What’s Brewing? Books

So, when summer hits is when I’m usually able to find the time to get my leisure reading done–it’s just too difficult to read books I want to read on top of school books during the school year.  Admittedly, summer’s already almost half-way over and I’ve barely made a dent in my reading–ehh, okay, it’s not even a dent.  Anyways, I’m a huge comics fan and a big X-Men fan as well.  For years, I’ve been wanting to truly understand the continuity in the story over the past fourtey-something years.  So I decided to start at the beginning.  I picked up Essential X-Men, Vol. 2 at Amazon.com.  The cover looks something like this:

I know what you’re going to say, I thought you said you were starting from the beginning?  Well, ideally, I’d like to.  But I had a hard time tracking down Volume 1, and I heard that Volume 2 is a great place to start, so that’s where I’m beginning.

This volume has over 20 issues in it, and for around $13, that’s not a bad deal at all.  The only problem, and some people may not even call it is problem (but I didn’t know this when I ordered it), is that it is all black-and-white, so if you want the color, don’t buy it.  Still, even without color, you won’t find a better deal.

Currently, I’m about 3 issues in and loving it.  The first issues seem to be coming off a larger story arc in the volume before this so not much has happened yet, but I’m excited as apparently the Dark Phoenix arc happens in this volume.  Can’t wait!

Anyways, that’s just one book on my large list of things I want to read.  I’ll keep you updated along the way!