What I'm reading: <i>Annihilation: Conquest</i>, <i>History Today</i>

It's time to pick your brains once again!

This week I've been catching up on some trade paperbacks I bought recently. I just finished Black Summer, which was entertaining but pissed me off something fierce (what Tom Noir did at the end should have been done at the very beginning, saving everyone a lot of grief). And I have read some people not liking Juan Jose Ryp's art. They better not like Geof Darrow's art, either, is all I can say to that.

Now I'm zipping through the second volume of Annihilation: Conquest. The whole Annihilation saga is a fun read, but what's impressive is how well Marvel put the whole thing together, even with the several different writers involved. I hate bagging on DC, becuase then people come here and rip me for hating them, but Marvel really does a better job of coordinating across the line than DC does. This volume, by the way, has Nova #4-7, Wraith #1-4, and Annihilation: Conquest #1-6. The back cover reads: "Annihilation: Conquest introduces readers to ... the previously unknown mastermind of the Phalanx invasion - a revelation that will have longtime Marvel fans' jaws on the floor!" This text is above a painting ... of that very mastermind of whom they spoke. Good move, Marvel!

Having finished my Clive Barker book, I'm now working my way through the March issue of History Today, one of my favorite magazines. In this issue: the fateful meeting between Cesare Borgia, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Leonardo da Vinci; the Battle of Poltava and its utter importance to the world (I bet you didn't know the Battle of Poltava was so danged important, did you?); General Montgomery and the British Mandate in Palestine; the Tibetan uprising; Henry VII; and much, much more! Can you resist the allure????

What's on your reading list on this fine sunny Monday?

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