Monday, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015 - Graphic Novels

Last year I noted that I had a hard time coming up with even a top 8 for best original graphic novel. This year? I have six. Several of which I merely liked, and wouldn't necessarily have put on a more competitive best of.

  1. Rutabaga Adventure Chef
  2. Space Dumplings
  3. Sexcastle
  4. Our Expanding Universe
  5. Two Brothers
  6. Fall of the House of West

A lot of the collected editions I bought this year are collections of series mentioned in my other Best of posts (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Descender, Birthright, etc.) but here's a list of my favorite collected editions not otherwise mentioned:

  1. Graphic Ink: DC Comics Darwyn Cooke HC
  2. Private Eye HC
  3. Ms Marvel Vol 1 HC
  4. Rat Queens Vol 1 HC
  5. Big Hard Sex Criminals HC
  6. Spider-Verse HC
  7. Grendel vs. Shadow HC
  8. Avatar The Rift Library Edition
  9. Astro City Private Lives / Lovers Quarrel HC
  10. Absolute Green Arrow HC
  11. Absolute Transmet Vol 1 HC
  12. BPRD 1946-1948 HC
  13. Star Wars: The Marvel Covers HC
  14. Suicide Squad Vol 1-2 TP
  15. Birds of Prey Vol 1 TP
  16. Robin Vol 1: Reborn TP
  17. Black Panther by Priest Complete Collection Vol 1-2 TP
  18. Bandette Vol 2 HC
  19. Sixth Gun Vol 2/Vol 3 HC
  20. Crogan Adventures: Catfoot's Vengeance
  21. Usagi Yojimbo Senso HC
  22. D&D Legends of Baldur's Gate TP
  23. Southern Bastards Vol 1 HC
  24. Wayward Vol 1 HC

Best of 2015 - Top 10 Ongoing Comics

Last year, Image had 7 of my top 10 in this category, with Archie Comics sneaking one in and Marvel claiming the other two.

This year, despite Marvel making a pretty strong showing (they've got 4), Image maintains the other 6 spots. So they're still my favorite publisher, especially when you consider that three that just missed the cut are also Image again. There are four superhero books (up from 2 last year), 4 sci-fi fantasy (down from 6), 1 crime (Fade Out replacing Velvet) and Sex Criminals taking over from Chew in the hard-to-quantify category that definitely includes humor.

Last year I also noted the "appeals to women" in my top 10, and the same is true here. Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman and Lazarus join Saga, Rat Queens and Sex Criminals as books with either strong female leads or a strong female following. There's only one book written by a woman on the list (Ms. Marvel), and two that feature female artists, and I could do better in terms of diversity (Ms. Marvel and arguably Saga are the only two featuring non-white leads), but I still feel like the market is moving in the right direction on that score.

Last year, only one of the series in my top 13 published 12 issues. This year, none of them did. The monthly grind doesn't seem to benefit the kind of comics I like.

1. Ms. Marvel #11-19/#1-2 (Last year: #1 on my new series)
Ms. Marvel was my favorite new series last year, but it got even better this year. After finishing up the Inventor story and a one-shot with Loki, there was a three-parter that featured Kamala's crush on another Inhuman with art by Takeshi Miyazawa and a fantastic Last Days arc that saw her meet her idol, deal with the end of the world and have a really sweet relationship change with one of her parents. The first two issues of the new series have done some interesting stuff with gentrification, but in that Ms. Marvel superhero way, and I expect this to remain high in my favorites next year as well.

2. Spider-Woman #5-9/#1-2 (Last year not on my list)
The first four issues of Spider-Woman were fun enough, a Spider-Verse tie-in, but the series really became what it was meant to be when Javier Rodriguez took over on art and the new costume and direction were set. Ben Urich as supporting cast and the C-list villain story that started the first arc were good enough, but the 8 months later relaunch with Porcupine as her new ally and Jess pregnant (!) has been even better.

