Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Comics for January 4

Ms. Marvel #23
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
I can tell it is a new year because when I went to the gym tonight it was hell finding a parking spot. Normally I just go park to the back, walk up and call it good, but tonight I had to circle a bit. That is a potential irritant that I have to remember to look out for in the next couple of months. Unfortunately, as a gym rat of many years, I can tell you that this group of resolution folks usually dies out by the end of March. While that is good for my parking situation, it makes me sad for the rest of these people. As an obese country, working out is no joke. It can be a life saver.

That is enough of my soapbox tonight. Last night I actually made a list of all the comics I get in a month. This is the story. I get 70 ongoing titles and 21 mini-series. I printed the list out and am making myself cut half of those before I fill out the newest Previews. That is my resolution for the year, other then losing the weight I gained during the holidays when I ate like a pig.

With that in mind, I am pretty happy that my list this week is smaller then previous weeks have been. Here is the list.

Countdown #17
Countdown to Mystery #4 (of 8)
Detective Comics #840
Supergirl #25
Teen Titans Year One #1 (of 6)
Dynamo 5 #10
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #7 (of 12)
Ms Marvel #23 - pictured
Thunderbolts #118
Uncanny X-Men #494

That is it. On my chopping block are Supergirl and Thunderbolts. This new issue will tell the tale.

I hope you all had a safe New Years and holiday season and that things went well today! Take care!


Craig said...

Looks like a good list of titles! Though I must say, the only thing worse than needing to join a gym is coming to that realization at this time of year. Right now the crowds are heavy, but in three months the motivation may be lacking. Bah! Time to invest in some cheap dumbbells and Tae Bo videos!

Eaglewing said...

I went to the "gym" last night, but I call it going to work and I get paid to walk, walk, and walk some more. I wouldn't want to do the gym thing at this time of year as I hate crowds.

Shorter list this time - good luck on your resolution to trim it down, bet it won't be easy :)

- caj said...

Supergirl continues to teeter on my chopping block as well. If you do give the Maid of Might the axe, I hope you blog your reasons for it. It might help me make my decision.

Devon Sanders said...

From one gym rat to another, I can sympathize.

Much like Jan. 1st is Amateur Night, January itself is Amateur Month.

It's almost sad watching people walk in gyms wanting to do something good for themselves but not knowing where to be begin. The trainers at my old gym were a joke and after days without external motivation, the cycle begins anew.

March rolls around and those new faces have given up again and decide to try it again next year.

It's kind of sad.

As far as comics go, now that I don't work in a comics shop, it's amaze just how much I don't want to read anymore.

Swinebread said...

You notice how Ms. Marvel looks like Daryl Hannah.

Rich said...

Supergirl's on the block for me too. I had high hopes for the new creative team but the first two issues have been terrible.

This is make it or break it...

Anonymous said...

I'm getting exactly ZERO books this week....and I can't say I'm too disappointed considering all the money I spent over Christmas.

As for Supergirl, as say just pull the trigger and dump it. I read the first issue of the new creative team and thought it was one of the most incoherent comic I'd ever read (and I've read alot of 'em). We can't keep giving these guys endless chances to get it right.

Heidi Meeley said...

Foolio, you are correct, Sir. It is crazy how many folks hit the gym at the same time, with the new resolutions kicking in. With it being so crowded, it is only a matter of time before irritation sets in. Getting some dumbbells sounds like a great plan to me!

Heidi Meeley said...

Eaglewing, it sounds like your job is very physical! :-) Take care of yourself!

Heidi Meeley said...

-caj: I looked at Supergirl last night and was amazed to see how much of the focus was on the art. As a fan of Drew Johnson's I could see the intelligence of this move, but I still don't think it made up for all the ups and downs readers have had to endure this past year. I was going to go on the DC website and see when this story arc is over. If it is next issue, that will be my last one for sure.

Heidi Meeley said...

Devon, you nailed it. The gym in January can be quite a shock to the system. Just last week, I had run of the place and now I have to work in with other folks to do the exact same routine. It is surreal. I welcome and applaud their motivation, but really hate the interruption it causes in my carefully planned routine. My workout partner and I are starting a heavy lifting phase, and we get nervous about moving so much iron around when it gets crowded. We are total snobs, I guess.

The trainers at my club are shell shocked right now. They have that glazed, over-worked look in their eyes. We are starting a new "Get in Shape" contest next week and there is much jockeying for supremacy.

Too bad I don't live closer or we could show 'em how it's done. LOL!

I am sad to hear about your comic reading, but I completely understand. Sometimes something has to give and that thing is comics.

Heidi Meeley said...

Swinebread. Holy Crap. It is true. Carol Danvers is really Darryl Hannah! Call the press.

Heidi Meeley said...

Rich, this issue didn't do much for me. What did you think?

Heidi Meeley said...

Mark. No books this week? That is such a bummer! I think next week will have a few good ones. I am in agreement about Supergirl. When all I like is the art, it isn't a good thing.

Devon Sanders said...


Don't get me wrong. I still read comics. Love them, too.

I just want more from them lately.

I'm reading them more from a fan's standpoint, rather than a retailer's.

Heidi Meeley said...

Devon, that makes a great deal of sense to me. When looking at comics from strictly an "enjoyment" point of view, it is completely different. My hubby has found this as well. He worked comics retail for a long time, and since leaving that field he has cut back his new books significantly to focus on older reads. Demanding quality is a very smart thing to do. Too many of us fans today buy because of habit rather then enjoyment.

I do hope you can find that joy again somehow though. :-)