Thee Comic Column #135: A Death in The Family

Batman_426In the same way Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past storyline in Uncanny X-Men has inspired scores of Days of ___ ___ variations since it was published in 1981, so too did Jim Starlin’s epic Batman story A Death in the Family inspire its fair share of homages in the caped crusader’s family of titles since it was published in 1988-1989. Like the storyline Blind Justice that I wrote about in last week’s column I happened across ADITF a few weeks ago in a seldom-opened long box and found myself called upon to finally re-read it for the first time in probably close to two decades. I’m planning on covering several more of these late 80s Batman arcs in the coming weeks because this is what interests me at the moment, reliving these stories I grew up with. This admittedly “First World” luxury is, to me, the point of having a ‘collection’ to begin with. I’ve never been interested in my collection as an investment monetarily speaking – an idea that was essentially beaten out of comics in the 90s with all of its “manufactured collectibility” – but to have a historical collection; a reservoir of story that you can go back to in a month, a year or a decade to revisit and reengage with the stories that have been a part of your experience in this life.

Thee Comic Column #87: The Doom That Came To Gotham

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Let’s talk about reading habits. Several weeks ago I was firmly entrenched in my weekly floppies, marveling at the usual monthly awesomeness by Remender, Kirkman and some new stuff by Ennis. However, one thing that this column does not reflect, for obvious reasons, is that I do not only read comics. Literature is also a love of mine, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Bret Easton Ellis, David Foster Wallace, Donna Tartt – the list goes on and on. In short if we were to talk about my reading habits they are, in a word, habitual.