In 2009, I will read at least one book a month that is not a graphic novel. Also, I will make a dent in the number of unread Essentials and Showcase Presents volumes I have. And, to stop falling months & months behind in listing the movies I've seen, I treat them like books & post about them each week.
Now on to the books I've read so far in 2009.
- X-Men: Messiah Complex by various. It's an X-Men crossover. Not much more to be said. (Checked out of the library.)
- Punisher, vol. 10: Valley Forge, Valley Forge by Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov. Another Punisher story from Ennis. (Library.)
- MPD Psycho, vol. 3 by Sho-u Tajima & Eiji Otsuka. Disturbing but good. (Library.)
- X-Men: Divided We Stand by Ed Brubaker & Mike Choi. I liked seeing hippie versions of the X-Men. (Library.)
- Private Wars by Greg Rucka. The second novel featuring characters Rucka created for a comic book. Somewhat realistic spy-thriller. Very good.
- Cat Eyed Boy, vol. 2 by Kazuo Umezu. Completely insane, but fascinating. (Library.)
- Magic Trixie Sleeps Over by Jill Thompson. Adorable story about a young witch who tires of her bedtime routine and what she learns when she sleeps over at her friends' houses.
- Scalped, vol. 3: Dead Mothers by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guero, et al. Noir story set on a reservation. (Library.)
- Star Wars Legacy, vol. 4: Alliance by John Ostrander & Omar Francia. I continue to enjoy these stories set over 100 years after the movies.
- Mail, vol. 2 by Housui Yamazaki. After only two volumes, the formula is clear: ghost shows up & menaces somebody, detective appears at the last minute and exorcises the ghost. But the stories are entertainingly told, so I'm not worried about the repetition. (Library.)
- Tom Strong's Terrific Tales, Book 2 by Steve Moore, Alan Moore, et al. I didn't get this when it was first published because I was waiting for the paperback edition. By the time I finally accepted that there wouldn't be a paperback edition, the cloth was basically out of print. Fortunately, there are copies to be found at comics stores & the like.
- The All New Atom: The Hunt for Ray Palmer by Gail Simone & Mike Norton. (Library.)
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, & Kevin Cornell. I haven't seen the movie, but I suspect it is quite a bit different from this graphic novel adaptation of Fitzgerald's story. (Borrowed from Teena.)
- Empowered, vol. 4 by Adam Warren. There's a surprising amount of heart in this comic that started as a collection of cheesecake drawings.
- PS238, vol. 6: Senseless Acts of Tourism by Aaron Williams. This series about a grade school for superpowered children is great. (Borrowed from Teena.)
- Dan Dare by Garth Ennis & Gary Erskine. (Library.)
And now the movies (& DVDs) I finished watching since the beginning of the year: