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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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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

DC
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

Marvel
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

DC

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

Marvel

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: http://wp.me/p1spxr-20

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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When’s the Next Shake-Up Coming?

By Kelly Harrass

The other day I picked up Batman: Year One. I’ve been reading comics since I was three and I spent the majority of my comic reading career as a Marvel only guy. It wasn’t until several years ago that I started reading indie books and it was only about three years ago that I started reading comics from DC.

Needless to say, I’ve been playing catch up over these past couple of years.

I’ve been in the process of reading some of the classics from DC, both new and old. Batman: Year One is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to pick up. Year One got me thinking about another book that I don’t own, but I have read; The Dark Knight Returns. Continue reading

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Godzilla Had Some Awesome Covers

By Kelly Harrass
 
In the late 1970’s Marvel comics published a 24 issue Godzilla series. I haven’t read all of the series, but what I have read is pretty good. It’s awesome to see Godzilla interacting with the rest of the Marvel universe. As good as the inside of the book was, I have to say that the covers are even better. Now with help from comicvine.com, I’d like to share with you some of my favorites. Continue reading

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The Top 5 Hardcover Collections I Own

As a comic fan, more often than not I prefer to read comics in their original form; single issues. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate reading them in the collected formats. I like a nice trade as much as the next guy, but I usually stay away from hardcovers because they’re more expensive. If I see that Marvel is releasing a hardcover of something that I want to buy, I’ll usually wait until it’s released in soft cover to actually get it because it will be cheaper. Hardcovers are nice, but they’re not worth the extra five dollars and softcovers are more convenient. When I buy a hardcover it’s because there is something a little extra special about it. I took a look at my book shelves and decided that these are the five best that I have (keep in mind I’m judging on the production instead of the quality of the comics (needless to say all of the comics are great)): Continue reading

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Marvel and Their Spoilers (No Spoilers)

Marvel really seems to enjoy spoiling the endings to their big stories. They did it again today by spoiling the end of the Death of Spider-Man storyline going on in their Ultimate books. This is just something that fans of Marvel comics have grown used to. We know that they’re going to spoil the endings because they think that these big events will bring in new readers.

The question has to be asked, do the spoilers really bring in new readers? I’m going to go with no. It may bring more people into comic shops and may sell more copies of those books, but I don’t believe that it brings in new readers. Most people who buy the books because they read about them are buying them because they think that these issues will be worth money.

I can’t decide if this tactic angers me or not. It annoys me more than it angers me. More often than not Marvel only spoils books that I wasn’t planning on reading, so I really don’t care.

To the people who do read the book that get spoiled, I really see it as rude. These people have stuck with you and your books and what you do is openly spoil the ending of the story on your Twitter page the day before the comic is released. What the hell? That’s a really crappy thing to do to your fans.

Marvel will keep doing this because it keeps causing a bump in sales. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you or I think, unless we vote with our dollars. But really, we don’t want to do that because comic fans will continue to buy comics no matter what. This leaves us stuck in an endless cycle.

Stupid comic books. *kicks a rock*

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