-One #8
  117. Iron Man (1968) #254
  118. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #314
  119. Wolverine (2003) #49
  120. The Winter Soldier: Winter Kills #1
  121. Daredevil (2011) #7
  122. King in Black: Immortal Hulk #1
  123. Season’s Beatings #1
  124. GLX-Mas #1
  125. King in Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom #1
  126. World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special #1
  127. Doctor Doom (2019) #s 1-5
  128. Doctor Doom (2019) #s 6-10
  129. Iron Man (2020) #s 1-15
  130. Iron Man (2020) #s 16-25
  131. Runaways (2017) #s 1-9
  132. 2000 AD Free Comic Book Day 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021
  133. Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville
  134. Iron Man/Hellcat Annual #1
  135. Hellcat (2023) #s 1-5
  136. Thunderbolts Annual 2000 #1
  137. Avengers Annual 2000 #1
  138. Klaus and the Crying Snowman
  139. Klaus and the Life and Times of Joe Christmas 
  140. Titans: Beast World #5
  141. Green Arrow (2023) #8
  142. Amazons Attack (2023) #4
  143. The Penguin (2023) #6
  144. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #9
  145. Titans: Beast World Tour – Star City #1
  146. The Flash (2023) #5
  147. Once and Future #s 1-10
  148. Runaways (2017) #s 10-11
  149. Once and Future #s 11-18
  150. Runaways (2017) #s 12-38
  151. Green Lantern: Mosaic #9 
  152. Once and Future #s 19-24
  153. Once and Future #s 25-26
  154. The Amazing Spider-Men (2022) #34
  155. Uncanny Avengers (2023) #2
  156. Captain America (2023) #1
  157. Alpha Flight (2023) #2
  158. Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #6
  159. Wolverine (2020) #37
  160. Uncanny Spider-Man #1
  161. Once and Future #s 27-30
  162. Asterios Polyp OGN
  163. The Song of the Machine OGN
  164. Detective Comics (2016) #s 1073-1076
  165. Secret Wars (2015) #s 0, 1-3
  166. Gold Goblin #s 1-5
  167. Namor: Conquered Shores #s 1-5
  168. New Gods (1971) #s 1-5
  169. New Gods (1971) #s 6-11
  170. New Gods (1984) #6 (New material only)
  171. Super Powers (1984) #1-5
  172. The Hunger Dogs OGN
  173. Super Powers (1985) #1
  174. New Gods Secret Files #1
  175. Kirby 100: Darkseid Special #1
  176. Kirby 100: The New Gods Special #1
  177. Kirby 100: Manhunter Special #1
  178. Kirby 100: The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1
  179. The Kamandi Challenge #s 1-6
  180. The Kamandi Challenge #s 7-12
  181. First Issue Special #13
  182. New Gods (1971) #s 12-13
  183. New Gods (1971) #s 14-19
  184. Adventure Comics #459-460 (New Gods stories only)
  185. Super-Team Family #15
  186. DC Special Series #10
  187. Justice League of America (1960) #183

The Comics of November 2023

There was a point, as I approached the end of my stay in the UK, where I was convinced this would be the month where I read the last comics of all. I’ve shared before that travel tends to lead to me reading less for whatever reason, and I returned to the US midway through the month, with only around 40 entries on this list — less than a third of the month, usually. How could I make up that shortfall, I asked myself? Surely, it was impossible…! Ah, but jet lag and insomnia combined to save the day in one sense, even if my exhaustion might have argued otherwise…

  1. Superman (2023) #8
  2. Titans (2023) #5
  3. Titans: Beast World – Evolution #1
  4. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #21
  5. Catwoman (2018) #59
  6. Green Lantern: War Journal #3
  7. Nightwing (2016) #108
  8. Predator (2023) #5
  9. Kingdom Come #s 1-4
  10. The Wicked + The Divine #s 7-22
  11. The Wicked + The Divine #s 23-26
  12. The Wicked + The Divine #s 27-45
  13. The Wicked + The Divine: The Funnies #1
  14. The Wicked + The Divine: 1839 #1
  15. The Wicked + The Divine 455 AD #1
  16. The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 #1
  17. The Wicked + The Divine: 1373 #1
  18. The Wicked + The Divine Christmas Annual #1
  19. Phonogram #s 1-6
  20. Phonogram: The Singles Club #s 1-7
