Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hey, Kids! (I'm Killing) Comics!

I can feel the change happening.

My DCBS box came the other day. First thing I grabbed out to read? The Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist story hardcover. The rest of the box remains unread. I'll get to it, but I'm much more excited about the Mouse Guard collection I picked up at the library today.

I look over the list of what I buy each month, and I see everything winding down, either out of authorial/editorial intent (All Star Superman is finite, Darwyn Cooke is leaving The Spirit after #12) or out of a lack of interest on my part (the Sinestro crossover is snuffing out my interest in Green Lantern Corps, I'm not enthused about the changing of the guard on LSH). And I spend more and more time each month seeing what I can cut out of my already tiny budget in order to buy some newly listed - or even backlisted - collection or original graphic novel.

I can feel it happening... I'm becoming a "wait for the trades" guy. And I'm digging it.

That's not to say I'm giving up completely on floppies. I'll still pick up back issues when opportunity and finances allow. And I'll still pick up the few titles I like that I don't think will get collected and/or need the support (indie books or low-selling favorites from the big 2, like All New Atom at the moment). But this time next year, I'll be very surprised if most of my comics reading isn't in the collected format.

So, yup, it looks like I, too, am killing comics. And proudly at that. I want what I want how I want it. And since most of this stuff reads better in chunks nowadays, anyway, I see no problem in jumping to that method of delivery.

Doot, doot, doot, and another one bites the dust.
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