3. Saga #25-32 (Last year: #1 and the year before that)
Still great, this was my favorite series for the last two years. As the story goes on and the characters age and change, I continue to be surprised by every arc and continue to love Vaughan's exceptional dialogue and Staples' beautiful artwork.

4. Birthright #4-12 (Last year: #2 on my series too new to judge list)
Last year, this was off to a strong start, but I wasn't sure if it could maintain. As it turns out, it's right behind Saga and Descender as my most-recommended Image series. Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas are giving me the modern urban fantasy I didn't know I wanted. The big twist at the end of issue one is but one of the twists and turns in this series, where the bad guys are really bad and the heroes are all kinds of messed up too. The flashbacks to Mikey's time in the fantasy world, and how those are following him into our world, are great, as are seeing him adjust to his family and his new life.

5. Rat Queens #9-14 (Last year #9)
The artistic turmoil of this book is unfortunate, but throughout the brief tenure of Stepjan Sejic and the newly-added Tess Fowler, the book has continued to look great and, just as importantly, Kurtis Wiebe has done a great job blending D&D tropes with feminist thought into a kickass, fun-as-hell, dirty-as-hell comic series. Pitting them against their world's equivalent of Cthulhu early on, delving further into the backstories of the characters and heading into the necromantic backstory of Hannah in particular has made this a fantastic read. I'd love it if it could get on a more consistent schedule, but even with the turmoil, they only produced 2 or 3 less issues than most of my favorites this year.

6. The Fade Out #4-11 (Last year: #11 on my series too new to judge list)
Last year Fatale was #8 on my list. And I loved Fatale, a mix of supernatural and the noir that Brubaker and Phillips do so well. But this is my favorite project they've done since Criminal. Pure noir, untouched by any other genres, just a '50s murder mystery set against the backdrop of communist-hunting Hollywood. It's set to wrap with issue 12, which means technically it could go in the miniseries category, but it belongs here, among my top 10 reads of the year.

7. Amazing Spider-Man #12-18/#1-6 (Last year: #5 on my new series)
I know a lot of people swore off Spider-Man after One More Day, and a lot of those who stuck around swore off after Superior Spider-Man. But Superior turned out to be a pretty great limited run, and set up what Slott has been doing with Amazing, which lives up to its sobriquet quite nicely. The finale of Spider-Verse and the fallout contained herein was solid enough, but the relaunch, with Peter at the head of an international company and yet still remaining himself, teamed with one of my favorite SHIELD agents, running a squad of Spider-agents including Prowler, Spider-Man 2099 and others? It sounds, like Superior or Spider-Verse, like a terrible idea, but the execution is somehow exactly what I want from the character. It's fun and lively and just about makes me forget how much I'd prefer him married to Mary Jane.

8. Sex Criminals #10-13 (Last year #2)
Only four issues this year, which would disqualify most series. But Sex Criminals isn't most series. Fraction and Zdarsky put out a book that's as full of serious thought about depression, sex and relationships as it is hilariously dirty and funny and weird.

9. Daredevil #12-18 (Last year #3)
Mark Waid closes out his run with longtime artist Chris Samnee in fine style, returning to the Kingpin, Ikari, the question of Matt's not-so-secret identity and Foggy's faked death, and serves up a fine cap to what has become one of the best runs on a character known for great runs.

10. Lazarus #14-21 (Last year: Just outside the top 10)
Greg Rucka is the king of the slow burn. I quite liked Lazarus, but it didn't make the top 10 last year. This year it squeaks in at the 10 spot, largely on the strength of the world-building being done here, which is best observed in the longform of the gorgeous hardcover that they produced this year. The artwork by Michael Lark is beautiful and realistic, giving a nice depth to Rucka's dystopian sci-fi future.