  21. Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #s 1-6
  22. Best of 2000 AD Vol. 5
  23. Young Avengers (2013) #11
  24. Transformers (2023) #2
  25. Young Avengers (2013) #s 2-5
  26. Fantastic Four (2022) #10
  27. Young Avengers (2013) #s 6-15
  28. Action Comics #1059
  29. Green Arrow (2023) #6
  30. Titans: Beast World #1
  31. Batman (2016) #140
  32. Birds of Prey (2023) #4
  33. Titans: Beast World Tour – Metropolis #1
  34. X-Men (2021) #25
  35. Astonishing Iceman #1
  36. Titans: Beast World Tour – Waller Rising #1
  37. Justice Society of America (2022) #7
  38. The Flash (2023) #3
  39. Judge Dredd: Poison (Rob Williams/PJ Holden 2000 AD serial)
  40. Dreadnoughts Vol. 2
  41. Where The Body Was OGN
  42. W0rldtr33 #s 1-5
  43. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) #s 11-12
  44. Shazam! (2023) #6
  45. Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #4 
  46. Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #s 1-2
  47. Suburban Glamour #s 1-4
  48. Titans: Beast World #2
  49. World’s Finest: Teen Titans #6
  50. Danger Street #12
  51. Immortal X-Men #14
  52. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #31
  53. Avengers (2023) #4
  54. Batman & Robin (2023) #4
  55. Titans: Beast World Tour – Gotham #1
  56. Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #s 4-5
  57. SWORD (2009) #s 1-5
  58. X-Men: Regenesis #1
  59. Uncanny X-Men (1963) #544
  60. The Helltrekkers
  61. DC’s ‘Twas the Mite Before Christmas #1
  62. Action Comics #1060
  63. Uncanny X-Men (2011) #1
  64. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #101 (Wagner/Ezquerra!)
  65. Uncanny X-Men (2011) #s 2-20
  66. Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences #s 1-5
  67. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989) #s 172-176 (Wagner)
  68. Seven Secrets #s 13-18
  69. Tales of Suspense #s 57, 60, 64
  70. Avengers (1963) #16
  71. Marvel Team-Up (1972) #22
  72. Marvel Tales #100 (Hawkeye story only)
  73. Avengers (1963) #189
  74. Marvel Team-Up (1972) #92
  75. Marvel Fanfare (1982) #3 (Hawkeye story only)
  76. Avengers (1963) #223
  77. Marvel Team-Up (1972) #95
  78. Hawkeye (1983) #s 1-4
  79. Captain America (1968) #317
  80. Marvel Fanfare (1982) #39
  81. Solo Avengers (1987) #s 1-6
  82. Hercules: Prince of Power (1982) #1
  83. Solo Avengers (1987) #s 7-12
  84. Essential Judge Dredd: Tour of Duty Vol. 1
  85. Solo Avengers (1987) #s 13-17
  86. Wonder Woman (2023) #4
  87. Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #3
  88. Hercules: Prince of Power (1982) #s 2-4
  89. Batman: Off-World #2
  90. G.I. Joe (1982) #1
  91. Mosaic Prelude #1
  92. Mosaic #1
  93. Solo Avengers (1987) #s 18-20
  94. Avengers Spotlight (1989) #21 (Retitled Solo Avengers)
  95. Hawkeye (1994) #s 1-4
  96. Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #s 159-161 (Hawkeye story only)
  97. Hawkeye: Earth’s Mightiest Marksman #1
  98. Silver Sable & the Wild Pack (1992) #s 1, 23
  99. Silver Sable (2017) #36
  100. Not Brand Ecch (2017) #14
  101. Spider-Man: Fear Itself (1992 OGN)
  102. Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #s 17-18
  103. Hawkeye (2003) #s 1-8
  104. New Avengers: The Reunion #s 1-5
  105. Hawkeye & Mockingbird #s 1-6
  106. Widowmaker #s 1-4
  107. Hawkeye: Blindspot #s 1-4
  108. Avengers: Solo (2011) #1
  109. Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #s 1-3
  110. Green Lantern (2023) #6
  111. West Coast Avengers (1984) #1
  112. Doctor Who Magazine #s 596-597
  113. West Coast Avengers (1984) #s 2-4
  114. West Coast Avengers (1985) #1
  115. War for Earth-3 #s 1-2
  116. Teen Titans Academy #13
  117. Suicide Squad (2021) #s 13-15
  118. The Flash #780
  119. Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1
  120. Dark Nights: Death Metal #s 1-2
  121. X-Men: Red (2022) #14
  122. Daredevil (2022) #14
  123. Alpha Flight (2023) #1
  124. Uncanny Avengers (2023) #1
  125. Dark Nights: Death Metal #s 3-4
  126. Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1
  127. Dark Nights: Death Metal – Trinity Crisis #1
