Friday, March 4, 2011

Talkin' about the X-factor...

In the midst of juggling a million-and-a-half things, I have rediscovered something this year: my love for comic books. I'm not talking about my general enthusiasm for the medium--I've been a fangirl since I started reading them in *GASP* 1993 and I've always loved my fave characters. But somewhere along the way, I stopped collecting issues in favor of the occasional wiki recap (HORROR OF HORRORS!) to keep me reasonably up-to-date with the Marvel or DC U. And happened...

A few weeks ago, a long-time friend smacked me upside the head and said, 'What the hell's wrong with you? Do you know what you're missing??' She's a huge X-Factor fan, and with her enthusiastic encouragement, I hit my local comic shop on a personal quest to check this book out. First up, Peter David's writing the series, and if you don't know who he is, that's only because you haven't looked at your shelf of fantasy books and Star Trek novelizations in a while. The dude gets character's *right*, his dialog is tack sharp, and the artist he's paired with on the series is a kick-ass comic book chica. Oh, and did I mention that Shatterstar and Rictor are still very much a hot m/m item? Their relationship is so much fun to read about, and they're a big part of why I am not trolling around the comic shop every 1st Wednesday of the month for the latest issue.

I hiiiiiighly recommend you guys check this book out! There are graphic novels collecting individual issues on Amazon if you're not a mega-nerd like me and need the individual issues. Just sayin'.


VJ Summers said...

I LOVE X-Men, but tend to stay away from the comics and graphic novels because it would be way too easy to get sucked in and spend all my time on them!

That said, if I don't read Madrox: Multiple Choice first, will I be lost?

Anne Cain said...

Hi VJ! Oh, man, I totally hear you about being sucked into comics...! But I'm seriously experiencing a renaissance of joy in collecting again, so I'm running with it for now. :D

Anyhoo, I jumped right in with issue #208 and it wasn't too hard to get caught up on what was going. I went back and picked up some back issues, including the one with Ric & Star's first 'on page' kiss, and I was good to go from there. If you pick up this month's issue, it's the start of a new arc. :D

VJ Summers said...

Ah, boy superhero kisses on page... sigh... lol I'm still wishing "Rage: the Gay Avenger" was a real comic series! Man, I miss Queer As Folk.

I'll pick up the graphic novel of the first six on Amazon, then. I figure, I gave up TV (I usually hear a chorus of gasps here) because I was hooked on about twelve shows, so I can take a few hours of that time and call it my graphic novel time!

I hate that the day job necessitates me being such a despot with my "free" time!

Thanks for sharing, Anne!

VJ Summers said...

And, Anne, Oooh! Just saw the cover you did for Marie Sexton's Paris A to Z - GORGEOUS!!!

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