Here’s a rundown of the books I’ve purchased in the last three weeks.
Guardians of the Galaxy No. 15 — Funny thing is that I bought the first five issues of GotG, but haven’t read them just yet. Still, I know enough about the title that when I saw Cosmo the super dog on the cover, it was an immediate must-buy for me. I love it when a little bit of one comic company theme (DC’s super pets) sneaks over into another (Marvel). Purchased at Comics Store West.
Power Girl No. 1 and No. 2 — When this came out, I wasn’t itching to get it. Then I saw some reviews come in, and they were generally positive. I don’t know if I’ll like it since I’ve never counted myself among the Power Girl fans out there. The alternate cover to issue No. 2 is just wonderful though. Purchased at Comics Store West.
Marvel Pets — My favorite purchase thus far. Marvel does a whole guidebook on the pets and other animals that have appeared in their comics since the 1940s. Yep, Cosmo’s one of them. There’s also devilish dinosaurs, oodles of ants and many, many monsters. This is a lot of fun and a great bathroom read! Purchased at Comics Store West.
Hotwire Requiem for the Dead No. 1 — There aren’t many artists that pull me in anymore. They are no longer the key to my comic-book enjoyment. Sure, it helps tremendously if I buy a book that’s good and has a great artist. Still, every so often, an artist really wows me. In this case, that artist is Steven Pugh. I first found him on Shark Man, and have kept my eye out for him since. I don’t know if Hotwire will be good, but it will be good to look at. Purchased at Comics Store West.
Astro City: The Dark Age No. 2 — This issue will be all I pick up until I’ve had a chance to weigh the qualities of issue No. 1 and this one. After that, I’ll decide whether to march on with the rest of the series. Purchased at Comix Connection.
Supergirl No. 42 — I’ve been raving about this series since I latched on to the “Who is Superwoman” story arc. This is the aftermath issue. If it hooks me, I might stay a while. Wasn’t much impressed with the cover though. Purchased at Comix Connection.
Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers No. 1 — This title looks like pure fun. It was sold out at my regular store, so I had to go across town to pick it up. Gotta love Marvel’s diversity lately. Purchased at Comix Connection.
Scooby-Doo No. 145 — Boy, it has been a dog friendly run, hasn’t it? This one was for my Little One. Still, you have to admire how current artists stretch the use of model sheets and adapt the old look for new times. Purchased at Comics Store West.
Livewires: Clockwork Thugs, Yo! — Since I placed the Livewires in Indiana in my Relocating the Marvel Universe series, I figured I owed it to this group of robots to read their book. I got it dirt cheap, so if I don’t like it (and considering its got anime style art, I might not), then it’s no big deal. Purchased at Comix Connection.
Something I’m not sure you’ve looked into for a feature: Downloading comics. Just like the music industry, there are hundreds of people who scan the comics and put them on torrent sites for anyone with the will to download. There’s even special software to read the books with on one’s computer. I’d be interested to hear what industry people have to say about this, and whether or not they’re pursuing legal action. BTW: Secret Invasion had a great premise, thought it ended to abruptly. Reading House of M now (I know it’s out of sequence) then onto Dark Reign.