Anybody reading any these days? I worked in a comic book store when I was younger, and used to read a ton. I haven't read any in years, but I picked up a few this week. Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor, three of my old favorites.
I also read a ton of comics, but that was back in the late 70's to the early 80's. Once in a blue moon, I'll pick up a graphic novel.
The last I read was named Earth X. It was an ambitious, futuristic story that attempted to pull together all of Marvel history into one, big plotline. It had some interesting takes on the future versions of characters, and had some good Alex Ross covers but murky interior art. If you're an old timer Marvel fan, I recommend it.
I haven't bought a "regular" comic book in years. How much are they now?
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2007 16:50:50 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
I was primarily a Marvel guy. In the late 80s I read a lot of Dark Horse books too. I've been thinking about picking up some graphic novels to help refresh some of the charaters and plots. Regular books runn 2.99 a book now.
The "Essential" series are a great buy. They collect about 20 issues of classic titles in each compilation. I bought the first three volumes of Fantastic Four a few years ago. The format has been popular enough that it has branched out of the classic 1960's era, and into the 70's. I was thinking of picking up the Kree-Skrull War, the Serpent Crown saga, and the Celestial Madonna storyline since they were all things I remember being referenced when I first started reading comics.
The "Essential" books are black and white, and in trade paperback format are pretty cheap. I believe the "Master Works" are in color, hardback and a good deal more expensive. You should give Eric a call, now that he's Mr. Small-business owner he can probably get you anything you want.
Post by geneweigel on Aug 15, 2007 10:57:33 GMT -5
I've totally gone cold turkey since the MARVEL LEGENDS action figures are no longer made by Marvel and made by Hasbro (through a license) they dropped the free comic reprint.
Seriously, I went to Borders bookstore two weeks ago and they had a wall of graphic novels and reprinted compilation trade paperbacks. The prices for just being a comic fan is severe punishment these days. I didn't buy a damn thing and I was totally disenfranchised by the costs of "comic book repints" as if they were somehow more valuable than a few dollars compiled. I had stacks of reprinted compilations by the mid-80's (all looted from me by rotten associates) and they were a few coins more than a standard comic when I bought those. I believe in putting my money where my mouth is (mostly because of D&D) so I don't think I can spend $40 for something that cost me originally a total of $1.00 brand new off the shelf just because its now on "high quality paper and binding"!
Last Edit: Aug 15, 2007 10:58:43 GMT -5 by geneweigel
I don't know. I don't really know much about the storyline, just that Eric said it was pretty cool, the best thing in recent years... The superheroes are basically split down the middle, either siding with Iron Man (government) or Captain America (freedom). The government tries to do a big crackdown on forcing all heroes to register... Hmm... sounds familiar, doesn't it? Wasn't there something about the Avengers having a maximum roster of seven, ordained by the government, with an agent named Gyrich meddling in their business, back in the 1970's?
Hmmm... I haven't even priced the old Kirby stuff. You could be right, Gene. I always liked The New Gods, 2001: A Space Odyssey (with Malek the Hunter), and Kirby's run in the mid-70's on Captain America and the Falcon. Good old "Squarefingers Jack" Kirby...
Last Edit: Aug 16, 2007 18:10:02 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
I bought a couple more books yesterday. There's a bit of frustration when starting up again. The Iron Man I bought is not related in any way to the last Iron Man I bought. Strak was captured by Hulk and his alien army. SHIELD was getting ready to nuke New York in case 'conquest' was added to the Hulk's list of things to do, and then... I don't know. The new issue is a competely different story line. I don't know if the last issue I bought wasn't the most recent, or if the story line was finished in a different book. When I get home I'll have to see if there is an issue gap. I hope that is the case. One of the reasons I stopped reading before was all the stories spanning numerous titles, and if you didn't buy them all, you never got a complete story. I don't want to have to buy the Hulk to read the end of an Iron Man story.
Post by geneweigel on Aug 23, 2007 19:42:28 GMT -5
I read a few Avengers 2 years ago and it wasn't like anything that I remember a comic being like. There were stretched panels with little dialogue and a kind of plastic look to the environs that made it surreal and lacking in empathy. However a few years prior they had a George Perez Avengers revival which was pretty cool.
I recently came back to comics myself.. Primarily zombie comiocs, The Walking Dead compilations, and several others. I think though I will begin to find the old Dracula comics I remember as a kid. I always liked those.