Friday, September 01, 2017

Monthly Update - August 2017


Read 60 Graphic Novels (5+37=42)
  1. Before Watchmen Minutemen/Silk Spectre
  2. All-New All-Different Avengers HC
  3. God Country TP
  4. Secret Avengers: Run Mission Save World HC
  5. Star Wars Vol 2 HC
    Play 15 New Boardgames (0+23=23)
    • Hero Realms
    • Sushi Go
    • Tokaido
    My Picks of the Week For This Month:
    1. Unstoppable Wasp #8
    2. X-Men Gold #9
    3. Inhumans Once and Future Kings #1
    4. Star Wars Rogue One Cassian & K2SO Special #1
    5. Weapon X #7
    6. X-Men Gold #10
    7. Mage Hero Denied #1
    8. Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1
    9. Generations Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1
    10. Secret Empire #10
            Comics I Read This Month (49+377=426):
            • All-New Wolverine #23
            • Amazing Spider-Man #31
            • Astonishing X-Men #2
            • Babyteeth #3
            • Black Hammer #12
            • Captain America #25
            • Champions #11
            • Crosswind #3
            • Curse Words #7
            • Daredevil #25
            • Dead of Winter #1
            • Descender #23
            • Divinity #0
            • Doctor Strange #24
            • Elsewhere #1
            • Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1
            • Generations Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1
            • Generations Unworthy Thor #1 & Mighty Thor #1
            • Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1
            • Hawkeye #9
            • Inhumans Once and Future Kings #1
            • Injustice 2 #7-8
            • Kill or Be Killed #11
            • Kill the Minotaur #3
            • Lazarus X+66 #2
            • Luke Cage #4
            • Mage Hero Denied #1
            • Mech Cadet Yu #1
            • Ms. Marvel #21
            • New Super Man #14
            • Nightwing The New Order #1
            • Predator Hunters #4
            • Rat Queens #5
            • Redneck #5
            • Saga #46
            • Secret Empire #8-10
            • Shirtless Bear-Fighter #3
            • Star Trek TNG Mirror Broken #3
            • Star Wars Rogue One Cassian & K2SO Special #1
            • Swordquest #2
            • Thanos #10
            • Totally Awesome Hulk #22
            • Unstoppable Wasp #8
            • Weapon X #7
            • X-Men Gold #9-10
            TV I Watched This Month:
            • Casual "The Hermit and the Moon"
            • The Defenders "Season One"
            • The Deuce "Pilot"
            • Duck Tales "Woo-Oo"
            • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "August 2, 2017" "August 9, 2017"
            • Game of Thrones "Spoils of War" "Eastwatch" "Beyond the Wall" "The Dragon and the Wolf"
            • The Guest Book "Story One" "Story Two"
            • Insecure "Hella Open" "Hella L.A." "Hella Shook"
            • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "August 6, 2017" "August 13, 2017"
            • People of Earth "New Beginnings" "Uneasy Alliance"
            • Preacher "Dallas"
            • Rick & Morty "Pickle Rick" "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" "Rest & Ricklaxation"
            • Room 104 "Pizza Boy" "The Knockandoo"
            • The Tick "Season One"
            • Voltron Legendary Defender "Season Three"
            • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
            Top Ten Shows This Month:
            1. Game of Thrones
            2. Rick & Morty
            3. The Deuce
            4. Insecure
            5. Voltron Legendary Defender
            6. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
            7. Duck Tales
            8. The Tick
            9. Wet Hot American Summer Ten Years Later
            10. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
            Movies I Watched This Month:
            • The Girl With All The Gifts
            • Dunkirk
            • Fate of the Furious
            • Big Trouble
            • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
            • Inglorious Basterds
            New Places to Eat:
            • Grand Lux in The Domain
            • Tumble 22 Fried Chicken
            • PS 35
            • Holy Roller
            • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
            • Easy Tiger (??)
            • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
            • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
            Places I Ate This Month (25+212=227):
            • 24 Diner
            • Bao'd Up
            • Black Box BBQ
            • Culver's
            • Homeslice (x2)
            • Hopdoddy
            • Jack Allen's Kitchen
            • Kerbey Lane
            • McDonalds
            • Michi Ramen
            • New Fortune Chinese
            • Opal Divine's
            • Outback Steakhouse
            • Popeye's
            • Sushi Nina
            • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
            • Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ
            • Velvet Taco (x2)
            • Vera Cruz
            • Way South Philly
            • Wendy's
            • Whataburger

            Tuesday, August 01, 2017

            Monthly Update - July 2017


            Read 60 Graphic Novels (3+34=37)
            1. Usagi Yojimbo Vol 31 Hell Screen
            2. Ms Marvel Vol 3 HC
            3. Batman TMNT Adventures TP
              Play 15 New Boardgames (4+19=23)
              • The Networks
              • Codenames Deep Undercover
              • Celestia
              • Bloodborne DBG
              • Hero Realms
              • Total Rickall
              • Dice Forge
              My Picks of the Week For This Month:
              1. Rat Queens #4
              2. Unstoppable Wasp #7
              3. Mage The Hero Denied #0
              4. Calexit #1
              5. Lazarus X+66 #1
              6. Astonishing X-Men #1
              7. Shirtless Bear-Fighter #2
              8. Redneck #4
                      Comics I Read This Month (46+331=377):
                      • All-New Wolverine #22
                      • Amazing Spider-Man #30
                      • Astonishing X-Men #1
                      • Babyteeth #2
                      • Black Hammer #11
                      • Calexit #1
                      • Captain America Sam Wilson #24
                      • Captain America Steve Rogers #19
                      • Champions #10
                      • Crosswind #1-2
                      • Daredevil #23-24
                      • Descender #22
                      • Doctor Strange #23
                      • Faith and the Future Force #1
                      • Injustice 2 #5-6
                      • Kill or Be Killed #10
                      • Kill the Minotaur #2
                      • Korgi Short Tales #1
                      • Lazarus X Plus 66 #1
                      • Luke Cage #3
                      • Mage Hero Denied #0-1
                      • Ms. Marvel #20
                      • New Super Man #13
                      • Predator Hunters #3
                      • Rat Queens #4
                      • Redneck #4
                      • Royal City #5
                      • Saga #45
                      • Secret Empire #6-7
                      • Shirtless Bear-Fighter #2
                      • TMNT Usagi Yojimbo #1
                      • Thanos #9
                      • The Damned #3
                      • U.S. Avengers #8
                      • Unstoppable Wasp #7
                      • Weapon X #5-6
                      • Wild Storm #6
                      • X-Men Gold #7-8
                      TV I Watched This Month:
                      • American Gods "The Secret of Spoons" "Head Full of Snow" "Git Gone" "Lemon Scented You" "A Murder of Gods" "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" "Come to Jesus"
                      • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Your Honor" "The Slaughterhouse" "The Bank Job" "Crime and Punishment"
                      • Castlevania "Season One"
                      • Casual "Venus" "Fresno" "Cake Walk" "Firesale"
                      • Friends From College "Season One"
                      • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "July 19, 2017"
                      • Game of Thrones "Dragonstone" "Stormborn" "The Queen's Justice"
                      • Insecure "Hella Great" "Hella Questions"
                      • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "June 25, 2017" "July 2, 2017" "July 30, 2017"
                      • The Mick "The Heater" "The Sleepover" "The Implant" "The Intruder"
                      • Ozark "Season One"
                      • Preacher "On the Road" "Mumbai Sky Tower" "Damsels" "Viktor"
                      • Rick and Morty "The Rickshank Redemption" "Rickmancing the Stone"
                      • Snowfall "Make Them Birds Fly"
                      Top Ten Shows This Month:
                      1. Game of Thrones
                      2. Rick and Morty
                      3. Insecure
                      4. American Gods
                      5. Snowfall
                      6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                      7. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                      8. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                      9. Casual
                      10. Ozark
                      Movies I Watched This Month:
                      • Atomic Blonde
                      • Baby Driver
                      • Fifth Element
                      • Get Shorty
                      • John Wick
                      • John Wick 2
                      • Spider-Man Homecoming
                      • The Big Sick
                      • Tour De Pharmacy
                      • Tropic Thunder
                      New Places to Eat:
                      • Grand Lux in The Domain
                      • Tumble 22 Fried Chicken
                      • PS 35
                      • Holy Roller
                      • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor (??)
                      • Easy Tiger (??)
                      • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                      • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                      Places I Ate This Month (25+187=212):
                      • 24 Diner
                      • Asia Cafe
                      • Black Star Co-Op
                      • Chuy's
                      • Culver's
                      • Firehouse Subs
                      • Five Guys
                      • Hopdoddy (x2)
                      • JT Youngblood's
                      • Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
                      • Kerbey Lane
                      • McDonald's
                      • Mighty Fine (x2)
                      • Noble Sandwich
                      • Palermo Pasta House
                      • Popeye's (x2)
                      • Shake Shack
                      • Smoky Mo's BBQ
                      • Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza
                      • Thai Kun
                      • Wendy's
                      • Wingstop

