(Y-11) keep on trekking thru DC Comics

I finished reading the third volume of Hope Larson’s run on Batgirl, part of the Rebirth of DC comics universe.

Rekindling some old flames, I was greatly impress with this book, give it a chance, it will not disappoint.

Next, I’ll jump back into some Green Lantern action.

And with appearance of the New Gods, could it get any better.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) Old School Monday…Green Lantern (1960-1986) #1

Welcome to the new addition to this blog.

Old School Monday.

In which, I’ll read a classic comic, the only condition here is that it has to be one that is prior to the year I was born, 1981.

To start off this new and exciting section I read one of my favorite comic books of all time, Green Lantern.

Written by John Broome and Murphy Anderson, we get to experience Hal Jordan getting the hang of his new powers, given to him by Abin Sur, and traveling to far away planet to install the Green Lanterns help.

In the helms of the artwork there is a legendary team of artist, Murphy Anderson, Joe Giella and Gil Kane.

Some of my favorite things of this classic comics, and something you don not see often in modern comics, is the thought bubbles of the characters, describing their deep concerns.

I found this issue on Comixology, I think some of the upcoming old school entries will be on digital form, except if I find some reprints.

The next Monday I will be entering the fascinating world of The Eternals, by the legendary artist and writer Jack Kirby.

azr.

(Y-11) 250,000 pages

Finally, I have reached the first quarter million pages read.

This took me 10 years 4 months and 24 days.

I am more than happy, this will inject new life to my project, and also it gives new tasks and goals to reach my coveted number.

Just to mention quickly, three graphic novels put me over the top.

Firstly, Green Lantern: The War of the Green Lanterns, written by a super team of some of the best working on DC Comics, Geoff Johns, Tony Bedard, and Peter Tomasi.

Secondly, the fifth volume of Robert Venditti’s run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns.

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And lastly, none other than Mr. Hellboy, starting in his first series, The Seed of Destruction, the Spanish version.

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I could not think of a better way to reach this magnificent milestone.

Now back to read and plotting the next 250,000 pages.

azr.

I am just 452 pages to reach the first significant milestone of my project, to read 1,000,000 pages by the time I turn 50 years old, which is in 2031.

For this task, I will read three graphic novels from two of my all-time favorite characters.

The first two from Green Lantern, War of the Green Lanterns and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Volume 5: Twilight of the Guardians.

And to get past this momentous occasion, the first volume, for this particular occasion the Spanish version, of Hellboy in his debut series The Seed of Destruction.

Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, I will be toasting my success.

azr.

 

 

(Y-11) On the verge

 

I am done with a few books since my last post and with that my road to reach 250,000 will be cut by half.

On the book front, I have finished the second book of the Neverwinter Saga, an old foe comes to haunt Drizzt’s step once again, as always it is a pure delight read the adventures of such an iconic fantasy character.

For me, Drizzt holds a place in the Olympus of fantasy characters, keeping good company with the likes of Aragorn.

Here is the infographic sheet from Bookly.
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So naturally, I jump right into the third book of the Saga, Charon’s Claw.

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After finishing this saga I am not sure what to read next, do I continue with The Malazan Book of the Fallen, the third book Memories of Ice, or do I tackle the monumental novel Jerusalem by Alan Moore.

I’ll appreciate your opinions by commenting on this post.

Now moving on to graphic novels.

I finished Batman: The Black Mirror, as always great fun to follow the Dark Knight, in this case, his understudy, thru the treacherous streets of Gotham, and the art by Jock, just breathtaking.

You can see for yourself below.

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Here is the infographic sheet.

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The other graphic novel that I finished was the fourth volume of Robert Venditti’s run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, there is trouble in paradise and too much of my surprise and delight there is an appearance by the New Gods.

 

And here is the infographic sheet, this was a relatively quick read, I was hooked and could not put it down.

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Right now I will go back on the timeline of Green Lantern and read a series that I could not catch when it was first published, Brightest Day, the aftermath of the events unleashed on Blackest Night.

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So, things are progressing quite nicely, just a little push and I’ll be celebrating the quarter of my ultimate goal.

And on that note, let us talk about some of my numbers.

My total for this year sits on 16,265 pages, an excellent number, but still behind schedule, 27 days to be precise.

On the bigger goal, reaching 250,000 pages, I am on the verge of getting there, just 708 pages to go, and if everything holds, I will be opening the champagne on March 5.

Lastly, I was thinking of much days have gone by since I started and how many do I have left to achieve my goal, fortunately, there is time and date, this website helps you calculate dates and so much more.

And I come to found out that:

I have been reading for 3,794 days

And, that I still have 4,482 days left to achieve my 1,000,000 page goal.

I better get back to reading.

azr.

 

(Y-11) Officially back from hiautus

Well, I am officially back from my break from writing on this blog, almost a week after what I have planned initially, but who is counting.

I have so many things to get into, and honestly, I do not know where to begin.

So I’ll try to start with what I have been reading and take it from there.

Currently, I am working on two things, the second book on the Neverwinter Saga, starting the now infamous Drow Drizzt Do’Urden, with the legendary city of Neverwinter, reduced to rubble, and the constant attack of a not so friendly Lich, Drizzt must learn to trust his new companions in order to get out of this one alive.

It is hard to read this fantastic saga and not have those familiar faces to tag along with the lone Drow in his eternal quest for redemption, I especially miss King Bruenor, dwarves are some of my favorite fantasy characters of all time, it does not matter which universe they inhabited, they are always so cool, I think it has to do with the beard.

