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Avengers Prime #1 of 5 – Brian Michael Bendis + Alan Davis. Gorgeous, simply freakin' gorgeous. And since it won't be tying into the continuity as it goes along it won't threaten to pull me in. It will, though, be completely outdated by the time it finishes. See, this entire miniseries, five issues, one every other month, takes place between Siege #4 and Avengers #1. Yes, it's already behind the times as it is, when we get to the end it will be almost a year behind, so that will certainly hurt the issue to issue experience for readers that are collecting all the Avengers titles as they are coming out. Fortunately, I'm not one of those people and I can enjoy this as a beautiful exploration of the relationship between the big three Avengers – Captain America (Steve Rogers, that is), Iron Man, and Thor. Let's hope they can re-ignite their poly bromance.

Franken-Castle #17 – Rick Remender + Roland Boschi. Yep, they officially changed the title of the book from “Punisher” to “Franken-Castle.” Though I'm enjoying the story I think the name change was really stupid, especially when they are introducing elements that could be used to return him to “normal.” And despite the name change, this issue actually has more of a classic Punisher feel than the initial Franken-Castle story arc. He broods, has an argument with the person trying to help him, visits his family's grave, and then uses guns to kill a lot of people. Boschi's free-and-loose play with proportions still annoys me here but the writing keeps it going strong.

Heralds #1 of 5 – Kathryn Immonen + Tonci Zonjic. It's a five issue weekly series throwing together a bunch of female characters, only some of whom actually have ties that would put them together, and re-introducing a fairly B-level character that died years ago. OK, calling Nova (Frankie Raye, Herald of Galactus, not Richard Ryder, member of the Nova Corp and recent star of the Nova comic series) a B-level character might be generous. I thinks that's part of the reason that they released this as a weekly, they might have been worried that it wouldn't keep the interest level going if it was spread out monthly.
It was marketed as part of the whole Women-of-Marvel thing, but not marked as such on the book itself, which I'm actually glad of. Seriously, the the series stars Hellcat, She-Hulk, Valkyrie, Monica Rambeau, Agent Brand, and Emma Frost. Do you really need to throw a Women-of-Marvel logo on it?
All that said, you probably wonder if I liked it, and I did. Kathryn Immonen is a lot of fun but also keeps track of how characters would emotionally react, all of which makes for an enjoyable reading experience. I really enjoy how the artist draws facial expressions and people interacting, but some of the action was a little unclear, or could have been handled better.

Hercules: Twilight of a God #1 of 4 – Bob Layton + Ron Lim. In the 80s Bob Layton did a pair of miniseries and a graphic novel about Hercules in the future, in space. They were deliciously odd-ball affairs, right up until the end where there was some serious familial issues being... worked out. This series takes up after that, where Herc is the big shot hero of the planet Wilamean, but he's going a tad soft in the head and his adult children have to try to keep him from being a complete embarrassment to everyone (an early scene has him pissing on a potted plant). It actually works better than that sounds as he shifts in and out of his senility, and still follows his heroic instincts to save the planet from invaders despite that fact that physical exertion, and continued blows to his head, serve to worsen his condition. It's an odd balance of comedy, action, and poignancy that few could handle crafting.

Official Index to the Marvel Universe: Avengers, Thor & Captain America #2 – Covering Avengers #40-79, Captain America Comics #6-9, Captain America #129-158, Journey Into Mystery#110-Thor #144.

Sky Doll Space Ship #1 of 2 – This series is a collection of shorts illustrated by other creators that highlight different stories with Noa. They don't all star her, and they certainly don't work to give a consistent ortrait of the character, but they are mostly enjoyable and sometimes creepy. Barbara Canepa + Matteo De Longis do story in the doll factory where Noa seems to have begin her rebellion by pointing out to a Gothic Lolita style Sky Doll that she is not unique and was meant as a sexual play thing instead of being a loved child/family member. Unfortunately, the little doll was also designed to not care which just adds to Noa's feelings of helpless despair.
Alessandro Barbucci + Claudio Acciari do an odd little Western piece that I'm still trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be getting from it. Maybe it's only supposed to be silly and fun.
Barbucci/Canepa + Pierre-Mony Chan finish this issue off with an anime looking tale starring another Sky Doll trying to break from her assigned role by using magic to turn herself into flesh and blood. It's not easy conjuring spells in a combo strip club/cat house.

