July 3, 2019 – Started and Finished Reading
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 9: Deface the Face (DC)

Once upon a time, Harvey Dent was the best man in Gotham City. Now he’s two of the worst as the bifurcated criminal called Two-Face. Harvey’s devilish duality is a painful reminder of the force for good he once was as Gotham’s district attorney…and as the close friend and ally of Batman and Jim Gordon.

But when a series of double-themed crimes breaks out and a sinister terrorist organization slithers back into town, the Dark Knight must turn to Two-Face to unravel the mystery and stop the invasion.

For Harvey, it’s a chance to crack the one case he could never solve…if he can keep his dark side under control. If he wins, his unlikely partnership with Batman could pay off, and mark a turning point in his tragic life.

But when the balance between good and evil can be decided with the flip of a coin, all bets are off. Some scars run deep. And the conspiracy Batman, Gordon and Two-Face are about to uncover runs even deeper…
Collects issues #988-993!

Fantastic Four, Vol. 3: Herald of Doom by an author

The Fantastic Four faces the Herald of Doom! Galactus has returned to devour Earth, and only one man can save us. No, not Reed Richards – Doctor Doom! But where are the FF in this conflict? Locked in battle against the brave new hero of the Latverian people, Victorious! Thanks to the benevolence and ingenuity of their beloved leader, Victor Von Doom, Latverians will soon know a new age of peace and prosperity, and Latveria will take its rightful place on the world stage – as long as four nefarious foreign invaders are punished for their crimes! Death to the Fantastic Four! But one cruel act will forever change the relationship between the FF and Doom. The fate of Latveria and the world – and the balance of cosmic power in the universe – all rests on one decision!
Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #6-13.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Mr. And Mrs. Grimm (Trade Paperback) (Marvel Entertainment)

Collects Fantastic Four (2018) #5, Fantastic Four Wedding Special (2018) #1 and Fantastic Four (1961) #8.
It’s the wedding that’s been years in the making β€” and you’re all invited! Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters say β€œI do!” No bait. No switch. Not a hoax. Not a dream. And we swear, not a single Skrull! This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of the Thing and Alicia! And don’t forget the bachelor and bachelorette parties! Plus, the happy couple’s classic first meeting, as only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby could tell it! When the Puppet Master uses his niece to exact revenge on the Fantastic Four, he unwittingly sets her on a romantic collision course with one of his greatest enemies!

It had been a while since I read the FF. And this seems to be a good place to start afresh.
Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Fourever (Marvel Entertainment)

Collects Fantastic Four (2018) #1-4.
The wait is over! The Thing, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic β€” the first four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics β€” are about to be reunited! Experience the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe! As an event occurs that will radically alter the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards return home with their children. But things have changed! And while Alicia Masters and the Thing ponder a big change of their own, the next chapter begins in the life of Victor Von Doom! Plus: Who are the Marvel Universe’s newest fabulous foursome β€” the Fantastix?! How did they come into possession of the Baxter Building? And what does that mean for the original FF? The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine is back β€” and better than ever!

This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964, containing 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

This volume contains the following:

  • Introduction by Ben Bova
  • Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson
  • Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr. (as Don A. Stuart)
  • Nerves by Lester del Rey
  • Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Marching Morons by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Vintage Season by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (as Lawrence O’Donnell)
  • And Then There Were None by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Ballad of Lost C’Mell by Cordwainer Smith
  • Baby Is Three by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • With Folded Hands by Jack Williamson

February 25, 2019 – Started Reading
June 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

Started Reading: June 18, 2019
Finished Reading: June 22, 2019
The Malta Exchange by Stever Berry (Steve Berry)

The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great.

Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and, when Malone obtains then loses them, he’s plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta.

The knights have existed for over nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times. Now they are a global humanitarian organization, but within their ranks lurks trouble β€” the Secreti β€” an ancient sect intent on affecting the coming papal conclave. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, the Secreti, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries. The final confrontation culminates behind the walls of the Vatican where the election of the next pope hangs in the balance.

Started and Finished Reading: June 21, 2019
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 8: On the Outside (DC)

In the aftermath of the last stand of the Gotham Knights, Batman, Batwoman, Red Robin, Orphan, Azrael, Batwing and company took down a monster they helped create. How will they deal with the physical and psychological ramifications of this epic battle? Who can Batman trust to guide them? They need a teacher…and Black Lightning fits the bill! Collects issues #982-987.

Started and Completed Reading: June 21, 2019
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 7: Batmen Eternal (DC)

Following her deadly actions in their last adventure, Batwoman faces scrutiny from Batman and Red Robin. Will Batman allow her to continue bearing his symbol after everything she has done? And will the fallout put these cousinsβ€”Bruce Wayne and Kate Kaneβ€”at irreconcilable odds with each other?
Collects Detective Comics #975-981.

Started Reading: May 9, 2019
Completed Reading: June 15, 2019
Conan The Barbarian Vol. 1: The Life And Death Of Conan Book One by Jason Aaron (comicstore.marvel.com)

The greatest sword-and-sorcery hero of all returns to Marvel! From an age undreamed…hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet. Conan’s travels have brought him to the far reaches of the unknown, from his birthplace in Cimmeria to the kingdom of Aquilonia and all in between. But as his fighting prowess lets him carve his way through life, so too does it attract the forces of death! And few are more deadly than the Crimson Witch. Robert E. Howard’s legendary barbarian stars in an all-new ages-spanning saga as the destiny of Conan β€” and King Conan β€” are forever changed!