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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 28, 2019
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I said I only had two volumes of Astro City, so here is the other one!
The first volume was all single issue stories. This time we get a longer arc. I’ll admit I prefer the one-offs, but Confession is still incredibly well done. Virtually every aspect of the story is a standard comic trope, but Kurt Busiek manages to breathe new life into each one and make them his own.

The revelation of who the Confessor is was very well done. Still, with all of that, the best issue in the book was the Hanged Man issue that wraps things up. It is the one-and-done stories that stand out.

2019 Reading List

Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3

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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 20, 2019
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I don’t know why I don’t have more Astro City. I only have two volumes and it is really a masterpiece. If you have ever liked super-heroes, this is a love letter to them – in is Kurt Busiek telling all the stories he would tell if he weren’t otherwise contained by the medium. Want a Superman style story that doesn’t have to stick to DC continuity? You have Samaritan. Want to tell a story about Wonder Woman were she doesn’t need to tone down the feminist angle? Winged Victory. Want a Green Arrow cocky hero without having to constantly remind the readers of his good qualities? Crackerjack.

Etc. And the Etc. is amazing.

2019 Reading List

Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 14, 2019
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I was home sick today so I read the 2nd volume of Grant Morrison’s character-defining run on Animal Man. This isn’t the most memorable volume as it mostly moves things along from the groundbreaking start to the mind blowing finish. Along the way he has some very interesting things to say about South African race relations in the Apartheid era (which resonates very well in the ‘everything is political’ current age), as well as white saviours, eco-terrorism, etc.

Great stuff, but you should really read this as par to the whole. It is less by itself.

2019 Reading List

Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 14, 2019
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When I started doing this list a few years ago, I never would have fathomed a situation where I was listing my 2nd read book of the year in March.

I AM still reading, of course. Mostly that has meant poems for Arc Magazine’s programs (where I am Spoken Word Editor), and music magazines.

Wow, am I glad I started reading this book, however. It is amazing. It is one of my favourite baseball books ever. The way Neyer has managed to sum up the current state of baseball in a well thought out, well plained, and entertaining manner is amazing. Of course, I knew most of what he writes about already, but that is okay.

As I expressed to him on Twitter, I want to see him do a book like this every decade or so, even stretching back to the dawn of baseball. The changes in the game are just that fascinating to me.

2019 Reading List

Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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