Thanos Imperative #1 of 6 – Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning + Miguel Sepulveda. If you haven't been paying attention, Abnett & Lanning have been using their cosmic books to build a multidimensional war of seriously epic proportions. Damn, but this shit is good.

Thor and the Warriors Four #3 of 4 – Alex Zalben + GuriHiru. The Asgardians have been reduced to infancy , and it's up to the Power Pack kids to save the day against Loki. FYI, baby Thor is adorable.
The Hercules back-up by Colleen Coover continues to be a real treat, as he recounts more of his famous labors while helping to repair the recently trashed Power family home.


Muppet Show Comic Book #6 - Roger Langridge + Amy Mebberson. It's the Muppets written by Roger Langridge, it's an Eisner Award nominated series, and it's damn fun.

28 Days Later #11 – Michael Alan Nelson + Declan Shalvey. Consistently well done. The story, dialog, pacing, and art all shine.

Serenity: Float Out one-shot – Patton Oswalt + Patric Reynolds. I was hoping for more. It has three charactes, none of whom we give a shit about, telling their tales about Wash. And the intended squee-inducing moment at the end just fell flat as a an M. Night Shyamalan twist.

Brightest Day #3 – Geoff Johns/Peter Tomasi + Ivan Reis/Patrick Gleason/Ardian Syaf/Scott Clark/Joe Prado. Still don't have a firm opinion on it yet. Plot, interesting. Characters, less so.

G.I.Joe: Origins #16 – Chuck Dixon + Alex Cal. Zartan gets another modern treatment, with an origin quite a bit different than the one detailed by Devil's Due before they folded. Just the first of a mutlipart storyline.

Transformers: Ironhide #2 of 4 - Mike Costa + Casey Coller. Another nice view of Cybertron's past as well as the present, the mystery continues as to just how Ironhide was reborn, and why.

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Alpha Flight #106 (March 1992, second printing) – Simon Furman + Mark Pacella. A highly significant piece of comic book history... unfortunately the art and writing are both... of their time. Actually, the art is really awful. Even by standards of the pathetic Rob Liefeld knock-offs of the time, this looks bad. Very bad. The writing is melodramatic, but no worse than the typical work of the time. The significance, though, is that this is the issue where Northstar came out as gay. He wasn't the first gay character in comics, but he was the first mainstream superhero that was. In the story Northstar found, and immediately took to the hosipital, a baby with HIV. He takes care of it, and the media catches wind and plays it up. A retired hero sees the story on the news and gets upset enough to attack Alpha Flight and Northstar. His beef was that there was no media attention when his son died of AIDS because his son was gay. Northstar takes that to heart, and realizes that he has to be open about his sexuality to help fight the intolerance. It was heavy handed, but it was also a step in the right direction.
NOTE: I was a little annoyed that this was the 2nd print, I was under the impression I was getting a 1st print. Boo!

Annihilation: Super-Skrull #4 of 4 (September 2006) – Javier Grillo-Marxuach + Greg Titus. This is the book that had me go to the site - I wanted to finish up the miniseries I had picked up on sale on Free Comic Book Day, and thereby complete my collection of the Annihilation saga.

Astonishing X-Men #1, Marvel Authentix (August 1999) – Howard Mackie + Brandon Peterson. Not as great of an Authentix version as some of the other ones I have, it was still interesting. What they did is had the first couple of pages of the story in the raw pencils. Then the next ones are inked. Then the last part of the book is the fully colored deal. (Has the dialogue sound effects throughout so you can read the whole issue.) The problem with this one is that they went straight to computer coloring, skipping the color guide step displayed in some of my other Authentix editions.