  128. Dark Nights: Death Metal – Speed Metal #1
  129. Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End #1
  130. Dark Nights: Death Metal – Robin King #1
  131. Dark Nights: Death Metal #s 5-6
  132. Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Secret Origin #1
  133. Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last 52 #1
  134. Dark Nights: Death Metal #7
  135. Infinite Frontier #s 0-6
  136. Justice League Incarnate #s 1-3
  137. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #22
  138. Nightwing (2016) #109
  139. The Knights of Pendragon (1990) #1
  140. Superman (2023) #9
  141. Titans: Beast World Tour – Central City #1
  142. Green Lantern: War Journal #4
  143. Justice League Incarnate #s 4-5
  144. Justice League (2018) #75
  145. Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1
  146. Dark Crisis #s 0-3
  147. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #s 4-7
  148. Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1
  149. Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1
  150. Dark Crisis: The Big Bang #1
  151. Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Anthology (collection of all the old Marvel strips)
  152. Titans: Beast World #3
  153. Titans (2023) #6
  154. Green Arrow (2023) #7
  155. Justice Society of America (2022) #8
  156. Action Comics Annual 2023
  157. The Penguin (2023) #s 4-5
  158. Amazons Attack (2023) #3
  159. Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #4
  160. Avengers (1963) #s 305-310
  161. Shazam! (2023) #7
  162. Avengers (1963) #s 311-318
  163. Justice League (2018) #59
  164. Avengers (1963) #s 319-325
  165. Avengers (1963) #s 326-333 (The entirety of the far-too-short Larry Hama run)
  166. Wild Dog #s 1-4
  167. Wild Dog Special #1
  168. The Knights of Pendragon (1990) #s 2-8
  169. Marvel Team-Up (2004) #s 1-13
  170. Marvel Team-Up (2004) #s 1-13
  171. Dragon’s Claws #5
  172. Suicide Squad (1987) #s 1-4
  173. X-Force (2019) #44
  174. Jean Grey (2023) #1
  175. Death’s Head (1988) #s 1-7, 9-10
  176. Death’s Head: The Body in Question OGN
  177. Fantastic Four (1961) #338
  178. Sensational She-Hulk (1989) #24
  179. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #32
  180. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #9
  181. Suicide Squad (1987) #s 5-8
  182. Secret Six (2008) #s 1-2
  183. James Bond, Agent of SPECTRE #1
  184. Secret Six (2008) #s 3-5
  185. Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1-5
  186. Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #s 1-5
  187. Secret Six (2008) #s 6-8

The Comics of October 2023

As is always the case, my comic book reading was impacted by comic book conventions in October — for whatever reason, I become so busy that my brain simply can’t handle the idea of reading anything that I don’t absolutely have to. With two different con trips in October that took up a couple of weeks between them, I’m honestly surprised I read as much as I did…

  1. Catwoman (2018) #58
  2. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #20
  3. Superman (2023) #7
  4. Wonder Woman (2023) #2
  5. Green Lantern: War Journal #2
  6. Titans (2023) #4
  7. Jay Garrick, The Flash #1
  8. Something is Killing the Children #s 11-15
  9. Captain Atom (1986) #s 1-2
  10. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #28
  11. She-Hulk (2022) #14
  12. Avengers Beyond #4
  13. Predator (2023) #4
  14. Warlock: Rebirth #3
  15. Captain Carter #s 1-5
  16. Captain Atom (1986) #s 3-5
  17. Captain Atom (1986) #6
  18. Captain Atom (1986) #7-12
  19. Something is Killing the Children #s 16-20
  20. Fantastic Four (2018) #40
  21. Fantastic Four (2018) #s 41-45
  22. Incoming #1
  23. DC’s Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun #1
  24. Smash! #1
  25. Empyre: Avengers #0
  26. Empyre: Fantastic Four #0
  27. Empyre #s 1-6
  28. Empyre Aftermath: Avengers #1
  29. Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four #1
  30. Free Comic Book Day 2022: Avengers/X-Men #1
