Day of Jubilee

January 14, 2010

As I mentioned before I am incredibly behind on my comics. I still am. At some point I’ll catch up, but I feel guilty reading new things until I catch up on the old. But yesterday was the Day of Jubilee. Nation X #2 starring my favorite member of the X-Men (and favorite Marvel character, and my third favorite comics character) came out. I had to go brave my LCBS.

Here’s the thing – I hate my LCBS. They don’t order for you unless you agree to sign up for a pull list and agree to give them three month’s notice before you cancel anything, and they’ll sell out of your box if someone gets there before you do. (To the person whose copy of Nation X #2 I bought, I’m sorry. I specifically asked them if they had any extra copies. I didn’t realize until after I’d paid that they’d taken it out of your box.) And because of the recession they don’t actually sell individual issues anymore unless you have a pull list.

I won’t sign up for a pull list with them, because I’m not leaving my credit card information and agreeing to their ridiculous terms, only to have them sell my books before I get there. And the thing is, they are so convenient. They’re really close to where I work. I just hate shopping there.

The other closest comic store is about 27 miles away, and you take back roads to get there mostly. (Well, not actually back roads. But it’s not a highway, and it’s fairly twisty.) With the ice storm we had I didn’t want to drive there. I actually like this store. If they weren’t 27 miles away I would get a pull list with them.

This blog post wasn’t actually supposed to be about me ranting about my comic shops, it was supposed to be me talking about how even with my hatred of reading things out of order, I went and got Jubilee anyway. And oh, what a glorious comic it was. I reviewed it on ifanboy, and I meant everything I said. This comic was pretty much everything I wanted. It was glorious. Jubilee remains my favorite.

Between that and the fact that Birds of Prey is coming back I am not worrying about Batgirl yesterday was my favorite comics day in a long time. Maybe I will catch up on my comics soon. While this good mood and being positive about comics lasts.


Cutting down

January 7, 2010

I am so far behind on my comics it isn’t even funny. I’m still reading books from February. Staring at the list of comics I still have to read is depressing, and just makes me not want to read them.

People (Caroline, Jen, I’m looking at you) have been asking me forever why I keep reading them if I’m not enjoying them. I touched on it a bit yesterday – when you get in the habit of reading an entire line, it is really hard to stop.

Yesterday, I made a list of what comics are coming out that I actually enjoy reading and I look forward to. It’s not a very long list. (Batgirl, Tiny Titans, Detective Comics, Supergirl, Captain America, Iron Man, New Avengers, X-Factor, Incredible Hercules, Farscape, and Irredeemable. Okay, there are also a few other ones, but I don’t have my list with me) Then there are the books I consider essential and will read anyway (Titans. I know. I should stop. Various X-Books) And there are the books I read because all of my friends are reading them and I should be able to talk about them. (I am not going to list these.)

At some point I should just admit that I really don’t care about Hulk, or Ghost Rider, or well, a lot of other characters. Spider-Man. And because I’m always so behind, I never actually get to have the conversations with people.

So last night, I made a list. I cut down all the books I am just reading because I felt like I should, and I filed them away. The remaining list looks managable. It’s still longer than I’d like, but now that I’ve made the first step, I should probably be able to cut down even more.

My free time thanks me. Maybe I’ll even catch up one day. And hopefully just reading the ones I actually love will remind me why I read comics.

Ridiculous Crossovers

January 5, 2010

If you asked me what I loved about comics, immediately following “Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon” would be ridiculous crossovers. I love crossovers. I love guest appearances. Multiple generations of Titans teaming up to yell “Titans Together!” never fails to make me smile.

This extends into other media as well. I still watch Power Rangers (shut up, I know) and one of my favorite things is when Rangers from previous generations show up to offer advice or help beat an old villain. (The 15th anniversary special where the veteran team of Rangers shows up is pretty much my favorite thing ever.) I love the series 4 finale of Doctor Who when all of the Doctor’s companions from the RTD era show up. I plot ridiculous crossovers in my head, just because I can.  And this extends to more than in-universe crossovers, if given enough time I will come up with a justification to crossover anything.

Which, when I think of it, means I actually love the concept of the shared universe more than anything else. I really love the idea that all of my favorite characters could interact with each other. Dick Grayson and Toro should totally have known each other through circus gossip. Batman would make a great companion for the Doctor.

Really, I’m actually sure that I just wrote up this post to justify why I own two copies of Planet X.

So, what are your favorite ridiculous crossovers? In universe or the most ridiculous combination you can come up with.

New Year and things

January 4, 2010

So, I have this blog that I almost never update. And by almost never I mean I haven’t updated this since May. And really, the reason I don’t is that I have this deep and horrible fear that what I have to say just isn’t good enough, and that I am not good enough, and also there are billions of blogs out there anyway, so why I should I bother?

But then I also figure that maybe I should just get over myself and blog at least a little bit. So here is the state of me as we begin 2010. I am still horribly behind on my comics, and I am coming more and more to the realization that I just don’t actually care. I probably would care a lot more if I didn’t look at the pile of comics and wonder why I’m reading them, so I think this might be the year where I stop reading comics that I know I will hate (I’m looking at (Teen) Titans, Red Robin, and Green Arrow) and just read the ones that I know will fill me with joy (Batgirl! Tiny Titans!). This is probably a healthier attitude toward comics anyway.

My big resolution for this year is to actually try and review things that I read. Not just comics, but books. I read 289 books last year, and didn’t review any of them. So I’m going to try to do that.

Of course, I also claim that this is the year that I’m going to learn to cook, and also exercise three times a week, so who knows if I’ll actually keep up with these things. But I’m going to try.

DC Solicits!

April 21, 2009

Things I love – solicits. I like spoilers, I like speculation, and I like discussing things. I probably even like flailing about and worrying about what is going to happen to my favorites, because I’m going to do it anyway when the books come out, so I should probably prolong the experience.

So, thoughts on the DC July solicits! I mean, if I went to the trouble of getting this blog thing, I should probably actually use it, right?

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