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Perhaps the thing I love most about comic-books is taking out and reading ones from my own childhood. I am instantly transported back to my time as a kid as I read these stories, and I think for that reason, no comic of today can ever equal them in my eyes. Such an issue is Rom 5, which I review this week. Although I own all Roms from 1-50 now, issue 5 was the first I ever purchased on the news stand (I got the earlier ones years later from the back-issue bin).  I loved this story as a kid, and I still love it today, in part because it is good, but in part because of how it reminds me of those simpler, more care-free times.

What comics bring you back to your childhood? Which ones did you read over and over again?
"A house is not a home."  Rom hides in the woods with Brandy and Steve as the police, unknowingly accompanied by incognito Dire Wraiths, search for him.  Eventually, the Wraiths bring out Hellhounds, which are telepathic trac...
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Silver age X-men always transports me to my childhood
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Red Sonja #5 is the penultimate chapter of the first big arc by Gail Simone. I've greatly enjoyed it so far. What does everyone else think? Who is reading it and how do you like it?
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Yes it will be interesting to see how the plague business is resolved.
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Anyone know what's going on with Ghosted #5? I have it on my pull list so I wasn't paying attention. My shop did not hand it to me this week. But I see it up on ComiXology.  Did it come out in print this week or not?
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I thought it was good... the best issue so far.  What I can't tell is whether the rest of the team is going to be back, or whether Winters is going to assemble a new team for each new mission (i.e. story arc). We'll have to see.
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Today I review this month's Batgirl, which is part 2 of a 3-part story. It feels like a really long time since I read the last part, since that was back in August, thanks to Villain's Month.  And it will be another 2 months before the story finishes, thanks to Year Zero.  Why DC couldn't do the Year 0 crossover AFTER this arc finishes (since it's a fairly short one) is anyone's guess.

What did people think of this issue? Do you think Barbara will finally have to tell her father that she's Batgirl? And more importantly, does he already know, as was teased back in the very first story arc?
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I just read Lazarus 4, which finishes the first story arc of Forever Carlyle.  What a fantastic conclusion to an excellent opening story arc.  Rucka and Lark really know how to make a good comic-book.  The other writers and artists out there should take notes.  And did anyone notice... not one splash page in the entire issue!  Take that, Trinity War.

Who else is loving this series? I surely can't be the only one.
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Issue four is a real treat if you are loving this series.  Forever is such an interesting and complex character. And the rest of the Family is interesting as well.
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I had an argument with someone about pull lists last night, and I decided to make a longer blog post about it.

Pull lists are great for collectors, but you have to make sure you know the rules of your shop.  If you don't buy too many of the items on your pull list, it hurts your shop. Don't hurt your comic shop. They're having enough trouble making money as it is.
Today, I'd like to discuss a service offered by most comic-book shops that is used by many customers: the "pull list."  I'm going to discuss that service because of an argument I started having on a comic-based blog, and the ...
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Being overseas, i have to place my orders 3 months in advance and get the books delivered. So my "pull list" is an actual order. But still mistakes are made, some by my lcs, some by me - and so far they always took the blame. The last mistake was a $20 book that they accidentally sent twice but didn't ask me to return or pay. On the other hand this month i ordered the $120 John Romita artists edition. I wont let them starve.
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One of my favorite comic-book series of all time is Rom: Spaceknight by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema.  Since returning to the comic-book collecting hobby about 18 months ago, one of my goals was to obtain the final few issues of this series so I have every one from 1-50.  Now that I have them all, I am embarking on a project to, once a week for the next year, review one issue of Rom in depth. I begin this week with Rom #1 -- perhaps the best first-issue story I have ever read.  Who else is a fan of Rom?
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One of the coolest things was seeing ROM appear in the Earth X, Universe X, Paradise X series.
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I thought the Zero Year tie in with Batgirl 25 was fairly awful.  If this is what all the Zero Year material is like, I'm glad I've been skipping it. 

What did people think of this issue?
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I don't like the Zero Year, Year 1 type stuff.
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I have to say, I am really enjoying Ghosted so far. But I am having trouble picturing how it will last for the long term, as an ongoing series. It's hard to imagine, once the storyline about Trask Mansion is done, what exactly will keep these characters together (the ones that even survive!)... Unless it's going to just be a series about Jackson.

Anyone else have any thoughts about this one?
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I've only read #4 but have since bought #1 - #3 and agree that it's quite the fun series. It has a little bit of a House on Haunted Hill feel to it. Not sure what happens once this story line concludes but I'm going to have fun on the ride.
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The new Supergirl statue came out today, so I had to get it, of course. Here's my review of the piece.

Has anyone else tried any of these New 52 Covergirl statues (there are ones of Batgirl, Batwoman, and others)?  What do you think of them?
Yesterday, my comic-book shop left a message for me.  The brand new Supergirl statue from the DC New 52 Covergirls series had come in, and they wanted to know if I was still interested, and if they should put it aside for me...
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It would be the Batgirl or Supergirl statue, if I were to pick. I just saw the latest Poison Ivy in his series ... wow! She might go to the front of the line.
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This week, Miss Fury 6 came out.  I've been enjoying this series quite a lot. I'm ordinarily not a huge fan of time travel, but Rob Williams mostly makes it work.  There are some confusing scenes in this issue.  Williams has a tendency to clear those sorts of things up in the next issue, so hopefully the parts I didn't understand will be explained in the coming months.

Is anyone else reading this series, and if so, what did people think of this issue?  
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I've finally gotten around to reading the first story arc (issues 1-4) of Invincible (which is now well over #100).  I review it in my latest blog entry.
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Kirkman definitely needs to work on his dialogue... at least based on what I read in this first story arc and also the first TPB of Walking Dead (which had even more dialogue problems than Invincible does).  But he plots pretty well, and I do like the classical feel of the setting.  I will definitely try the next couple of arcs.
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This is not just the best comic shop in the Triad, but one of the best I have been to anywhere. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The owner is a really nice guy. I went in after being away from comics for 13 years, and was a little apprehensive, but they made me feel comfortable right away. The people who work here obviously love comics, and they are very knowledgeable. They have a great selection of back issues, trades, current stuff, and collectibles.
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