49. Bujold, Lois McMaster. Young Miles (The Vorkosigan Saga) (838 p.)
50 & 51. Sim, Dave. Church & State, Volumes I & II (Cerebus, v. 3 & 4) (1,219 p.)
52. Lee, Stan, et al. Essential Hulk, Volume 1 (Marvel Essentials) (528 p.)
December total: 2,585 pages
YTD total: 12,550 pages
Another year done. Made my goal of 50 books, but didn't quite make my goal of 15K pages.
The first three here are re-reads. All very good stuff; I don't have much to say about them. Young Miles is definitely recommended as a handy introduction to the Vorkosigan saga, even though these stories are not chronologically first in the series. Church & State collectively are some of the best-drawn comic stories out there, but this is definitely where the series' writing started to go off the rails. It's still excellent here, but the cracks show more and more as the story goes on.
I've previously read very few Incredible Hulk stories, from any era. I was a bit surprised at how often the Hulk got re-dosed with gamma rays, how often the Hulk's intelligence changed, how often the conditions to change from Bruce Banner into the Hulk and back changed, how early his "secret" identity became public knowledge, and how very late the basic characterization of "the madder the Hulk gets, the stronger he gets" happened. Good stuff, but 1960's Marvel stories aren't going to to everyone's tastes.
Feudalism: Serf & Turf