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Right now I am at page 187 of 363, my reading has slowed down a bit, but I have all of the intentions of rearranging my schedule to fit in more reading time.

There are still two books left on the Neverwinter Saga, Charon’s Claw and The Last Threshold, after finishing these two I have a conundrum ahead of me, jump right back into reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen or read Jerusalem by Alan Moore.

For now, I’ll focus on what is in front of me.

The other thing I am currently reading is a compilation of the Avengers Vs. Thanos, with the glorious work by the legendary Jim Starlin.

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This is some old school comic books, just amazing.

I am well over the halfway point, and the plan is to finish it this lazy Sunday, well, that is my plan, to squeeze in some reading between episodes of The Umbrella Academy, which started streaming on Friday on Netflix, so, check it out, but not only the series also the fantastic comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.

That is for what I am currently working on.

Also, I finished a couple of graphic novels.

The third volume of Robert Venditti run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, part of the Rebirth series of DC Comics, I think I have said it before, Mr. Venditti was born to write Green Lantern.

Here is the infographic sheet generated with Bookly.

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The other graphic novel I finished was the second volume of B.P.R.D.: The Plague of Frogs, and it is not enough words to describe it.

What a complex and beautifully haunting piece of modern horror literature, I love that although the characters are immersed in a fantasy horror world, they do not lose complexity or depth to tell the story, in fact, the underlying conflict in each one of them make the story that much more vibrant.

If you haven’t read any of this work or Hellboy for that matter, you are missing out on a monumental series.

Here is the infographic sheet generated with Bookly.

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And a couple of Mike Mignola covers just for the beauty of it.

 

Once I finish Avengers Vs. Thanos, I’ll jump into the third volume of the Plague of Frogs, I am hooked.

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Now lets talk of some of my numbers for this eleventh year of reading.

First off, and since I have started using Bookly at the start of this year, the app has been keeping track of the time I actually spend reading, and so far I have rung in over 60 hours of active reading.

You can see in the stats below, things like reading speed and total pages, and my current streak of 48 straight days of reading.

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Now for some total numbers of my reading so far.

My total for this year is closing into 15,000 pages.

14,667 to be precise, just 333 pages to go.

Still, I am a bit behind schedule, 27 days to be precise, all of my effort to close the gap these past few weeks have not been what I hope for, but I am confident this will turn around shortly.

But the other event that has been ringing in my head for the past few weeks is the impending goal of reaching the first quarter of my reading, that is 250,000 total pages.

Right now, I sit on 247,694 pages, that is 2,306 pages to go, and according to my calculations, and if all stays the same, I will reach my goal by March 5.

And then, all-out party.

Of course, I plan to reach before that date.

I have so many things to keep me motivated for the upcoming months, like the release of the new American Gods season, March 11 by the way, the reboot of Hellboy starting the delightful David Harbour,  April 12 by the way, and the new series based on the work of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, premiering on May in Prime Video.

And to top it off, I will return to one of my favorites sections of my blog, Caffeine Pilgrimage, with two new places Casa Polanco and  Boston Tea Bar.

So many things to do, of course, all of this between my reading.

Now I’ll get back to enjoying my Sunday.

Being back to my plotting and my writing is lovely.

azr.

 

 

(Y-11) Getting closer

With only a few days left to the 24in48 readathon, I still think what to read.

But primarily, my focus should be on finishing Deadhouse Gates, currently on page 545.

So I’ll take a brief moment to get you up to speed of my recent progress.

My total for yesterdays reading was 50 pages, and I managed to finish the first volume of Green Lanterns: Rage Planet, part of the DC Comics Universe Rebirth, and featuring one of the best villains in recent Green Lantern history, Atrocitus.

Here you can delight in one of the covers.

And here is the infographic sheet generated with Bookly.

The next graphic novel on my queue is Batman: Earth One, which I think will be amazing because of the team-up of two legends, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

Back to it, and hopefully tomorrow I can post an update on my numbers for the year.

azr.

(Y-11) Bob Dylan is my co-pilot

Yesterday’s reading was acceptable, 58 pages.

I read some of the first volume of Green Lanterns, it is always great to see the fantastic art of Ethan Van Sciver gracing the pages of any story featuring the emerald knight.

As you can see in the picture below an extraordinary testament of Mr. Van Sciver talents.

So, today I took upon myself to fill my day with lots of reading, tea, coffee, and of course lots of music.

I started the day with The Clash, then passed to The War on Drugs and Le Butcherettes, and I am about to close out the day with none other than Bob Dylan.

Kind of a weird pairing for a trek thru the holy desert of Raraku, but good old Bob fits splendidly anywhere.

And speaking of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, I have reach page 500 of Deadhouse Gates, and still, have some gas left on the engine, so I intend to read 3/4 of the book, which means getting to page 524.

I’ll get back to it then.

azr.

(Y-11) Some growth

Yesterday my reading went up a little bit.

My total was 68 pages, and at this moment I’ll take any kind of forward momentum.

I finished the second volume of J.H. Williams III Batwoman, honestly, what an amazing book.

Here you can see the infographic sheet generated with Bookly

Also, I started reading the first volume of Green Lanterns, part of the DC Universe Rebirth.

So, this weekend will be mainly for catching up with my reading, watching the Conference Championship Games of the NFL, and organizing my reading for next weekend’s 24in48 readathon, this includes finishing Deadhouse Gates, currently on page 455.

Well, now back to it.

azr.

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