Comics: The Weekly Rundown (was Heroes Con 2006)

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  1. Russell G

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    I used to do the same thing Greg. I had a file at the shop, and when I picked up my books, I'd compare them to the ones on the shelf to make sure I had top condition books. Since realizing that I well probably never sell them, and even if I had mint books to sell, I probably well never get full value for them, I'm not too concerned.
    Still keep everything bagged & boarded though. [​IMG]
    How do you guys keep track of your collections? I had initially started using Wizards online database, but then they wanted to charge for it so I dropped it. I've since got most of my collection in a giant Works database. Once I get it complete, I plan on buying an overstreet guide to put in what the current speculation value is. I tried the "Collecterz Comics" program, but their online database for comics is pretty much non-existant.
    Oh, and to answer your question, I almost always got NM books with the pull list.
     
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    I recently made the decision to finally quit floppies altogether, so I'm ordering collected editions only.

    Getting most of the Essential and Showcase volumes.

    I really like these new Omnibus editions from Marvel - basically 3 or 4 Masterworks in one huge book, but with letters pages, extras, better paper and restoration for the price of only 2 Masterworks. I've got the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Eternals just came in last week.

    From Dark Horse, I get The Goon, Hellboy, BPRD, and both the classic and new versions of Conan whenever a new collection is released.

    Pretty much anything from Alan Moore, most of Kurt Busiek's works (especially Astro City), most of Matt Wagner's stuff. Been getting IDW's reprints of classic 80's indies: Grimjack, Jon Sable, and Maze Agency. IDW's Doomed has been a pretty interesting horror magazine, but I wish it came out more frequently.

    For new and recent books, the Black Coat and Athena Voltaire made good impressions on me, and I'm kind of curious about this new Star Wars: Legacy series that John Ostrander is launching.
     
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    I don't have a problem with the quality of books my LCS pulls for me. They're always close to mint. Before I had a pull list, I'd always try and get the best quality book on the shelf.

    I have the first issue of SW: Legacy, and it's pretty interesting so far. I'm going to stick with it for a while just to see where it goes. I've never collected any Star Wars comics, and I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan. Kind of hard to believe it took me this long to get into one.
     
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    I changed the thread title as it drifted into comics in general. Hope it does become a regular "thang" amongst comic fans.

    My current list (I don't have a pull list at my LCS because I want to be able to quit quit cold turkey should I decide that's right for me, and having a pull list would obligate me to buy 2 more months of books after I put in my pull cancellation notice as I would honor my commitment to buy what a store orders for me):

    Creator-wise:

    Most titles drawn by Greg Land (upcoming Ultimate-Supreme-verse crossover)

    Most titles drawn by Steve McNiven (Civil War)

    Most titles drawn by Ed Benes (upcoming JLA)

    Most titles drawn by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary)

    Most titles written by Brian K. Vaughan (Runaways, Y The Last Man, Ex Machina)

    Many titles written by Warren Ellis (Planetary, coming to an end, etc)

    Most titles written by Alan Moore (ABC-related stuff, most coming to an end, now with a cave for a basement, who knows what's next from him)

    Some titles written by Grant Morrison

    Batman (Morrison)

    Detective (Dini)

    Supergirl and the Legion (for now)

    Superman (on probation, seeing how it goes after the Up, Up and Away storylines go)

    Action (ditto)

    All-Star Superman

    Supergirl (for at least one more issue)

    Superman/Batman

    Bird of Prey

    52 (sort of tepid on it for now)

    Wonder Woman (let's see how the new restart goes)

    Justice

    Fables

    Y The Last Man

    Civil War (though I find the premise hokey)

    Runaways

    She-Hulk

    Astonishing X-Men

    Ultimate Fantastic Four

    Squadron Supreme (though, since Gary Frank left the book, I may, too)

    The Ultimates

    Strangers in Paradise (going away in 8 issues)

    Optic Nerve (comes out once a year at best)

    Stray Bullets (quarterly nowadays, it seems)

    Ex Machina

    Planetary (2 issues to go!)

    WildCATS (Morrison and Lee in the fall)
     
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    My pull list:

    Marvel:

    Astonishing X-Men

    X-Men

    Uncanny X-Men

    New X-Men

    X-Factor

    Cable/Deadpool

    New Avengers

    Wolverine

    Amazing Spider-Man

    Sensational Spider-Man

    Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

    Punisher

    Wolverine: Origins

    Young Avengers/Runaways

    Fantastic Four

    Captain America

    Eternals

    Civil War

    Civil War: Frontline

    DC:

    Superman

    Action Comics

    Superman/Batman

    Batman

    Detective Comics

    Legends of the Dark Knight

    JSA

    Green Lantern

    Wonder Woman

    Flash: The Fastest Man Alive

    52

    JLA (starting soon)

    I'm pretty much a Marvel/DC person, though I used to follow WildCATS and Spawn over at Image (and I'll be coming back to WildCATS in the fall, probably).

