I started reading and collecting comic books when I was nine years old.
Last month…I stopped.
Well, the collecting part anyway.
I used to read a ton of titles every month from a variety of publishers. As trade paperbacks became more prevalent I found that I greatly preferred that format over monthly comics. And, I found that I was buying the trade of issues I already had. Not the brightest thing I’d ever done.
So, about two years or so back I dropped all my monthly books except for Batman and Superman. Batman is my favorite comics character, and Superman (a close second) was a title that I’d been reading solidly since John Byrne relaunced the book back around 1986.
Last month I finally dropped both books. My last two periodical comics.
It wasn’t an easy decision. I still question my decision to drop Superman, just because of the history I have with the book. But, I think I did the right thing for me.
I still love comics and, moreso, the characters. I’ll admit that I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with a lot of modern comic storytelling. In regards to Batman and Superman, I pretty despise (strong words, ed?) what Grant Morrison (and, subsequently, Tony Daniel) have done with Batman and the characters current direction. Superman, on the other hand, has an interesting story arc going on in "Grounded"…but, I’ll just end up picking it up as a trade at some point.
I’m finding far greater satisfaction in picking up trades of older material. Marvel’s gearing up for the Captain America and Thor movies and collecting a bunch of older storylines, which is fantastic! I hope that DC does the same thing with Green Lantern…especially some of the Len Wein/Dave Gibbons run from the 1980s.
36 years of getting comic books every month. Now, it’s over.
Now, to purge those long boxes taking up space in my garage…