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Cool Reads: Jan 2022 Pt. 1

Happy New Year!

I don't do new years resolutions but if I did I would say that I'm now committing to writing and posting a blog weekly, doing a monthly Cool Reads post and offering two guest blog spots monthly. To be clear, these aren't resolutions, they are commitments that I'm making to myself....just so we're clear. So let's get this party started!

If you are anything like me, you go to a con and find amazing new artists and writers and pick up WAY to many books and/or graphic novels, get them home and then they stare at you waiting to be read....because you already have a massive pile of new books/graphic novels to read. Well, I'm remodeling my home office and in the process of organizing have made yet another commitment to myself to read ALL the books I have before purchasing anymore. I know, crazy thought and possibly an impossible task but I'm going to make a dent at the very

least before May 2022 (the next time there is a local book sale that I love to attend).

With all that in mind, I thought I'd take you along with me on a reading journey (cue Reading Rainbow title music) that I'm calling "Cool Reads".

The Unfinished Corner

Creator: Dani Colman

From the back cover: "Jewish mythology says that when G-d created the universe, a tiny corner of it was left unfinished. Opinion is divided on why, but everyone agrees that it's a dangerous place full of monsters. Twelve-year-old Miriam neither knows nor cares -- she's too busy preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, wrestling with whether she even wants to be Jewish -- until a peculiar angel appears, whisking her, her tow best friends, and her worst frenemy off to this monstrous land with a single mission: finish the Unfinished Corner."

Discovered at: New York Comic Con 2021, Artist Alley

Recommended age: 10 and up (middle grade graphic novel but can be enjoyed by adults)

What to Expect: excellent art, fantastic weaving of fantasy story telling with Jewish mythology (not a religious book but a genuine adventure) , translations of Hebrew (with notes on specific words), heart warming humor.

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Purchase a copy at: Your Local Comic Book Store ( or

Star Trek: Debt of Honor (1992)

Creators: Chris Claremont, Adam Hughes, Karl Story and Tom McCraw (cover art)

From the back cover: "Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves teamed with the Klingons and Romulans to fight a galactic threat that no government dares admit exists... A stunning 96-page adventure, celebrating Star Trek's ongoing legacy by the top talents in the comics business today."

Discovered at: Library Book Sale, original 1992 edition

Recommended age: 14 and up

What to Expect: detailed art and word bubbles, classic Original Series hijinks story the takes place after the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home film (a fantastic reason to re-watch before reading, but not terribly necessary), light humor and that amazing feeling you get when you watch Star Trek and feel potential hope for the human race.

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Purchase a copy at: Your Local Comic Book Store ( if they have back issues or through resellers like Ebay or grab an anniversary reprint copy from

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero

Creators: E. Lockhart, Manuel Preitano

From the back cover: "Sixteen-year-old Willow Zimmerman has something to say. When she's not on the streets protesting City Hall's neglect of her run-down Gotham neighborhood, she's working nights at the local dog shelter. But despite how much she does for the world around her, she's struggling to take care of her sick mother at home. She's got no time for boys (though there's one she really likes), and no means to adopt the amazingly loyal stray Great Dane, Lebowitz, that follows her around.

Without health insurance and with money running out, a desperate Willow reconnects with an estranged family friend E. Nigma--party promoter, and real estate tycoon. Nigma opens the door to an easier life, offering Willow a new job hosting his glamorous private poker nights with Gotham City's elites. Now Willow is able to afford critical medical treatments for her mother and get a taste of the high life she's never had.

Then everything changes: Willow and Lebowitz are attacked by one of Gotham's most horrific villains, the monstrous Killer Croc. When they wake after the fight, they can understand each other. And Willow has powers she never dreamed of.

When Willow discovers that Nigma and his poker buddies are actually some of Gotham's most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who saved her mother's life, or use her new powers to save her community."

Discovered at: New York Comic Con 2021, Show Floor Vendor

Recommended age: 10 and up (middle grade graphic novel but can be enjoyed by adults)

What to Expect: origin story that weaves classic members of the Gotham Rogue Gallery into the mix (in a successful way), strong female lead character, a truthful look at the grey areas of life from a teen perspective that hit home even as an adult, the feeling of 'I want more' by the end of the story.

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Keep an eye out for Part be posted before Jan 31, 2022.

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