Living in the biggest city in Saskatchewan for two months initially seemed like a very unpleasant thought. There’d be traffic, long drives and a population several times larger than the city I’ve lived in my whole life. Turns out it was a pretty cool experience. Met some jive dude’s at school, spent some time with friends who moved away and made some (hopefully) lifelong friends along the way. The best part of my two month adventure was the fact Amazing Stories was a very, VERY short drive from where I was staying.
Instead of depending on my Marvel subscription, the post office or the rare trip to Saskatoon I was able to get my comics EVERY Wednesday. It was wonderful. Yeah, I bought a couple t-shirts and blew $70 on some Lantern rings. My point is, I had access to comics whenever I wanted. I also expanded my horizons and I now count myself as a DC fan.
The downside to this whole thing is that I was busy. Yeah, I still read some comics and a TPB or two (three. Whatever), but I didn’t dedicate a whole lot of time to my comics. Today I spent the majority of the afternoon catching up on several different titles. I’ve got a few more to go, but I’m up to date on the important ones. …and Future Foundation or Fantastic Four or whatever it is now sits unread since August.
For awhile it felt a bit of a chore to read Spider-Man. I don’t know why. It’s my favourite title ever. Nothing will ever change that. Quesada did his damnedest to ruin the series but I’ve held true (after stopping during his tenure). I think Spider-Man became a part of my daily routine before I left for school and so it was a bit of a struggle to read it. It reminded me of the stress I had before leaving. Today I laid down on the couch, turned on Arrested Development (shameless name drop. Deal with it) and went to town on the 7 issues I had to catch up on.
I loved it. The fun of reading about Peter Parker was back. Slott is one of my favourite writers and he never fails to put a smile on my face. The thing that I’ve taken the most joy in, however, is his treatment of Peter Parker himself. He isn’t just Spider-Man. You see how important Peter Parker is as Peter Parker. That’s something that was downplayed for years. I love that Peter is getting such wonderful treatment. The chemistry between him and MJ in her appearances has also had me grinning like a kid. I will forever be a fan of their relationship. Their real relationship. That of best friends and lovers.
I’ve been on a recent Green Lantern kick. Anyone who knows me is well aware of that. I have nothing but good things to say for all three GL titles, and the Red Lantern issues blew me away. I’ve also found myself anxiously awaiting the next issue of Batman. Which is something I NEVER thought I’d say. That said, Green Lantern New Guardians is quite likely on the top of my list for DC titles. Solely because Kyle Rayner looked badass as the hybrid lantern.
Next up Teen Titans, Venom, Carnage U.S.A, Green Arrow and Nightwing as soon as I track down the first issue. Future (Fantastic) Foundation (Four) is on that list somewhere… Those copies of X-Force that have been piling up since Marvel said they’d give me that instead of Venom might as well find their way to the trash, though. Wednesday is also Scarlet Spider day. So, a trip to Saskatoon may be in order.
So, there’s that…
…wait. What’s the deal with this Spider-Men business, Bendis? Come on.