After lunch we stopped quickly by “Things From Another World” - a local comic and collectible shop.
I was very excited because I have this idea that is something my Grandad did for me. He collected comic books. I’ve got a bunch of older comics (early X-Men, not super old golden age stuff) that he collected, bagged, and boxed.
Every year we’d go through them and look at the latest Wizard magazine for pricing info and jot down how they were doing value wise. We’d examine the condition and make sure the weather, bugs, etc.. hadn’t destroyed any (Imagine my sadness when all of his original TMNT comics were destroyed by bugs).
So I decided, yes, this is going to be something I pass on, much like the Hallmark ornaments, and my love of bacon. I reached out to a few folks around here that are into comics and I said I wanted to have a few Marvel series, a few DC series, and a few independents to start with.
The most enthustiac answer I got was “DUDE YOU HAVE TO START WITH DC’S “THE NEW 52 - Harley Quinn has her own book and so does the Suicide Squad”.
I know dick all about DC comics, I was a Marvel / Image / Dark Horse kid growing up - something about Superman being a boring ass hero, Aquaman being useless, and Green Lantern with his stupid ring.
So I’m all excited, I go in and the lady tells me “oh, both of those go quick, we don’t have them…now I should tell you that some people hate “The New 52” as it’s a reboot with no care given to the past - but I love it. Even Aquaman is good now - he’s grumpy and a little funny”.
Much to my sadness, this whole “New 52” thing isn’t recent, it’s been going on for a couple of years so it’s going to be a bit of a chore (and I’m worried a pricey one) to go back and find the #0’s and #1-10’s to start the series.
….having said ALL that, to the folks out there that read comics - what series should I look to have in my collection? There are ones from my past I want to get but I’m more interested in 2013 (Year of Gavin) and beyond.