(Y-12) Hellboy Volume 7

Just finished the seventh volume of the Spanish version of my all time favorite comic book, Hellboy.

This is a compilation of short stories or two-part mini series.

This volume has a true delight, the work of legend illustrator Richard Corben in the two part story Makoma, in which, we follow some of the African adventures of Anung un Rama.

As always it is a pleasure to dive into this spectacular world.

And on that note, I recently bought some geek swag, a set of enamel pins of Hellboy.

Looking slick.

I am off to read.

azr.

(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) this morning reading and some unexpected birthday presents

I have wait out this morning in the house.

So, I’ll take the opportunity to read with a few cups of coffee and try to chip away as much as I can.

I’ll keep on going with Blood &Fire, which is amazing, including the great artwork by Doug Wheatley.

Also, the fourth volumen of Hellboy, The Right Hand of Doom, the Spanish translation, which hopefully will cover the whole collection of this amazing comic book, I’m still waiting for the fifth volume to come out.

Finally, I received a couple of amazing gifts from my friends.

A cup of those late night sessions.

And a couple of mini journals to keep on planning things for this blog.

Well now off to read.

azr

(Y-11) close out with a bang

I have reached the halfway point of my goal for this week of reading.

So, I need to finish strong and read my ass off this weekend.

I shall start with my favorite comic book, Hellboy, volumes three and four.

That should boost my confidence.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) Vacation Time

Today marks the first day of the two-week spring vacation period.

Also, tomorrow will be the mid-point day for this eleventh year of reading, for which I’ll post something on Monday morning to see how I am faring for the first half of this amazing year.

As always I have big plans for my reading, and in between, I’ll squeeze some traveling and hopefully some work on my little desert oasis to get in shape for the upcoming summer season, I have been promising myself to have this space to read comfortably outside.

And I will follow thru this time.

I have so much to go thru in this post, and I know that I have been really lazy, I mean this is the second of the month of April and it is almost half-way done.

 So let me begin with what I have been reading.

I finished five graphic novels, ranging from some good old Batman to the Mad Titan tearing his way thru the Marvel Universe.

On that note, and trying to catch up with Thanos’ recent storyline, I read Infinity Book II and Thanos Rising, the latter beautifully executed by Jason Aaron, on the controls as the writer, and the amazing artwork by Simone Bianchi.

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On the DC Universe front, from which most of the reading comes, I went thru some new, some past storylines I haven’t read and one historic milestone.

To start off, I finished reading the sixth volume of the current run of Detective Comics, beautifully executed by James Tynion IV, it is always great fun to run around with the Bat Family thru the dark crevices of Gotham City.

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For some passed storylines, I finally finished reading Forever Evil, by now legendary DC writer Geoff Johns.

I read the first two issues when it originally came out back in 2013 but lost track it and now came to find to read in my Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I took advantage, and let me tell you, watching Lex Luthor as the hero will always be disturbing.

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And to keep on transversing the DC Universe, I read some single issues of new material, or at least newly published here in Mexico.

Spinning off the events of Dark Nights: Metal comes a new story about the spooky Batman Who Laughs, developed by the all-star team of Scott Snyder and the wonderful Jock.

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Also in the Dark Knight department, the highly controversial and now infamous Bat-penis, I read the Spanish and censored edition of  Batman: Damned, by the always edgy Brian Azzarello and the stunning art of Lee Bermejo, this particular edition has the variant cover edition by Jim Lee.

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Another series I started reading is Justice League Dark, and I love it from the first page, I am a sucker for all the magical and weird characters from the DC Universe.

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I read the first two issues and yesterday bought the third one, which consequently is the conclusion of the first story arc.

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Which relates directly to the idea of bringing to the main continuity of characters such as Swamp Thing and John Constantine, from which I am currently reading the first story arc in the Rebirth era of DC Comics.

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And now to finish off my recent trek thru the DC Comics Universe, the historic and landmark issue number one thousand of Detective Comics, in which the Dark Knight not only reaches this historic number but he also celebrates 80 years of publication history.

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I got the Bernie Wrightson variant.

To close out the comic book/graphic novel front, I read the omnibus of B.P.R.D.: 1946-1948, where you can see the first years of the agencies peculiar cases, all of this pre-Hellboy’s involvement, for he was a wide-eyed kid living somewhere in the New Mexico desert.

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And some of the amazing sketch drawings of the series.

Now on the book front, I keep on pounding away on the third book of the Neverwinter Saga, Charon’s Claw, currently on page 327, and I have plans to finish the saga on the first week of the spring vacation so I can start reading the first two book of Brian Catling’s The Vorrh Trilogy on the second week.

In which we are taking a small trip, but more on that later.

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This has been an eventful couple of weeks, I went to “Fiesta de los Libros” which is an event of my Alma Mater where you can buy all its the scientific or historical publications but the catch is that the price is around 5 dollars for all the books you can fit on a paper bag they give you, needless to say, I took around 7 bags home with books related to my masters degree.

