Sigh. Someone I know has decided they can’t take care of their dog anymore and wants to find it a good home – which is a nice sentiment but, I think, easier said than done. The fact is, you have no idea what kind of home a dog will end up in. Even with the best of intentions, the most stringent of screening processes, there is simply no way of knowing for sure. Of course, I always imagine the worse case scenario – and that worst case scenario inevitably finds me assuming the dog’s POV, uprooted to a new home, confused, wondering when the hell he’ll be going “home home”, wondering what the hell happened to the good old days, wondering what the hell he’d done wrong. There is no way to know for certain that that dog will go to a good home. Well, no way but one – and that’s to welcome it to the best possible home. And that best possible home is, of course, my home. Yes, even though I already have four fantastic furballs, I’m thinking about it…
I’m crazy, right? Tell me I’m crazy.
So, I’ve been reading comic books, on and off, since I was a kid. Over the years, my interest has waxed and waned, waxed and waned. In the past couple of days, while I’ve been reorganizing my massive collection, that interest was piqued – and then peaked today when I hit my local comic shop and dropped a Tokyo sushi dinner size bill on a slew of titles. This is the way it’s going to work (based on past experience): I’ll pick up almost every title out there. Each will have three issues to hook me. If a book fails to hook me, I’ll drop it. If it hooks me, then I’ll pick up the fourth issue. So long as the book continues to hold my interest, I’ll continue to buy it. If, at some point, it stops holding my interest, I’ll stop buying it. Simple, no?
A few of the titles I look forward to checking out:
Planet of the Apes
My love of all things Planet of the Apes dates back as far as my love of comic books!
In the past, it’s always been the Bat books that have most impressed. I’ve always loved the dark knight and his colorful rogue’s gallery.
Another character that has always appealed. I’m just afraid that, like Batman, my interest may collapse under the weight of the multitude of titles.
As far as Marvel superheroes go, Cap was never at the top of my list of favorites. But with Ed Brubaker at the helm, I’m cautiously optimistic.
Joe Kelly’s run on the original title was one of my favorite’s in comicdom. I’m interested to see what Way does with the character.
Like Cap, the Hulk was never a character I loved to read. That said, I love Jason Aaron’s work on Scalped, so I’m looking forward to being won over.
I always felt Frank Castle was somewhat limited as a character. There were only so many Punisher vs. the mob stories you could tell. However, Rucka’s work on the Bat titles mightily impressed, so I’m eager to see what he does here.
Any recommendations from the comic book aficionados out there?