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A reading guide to comics and books

Hellblazer: John Constantine Reading Order: How to read

Need an exorcist, call John Constantine. He is not nice, but he gets results.

Who is John Constantine?

Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben in 1984 in the Saga of Swamp Thing, John Constantine is a working class occult detective and con man from London. He is the antihero of the DC universe.

Known for his cynicism, his deadpan snarking, his ruthless cunning and his constant chain smoking, John Constantine wants to help save lives, but his technic can be deadly if it’s for the greater good.

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Serge A. Storms Books in Order: How to read Tim Dorsey Series?

Dexter Morgan isn’t the only serial killer in the literary game…

Who is Serge A. Storms?

Written by American author Tim Dorsey, this series is about obsessive Florida trivia buff and spree killer Serge A. Storms.

Serge has been diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses, and has been prescribed a “cocktail” of drugs to keep him stable. But he often doesn’t take it and that makes him obsessive about trivial things. Charismatic and likable, serge possesses a strong and quite personal sense of justice, so he acts as a vigilante and can be creative with his killings.

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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Reading Order: How to read the most ambitious run in Green Lantern history?

When I started this blog, this reading order was one of the first on my to-do list. I pushed it away, but I finally came back to it when I read that there’ll be a new reprint next year.

What about Green Lantern by Geoff Johns?

I didn’t really know a lot about Green Lantern, but when I started digging into what is considered must read, the Geoff Johns run on the famous DC Comics series was often named.

It’s a great way to enter the Green Lantern world. Johns created a new start and expanded it in a big way that still defined it to this day. It’s full of great characters, well-thought storylines and a lot of ambitions.

If you don’t know what the Green Lantern Corps is, it’s like the space cops of the universe. Hal Jordan became a Green Lantern when an alien crashed on Earth and gave him his ring of power (that is the simple way of telling the story).

Hal joined the corps, but things got complicated and he became the vehicle for the incarnation of Fear itself. When the story began, Hal is back and dark times lie ahead.

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Ian Rutledge Books in Order: How to read Charles Todd series?

The other series by the Bess Crawford series‘ author, Charles Todd.

Who is Ian Rutledge?

Written by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd, the Ian Rutledge series is a mystery/historical one, taking us back after the Great war.

Beginning in 1919, the series follows Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge after he returned from the war front. Suffering from what is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rutledge lives the voice of the soldier named Hamish inside his head, all while solving murders.

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Jack Stratton Books in Order: How to read Christopher Greyson Series?

Did you know that Christopher Greyson’s Wife, Katherine Greyson, is also a writer?

Who is Jack Stratton?

Written by American author Christopher Greyson, the Jack Stratton series is a mystery series.

Product of the child welfare services system since the age of 7, Jack Stratton is now a police officer, and mostly a hero with a heart of gold (and a dark past) in the sleepy community of Darrington. With the help of his sidekick Alice (a.k.a. Remplacement), Jack investigates murder and catches killers.

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Rivers of London Books in Order: How to read Ben Aaronovitch Series?

If you like urban fantasy stories with wizards solving crimes, like The Dresden Files, you should give a try to Rivers of London.

What is the Rivers of London series about?

Also known as The Peter Grant series, the Rivers of London series is written by English author Ben Aaronovitch. It’s composed of novels, short stories, audiobooks and graphic novels (written by Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, illustrated by Lee Sullivan).

This urban fantasy story is about Probationary Constable Peter Grant who, in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. His supernatural ability brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic. Now, Peter investigates crimes who took him into a world where gods and other supernatural creatures mingle with mortals.

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Ben Hope Books In Order: How to read Scott Mariani series?

Ben Hope has been described as “James Bond meets Jason Bourne, with a historical twist,” which is an explosive combination.

Who is Ben Hope?

Written by British author Scott Mariani, this series of thrillers is about Ben Hope, an ex-SAS Major and former theology student.

Ben Hope is tortured by a tragedy from his past. After years with the SAS, he walked away from the army to pursue a new career. Now, he is using his expertise as a hostage rescue operative to find and bring home kidnapped children, as well as other innocent victims of the evil kidnap and ransom industry.

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Maximum Ride Books in Order: How to read James Patterson series?

James Patterson doesn’t only write murder mysteries, like with the sci-fi series Maximum Ride.

What is Maximum Ride about?

Written by prolific American author James Patterson (Alex Cross), Maximum Ride is a series of young adult fantasy novels—inspired by his previous books When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, but definitely not connected to them.

The Maximum Ride books are set in the near future and are about the flock, a group of human-avian hybrids (98% human, 2% bird). They have wings and special powers. On the run from the scientists who created them, the members of the flock follow Maximum Ride (Max) to survive.

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Watchmen Reading Order: How to read Alan Moore books and more?

Soon, there will be a Watchmen TV show on HBO that will have some connexions with the original comics. It’s not new, DC writers don’t seem capable of stopping expending the world created by Alan Moore. Here is a guide.

What is Watchmen about?

Published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, Watchmen is a science fiction comic book limited series by the British writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins.

The original Watchmen series is considered as one of the most important books ever published in the comic book world. It certainly is one of the best.

The story takes place in an alternate reality, in the 1980s. The primary difference is the presence of superheroes. The all-powerful Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the rest of the world. But, by 1977, superheroes became unpopular and they were outlawed by the passage of the Keene Act made.

In October 1985, costumed vigilante Rorschach discovered that Edward Blake, also known as The Comedian, a costumed hero employed by the U.S. government, has been murdered. Rorschach uncovered a plot to eliminate costumed heroes and warned some of his old friends. Something bigger is cooking, but the retired heroes have to first discovered what it is.

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Jack Taylor Books in Order: How to read Ken Bruen series?

The books behind the Irish TV Show with Iain Glen.

Who is Jack Taylor?

Created by Irish writer Ken Bruen, the private investigator Jack Taylor is a disgraced former police officer, an alcoholic and a drug abuser.

Jack Taylor is a brilliant detective and could probably be one of the best in Ireland if his addiction problem was not as big. He tried to stop, he even left Galway, but nothing really sticks because he brings death and pain to everyone he loves.

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