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The Top 26 Comics I Read In 2011

2011 was a year where new comics were released. The following is a list of my favorites and what I believe were the 26 best things that I had the pleasure of reading. If you can’t tell, I don’t feel like writing an intro. Thrown in with the list will be some other general thoughts about other things related to 2011.

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Thoughts on Arkham City

By Justin Schultz

Before I start the article, I just want to give a few disclaimers.  I will be talking about character appearances in Batman: Arkham City, so if you consider this information to be a spoiler, please read another article on this site.  Also, I am a HUGE Batman fan, so there may be some ridiculous geeking out, just a warning. 


For those of you who don’t know, Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the hit game, Batman: Arkham Asylum.  The story picks up what seems to be a few months from the previous game, and during this time, a lot has changed in the troubled city of Gotham.  The former warden of Arkham Asylum, Quincy Sharpe, has been elected mayor of Gotham City, and with that power, he gave permission to portion off a section of Gotham City, renaming it Arkham City, a location where all of the inmate of Arkham are allowed to run free.  I know, not the brightest of bright ideas, but there is hope in sight!  Continue reading

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The DC Relaunch: One Month In

By Kelly Harrass

Here we are, one month into the new DC. Personally, I find it damn near impossible not to call it a success from both the perspective of a fan and of someone that works behind the counter of a comic shop. While I haven’t been working at the shop long, I’ve never seen anything sell like these new DC books. We can’t keep them on the shelves. I didn’t think that I’d live in a world where Animal Man sells out in less than five days. I wouldn’t have predicted that one day I would go to work on a Saturday and find out that six of the new series from the Wednesday of the same week were already sold out. Continue reading

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September Comics: Breaking My Bank

By Kelly Harrass

I’m almost one hundred percent positive that I bought more comics in September than I’ve ever bought before. Not only was DC pumping out a bunch of new books I wanted, but the other companies were double shipping some of the books that I buy. I decided, out of curiosity, to break down my buying habits for this month. All I can say right now is that I probably bought too much stuff.

Comics Shipping September 7

Action Comics #1 $3.99
Detective Comics #1 $2.99
Swamp Thing #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing
Transformers Ongoing #25 $3.99
True Blood French Quarter #1 (OF 6) $3.99

Image Comics
Hack Slash #7 $3.50
Spawn #211 $2.99

Casanova Avaritia #1 $4.99
Heroes for Hire #11 $2.99
Moon Knight #5 $3.99
New Avengers Annual #1 $4.99
Punisher #3 $2.99
Wolverine #15 $3.99
Wolverine Debt of Death #1 $3.99

Number of Comics- 14

Price of Comics- $52.37


Comics Shipping September 14th


Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #1 $2.99

Green Lantern #1 $2.99

Grifter #1 $2.99

Red Lanterns #1 $2.99

Resurrection Man #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing

Anne Rice Servant of the Bones #2 $3.99


Amazing Spider-Man #669 $3.99

Criminal Last of the Innocent #4 $3.50

Daredevil #3 $2.99

Fear Itself #6 $3.99

Mystery Men #5 $2.99

New Avengers #16 $3.99

Number of Comics- 12

Price of Comics- $40.39


Comics Shipping September 21st

Dark Horse Comics
The Guild: Clara $3.50

DC Comics
Batman #1 $2.99
Birds of Prey #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing
Transformers Ongoing #26 $3.99

Image Comics
Lil Depressed Boy #6 $2.99

Severed #2 $2.99
Marvel Comics
Captain America #3 $3.99
Daredevil #4 $2.99
Heroes for Hire #12 $2.99
X-Men Schism #4 (OF 5) $3.99

Number of Comics- 10

Price of Comics- $33.41


Comics Shipping September 28th

DC Comics
All Star Western #1 $3.99
I Vampire #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing
True Blood French Quarter #2 (OF 6) $3.99

Image Comics
Elephantmen #35 (MR) $3.99
Hack Slash #8 (MR) $3.50

Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #670  $3.99
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #1 $3.99
Kick-Ass 2 #4 $2.99
New Avengers #16 POINT ONE $2.99
Spider-Island Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2 (OF 3) $2.99
Venom #7 $2.99
Wolverine #16 $3.99

Number of Comics- 12

Price of Comics- $42.39


Alright now for the grand totals:

Overall Number of Comics- 48

Overall Price of Comics- 168.56


Okay, that’s a lot of comics and a lot of money (just for reference I get a good employee discount on my books, so I’m not paying full cover price). Now let’s break it down by publisher:

Dark Horse Comics

Number of Comics- 1

Price of Comics- $3.50

IDW Publishing

Number of Comics- 5

Price of Comics- $19.95

Image Comics

Number of Comics- 6

Price of Comics- $19.96

DC Comics

Number of Comics- 12

Price of Comics- $37.88

Marvel Comics

Number of Comics- 24

Price of Comics- $87.27


Two things stand out to me after looking at this data. The difference in price between IDW and Image is only one cent and I get one more comic from Image. The second thing I noticed is that I got double the amount of books from Marvel but it cost me 2.3 times more.