Fantastic Four: The End #1, Rough Cut (January 2007) – Alan Davis. I'd actually been looking for this for a couple of years, and had begun to believe that it was never actually released. This “Rough Cut” edition features Alan Davis' raw pencils, and they are truly unbelievable. The amount of texture and detail that he puts into the work is difficult to comprehend. What we typically see as final product, having been inked and colored, is a pale shade of his originals. It really kind of makes me sad. The issue was also written by Alan Davis, and contains the surprisingly detailed script. I found it quite interesting seeing the things that he changed between the script and the final execution.

Lawdog/Grimrod: Terror at the Crossroads one-shot (September 1993) – Chuck Dixon + Hoang Ngyuen/Pop nhan/Han Nguyen. It was a hole in my Alien Legion collection, but I was expecting much out of it. And I didn't get much. Decent art, but the combo of two tough-guy characters thrown at each other just got to be a bit much.

Space Ghost one-shot (1987) – Mark Evanier/Steve Rude + Steve Rude. A beautiful love letter to the old Space Ghost cartoon, it makes me want to give ol' Rude the Dude a big old hug. Refreshing to see Brak, Zorak, and the rest portrayed as villains. What a concept! At $6.93 it was the most expensive one in the batch , interesting since the bag still has a 50 cent sticker on it from somewhere in the book's past.

Bulletproof Monk: Tales of the BPM one-shot (March 2003) – Mark Paniccia/Michael Yanover + Michael Avon Oeming. Cyrus Voris/Ethan Reif + Tim Sale. Framing by Reiff/Voris + Dave Johnson. Hmmmm. A couple of OK stories, not sure whether they would have worked better if I'd read the original Bulletproof Monk series or not. I'd hoped for more.

Spoof Comics #7 (1992) – John Pizer + Keith Quinn/Allan Jacobsen. Justice Broads versus X-Babes. Because what's better than one group of female parodies of male heroes? Two groups! I was hoping it had art by Adam Hughes, because he did the cover, and what I'd found online listed him as an artist on it. Unfortunately “on” it was quite literal, and Hughes only did the cover. I laughed at a few jokes, but it was barely worth it.

X-Babes 2088 #1 (one-shot, 1993) – Shawn Segler (possibly not) + Allan Jacobsen. Another annoyance in the shipment, this should have been Spoof Comics #1 which, I'm fairly certain, does actually have art by Adam Hughes. Instead it's a barely passable spoofing mash-up of time traveling X-Men-as-Women. The art simply isn't cheesecake enough to get over the lame writing, and the writing isn't funny enough to get over the bland art.
The Marvel Universe takes a positive turn with the Age of Heroes.

Age of Heroes #1 of 4 – A new anthology in the Heroic Age. The J. Jonah Jameson story by Kurt Busiek + Marko Djurdjevic works as a good introduction into the new status quo, but it was overly long and took away from other stories that deserved to be longer. Doctor Voodoo by Rick Remender + Chris Samnee is a good story with perfect pacing at just the right length. Captain Britain & MI:13 by Paul Cornell + Leonard Kirk deserved more than its two pages. Then again, I wish it was a regular series. Finally, the Spider-Man by Dan Slott + Ty Templeton was only on page. Is a one page story even worth it? Not in this case.

Atlas #1 – Jeff Parker + Gabriel Hardman/Ramon Rosanas. The Agents of Atlas are back to ongoing series status after having kept bus with back-ups and miniseries. Continues to be one of the best things out there. Here, new elements are introduced, including the involvement of the 3-D Man in their old adventures.

