Sometimes I get an itch to go back and read a comic book run that I missed. There's plenty to work with as I missed a lot of the Marvel and DC events from the last ten years or so. I am generally aware of what happened in most of them, but I didn't read them and with all of the animated shows & movies turning up on Netflix, the live action shows on the networks, and the big movies I thought it was time to go back to the source material. I am making a slow but continuing effort to catch up and as I do, I figure I might as well post my thoughts on them here.
Since there will likely be plenty of these kinds of posts in the near future here is my background - there are 4 long boxes in my closet:
- One is a nearly complete run of Iron Man from about Issue 100 to about issue 300
- One is a bunch of 80's-90's Avengers comics
- One is a nearly complete run of West Coast Avengers
- One is a bunch of 80's - 90's X-Men acquired somewhat by accident but still worth keeping
I'm not a snob about it - I have read some Marvel and Indie stuff recently and intend to catch up on my DC gaps as well. Over the last few years I started paying attention again and went back to Avengers Disassembled, the New Avengers, and Civil War with side trips to Planet Hulk and Annihilation. I also tried to keep up with DC's New 52 but dropped out after about a year. For this exploration of history I've gone electronic unless I can find cheap trades.
Now this exploration will not just be the newer stuff - there were a lot of books I did not follow closely even in the 80's. I also have an idea about trying to read, say, all of the Superman or Batman books from, the year I was born onward. It's a tall order but it should be fun. More to come!