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Alex and Ada (A different take on AI)

Alex-Ada

Alex + Ada is a brilliant comic book series that has been collected in three graphic novels. It is set in a future that feels not too far off from our own.

Alex-Ada2In this future, there are androids that look completely human. They are required to have a marking on their arms to identifies them as being artificial. They are very expensive so only a few well-off people own one.

One such owner is Alex’s grandmother. She uses it for companionship after the loss of her husband, Alex’s grandfather. So when he goes through an emotional break-up and is feeling very alone, she decides to give him on of these androids as a gift.

Spoiler Alert

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Alex is conflicted. He doesn’t really want an android. He doesn’t like the idea of using one as a sexual partner (as is the norm in this society).  But he opens up the box and is introduced to a blank slate. He was disappointed that she had no name and couldn’t make decisions for herself.  He wanted something more.

Alex soon learns that all the androids are capable of becoming self-aware. It is illegal to crack the programming as the government has strict rules and regulations preventing machines from gaining sentience. But he does it anyway.

I loved the story, the art, the pacing, and the characters. I also like how it relates to the technology we use today. Many of our devices have locks that limit our use.

This story felt strangely familiar. I bet this is a future that could very well happen. And it wasn’t scary at all. It’s a nice take on AI (artifical intelligence) and a great read!

My List of 2016 Reads (I need to update this list with many more titles I have recently read so stay tuned)

Chasing Content – See You in September

chasing-contentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that gets us looking back at what was happening last year at this time.

Let’s just jump into things, shall we?

You can read all of the posts from last September . . . 

Or just the highlights here

Hip-Hop in the Brydges

I threw a huge concert in a small town last year. It was a lot of fun. I really should do it again somewhere else. Any ideas of where?

The 2003 Blackout Explained

Fiction that takes real life events and uses them as the backdrop to a story can be wildly entertaining. This book does just that. More than once.

Highlights from last year’s Fan Expo

Last year’s Fan Expo was a lot of fun. I always look forward to this event and can’t wait for next year.

Daredevil Secrets Revealed

I loved seeing Alex Maleev last year at Fan Expo and all of the things he had to say about his tenure working on the Marvel comics Daredevil series. I even got his autograph!

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

We do this every month to look back at the month that was last year. It let’s us all reflect on those times and helps make sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives. So make sure you click on the links in this post that interest you. And feel free to leave some comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Fan Expo 2016 Highlights

542-fan_expo_shieldFan Expo is a great comic book and science fiction convention that happens the last weekend of summer every year in Toronto. It is always a lot of fun dressing up in cosplay outfits, attending panels, meeting celebrities, getting comics autographed, and buying some new collectibles. Here are some the highlights from last weekend’s event.

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This is my family in  our Doctor Who cosplay finest. I am dressed up as the 9th Doctor, my son is The Empty Child, and my daughter is a gender-bent version of the 11th Doctor. Thanks to the Doctor Who Society for letting us pose with a Dalek!

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We attended the Alex Kingston panel. She plays River Song on Doctor Who and was an absolute pleasure to watch. She told some great stories and interacted with the crowd in personal ways.

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Normally I just go for one day, but this year I bought a deluxe weekend pass and attended all four days. That meant four different costumes. Here is my take on the 2nd Doctor. One person recognized me and commented on my costume. That’s a cosplay win! Although, I think I can improve on this one in the future.

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Klaus Janson autographed a Star Trek comic for me and Clay Mann autographed my TPB of Lady Bullesye from Daredevil.

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Daredevil Yellow is one of my all-time favourite books. And I got Tim Sale to autograph it. Amazing!

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Speaking of Daredevil. This panel with the actors who play Daredevil and Foggy in the television series was incredible. It was moderated by Joe Quesada as well.

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Here we are again in Doctor Who cosplay. This time I am the 10th Doctor and my kids are Rory and Amy Pond. Next time, I shall have to try cosplaying the 11th Doctor for a more cohesive family cosplay. Still, I love this shot!

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I couldn’t resist getting my picture with my favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle either.

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Stan Lee was incredible. He was warm-hearted and hilarious. Just as I would have thought. I am so glad I got to see him in his last round of conventions.

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Here we are again. Our Tardis seems to have shrunk.

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I am glad I got to see the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as well. It was a nice way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

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Of course, I had to dress for the occasion.

Live long and prosper!