  31. A.X.E. Judgment Day #s 1-2
  32. Best of Tharg’s Terror Tales
  33. The OMAC Project #s 1-6
  34. The OMAC Project Infinite Crisis Special #1
  35. Detective Comics (1937) #s 742-756 (Start of the Greg Rucka run)
  36. Detective Comics (1937) #s 757-766
  37. Batman: The 10 Cent Adventure
  38. Batgirl (2000) #24
  39. X-Men: Before the Fall – The Sinister Four #1
  40. Doctor Strange (2023) #5
  41. Action Comics #1058
  42. Alan Scott, The Green Lantern #1
  43. X-Men (2021) #24
  44. Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War – Red Hood #2
  45. Amazons Attack (2023) #1
  46. Green Arrow (2023) #5
  47. The Flash (2023) #2
  48. The Penguin (2023) #3
  49. Tales of the Titans #4
  50. Unstoppable Doom Patrol #50
  51. Daredevil (2022) #12
  52. Nightwing (1996) #s 65-66
  53. Batman: Gotham Knights #s 25-26
  54. Birds of Prey (1998) #s 39-40
  55. Robin (1993) #s 98-99
  56. Batman (1940) #599
  57. Detective Comics (1937) #767
  58. Batman (1940) #s 600-601
  59. Detective Comics (1937) #768-770
  60. Birds of Prey (1998) #41
  61. Best of 2000 AD Vol. 4 TPB
  62. Batgirl (2000) #s 27, 29
  63. Nightwing (1996) #s 68-69
  64. Batman: Gotham Knights #s 28-31
  65. Birds of Prey (1998) #43
  66. Batman (1940) #s 603-605
  67. Detective Comics (1937) #s 771-772
  68. Azrael: Agent of the Bat #91
  69. Detective Comics (1937) #s 773-775 (End of Greg Rucka run)
  70. Action Comics (2016) #s 987-992
  71. Duke NYCC Ashcan
  72. What If…? (1989) #s 1-13
  73. Batman (1940) #s 635-636
  74. Batman (1940) #s 637-650
  75. Batman Annual #25
  76. X-Force (2019) #42
  77. Immortal X-Men #13
  78. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #29
  79. Scarlet Witch (2023) #6
  80. Warlock: Rebirth #4
  81. X-Men: Days of Future Past – Doomsday #1
  82. Nightwing (2016) #107
  83. Action Comics #s 1047-1050
  84. Superman: Son of Kal-El #s 16-18
  85. Superman: Kal-El Returns #1
  86. Elvira’s House of Mystery #1
  87. Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War – Scorched Earth #1
  88. The Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1
  89. Batman (2016) #139
  90. Shazam! (2023) #5
  91. Supergirl Special (2023) #1
  92. What If…? (1989) #s 14-20
  93. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1
  94. Birds of Prey (2023) #3
  95. Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #3
  96. The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #s 10-12
  97. Batman: Three Jokers #3
  98. Icon vs Hardware #s 4-5
  99. Judgment Day: Aftermath
  100. What If…? (1989) #s 21-23
  101. Outsiders (2023) #1
  102. What If…? (1989) #s 24-27
  103. Alan Scott, the Green Lantern #2
  104. Frank Miller’s RoboCop #s 1-9
  105. Kings Watch #s 1-5
  106. Flash Gordon (2014) #1
  107. Flash Gordon (2014) #s 2-8
  108. Flash Gordon Annual 2014
  109. King: Flash Gordon #s 1-4
  110. Helium Book One (2000 AD strip)
  111. King: Jungle Jim #s 1-4
  112. Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel #1
  113. It’s Jeff! #25
  114. Extreme Venomverse #5
  115. X-Men Red (2022) #13
  116. King: Mandrake the Magician #s 1-4
  117. King: Prince Valiant #s 1-4
  118. King: The Phantom #s 1-4
  119. Kings Quest #s 1-5
  120. The Bogie Man #1
  121. Flash Gordon: Kings Cross #s 1-4
  122. Black Panther (2021) #s 1-15
  123. Black Panther (2023) #s 1-2
  124. Danger Street #11
  125. WildC.A.T.S (2022) #12
  126. Green Lantern (2023) #5
  127. Batman and Robin (2023) #3
  128. Speed Force (2023) #1
  129. Wonder Woman (2023) #3
  130. Batman: Off-World #1
  131. Marvel 75th Anniversary Special #1
  132. Wolverine (2020) #35
  133. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #30
  134. Chosen #s 1-3
  135. American Jesus: The New Messiah #s 1-3
  136. American Jesus: Revelation #s 1-3
  137. The Incredible Hulk (2023) #2
  138. The Avengers (2023) #3
  139. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #8
  140. All-Hallows Eve #5
  141. Hellcat (2023) #5
  142. Ultimate Invasion #2
  143. She-Hulk (2022) #15
  144. The Wicked + The Divine #s 1-6

