When DC relaunched 52 of their comic titles, I, like many people, saw this as an opportunity to reacquaint myself with some of the best-known characters in the DC universe. Realizing how much I had missed, I eagerly grasped at any and all #1s I could find. Some I treasured (Batman & Robin) and some I did not (Wonder Woman), but the majority of them piqued my interest enough to subscribe with my local comic book shop. Well, that was almost a year ago, and now I’m drowning in comic books. It sounds like a good thing, I know, but I’m already pressed for reading time as it is, and those long boxes of mine seem to be getting longer with every passing day. I’m getting panicked, here: the obsessive collector is at war with the pragmatist who realizes that I could probably stop now and not get through what I’ve already got for at least six months of reading. I know I’ve got to cut a few titles loose, but which ones? Here’s what I’m subscribed to, in no particular order:
Batman & Robin
Dial ‘H’ for Hero
Justice League: Dark
As you can see, I’ve got a bit of a thing for the Batman Family. I love Batman & Robin, continuing as it does the complicated relationship between Bruce and Damien Wayne. Batman, I’m particularly fond of on his own, as well. And Catwoman? ME-OW. I love Catwoman. She’s hot, sure, but she’s also a surly, smart, kick-ass heroine. And yeah, she’s in with Bruce and the boys. I like horror and weird fantasy, and Animal Man and Swamp Thing kind of go together. I really can’t get rid of one without deep sixing the other, too. I like Dial ‘H’ for Hero, not only for the concept, but also because I’ve met China a few times and really like the guy personally. I’d feel bad cutting it. Justice League: Dark is the outlier here. There’s no real connection to the rest of the stuff I’m reading. I’m tempted to cut it, but man, I really like Zatanna, John Constantine and Deadman.
I’m at a loss, here. These, plus the other comics I subscribe to (Saucer Country, The Massive, A Game of Thrones, The Cape, etc. etc.) is leaving me buried in comic book, and I need your help. Have any of you been in a similar situation, or are you all doing digital now? I’ve considered that as an option, but I don’t have a satisfactory e-Reader, and don’t want to drag around my laptop.
Anyway, Out of the stuff that I listed here, what would you keep and what would you cut?