    I'm pretty much loyal to titles and characters rather than artists and writers. I mean, I love Frank Miller AND Jim Lee, but I've stayed away from All-Star Batman and Robin due to all the negativity. Now, that doesn't mean I don't get excited when a writer I like takes over one of the books I read (I'm really looking forward to Morrison on Batman and Brubaker on Uncanny X-Men). There's always an exception though. I probably wouldn't be getting Eternals if Gaiman weren't writing.
     
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    Every now and then I see guys from Gaijin Studios (located just about a mile from my workplace), mainly Cully Hamner (penciller on Blue Beetle) and Karl Story (awesome inker), picking up books at my LCS. Cully will chit-chat with us, but Karl is quiet-spoken and generally just shops and goes.
     
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    I agree. I wish they could have come up with something good though.
     
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    New issues I got today:
    Ultimate FF
    Superman
    Civil War Frontline
    Ghost Rider
    Ultimate Spider-Man
    I intended to get Thunderbolts, but I either overlooked it, or it was already gone. My LCS doesn't get many of them or She-Hulk, so they have both been difficult to find with the heightened interest in the Civil War titles. I'll try another branch tomorrow, and I also need to find Sensational Spider-Man. Every copy at my shop was messed up, so I took a pass on it.
     
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    This week's titles for me:

    Superman - Kurt Busiek flies solo, and it's not a bad standalone issue re-establishing not only Superman's presence back in Metropolis, but also Clark's past inefficiencies and frequent disappearing act in his capacity as a news reporter.

    52 week 10 - In an odd timing stroke, this week showcases Clark getting chewed out by Perry White for getting scooped on a new hero in town. Clark pulls a few time-tested tricks to get the story. Didn't care much for the Black Adam subplot, though he does get a talking-to.

    Squadron Supreme - some of the team allows for some retribution after seeing some ghastly terror and violence perpetrated on innocents. Not quite I like the direction of this series for now.

    Also picked up Ultimate Fantastic Four and Fables, but won't get to them for a bit (I like reading certain titles in 6 to 10-issue chunks).
     
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    If you have a pull file, you should tell your LCS ahead of time what you want so they will make sure they have a copy for you. It really helps if you can ahold of a copy of Previews.
    I told my shop that I wanted anything written by JMS, and I've never had to worry about missing anything he's written. They even will put stuff in my file they think I might like based on other titles I can get (and no hard feelings if I decline [​IMG] ).
    In addition, I use the pre-order add-on to my collection software to add titles I want in my collection database (again, check out http://www.realmsofwonder.com ... I can't say enough good things about this inexpensive piece of software). And I look over the Diamond shipping list on their website every week on their website so I know what has been shipped. The shipping list is really a handy tool
     
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    It may be a minor spoiler to say, but this week's Superman reminded me strongly of the first issue of Astro City.
     
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    I'm the Greg Land fan. He'll be moving on to Ultimate Power, the crossover between Ultimate-verse and the Supreme Power-verse characters.
     
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    I thought it was you, but I didn't feel like going back a page and I didn't want to say the wrong name if I was wrong. Heh.
     
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    Well, you could always have a pull file to guarantee you get a copy, and just change it out with a better off-the-shelf copy if you find a better one. I'd say that's better than missing out on something you want and still get the best copy you can get.
    I'm not grade-demanding, but I've been known to switch out copies from time to time when I get a creased or damaged cover.
     
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    I remember back when Dark Horse decided to shelve Nexus, Baron and Rude mentioned that they had the next issue of the series already fully drawn. I'd like to know whatever happened to that one...
    Somewhat off-topic but not by very much...in case anyone's interested, a small publisher has just begun releasing new licensed trade paperbacks of The Shadow, with Doc Savage to follow shortly. Two of the original pulp novels per book. http://www.adventurehouse.com/ is one of a few online retailers carrying them.
     
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    I'm going tonight to pick up my monthly comics/swag pile. I'll report later with my booty. Comics booty, not my "junk in the trunk". That would jhust be wrong.
    A questions:
    Anyone read Marvels "Secret War" from last year? I into it and enjoying it. While this was running, they had a story arc in "Pulse" that tied into the mini-series. Is there a particular reading order for it? the last secrst war issue I read advertised the Pulse arc, but I don;t know if I should read all of Pulse, than the rest of Secret Wars or ping pong between the 2.
    Which brings me to gripe. Secret War has a "Dossier" issue that appears to be a bunch of text about the characters, as opposed to having an actual plot function to the story. Anyone else feel ripped off iwth these? Earth X, Paradie and Universe X all had issues like this as well.
     

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