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This is a Blog about Completion.

This is a Blog about Completion.

I’ve gone through a few periods of buying comics and graphic novels. The last time I was picking up issues weekly was around 2008 2009, during Marvel’s Dark Reign, and upon my last flipping through of my collection I noticed I’m missing the last issue of a bunch of arcs. Beta Ray Bill God Hunter I have two out of four. Skrull Kill Krew? (Post Secret Invasion not the original one.) three out of four. I didn’t read the final issue of Old Man Logan until I read through the trade a few years later even though I kept up with it as it came out. To top all of this off I only know the ending of Kickass I know is from the movie.

I know I’m a horrible person, and it got me thinking, “Why did I not get the last issue?” Is it because you needed beer money, you forgot? Maybe you have this internal obsession with not completing anything because once it’s done it’s finished and that’s the final story, signifying your own demise and keeping this childish idea of immortality. Most likely I ran out of both comic and beer money and got casually hooked on another obsession. I think I was still buying CD’s at that time so who knows.  

ither way I jumped back into buying comics on the regular earlier this year, and I have to say its more fulfilling this time. I know what I want to read and there are enough resources out there so I can at least know what I would want to read at least three months in the future. This could be to the people I interact with, the overall super saturation of comic books in mainstream popular culture or even the fact that I’ve started more series that I’ve finished. I’ve read all of Transmetropolitian and I’ve got the last trade of Chew on preorder, but I bought the first seven books of Morning Glories and still have no idea what the actual fuck is going on in that comic. 

That’s what I love about comics. They are little pay to watch mini episodes of a TV show. You have ones that last a season or maybe a few before they are cancelled. Then you have ones that last for tomes worthy of a hardcover and look like a coffee table book. It’s binge reading at its finest. 

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