Just outside the top 10 this year that were inside the top 10 last year were Velvet #9-12 (Last year #5, and largely missing the top 10 because there were only four issues this year) and Chew #46-51 (Last year #4). There were five more that didn't quite make the cut: Usagi Yojimbo #145-150, Storm #7-12, Copperhead #6-10, Grayson #8-14 and Superior Iron Man #4-8.

Best of 2015 - Comics Miniseries

I didn't have this category last year, but there were a lot of miniseries this year, in no small part due to Marvel's Secret Wars event.

In fact, more than half of the series on this list came from Marvel's Secret Wars event, even though I wound up souring on the main event before the end. The rest are all Marvel too, with the notable exception of We Stand on Guard, another great Brian K. Vaughan book with fantastic art by Steve Skroce.

Best Miniseries:
1. Civil War #1-5
2. Spider-Island #1-5
3. We Stand on Guard #1-6
4. Shield (The Cavalry, Mockingbird, Quake, Agent Carter)
5. Runaways #1-4
6. Thors #1-4
7. 1872 #1-4
8. Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1-5
9. Star Wars Journey to Force Awakens #1-4
10. Avengers: Ultron Forever (Avengers #1, New Avengers #1, Uncanny Avengers #1)

Just missing the cut are five more Secret Wars tie-ins (Planet Hulk, Captain Britain & Mighty Defenders, Infinity Gauntlet, Future Imperfect and Squadron Sinister), Princess Leia, Star Trek Green Lantern and two Image books, Airboy and Chrononauts.

Best of 2015 - Top 10 New Comics

Best New Series:
Marvel has eight of my top 10 (up from six last year), Image has one and Archie has one as well. This year, none of them are in any danger of cancellation, which is nice.

Five of them are superhero books, although three of those fall much more comfortably into humor comic territory. Four of the remaining are sci-fi (three of them Star Wars) and the last one is Archie, which qualifies as... humor? slice-of-life? I note that four of my books are notably humorous, with Silk and Captain America also having something of a humorous tone, or at least a bit of snark thrown in the mix.

1. Star Wars #1-13/Annual #1
I was more than a little skeptical about Marvel taking Star Wars back from Dark Horse, who have done well by the property for over 20 years. I needn't have worried. Jason Aaron, along with artists John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen and others, have created a Star Wars comic that feels like the Star Wars movies. The Dark Horse books, while great, always had a bit of an expanded universe feel to them, but somehow this big return feels like the story that took place between New Hope and Empire. Luke going off to find out more about being a Jedi, Chewie and C3PO teaming up, Han and Leia having misadventures with an old flame of Han and so much more. Amazing stuff, funny and clever and exciting... I hope we get a hardcover collection in 2016.

2. Darth Vader #1-14/Vader Down #1/Annual #1
Arguably better than the main Star Wars book is Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's Darth Vader. It features Vader being the taciturn badass we all know him as, but it also introduces a stellar supporting cast, including rogue archaeologist Dr. Aphra, the protocol droid with a flair for torture Triple Zero and the homicidal R2 unit Beetee. It's funnier than it has any right to be, but it also shows Vader being clever, avoiding the bureaucracy of the Empire to cover for his own goals, and clears up a few things, like how and when he learned about Luke but not about Leia.

3. Descender #1-8
A beautifully realized science-fiction world courtesy of Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen and Image Comics. Epic sci-fi is a rarity in comics, but Descender does some amazing world-building, reminiscent of that done in the Mass Effect universe, and features a lot of great characters, notably supporting cast member Driller the robot. It's also got a lot of twists and turns and mysteries, and I can't wait to keep exploring this universe in years to come.

4. Howard the Duck #1-5/#1-2
Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones take a pinch of Soule's She-Hulk, a healthy dollop of the Gerber Howard the Duck and more than a little of their own style and create a funny detective comic set square in the weird part of the Marvel Universe. Making fun of the heroes and villains while also making great use of them, introducing a new supporting character who's a great addition and running a goofy version of the Infinity Gauntlet story for its opener, this was a favorite. The relaunch so far has been pretty good as well, save a very weird second issue that might make more sense in context of the whole run.

5. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1-5/#1-3
Ryan North and Erica Henderson take a goofy one-joke character and, while still remaining true to her one-joke nature, turn her into one of the most endearing new characters at Marvel. Bonus points for the Twitter style recap page and footnotes that make this a denser-than-usual funnybook.

6. Ant-Man #1-5, Annual #1, Larger Than Life #1/Astonishing Ant-Man #1-3
Scott Lang has always been my favorite Ant-Man, and I'm glad to see him getting the spotlight in the movies. Nick Spencer's take is closer to the movie take, a bit of a smartass screw-up, than the comics take, but has comics continuity built in as well, and it reminds me pleasantly of what Spencer did on Superior Foes of Spider-Man. No Steve Lieber here, sadly, but the artwork on the series has been pretty solid as well.

7. Captain America Sam Wilson #1-4 (Marvel)
This was a latecomer that almost went in the "too new to judge" list, but with four issues in, and a general record of liking Nick Spencer's stuff at Marvel (Ant-Man, Superior Foes) I think it's fair to put this in the top ten. Sam Wilson makes a very different and very interesting Cap, more overtly political and socially conscious than Steve Rogers, a black man from the '70s rather than a white man from the '40s, and I love that Spencer has taken things in that direction. What I love even more is that his touchstone seems to be the '80s Gruenwald Cap, which remains my favorite take on the character. Cap-Wolf, D-Man, the Serpent Society, Diamondback all make appearances in the first four issues. Throw in Misty Knight as one of his new supporting cast and great art by Daniel Acuna and you've got a great new Captain America book.

8. Archie #1-4
Last time Archie made my top ten, it was a full-on zombie book with gorgeous Francavilla art. This time? Mark Waid delivering a note-perfect modern take on the teens of Riverdale with beautiful art, first by Fiona Staples and then by Annie Wu. The reinvention of Jughead as the smarter-than-everybody narrator, a more sophisticated take on Betty and Veronica and his hapless-yet-noble Archie are all terrific.

9. Silk #1-7/#1-2
The Spider-verse (not the crossover, the editorial group) is, all told, probably my favorite thing at Marvel right now that didn't spring from a Lucasfilm property. Silk, the girl who was bitten by the same spider as Peter Parker but then locked in a vault for a decade or so, is a character I didn't know I wanted, but like Spider-Verse, Superior Spider-Man or Parker Industries or Spider-Gwen or any of the other curveballs Dan Slott and crew have thrown out, it turns out it's exactly what the Spider-Man universe needed to keep it fresh. A clever use of J. Jonah Jameson and Black Cat, strong writing from Supernatural's Robbie Thompson and fresh, fun artwork from Stacey Lee have made this a must-read. And the "eight months later" relaunch, bringing in Silk's lost brother as part of the Goblin Nation (another great Slott invention), Black Cat as her new "boss" and Mockingbird as her new partner or sorts, has only made me love it more.

10. Kanan the Last Padawan #1-9
I love Rebels, and I love Greg Weisman's work. So this prequel to Rebels by Greg Weisman is, no surprise, a real favorite. Showing off the early days of Kanan when he was a padawan, post-Order 66, becoming the more jaded man that Kanan will eventually become, is rich story material. The series is ending at issue 12, which is probably OK, as I'm not sure how much prologue I really want, but I'd love to see more of the Rebels universe in comic book form and hope Weisman will be back for that.

Just outside the top 10 is the Image book Beauty and the Marvel books Spider-Gwen and Agents of SHIELD.