                      Saturday, July 01, 2017

                      Monthly Update - June 2017

                      Read 60 Graphic Novels (5+29=34)
                      1. Suicide Squad Vol 6: Phoenix Gambit TP
                      2. Absolute Wonder Woman Volume 1 HC
                      3. Revival Vol 4 HC
                      4. Secret Avengers Vol 1 Mission to Mars HC
                      5. Secret Avengers Vol 2 Eyes of the Dragon HC
                        Play 15 New Boardgames (2+17=19)
                        • Scythe
                        • Splendor
                        • Machi Koro Bright Lights, Big City
                        • Celestia
                        • Buy the Rights
                        • DC Deck-Building Teen Titans
                        My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                        1. X-Men Gold #5
                        2. Champions #9
                        3. Ms. Marvel #19
                        4. Kill the Minotaur #1
                        5. Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1
                        6. Doctor Strange #22
                        7. Batman Elmer Fudd #1
                        8. Clue #1
                                Comics I Read This Month (53+278=331):
                                • Accell #1
                                • All-New Wolverine #21
                                • Amazing Spider-Man #28-29
                                • Aquaman #25
                                • Babyteeth #1
                                • Batman The Shadow #3
                                • Batman Elmer Fudd #1
                                • Black Hammer #10
                                • Britannia We Who Are About to Die #3
                                • Cable #2
                                • Captain America Sam Wilson #23
                                • Captain America Steve Rogers #18
                                • Champions #9
                                • Clue #1
                                • Copperhead #14
                                • Crosswind #1
                                • Damned #2
                                • Daredevil #21-22
                                • Doctor Strange #20
                                • Doctor Strange #22
                                • Edge of Venomverse #1
                                • God Country #6
                                • Hawkeye #7
                                • Kill the Minotaur #1
                                • Kingpin #5
                                • Luke Cage #2
                                • Ms. Marvel #19
                                • Old Man Logan #25
                                • Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1
                                • Predator Hunters #2
                                • Rapture #2
                                • Reborn #6
                                • Royal City #4
                                • Secret Empire #5
                                • Secret Empire United #1
                                • Secret Weapons #1
                                • Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1
                                • Star Trek TNG Mirror Broken #2
                                • Star Wars Darth Maul #4
                                • Swordquest #1
                                • Thanos #8
                                • The Old Guard #5
                                • Totally Awesome Hulk #20
                                • US Avengers #7
                                • Unsound #1
                                • Weapon X #4
                                • Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1
                                • Wild Storm #5
                                • X-Men Gold #5-6
                                • X-O Manowar #4
                                TV I Watched This Month:
                                • Better Call Saul "Slip" "Fall" "Lantern"
                                • Casual "Ashes to Ashes" "Things to Do In Burbank When You're Dead" "The Table" "The Sprout" "Look At Me" "Troubleshooting" "The Rat King"
                                • Fargo "The Law of Inevitability" "Who Rules The Land of Denial?" "Aporia" "Someone to Love"
                                • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "May 10, 2017"  "June 14, 2017"
                                • G.L.O.W. "Season One"
                                • The Handmaid's Tale "A Woman's Place" "The Other Side" "Jezebels" "The Bridge" "Night"
                                • iZombie "Twenty-Sided, Die" "Return of the Dead Guy" "Conspiracy Weary" "Looking for Mr. Goodbrain"
                                • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "June 4, 2017" "June 11, 2017"
                                • Leftovers "Book of Nora"
                                • The Mick "Pilot" "The Grandparents" "The Buffer" "The Balloon" "The Fire" "The Master" "The Country Club" "The Snitch" "The Mess" "The New Girl"
                                • Orange is the New Black "Season Five"
                                • Room 104 "Pilot" 
                                • Silicon Valley "The Patent Troll" "The Keenan Vortex" "Hooli-Con" "Server Error"
                                • So You Think You Can Dance "LA Auditions #1"
                                • Veep "Judge" "A Woman First" "Groundbreaking"
                                Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                1. Fargo
                                2. Better Call Saul
                                3. G.L.O.W.
                                4. The Handmaid's Tale
                                5. The Mick
                                6. Silicon Valley
                                7. Veep
                                8. Orange is the New Black
                                9. Casual
                                10. iZombie
                                Movies I Watched This Month:
                                • Wonder Woman (x2)
                                • La-La Land
                                • True Lies
                                • Quick Change
                                New Places to Eat:
                                • Grand Lux in The Domain
                                • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                                • Tumble 22 Fried Chicken
                                • PS 35
                                • Holy Roller (Late Spring/Mid-Summer)
                                • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor (??)
                                • Easy Tiger (??)
                                • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                                Places I Ate This Month (24+163=187):
                                • Chi'Lantro
                                • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                • Easy Tiger (x2)
                                • Franklin BBQ
                                • Gus's Fried Chicken
                                • Home Slice (x3)
                                • Hoover's
                                • Juarez Mexican Bakery
                                • Kerbey Lane
                                • Michi Ramen
                                • Morelia Mexican Grill
                                • Outback Steakhouse
                                • Pei Wei
                                • Popeye's (x2)
                                • Sherlock's Baker Street Pub & Grill
                                • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
                                • Velvet Taco
                                • Vera Cruz
                                • Wendy's

                                Thursday, June 01, 2017

                                Monthly Update - May 2017

                                Read 60 Graphic Novels (+23=)
                                1. Small Favors HC
                                2. Chew Vol 6 HC
                                3. Book of Death HC
                                4. Archer & Armstrong Vol 1 HC
                                5. Green Arrow Vol 8: Hunt for Red Dragon TP
                                6. Saga Vol 2 HC
                                  Play 15 New Boardgames (4+13=17)
                                  • Fuse
                                  • King of New York
                                  • Dixit Odyssey
                                  • Scythe
                                  • Spyfall 2
                                  • Tokaido
                                  • Secret Hitler
                                  My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                  1. Secret Empire #1
                                  2. Injustice 2 #1-2
                                  3. Amazing Spider-Man #27
                                  4. Ms. Marvel #18
                                  5. X-Men Gold #4
                                  6. Rat Queens #3
                                  7. Redneck #2
                                  8. Kill or Be Killed #9
                                  9. Saga #43
                                      Comics I Read This Month (62+216=278):
                                      • All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1
                                      • All-New Wolverine #20
                                      • Amazing Spider-Man #27
                                      • Astro City #44
                                      • Bane Conquest #1
                                      • Batman The Shadow #2
                                      • Batman/TMNT Adventures #6
                                      • Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #2
                                      • Black Hammer #9
                                      • Britannia We Who Are About to Die #2
                                      • Bullseye #4
                                      • Cable #1
                                      • Captain America Sam Wilson #22
                                      • Captain America Steve Rogers #17
                                      • Catalyst Prime Noble #1
                                      • Champions #8
                                      • Copperhead #13
                                      • Curse Words #5
                                      • Daredevil #20
                                      • Doctor Strange #21
                                      • Eternal Empire #1
                                      • Eternal Warrior Awakening #1
                                      • Extremity #3
                                      • Fix #9
                                      • God Country #5
                                      • Hawkeye #6
                                      • Heroines #1
                                      • Injustice 2 #1-2
                                      • Justice League Power Rangers #4
                                      • Kill or Be Killed #9
                                      • Kingpin #4
                                      • Lazarus Sourcebook #2 Hock
                                      • Mass Effect Discovery #1
                                      • Moon Knight #14
                                      • Motor Girl #6
                                      • Ms. Marvel #18
                                      • Nancy Drew And Hardy Boys The Big Lie #3
                                      • New Super Man #11
                                      • Old Guard #4
                                      • Predator Hunters #1
                                      • Rapture #1
                                      • Rat Queens #3
                                      • Redneck #2
                                      • Regression #1
                                      • Royal City #3
                                      • Saga #43
                                      • Secret Empire #1-2
                                      • Secret Empire Uprising #1
                                      • Secret Warriors #1
                                      • Star Trek TNG Mirror Broken #1
                                      • Swordquest #0
                                      • Thanos #7
                                      • The Damned #1
                                      • U.S. Avengers #6
                                      • Unstoppable Wasp #5
                                      • Weapon X #3
                                      • Wild Storm #4
                                      • X-Men Gold #3-4
                                      • X-O Manowar #3
                                      TV I Watched This Month:
                                      • American Gods "The Bone Orchard"
                                      • Better Call Saul "Sabrosito" "Chicanery" "Off Brand" "Expenses"
                                      • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Moo Moo" "Cop-Con" "Chasing Amy"
                                      • Dear White People "Season One"
                                      • Fargo "The Law of Non-Contradiction" "The Narrow Escape Problem" "The House of Special Purpose" "The Lord of No Mercy"
                                      • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "Not the Correspondents Dinner"
                                      • Great News "Pilot" "Bear Attack"
                                      • The Handmaid's Tale "Offred" "Birth Day" "Late" "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" "
                                      • iZombie "Spank the Zombie" "Some Like It Hot Mess" "Dirt Nap Time" "Eat a Knievel"
                                      • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "May 7, 2017" "May 14, 2017" "May 21, 2017"
                                      • Leftovers "Crazy Whitefella Thinking""G'Day Melbourne" "It's A Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, World" "Certified" "The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Twin Brother)
                                      • Master of None "The Thief" "Le Nozze" "Religion" "First Date" "The Dinner Party" "New York, I Love You" "Door #3" "Thanksgiving" "Amarsi Un Po" "Buona Notte"
                                      • Sense 8 "Who Am I?" "Obligate Mutualisms" "Polyphony" "Fear Never Fixed Anything" "Isolated Above, Connected Below" "I Have No Room In My Heart for Hate" "All I Want Right Now is One More Bullet" "What Family Actually Means" "If All the World's A Stage, Identity is Just a Costume" "You Want a War?"
                                      • Silicon Valley "Terms of Service" "Intellectual Property" "Teambuilding Exercise" "The Blood Boy" "Customer Service"
                                      • Supergirl "Ace Reporter" "Alex" "City of Lost Children" "Resist" "Nevertheless, She Persisted"
                                      • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt "Season 3"
                                      • Veep "Library" "Georgia" "Justice" "Chicklet" "Qatar" "Blurb"
                                      Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                      1. Fargo
                                      2. Better Call Saul
                                      3. The Handmaid's Tale
                                      4. Master of None
                                      5. Veep
                                      6. Silicon Valley
                                      7. Dear White People
                                      8. Sense8
                                      9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                      10. iZombie
                                      Movies I Watched This Month:
                                      • My Blue Heaven
                                      • Heat
                                      • Guardians of the Galaxy V.2
                                      • Kubo and the Two Strings
                                      • Get Out
                                      New Places to Eat:
                                      • Grand Lux in The Domain
                                      • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                                      • Tumble 22 Fried Chicken
                                      • PS 35 (May 30)
                                      • Holy Roller (Late Spring/Mid-Summer)
                                      • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor (??)
                                      • Easy Tiger (??)
                                      • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                      • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                      • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                                      Places I Ate This Month (40+123=163):
                                      • Burger King
                                      • Cooper's Pit BBQ
                                      • Corner Bakery
                                      • Fire Bowl
                                      • Firehouse Subs
                                      • Flyrite Chicken
                                      • Freebird's
                                      • Fuddrucker's
                                      • Green Mesquite BBQ (x2)
                                      • Hoodie's Subs
                                      • Jack Allen's Kitchen
                                      • Kerbey Lane
                                      • Kula Revolving Sushi (x2)
                                      • Mandola's Italian
                                      • McDonald's
                                      • Mod Pizza
                                      • New Fortune Chinese
                                      • Oakwood BBQ
                                      • Opal Divine's
                                      • Outback Steakhouse
                                      • Peached Tortilla
                                      • Pei Wei
                                      • Popeye's (x2)
                                      • Shake Shack (x3)
                                      • Tarka
                                      • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
                                      • Truluck's
                                      • Velvet Taco (x2)
                                      • Vera Cruz
                                      • Vigilante Gaming Bar
                                      • Wendy's
                                      • Whataburger
                                      • Wingstop

                                      Monday, May 01, 2017

                                      Monthly Update - April 2017

                                      Cook More (1+12=13):
                                      • Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
                                      Read 6 Books (0+2=2)

                                      Read 60 Graphic Novels (3+20=23)
                                      1. Supergirl by Peter David Vol 2 TP
                                      2. Britannia TP
                                      3. Spider-Man Clone Conspiracy HC
                                      Rewatch Blurays

