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    that's just insane, three cards?

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    wow, what a joke.

    I remember packs having a lot of cards in the early 90's it seemed.

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    some really awesome covers here.

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    [QUOTE=MrLobster;501889]

    Finished reading 1 - 25... I... want more. And the Violator miniseries... and a few Youngblood issues to round out a story. I'll continue reading Spawn until I'm bored with it.

    I also have to audit that Age of Apocalypse master list... I thought I had grabbed everything but then something didn't make sense and I may have typo'd... and as I research this, I still find some new things to add, like a What If for the 2005 Age of Apocalypse series.
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    Audited the AoA master list; we have 124 of 134 titles (yes, I'll share the list once wholly completed). Six of the ten issues we're missing were new things I've added. One issue is already en route...

    Re-sorted by month of release, instead of the Marvel.com suggested reading order (my partner tells me it didn't really matter due to the nature of the story but I feel better doing it this way), starts July 1994 and goes until December 2019. I hope I'm done with it after this...
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    wow, I never realized AoA started in 94...thought it was 95 or even 96. time flies.

    my next trade haul will be my last for the summer. with grad school and returning to teaching in a month and a half (ughhhhh) I'm not going to have much free time anymore sadly.

    my next trade haul completes the Frank Miller Daredevil stuff (not the Eleketra series though) , as well as Batman: Dark Victory, Black Mirror, and All Star Batman and Robin (which I'm really buying for the art, I know it got bad reviews otherwise)

    I've also become "that person" where I sell my stuff on ebay after I read it. I may be moving in a year or two but the sooner I can clear up space, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by versusreality View Post
    wow, I never realized AoA started in 94...thought it was 95 or even 96. time flies.
    Starts off with the X-Men Ashcan editions (July 94), then the prelude (Nov 94 - Feb 95), main series (Feb 95 - July 95), What if's and other assorted (Sept 95 - Dec 97), New extra stuff (July 99 - June 01)... and then everything 2005 forward.

    I've also become "that person" where I sell my stuff on ebay after I read it. I may be moving in a year or two but the sooner I can clear up space, the better.
    Nothing wrong with that... anything I don't want to keep (99% sure I won't read again) I pass along to a friend's new/used store... records/cds/books/comics/dvds/blu-rays... all for store credit (because I don't really care about the value, I'm not being precious about them... that's for the stuff I keep).

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    book 2 of Preacher came today. i LOVED the first book after being initially skeptical during the first few pages.

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    Read the first trade for The Old Guard and was more than a little confused at how similar it was to a book I read back in 2014 called The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt - I really don't think he read the book, it wasn't exactly a barn burner - but wow. I'm going to be reading the second trade later this week so it'll be interesting to see what's up.

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    That last Amazing Spider-Man showed up, along with the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine series and that X-Men Ashcan #1. So close to being done this collecting binge... so close....

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    finished the 2nd book.
    So here's my criticism, take from it what you will: He wrote the first book and it did well. So well he was able to parley that into writing two more books and the movie. He wrote the movie. While the movie was being filmed he was writing the second book. The second book is somehow a sequel to the book and the movie. Which is fine, don't get me wrong, but really? There's a huge plot point in the movie that doesn't get included in the book sequel and there's a gigantic action scene right then that absolutely cannot happen in the second movie.

    And don't get me started on his characterization differences. There's some extra back story, which is nice, but it also somehow cheapens the character it's explaining? The movie did a better job of that. And what's the trope where someone is mad at you for something they think you did but you didn't do and they don't care about the truth they only care about what they think happened? Because that ish pisses me off every time. RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK.

    And the ending. Two pages of art (maybe three, I'm not going to check) and I hate it. The whole thing. The movie included. There's a very narrow path to be walked to make the next book bring it back around. I don't actually know what the path is but I can tell you that on either side lies madness.

    Greg's a great writer and I love hearing him speak. The Fatman Beyond podcast he was on was great and made me like him even more as a writer. I just think that this book suffered something. This is not to say I could have done better, Lord knows, it's just that expectations were not met.

    As I said before if you want to read a story about almost the exact same thing read The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. The same "immortal until not" story is there - but set in an alien (literally) Wild West. And there's magic. There's even the 'dreams when there's a new person' thing.

    To compare this series thus far, the first book is The Highlander and this one is Highlander 2.