Avengers #1
– Brian Michael Bendis + John Romita Jr. I wasn't planning on getting this. And actually, I didn't buy it. I got the Djurdjevic variant for contributing an essay on my favorite Avengers story, and I got the really rare John Romita Jr fold-out gatefold cover variant in a drawing. (Unfortunately, Marvel, in a fit of stupidity, handed out tons of the cover as a free promo print, making it easy for people to create a forgery by taking a regular edition and replacing the cover with the “print.”)
I didn't plan on buying it because I didn't want to get all pulled into the Avengers again. I had started picking up New Avengers because it had gotten a lot of good reviews, then they spun off Mighty Avengers, then Avengers: The Initiative, and then finally Dark Avengers. And it was just too much of a strain on my reading. This time they aren't even waiting, this series is quickly followed up by Secret Avengers, Avengers Academy, a new New Avengers, and then a couple of miniseries, Avengers Prime and Avengers: Children's Crusade. So I'm planning to stay clear as much as possible.
That all said, this was damn good. Damn good, indeed. And if it wouldn't so quickly draw me into a half dozen series I'd definitely be buying this.

Deadpool #23 – Daniel Way + Carlo Barberi. DP goes to Vegas, and finds Weasel acting as security for the casinos. Opportunities abound.

Deathlok #7 of 7 – Charlie Huston + Lan Medina. A really solid science fiction work that will need a re-read or two of the entire series to see if I can pull it all together.

Enter the Heroic Age one-shot – An anthology of preludes to various new series. Avengers Academy by Christos N Gage + Mike McKone stars Reptil. Jeff Parker + Gabriel Hardman/Giancarlo Caracuzzo give a great Agents of Atlas piece that leads directly into Atlas #1. The Black Widow story by Kelly Sue Deconnick + Jamie McKelvie doesn't tie into the new series, but does work on its own. Then there's a prologue to Hawkeye & Mockingbird by Jim McCann + David Lopez. Finally, the new Thunderbolts status quo is introduced by Jeff Parker + Kevin Walker.

Galacta: Daughter of Galactus one-shot – Adam Warren + Hector Sevilla Lujan. As highly recommended as everything by Adam Warren. This deals with Galactus' daughter, who lives on Earth and restrains herself to only eating extraterrestrial threats to the world. But her hunger is growing, and it's getting harder to keep it controlled.

Girl Comics #2 of 3 – An introduction by Colleen Coover starts the book off. The Inhumans short by Jill Thompson is a cure bit of fun. But Shamrock by Kathryn Immonen + Colleen Coover beats it out to be my favorite piece in the book. The Fantastic Four get some laughs in thanks to Stephanie Buscema. Then Elsa Bloodstone and Tabitha Smith get a nice bitch session going courtest of Faith Erin Hicks. Mary Jane Watson rates the guys of the Marvel Universe by Abby Denson + Emma Vieceli. Lastly is a very well done Dr. Strange tale by Christine Boylsn + Cynthia Martin that keeps you guessing.

Origins of Marvel Comics one-shot – Written by Fred Van Lente with a few others, the book is full of single page origins for a ton of characters, more often than not illustrated by either their current artist, or an artist strongly related to the character.

X-Factor #205 – Peter David + Valentine De Landro. Second Coming tie-in. As Bastion's forces move in on the splintered X-Factor forces, the team rallies to fight back.

X-Men Legacy #236 – Mike Carey + Greg Land. Second Coming part 8. The next step in Bastion's plan materializes as a giant, indestructible bubble over most of San Francisco, trapping most of the world's mutants (including the X-Men) as well as countless civilians.

X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back! #4 of 4 – Kathryn Immonen + Sara Pichelli. Demons, illusions, and delusions add up to create a confusing piece of storytelling, but I mostly enjoyed it. I'll have to give the whole series a reread before I make my final decision.

Wall-E #6 – Bryce Carlson + Margan Luthi. More fun with Wall-E, the series is growing on me. It's difficult because the movie relied heavily on the music, and you get no music in a comic.