Below you can see the place and some of the exhibitions during this week-long book celebration.

The other event was a home game of the newly founded Mexican League of Football, in which our fair city, Ciudad Juarez, has one of the five inaugural teams.

They started losing the game by 16 to 0 at the half but came from behind to claim a 24 to 16 victory.

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The next game and season closer is on April 28, and hopefully, we will be playoff bound.

Now I will like to talk about my numbers.

For the eleventh year of reading, I have a total of 22,029 pages and closing in the last year total with only 10,119 pages to go, just before the halfway mark.

Still, I am 30 days behind my reading schedule, but what are vacations for if not for closing down gap from crazy reading projects.

In concern of my total reading for my project, I have amassed 255,056 pages of reading and on the next significant milestone, which is reaching 500,000, I have 244,944 pages to go.

And in my projection, which started as the finishing date of the particular number to be on July 26 of 2029, now it has come down to May 14 of the same year, slowly but surely I am gaining ground.

In order to chip away at the page at my total pages to read and on to get that finishing date closer I have promised myself to grab my enormous pile of to read books and try to at least knock down 3,000 pages and a couple of months of ground gained.

Here are some of my reading materials for the upcoming weeks.

Well, I am off to chase those pages and rest my ass off.

azr.

(Y-11) 198 days and the 20,000 pages

It has been quite a while since I have written a proper post, so here we go because I have a lot to go thru in this entry.

Let me start with what I have been reading and what I finished reading.

First off, I finished the first volume of the fantastic run by Joshua Hickman dealing with the Mad Titan; I am referring to Infinity, where the Avengers, and heroes from all over the Marvel comic universe, come face to face with another conquering scheme by Thanos.

I love these colossal crossover events by Marvel, especially if the Kree Empire is involved, right now I am starting to read the second volume, and it started off with a bang.

The other thing I am currently working on is the sixth volume of James Tynion IV run on Detective Comics, The Fall of the Batmen, I fell in love immediately with this series, he is using characters like Anarky, Azrael and Spoiler, not the most well-known in the Batman Universe, but super cool.

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The other things I finished reading, and in the commemoration of the 25th publication anniversary of Hellboy, some volumes of the adventures of the B.P.R.D., minus Hellboy, in this particular stories, The Plague of Frogs volumes 3 and 4.

The agents confronted the flourishing threat of the now legendary War of the Frogs, and with Roger out of the picture and Captain Daimio in full were-jaguar mode, the possibilities of coming out of this conflict unharmed are growing thin.

I highly recommend diving right into the Hellboy Universe, it will not disappoint.

You can find a really complete timeline to navigate thru this ever-growing universe full of iconic characters and stories.

I forgot to mention that along with these two amazing volumes, I also read the Spanish version of the second volume of Hellboy, Wake the Devil, which consequently was the book that put me over the 20,000-page mark for this year, but more on that later.

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On the really neglected book front, I am still working on Charon’s Claw, currently on page 193, but I have promised myself to at least read for 30 minutes each, this with the idea to finish the Neverwinter Saga before my spring break vacation, which starts on April 15.

Now let us talk about my numbers.

As I mentioned before, the 20,000-page mark has been reached for this eleventh year of reading.

My current total is 20,475 pages, and my real progress is closing in my projected total, I can see how the gap is closing, and my rhythm is slowly getting in tune with what my heart desires to read this year.

This process has been slow but I gain ground each and every day, but still, I am 27 days behind my reading schedule.

With this in mind, the upcoming vacations are going to be crucial for me to keep closing this gap, and eventually finish the year with 53,000 pages.

Now concerning my next milestone, reaching 500,000 pages, this is the current situation.

The global total for my project is at 253,502 pages, this after 3,825 days.

And with 4,453 days until my 50th birthday, I have a lot of work ahead of me.

With these numbers in place, and keeping in mind my currents speed and average of pages per day, the next significant milestone, according to my projections, will be achieved on June 1, 2029.

Which is not an acceptable date, because this would mean that I will only have 2 more years to finish half a million pages.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel because when I started projecting when I was going to reach this goal the original date was July 26, 2029.

That is almost two months gained.

So the plans for the weekend are quite simple, close off March on a high note and probably get pretty close to 22,000 pages and gaining some more ground on the end date of my next milestone.

The books on my cache are:

Infinity Book II

Charon’s Claw (Third book of the Neverwinter Saga)

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6

Now back to it, for the night is dark and full or reading.

azr.

P.S.

I really need to update my Goodreads page.

P.S. of the P.S.

Here are some of the passed infographic sheets generated with bookly.

 

(Y-11) Happy Hellboy Day

It was 25 years ago that Hellboy was first published, and the world of comic books was never the same.

In celebration of this wonderful day, I’ll read a couple of B.R.P.D books and the Spanish version of the second volume of Hellboy’s adventures, Wake the Devil.

We collectively give thanks to Mr. Mignola and all off the great writers and artists who have come along for this wild ride.

Cheers for another 25 years.

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.

 

 

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