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    Watching that "Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won't" doc while in the midst of collecting the issues/era they are talking about is kinda wild...

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    Time to post that AoA master list (by publication date):

    Supplemental Reading 1 (1994)
    01. X-Men Ashcan #1
    02. X-Men Ashcan #2

    Prelude - Legion Quest (1994/1995)
    01. X-Factor #108
    02. X-Men #38
    03. X-Factor #109
    04. X-Men #39
    05. Uncanny X-Men #319
    06. X-Men #40
    07. Uncanny X-Men #320
    08. X-Men #41
    09. Uncanny X-Men #321
    10. Cable #20

    First Series - The Age of Apocalypse (1995)
    01. X-Men: Alpha #1
    02. X-Men Chronicles #1
    03. Generation Next #1
    04. Astonishing X-Men #1
    05. X-Calibre #1
    06. Gambit and the X-Ternals #1
    07. Weapon X #1
    08. Amazing X-Men #1
    09. Factor-X #1X-Man #1
    10. Generation Next #2
    11. Astonishing X-Men #2
    12. X-Calibre #2
    13. Gambit and the X-Ternals #2
    14. Weapon X #2
    15. Amazing X-Men #2
    16. Factor-X #2
    17. X-Man #2
    18. Generation Next #3
    19. Astonishing X-Men #3
    20. X-Calibre #3
    21. Gambit and the X-Ternals #3
    22. Weapon X #3
    23. Amazing X-Men #3
    24. Factor X #3
    25. X-Man #3
    26. X-Universe #1
    27. X-Men Chronicles #2
    28. Generation Next #4
    29. Astonishing X-Men #4
    30. X-Calibre #4
    31. Gambit and the X-Ternals #4
    32. Weapon X #4
    33. Amazing X-Men #4
    34. Factor X #4
    35. X-Man #4
    36. X-Universe #2
    37. X-Men: Omega #1
    38. X-Men: Prime #1

    Supplemental Reading 2 (1995/1996/1997)
    01. What If #77
    02. What If #81
    03. X-Man Annual 1996
    04. Age of Apocalypse The Chosen
    05. Tales from The Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines
    06. Tales from The Age of Apocalypse: By the Light

    Second Series - Apocalypse: The Twelve (1999/2000)
    01. X-Man #53
    02. X-Man #54
    03. Cable #75
    04. Uncanny X-Men #376
    05. Wolverine #146
    06. X-Man #59
    07. X-Men #96
    08. Cable #76
    09. Uncanny X-Men #377
    10. Wolverine #147
    11. X-Man #60
    12. X-Men #97

    Third Series - Ages of Apocalypse (2000)
    01. Cable #77
    02. Uncanny X-Men #378
    03. Wolverine #148
    04. X-Men #98
    05. X-Men Unlimited #26

    Supplemental Reading 3 (2001)
    01. Blink #1
    02. Blink #2
    03. Blink #3
    04. Blink #4

    Third Series - AoA 10th Anniversary (2005)
    01. Official Handbook of the Age of Apocalypse
    02. Exiles #59
    03. X-Men: Age of Apocalpyse One Shot #1
    04. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #1
    05. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2
    06. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #3
    07. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #4
    08. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #5
    09. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #6
    10. Exiles #60
    11. Exiles #61

    Supplemental Reading 4 (2007/2008/2009)
    01. What If X-Men Age of Apocalypse #1
    02. X-Men Endangered Species
    03. Exiles Days of Then and Now
    04. Hulk Broken Worlds #2

    Fourth Series - The Dark Angel Saga (2011/2012)
    01. Uncanny X-Force #8
    02. Uncanny X-Force #9
    03. Uncanny X-Force #10
    04. Uncanny X-Force #11
    05. Uncanny X-Force #12
    06. Uncanny X-Force #13
    07. Uncanny X-Force #14
    08. Uncanny X-Force #15
    09. Uncanny X-Force #16
    10. Uncanny X-Force #17
    11. Uncanny X-Force #18
    12. Uncanny X-Force #19.1

    Fifth Series - Age of Apocalypse (2012/2013)
    01. Age of Apocalypse #1
    02. Age of Apocalypse #2
    03. Age of Apocalypse #3
    04. Age of Apocalypse #4
    05. Age of Apocalypse #5
    06. Age of Apocalypse #6
    07. Age of Apocalypse #7
    08. Age of Apocalypse #8
    09. Age of Apocalypse #9
    10. Age of Apocalypse #10
    11. Age of Apocalypse #11
    12. Age of Apocalypse #12

