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Surly Rockbottom

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Subj: Piecemeal and Enduring - How I read Marvel
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 08:57:09 am CDT (Viewed 43 times)
Reply Subj: Patience and stealth - How I read Marvel
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:00:03 am CDT (Viewed 97 times)

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I am now reading New Avengers for the first time - because Bendis says Secret Invasion is what he's been building up to these past four years and I'm taking him at his word. I have no intention of buying back issues or TPB's.

I am now reading Thor - having begun my ordering at Westfield Comics with issue 9 - because I got the impression that with issue 9 the return of Asgard would be pretty much finished and JMS would start telling stories about good guys and bad guys again. I bought the back issues and went through them in two sittings over two evenings, which is the only way I can tolerate the molasses pacing these issues had.

I'm not reading Captain America yet but plan to return when Steve Rogers does. I have no intention of buying the back issues or TPB's.

How do I read Marvel? By patience and stealth. I monitor developments via these message boards and when a book seems to be reaching a point that seems tolerable to me, I start buying.

I waited for JMS to leave Amazing Spider-Man and then started ordering. I have no intention of buying back issues or TPB's. In fact I have no intention of buying the book at all any more, since BND Spidey is a dork and dorks are unappealing to me. Pre-BND JMS/JoeQ/Jenkins Spidey was also a dork, as evidenced by his decision to reveal his identity on TV, and that was one reason (among others) I stayed away then also. In my opinion the real Peter Parker is a lot like me - and I'm not a dork.

By patience and stealth I read Marvel. How about you?

Reading Marvel for me lately has been like kicking a drug habit. It's painful, but going cold turkey will likely kill me (or those around me). Also, it will probably be better for me in the long run.

I'm sure that I will never quit, but I'll probably go back more and more to the classics (TPB's). Which is fine, I don't fault Marvel one bit because I absolutely do not expect them to cater to a child of the Bronze Age forever.

I've been getting a lot more run specific lately. Amazingly enough, I tend to like the big shake-ups more than other readers my age. I vote "Keep him dead" on Steve Rogers, I liked Grant Morrison's X-Men, and the Knaufs are brilliant on Iron Man (its too bad that the interweaving with the rest of Marvel is so damn intense in Iron Man as that is the book's only turn off for me).

I will probably always pick up an issue if it has the Silver Surfer in it (I have a complete collection of SS appearances and I want to keep it that way). Although, JMS' mini with Surfer's death was so beautifully done I'm willing to see the character as dead.

The only Spider-Man continuity that I would be interested in following would be a continuation of Reign.

Heck, most characters lose me after 1985 now that I think about it. But hey, as the cliche goes: "Its not you Marvel . . . its me."

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