The Comics of September 2023

What was I reading back in September? It feels like a long time ago as I write this, but the answer appears to be “I read Operation: Galactic Storm for some reason.” For those who don’t know, Operation: Galactic Storm is a Marvel crossover from the 1990s that saw all of the Avengers characters go to war in space for reasons that didn’t make any sense, based on the seeming idea that naming something after the real-life Operation: Desert Storm was anything other than a tacky idea. I’d never actually read the storyline, but thankfully Marvel Unlimited exists, and… well, honestly, it’s as bad as it sounds. But somehow, still not the worst thing I read that month. See for yourself!

  1. MPH #s 1-6
  2. Doctor Strange (1974) #s 48-49
  3. Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1
  4. Hershey: Disease TPB
  5. Hershey: The Cold in the Bones Parts One and Two
  6. Lawless: Ballots Over Babylon
  7. Lawless: Most Wanted eps 1-4
  8. The Out: Book One 
  9. The Out: Book Two
  10. Alpha Flight (1983) #s 28-32, 35-38
  11. Alpha Flight (1983) #s 39-44
  12. Silver Age 80-Page Giant #1
  13. Captain Glory #1
  14. The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #1
  15. Doctor Strange (2023) #3
  16. The Punisher (2022) #12
  17. Doctor Strange (1974) #s 50-54
  18. The Out: Book Three
  19. Secret City Saga #s 0, 1-2
  20. Daredevil (1964) #s 292-296 (Start of Chichester run)
  21. Daredevil (1964) #s 297-300
  22. Daredevil (1964) #s 301-314
  23. Superman Adventures #s 1-3
  24. Adventures of Superman (2013) #s 1-6
  25. Superman/Batman #s 79-80 (Chris Roberson DC One Million two-parter)
  26. Daredevil (1964) #s 315-318
  27. Daredevil (1964) #s 319-322
  28. Superman Adventures #s 4-6
  29. Daredevil (1964) #s 323-325
  30. Green Arrow (2023) #4
  31. The Flash (2023) #1
  32. Action Comics #1057
  33. The Penguin #2
  34. Tales of the Titans #3
  35. Superman: The Order of the Black Lamp (Batman: The Brave and the Bold strip)
  36. Harcourt: Second Life eps. 1-2  (Batman: The Brave and the Bold strip)
  37. Stormwatch: Down with the Kings eps. 1-5  (Batman: The Brave and the Bold strip)
  38. Art Brut #s 1-4
  39. Alpha Flight (1983) #s 45-50
  40. Alpha Flight Annual (1986) #s 1-2
  41. Superman Adventures #s 7-13
  42. Scarlet Witch (2015) #s 1-15
  43. Wolverine (1988) #s 69-75
  44. Power Girl (2023) #1
  45. Power Girl strips from Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton and Action Comics #s 1051-1053
  46. Power Girl Special (2023) #1
  47. Daredevil (2022) #12
  48. Spider-Man (2022) #9
  49. Immortal X-Men (2022) #12
  50. X-Men (2021) #23
  51. Fantastic Four (2022) #8
  52. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #7
  53. X-Men: Before The Fall – Mutant First Strike #1
  54. Wag #1
  55. Batman, Incorporated (2022) #s 8-12
  56. The Green Lantern Corps #s 202-203
  57. Superman Adventures Annual #1
  58. Superman Adventures #s 14-16
  59. Sensational She-Hulk (1989) #s 18-24
  60. Superman Adventures #s 17-21
  61. Birds of Prey (2023) #2
  62. Batman (2016) #138
  63. Shazam! (2023) #4
  64. Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #2
  65. Green Lantern: Legacy OGN
  66. Green Lantern: Alliance OGN
  67. Waller vs. Wildstorm #s 1-3
  68. Avengers, Inc. #1
  69. Blue Beetle (2006) #1
  70. Ant-Man (2022) #s 1-4
  71. Wasp (2023) #s 1-4
  72. Avengers: Ultron Forever #1
  73. New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1
  74. Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1
  75. Avengers Assemble (2012) #15
  76. Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #s 1-2
  77. Avengers Assemble (2012) #20
  78. Avengers (2012) #34.1
  79. Contest of Champions (2015) #s 1-6
  80. Rorschach (2020) #s 1-3
  81. Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1
  82. Secret Warps: Weapon Hex Annual #1
  83. Secret Warps: Ghost Panther Annual #1
  84. Secret Warps: Arachknight Annual #1
  85. Secret Warps: Iron Hammer Annual #1
  86. Doctor Strange (2023) #4
  87. Moon Knight (2021) #24