                                      Play More RPGs
                                      • D&D Skyraiders
                                      • Fantasy A-Team
                                        Play 15 New Boardgames (2+11=13)
                                        • Superfight
                                        • Sushi Go Party
                                        • Tsuro
                                        • Fuse
                                        • Funemployment
                                        • Space Team
                                        My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                        1. X-Men Gold #1-2
                                        2. Hawkeye #5
                                        3. Weapon X #1
                                        4. Rat Queens #2
                                        5. Redneck #1
                                        6. God Country #4
                                        7. Batman The Shadow #1
                                            Comics I Read This Month (53+163=216):
                                            • Aliens Dead Orbit #1
                                            • All-New Wolverine #19
                                            • Amazing Spider-Man #26
                                            • Astro City #43
                                            • Batman The Shadow #1
                                            • Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1
                                            • Black Hammer #8
                                            • Brave Chef Brianna #2
                                            • Britannia We Who Are About To Die #1
                                            • Bullseye #3
                                            • Captain America Sam Wilson #21
                                            • Captain America Steve Rogers #15-16
                                            • Champions #7
                                            • Copperhead #12
                                            • Curse Words #4
                                            • Daredevil #19
                                            • Descender #21
                                            • Doctor Strange #19
                                            • Eleanor & The Egret #1
                                            • Extremity #2
                                            • God Country #4
                                            • Hawkeye #5
                                            • Immortal Brothers: Green Knight #1
                                            • Justice League of America #4-5
                                            • Kill or Be Killed #8
                                            • Kingpin #3
                                            • Moon Knight #13
                                            • Ms. Marvel #17
                                            • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys The Big Lie #2
                                            • New Super Man #10
                                            • Planetoid Praxis #3
                                            • Power Man and Iron Fist #15
                                            • Rat Queens #2
                                            • Redneck #1
                                            • Riverdale #1
                                            • Rock Candy Mountain #1
                                            • Royal City #2
                                            • Savage Things #2
                                            • Secret Empire #0
                                            • Star Wars Darth Maul #3
                                            • Star-Lord #6
                                            • Thanos #6
                                            • The Old Guard #3
                                            • U.S. Avengers #5
                                            • Unstoppable Wasp #4
                                            • Weapon X #1-2
                                            • Wild Storm #3
                                            • X-Men Gold #1-2
                                            • X-O Manowar #2
                                            TV I Watched This Month:
                                            • 13 Reasons Why "Season One"
                                            • Archer "No Good Deed"
                                            • Better Call Saul "Mabel" "Witness" "Sunk Costs"
                                            • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "The Audit" "Serve & Protect" "The Last Ride"
                                            • Cosplay Melee "Angels and Demons" "War Games" "Superheroes" "Animelee"
                                            • Crashing "Julie" "The Baptism"
                                            • Fargo "The Law of Vacant Places" "The Principle of Restricted Choice"
                                            • The Flash "Abra Kadabra"
                                            • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "April 5, 2017"
                                            • The Get Down "Unfold Your Own Myth" "The Beat Says This is the Way" "One by One, Into the Dark" "Gamble Everything""Only From Exile Can We Come Home"
                                            • iZombie "Heaven Just Got A Little Bit Smoother" "Zombie Knows Best" "Eat, Pray, Liv" "Wag The Tongue Slowly"
                                            • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "April 2, 2017" "April 9, 2017" "April 16, 2017" "April 23, 2017" 
                                            • Leftovers "The Book of Kevin" "Don't Be Ridiculous"
                                            • Mystery Science Theater 3000 "Reptilicus" "Cry Wilderness"
                                            • Review "Croygenics, Lightning, Prank"
                                            • Silicon Valley "Success Failure"
                                            • Star Wars Rebels "Zero Hour"
                                            • Supergirl "Distant Sun"
                                            • Trial & Error "Right-Hand Man" "Secrets & Lies" "The Case Gets Bigger" "A Change in Defense" "Opening Statements" "A Hostile Jury" "Unusual Suspect" "The Defense Rests" "The Verdict"
                                            • Veep "Omaha"
                                            Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                            1. Fargo
                                            2. Better Call Saul
                                            3. Veep
                                            4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                            5. Trial & Error
                                            6. iZombie
                                            7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                            8. Silicon Valley
                                            9. The Leftovers
                                            10. 13 Reasons Why
                                            Movies I Watched This Month:
                                            • Fast Five
                                            • Fast & Furious Six
                                            • Furious Seven
                                            • Fate of the Furious
                                            New Places to Eat:
                                            • Grand Lux in The Domain
                                            • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                                            • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport (April)
                                            • Bombshell (April)
                                            • Easy Tiger (May)
                                            • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                                            • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                                            • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                            • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                            • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                                            Places I Ate This Month (38+85=123):
                                            • Chi'Lantro
                                            • Deckhand Oyster Bar (x2)
                                            • Easy Tiger (x2)
                                            • Firehouse Subs
                                            • Hoodie's Subs
                                            • Jack Allen's Kitchen
                                            • Juarez Mexican Bakery
                                            • Kerbey Lane
                                            • Long John Silver's
                                            • Lucy's Fried Chicken
                                            • McDonald's
                                            • Michi Ramen
                                            • Mod Pizza
                                            • Morelia
                                            • Opal Divine's (x2)
                                            • Outback Steakhouse (x2)
                                            • P. Terry's
                                            • Popeye's
                                            • Raising Cane's
                                            • Smashburger
                                            • Smokey Mo's
                                            • Sushi Bang Bang
                                            • Texas Land & Cattle
                                            • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
                                            • Velvet Taco (x3)
                                            • Vera Cruz
                                            • Wendy's (x2)
                                            • Wingstop (x2)
                                            • Zaxby's

                                            Saturday, April 01, 2017

                                            Monthly Update - March 2017

                                            Cook More (1+11=12):
                                            • Sweet Potato Asparagus Chicken Skillet
                                            Read 6 Books (1+1=2)
                                            • Killshot by Elmore Leonard
                                            Read 60 Graphic Novels (5+15=20)
                                            1. Divinity HC
                                            2. The Valiant HC
                                            3. JSA The Golden Age HC
                                            4. Batman and the Outsiders Vol 1 HC
                                            5. Flinstones Vol 1 TP
                                            Rewatch Blurays

                                            Play More RPGs
                                            • D&D 5E: 1st Level Game
                                            • D&D Skyraiders
                                              Play 15 New Boardgames (5+6=11)
                                              • Joking Hazard
                                              • Machi Koro Bright Lights Big City
                                              • Die in Space
                                              • Batman: Almost Got 'Im
                                              • The Thing Infection at Outpost 31
                                              • Celestia
                                              • 7 Wonders Duel
                                              • Fuse
                                              My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                              1. Brave Chef Brianna #1
                                              2. Royal City #1
                                              3. Justice League Power Rangers #3
                                              4. New Super Man #9
                                              5. Star Trek Deviations
                                              6. God Country #3
                                              7. Batman/TMNT Adventures #5
                                              8. Black Hammer #7
                                              9. Spider-Woman #17
                                              10. The Old Guard #2
                                                  Comics I Read This Month (61+102=163):
                                                  • All-New Wolverine #18
                                                  • Amazing Spider-Man #25
                                                  • Astro City #42
                                                  • Batman/TMNT Adventures #5
                                                  • Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #6
                                                  • Black Hammer #7
                                                  • Black Widow #12
                                                  • Bloodshot Reborn #0
                                                  • Brave Chef Brianna #1
                                                  • Bullseye #2
                                                  • Captain America Sam Wilson #20
                                                  • Captain America Steve Rogers #13-14
                                                  • Champions #6
                                                  • Clone Conspiracy Omega
                                                  • Copperhead #11
                                                  • Curse Words #3
                                                  • Daredevil #18
                                                  • Descender #20
                                                  • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #4
                                                  • Divinity III Escape from Gulag 396 #1
                                                  • Divinity III Stalinverse #4
                                                  • Doctor Strange #18
                                                  • Extremity #1
                                                  • God Country #3
                                                  • Hawkeye #4
                                                  • Highlander American Dream #2
                                                  • Inhumans Prime #1
                                                  • Justice League Power Rangers #3
                                                  • Justice League of America #3
                                                  • Kill or Be Killed #7
                                                  • Kingpin #2
                                                  • Lazarus #26
                                                  • Man-Thing #1
                                                  • Moon Knight #12
                                                  • Ms. Marvel #16
                                                  • Nancy Drew Hardy Boys #1
                                                  • Neil Gaiman's American Gods The Shadow #1
                                                  • New Super Man #9
                                                  • Once and Future Queen #1
                                                  • Planetoid Praxis #2
                                                  • Power Man and Iron Fist #14
                                                  • Rat Queens #1
                                                  • Reborn #5
                                                  • Riverdale #1
                                                  • Royal City #1
                                                  • Savage Things #1
                                                  • Serenity No Power in the Verse #6
                                                  • Spider-Woman #17
                                                  • Star Trek Deviations
                                                  • Star Wars Darth Maul #2
                                                  • Star-Lord #4-5
                                                  • Suicide Squad Banana Splits Annual #1
                                                  • Thanos #5
                                                  • The Old Guard #2
                                                  • US Avengers #4
                                                  • Unstoppable Wasp #3
                                                  • Wild Storm #2
                                                  • X-Men Prime #1
                                                  • X-O Manowar #1
                                                  TV I Watched This Month:
                                                  • Arrow "Second Chances"
                                                  • The Americans "Amber Waves"
                                                  • Billions  "Risk Management" "Dead Cat Bounce" "Optimal Play"
                                                  • Cosplay Melee "A Night at the Space Opera" "Throne Off"
                                                  • Crashing "The Road" "Yard Sale" "Barking" "Parents" "Warm-Up"
                                                  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Raiders of the Lost Art" "Legion of Doom" "Turncoat" "Camelot/3000" "Land of the Lost" "Moonshot"
                                                  • The Expanse "Home" "Paradigm Shift"
                                                  • Feud: Bette and Joan "Pilot" "The Other Woman"
                                                  • The Flash "Attack on Central City" "The Wrath of Savitar" "Into the Speed Force" "Duet"
                                                  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "March 8, 2017" "March 15, 2017" "March 22, 2017"
                                                  • Harlots "Episode One"
                                                  • Iron Fist "Snow Gives Way" "Shadow Hawk Takes Flight" "Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch" "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm" "Under Leaf Pluck Lotus" "Immortal Emerges From Cave"
                                                  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "A Cricket's Tale" "Dennis's Double Life"
                                                  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "March 5, 2017" "March 12, 2017"
                                                  • Legion "Episode Four" "Episode Five" "Episode Six" "Episode Seven" "Episode Eight"
                                                  • Love "On Lockdown" "Friends Night Out" "While You Were Sleeping" "Shrooms" "A Day" "Forced Hiatus" "The Work Party" "Marty Dobbs" "Housesitting" "Liberty Down" "The Long D" "Back in Town"
                                                  • Making History "Pilot"
                                                  • Review "Locorito, Pet Euthanasia, Dream" "Cohost, Ass-Slap, Helen Keller, Forgiveness"
                                                  • Riverdale "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place"
                                                  • Star Wars Rebels "Secret Cargo" "Double Agent Droid" "Twin Suns"
                                                  • Supergirl "Exodus" "Starcrossed"
                                                  • Taken "Pilot"
                                                  • Time After Time "Pilot" "I Will Catch You"
                                                  • Trial & Error "Pilot" "A Wrench in the Case" "The Other Man" "An Unwelcome Distraction"
                                                  Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                  1. Legion
                                                  2. The Americans
                                                  3. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                  4. The Expanse
                                                  5. Billions
                                                  6. Riverdale
                                                  7. Feud
                                                  8. Trial & Error
                                                  9. Review
                                                  10. Love
                                                  Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                  • A Few Good Men
                                                  • Collateral
                                                  • Doctor Strange
                                                  • Fifth Element
                                                  • Moana
                                                  • Running Scared
                                                  • Secret Life of Pets
                                                  • The Nice Guys
                                                  • The Simpsons Movie
                                                  • X-Men Apocalypse
                                                  New Places to Eat:
                                                  • Grand Lux in The Domain
                                                  • JT Youngbloods in Mueller (March 20th)
                                                  • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport (April)
                                                  • Bombshell (April)
                                                  • Easy Tiger (May)
                                                  • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                                                  • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                                                  • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                                  • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                                  • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                                                  Places I Ate This Month (28+57=85):
                                                  • Black Star Co-Op (x2)
                                                  • Chi'lantro
                                                  • Corner Bakery
                                                  • DiMassi's Mediterranean Grill
                                                  • Firehouse Subs
                                                  • Fuddrucker's
                                                  • Hao Hao
                                                  • Hoodie's Subs
                                                  • Hoover's Cooking (x2)
                                                  • Jason's Deli
                                                  • Juarez Bakery
                                                  • Kerbey Lane
                                                  • New Fortune Chinese
                                                  • Noble Sandwich
                                                  • Oakwood BBQ
                                                  • Phil's Ice House
                                                  • Popeye's
                                                  • Smashburger
                                                  • Smoky Mo's
                                                  • Tarka
                                                  • Torchy's Tacos
                                                  • Velvet Taco
                                                  • Vera Cruz (x2)
                                                  • Vigilante Gaming Bar (x4)
                                                  • Wendy's
                                                  • Whataburger