    Sixth Series - X-Termination (2013)
    01. Age of Apocalypse #13
    02. X-Termination #1
    03. Astonishing X-Men #60
    04. Age of Apocalypse #14
    05. X-Treme X-Men #12
    06. X-Termination #2
    07. Astonishing X-Men #61
    08. X-Treme X-Men #13
    09. Astonishing X-Men #62

    Supplemental Reading 5 (2015)
    01. True Believers X-Men Age of Apocalpyse #1

    Seventh Series - Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars (2015)
    01. Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars #1
    02. Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars #2
    03. Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars #3
    04. Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars #4
    05. Age of Apocalypse Secret Wars #5

    Supplemental Reading 6 (2019)
    01. True Believers #1 X-Men Apocalpyse #1
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    Holy shit, mass layoffs at DC.



    The ENTIRE DC Collectibles department gone completely. Meaning all figures, statues, etc. Gotta think they're going to outsource that shit going forward as it's a huuuuge revenue get for them. But the heads of DC Black Label? And like two weeks before their big FanDome event? wtf.

    Jesus. Andy Khouri laid off. Jim Lee demoted. wtf is happening.

    DC Comics layoffs reportedly a 'bloodbath'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by october_midnight View Post
    Holy shit, mass layoffs at DC.
    It's all just kinda fuckered...

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    The AT&T merger sealed it. And also seeing word now that, and this was admittedly coming for a while now, DC Universe (their online subscription service) is DOA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLobster View Post
    Time to post that AoA master list (by publication date)...
    One thing you don't have in there is the "X-Men: Year of The Mutants" special, which was a sneak preview to the original AoA with interviews with the writers. Here it is on ebay:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...tants&_sacat=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    One thing you don't have in there is the "X-Men: Year of The Mutants" special, which was a sneak preview to the original AoA with interviews with the writers.
    Interesting... but being a collectors preview, it's not really related to the story is it? At least the Ashcans provide some context for what's to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLobster View Post
    Interesting... but being a collectors preview, it's not really related to the story is it? At least the Ashcans provide some context for what's to come...
    Yes that's right - it's not a comic. But it is a nice window onto the era and the hype that surrounded the original arc - if anything, it offers a neat means of shooting one's head back to 1994 before starting on the comics proper.

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    Awwww yeah... the very last AoA comic I wanted for my list finally was "in stock" (or however that works for that site)... so yeah, ordered that and 3 other of the Jim Lee X-Men issues (I'm collecting issues 1-11).

    And really, for my immediate collection, I only want 11 more issues... so.. really, not so bad at all. Maybe by the start of 2021 I'll have everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by october_midnight View Post
    Holy shit, mass layoffs at DC.
    I've never been a comic person. Up until this year I only ever read Sandman. I always figured there's no beating that so I just kinda moved on from comics. But then this year happened and I found myself needing an escape valve from all this fucked insanity. I read Batman The Long Halloween and then I began to read Batman White Knight. I was really enjoying it and already planning to read other Black Label stories. Then I see this happened. Godammit this year won't let me have anything nice no matter how trivial it is. Oh well, at least I'm enjoying the stories I've read so far.

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    So far Three Jokers is living up to the hype, though I of course wish it was a bit longer since it's so good. Can't wait for the finale next month.


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    Finished collecting the remaining Jim Lee X-Men issues (1-11) I wanted and grabbed another one of the McFarlane Incredible Hulk issues (330)... just 6 to go but some of them aren't cheap... I'll always be able to re-sell them, right?! :P

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    (note to self; more light for pictures is a good thing)

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    ^my favorite run of comics ever as a kid. I distinctly remember getting X-Men number 1 when I was 6 years old. It was a HUGE deal at the local comic shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by versusreality View Post
    ^my favorite run of comics ever as a kid. I distinctly remember getting X-Men number 1 when I was 6 years old. It was a HUGE deal at the local comic shop.
    So when I started down this re-collecting path, I picked up the 5-cover #1 to start things off. And then I remembered how much I liked the Omega Red plot... and like 2 years later, here they are. I think I might go after Lee Uncanny X-Men stuff as well, I know I haven't read all of those and there's not that many issues...

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