  88. Contest of Champions (2015) #s 7-10
  89. Wolverine (2020) #34
  90. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #27
  91. X-Men Red (2022) #s 10-12
  92. Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War Prelude (Batman Day Edition) #1
  93. New Avengers (2015) #s 1-18
  94. U.S.Avengers #s 1-12
  95. Superman/Batman: World’s Finest #1
  96. The Terrifics #s 1-14
  97. The Silencer #1
  98. Justice League of America (2017) #s 22-24 (Promethea appearance)
  99. Incredible Hulk Annual (1976) #11
  100. Inhumans Prime #1
  101. Royals #1
  102. 2000 AD Prog 2351
  103. Danger Street #10
  104. Batman & Robin (2023) #2
  105. World’s Finest: Teen Titans #4
  106. Green Lantern (2023) #4
  107. Wesley Dodds, The Sandman #1
  108. Peacemaker Tries Hard! #6
  109. 1st Issue Special #12 (Starman)
  110. Manhunter (1994) #0
  111. Royals #2
  112. Royals #s 3-8
  113. Manhunter (2004) #s 1-4
  114. Royals #s 9-12
  115. Inhumans: Judgment Day #1
  116. Captain America (1968) #398 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  117. Avengers West Coast #80 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  118. Quasar #32 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  119. Wonder Man (1991) #7 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  120. Avengers (1963) #345 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  121. Iron Man (1968) #278 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  122. Thor (1966) #445 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  123. Before Watchmen: Minutemen #s 1-6
  124. Captain America (1968) #399 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  125. Avengers West Coast #81 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  126. Quasar #33 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  127. Wonder Man (1991) #8 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  128. Avengers (1963) #346 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  129. Iron Man (1968) #279 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  130. Thor (1966) #446 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  131. Captain America (1968) #400 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  132. Avengers West Coast #82 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  133. Quasar #34 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  134. Wonder Man (1991) #9 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  135. Avengers (1963) #346 (Operation Galactic Storm)
  136. Avengers (2023) #2
  137. Hellcat (2023) #4
  138. Manhunter (2004) #s 5-7
  139. X-Force (2019) #41
  140. Manhunter (2004) #8-14
  141. Terra #s 1-4
  142. Saga #66
  143. Superman (1987) #s 186-187
  144. Adventures of Superman (1987) #s 608-609
  145. Superman: The Man of Steel #s 130-131
  146. Action Comics (1938) #s 795-796
  147. Void Rivals #4
  148. Fantastic Four (2018) #39
  149. Fantastic Four: Reckoning War #1
  150. X-Factor (1986) #43-44
  151. Superman (1987) #s 220-221
  152. Adventures of Superman #s 642-643
  153. Action Comics (1938) #829
  154. Wonder Woman (1987) #s 219-220
  155. Adam Strange (2004) #s 1-8
  156. Parasocial OGN
  157. Oblivion Song #s 1-6
  158. 2000 AD Prog 2350 (Battle Action crossover issue)
  159. The Rann/Thanagar War #s 1-6
  160. The Rann/Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special #1
  161. Proctor Valley Road #1
  162. Treasury of British Comics Annual 2024
  163. Counterfeit Girl TPB (2000 AD collection)
  164. Proctor Valley Road #2
  165. I Hate This Place #1
  166. Something is Killing the Children #s 6-10

The Comics of August 2023

Oddly enough, I found myself tired of reading at one point this month; specifically, tired of reading comics, so I’d happily kill time writing something for work loosely, or reading the news or analysis of the news or whatever, but… reading comics…? I’d lost the appetite. Thankfully, it came back before too long. Maybe I was really just burned out on my specific choice of reading material for awhile. Who knows?