That’s the highlights of this year’s Fan Expo. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

From the Graphic Novel Aisle

I love scouring the graphic novel section at the public library. It often leads me to titles and issues I never knew existed. And I get to read to great comics for free. What is better than that?

Here are the latest graphic novels that I have read.

Ant Man - Second Chance Man

Ant-Man – Second Chance Man

I didn’t know a lot about this character prior to seeing the movie last year. The film was incredible and I really enjoyed it. This comic pretty  much picks up right from there. If you saw the movie and liked it, I would recommend checking this one out.

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Star Wars – Skywalker Strikes

This is my Star Wars. The comics are getting the characters, the universe, and the story right. Not like the latest film version, which was horrible, in my humble opinion.

I am enjoying how the writers of the on-going Star Wars series have filled in the gaps between the original film trilogy. This is the second title I have read in this series and I look forward to reading more.

Daniel Clowes - Mister Wonderful

Mr. Wonderful – A Love Story

I picked this up from the shelf and the story captured me right from the first page.

An older man is waiting in a coffee shop for his blind date. She’s late and his mind wanders. You can see his thought process throughout the story and how, at times, it takes him away from what is actually happening in front of him.

My girlfriend was with me when I picked this one up from the library. She read it before I did and also got into the quirky storytelling. When she got to the end though, she exclaimed something along the lines of “What? It ends there?” I guess she wanted more. I actually think it ended poetically.

Let me know what you think if you have read any of these titles.

Happy Reading!

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed, personal reading log with links to every title I have read over the course of the year.

March – An Illustrated History

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March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This is the first part of a trilogy of books that tell the real-life story of John Lewis and his fight to end segregation in the United States.

The book opens a peaceful demonstration that is only met with violence. The civil rights activists are subjected to tear gas, batons, and arrests. And with the very real threat of violence always present, these brave souls never gave up.

They continued to fight unjust rules and customs by simply asking to be served in restaurants and conducting non-violent sit ins. If they got arrested, the refused to pay any fines and completed the jail time.

The violent time of the past is contrasted with the induction of America’s first Black President. Lewis tells his story on this day and it is illustrated beautiful and well-paced.

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March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This book continues the real life account of the Civil Rights Movement and how peaceful protests were met with extreme violence. It covers the years 1961 to 1963. You can see how the buses were targeted right on the cover art. The story opens with a particularly brutal church bombing as well.

It’s hard to believe that racism was so rampant back then and that people targeted regular people who only wanted to be seen, heard, and valued.

This is an important story and part of our history. I am glad that it has been told with such care and accuracy.

Book Three will be released this fall

My 2016  Reading Log – every single title I read over the course of the year will be compiled here. I have lots of books to catch up on and write about still. Stay tuned!

Scott Pilgrim’s London, ON. Connection

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Scott Pilgrim Vol 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

I saw the film, Scott Pilgrim vs The World a few years back and I was impressed with the quirky writing, hilarious scenes, and original story. I knew that it was based on a book but I knew nothing about the print version of it whatsoever.

I saw this book in the library last week and decided to pick it up. After reading it, I must say that the movie stays true to the source material. I haven’t read the entire story though, it continues on in a few separate graphic novels, but so far everything that has happened on the page, pretty much happened in the film too.

Reading the afterward was especially enlightening. I knew the story was uniquely Canadian but I didn’t know of the London, Ontario connection.

Scott Pilgrim Afterward

My radio show, Word is Bond, is on the very same station the author mentions in the afterward. I’ve been to concerts at Call the Office, a local venue. And I have shopped at Sunrise Records in Westmount Mall.

It was cool to see that Bryan Lee O’Malley was inspired to write this story from his time spent in London, Ontario.

This story was told so well on the screen that I can honestly say that the film version is better than the book. It’s hard to say that about any movie. In fact, I have only had one other film, in my opinion, that surpasses the book. Ironically, it was a comic as well. I am talking about V for Vendetta. 

The afterward is fairly long. It includes character sketches and information about how each character came to be. It shows how the author used real locations and photos to draw the scenes. It even includes the original pitch he made to get the series green lit. It is a nice window into the entire creative process.

I think you should check out both the film and print versions and get to know Scott Pilgrim. You won’t be disappointed.

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed and continually updated reading log

Darth Vader lives on . . . In Comics

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Darth Vader: Vol. 1 – Vader

This story takes place right after Star Wars IV: A New Hope and is the start of Darth Vader’s own on-going series.