                                                  Wednesday, March 01, 2017

                                                  Monthly Update - February 2017

                                                  Cook More (5+6=11):
                                                  • Pork Medallions with Maple Balsamic Glaze
                                                  • Broccoli Chicken Stir Fry
                                                  • Penne Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
                                                  • Apricot Glazed Bacon Wrapped Cajun Pork Tenderloin
                                                  • Roasted Mushrooms in Brown Butter/Thyme/Garlic
                                                  Read 6 Books (0+1=1)

                                                  Read 60 Graphic Novels (8+7=15)
                                                  1. March Book 1
                                                  2. March Book 2
                                                  3. March Book 3
                                                  4. Voltron Legendary Defender Vol 1 TP
                                                  5. Darth Vader Vol 2 HC
                                                  6. Ninjak Vol 1 HC
                                                  7. Autumnlands Vol 2 TP
                                                  8. Shadowman Vol 1 HC
                                                  Rewatch Blurays
                                                  • They Live
                                                  • Fifth Element
                                                  Play More RPGs
                                                  • D&D 5E: 1st Level Game
                                                  • D&D Skyraiders
                                                    Play 15 New Boardgames (5+1=6)
                                                    • Machi Koro Bright Lights Big City
                                                    • Hey That's My Fish
                                                    • Starfall
                                                    • Spyfall
                                                    • Tiny Epic Galaxies
                                                    • Pandemic Legacy
                                                    My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                    1. Hawkeye #3
                                                    2. Unstoppable Wasp #2
                                                    3. Kingpin #1
                                                    4. Justice League Power Rangers #2
                                                    5. Captain America Sam Wilson #19
                                                    6. God Country #2
                                                    7. Old Guard #1
                                                    8. Spider-Woman #16
                                                        Comics I Read This Month (44+58=102):
                                                        • All-New Wolverine #17
                                                        • Amazing Spider-Man #24
                                                        • Astro City #41
                                                        • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4
                                                        • Batwoman Rebirth #1
                                                        • Black Widow #11
                                                        • Bullseye #1
                                                        • Captain America Sam Wilson #19
                                                        • Captain America Steve Rogers #11-12
                                                        • Champions #5
                                                        • Curse Words #2
                                                        • Daredevil #17
                                                        • Deadman Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3
                                                        • Descender #19
                                                        • Divinity III Stalinverse #3
                                                        • Doctor Strange #17
                                                        • Fix #8
                                                        • God Country #2
                                                        • Hawkeye #3
                                                        • Highlander American Dream #1
                                                        • Justice League Power Rangers #2
                                                        • Justice League of America #1
                                                        • Justice League of America Rebirth #1
                                                        • Kill or Be Killed #6
                                                        • Kingpin #1
                                                        • Moon Knight #11
                                                        • Ms. Marvel #15
                                                        • New Super Man #8
                                                        • Old Guard #1
                                                        • Planetoid Praxis #1
                                                        • Power Man and Iron Fist #13
                                                        • Savage #4
                                                        • Serenity No Power in the 'Verse #5
                                                        • Spider-Woman #16
                                                        • Star Wars Darth Maul #1
                                                        • Star-Lord #3
                                                        • Thanos #4
                                                        • The Clone Conspiracy #5
                                                        • The Unstoppable Wasp #2
                                                        • US Avengers #3
                                                        • Visitor How and Why He Stayed #1
                                                        • Wild Storm #1
                                                        • Will Eisner Spirit Corpse Makers #1
                                                        TV I Watched This Month:
                                                        • 24 Legacy "12 Noon - 1:00 PM" "1:00 PM - 2:00 PM" "2:00 PM - 3:00 PM" "3:00 PM - 4:00 PM"
                                                        • APB "Hard Reset" "Personal Matters"
                                                        • Big Little Lies "Somebody's Dead"
                                                        • Crashing "Artie Lange"
                                                        • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Josh is the Man of My Dreams, Right?" "Is Josh Free in Two Weeks?" "Can Josh Take A Leap of Faith?"
                                                        • The Expanse "Safe" "Doors and Corners" "Static" "Godspeed"
                                                        • The Flash "Dead or Alive" "Untouchable" "Attack on Gorilla City"
                                                        • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "January 18, 2017" "January 25, 2017" "February 2, 2017" "February 8, 2017" "February 15, 2017"
                                                        • Humans "201"
                                                        • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare" "Making Dennis Reynolds A Murderer" "Hero or Hate Crime?" "PTSDee" "The Gang Tends Bar"
                                                        • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "February 12, 2017" "February 19, 2017" "February 27, 2017"
                                                        • Legion "Chapter One" "Chapter Two" "Chapter Three"
                                                        • Powerless "Wayne or Lose"
                                                        • Riverdale "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" "Chapter Three: Body Double" "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness"
                                                        • Santa Clarita Diet "So Then A Bat or a Monkey" "We Can't Kill People!" "We Can Kill People" "The Farting Sex Tourist" "Man Eat Man" "Attention to Detail" "Strange or Just Inconsiderate?" "How Much Vomit?" "The Book!" "Baka, Bile, and Baseball Bats"
                                                        • Star Wars Rebels "Warhead" "Trials of the Darksaber" "Legacy of Mandalore" "Through Imperial Eyes"
                                                        • Supergirl "We Can Be Heroes" "The Martian Chronicles" "Luthors" "Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk" "Homecoming"
                                                        • Timeless "The Murder of Jesse James" "Karma Chameleon" "The Lost Generation" "Public Enemy No. 1" "The Red Scare"
                                                        • Voltron Legendary Defender "Space Mall" "The Blade of Malmora" "The Belly of the Weblum" "Escape from Beta Traz" "Stayin' Alive" "Best Laid Plans" "Blackout"
                                                        Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                        1. Legion
                                                        2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
                                                        3. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                                                        4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                        5. The Expanse
                                                        6. Voltron Legendary Defender
                                                        7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                                                        8. Santa Clarita Diet
                                                        9. Timeless
                                                        10. Flash
                                                        Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                        • Inglourious Basterds
                                                        • Running Scared
                                                        • The Overnight
                                                        • The LEGO Movie
                                                        • LEGO Batman Movie
                                                        • Get Out
                                                        • Heat
                                                        • Midnight Run
                                                        • Chicago
                                                        New Places to Eat:
                                                        • Grand Lux in The Domain
                                                        • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                                                        • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                                                        • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport
                                                        • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                                                        • Velvet Taco (Rock Rose - March)
                                                        • Sprinkles 24/7 Cupcake Vending Machine (Domain)
                                                        • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                                        • Easy Tiger (The Linc - 2017)
                                                        • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                                        • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                                                        Places I Ate This Month (26+31=57):
                                                        • Chili's
                                                        • Corner Bakery
                                                        • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                                        • Firehouse Subs
                                                        • Flyrite Chicken
                                                        • Freebird's
                                                        • Fuddrucker's
                                                        • Haymaker
                                                        • Hoodie's Subs
                                                        • Hoover's
                                                        • Hopdoddy's
                                                        • Jason's Deli
                                                        • Mod Pizza
                                                        • Morelia Mexican Grill
                                                        • Plucker's
                                                        • Popeye's (x2)
                                                        • Shake Shack (x2)
                                                        • Tarka
                                                        • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
                                                        • Vera Cruz Tacos
                                                        • Wendy's
                                                        • Xian Sushi and Noodles
                                                        • Y'all Down Home Cafe

                                                        Wednesday, February 01, 2017

                                                        Monthly Update - January 2017

                                                        Cook More:
                                                        • Honey Garlic Chicken (needs improvement)
                                                        • Chicken Souvlaki with Roasted Potatoes
                                                        • Italian Meatloaf with Cauliflower and Fregola Sardo Pasta
                                                        • Pork Chops with Garlic Piccata, Spinach and Brown Rice
                                                        • Honey Mustard Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
                                                        • Ricotta Parmesan Gnocchi
                                                        Read 6 Books (1)
                                                        • Forever War by Joe Haldeman
                                                        Read 60 Graphic Novels (7)
                                                        1. Amazing Spider-Man Worldwide Vol 1 HC
                                                        2. Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
                                                        3. Injustice Year Two TP
                                                        4. Nighthawk Vol 1 TP
                                                        5. Scarlet Witch Vol 1 TP
                                                        6. Green Arrow Vol 7 Homecoming TP
                                                        7. Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol 2 HC
                                                        Rewatch Blurays
                                                        • None
                                                        Play More RPGs
                                                        • D&D 5E: 1st Level Game
                                                          Play 15 New Boardgames (1)
                                                          • Arkham Horror LCG
                                                          • Die In Space!
                                                          • Dead of Winter
                                                          My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                          1. Unstoppable Wasp #1
                                                          2. Captain America Sam Wilson #17-18
                                                          3. Dungeons & Dragons Frost Giants Fury #1
                                                          4. God Country #1
                                                          5. Curse Words #1
                                                          6. Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #3
                                                          7. Thanos #3
                                                              Comics I Read This Month (58+0=58):
                                                              • All-New Wolverine #16
                                                              • Amazing Spider-Man #23
                                                              • Batman TMNT Adventures #3
                                                              • Birthright #21
                                                              • Black Hammer Annual #1
                                                              • Black Widow #10
                                                              • Captain America Sam Wilson #17-18
                                                              • Captain America Steve Rogers #9-10
                                                              • Champions #4
                                                              • Civil War II Oath #1
                                                              • Clone Conspiracy #4
                                                              • Curse Words #1
                                                              • Daredevil #15-16
                                                              • Descender #18
                                                              • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #3
                                                              • Divinity III Aric #1
                                                              • Divinity III Stalinverse #2
                                                              • Doctor Strange #16
                                                              • Doctor Strange and Sorcerers Supreme #4
                                                              • Doom Patrol #4
                                                              • Dungeons & Dragons Frost Giants Fury #1
                                                              • Ether #3
                                                              • Faith #7
                                                              • Gamora #2
                                                              • God Country #1
                                                              • Grand Passion #3
                                                              • Hawkeye #2
                                                              • Hulk #2
                                                              • Justice League Power Rangers #1
                                                              • Kamandi Challenge #1
                                                              • Kill or Be Killed #5
                                                              • Loose Ends #1
                                                              • Monsters Unleashed #1
                                                              • Moon Knight #10
                                                              • Motor Crush #2
                                                              • Motor Girl #3
                                                              • Ms. Marvel #14
                                                              • New Super Man #7
                                                              • Occupy Avengers #3
                                                              • Power Man and Iron Fist #12
                                                              • Reborn #4
                                                              • Red Dog #2
                                                              • Saga #42
                                                              • Savage #3
                                                              • Serenity No Power in the Verse #4
                                                              • Silk #16
                                                              • Spider-Woman #15
                                                              • Star Trek Green Lantern Vol 2 #2
                                                              • Star Wars #27
                                                              • Star Wars Doctor Aphra #3
                                                              • Star-Lord #2
                                                              • Thanos #3
                                                              • The Dregs #1
                                                              • The Skeptics #3
                                                              • U.S. Avengers #1-2
                                                              • Unstoppable Wasp #1
                                                              TV I Watched This Month:
                                                              • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "The Fugitive"
                                                              • Chance "The Summer of Love" "The Axiom of Choice" "Hiring It Done" "The Mad Doctor" "A Still Point in the Turning World" "The Unflinching Spark" "Unlocking Your Hidden Powers" "The House of Space and Time" "Camera Obscura" "Fluid Management"
                                                              • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Who's The Cool Girl Josh is Dating?" "Who is Josh's Soup Fairy?" "When Do I Get To Spend Time with Josh?" "Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim?"
                                                              • Emerald City "The Beast Forever/Prisoner of the Abject"
                                                              • The Expanse "Season 1"
                                                              • The Flash "Borrowing Problems"
                                                              • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "January 11th, 2017"
                                                              • The Good Place "Chidi's Choice" "What's My Motivation?" "Mindy St. Claire/Michael's Gambit"
                                                              • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Turns Black" "The Gang Goes to a Water Park" "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy"
                                                              • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire" "Lockup" "The Good Samaritan" "Deals with our Devils" "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics" "Broken Promises"
                                                              • Riverdale "Chapter One: The River's Edge"
                                                              • A Series of Unfortunate Events "A Bad Beginning" "The Reptile Room" "The Wide Window" "The Miserable Mill"
                                                              • Sneaky Pete "Pilot" "Safe" "Mister Success" "The Fury" "Sam" "Coyote is Always Hungry" "Lieutenant Bernhardt" "The Roll Over" "The Turn" "The Longest Day"
                                                              • Star Wars Rebels "The Wynkahthu Job" "The Inside Man" "Voices and Visions" "Ghosts of Geonosis Parts 1 & 2"
                                                              • Supergirl "Supergirl Lives"
                                                              • Taboo "Episode 1"
                                                              • Timeless "The World's Columbian Exposition"
                                                              • Travelers "Travelers" "Protocol 6" "Aleksander" "Hall" "Room 101" "Helios-685" "Protocol 5" "Donner" "Bishop" "Kathryn" "Marcy" "Grace"
                                                              • Voltron Legendary Defender "Across the Universe" "The Depths" "Shiro's Escape" "Greening the Cube" "Eye of the Storm" "The Ark of Taujeer"
                                                              • The Young Pope "Episode One"
                                                              Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                              1. The Expanse
                                                              2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
                                                              3. The Good Place
                                                              4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                                              5. Sneaky Pete
                                                              6. A Series of Unfortunate Events
                                                              7. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
                                                              8. Chance
                                                              9. Travelers
                                                              10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                                                              Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                              • Hail, Caesar!
                                                              • Midnight Special
                                                              • Minority Report
                                                              • Sicario
                                                              • Spectral
                                                              • Split
                                                              • Suicide Squad Extended Edition
                                                              • The Big Short
                                                              New Places to Eat:
                                                              • Flyrite Chicken Sandwich on Burnet
                                                              • Grand Lux in The Domain
                                                              • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                                                              • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                                                              • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport
                                                              • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                                                              • Velvet Taco (Rock Rose - March)
                                                              • Sprinkles 24/7 Cupcake Vending Machine (Domain)
                                                              • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                                              • Easy Tiger (The Linc - 2017)
                                                              • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                                              • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                                                              Places I Ate This Month (32+0=32):
                                                              • Black Star Co-Op
                                                              • Cheesecake Factory
                                                              • Chuy's
                                                              • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                                              • Easy Tiger (x2)
                                                              • El Chile
                                                              • Firehouse Subs (x2)
                                                              • Franklin BBQ
                                                              • Freebird's
                                                              • Gus's Fried Chicken
                                                              • Hopdoddy
                                                              • In N Out Burger
                                                              • Juarez Mexican Bakery
                                                              • Kerbey Lane
                                                              • Noble Sandwich
                                                              • Opal Divine's
                                                              • Outback Steakhouse (x2)
                                                              • P. Terry's
                                                              • Pinthouse Pizza
                                                              • Popeye's
                                                              • Sawyer & Co.
                                                              • Sushi Nini
                                                              • Tarka
                                                              • Vera Cruz
                                                              • Wendy's (x2)
                                                              • Whataburger (x2)
                                                              • Zaxby's