Alien Legion Omnibus volume 2 – Finishes off Alien Legion volume 1 with #12-20, and then the Alien Legion: A Grey Day to Die graphic novel. By Carl Potts/Alan Zelenetz/ + Larry Stroman/Frank Cirocco. And with this, I've got all the Alien Legion good stuff. The only things I'm missing are a couple of the Chuck Dixon miniseries written as the franchise limped along at the end. You know, the things nobody liked. Why the hell they ever let Dixon get his hands on this I'll never know.

Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War #4 of 6 – Randy Stradley + Rick Leonardi. Humans & Predators versus Predators & Aliens.

Brightest Day #2 of 24 – Geoff Johns/Peter Tomasi + Ivan Reis/Patrick Gleason/Adrian Syaf/Scott Clark/Joe Prado. Aquaman and Firestorm realize that they didn't come back unaffected, while The Martian Manhunter learns that there was more to his journey to Earth than he expected.

G.I.Joe #18 – Chuck Dixon + S. L. Gallant. Cobra agents take on some Joes out on a field exercise. Things don't go well for the Joes.

Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #5 of 5 – Nick Roche/James Roberts + Nick Roche. Adding some new dimension to the civil war, as well as some character complexity and gorgeous art, this series will rank up there as one of the best. An unexpectedly shocking experience.
Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #5 – Victor Gischler + Bong Dazo. The action and the jokes are fired out in equal measure, i.e. constantly. Thankfully I'm still enjoying it all, and am even thoroughly delighted by some pieces. The Star Wars discussion is especially LOL worthy.

Incredible Hulk #604 – Greg Pak + Ariel Olivetti/Giuseppe Camuncoli. The boys play football until interrupted by a creation of the Leader. Continues to be a joy to read. The Savage She-Hulk back-up by Fred Van Lente + Michael Ryan delves more into her adversaries this time, but still stays strongly tied into who she is.

Mighty Avengers +31 – Dan Slott/Christos N. Gage + Sean Chen. Big Avengers action and nice character interaction make for a good read.

Punisher #11 – Rick Remender + Tony Moore. Morbius and a team of other monsters find the dismembered remains of Frank Castle and put him back together as... Frankencastle. There is a logic behind it and the superb art really sells it. But, yeah, the idea of it is pretty silly. But to all those who are screaming in outrage, I say, “Shut up and read Punisher MAX.” Seriously, this won't last, and the people that don't like it can come back once it's over.
Punisher #11 - Frankencastle

Realm of Kings one-shot – Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning + Leonardo Manco/Mahmud Asrar. Quasar explores the tear in reality and finds himself on a dark, Lovecraftian world with its own twisted reflection of the Avengers. Wait until you get a look at the Hulk. But the real point is that upon meeting Quasar, these dark fanatics are clued into the fact that there are more realities out there for their evil masters to feast upon.

Realm of Kings: Inhumans #1 of 5 – Abnett/Lanning + Pablo Raimondi. You're probably getting tired of hearing this by now, but since this was done by Abnett and Lanning it was another fantastic read. Lots of logical followups to the events of War of Kings, plus the Mighty Avengers.

Thunderbolts #138 – Jeff Parker + Miguel Sepulveda. With Parker coming on as writer, I'm coming on as reader. This is a good introductory issue giving individual highlights for most of the team-members and laying out the team dynamics for new readers. I don't really care about these characters too much (except for Ant-Man), but it was still a good read. And with the team going up against Agents of Atlas next, I'm sure to thoroughly enjoy the upcoming issues.

Wolverine: Weapon X #7 – Jason Aaron + Yanick Paquette. The madness and horror in the Dunwich Sanatorium continues, and its one of the more original Wolverine tales told in along time.

X-Men Legacy #229 – Mike Carey + Daniel Acuna. Rogue's attempt to save Bling! from Emplate continues, while Gambit voices his displeasure to Cyclops for letting her go it alone. Much better than it sounds, and the art does a great job portraying the other reality and its inhabitants.

