a few weeks ago i posted about the new additions i made to my old comic collection, which had been sitting dormant since the 90’s. I got back into the world and via ebay, made some purchases. Ive since gotten all the orders i made (had to stop any new orders when i lost my job 2 weeks ago) and thought i would follow up with Part 2.
As mentioned, i lost my job and i would like to post about that but i think it’s better if i don’t. Needless to say, its a blow an already depressed human didnt need and i have not been in a good place lately.
…this post is in part to cheer myself up more than anything and let me write about a subject i enjoy to take my mind off the shitpile. Enjoy!
First off the bat a few variants for Marvels big crossover event of this year, Avengers vs. X-Men mini-series. Each issue had a ‘team variant’ featuring either the Avengers or the X-Men for each of the 0-12 issue run. i was able to get the entire run of the regular covers and 3 of the ‘team’ sets. I decided i want to get all the team cover variants for this series. Also included is the first issue of the follow up series, Consequences.
Everyone has their own opinion on variants but there are a lot i really like, understanding that only the more rare variants will hold any value over time. Rarity is what gives something its value in the first place…
next to those we have a few issues of Daredevil from the 90’s that fill in a few holes in the very small run of DD i have. I’ve been told that this book is very good right now and ive been meaning to start checking it out; but there are a lot of series out there keeping me busy. The DD’s were only $1.50 each so they were worth getting just to fill in the gaps.
Finally in this photo are the collected ‘sketch’ covers from the x-men mini-series Schism from a few years ago. This was a cool story and i liked these variants and found a good deal on the lot on ebay. The panorama image it creates of the characters is cool enough to print and frame.
Next up, the outcome of the big A vs. X event was the kick off to Marvel’s big company-wide ‘refresh’, Marvel NOW! which began with the ending of the Uncanny X-Men title, replaced with a new title called Uncanny Avengers which is a new team made up of members of both teams. I picked up the first issue (which ends with one of the most disturbing, tho cool, images in a mainstream comic ive seen) as well as 3 of the MANY variants they did for the book: the Deadpool ‘call me’ cover, a very cool almost painted looking cover and the ‘Babies’ cover by artist Skottie Young, who is known for his distinctive looking baby character covers. i love ’em, i think their cute as hell.
Next up, a few more issues of two titles im trying to build, Wolverine and the X-Men – a really fun series that skews a little younger sometimes, but the stories are engaging and the art by one of my new favorite artists, Chris Bachalo is amazing! – and Astonishing X-Men, which was written by joss whedon for the first 2 years of its run. I’m trying to get that whole run because Joss’s take on my favorite mutants made me very happy.
My first Morning Glories! This is a crazy series published by Image that has been described as “Lost meets Runaways”. It was frustrating at first because, like Lost, you are thrown into a story that hints at a hidden mythology within the story that these characters are thrown into, but there are finally at issue 22 some solid plot information being revealed and its made an intriguing story now even more engaging.
Next to those is an issue of Mind the Gap i picked up (another hot title from Image) that i have just started to check out and 2 issues of the Spiderman story arc, One More Day which re-wrote Spidey’s history due to a deal with the devil and it pissed off a lot of fans. I liked it myself even knowing it was done mostly for editorial decisions to make Peter Parker single again.
Ah The Walking Dead. This series is on fire right now and i figured i need to start picking them up in the hopes they retain even some of the value they seem to have right now. I found good deals on the ‘Fear Itself’ storyline, comprising issues #97-102. For the 100th issue, they did 13 variant covers and ive been trying to pick them up when i can find cheap sales. so far ive gotten 3 and i plan to get the rest after i find a job. Lastly on the end there is the new 0ne-off ‘Michonne Special’ which tell a bit of back story of one of the more popular characters in the book.
Hopefully i will be working very soon and can get back to scouring ebay for deals but till then, that will be all the new comics added to the collection. It was nice to have packages on the way, something to look forward to, but soon…very soon…
thats all for now. Remember: support your local comic shop!