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.