The SpartanNerd is a bit of a cheapskate. So his comics come by the old fashioned snail-mail…..(I save a little money that way.) Such is the way of a breeder. What does this mean for a blog about comics? Well, it means that after ComicVine, Pop Culture Network, and whoever else has already reviewed them, I will have my two cents to add….Literally two cents. On a RARE occasion, I will get a book on the Wednesday that it comes out. Sometimes, I get them over two weeks late. This sucks pretty bad….
So what books am I subscribed too? I jumped on DC Comics The New 52 wagon when all that news dropped. I began buying the digital books. This was OK, but I missed the nostalgia of owning the actual paper books I stockpiled as a kid, thus the subscriptions. I started here because 1) Marvel messes around too much with Spider-Man, who I love just as he was in the 1990’s pre-clone Todd MacFarlane era, 2. Big Iconic characters that used to be too intimidating with a 50 year back-story…such as Batman and Superman, would now be more accessible. 3. It seemed like a good place to start with stuff I wasn’t SOOO familiar with in the first place. So I subscribed to five titles that I read the most. Detective Comics, Batman, Batman and Robin, Action Comics, and Justice League. I have since dropped Justice League (too much Shazam) and picked up Aquaman. Why no Batman: The Dark Knight? I didn’t care for the art, but I have picked up a couple of the books.
It also turns out that here at the edge of the world there are a couple of fine establishments that sell comics, closest to me is Mad Max’s Comics and Games, but also on the west side of Sparkle City there is the highly regarded and established Tangled Web. I STILL find myself darkening comic store doors on Wednesdays and weekends. What books do I pick up? Believe it or not, Batgirl! I started reading Justice League of America. I bought Ninja Turtles for awhile. I picked up every Masters of the Universe comic I could. I also bought a major haul of books from a Tangled Web recently in a doorbuster sale. I grabbed almost every associated title that went with “The Court of the Owls,” and “Death of The Family” when those stories were hot. I also began reading the new Thor book, which has been pretty cool so far.
Part of my thinking in this was of course that I would not miss any important details. So How did I miss THE DEATH OF DAMIAN WAYNE/ROBIN? DC really ticked me off on this one. Here I am a near hardcore fan of Batman, loving the whole New 52 take on Robin….And they kill him off in the one book I haven’t been reading…..Batman Inc. AND I find out by reading Batgirl…which I picked up at the store thinking it would be spoiler free (even though it said “Requiem” on the cover? That was cold, DC Comics.)
In the next few posts over the next few days, I will try to bring anyone who cares…. (anyone out there?)……up to date on what I have thought about each of my regular titles. I might just distill the Bat books down into their story elements of Court of the Owls, Death of the Family, and Requiem. I’ll address Justice League, Superman, and some of the other books I have picked up as well. Stay tuned, Hub City Geeks!