                                                              Sunday, January 01, 2017

                                                              Best of 2016 - Boardgames

                                                              I played 85 games in 2016, the most I've ever played. 40 of those games were new to me.

                                                              New Games:

                                                              1. Awesome Kingdom
                                                              2. Birds of a Feather
                                                              3. Bullfrogs
                                                              4. CV
                                                              5. Cthulhu Realms
                                                              6. Dastardly Dirigibles
                                                              7. Dead of Winter The Long Night
                                                              8. Die in Space!
                                                              9. Dr. Eureka
                                                              10. Dresden Files Co-Op Card Game
                                                              11. Elysium
                                                              12. Ghostbusters
                                                              13. Here Kitty Kitty
                                                              14. Heroes Wanted
                                                              15. Instanbul
                                                              16. Joking Hazard
                                                              17. Letters From Whitechapel
                                                              18. Love Letter Adventure Time
                                                              19. Mysterium
                                                              20. Pandemic Iberia
                                                              21. Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu
                                                              22. Pandemic The Cure
                                                              23. Rent-A-Hero
                                                              24. Spartacus A Game of Blood & Treachery
                                                              25. Splendor
                                                              26. Sushi Go Party!
                                                              27. Sushi Go!
                                                              28. T.I.M.E. Stories Prophecy of Dragons
                                                              29. T.I.M.E. Stories Under the Mask
                                                              30. The Networks


                                                              Favorite Games:

                                                              1. Pandemic Legacy
                                                              2. Machi Koro
                                                              3. DC Deck-Building
                                                              4. Splendor
                                                              5. King of New York
                                                              6. Sushi Go Party
                                                              7. Dead of Winter
                                                              8. Just Desserts
                                                              9. 7 Wonders
                                                              10. Superfight

                                                              New Year's Resolutions - 2017 Edition

                                                              So... 2016 sucked. On a macro level, at least. We lost Prince, Bowie, George Michael, Darwyn Cooke, Steve Dillon, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher (and her mom, within a day of one another), The Tall Man, Harper Lee, Garry Shandling, Merle Haggard, Doris Roberts, Michelle MacNamara, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Garry Marshall, Kevin Meaney, and Gene Wilder, to name a few, not to mention my good friend Maida Carpio. We should have known when Abe Vigoda died in January that the grim reaper was not fucking around this year. Trump did a good job riling up the crazies and then FUCKING WON THE ELECTION, which none of us (including Trump and most of his supporters) saw coming. 2017 and beyond are going to be a rough slog of fighting fights that should have been over by now, watching progress we've made get steamrollered... and that's the BEST CASE scenario.

                                                              And yet... one of my best friends and his wife bought a new house. Another of my friends got married. My kids and my wife are healthy. The store is doing well. Successfully launched my Beach Cop Detectives podcast to pretty solid acclaim, which included getting to interview a whole ton of people, including Donal Logue, Michael Raymond James, Tim Minear, Kimberly Quinn, Shawn Ryan and Ted Griffin. Still love the Mustang. And oh yeah, my oncologist said I "might be cured," three words I never expected to hear. So there are silver linings, at least.

                                                              Time for 2017 resolutions, and time to check in on last year.

                                                              Last year's resolutions:

                                                              1. Reasonable Bedtime. The plan was, in bed by 12:30, asleep by 1:30, up by 11:00 at the latest. Instead, it was mostly in bed by 2:00, asleep by 3:30, awake by 11:30 and reading Facebook on the iPad for a half hour to shake off the groggy most days. FAIL.

                                                              2. Cook More - As predicted, I knocked out most of my new recipes early on and then fell into bad habits, but... I did cook more, even if it was a lot of the same recipes, and I added a few late in the year thanks to Suzanne's Instant Pot. So improvement on this one in 2016. PASS.

                                                              3. Exercise - Yeah, no. Whoops. FAIL.

                                                              4. No Cancer - On the other hand, I did manage this one. PASS.

                                                              5. Halloween Costume - I came up with some options, then discarded all of them in September and decided to go with an Overwatch costume instead. Which I ultimately decided not to get. FAIL.

                                                              6. Spend More Time With My Kids - I did pretty good here, as Katy and I watched a bunch of TV and movies (including Inception, The Matrix, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Midnight Run) and Aaron and I played a bunch of videogames and went on Pokewalks. PASS.

                                                              7. Stay on budget. I allocated myself 6 videogames in a year, 12 TV seasons in a year and 104 dinners in a year. I bought one videogame, 10 seasons and... a lot more dinners. Qualified PASS.

                                                              8. Try New Things. This one went out the window pretty quick. FAIL.

                                                              9. Less Negative - Nope. In an election year when Donald Trump was running... what was I thinking? I also did not succeed in not posting about Superman v Batman, which I still haven't seen (and don't plan to). But I wound up kind of liking Deadpool. FAIL.

                                                              So that's four PASS / six FAIL. Whoops.

                                                              By The Numbers:

                                                              1. I read almost 700 single-issue comics this year. Well, I'm sure I read a few more than that, but I read and liked that many.

                                                              2. I ate at 88 different restaurants this year. On average, I ate out about 25 times a month, which is... a lot.

                                                              My favorites, or at least the ones I went to at least a half-dozen times, were Brooklyn Pie Company, Chi'Lantro, Chuy's, Culver's, Deckhand Oyster Bar, Firehouse Subs, Fuddrucker's, Hoody's Subs, Hopdoddy's, Jack Allen's Kitchen, Juarez Mexican Bakery, Michi Ramen, Mod Pizza, New Fortune Chinese, Outback Steakhouse, Popeye's (somewhere I go once a month), Shake Shack, Smokey Mo's, Torchy's Tacos (almost every month), Vera Cruz All Natural Tacos, and Wendy's.

                                                              This was the third year for Chuy's, Torchy's Tacos, and Michi Ramen. The second year for Chi'Lantro, Hoody's Subs, and Popeye's. While I went to Mambo House, Peached Tortilla, Smashburger, Sushi Nini, Kerbey Lane, and Noble Sandwich this year, they fell off the regular visit list.

                                                              This Year's Food Plans:

                                                              Opening in January:
                                                              Flyrite Chicken Sandwich on Burnet

                                                              Opening in February:
                                                              JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                                                              Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                                                              Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport

                                                              Opening in 2017 sometime:
                                                              PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                                                              Velvet Taco (Rock Rose - March)
                                                              Sprinkles 24/7 Cupcake Vending Machine (Domain)
                                                              Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                                                              Easy Tiger (The Linc - 2017)
                                                              24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                                                              Home Slice (North Loop - 2007)

                                                              This Year's Resolutions:

                                                              I had a whole list. Now it can basically be summed up with, "No. YOU move." But... a few ideas.

                                                              1. Cook More - I'll try and add another dozen recipes to the repertoire this year. I got a gift card to Blue Apron for Christmas, so I'm trying that. I think I'll also try to figure out some of my favorite food that I eat out and see if I can make it cheaper at home, cut back on going out quite so much.

                                                              2. Exercise - Sure, why not, more likely not to make it again, but keep aiming. Thinking about trying out the boxing gym by work.

                                                              3. No Cancer - Let's keep this train rolling.

                                                              Last Year's Pop Culture Goals:

                                                              1. Read 15 new books. Book books, without pictures. Specifically, the 15 books I already bought in the last few years. I read five. Two of which I bought new this year. Whoops.

                                                              2. Read 100 new graphic novels. I'm a little surprised to fall short on this one, but my reading time got eaten by Overwatch more often than not. I fell short at 69 graphic novels.

                                                              3. Catch up on my TV and movie Blu-Rays and DVDs.

                                                              4. Play 15 new boardgames. From this year's list, I played TIME Stories, The Networks and Posthuman. In total, I played 34 new boardgames.