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, two of the 17 series (Birthright and Fade Out) on this list made my Best Continuing Series.
  1. Daredevil #1-2 (Marvel)
  2. All New All Different Avengers #1-2 (Marvel)
  3. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1-2 (Marvel)
  4. Paper Girls #1-3 (Image)
  5. Goddamned #1-2 (Image)
  6. Doctor Strange #1-3 (Marvel)
  7. All New Wolverine #1-3 (Marvel)
  8. Jughead #1-3 (Archie)
  9. Plutona #1-3 (Image)
  10. Hercules #1-2 (Marvel)
  11. Spidey #1 (Marvel)
  12. Huck #1-2 (Image)
  13. Web Warriors #1-2 (Marvel)
  14. Black Magick #1-3 (Image)
  15. Klaus #1-2 (Boom! Studios)
  16. All New Hawkeye #1-2 (Marvel)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Best of 2015 - Food

Last year I ate out over 50 times. This year it was more like 250. I counted lunch and stuff too, though.

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 (I went to Alamo Drafthouse a lot, but it's not really the food that drew me. Conversely, Kerbey Lane made the cut not because their food is amazing, but because 24 hours + wide variety = more visits)

  1. Torchy's Tacos
  2. Sushi Nini
  3. Noble Sandwich
  4. Kerbey Lane
  5. Chuy's
  6. Chi'Lantro
  7. Michi Ramen
  8. Mambo House
  9. Peached Tortilla
  10. Jack Allen Kitchen
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
  2. PizzaRev
  3. Smashburger
  4. Tarka
  5. Fork + Taco (or Torchy's again, Fork + Taco actually already closed)
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. Haymaker
  5. Lucy's Fried Chicken
  6. Odd Duck
  7. Salt & Time
  8. TNT Tacos & Tequila
  9. 24 Diner
  10. French Quarter Grille
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. Chicken with Mushrooms
  2. Chili with Bacon & Beer
  3. Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Pasta
  4. Crockpot Carnitas
  5. Chicken Fried Steak
  6. Macaroni & Cheese
  7. Chicken Parmesan
  8. Baked Alfredo Ziti
  9. Brussels Sprouts Gratin
  10. Pork Chops & Rice

Friday, December 18, 2015

Best of 2015 - Television

Best Shows (Every Category):
This was my first year without cable, and I still watched a ton of TV.

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 #48) to shows I'd cut last (starting with #1). Last year this list was 37 shows, and I dropped 13 shows from last year's list, so I added basically 24 new shows this year.

There are a couple shows I watch that don't show up on here. Agents of SHIELD and True Detective, though I watched every episode, neither one really belongs on a list of best TV for me. There were four shows cancelled off of last years list (The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire, Enlisted and A to Z), one show that didn't have a new season (24), one show that didn't hit until really late in the year (Transparent), two shows dropped because they disappointed me (Married and Orphan Black) and eight shows are being left for when they show up on Netflix or another streaming service when I have more time to watch them (Humans, Rectify, Les Revenants, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Walking Dead, Review, Bob's Burgers, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail).

Also, special award to HBO's 7 Days in Hell or being one of the funniest things I watched this year.
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Better Call Saul (FX)
  3. You're The Worst (FX)
  4. Daredevil (NETFLIX)
  5. The Flash (CW)
  6. iZombie (CW)
  7. Mr. Robot (USA)
  8. Togetherness (HBO)
  9. Catastrophes (AMAZON)
  10. Show Me A Hero (HBO)
  11. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  12. Master of None (NETFLIX)
  13. Justified (FX)
  14. The Americans (FX)
  15. Casual (HULU)
  16. The Leftovers (HBO)
  17. Parks & Recreation (NBC)
  18. Inside Amy Schumer (COM)
  19. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NETFLIX)
  20. Broad City (COM)
  21. Veep (HBO)
  22. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  23. Last Week With John Oliver (HBO)
  24. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM)
  25. Hannibal (NBC)
  26. Rick and Morty (CARTOON)
  27. Deutchsland '83 (SUNDANCE)
  28. Sense8 (NETFLIX)
  29. Mad Men (AMC)
  30. Jessica Jones (NETFLIX)
  31. Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX)
  32. Rebels (DISNEY XD)
  33. Bojack Horseman (NETFLIX)
  34. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
  35. Key & Peele (COM)
  36. Louie (FX)
  37. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
  38. Community (NBC)
  39. Supergirl (CBS)
  40. Agent Carter (ABC)
  41. Arrow (CW)
  42. Wayward Pines (FOX)
  43. Scream Queens (FOX)
  44. Man Seeking Woman (FXX)
  45. Narcos (NETFLIX)
  46. Man in the High Castle (AMAZON)
  47. The League (FXX)
  48. Wet Hot American Summer (NETFLIX)

