(Y-11) lucky 13 days

Less than two weeks to go in this year of reading, and I have some work to do.

My current total is 44,085, that means that I am 3,621 pages to surpass my best year, and 8,915 pages to reach this year goal.

The immediate goal is to surpass my best year of reading, because, honestly almost 9,000 pages in 13 days are too far fetched.

Right now, I’ll focus on finish House of Chains, currently on page 911, and about 2 hours left of reading, which will give me 1,022 pages to add to my total.

And to complement that, I’ll read some comic books and graphic novels, some of my TBR pile, and some new ones.

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The latest volume of the Spanish version of Hellboy, book number 7, was an early gift from our friends of Lo que leemos , to celebrate our 11th anniversary of this crazy little project.

As I write these words, it has started to rain over my beautiful desert, I’ll take it as a good omen.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) the state of things

I woke up to a beautiful cloudy morning over my precious desert.

The perfect day to curl up and read.

And to top it off, it is Batman Day, the Dark Knight is celebrating 80 years.

I will be reading a couple of alternates stories in commemoration.

Now I would like to talk about my numbers and the almost end of this year of reading.

Right now, I have 22 days left on this eleventh year of reading, and my total is 43,617 pages.

That means that I am 4,089 pages away from reaching my best year of reading, and 9,383 pages to reach my ultimate goal for this year, which is 53,000 pages.

It is a monumental task, but I’ll try to get as close as possible and enjoy every second of it.

On a positive note, I have surpassed the original goal for reading that I assign to each year way back when I started keeping track of my reading, this original number is 43,500, and it was calculated thinking of reaching 1,000,000 pages by the time I turned 50, thus, I needed 43,500 pages each year, this is the second time I reach this number.

Now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old School Monday…Batman (1940-2011) # 1

Hello, and welcome to another old school Monday.

First of all, sorry for last week, I had some technical problems, but I am back and hopefully it will not happen again.

So, for this week, I go back to one of my all-time favorite characters, the Dark Knight himself, and the first issue of his own book.

It covers, in a really brief moment, Batman’s origin, you know, the whole crime alley thing, and the death parents.

This issue also features the first appearances of two of the most iconic counterparts of Batman, The Joker and Catwoman,back then she was only known as The Cat.

With this we finally get to see some supervillains in action.

For me, this book marks the beginning of one of the most amazing characters ever created, and after 80 years of adventures, it is refreshing to see where it all started.

As a bonus, we also get to see one of the recurrent villains that is still present till this day, Hugo Strange.

As I said, this book is full action from page one.

Now, I’ll get back to it, if you have any suggestions of what I should read for old school Monday, just leave a comment, but remember, they must be pre-1981.

Off to read, and to feel anxious about my total page count.

azr.

(Y-11) old school monday…Detective Comics(1937-2011) #38

Hello, and welcome to another old school Monday.

This time I read the origin story of one of the most iconic sidekicks in all of comic book history.

I am of course referring to the Boy Wonder himself, Robin.

No other than Dick Grayson, the original Robin.

He is adopted and trained by Batman after his parents, the trapeze artist known as the flying Graysons, fall to their tragic death, and as it is later discover, it was the work of mobsters, which, again, play the role of villains, no quirky costumed villains yet.

This is an early title of the adventure if the dynamic duo, and on this time period, they shared this comic book with another more classic Detectives.

To me, Dick Grayson, is one of my favorite characters of the Bat-Family, but not quite on this personification, it will come later, when he turns into the rogue superhero, Nightwing.

For next week old school Monday, I’ll dabble into the first appearance of what it is consider the most iconic villain in Batman’s history.

See you all next week.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) old school Monday…Detective Comics (1937-2011) #27

Hello, and welcome to another old school.

Today’s entry is about the legendary Dark Knight, and he’s first appearance on number 27 of the famous series, which recently reached number 1000, no easy feat.

In his appearance by Bat-Man, as he is referred to, we see another legendary character from the Batman mythos, Commissioner Gordon, as he is having a conversation with young Bruce Wayne, he is call to serve a murder.

Wayne jumps into action and stops the diabolical plots of the very dangerous Crime Syndicate.

One thing I can see in this early superhero comics is the lack of the archetypal villains we are used to now, all fun of bravado and colorful costumes, the villains in this early stories are represented mainly by mobsters or really greedy sons.

But as with any Batman stories I always enjoy seeing the Dark Knight in action.

This story was first published on March, 1939 and it began a history than that this year turned 80 years old.

The creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger is more alive than ever, and with some amazing writers and illustrators still passionate about this character, it will be no surprise that in future generations they will celebrating another 80 years of stories.

Next old school Monday will stay with in the Bat Family, for now I’ll keep it a surprise.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) new comic books and plans of the day

Today I started to do so work on my little desert oasis, hopefully it will be finished by late afternoon, right now it is close 100°F and it really hard to work.

So, I’ll stay for a while and try to finish Memories of Ice, I am really close to get it done.

Also, yesterday I went and pick up some new comic books, Batman and Green Lantern, maybe I’ll squeeze in one before heading outside.

I have 80 days to go on this, the eleventh year of reading, and with more than 17,000 pages to go on my goal, I will need my outside space to read.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) make it of break it

Entering the weekend and I have still 20 hours left in the clock and only 285 total pages for the week.

So, it’s time to put some effort to this and finish the week strong.

I’ll start with some DC Comics stories, Batman Who Laughs, Justice League Dark and Green Lantern.

Jump into The Malazan book of the Fallen.

And finish the day with Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) some of today’s reading

Early this morning, while having my first caffeine injection of the day, I read the second volume of Hit-Girl’s solo series, this time she visits the great white north,Canada, which is consequently the native country of the writer of this volume, Jeff Lemire.

And at the helm of the art is the Argentinian illustrator Eduardo Risso.

As always Hit-Girl delivers a bloody good time.

The rest of the day went between planning and reading some of the Targaryen family history.

I’ll continue with the fifth volume of DC Comics Rebirth Batman, with the always impressive work of Tom King.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) finishing the night in good company.

My first day of summer reading is going pretty decent.

I am reading a bit of The Last Threshold, currently on page 282, and throwed in there a bit of Batman and a bit of Justice League Dark, which I am loving, definitely a cast of outcasts are my thing.

Next in line is the second issue of The Batman who Laughs and maybe another run with Drizzt before hitting the hay.

Let’s see how thing fare.

azr

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