Darth Vader has been demoted in the wake of the Death Star fiasco. He was the one who ultimately got blamed for the rebellion being able to take it out. The Emperor expects him to atone for this mistake.

Darth Vader isn’t one to simply take this all lying down. however. He starts to build his own army of battle droids. The Emperor gets wind of his plan and sets him up to battle against another hopeful apprentice. Vader must prove his worth to the Empire, but it all leaves a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.

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Darth Vader: Vol. 2 – Shadows and Secrets

Darth Vader turned to archaeologist and droid expert, Dr. Aphra to help him build his droid army. She proved her allegiance to him and even though he is a little reluctant, Vader accepts her help and they become a team, of sorts.

Film Version Please

This was a really great story. I would love to see a film trilogy made that focuses solely on Darth Vader. It would be great to see things from his point of view and in all of his fearsome glory.

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin

Darth Vader had a few mini-series before getting his own title. This one focuses on a father who wants to avenge his son’s death at the hands of Vader. He enlists some very bad men to get the task done. But eight others have failed before. Will this ninth assassin be any different?

Darth VAder and the Lost Command

Darth Vader and the Lost Command

Darth Vader is haunted by his past. We are treated to some of the moments that the prequel trilogy didn’t touch on. We see some sweet scenes between Anakin and Padme that really make this graphic novel stand out.

Darth Vader and Cry of Shadows

Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows 

I’m not sure why this one was billed as a Darth Vader title. The story focuses on a clone trooper who is abandoned during a battle. He seeks to gain the acceptance of Darth Vader and works hard to prove to him that he is the ultimate warrior. It was a very good read, however.

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed reading log for my entire year

Thor – Who’s Worthy?

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Thor – Goddess of Thunder

What a brilliant concept for a story about Thor.

The title has always been built around the theme “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Unfortunately, Thor is no longer worthy to wield the hammer and as such Mjölnir is stuck without an owner. Every one tries to lift it and fails. Even Thor himself.

But some mysterious woman is able to pick up the hammer and wield it’s power. She becomes the new Thor.

Spoilers Below – I won’t reveal who the new Thor is though. I’d hate to do that to you.

Thor - Who Holds the Hammer

Thor – Who Holds the Hammer

The new Thor is trying to figure out how to be a hero like the previous Thor. She has a few hilarious run-ins, but is clearly capable of coming into her own and being the all-powerful super-hero we would expect Thor to be.

Meanwhile, Thor has come up with a list of people who could possibly have succeeded him in becoming Thor. He tracks each and every one down, hoping to find a way that he can regain his power and title.

When he finally does meet up with the mysterious Goddess of Thunder, he realizes that he still isn’t worthy to wield the hammer. He endorses her as the new Thor and we finally get to see who she is.

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed personal reading log. Please share and comment if you have read any of these titles too.

The Death of Wolverine

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Wolverine – Three Months to Die: Book 1

Wolverine has lost his ability to heal. He goes on like nothing has changed, but he knows that everything has.

He confided to Ms. Marvel that it was the only power really worth anything.

Healing Factor

Wolverine needs his healing ability. Every time he uses his claws they pierce his skin and when then retract, they could potentially expose him to infection. I love how this comic series addresses how much of an issue that is for him right now. It’s scary.

Wolverine Three Months to Die Book 2

Wolverine – Three Months to Die: Book 2

Wolverine confronts Death himself in this story. Death seems to help him get over his fear of continuing to be a hero despite losing his super-powers.

When things look bleak, Wolverine calls for a little bit of back up. Nick Fury shows up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and The Avengers to help save the day. He says, “You know what your best super-power is, old man? That you’ve got so many friends.”

Wolverine Friends

Unfortunately, in the end, Wolverine is going to die alone.

Death of Wolverine

Death of Wolverine

This is Wolverine’s final battle. Even without his healing ability, he continues to fight like he is immortal. He puts everything on the line to protect the lives of others and to stop a terrible evil from being unleashed.

This four issue mini-series was a fitting end for our Favourite Canadian Super-Hero.

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual reading log with links to each title and book review

The Fall of the Fantastic Four

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Fantastic Four: Vol. 1 – The Fall of the Fantastic Four

This graphic novel collects the first five issues of the 2014 series of Marvel’s First Family. The story begins with swarm of monsters invading the city. Of course, the Fantastic Four get blamed for all of the destruction. To make matters worse, Johnny Storm loses his powers in the battle.

