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    joshschr | Male | 42 years old | Barnesville, MN

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Wow! Good week for books for me...

910 views • Jun 30, '08 • (11) Comments

Like just about everyone else in the US now, I have to tighten my belt and wait for my expenses to drop or my salary to rise in order to maintain my current lifestyle.  Although beer dropped $2.50 a case, I only save that once every two weeks, so I still can't go overboard on my hobby spending. 

The problem is, there are a lot of books out this week that I'd like to get. Cutting back actually hasn't been hard lately, partly because I've done a decent job of ignoring regular spandex books by the big 2 (or 5 depending on who you count), and also ignoring the acclaimed "off brand" books.  So here's my list of what I will get and what I won't.  I'd really like to hear your cries of "why are you buying that crap" and "how could you even think of not picking that up! It's only money!"

ASTONISHING X-MEN #25 - First Ellis Issue.  Almost definitely getting

AVENGERS INVADERS #3 - It's been good, but I could wait for it.

BATMAN #678 RIP - Getting.  Check my avatar.  I'm that guy

BOYS #20 - Dropped from my pull list.  It's been readable, but no Preacher.  Or Punisher for that matter

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #16 - Dropped from my pull list, but. that. hurt.

DARK TOWER END WORLD ALMANAC - HUGE Gunslinger fan, but not David's writing

DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #5 - Prepaid.  See "HUGE Gunslinger fan".

DOCTOR WHO #5 I never put this on my pull list, but I had the store order the first two issues for me.  If it's there, I'll probably pick it up.  If not, I've got the videos.

FABLES #74 - Almost definitely getting.  There have been some slow moments lately, but Fabletown is at war with the Empire.  How can you not be curious about what's happening?

JACK OF FABLES #23 - Jack's so bad, he's good, but I haven't been wowed since he escaped from Mr. Revise.  The reviews sound like this issue stays on the wrong track.

TRINITY #5 - dropped a few issues.  Love Kurt Busiek, but this just doesn't click like Astro City.

SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #1 - Is JMS still writing this?  I'm on the fence.  I've liked a lot of the supremeverse stuff, but I haven't had trouble picking it up at cons cheap.


So, there we are. 12 potentials, 4 as good as definite, and everthing else on the fence.  Am I wasting money, or do I need to feed my kids a lower grade of meat to pick up a few more books this week?

  • Jun 30, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
  • Sorry in advance about the font folks. I'll try to fix that later.
  • Jun 30, '08 by 1573's avatar 1573
  • of the list you gave, i'll be getting 3 of them.
    2 for me and 1 for someone else.
  • Jun 30, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
  • Which 3 and for whom? I'm guessing, without looking at your collection, Batman, The Boys and Trinity.
  • Jul 1, '08 by 1573's avatar 1573
  • you got 1.
    astoninshing x-men and batman for me.
    dark tower: long road home for a friend.
  • Jul 1, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
  • Animal Man wasn't in anything, so it wasn't easy to guess. Out of the last 4 weeks, I've had 2 weeks with nothing, so this week kind of makes up for it. I remember when 12 used to be a typical week. Those were days.
  • Jul 1, '08 by 1573's avatar 1573
  • actually, now i try to keep my books down to roughly 12 - 15 a month.
    but i remember years back when i was getting every x-title that came out.
    at the time there were ?-teen different x-books.
    yeah, that got old real quick.

    • Jul 2, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
    • I haven't read an X-men book since my friend got back from Turkey. I was buying books for him while he was over there for army duty. Can't say I miss the X-men much.
  • Jul 2, '08 by mattcoffeeman's avatar mattcoffeeman
  • Well out of that list, I'm just getting Batman.

    I'm working on Fables in TPB form, so will have a long time to go before getting to more recent stories. Kind of tempted by Astonishing X-Men, but once again will probably go for TPB once I read reviews.
    • Jul 2, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
    • In hindsight, I should have gotten fables and Y in trades. They got expensive. Astonishing under Whedon was good, but Cassaday had a lot to do with that. Ellis and Bianchi are an interesting combination. I don't expect to stick with it for too long.
  • Jul 2, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
  • Let's see, ended up with Squadron Supreme, Batman, The Dark Tower Almanac (kind of surprises me), Jack of Fables (surprised again), Fables and the Dark Tower. I kind of cheated on my limit of 5 since I already paid for the Dark Tower. Now I'm off to see which were worth it.
  • Jul 4, '08 by 1573's avatar 1573
  • actually responding to comment 2 up.
    i bought y: the last man in trades and am glad i did.
    it has been a good read (haven't picked up last volume yet)
    i'm also reading th ewalking dead through the trades, another damn goo dread.
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