posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 04:36 AM
I stopped collecting comics for a few reasons. The first is cash. When I was a kid, I used to buy comics from a second-hand book store for 70c each.
Now, a decent comic can cost $3 - $4, which is just not worth it, in my opinion, for the few pages of entertainment you get.
Which brings me to my next point, the emergence of graphic novels. Why pay a fortune for a series or a story thread when you can pick it up in a bound
collection? Graphic novels are the only way I will read comics these days and even then I tend to devour them in an hour or less. And when I learned
that my local library has a huge collection of various graphic novels (including The Sandman, The Watchmen, X-Men, Spider-Man, Y: the Last Man, 100
Bullets and other great titles), I stopped buying comics altogether.
The final reason, I am sad to say, is quality. I'm sorry if this makes me sound like a disgruntled old codger, but comics were better in my
day. Sabretooth is my classic example. When I was a kid, Sabretooth was a force of almost primal savagery. Only Wolverine could even dream of fighting
him, and even then he would often lose. Sabretooth was a truly terrifying character. Now, though, Sabretooth has been reduced to a mere fraction of
his former self. He lacks the presence of psychotic evil that he had back in the day, and this change to a more mainstream, palatable version is, in
my opinion, indicative of the change in comics as a whole.
As long as the library keeps buying and loaning out brilliant graphic novels, I doubt I shall ever pay for a comic again.
[edit on 29/9/05 by Jeremiah25]