Lately, I’ve been reading more and more comics, and I blame Stephen King. The idea of expanding his The Dark Tower saga with a series of comics appealed to me. So I found a semi-local comic book shop to get my monthly fix, and all was well. But then, in typical Stephen King fashion, Evil came. An comic adaptation of The Stand was announced. And before I knew it, the bug got me.
So far, I’ve been able to keep it manageable. I know I have issues with incomplete collections—say, if I discover a new band that I really like, I need to collect their entire discography—but the great thing with comics seems to be that story arcs regularly end up in handsome collections. So, instead of collecting all 4 issues of Stephen King’s N., I got the hardcover.
Did I say that I blame Stephen King for this? Well, in this case he’s my gateway drug. You see, he co-wrote the first series of Scott Snyder’s American Vampire. Normally I wouldn’t have paid too much attention to it, which would have been a shame. It’s take on vampires is quite interesting, and Rafael Albuquerque’s art is freaking awesome. Likewise, when I saw Skottie Young’s art for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, I couldn’t resist. Believe me when I say that these are just selected incidents.
I started this post months ago because it seemed unfair that books get the First Lines treatment, and comics and graphic novels don’t even get mentioned in my books I’ve read list. And I still haven’t figured out how to do it. Maybe one day. At least, now I got one less draft post to worry about.