Sue and Reed get put on trial and have their children taken away from them. And believe it or not, that is just the start of their downfall.

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Fantastic Four: Vol. 2 – Original Sin

Ben learns a secret that infuriates him. He leaves the team in anger and ends up getting accused of murder. Things are looking pretty bad for the Fantastic Four. Is there a connection between all tragedies? Is someone trying to bring an end to the team?

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Fantastic Four: Vol. 3 – Back in Blue

Just when things couldn’t look any more glum, the team reassembles with their classic uniforms. They will fight to the bitter end and find out exactly who has been behind the unraveling of their lives.

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Fantastic Four: Vol. 4 – The End is Fourever

The ultimate battle between the evil genius who has been working for years to unravel the Fantastic Four and our fearless heroes comes to a head in this issue. The story concludes the series of this comic, but I really don’t think it is the last we will see of FF. The End is Fourever . . . but so is The Fantastic Four.

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

How I Feel Doing Midnight Radio

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Midnight Radio. Written by Ehud Lavski. Art by Yael Nathan.

Contact: elavski@gmail.com

I feel like this when I do my Midnight Radio program. It feels like I belong there and I hope I connect with the listeners in the same way. Brilliant comic!

Listen to My Show –  Word is Bond Rap Radio

The Absence of Fear is a Bad Thing in Batman’s Universe

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Batman The Dark Knight: Vol 1. Night Terrors

Fear . . . “lives in every dark shadow — waits around every corner. It can be in two places at once . . . on the path ahead, yet somehow always behind you. Fear hides in every decision, questioning your every move. And it’s your fault. You are the one who gives it life.”

What an opening for a Batman story. It’s iconic. And a great read. I really enjoyed it.

This is the second edition of the title. I had no idea of the previous series but it really didn’t matter. Anyone who knows anything about Batman will be able to follow along with no problems.

In the main story, some of Gotham’s most dangerous criminals have broken out of Arkham Asylum. To make things even worse, they no longer seem to have any fear. That makes things very dangerous for our favourite caped crusader.

There are two other shorter stories in this collection as well. The strange thing is that the ending, even though a bit of a cliffhanger, didn’t leave me wanting to read more. Not sure why. The opening story was so good.

That being said, if I see Volume 2 at the library, I’d probably still pick it up.

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed, continually updated, reading log for the year

Doctor Who and Batman Too

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Doctor Who – The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter

I haven’t read much in the way of Doctor Who fiction, just a few comic books and a young adult novel.

When I picked this book up from the library, I wasn’t even sure what incarnation of The Doctor was staring in this story. The back cover didn’t make it clear, but I was sure it was going to be a great read anyway. The cover art is absolutely gorgeous. I love how it looks like the book itself is frozen.

It turns out that this story is set in the second Doctor’s reign. Jamie and Zoe are his companions and together they are drawn toward a time disturbance on a mining colony on one of Saturn’s moons.

The miner’s uncovered something that should have made them stop operations. But the powers-that-be ignored the discovery, pretended it didn’t exist, and kept on mining. Of course, this has some pretty terrible consequences – consequences that the Doctor and his faithful companions must not set right,

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Batman: Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman

I have read a lot of Batman novels and short stories over the years. I’m not sure what happened to those old books. I have had to purge some of my collection over the years due to moves so that’s likely what happened.

This story runs parallel in two different time periods. The first one is in the present day and focuses around Bruce Wayne / Batman. Of course, the things that he faces now are a direct result of events that his father was a part of many, many years ago.

I enjoyed this read, but I am not sure I like the ending and what it means for the saga of Batman. I would write about that in detail but it would be a spoiler. I try not to do that in these book review posts.

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

Women Heroes in the Comics

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Star Wars – Princess Leia

This comic takes place just after the events in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

Princess Leia’s homeworld has been destroyed. But there are all sorts of survivors of Alderaan that need guidance and leadership. Unfortunately, The Empire wants to see them all destroyed, especially Princess Leia.

This was a great mini-series spanning 5 comic book issues.

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Ms. Marvel Volume 1 – No Normal

Kamala Khan is a Muslim who struggles with her family’s faith and the demands of being a teenager in this day and age. She sneaks out of the house to go to a party, but everything backfires on her. She gets teased for her heritage and didn’t win the points she thought she would with her friends and peers.

