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A reading guide to comics and books

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Wallander Reading Order: How to read Henning Mankell’s books in order?

There are multiple Wallander versions on the small and the big screens (my favorite is the Kenneth Brannagh one), but there’s only one book series.

Who is Kurt Wallander?

Kurt Wallander is a fictional character created by Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell. He is a cop working for the Ystad police department. He is the kind of detective that invests himself on a very personal level in order to solve a crime.

Divorced, Wallander also has a daughter who, like him, became a cop. She is at the center of one book, but Mankell didn’t give her a series after the suicide of the actress playing the role in the Swedish TV series.

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World War Hulk Reading Order: How To read the follow-up of Planet Hulk?

It seems that the news MCU movie, Thor: Ragnarok will integrate some bits and pieces from the World War Hulk storyline. It’s a good time to revisit it.

What is World War Hulk?

Written by Greg Pak with John Romita, Jr. as penciller, World War Hulk is a comic book crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics in 2007.

The story began with another story called Planet Hulk that started when a Gamma bomb causes the Hulk to lose control and attack Las Vegas. After that, the Illuminati decide the Hulk is too dangerous to remain on Earth and they trick him into leaving the planet. Everything didn’t go as planned. Hulk’s shuttle crashed on the planet Sakaar where he was taken into slavery and forced to fight gladiator battles for the planet’s emperor.

Now, he’s coming back on Earth and he wants vengeance. The World War Hulk begins.

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Night Huntress Reading Order: How to read Jeaniene Frost series?

True Blood is not the only big urban fantasy romance series of the last years. In the same genre, you can also find the New York Times bestselling novels by author Jeaniene Frost, the Night Huntress series.

What is the Night Huntress series?

Published since 2007, the Night Huntress series mainly centers around the half-vampire Catherine ‘Cat’ Crawfield and her full vampire/bounty hunter partner and lover Bones. They lived in a world where supernatural creatures exist, but are not in the public eye.

After the Night Huntress series came the Night Prince series, a spin-off following the characters of Vlad Tepesh (don’t call him Dracula please) and the mortal Leila with psychic abilities.

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Tracy Crosswhite Series in Order: How to read Robert Dugoni series?

After the David Sloane series, Robert Dugoni found another success with a new crime series. This time, it’s Seattle Police Detective Tracy Crosswhite at the center.

Who is Tracy Crosswhite?

Created by Robert Dugoni, Tracy Crosswhite is a homicide detective with the Seattle PD that first appeared in the book My Sister’s Grave published in 2014.

Defined by the murder of her sister Sarah, Tracy used to be a high school science teacher, but decided to join the force after her personal tragedy ignited in her a passion for justice.

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Spider-Verse Reading Order: How to read the biggest Spider-man event in recent history?

I wrote some time ago a reading guide for the Clone Conspiracy. Since then, I wanted to do the same for another one of the big Spider-man event by Dan Slott, The Spider-verse. So, here we go…

What is the Spider-Verse event?

In almost all the universe, there’s a Spider-Man. In a 2014 Marvel Event named Spider-verse, all the Spider-Men were attacked by Morlun and his family, the Inheritors.

Written by Dan Slott, the storyline really began a few years ago during J. Michael Straczynski’s Coming Home story. Now, the Inheritors started to kill all of the spider-men in order to feed on their force. Some spiders started to jump from one universe to the other, saving the one they can in order to built an army. Soon, our own Peter Parker and the other spider-heroes from universe 616 joined the fight to stop the Inheritors once and for all.

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Harry Hole Reading Order: How to read Jo Nesbo book series?

Soon, we will be able to watch Michael Fassbender playing Harry Hole on the big screen. But before that, we can still read the books!

Who is Harry Hole?

Harry Hole is a police officer with the Oslo Crime Squad created by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø. Like a lot of literary detectives, he is a brilliant but uses unorthodox methods.

Harry Hole is also an alcoholic, a smoker and his family history is complicated. He is a complicated man and his relationship with his superiors is not always easy. That said, he is a respected detective and he has undergone special training in interrogation techniques and firearms at the FBI, which makes him a real asset, especially with serial killer cases.

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How to read George Smiley novels in order?

I don’t know if you heard, George Smiley is back after 27 years of absence. Let’s take a look at his previous apparitions.

Who is George Smiley?

George Smiley is a fictional character created by John le Carré. He is a spy or, more precisely, a career intelligence officer with ‘The Circus’ – the British overseas intelligence agency.

Smiley wasn’t necessarily a central character each time he made an appearance in one of Le Carré’s book. After all, even with a long career, being a spy required to live in the shadows. Smiley may be the most famous British spy after James Bond, but he was definitely another kind of spy.

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Where to start reading The Flash, the Barry Allen version?

Barry Allen is so fast, he will be on the small and the big screen at the same time this year. He also is in the pages of his own comics. If you want to read some of his adventures on paper, here is a little guide to help start.

Who is Barry Allen?

Barry Allen is the most famous Flash, thanks to his various incarnations on the screen, but he is not the first one. He is actually a reinvention of the character that had appeared in 1940s comic books.

Created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciler Carmine Infantino, Barry first appeared in Showcase #4 (October 1956). Everything begins one evening at the Central City Police Lab where Barry is alone and working late. A lightning bolt shatters a case full of chemicals and spills all over Barry. Our police scientist survives this accident, but discovers his whole being and molecular structure has been accelerated. He is now able run at super-speed, vibrates through walls and more (like time travel).

Along with Barry introduction, a whole new Rogues Gallery was created with The Mirror Master, Mr. Element, The Top, Captain Cold, Hat Wave, Captain Boomerang, The Trickster, the Pied Piper, Super Gorilla Grodd, and Professor Zoom – The Reverse Fash.

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Love and Rockets Reading Order: How to read Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez comics?

For a long time, I’ve heard of Love & Rockets. I recently decided to start reading the series, but didn’t know where to start. So, I did some research and here it is. I’ll probably update this guide during my readings, but it could take some time, so don’t be afraid to add more in the comments. Thanks.

What’s Love and Rockets?

Love and Rockets is a long running comic series written by Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez. It’s kind of an anthology, each brother working independently from the other, so there are two stories and more.

On Jaime side, it’s been one long story named Locas for the last decades. It’s about a group of punk rockers and their transition into adult life. On Gilbert side, there are more ongoing stories and some short stories too. The bigger one is Palomar & Luba, the inhabitants of Palomar, about a poor central American town and the inhabitants as they go on to live in America. And then, there are even more.

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Department Q Reading Order: How to read Jussi Adler-Olsen series?

I quite like the movie adaptations of the Department Q, but as I always say, we are here for the books. So, let’s go…

What is Department Q ?

Written by Danish novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen, Department Q is a series of crime thriller novels. The series follows Carl Morck, one of the best homicide detectives in Copenhagen who has been ‘promoted’ to the cold case department, of which he is the head and sole employee.

When Carl demands an assistant, he gets a lot more than he bargained for with Assad, a sort of Jack-of-all trades. From there, everything changes…

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