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Old 06-29-16, 08:24 PM   #1
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The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

What's a Comic Book Challenge?

- monthly threads to encourage more reading and discussion
- a way to figure out "what do I read next?"
- motivation to try different genres
- motivation to keep reading and make progress on our unread piles
- a place to get recommendations

How does it work?

- we pick a genre (or company, or title, or whatever) for a month
- we post in this thread and talk about what we plan to read and read throughout the month
- you could keep a spoilered list in one post and update it all month, or post as you read
- in theory the lists could be kept in a separate thread to allow for fancier formatting while avoiding clutter

What makes it a "challenge"?

- well, unofficially, the goal is to read 100 comics a month, but that isn't stressed
- the group discussion will challenge and encourage you to read more (the main goal of most participants I imagine)

Who can participate?

- anyone and everyone!
- you don't have to list your reading or even post at all to participate, but what's the fun in that?
- quasi-technically, anyone on the planet who reads a qualifying book for the month is a participant, whether they know it or not

When does it start and end?

- it begins at dusk on the last day of previous month, and ends at dawn on the first day of the next month
- this bonus time allows for possible "double counting" cross-Challenge content
- content eligible for both Challenges has the bonus of being able to be counted for all 24 hours of the last/first days of both Challenges

How does counting work?
- as with every other 'rule', we're pretty liberal and you can count any way you want really
- in general, a comic book counts as one
- for graphic novels and oversize books, feel free to count one for every twenty pages

Who wins?

- there are no losers, the person who reads one page a month is equal to the person who reads 20 books a day

What is the schedule?

January - TV/Movie/Book
February - Eisner/Harvey/Etc Winners
March - Rotating Company
April - TBD (random idea every year)
May - Make-Your-Own
June - Reality
July - Science Fiction
August - Fantasy
September - Outside-Your-Comfort-Zone
October - Horror
November - Comedy
December - Holiday (w/ bonus Thanksgiving and New Year's time)
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Old 06-30-16, 07:30 AM   #2
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

I need to see what I have available for this month. I'm sure a lot.

If you need reading ideas, the Star Trek Humble Bundle provides a lot of options.
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Old 07-03-16, 06:26 PM   #3
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

July 31
Marshall Law 1-13

Total books read: 40

Spoiler:

July 1-2
Just a Pilgrim 1-2

July 3
Just a Pilgrim 3-9

July 4
Invincible 129
The Private Eye 1-2

July 5
Black Science 1
The Private Eye 3-5

July 7
The Private Eye 6-8

July 9
The Private Eye 9-10

July 22
Saga 31-32

July 24
Saga 33-34

July 25
Saga 35-36
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Old 07-04-16, 06:56 PM   #4
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

I think I'm finally going to read Flashpoint.

Edit later to add list.

Crisis on Infinite Earths 1-7

Trevor' Flashpoint Marathon

(juggling contradictory reading orders) (all books are first time reads)

Time Masters: Vanishing Point 1-6
Flashpoint Companion
Flashpoint: Reverse-Flash 1
Flashpoint: Project Superman 1-3
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies 1-3
Booster Gold 44-47
Flashpoint 1-5
Flashpoint Deluxe Edition 1-5
Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries
Flashpoint: Grodd of War
Flashpoint: Legion of Doom 1-3
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons 1-3
Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern 1-3
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan 1-3
Flashpoint: The Outsider 1-3
Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket
Flashpoint: Secret Seven 1-3
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold 1-3
Flashpoint: Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager 1-3
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance 1-3
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance 1-3
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman 1-3
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint 1-3
Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown 1-3
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 1-3

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Old 07-06-16, 12:11 AM   #5
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

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I think I'm finally going to read Flashpoint.
Just in time for Flash season three.
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Old 07-06-16, 08:24 AM   #6
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Just in time for Flash season three.
Except I'm behind on the show and won't watch season 2 until I find it for $5-10.
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Old 07-07-16, 11:59 AM   #7
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

I'm maybe 2/3 through Flashpoint and all the minis. It's pretty great so far.
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

Reading my new digital copies of the Legion!

7/24
Adventure #360 "The Legion Chain Gang" (digital)

7/25
Princess Leia 1-2* (Comixology via Kindle)
Jack Kirby Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1:
Jimmy Olsen #133 "The Newsboy Legion"*

7/26
Jimmy Olsen 134-135*
The Forever People #1*
The New Gods #1*
Mister Miracle #1*

7/27
Jimmy Olsen 136*
The Forever People 2*
The New Gods 2*
Jimmy Olsen 137*
Mister Miracle 2*
The Forever People 3*
Jimmy Olsen 138*
The New Gods 3*
Jimmy Olsen 139
Mister miracle 3*
Legion of Superheroes (1980-1884) 284-285 (Great Darkness Saga, Comixology)

7/28
Legion of Superheroes 286-289

7/29
Superboy and the LOSH 237, 239, 241-245

7/30
Legion of Superheroes annual
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Old 07-25-16, 02:01 PM   #9
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

[another Trevor rant]So my decision to check out Rebirth #1 has created a completionism monster. Or awakened it is more apt I guess. I loved the book, and my lifelong love of DC is rekindled.

I never lost the love, didn't hate most of the new 52 for example, but I've sort of kept it on the back burner for the past 20 years. I haven't kept up with comics on a month to month basis for twenty years now, and especially kept continuity books and the big events in the "to read" pile since then.

I still read a lot of books; but mainly independent books without decades of continuity, big two short runs not heavy in continuity, and older stuff. It's always been my plan to someday go thru both big two companies in chronological order reading all the big events and tie-in issues, and 'catching up' on all I missed.

Well, Rebirth inspired me to stop putting it off and at least do a modified total history read. At first I was just going to read all of Flashpoint, and that combined with my bare knowledge of the past stuff and the new 52 was going to be enough to let me dive into the entire Rebirth line. But Flashpoint was so enjoyable that I decided to go even further back and read all the DC events of the 80s and 90s.

As always, I'll probably tire of this before I even get to Infinite Crisis, but hey, it's been fun so far. [yet another Trevor rant off]
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Re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Science Fiction Comic Book Challenge - July 2016

Pretty excited to finally dig deeply into the Fourth World Omniboo I bought several years back. I really know the New Gods by reputation only (partly by LOSH Great Darkness saga, and Mister Miracle's appearances in the Brave and the Bold), so I'm looking forward to finding out more. The first volume was pretty nutty, with Kirby creating entire worlds from scratch (though I know some of it was unused ideas he brought over from Marvel). (Don Rickles--really?) Also, I'm not sure how he can be credited as "editor" in addition to writer and artist. I take that to mean it was unedited.

Also, I know some have criticized the paper in these volumes, but they read fine to me (feels like comic book paper), and it makes a great weight for travel--pretty much as light as--or even lighter than--a TPB. I only brought a couple with me on vacation and may regret not having more. (I have #s 3 and 4 in TPB.)

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I mostly learned about the New Gods through Jim Starlin's work and when they would spill over onto Earth. I'm not sure I've read more than a few of Kirby's original issues.
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August thread is up, Fantasy
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