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.

Marvel 1602 – I have no idea what I was waiting for

May 30, 2009

When the Fantastic Fangirls came up with their challenge to try something new, I originally said I was going to try Cosmic Marvel. Unfortunately, the entire state of Georgia failed me, as not a single library had a copy of Annihilation. I then decided to try Strangers in Paradise. I read the first volume, and I liked it, but I only got the second trade today, so that will have to wait.

What I did read today and absolutely loved was 1602. 1602 is a book that I should have read a while ago – I have a fondness for AUs. I would read an entire series about the Justice Titans from the most recent Superman/Batman arc. I’ve read every single issue of Exiles. But I’d never read 1602.

There’s a reason for this – 1602 came out during that very brief time period when I wasn’t reading comics. I quit reading them for a while in late 2003, right before the first issue came out, and I didn’t start up again until 2007. So while I knew 1602 existed, I just never got around to it. And now I am kicking myself for that, because 1602 is pretty much everything I love.

There isn’t a lot that I can say about the book that hasn’t already been said – 1602 is pretty well loved. I think the book did a wonderful job re-imagining the characters and blending them with the time period. The artwork is beautiful. The story itself is incredible, but I expect nothing less from Neil Gaiman.

I would try to list my favorite parts but a) they would be spoilery and b) there are way too many. I’ll just say that Werner was totally my favorite. Nobody should really be surprised by this. And I would really like more from this universe, and apparently there are two sequels, both of which now have holds on them at the library.

Marvel Solicits

April 21, 2009

Well, it’s time for lunch, and I have the choice of going through my google reader or talking about solicits again, so I choose the solicits. (My google reader is getting scary. I’m never going to catch up. Ever.)

Apparently I chose a good time to actually start blogging. Because solicits. Yes.

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