The resurrection of my inner comic book fan

Back in my comic-collecting heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was pretty solidly a Marvel guy; I followed a variety of Batman stuff, because Batman is awesome according to every proof at the disposal of modern science, but for the most part I didn’t stray into DC territory very often. I bought a ton of X-Men, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, and Wolverine books (but really never got into The Avengers) and followed stuff from Marvel’s Epic imprint like Groo the Wanderer and Alien Legion. I also bought a ton of Dark Horse books, because they had great licenses like Predator, Aliens and Terminator.

This recent resurrection of my inner comic book fan, however, finds me paying attention to a lot more DC books. While Marvel is pushing its next big X-Men event – the X-Men fighting vampires (yes, they’re really going to do that…) – I’ve been checking out things like Birds of Prey, Batman & Robin and Secret Six. I also keep meaning to check out the new Legion of Super Heroes book, because Yildiray Cinar’s art is ridiculous. I even picked up a couple of Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman books in the airport to help me kill some time on the way home from Baltimore because I enjoyed the stuff she was writing in Birds of Prey and Secret Six.

I’ve still found some really good Marvel stuff – for instance, the first two issues of the Warren Ellis-penned “Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis” miniseries have been fun and the art in those books is fantastic, and the current “Black Widow” series through two issues has been a good read.

I think at this point I’m going to be a whole lot more interested in following creators around, regardless of what imprint they’re publishing under at the time.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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3 Responses

  1. Brian Grossnickle says:

    Everyone knows DC is the best. I mean who can stop the greatness of Sgt. Rock and GI Combat. Hey, send me an e-mail. My harddrive crashed and I lost your address. Also, you need to check out the domesticated AT AT vid on youtube.

  2. Ah, yes, the Haunted Tank. Pretty awesome. I read a ton of those as a kid, even though I was never into them as much as you are. 🙂

    Joel Silver directing a Sgt. Rock movie and moving it out of World War II and into “the near future” is going to be a comical disaster to watch.

  3. Brian Grossnickle says:

    Yes, very disappointed to hear about that. I waited years through Sgt Rock rumors for this. You still haven’t sent me your e-mail you know.

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