The unthinkable occurred today!
I’ve made the decision to stop purchasing new comic books. This will be the first time I have not purchased new comic books, in an unbroken streak dating back to 1981! …And, before that, regularly during the Silver Age into the beginning of Bronze.
The primary factors are:
No viable Disney comic book line. Since Boom! called it quits – and *I* maintain that happened with the release of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES # 720, not later – I’ve been without the comics I love best. With no alternative licensed publisher on the horizon, there’s no point in remaining hopeful, until some actual progress (if any) is made.
The DC relaunched line called “The New 52” has been GOOD, but overall not great. See THIS REVIEW of a “New 52” comic that I liked. I thought I would have had MORE such reviews. The fact that I have not, is probably indicative of something. “Good”, I’ve determined, is not “good enough” for the continued expenditure and storage of product that has failed to thrill me as DC once did.
Oh, I still love the DC characters – and it is precisely when I look at older DC comic books – from the ‘80s and ‘90s, much less from the Silver Age – that I realize how short these new incarnations fall. If only they’d stop reinventing and re-imagining, and go back to what made the characters great in the first place.
With ongoing new Disney stuff that I found worthwhile, I might have continued to pull DC “along for the ride” but, as things stand, it makes more sense to just cut the cord… or paper, staples, whatever.
What this means is that my comics reading will be confined to older titles already in my collection – from all of the “Ages of Comics”. I have more than enough of those to last me for the rest of my natural life.
What this also means is that, now (when I read comics) I’ll be reading comics that I’m more “passionate” about, and we should have more discussions and posts on those comics than we’ve had before.
Stick around and let’s see how that works out. …I feel so liberated!
Though I have two DVD and ‘60s entertainment-related posts (not actual reviews) ready to go over the next few days. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy those too.