  1. Sins of Sinister: Dominion #1
  2. Ultimate Avengers #s 1-6
  3. Ultimate Avengers 2 #s 1-6
  4. Ultimate Avengers 3 #s 1-6
  5. The Cull #1
  6. Marvel Knights Spider-Man #s 1-4
  7. G.I. Joe (1982) #s 1-2
  8. Marvel Knights Spider-Man #s 5-6
  9. Cartoon Show (Derek M. Ballard strip collection)
  10. Dwellings #1
  11. Marvel Knights Spider-Man #s 7-12
  12. New X-Men (1991) #114
  13. Superman and the Authority #s 1-4
  14. Batman/Superman: The Authority Special #1
  15. Dark Knights of Steel #s 1-11
  16. Suicide Squad (2019) #1
  17. A-1 (1989) #s 1-2
  18. Suicide Squad (2019) #s 2-6
  19. Mech Cadets #1
  20. Suicide Squad (2019) # 7-11
  21. Incredible Hulk (1999) #s 106-108
  22. World War Hulk #s 1-2
  23. Incredible Hulk (1999) #s 109-111
  24. World War Hulk #s 3-5
  25. World War Hulk: Aftersmash #1
  26. Damn Them All #1
  27. Illuminati (2015) #1
  28. Thor (1966) #s 206-207
  29. Avengers (1963) #s 183-184
  30. Transformers Classic: UK Vol. 1 (Collected edition)
  31. Earth 2 (2012) #s 10-14, Annual #1
  32. Earth 2 (2012) #s 15-26, Annual #2
  33. Earth 2: World’s End #1
  34. Thor (2007) #s 1-4
  35. Spider-Man: Reign #s 1-3
  36. Alec: The King Canute Club
  37. Immortal X-Men #11
  38. Spider-Man (2022) #8
  39. Joe Fixit #5
  40. Thor (2007) #s 5-10
  41. Angst Farm #1
  42. Batman/Catwoman: Gotham War – Battlelines #1
  43. Batman (2016) #137
  44. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #3
  45. WildC.A.T.s (2022) #1
  46. WildC.A.T.s (2022) #s 2-5
  47. Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special #1
  48. WildC.A.T.s (2022) #s 6-10
  49. Thor (2007) #s 11-12, 600
  50. Thor (2020) #27
  51. Void Rivals #3
  52. Thor (2020) #s 28-29
  53. Batman Incorporated (2022) #1
  54. Knight Terrors: Night’s End #1
  55. Action Comics presents: Doomsday Special #1
  56. Batman Incorporated (2022) #s 2-7
  57. Captain Midnight (2013) #0
  58. Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #s 1-5
  59. Captain Midnight (2013) #s 1-3
  60. Nostalgia #s 1-5
  61. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #s 1-5
  62. Dark Knights of Steel #12
  63. Knight Terrors #4
  64. Batman: The Brave and The Bold #4
  65. Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker #2
  66. Knight Terrors: Titans #2
  67. Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #2
  68. Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2
  69. Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #2
  70. The Penguin (2023) #1
  71. Voodoo (1997) #s 1-4
  72. X-Men/Alpha Flight (1985) #1
  73. Alpha Flight (2011) #s 0, 1-4
  74. Codename: Knockout #0
  75. All Star Superman #s 1-12
  76. Alpha Flight (2011) #s 5-8
  77. Gender Queer: A Memoir
  78. Wolverine (2020) #33
  79. The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #6
  80. X-Men Red (2022) #11
  81. Captain Marvel (2019) #49
