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Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Books I've Decided I Can Live Without Now That I No Longer Work In Comics Retail
Hawkman--It's actually good, but I don't find myself looking forward to reading it.
She-Hulk--I bought the first issue of the new series and didn't find it funny at all. Bad sign.
Inu-Yasha--I'm several volumes behind as it is, and everytime I flip open a new book I note that a) they still haven't found all the pieces of that damn gem and b) a new nemesis has been introduced who is more powerful and more evil than the previous nemesis, thus forcing the heroes to unlock yet another hidden power they didn't know they possessed.
Supreme Power--I was only picking it up for Pete, and even he had his fill of it. I think the general badness of the Hyperion and Nighthawk minis were what finally fed him up with it.
Everything else I've more or less decided not to buy anymore doesn't come out on a regular basis, so it's not even really worth considering it "dropped." I've stopped buying a ton of "indie" creator's work over the last year or two for the very simple reason that I don't find it the slightest bit fun to read their comics. Also, every time I see one of them complain in an interview or on an on-line venue that a Marvel or DC editor wouldn't "let" them do something, I end up reconsidering their work. Because, you know, last time I checked, there were any number of publishers who will "let" creators do whatever the hell they want, not to mention the self-publishing route. If their creative freedom is so damned important to them, why are they suckling at the corporate teat in the first place?
This still leaves me with a pull-list that's fairly comprehensive and varied. If every manga title I currently read were to be published in the same week, for example, I'd be set back about $200. Putting an actual list of the manga titles I read reveals far more titles aimed at teen girls than a thirty year old man should probably be reading. And that doesn't even cover graphic novels, which I decided not to put on my pull-list unless they were ones I was fairly certain the shop was going to under-order (such as any new Blacksad and Nikolai Dante books that should have shipped by now...).