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 #27: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

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Thee Comic Column #16: The Xmas Buying Guide

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In honor of the consumer frenzy and gift-buying insanity of the season, I thought I’d throw up a little guide to some of the collections and graphic novels that I feel would make great gifts for any discerning fan of graphic fiction. I figured to help you match like-minded material with potentially varied interests of those on your lists I’d break them up into three categories.

 

 

The Super Hero/action fan – defined as those who may or may not be familiar with comics but are fans of big budget movies based on them, ie – Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy or flix like Kick Ass, Super or the brilliant Chronicle.

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