Several blocks get covered in a strange fog. perhaps it was the Terrigen Mist. Whatever it was, Khan is transformed. She looks like Ms. Marvel has has miraculous new abilities. She is still able to transform back to her normal self as well.

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Ms. Marvel Volume 2 – Generation Why

Wolverine teams up with the new Ms. Marvel in this issue. They are similar in a number of ways and make a perfect tag-team. She likes to fight her own battles and has a healing power too.

She’s begun to figure exactly how it works too. It turns out that she can heal only when she refrains from using her morphing abilities. It also requires her to eat a lot to capture the energy needed to do so.

She thought she was a mutant, but Wolverine suspects that she is an Inhuman. After their successful mission, he contacts some of his Inhuman friends. Medusa then sends Lockjaw to be her companion. Who wouldn’t love an over-sized super-hero dog?

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Ms. Marvel Volume 3 – Crushed

Being Muslim means that there are strict protocols in place when it comes to companionship. Kamala disregards them and lets herself be swept up in her first crush.

Things don’t end so well in the relationship department for her, however. But it is a great tale of first romance, the difficulties of maintaining faith despite romantic feelings, and the trouble of balancing a secret super-hero life with regular family life.

I have really enjoyed the first three trade paperbacks of Ms. Marvel. It’s always nice to see great female super-hero characters. The stories are great and the art compliments the feel of the book perfectly.

It is a great read and one that I highly recommend.

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual and continually updated reading log

 

The Amazing Spider-Man is Back!

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 1. The Parker Luck

Doc Ock had control of Peter Parker’s life for nearly two years, but Parker is back now and has a new lease on life. He isn;t taken anything for granted. A lot of things have changed in his absence. He now has a doctorate, his own company, and a girl-friend he doesn’t know about. But perhaps, just perhaps, he is the luckiest guy on the planet.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 2-3. Spider-Verse

I already wrote about this mega-event here. 

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 4. Graveyard Shift

A villain has invaded Parker Industries and he is intent on not only destroying the building but also the company. But with all the Spider-Man tech in the building, he is sure to have a fight on his hands.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol. 5 Spiral

This graphic novel collects the special side story that ran in Amazing Spider-Man 16.1 – 20.1. It is a sequel to the Shadowland arc that started in Daredevil and had huge repercussions in the Marvel Universe.

Everyone is trying to establish a strong-hold in the world of crime due to Kingpin’s absence. Black Cat is really angry at Spider-Man for how he treated her when Doc Ock was in control of his body. Peter is still trying to see the good in her and in his super-hero friend, Wraith. But maybe his vision is a little blinded here.

My List of 2016 Reads – my detailed annual reading log

Spider-Verse – The Ultimate Spider-Man Battle

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Spider-Verse 

The Inheritors are an evil family that prey on the essence of Spider-totems. It turns out that there are hundred of Spider-powered super-heroes in different dimensions and realities.

Everyone knows the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. We also know Miles Morales who took up the mantle when he died. And of course, The Superior Spider-Man who is really Doc Ock trapped inside Peter’s body.

Fortunately for everyone involved, The Superior Spider-Man was drawn into this conflict. They really needed his perspective and leadership to have a fair chance against such a dire threat.

All of the Spider-Men, Spider-Women, and spider-powered animals come together to fight this ultimate battle.

Apparently, the story covers every Spider-Man character that has ever appeared in any media. It was hilarious to see the 1960s animated version of the character make an appearance and really cool to see dozens of the heroes fighting side by side,.

This hardcover edition collects Amazing Spider-Man 7-15, Superior Spider-Man 32-33, Spider-Verse 1-2, Spider-Verse Team-Up 1-3, Scarlet Spiders 1-3, Spider-Woman 1-4, and Spider-Man 2099 6-8.

That is not the complete story, however.

Edge of Spider-Verse

Edge of Spider-Verse

This trade paperback collects five issues of the limited run series. Each story focuses on one of the alternate reality Spider-totems. The highlight of this collection is the one-off Spider-Gwen story.

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Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen turned out to be a fan favourite in the Spider-Verse. The public pretty much demanded this series.

In the original story, Peter Parker is surprised to see that Gwen Stacy is still alive in an alternate universe. She died tragically in the original comic years and years ago. As such Peter is very reluctant to put her in danger again.

