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My first comic would of been an Archie comic of some sort from my adult, hillbilly 2nd cousins. I collected a little Batman when the movie came out, but became die hard in the 90's w/Death Of Superman and Nightsfall. Since then, I've mostly been a DC guy, although I drifted away from Superheros for more indendent books, than kinda drifted back to super heroes lately.
Favorite single issue (ongoing series) - Promethia 13(I think) in which Alan Moore describes the history of the world, magic, and a linear storyline, using the first 20 odd tarrot cards in a deck as reference, in RHYME. And it makes sense. And the art is fantastic. AND it's funny.
Favorite storyline (ongoing series)- I really liked Knightsquest I think, when Azbats went ape shit and sarted killing guys. I know alot of people hated it, but it was pretty sweet. All that Zero Hour stuff was pretty good.
Favorite storyline (open to anything) - Promethia is right now the one that comes to mind. It started as a homage to wonderwoman, and sort of shifted into an almost biographical history of magic, and than changed again to be a almost study of how all that fits into the act of actually reading a comic. While still being entertaining.
Favorite limited series - Kingdom come/Watchmen/Dark Night Returns.
Favorite cover (ever) - Dark Night #2, when Batman is all kick assy.
Favorite page (ever) - That Ultimates issue where Captian America kicks the hulk in the balls. It might be my favorite moment as well.
Another Question: DC or Marvel? (BE POLITE!!)
I always liked DC more. The heroes just seem more iconic. The charm of the Marvel books for me is the human element, in that they are very much like us. DC's characters just deserve more respect, as they are like Gods and seem more ready for business. It's fun when Spider-Man shows up to lend a hand, but when Superman shows up, you know some serious shit is going down. I just like the more epic/mythic feel of the DC universe.
As an aside, like Brett, I loved, LOVED Earth X, only to be baffled by Universe X, and completely miffed by Paradise X. I'm guessing it's because I never really followed Marvel, so I didn't know who any of these characters where. The dialog was like Clint talked to Tony and they went and saw bruce who...". I was all like" Who? Who are these people? Are they X-Men?"
Yet, I still liked the books.
Most surprising book? 1602 mini-series by Gaiman. It soundedlike a bad idea, and ended up being a wonderful story.