I don't love comics!!
How can this be?!
Me... the co-co-creator along with RAB and Jim of "The World's Greatest Comic Book Reader File"?!
How can I not love comics??
Years ago.... I would have said that I love comics. But I came to realise that I do not love comics. I love certain comics. Mostly those from the late 70s or early 80s.
A few things made me go through this "paragdim shift".
First when I read JLA/Avengers. When I read that mini-series.... I felt something that I had not felt in a long time reading comics. I had tons of fun reading it. The comic had tons of content. Each elements (story, artwork, history) was dense and rich in a way that I had not seen in quite some time in a comic. There was much more material in only one issue of JLA/Avengers then in the entire Weadon/Cassaday Astonishing X-Men run, or an entire Ultimates TPB.
Then when I bought the Essential Avengers volume 4. It was good in a way that is difficult to describe. It had all the excitement, action, energetic artwork, and so many other stuff that any good comic should have. But excitement, action and energetic artwork has been missing in most comics for some time now. In this era of "decompression" or "photo-tracing", excitement is a rare thing in most comics these days sadly. :(
John Buscema and Tom Palmer's artwork was pure joy to look at. Together, their work was pure magic. Not that what Sal and everyone else on art duty did in the comic were not awesome too, but John and Tom together were MORE THEN AWESOME!! They were AWESOMER!! ;)
I had never read those Avengers tales before buying the Essential Avengers volume 4 (except maybe the Kree/Skrull War in an earlier TPB just a few years before). Sadly as a kid, although the Avengers were translated here in Quebec, for some reason a good chunk of Avengers comics were skipped and never translated. So I read those Avengers tale for the first time in that volume. And I am sure glad I did.... it was much too good.
So you could say that I have been mostly a back issues or essential/showcase reader since JLA/Avengers.
Although some recent comics still catch my attention.
The best comic I have read in a long time HAS to be New Frontier. That comic is good on so many level... Loved it. The DVD adaptation was not bad either.... but the comic, especially the Absolute edition, is infinitely better.
The Green Lantern/Sinestro War HAS to be the best event in a long time. Now THAT was quite a pleasant surprise.
Booster Gold... with the Blue and Gold, that is... pure gold. ;)
And of course... "Flashback Universe Presents". ;)