In her universe, Peter Parker tried to follow her lead and be a hero even though he was never endowed with super-powers. He ended up dying tragically and it has haunted her since she began her quest as a super-hero.

Gwen is a regular teenager in this story and is a drummer for an all girl band. But she is targeted by a few different bad guys and her family gets caught in between.

It was a great read and one that I wish would have continued. Unfortunately, her solo title only spanned five issues.

it was interesting seeing all the different Spider-powered super-heroes. Some were male, some were female, a few were animals, and one was a cartoon.

This was a pretty good event. You can get the main story from the run in Amazing Spider-Man but the companion books really help draw it out and tie up some loose ends.

My List of 2016 Reads – updated all year long with each new title I read

The Superior Spider-Man Is . . .

The first four volumes of Superior Spider-Man were very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed them. These last two issues bring the story to its natural conclusion.

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Superior Spider-Man: Volume 5: Superior Venom

Flash Thompson has been able to use drugs and his will to keep Venom under his control, or so he thought. When the alien symbiotic leaves him to rejoin Spider-Man, Otto Octavius believes that he can control him as well. He relishes the new power, but perhaps he is not greater than Peter Parker and will fail to control the alien as well.

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Superior Spider-Man: Volume 6: Goblin Nation

Doc Ock has been living as Spider-Man for years now. He has done his best to rid the city of the criminal organizations that have terrorized it for years. He didn’t realize, however, that the Goblins had grown to form an entire nation right under his nose.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker has fought to regain consciousness and take control of his body, and life, once more. This is the final battle between them. We will find out who the Superior Spider-Man is after-all.

My 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

Miles Morales is Back as Spider-Man

The first series featuring Miles Morales as Spider-Man was brilliant. I did not want to see come to an end. Thankfully, we got a second series featuring the new web-crawler.

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Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man – Volume 1: Revivial

It turns out that the Green Goblin isn’t dead . . . and neither is Peter Parker. Things get very confusing for Miles Morales in the second volume of his very own series.

Fortunately, Parker doesn’t intend to go back to his old super-hero life just yet. He leaves the mantle to Morales. Miles’ father even reappears and has quite the explanation as to his absence.

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Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man – Volume 2: Revalations

Miles decides to tell his girlfriend that he is Spider-Man. Little does he know that she has been brought up in a Hydra household, a terrorist organization meant to bring down S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Ultimates.

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Spider-Men

Peter Parker and Miles Morales team up in a story that takes place before this arc. They are both impressed with each other and make a great team. This was a very enjoyable read. Too bad that it was a one-off story. The good news though, they will fight side-by-side again in the Spider-Verse story. Stay tuned!

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

The Death of Ultimate Spider-Man

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Ultimate Spider-Man: Volume 1 – The World According to Peter Parker

The Daily Bugle has gone completely digital, Peter Parker is working at a fast food joint, and Gwen Stacy is living with him and his aunt. To make matters even more complicated, Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch and Bobby Drake aka Ice Man have moved in as well. Aunt May loves having all these teenagers in the house. They pose as her nephews and have to refrain from using their powers (house rules). And Mysterio is back trying to take over the Kingpin’s criminal empire.

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Ultimate Spider-Man: Volume 2 – Chameleons

One of Peter Parker’s neighbours develops mutant powers of teleportation. But it turns out that his was chosen to have these powers for a very specific purpose. Meanwhile, the Chamelion twins are up to no good. They have captured J. Jonah Jameson and have been impersonating him for a while now.

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Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3 – Death of Spider-Man Prelude

Kitty Pride gets teased in the cafeteria and uses her mutant powers to just let the thrown food phase through her. Mary Jane gets the incident on video and wants to use it to show how unfair people are being towards mutants. Meanwhile, Spider-Man gets captured by the Chameleon twins. This is bad news for the entire city.

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 4 - Death

Ultimate Spider-Man: Vol. 4 – Death of Spider-Man

S.H.I.E.L.D. decides that Peter Parker needs training to continue fighting crime. Iron-Man tries to give him a few lessons, as does Captain America. But when The Ultimates are called to avert a huge disaster, The Green Goblin capitalizes on that very moment to bring about an end to his foe.

It was very sad to see Peter Parker die in front of his family and friends. He gave everything he had to protect them. And it was a fitting end for the series.

I know that I read these Spider-Man comics out of order. I should have read this before the Miles Morales story line. But it was good either way.

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