Why exactly do they call it pre-ordering? You can't order something before you order it!

If you were me, your January Discount Comic Book Service order would look exactly like this:

Infinite Crisis #6 - The grammatically incorrect title still bugs me a little, but I'm still totally drinking the DC Kool-Aid at this point. The very idea of Identity Crisis pissed me off, I couldn't be bothered to read many of the lead-in series, and I'm ignoring the cross-over issues, but I'm really digging this. Go figure.

Supergirl & the Legion of Super-Heroes #16 - Still my favorite series from DC right now. The addition of Supergirl to the group intrigues me - I just wish it wasn't the elongated-spine-and-apparently-no-internal-organs version that's currently in vogue at the company. I'm holding out hopes that this ends up being the Hypertime version from the end of Peter David's run on Supergirl, or even the regular DCU version from Peter David's run. We'll see, I guess.

Marvel Team-Up #18 - My favorite Marvel book right now. (She-Hulk is good, too, but I get that in trades) Robert Kirkman has managed to capture everything that made Marvel fun and exciting to me as a kid in the '80s and recreate it here. It's nice to see a superhero book from one of the Big Two that can still be fun and occasionally funny without making it an outright comedy.

Blue Beetle #1 - Count me as one of the people who did legitimately like the Ted Kord Blue Beetle and was bummed to see him rubbed out just to move a plot along, but this book does at least look a little interesting. I like the character design and the art from the preview pages I've seen, and I like the idea of bringing back in the mystical aspect of the Silver Age Blue Beetle. Plus, DCBS is offering it for 75 cents. At that price, I'm definitely willing to give it a shot.

Hawkgirl #50 - I'm not too interested in the character, but with Walter Simonson and Howard Chaykin at the helm, I'm willing to give it a shot.

Uncle Scrooge #352 - A bit expensive, even with the DCBS discount, but it reprints a Barks story I've never read, "Isle of the Golden Geese," so I'm in.

Banana Sunday TPB - I read the first issue and decided I wanted to get the trade when it came out, and now here it is. Talking monkeys and the always-pleasing-to-the-eye art of Colleen Coover. Also, talking monkeys. I'm not made of stone, people. Did I mention the talking monkeys?

Crisis on Infinite Earths (the novel) by Marv Wolfman, paperback edition - I wanted to read this when it came out, but I didn't want to read it $25 badly, and I couldn't get it through the library, so I'm glad to see a paperback version. And with the discount, it's under $8, which is a little more my speed.

Just missing the cut:

Batman and Detective Comics - James Robinson writing Batman is very appealing, but I figure the entire six-issue storyline will be traded relatively quickly after it's complete, so I'll wait.

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis - Kurt Buseik and Butch Guice - it's a great team, but I've never been a big swords & sorcery person. I may pick it up off the stands if the mood strikes me, though.

All-Star Superman - I've ultimately decided to wait for the trade on this. I think Morrison reads better in the collected format, and I figure that Frank "I've Never Met a Deadline I Couldn't Let Sail Right By Me" Quitely will eventually slow up the book's publishing schedule, which would make the allegedly monthly wait too frustrating. I have no patience for excessively late books.

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