Recently, I have been successful in getting myself a new job. Now, whilst this is cause for mucho celebration, and with it comes a higher salary, it does mean, that for the next 2-3 months, my finances will be stretched like never before.
Sadly this has meant I have looked at my monthly comic list in the hope I can reduce the number to something a bit more acceptable.
Before this attempted cull, my monthly list was around 35 however this doesn’t take into account that several of these were Marvel titles that are released every 2-3 weeks. With that in mind, I was probably nearer 40 a month. Nevertheless, some had to go and here is where tough decisions had to be made. Looking through my list, I realised I was hanging on to titles out of habit and had no real reason to hold on to them.
When I first started collecting comics, I only looked at DC titles. Thankfully, I eventually opened my eyes and now pick up many others, mainly from Marvel and Image. With my selection range widening, it does mean I have to be more selective in which ones I hold on to. For example, my intention is to hold on to only the mainstream DC / Marvel titles in order to keep up to speed on their top-level story arcs. With that in mind, there were some titles that were easier than others to cut.
Each of my comics made good arguments however the following are now gone.
X-MEN LEGACY – this has probably been one of the better Marvel NOW titles and has benefited from doing its own thing, not being too involved with the rest of the Marvel universe. However, that has also been its downfall in that it doesn’t feel like an ‘important’ title.
DETECTIVE COMICS – maybe more experienced readers could clear this up for me however I get the impression Detective is not held in as high regards as perhaps it once was. Whilst Snyder’s Batman has received deserved praise, it has resulted in Detective becoming almost insignificant in the grand scheme of things. In the New 52, none of the arcs have felt compelling and these have had to be paused for tie-in issues to Snyder’s Court of Owl / Joker storylines. Even with Snyder leaving present day Batman to concentrate on Zero Year, I’ve decided Justice League can fill the hole now left by Detective.
BATMAN AND ROBIN – this is the second time B&R has been dropped. With Robin’s death, I thought the constant changing of companion would create interesting pairings I hadn’t seen before, creating some intriguing new dynamics. Whilst this has been the case, I can only take so much of Batman moping around, acting depressed over his son’s death. Because of his loss, the tone of the title has been dragged down for too long. The ‘silent’ issue after Robin’s death was fantastic but it has gone on for too long.
WORLDS FINEST – again, the second time this has been dropped. I have held on to this title waiting for the eventual coming together of Earth 1 & 2, expecting a great pay-off. Sadly, this has still to happen and I will hang on to Earth 2 to keep this part of the DC Universe in my collection. Plus, is it me or is Earth 2’s Supergirl far too arrogant and cocky to be a title character?
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS – this was dropped a couple of weeks ago however it is back on my list after reading positive reviews of #21, the first issue under new writer Justin Jordan. It is still on shaky ground as the title has struggled to maintain any form of consistency with its direction. Team members come and go, the reason for their formation changing, it makes me forget how they all got together in the first place.
SUICIDE RISK – I bought #1 of this title purely of its premise of police fighting a losing battle against super-powered villains. It was unlike anything else in my collection and all was going well until the last few pages reveal the lead cop be infused with super powers. In my opinion, this contradicted the basic selling point of the comic. The good guys were not supposed to have powers. It may seem like a minor complaint but I lost interest after that.
JIRNI – I can’t remember why I selected this in the first place. #1 was the re-telling of a generic fantasy story told a hundred times before. See ya!
Whilst I was quite happy with getting my list into the 20’s, the past few weeks have seen new additions in Image’s Sheltered and Lazarus. Image have an annoying habit of releasing a steady flow of new titles of high quality and, even though some people have criticised them given how many dystopian titles they have, this doesn’t concern me at all.
Yes, the likes of Walking Dead, East of West, Sheltered, and Lazarus have similarities however that has not prevented them from being highly creative titles that are of better quality than the majority of generic DC / Marvel titles.
Thankfully, some of my titles are mini-series (Thanos Rising / Storm Dogs) and they are due to end soon.
It was only with this recent financial clamp-down that I have seen the hard part of comic reading as the likes of crossovers and new titles make it extremely difficult to keep a lid on things.
The person I feel worst for is my comic book guy as I send him revised lists every few weeks which probably makes his life a living hell!
Posted on July 28th, 2013
Category: NEWS & VIEWS, THE ONLY WAY IS GEEK
Tags: Batman And Robin, Comic Reviews, DC Comics, Detective Comics, Green Lantern New Guardians, Jirni, marvel comics, Stuart Ingram, Suicide Risk, Worlds Finest, X-Men Legacy