                                                              5. Go to 5 Comic Book Conventions. Wound up only going to 4, but at that point I was more or less done.

                                                              This Year's Pop Culture Goals:

                                                              1. Read 6 new books. Since I failed last year's goal, this year I'm scaling back to one book per two months, at least.

                                                              2. Read 60 new graphic novels. That's five a month, which was about my speed last year. Ideally, a decent chunk of them will be the ones currently sitting on my overstuffed "to read" list, a lot of which are giant omnibuses I bought in the last couple years: Mind Mgmt Vol 5-6, Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol 2-3 HC, Delilah Dirk & King's Shilling. Absolute Transmet Vol 2 HC, Master of Kung Fu Omnibus Vols 1-2 HC, Avengers West Coast Vols 3-5 HC, Secret Avengers Vols 1-3 HC, Mike Mignola's Screw-On Head Artist's Edition , New Mutants Sienkiewicz HC, and Moebius Library World of Edena HC to name just the ones I bought in 2016.

                                                              3. Catch up is clearly too broad, so I'm going with specifics. So I'm going with one each quarter: Rewatch all of Justified, all of Hannibal, seasons five and up of Clone Wars (and possibly rewatch Rebels Season 2) and either True Detective or Orphan Black Season One.

                                                              5. GenCon. I'd like to make this the first year I go to GenCon. My original plan was to try for Heroes Con again, and Emerald City Con, and maybe New Orleans, but our new administration has me nervous about spending too much money or time away.

                                                              6. RPGs - In addition to my semi-regular D&D 5E game, I'm hoping to run Phoenix Dawn Command, an Overwatch FLEX Game, Apocalypse World 2E, Fiasco and Dread.

                                                              7. Boardgames. I've been doing good, my goal was 15 and I almost doubled it... but I'm not sure how many new games I'll run into with that many games under my belt, so I'm setting a goal of 12 (1/month) and figuring I'll exceed it. On the list to try: 7 Wonders Duel, Dream Home, Seafall.

                                                              Saturday, December 31, 2016

                                                              Monthly Update - December 2016

                                                              POP CULTURE GOALS:

                                                              1. Read 15 Books (5)
                                                              • None
                                                              2. Read 100 Graphic Novels (69)
                                                              1. The Fade Out HC
                                                              2. Suicide Squad Vol 5: Apokolips Now
                                                              3. Bloodshot Reborn Deluxe Vol 1
                                                              3. Catch up on TV/Movie DVDs and Blurays
                                                              • None
                                                                4. Play 15 New Boardgames (36)
                                                                • Letters From Whitechapel
                                                                • Pandemic Iberia
                                                                • Joking Hazard (x2)
                                                                • Rent-A-Hero
                                                                • Instanbul
                                                                • Love Letter Adventure Time
                                                                • Superfight
                                                                • King of New York
                                                                My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                                1. Champions #3
                                                                2. Moon Knight #9
                                                                3. Hawkeye #1
                                                                4. Descender #17
                                                                5. Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1
                                                                6. Thanos #2
                                                                7. Saga #41
                                                                8. Spider-Woman #14
                                                                    Other Comics I Read This Month (634+48 = 682):
                                                                    • All-New Wolverine #15
                                                                    • Amazing Spider-Man #22
                                                                    • Avengers #2
                                                                    • Batman/TMNT Adventures #2
                                                                    • Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #3
                                                                    • Black #3
                                                                    • Black Hammer #6
                                                                    • Black Widow #9
                                                                    • Britannia #4
                                                                    • Captain America Sam Wilson #16
                                                                    • Captain America Steve Rogers #8
                                                                    • Champions #3
                                                                    • Civil War II #8
                                                                    • Clone Conspiracy #3
                                                                    • Daredevil #14
                                                                    • Descender #17
                                                                    • Detective Comics #946
                                                                    • Divinity III Stalinverse #1
                                                                    • Doctor Strange #15
                                                                    • Doctor Strange Sorcerers Supreme #3
                                                                    • Faith #6
                                                                    • Fix #7
                                                                    • Gamora #1
                                                                    • Grand Passion #2
                                                                    • Harbinger Renegades #2
                                                                    • Hawkeye #1
                                                                    • Hulk #1
                                                                    • Invincible Iron Man #2
                                                                    • Klaus & Witch of Winter #1
                                                                    • Lake of Fire #5
                                                                    • Moon Knight #9
                                                                    • Motor Crush #1
                                                                    • New Super Man #6
                                                                    • Nova #1
                                                                    • Occupy Avengers #2
                                                                    • Power Man and Iron Fist #11
                                                                    • Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1
                                                                    • Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #3
                                                                    • Reborn #3
                                                                    • Saga #41
                                                                    • Serenity No Power in the Verse #3
                                                                    • Spider-Woman #14
                                                                    • Star Trek Green Lantern Vol 2 #1
                                                                    • Star Wars #26
                                                                    • Star Wars Doctor Aphra #1-2
                                                                    • Star-Lord #1
                                                                    • Thanos #2
                                                                    TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                    • Arrow "What We Leave Behind"
                                                                    • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Skyfire Cycle" "The Overmining" "Captain Latvia"
                                                                    • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Why is Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?" "Who Needs Josh When You Have A Girl Group?"
                                                                    • DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Invasion!" "The Chicago Way"
                                                                    • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
                                                                    • The Flash "The Present"
                                                                    • Fleabag "Episodes 1-6"
                                                                    • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "December 5, 2016" "December 12, 2016" "December 19, 2016"
                                                                    • Justice League Action "Shazam Slam"
                                                                    • People of Earth
                                                                    • Pitch "Scratched" "Don't Say It"
                                                                    • Sense 8 "Christmas Special"
                                                                    • Shut-Eye "Death" "The Hanged Man" "The Fool"
                                                                    • Star Wars Rebels "The Last Battle" "Imperial Supercommandos" "Iron Squadron"
                                                                    • Timeless "Stranded" "Space Race" "Last Race of Bonnie & Clyde" "The Capture of Benedict Arnold"
                                                                    • Westworld "The Bicameral Mind"
                                                                    Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                                    1. Westworld
                                                                    2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                                                    3. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                                                                    4. Shut-Eye
                                                                    5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                                                                    6. Fleabag
                                                                    7. Flash
                                                                    8. Star Wars Rebels
                                                                    9. Pitch
                                                                    10. Timeless
                                                                    Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                    • Rogue One (x2)
                                                                    • Matchstick Men
                                                                    • Keanu
                                                                    • Major League
                                                                    • Star Wars Force Awakens
                                                                    • Grand Budapest Hotel
                                                                    • Captain America Civil War
                                                                    Places I Ate This Month (279+19=298):
                                                                    • Blackstar Co-Op
                                                                    • Brooklyn Pie Company
                                                                    • Haymaker
                                                                    • Hoodie's Subs (x2)
                                                                    • Hoover's
                                                                    • Jason's Deli
                                                                    • Juarez Mexican Bakery (x2)
                                                                    • Kerbey Lane
                                                                    • Michi Ramen
                                                                    • Peached Tortilla
                                                                    • Popeye's
                                                                    • Shake Shack
                                                                    • Smokey Mo's
                                                                    • Texas Chili Parlor
                                                                    • Texas Roadhouse
                                                                    • Torchy's Tacos
                                                                    • Vera Cruz Tacos

                                                                    Thursday, December 29, 2016

                                                                    Best of 2016 - Food

                                                                    Last year I ate out over 250 times. This year it was more like 300.

                                                                    I'm not qualified to be a food critic, but I did eat a lot of food and I do have opinions. So here are my top 10 favorites, the ones that are accessible, affordable *and* delicious enough that I went there numerous times during the year. My list of favorites is mostly down to how many times I went there, with a little fudging.

                                                                    Favorites:
                                                                    1. Chi'Lantro
                                                                    2. Jack Allen's Kitchen
                                                                    3. Shake Shack
                                                                    4. Mod Pizza
                                                                    5. Chuy's
                                                                    6. Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                                                    7. Hopdoddy's
                                                                    8. Michi Ramen
                                                                    9. New Fortune Chinese
                                                                    10. Lucy's Fried Chicken
                                                                                    I also kept track of where I ate lunch this year, and these are my favorites, based on how often I ate there. It's not just quality of food, here, but also closeness to work, where I'm usually eating lunch.

                                                                                    Lunch Favorites:
                                                                                    1. Popeye's ( at least 1/month)
                                                                                    2. Torchy's Tacos
                                                                                    3. Wendy's
                                                                                    4. Fuddrucker's
                                                                                    5. Vera Cruz All Natural Tacos
                                                                                    6. Hoodie's Subs
                                                                                    7. Brooklyn Pie Company
                                                                                              Then there were the places that I ate at once or twice, due to either it's location (downtown especially) or price. This list is purely down to my favorites, where I'd eat if location and price were no object.

                                                                                              Rare Treats:
                                                                                              1. Franklin Barbecue
                                                                                              2. Gus's Fried Chicken
                                                                                              3. Terry Black's BBQ
                                                                                              4. Peached Tortilla
                                                                                              5. Haymaker
                                                                                              6. Black Star Co-Op
                                                                                              7. Fogo de Chao
                                                                                              8. Lucy's Fried Chicken
                                                                                              9. Noble Sandwich
                                                                                              10. Salt & Time
                                                                                              11. 24 Diner
                                                                                              12. Thai Kun
                                                                                              French Quarter Grille, Odd Duck, TNT Tacos & Tequila were all on last year's list but I didn't get a chance to eat there this year.

                                                                                              In addition, while I ate out a lot this year, I also tried to cook more, and added several new recipes to my repertoire.

                                                                                              New Recipes:
                                                                                              1. White Chicken Chili
                                                                                              2. Chicken, Asparagus & Mushroom Stir Fry
                                                                                              3. Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings
                                                                                              4. Shrimp & Cheesy Grits
                                                                                              5. Sweet & Salty Chicken Thighs
                                                                                              6. Panko Breaded Asparagus
                                                                                              7. Skillet Green Beans
                                                                                              8. Fried Rice
                                                                                              9. Beef & Potato Stew

                                                                                              Best of 2016 - Television

                                                                                              Best Shows (Every Category):
                                                                                              The "cut the cord" experiment has paid off with even more television.

                                                                                              In general, this list is the "If I had to cut back to a certain number of shows, based on money, time, etc., this is the list of shows I'd cut first (starting with #50) to shows I'd cut last (starting with #1). Last year this list was 48 shows, and there are 25 shows from last year's list that weren't on here (either they ended, didn't have a new season, or I stopped watching them), so I added 27 new shows this year. Last year I added 24 new shows.