  82. The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #s 23-25
  83. The Authority (2003) #s 1-4
  84. The Authority (2003) #s 0, 5-14
  85. The Authority/The Authority: The Lost Year #s 1-12
  86. The Authority: World’s End #1
  87. Shazam! (2023) #3
  88. Birds of Prey (2023) #1
  89. Fire and Ice: Welcome to Smallville #1
  90. Justice Society of America (2022) #6
  91. Peacemaker Tries Hard! #5
  92. Blue Beetle (2023) #1
  93. The Authority: World’s End #s 2-17
  94. The Unseen Hand #s 1-4
  95. Deadline USA Vol. 2 #s 1-4
  96. Thor: The Trial of Thor #1
  97. Thor (2007) #s 601-603
  98. Thor Giant-Sized Finale #1
  99. Thor (2007) #s 604-621
  100. Deadline USA Vol. 2 #s 5-8
  101. Scarlet Witch (2022) #s 1-4
  102. Destroyer Duck #s 1-3
  103. Fantastic Four (2022) #7
  104. X-Force (2019) #40
  105. X-Men (2021) #22
  106. She-Hulk (2022) #13
  107. Venom (2021) #19
  108. Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #2
  109. Scarlet Witch (2022) #5
  110. Scarlet Witch Annual (2023) #1
  111. Hulk Annual (2023) #1
  112. Hey Kids! Comics! Vol. 2: Prophets #s 1-6
  113. Survival Geeks (2000 AD strip collection)
  114. Batman and Robin (2023) #1
  115. Danger Street #9
  116. Green Lantern (2023) #3
  117. World’s Finest: Teen Titans #3
  118. Petrolhead #1
  119. Survival Geeks: Crisis of Infinite Nerds (2000 AD strip collection)
  120. The Mean Arena #1 (2000 AD strip collection)
  121. Rare Flavours: Tasting Menu ashcan
  122. Pandora Perfect TPB (2000 AD strip collection)
  123. Moon Knight (2021) #1
  124. Bricktop A1 Special #1
  125. Moon Knight (2021) #s 2-20
  126. X-Force/Champions Annual #1
  127. Moon Knight (2021) #s 21-23
  128. Justice League: A Midsummer’s Nightmare #1
  129. The Riverside Companion #s 1-3 (Kevin Huizenga minis)
  130. Crime Destroyer: True Till Death (Shaky Kane one-shot)
  131. The Worst (Molly Mendoza mini)
  132. Fielder #1 (Huizenga)
  133. Gag! (2023) #2
  134. JLA #s 43-58 
  135. Classic X-Men #s 1-32
  136. X-Men/Alpha Flight (1998) #1
  137. The Immortal Thor #1
  138. Justice League (2016) #s 34-43
  139. Fury (2023) #1
  140. Hellcat (2023) #3
  141. Justice League Elite #s 1-2
  142. Justice League Elite #s 3-12
  143. Steelworks #s 2-3
  144. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19
  145. Titans (2023) #3
  146. Wonder Woman (2023) #1
  147. Superman (2023) #6
  148. Nightwing (2016) #106
  149. Catwoman (2019) #57
  150. Green Lantern: War Journal #1
  151. Silver Surfer: Rebirth #s 1-5
  152. Warlock: Rebirth #s 1-2
  153. Silver Surfer (1987) #123
  154. Transformers (2023) #1
  155. Silver Surfer (1987) #s 125-138
  156. Doctor Strange (2023) #2
  157. Doctor Strange (1974) #64
  158. Not Brand Ecch #11
  159. Doctor Strange (1974) #47
  160. G.O.D.S. #1
  161. Starlight #s 1-6
  162. Huck #s 1-6
  163. The Ambassadors #s 1-6