Alien Legion Omnibus volume 1 – Alan Zelenetz + Frank Cirocco/Chris Warner/Larry Stroman/Terry Shoemaker. Collects issues 1-11 of the first series. I already had a collection with 1-6, but it was worth it to get the rest of the issues I haven't been able to hunt down. That's how good Alien Legion is.

Dr. Horrible one-shot – Zack Whedon + Joelle Jones. It's the origin of Dr Horrible, and it's fantastic. The only way it could be better is if it was as filmed, with musical numbers. The artist thankfully went for a style of caricature instead of direct representation that allows you to recognize the actors without getting distracted by what doesn't match.

Adventure Comics #4 – Geoff Johns/Sterling Gates + Jerry Ordway. Superboy Prime is confronted by Black Lantern Alexander Luthor of Earth-3. It's wonderfully meta and postmodern, and while there is a mix of humor and menace, it is all played straight. Includes a Legion of Super-Heroes back-up by Johns/Michael Shoemaker + Clayton Henry that acts and two characters' epilog to Legion of 3 Worlds.

Brave and the Bold #29 – J. Michael Straczynski + Jesus Saiz. I couldn't pass up Batman and Brother Power, The Geek, and it is very well done. Brother Power's role as the spirit of the sixties and what that means is a large part of the story, but just as important is Batman's reaction to it.

Transformers #1 – Mike Costa + Don Figueroa. The ongoing series starts two years after the events of All Hail Megatron with the Transformers, both heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons, in hiding from a humanity that won't hesitate to wipe them out. Costa does a nice job mixing the tension of the situation with the characters' personalities. Meanwhile, Figueroa is employing a new modified design sense that excellently mixes the modularity of the live action motif with the classic Generation One aesthetic.

Authority vol. 4 #3: The Lost Year – Keith Giffen (with a nod to Grant Morrison) + Darick Robertson. The explanation for the world without superpowers that the Authority have found themselves on opens itself up to some interesting storytelling possibilities. It's impossible to tell how much is Morrison's and how much is Giffen's, but if this is where Morrison was going the series would have been much better received if he had gotten here quicker.
The Akron/Canton comic convention sponsored by Jeff Harper Productions.

Alien Legion volume 2 #11 (June 1989) and #16 (April 1990) - Good stories, but I thought they were volume one (which I needed) not volume two (which I already have in trades).

Captain America #306 (June 1985) - The second part of a two part story featuring Captain Britain. I've had issue 305 for almost a year and have been hunting for this since.

Deathlok #34 (April 1994) - Finishes the series and completes my collection. It was a decent ending to a series that started strong and stayed good through most of its run.

Doctor Who #1 (October 1984) and #2 (November 1984) - Reprinting Tom Baker era tales from Doctor Who Magazine by Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons (Wathmen), Steve Moore, Paul Neary, and more.

Incredible Hulk/Thing: Big Change - I've been hunting for this graphic novel by Ji Starlin and Berni Wrightson for years, so I'm only mildly disappointed that this is a second printing. Wonderful art to a story that Jim Starlin is up front about being a decidedly silly one.

Punisher Armory #4 (Oct '92), #5 (Feb '93), #6 (Apr '93), and #8 (Dec '93) - Marvel technical consultant Eliot R. Brown dishes the dirt on the best shit to kill folks with.

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #10-13 (Nov '92-Feb '93) - The first two tie into and nicely cap off the Infinity War crossover, while the last two explores the strained relationship between Moondragon and Drax.

Warlock Chronicles #8 and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #25 (both Feb '94) - Parts 11 and 12 of the 13 part "Blood and Thunder" crossover. I've had the rest for over half a year waiting for these pieces so I could read it all at once. I'm glad I waited.