                                                                                              There were 8 shows didn't have new seasons (Fargo, Catastrophe, Master of None, The Leftovers, Rick and Morty, Sense8, Jessica Jones, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), 11 shows ended or were limited run (Deutschland '83, Show Me A Hero, Justified, Parks & Recreation, Hannibal, Mad Men, Key & Peele, Louie, Community, Wet Hot American Summer, The League) and 6 I stopped watching or plan to catch up on later (The Daily Show, Wayward Pines, Scream Queens, Man Seeking Woman, Narcos, Man in the High Castle)
                                                                                              1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
                                                                                              2. Atlanta (FX)
                                                                                              3. Westworld (HBO)
                                                                                              4. You're The Worst (FXX)
                                                                                              5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
                                                                                              6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
                                                                                              7. The Americans (FX)
                                                                                              8. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
                                                                                              9. Better Things (FX)
                                                                                              10. Stranger Things (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              11. The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
                                                                                              12. Togetherness (HBO)
                                                                                              13. The Good Place (NBC)
                                                                                              14. Insecure (HBO)
                                                                                              15. The Night Of (HBO)
                                                                                              16. Night Manager (SUNDANCE) 
                                                                                              17. Billions (SHOWTIME)
                                                                                              18. Mr. Robot (USA)
                                                                                              19. Broad City (COM)
                                                                                              20. Veep (HBO)
                                                                                              21. Silicon Valley (HBO)
                                                                                              22. Supergirl (CBS/CW)
                                                                                              23. Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              24. Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              25. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
                                                                                              26. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
                                                                                              27. Bojack Horseman (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              28. Casual (HULU)
                                                                                              29. iZombie (CW)
                                                                                              30. Voltron Legendary Defender (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              31. The Get Down (NBC)
                                                                                              32. Timeless (NBC)
                                                                                              33. Luke Cage (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              34. Daredevil (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              35. Flash (CW)
                                                                                              36. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (COM)
                                                                                              37. Review (COM)
                                                                                              38. Pitch (FOX)
                                                                                              39. Star Wars Rebels (DISNEY XD)
                                                                                              40. Agent Carter (ABC)
                                                                                              41. Preacher (AMC)
                                                                                              42. Making A Murderer (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              43. Inside Amy Schumer (COM)
                                                                                              44. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
                                                                                              45. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA)
                                                                                              46. Lethal Weapon (FOX)
                                                                                              47. 11.22.63 (HULU)
                                                                                              48. Angie Tribeca (TBS)
                                                                                              49. Humans (AMC)
                                                                                              50. Arrow (CW)
                                                                                              Best New Show:
                                                                                              1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
                                                                                              2. Atlanta (FX)
                                                                                              3. Westworld (HBO)
                                                                                              4. Better Things (FX)
                                                                                              5. Billions (SHOWTIME)
                                                                                              6. Stranger Things (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              7. The Night Of (HBO)
                                                                                              8. Night Manager (SUNDANCE) 
                                                                                              9. The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
                                                                                              10. Insecure (HBO)
                                                                                              11. The Good Place (NBC)
                                                                                              12. Voltron Legendary Defender (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              13. The Get Down (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              14. Timeless (NBC)
                                                                                              15. Luke Cage (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              16. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (COMEDY)
                                                                                              17. Pitch (FOX)
                                                                                              18. Preacher (AMC)
                                                                                              19. Making A Murderer (NETFLIX)
                                                                                              20. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
                                                                                              21. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA)
                                                                                              22. Lethal Weapon (FOX)
                                                                                              23. 11.22.63 (HULU)
                                                                                              24. Angie Tribeca (TBS)
                                                                                              25. Humans (AMC)
                                                                                                                                            Best Comedy:
                                                                                                                                            1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
                                                                                                                                            2. Atlanta (FX)
                                                                                                                                            3. You're The Worst (FXX)
                                                                                                                                            4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            5. Better Things (FX)
                                                                                                                                            6. Togetherness (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            7. Insecure (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            8. The Good Place (NBC)
                                                                                                                                            9. Veep (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            10. Silicon Valley (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            Best Drama:
                                                                                                                                            1. Westworld (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
                                                                                                                                            3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            4. The Americans (FX)
                                                                                                                                            5. Stranger Things (NETFLIX)
                                                                                                                                            6. The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
                                                                                                                                            7. The Night Of (HBO)
                                                                                                                                            8. Night Manager (SUNDANCE) 
                                                                                                                                            9. Billions (SHOWTIME)
                                                                                                                                            10. Mr. Robot (USA)

                                                                                                                                            Best of 2016 - Graphic Novels

                                                                                                                                            Every year, my list gets shorter and shorter. 2014 was 8, 2015 was 6... this year... 6, and a lot of them are merely new volumes in series I've been enjoying.
                                                                                                                                            1. Amulet Vol 7
                                                                                                                                            2. Bandette Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                                            3. Chester 5000 Vol 2: Isabelle & George
                                                                                                                                            4. Cleopatra in Space Vol 3
                                                                                                                                            5. The Nameless City Book One
                                                                                                                                            6. Wonder Woman Earth One HC

                                                                                                                                                      A lot of the collected editions I bought this year are collections of series mentioned in my other Best of posts (Amazing Spider-Man, The Fix, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Descender, Birthright, etc.) but here's a list of my favorite collected editions not otherwise mentioned:
                                                                                                                                                      1. Airboy HC
                                                                                                                                                      2. Alex + Ada Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                      3. Astro City Honor Guard HC
                                                                                                                                                      4. Avatar Smoke & Shadow HC
                                                                                                                                                      5. Daredevil by Waid & Samnee Vol 5 HC
                                                                                                                                                      6. Darth Vader Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                      7. Descender Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                                                      8. Green Arrow Vol 4: Blood of the Dragon TP
                                                                                                                                                      9. Green Arrow Vol 5 Black Arrow TP
                                                                                                                                                      10. Green Arrow Vol 6 Last Action Hero TP
                                                                                                                                                      11. Hawkeye Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                                                      12. Hawkeye Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                                                      13. Lazarus Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                                                      14. Star Wars Heroes of the Rebellion HC
                                                                                                                                                      15. Star Wars Shattered Empire HC
                                                                                                                                                      16. Star Wars Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                      17. Suicide Squad Vol 3: Rogues
                                                                                                                                                      18. Suicide Squad Vol 4 Janus Directive
                                                                                                                                                      19. Suicide Squad Vol 5: Apokolips Now
                                                                                                                                                      20. Supergirl by David & Frank Book One TP
                                                                                                                                                      21. Tales of the Batman Alan Brennert
                                                                                                                                                      22. Twilight Children TP
                                                                                                                                                      23. Usagi Yojimbo Vol 30 TP
                                                                                                                                                      24. We Stand on Guard HC

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday, December 28, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best of 2016 - Top 10 Ongoing Comics

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My comics taste still runs pretty mainstream. Never claimed to be an iconoclast or a capital-A Art comics fan in general. My comics love was heavily formed in the years of 1984-1992, for the most part. My character selection has grown more diverse, but a lot of the talent behind the books I love remains dudes, and often white dudes at that. The industry still has a long way to go toward diversity, or maybe my tastes do, honestly probably a bit of both. At any rate, these lists are my favorites, based on a reading of over 500 single issues for the year, and access to more than that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last year, Image had 6 of my top 10, and Marvel had the other 4. This year, Marvel overtook Image, holding 8 of the top sots, with Image claiming only 2. Big year for superheroes, as all 8 of the Marvel series are in that genre, while Image hangs on with two science-fiction books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last year, none of the series in my top 10 published 12 issues. This year, eleven or twelve issues was the standard at Marvel, but Amazing Spider-Man published 17 (!), All-New All-Different Avengers hit 13, Saga managed 8 and Descender hit 11. Not bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Ms. Marvel #3-14 (Last year: #1 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite book three years running with no sign of slowing down. The year opened with a story of Ms. Marvel dealing with cultural assimilation as a trendy new corporation tried to rebuild Jersey City and use her image to do it. They did a fun weird science story involving cloned Kamalas. Dealt with Kamala's upcoming role as the young central figure of the soon-to-be Champions. Then it was Civil War II, where G. Willow Wilson did a great job threading the needle of Kamala's hero worship of Captain Marvel and her own moral compass in a believable way that honored both characters, followed by a memorable one-shot with Kamala returning to Pakistan and another memorable (for kinda the wrong reasons) optimistic one-shot about voting that had the unfortunate timing of coming out right after Trump got elected when we all thought we were getting Hillary. Overall, a great year and the artwork, whether it was by regulars Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona or newcomers like Mirka Adolpha or Nico Leon, is always fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Captain America Sam Wilson #5-16 (Last Year: #7 on My Best New Series)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            After wrapping up the introduction of the new Falcon and the Serpent Society, Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna turned their attention to the paranoid thriller conspiracy Standoff (which I largely liked, and loved all the Sam Wilson issues), addressed Black Lives Matter by way of Gruenwald creation The Americops and Fabian Nicieza creation Rage, made fantastic use of U.S. Agent, and even gave us a solid one-off wrestling issue with D-Man and Battlestar. Combining politics, humor, action and an absolute love for the Gruenwald Cap that might even surpass my own, this book was consistently at the top of my favorites every week it came out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Spider-Woman #3-14 (Last year: #2 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll be honest, no small part of my love for this book comes from Javier Rodriguez artwork, but no small part of my joy came from Dennis Hopeless nailing the balance of superheroics and personal drama of single motherhood for Jessica Drew. Reminded me of how Dan Slott balanced legal drama with outrageous superheroics in his She-Hulk run. Kudos especially for the reinvention of Roger a.k.a. Porcupine as Jess's loyal guy Friday and Ben Urich as her reluctant older ally. As with Ms. Marvel, the close relationship between the lead character and Carol Danvers meant fireworks during Civil War II.  The end of the year saw Veronica Fish replacing Javier Rodriguez, but while I'm sad to see him go, this is my favorite work from Fish thus far, and I remain optimistic this will be in my top 10 next year, as long as it survives the dreaded axe of cancellation. This is definitely one of those "best books not enough people are reading."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Amazing Spider-Man #6-22 (Last year: #7 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're in year eight of Dan Slott's work on Spider-Man, and he continues to take ideas that sound terrible on the face of it and make them compelling, instant classic reading. He's teamed with Christos Gage, one of my favorite writers in comics ever since his Deadshot mini, and the two of them have been doing great Spider-Man. This year, they continued the trend of Peter Parker as a worldwide entrepreneur who sometimes farmed out Spidey work to the Prowler, teamed up with my favorite superspy Mockingbird and took on the Zodiac with the help of SHIELD. Aging Peter up and making him something of a Tony Stark figure shouldn't work, but it does, and I'm surprised to find it feels like the '80s Spidey I grew up with, or at least a perfect evolution of same. Then they brought back Mr. Negative, a less-than-inspired addition to Spidey's villains, made him interesting (bonus points for using Cloak & Dagger really well), and did a pitch-perfect Iron Man team-up that also played into the potential dangers we saw in the Secret Wars Spider-Man Renew Your Vows series last year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not content to simply touch on the Spidey/MJ relationship and then *not* give fans the reunion they wanted, Slott and Gage just put their tongues right on the third rail of Spider-Man stories and gave us a new take on the clone saga, which up to this point has been compelling reading with a fascinating take on the Jackal (another Spidey villain I didn't think I liked). All of this with fantastic art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. All-New Wolverine #4-15 (Last Year: Too new to judge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tom Taylor first caught my eye with his work on the Injustice series at DC, and he brought his gift for dialogue and humor even among dark subject matter and fantastic action with him. The artists were a varied bunch: David Lopez, Marcio Takara, Ig Guara and Nik Virella, but I thought each and every one of them did a fantastic job with the action and humor of this book, and it's no small task for the others to live up to Lopez, an artist whose work I've admired since Fallen Angel. Taylor doesn't shy away from Laura's dark past without making the book overwhelmingly grim or exploitative, and his superheroes-meets-espionage tone and plot was on point this year. Mix in a fun crossover with Unbeatable Squirrel Girl that gave us a pet Wolverine and Gabby, who hits the same notes that Molly did in Runaways, and you've got a book that is firing on all cylinders on a monthly basis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Descender #9-17 (Last Year: #3 on my Best New Series)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's sci-fi epic continued this year in fine form, wrapping up a visit to the Robot Resistance homeworld before jumping into a series of issues that illuminated the backstories of the characters, deepening characters I had already fallen in love with. The new story, recently begun, and aiming to bring together the disparate characters again, is also promising.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Saga #33-40 (Last year: #3 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slipping another few spots, not because I don't still enjoy it but because it's become more familiar, and at the same time I've realized that I really enjoy it more in the larger trade paperback sized chunks. That said, it's still #8 on my top series, and tossing our cast into a warzone provides an interesting look at Marko and Hazel after they've spent a considerable amount of time in peacetime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Doctor Strange #4-15 (Last Year: Too new to judge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kicking off the year with art by legendary artist Kevin Nowlan (who'd return for another issue later in the year) was a good start, and Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo quickly rose to the top of my all-time Doctor Strange teams. The battle with Empirikul, the anti-magic technological force, presented a lot of interesting ideas about the cost of magic, was weird and Ditko-esque while also being modern and gritty, and though I'd worried about the notion of de-powering Doctor Strange, so far it's made for really interesting reading, as Aaron returns a parade of his classic villains (Mordo, Dormammu) along with some weirder ones (Satanna and The Orb?) and Bachalo continues to do career-best level work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Daredevil #3-14 (Last Year: #9 on my Best Ongoing Series - different version)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            After Waid and Samnee gave us such a perfect Daredevil run, I didn't expect to love the follow-up just as much. But Charles Soule brings a different, grittier tone to Daredevil that I really like, and little twists like moving him back to New York as a prosecutor or introducing a new sidekick, a Chinese-American kid with an invisibility suit, really make it stand out from what went before. I'm a little sad that none of Waid's re-invention stuck, and a little annoyed that we've gotten to issue #14 with no actual explanation of how or why Matt put his identity back in the box, but when we're getting a perfect Elektra/Hand 2-parter, or a Spider-Man/Daredevil team-up, or a creepy new villain in the closing story of the year, it's hard to focus too much on that. Especially when the art, featuring a stunning noir color palate from Matt Milla, is continually top-notch, whether it's veteran Ron Garney working in a new style or newcomer Matteo Buffagni.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. All-New All-Different Avengers #3-16 (Last Year: Too new to judge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to admit, a lot of my love for this series has been transferred to Champions, and it feels almost like this was a booster rocket to launch that book. But... everything I love there started here, notably the friendships/rivalries between Nova, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel. Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar also introduced the new Wasp, who I like a lot, and did a star-faring story that I quite enjoyed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of the series in my Top 10, five of them (Daredevil, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Amazing Spider-Man, and Saga) were also in 2015's Best Ongoing Series, and two of them (Sam Wilson and Descender) were in my Best New Series of 2015. The other three (All-New All-Different Avengers, Doctor Strange, and All New Wolverine) were in my "too new to judge" section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also in the running: All-New Hawkeye #3-5, Astonishing Ant-Man #4-13, Astro City #31-40, Beauty #6-11, Birthright #13-20, Chew #55-60, Darth Vader #15-25, Huck #3-6, Klaus #4-7, Lazarus #22-25, Paper Girls #4-11, Silk #3-14, Star Wars #14-25, The Fade Out #12 and Velvet #13-15. In several cases, they didn't make the cut not due to quality but due to the small number of issues produced for the year, relative to what's on the list, and in a couple others, it's because they read better in collections for me. My top 10 are books that I love to read in single issues and then reread in collected format.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, December 27, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best of 2016 - Comics Miniseries and One-Shots