Best New Show:
  1. Better Call Saul (FX)
  2. Daredevil (NETFLIX)
  3. iZombie (CW)
  4. Mr. Robot (USA)
  5. Togetherness (HBO)
  6. Catastrophes (AMAZON)
  7. Show Me A Hero (HBO)
  8. Master of None (NETFLIX)
  9. Casual (HULU)
  10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NETFLIX)
  11. Deutchsland '83 (SUNDANCE)
  12. Sense8 (NETFLIX)
  13. Jessica Jones (NETFLIX)
  14. Supergirl (CBS)
  15. Wayward Pines (FOX)
  16. Agent Carter (ABC)
  17. Scream Queens (FOX)
  18. Man Seeking Woman (FXX)
  19. Narcos (NETFLIX)
  20. Man in the High Castle (AMAZON)
Best Comedy:
  1. You're The Worst (FX)
  2. Togetherness (HBO)
  3. Catastrophes (AMAZON)
  4. Master of None (NETFLIX)
  5. Casual (HULU)
  6. Parks & Recreation (NBC)
  7. Inside Amy Schumer (COM)
  8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NETFLIX)
  9. Broad City (COM)
  10. Veep (HBO)
Best Drama:
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Better Call Saul (FX)
  3. Daredevil (NETFLIX)
  4. The Flash (CW)
  5. iZombie (CW)
  6. Mr. Robot (USA)
  7. Show Me A Hero (HBO)
  8. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  9. Justified (FX)
  10. The Americans (FX)
Best Ensemble:

  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. You're The Worst (FX)
  3. Veep (HBO)
  4. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  5. Bojack Horseman (NETFLIX)
  6. Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
  9. Togetherness (HBO)
  10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NETFLIX)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Monthly Update - November 2015


1. Read books. Started at 19 this month. Read the Night Vale novel, so I'm up to 20.

2. Buy no more than six videogames this year. Still at 5. Battlefront has taken over my videogame life and I'm on no-buying until after Christmas, so I think I'm actually going to make this one.

3. 24 More Boardgames. Started at 33, and then played Age of War, Imperial Assault, Jaipur and Codenames, so I'm up to 37.

4. Cook! Added two new recipes this month, one for pork chops with rice and another for Brussels Sprouts Gratin.


Best Week of Comics This Month:
October 7th (Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Hercules, Howard the Duck, Klaus, Paper Girls, Star Wars, Velvet, We Stand on Guard)