Purgatori: Prelude #-1 (May 1996) - This preview to Purgatori's first miniseries features art by Jim Balent. I can't say no to that. The story is what one expects from Brian Pulido, a seris of excuses for violence and sexy women, and sexy women committing violence. But I like Balent.

Speaking of which, it's Purgatori: The Vampire's Myth #2 of 3 (October '96), unfortunately I already had it. Damn variant covers!

Shattered Realm #1 (July 2008)- These guys were obviously influenced by Joe Madureira's Battle Chasers, but that's not a bad thing to me as I still miss the series and wish it would be completed. That's neither here nor there, what's important is that Damion Kendrick shows a knack for visual storytelling, a skill that is exceedingly important in comics. Technically, sure, there's room for improvement, but there is a whole lot of promise, enough to keep me interested. Excellent coloring by Eric Kempher, but there's something just a little off on the inking on some pages. The cover proves he can do it, so I'm going to chalk it up to the fact that this is an early piece and his work will get better with time. Robert Brewer's dialog is good, but I think the narration needs dialed back a little. I hate to say that, though, because frankly I miss having some narration in most comics these days, so maybe what it needs to do is not take itself so seriously. Conclusion: it's worth supporting and if you like fantasy action it's worth you money. Check them out at

Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn tpb (1991) - I couldn't pass up Emerald Dawn for $2.50, it may be all about Hal Jordan but it is written by Keith Giffen and Gerard Jones.

Shuriken #3 (March 1986) - This was a bit of an impulse buy, I've got some of the Malibu/Marvel Ultraverse titles with Shuriken in them, and this was done by Reggie Byers, my favorite Comico Robotech artist. It's OK. I like the art, as I said, but I'm not burning to get the rest. If I happen across another issue I'll grab it without hesitation, for Reggie's art, but I'm not going to be hunting for them.
26 December 2007 @ 05:33 pm
And at the sale I bought...

Alien Legion: Footsloggers – Contains 1-6 of volume 1, and I got 40% off
Avengers #233 - by John Byrne, ties into an FF issue I've already got. 30% off. 
Avengers #234 - ties into a Doctor Strange issue I've already got. 30% off
Avengers #255, 259-263 - A nice run by John Buscema, I already had 256-258 and 264-269. 30% off. 
Solo Avengers #14 - I didn't care about the first story, the second story is a She-Hulk vs Titania tale by Chris Claremont & Alan Davis 30% off.
Silver Surfer: The Enslavers hardcover (1990) – A Stan Lee penned tale that I never thought I'd find, and I got 40% off this one too.
Silver Surfer: Homecoming graphic novel (1991) - I got the Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection mini-series a few weeks, which was a sequel to this one, another story I didn't think I'd ever find. 10% off.

All in all, I behaved myself pretty well.
What I'm hearing: old school Sesame Street
Alien Legion – A Grey Day to Die, a Marvel Graphic Novel from 1986 – it's difficult to find so I jumped for it.
West Coast Avengers Annual 2 - part one of a 2 part story I already had part 2 of.
West Coast Avengers Annual 3 – completes my Evolutionary War collection
Civil War: War Crimes – free
Damage Control volume 1 #4 – completes my collection
Damage Control volume 3 #1 – completes my collection
Deathlok #32 – only one more to complete my collection
Marvel Fanfare #57 – only one more to complete my collection
Thor #280 – Squadron Supreme appearance
Thor #292 – completes an extended storyline
Thor #380 – completes my Walt Simonson run collection
Thor #460 – first part of and completed my collection of the Ron Marz run
Thor – I, Whom The Gods Would Destroy, a Marvel Graphic Novel from 1987 - I'd heard passing reference to it but had never seen it before. 
Thunderstrike #1 – free
What If? Volume 1 #39 – Thor vs Conan

Doc Savage (1987) #1 of four – Adam & Andy Kubert – free

Stormwatch volume 1 #9 – completes my collection  

All this for less than 30 bucks... sweet!
What I'm hearing: They Might Be Giants