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last year, I had a top 10 filled up with Marvel, mostly Secret Wars, with the notable exception of We Stand on Guard, another great Brian K. Vaughan book with fantastic art by Steve Skroce. This year? A little more diverse, but still largely Marvel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best Miniseries:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Nighthawk #1-6 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Captain Marvel #1-10 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Star Wars Han Solo #1-5 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Lake of Fire #1-5 (Image)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Voltron Legendary Defender #1-5 (Lion Forge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Britannia #1-4 (Valiant)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Klaus #1-7 (Boom!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Civil War II Ulysses #1-3 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Shaft Imitation of Life #1-4 (Dynamite)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Interceptor #1-4 (2000 AD)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also in the running: Three other Civil War II tie-ins (Amazing Spider-Man, Gods of War, X-Men), Civil War II (the ending ruined it, but I liked a lot up until that point), Empress, Vote Loki, Divinity II (Valiant), and Gutter Magic (IDW)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I read close to 100 first issues and one-shots this year, so I'm adding a category for this as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best First Issues:*
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Thanos #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Hawkeye #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Occupy Avengers #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Batman/TMNT Adventures #1 (DC/IDW)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Future Quest #1 (DC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Black Panther #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Doom Patrol #1 (DC/Young Animal)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Ether #1 (Dark Horse)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Kim & Kim #1 (Black Mask)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Eclipse #1 (Image)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            *Caveat: I didn't include any of the first issues from my Top 10 new series. So you can consider this really the bottom of a Top 20 list if you want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those that almost but didn't quite make the top 10 include: Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1 (DC/Young Animal), Gamora #1, Star-Lord #1, and Invincible Iron Man #1 (Marvel), Black #1, Jade Street Protection Services #1 and The Skeptics #1 (Black Mask), Motor Crush #1, Moonshine #1 and Reborn #1 (Image), Divinity III Stalinverse #1 (Valiant), Night's Dominion #1 and Heart-Throb #1 (Oni Press), Motor Girl #1 (Abstract Press), Red Dog #1 (451 Studios), Warhammer 40K Tide of Iron #1 (Titan) and Vampire Hunter D Message From Mars #1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best One-Shots:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Criminal 10th Anniversary Special
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Doctor Strange Last Days of Magic #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Suicide Squad War Crimes #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Lazarus Sourcebook #1

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monday, December 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best of 2016 - Top 10 New Comics

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best New Series:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marvel has five of my top 10 (down from eight last year), Image has two (up from one), Dark Horse has one, DC has one and Valiant has one. And once again, none of my favorite series are in any danger of cancellation, although Black Widow is coming to an end with issue 12.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eight of them are superhero books, up from the five last year, and you could argue for Kill or Be Killed as a supernatural vigilante tale as well. The other is a humor/crime book. The superhero genre has its hooks in me this year, it seems. And none of the books in my top 10 published 12 issues, although Power Man & Iron Fist did if you count Walker's contribution to Deadpool #13 and the Sweet Christmas Special (which I do).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The Fix #1-7
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Two corrupt cops, a drug-sniffing dog, an insane Hollywood producer, a vegan crime boss... I love this book. It's laugh out loud funny, clever and absolutely fearless. Nick Spencer writes terrific dialogue and characters, reminiscent of Shane Black's movies, and Steve Lieber is probably the only guy who could draw this, mixing perfect realism with outlandish, cartoonish situations in perfect measure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Power Man & Iron Fist #1-11/Sweet Christmas Annual #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've known for a long time that I wanted the classic Power Man & Iron Fist team back, but I couldn't have imagined that David Walker and Sanford Greene could bring it back this well. Danny and Luke have both been through a lot, Luke in the Avengers and Danny in Immortal Iron Fist, and Walker acknowledges that evolution while getting to the core of what makes them friends. That evolution is also evident in his use of a variety of C-list and D-list villains, mixed in with new creations. It doesn't hurt that he gave us the best take on Civil War II in his tie-in issues, as Luke and Danny decide the side they're on is the one that doesn't fight friends. Then there's the artwork by Sanford Greene, which I wasn't sure of when I saw promo pieces, worrying that his stylized art wasn't going to be what I wanted, but it's a perfect fit for the book. He gets the physicality of Cage, the wiry agility of Danny, the look of the settings, and does fantastic designs for the characters old and new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Kill or Be Killed #1-4
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are on my short list of creators whose work I will buy sight unseen. They've proven their track record, from the Wildstorm supervillain/spy epic of Sleeper to the '50s Hollywood noir of The Fade Out, and this new take on '70s-era vigilantism with a modern, dark-as-hell twist is no exception. Exceptional character work, a fascinating premise and stunning artwork, this is another promising outing from one of the most consistently excellent teams in comics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Champions #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            This one is an exception to my usual rule. I don't compare three issue runs with larger runs. But Champions is so damn good, in all three of it's issues thus far, that it's definitely in my top five this year and certain to be there next year as well. Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos memorably teamed on Impulse, and this collaboration finds them just as in sync. It's a perfect evolution of the teenage superhero book, an aspirational tale about youth rising up to meet the challenges that their elders have failed to handle, and it's as important in its way as Captain America Sam Wilson even if it's more social than overtly political. It's also a damn fine superhero yarn, with classic superhero action in each issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Moon Knight #1-9
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've always loved this character, but the last several takes haven't done much for me. Charlie Huston, Mike Benson and Brian Bendis all focused on the character being crazy and violent, and while that's a part of him, he's far deeper and more interesting than that. Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood have brought back the almost mystical strangeness that defined the character when Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz. It's a run that required some patience, as the question of what was real and what wasn't still isn't entirely settled, and when they added in dream sequences with guest art from Francesco Francavilla, James Stokoe and Wilfredo Torres, it almost got to be too much, but ultimately I thought it was a great ride, and I look forward to more in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Black Widow #1-9
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Waid and Chris Samnee did a fantastic job on Daredevil, and I was anxious to see what they'd do with Black Widow. I wasn't disappointed, as the series opens with one of the best chase sequences I've ever read in comics, and then went into a great suspense espionage series that gives Natasha a depth she's rarely been given.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Black Hammer #1-6
                                                                                                                                                                                                            This Dark Horse series from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston reads like a Vertigo series from the Grant Morrison heyday. Using archetypal superheroes and a small town setting, it tells a story of a dysfunctional family in an unusual and compelling way. It's strange and charming, and even though I'm not 100% sure what's going on now, I'm enjoying watching it all unfold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. New Super Man #1-6
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic are doing one of the two DC Rebirth books I stuck with (the other was Detective Comics). It's an imaginative look at what the Chinese superhero situation might look like in the DC Universe, incorporating previous work from Grant Morrison and others, and it's got a really entertaining lead cast of the "Justice League of China," especially Kenan Kong, the titular New Superman. Incorporating fun DC elements like Starro along with a brand new setting, this book is inventive and lots of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Faith #1-6
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Valiant's breakout hit, Faith is an unusual character, overweight in a genre that tends toward the athletic (and for women, usually sexualized and buxom), meta-aware of geek stuff like science-fiction and superheroes even though she lives in a superhero world, and full of costumes and codenames in the more realistic Valiant universe. Her book has been entertaining, and doesn't require any knowledge of the Valiant universe at large, although as someone who has been enjoying Valiant in general, I love what Faith represents as an entryway to new readers who can discover all the good stuff they're putting out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Captain America Steve Rogers #1-8
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Though my love for this book is nowhere near as much as for Sam Wilson, Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz made a ballsy choice in deciding to bring back Steve Rogers as a secret agent of Hydra. The story is moving a little slow for my taste, but it definitely has twists and turns I don't see coming, and is playing in the same territory that Kurt Busiek's Thunderbolts did when it was doing stories of more nuanced villains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            New Series That Are Too New To Judge:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            These series are not quite far enough for me to judge them Best New Series yet, but I really like them all, and I can see any of them making my Best Continuing Series next year. Because I don't think it's fair to compare a single issue or a two- or three-issue run to the more extended runs above, I'm ranking these separately. Last year, four of the 16 series (Daredevil, All New All Different Avengers, Doctor Strange, All-New Wolverine) on this list made my Best Continuing Series, and another (Huck) made my Best Limited Series.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Batman/TMNT Adventures #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Clone Conspiracy #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Doctor Strange & The Sorcerors Supreme #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Doom Patrol #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Grand Passion #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Occupy Avengers #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Reborn #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            11. Star Wars Doctor Aphra #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                            12. Thanos #1-2