Top Five Favorite Comics This Month:
  1. Ms. Marvel #1
  2. Spider-Woman #1
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #3
  4. Howard the Duck #1
  5. All New All Different Avengers #1
                                                                        Comics I Read This Month:
                                                                        • Airboy #4
                                                                        • All New All Different Avengers #1
                                                                        • All New Hawkeye #1
                                                                        • All New Wolverine #1-2
                                                                        • Amazing Spider-Man #3
                                                                        • Archie #4
                                                                        • Astonishing Ant-Man #2
                                                                        • Beauty #4
                                                                        • Birthright #11
                                                                        • Black Magick #2
                                                                        • Captain America Sam Wilson #3
                                                                        • Contest of Champions #2
                                                                        • Darth Vader #12
                                                                        • Descender #7
                                                                        • Doctor Strange #2
                                                                        • Drax #1
                                                                        • Fade Out #11
                                                                        • Goddamned #1
                                                                        • Grayson #14
                                                                        • Hercules #1
                                                                        • Howard the Duck #1
                                                                        • Huck #1
                                                                        • Illuminati #1
                                                                        • Jacked #1
                                                                        • Klaus #1
                                                                        • Lazarus #20
                                                                        • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
                                                                        • Ms. Marvel #1
                                                                        • Nova #1
                                                                        • Paper Girls #2
                                                                        • Rat Queens #13
                                                                        • Saga #31
                                                                        • Silk #1
                                                                        • Six #1
                                                                        • Spider-Gwen #2
                                                                        • Spider-Man 2099 #3
                                                                        • Spider-Woman #1
                                                                        • Star Trek/Green Lantern #5
                                                                        • Star Wars #11
                                                                        • Star Wars #12
                                                                        • Star Wars Vader Down #1
                                                                        • The Autumnlands #7
                                                                        • Thors #4
                                                                        • Twilight Children #2
                                                                        • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2
                                                                        • Usagi Yojimbo #150
                                                                        • Velvet #12
                                                                        • Wayward #11
                                                                        • We Stand on Guard #5
                                                                        • Web Warriors #1
                                                                        Graphic Novels I Read This Month
                                                                        • Wayward Vol 1 HC
                                                                        • Astro City Lovers Quarrel HC
                                                                        • Our Expanding Universe

                                                                        TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                        This is mostly for me so I can keep better track of favorite moments, best and worst episodes and do a little less homework in prepping for my "Best of the Year" list next year. Last month I gave up on posting thoughts on each episodes, for the last two months this will probably just be a list.
                                                                        • Rebels "Always Two There Are" "Brothers of the Broken Horn" "Wings of the Master"
                                                                        • The Leftovers "No Room At The Inn" "Love and Basketball" "Lens" "A Most Powerful Adversary"
                                                                        • iZombie "Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues" "Max Wager" "Abra Kadaver"
                                                                        • Supergirl "Stronger Together" "Fight or Flight" "Live Wire" "How Does She Do It"
                                                                        • Ash vs. Evil Dead "Pilot" "Episode Two"
                                                                        • Flash "Darkness and the Light" "Enter Zoom" "Gorilla Warfare"
                                                                        • Casual "Biden" "Home" "Bottles" "Mars"
                                                                        • Fargo "Fear and Trembling" "The Gift of the Magi" "Rhinoceros" "Did you do this? No, you did it!"
                                                                        • Arrow "Haunted" "Lost Souls" "Brotherhood"
                                                                        • You're the Worst "LCD Soundsystem" "A Right Proper Story"
                                                                        • One Mississippi "Pilot"
                                                                        • Edge "Pilot"
                                                                        • Master of None "Season One"
                                                                        • Agents of SHIELD "Among Us Hide..." "Chaos Theory" "Two Heads, One Tale"
                                                                        • W/Bob and David "Season One"
                                                                        • Scream Queens "Beware of Young Girls" "Mommie Dearest"
                                                                        • Jessica Jones "Season One"
                                                                        • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Into the Woods" "The Mattress" "Ava"
                                                                        Top Five Shows This Month:
                                                                        1. Fargo
                                                                        2. You're The Worst
                                                                        3. Master of None
                                                                        4. The Flash
                                                                        5. Casual
                                                                          Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                          • Blazing Saddles
                                                                          • Johnny Dangerously
                                                                          • Peanuts
                                                                          • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
                                                                          Places I Ate This Month:
                                                                          • Peached Tortilla
                                                                          • Bullfight
                                                                          • Michi Ramen
                                                                          • Noble Sandwich
                                                                          • Chuy's
                                                                          • Torchy's Tacos x2
                                                                          • Gordough's Public House
                                                                          • PizzaRev
                                                                          • Popeye's (x3)
                                                                          • Alamo Drafthouse
                                                                          • Hoody's Subs (x2)
                                                                          • Sushi Nini