In September my amount of DC books almost doubled from the last month going from 7 books to 13 (including Justice League from the last day of August). I also picked up the first issues of three new miniseries; True Blood French Quarter, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (I bought these last two for my mom), and Casanova Avaritia. This brings the total of new books for the month of September to 10.

Along with these new titles I picked up two one-shots (The Guild: Clara and Wolverine: Debt of Death), one annual (New Avengers), and one Point One issue (also New Avengers).

Earlier I mentioned that some books were double shipping and it ended up being a more titles than I thought it was. Eight of the books I pick up double shipped and they are: Transformers Ongoing ($3.99), True Blood French Quarters ($3.99), Hack Slash ($3.50), Heroes for Hire ($2.99), Wolverine (3.99, if you add in the one shot it shipped three times), Amazing Spider-Man ($3.99), Daredevil ($2.99), and New Avengers (which essentially triple shipped with an annual at $4.99, a normal issue at $3.99, and a Point One issue at $2.99).

Thankfully, I’m lucky enough to be able to afford all of the comics that I want to buy, but if companies continue to double ship books like they have been, I might have to cut back. I’ve actually already dropped one book, Ghost Rider, when I noticed it was double shipping in November. I was already considering dropping the book, but the double shipping made up my mind for me.

Thankfully my buying habits go back to normal, for the most part, next month. While I’ll be buying more DC books than usual, the amount of double shipping books should go back down to its normal level. I also won’t be buying any one shots and I’ll be buying two less miniseries.

Somebody that I used to work with said it best; “This store is a place of excess.” That couldn’t have been truer for me this month.

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My Summer Reads Part 2

By Kelly Harrass

Note- Find the first part of this article here:

While the summer isn’t officially over, it’s over for me. I’m back in school and the mountains of free time I had were all blown to smithereens. In the first chunk of summer I spent a lot of time reading novels, in the second half I read a lot more comics. I obviously won’t list off all of the comics I pick up weekly because that would take me an absurd amount of time and that’s something I know you don’t want to read.  If you do want to read something like that, follow me on Twitter. I talk about every comic I read on there. I’ll stop babbling now, onto the reads. By the way, this isn’t everything I read, just the most memorable stuff. Continue reading

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DC Relaunch and Podcasts

By Kelly Harrass

(This week I’m putting out two smaller blogs for the price of one)


Days Away From the DC Relaunch

As I write this we are less than one week away from the beginning of the new DC Universe. Just this past Wednesday the current DCU has been wrapped up. It’s done, over. Everything you know is wrong!

As we get closer to the new DCU I’ve noticed several things about people’s reactions to it. The readers are still split on the changes, but I think that more are jumping on the side of being for it; I know that I’m one of those people. Working at a comic shop I get to hear many different opinions without the hyperbole and cursing that you get on the internet. Every day that I work we get a couple people asking about the new DC and where they should start. More often than not these are people who buy little to no DC books. This is exactly what DC wants; new readers. If the preorder numbers prove anything it is that these books will be some of the most read comics of the year.

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One Bad Day Could Make You a Hero or a Villain

By Kelly Harrass

Batman is a man who verges on insane. The Joker is insane.

The lives of Batman and the Joker are destined to be tied together until one of them finally dies. Batman is determined to destroy crime, while the Joker will always try to cause chaos and commit crimes. They both share one thing in common; they were driven down the paths of their lives by one bad day.

Batman’s origin all begins after one night at the movies that turned badly. His parents were murdered in front of him by a robber. Bruce Wayne demanded vengeance against not only the murderer, but all of crime. He started a one man war as Batman to escape his life as Bruce Wayne.

The Joker, on the other hand, got his start when a struggling comedian works with two criminals as the Red Hood. While planning a job with the criminals his wife and unborn child die in an accident. The target of the job, which the criminals force him to take part in, is a chemical company. At the job a clash with Batman ensues and the comedian jumps into a vat of chemicals to escape him. The chemicals had an adverse reaction on the comedian, turning his skin white, hair green, and lips bright red. These changes and the deaths caused him to go insane. And thus the Joker was born.

These two bad days led Batman and the Joker to become completely dedicated to their callings. Where their paths start to drastically veer off from each other is how they reacted to their bad days. Batman could have easily become a villain after his parents were killed, but instead he chose the path of the hero. The Joker could have been a hero like many others that were exposed to dangerous chemical, such as the Flash or Daredevil. Unlike them the Joker chose to embrace his dark side.

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