So, after an extended absence preparing for and holidaying in Moscow, I’m back. And now that my finances have recovered a little, I’m once again giving the postman a bit of extra work.
Top of the pile is volume one of the latest Daredevil relaunch. Written by Mark Waid and with art by Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, when launched the series promised to shake off the darkness that characterised both Brian Michael Bendis’ and Ed Brubaker’s runs on the title and add a little levity. Grim-and-gritty works well for Daredevil (as Frank Miller’s run attests), but it was high time for a change in tone.
I also wanted to read some of the titles from Image’s stellar 2012. I’ve been digging Jonathan Hickman’s run on the two Avengers titles enough to want to check out some of his creator owned content, and people have been raving about The Manhattan Projects; meanwhile, the strong buzz surrounding Prophet, the revival of a Rob Liefeld property, convinced me to pick it up.
The bottom half of the photo is testament to the joys of eBay, where just about anything you can imagine is available for purchase. Case in point: the first four issues of Christopher Priest’s run on Black Panther (which is a bit of a cult classic) and the early Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale collaboration Wolverine/Gambit: Victims (which, erm, isn’t), both purchased inexpensively.