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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES HAS REKINDLED HIS INTEREST IN COMICS
Hulk Smash Sundays
There should be a law against having crappy, rainy weekends just as the weather starts turning nice.
Spoiled by weeks of sunny weather and warm temperatures, the weekend’s sudden turn for the seasonal worse was not welcome at all. I was able to indulge my fishing habit Saturday morning, but shortly after lunch things started to take a turn for the worse, and the cold, wind, and rain kicked up in earnest.
Driven back inside, I devolved to my most basic nerd instincts and delved into my comics.
It’s been a couple years since I last rekindled my love for comics. Sometime around DC’s reboot of the Green Lantern series by bringing back Hal Jordan, followed by the universe-wide reboot Infinite Crisis, I started catching up on what was going on with the Justice League and a few other main DC properties.
My enthusiasm died down a bit as I caught up with the weekly releases, and eventually dropped off somewhere in the middle of one house move or another. For a while, I continued to keep up with The Walking Dead, but even then I got far enough behind to just stop all together.
Then, about a year ago, I was struck with some minor comic fever, and I decided to catch up on The Walking Dead through trade paperbacks (also known as graphic novels, basically mass-printed bound copies of several issues of a comic). At the same time, I wanted to get into some new stuff, so I started gorging myself on some much headier comic fare, like Sandman and Transmetropolitan. It was enjoyable, but again, after a while I slowed down a little.
This weekend, though, I had a major league craving for some time between the pages of some comics. I’m not sure if this was helped through the mass saturation of superhero movies on the horizon (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises) or if it’s something deeper ingrained in the nerd cycle. But something was different this time — instead of picking up the next volume of Sandman or starting up Transmetropolitan again, I wanted something a little more candy-like.
A trip to the comic shop (shout out to Comics on the Green in Scranton!) and an Amazon binge for a couple trade paperbacks later, and I’m on the way to reading waaaay more stuff than I intended. I decided to set aside the headier stuff for a bit in favor of more fun stuff like Hulk and Green Lantern. I had read some very good things about the Planet Hulk storyline, so even though I’m not a huge Hulk fan, it seemed like something easy to enjoy. As for Green Lantern, I’m starting out by re-reading all the stuff I have, and then picking up where I left off through trades. Of course, what will inevitably happen is the weather will turn back around right when I’m fully entrenched in my comics binge.
It’s OK, though — obviously this is a cycle of history that is doomed to repeat itself. And on some of those warm summer days that invite a special kind of laziness of their own, I look forward to dusting off some of the comics stockpile, cracking open a cold beer, and sitting in the sun enjoying some good, old- fashioned stories. Sometimes you just need HULK SMASH!