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What I bought – 14 December 2011

“Truth, Vinicius, dwells somewhere so high that the gods themselves cannot see it from the top of Olympus. To you, carissime, your Olympus seems higher still, and, standing there, you call to me, ‘Come, you will see such sights as you have not seen yet!’ I might. But I answer, ‘I do not have feet for the journey.’ And if you read this letter to the end, you will acknowledge, I think, that I am right.” (Henryk Sienkiewicz, from Quo Vadis)

Yeeeee-hawwwww! Oh no, it's a fastball special! He's on the rag (yes, I totally went there) A hook hand!  A HOOK HAND!!!!! I'm not entirely sure what that big ball of cash is - a wreath, maybe? I know this isn't supposed to be a cover, but it's still uninspiring Well, it might be ridiculously late, but at least the cover is spooky! The dude with the flame thrower cracks me up I'm not really sure why this image is being used as a cover for this issue It's about time! At least they fixed the trade dress! Who knew that motif was coming? Leonardo DiCaprio NOOOOOO! That's some good use of color there It never gets boring! At last! This looks groovy! Will this book make me like Satrapi???? Oh, Jubilee - what have they done to you?
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What I bought – 12 October 2011

But novelists write for countless reasons: for money, for fame, for reviewers, for parents, for friends, for loved ones; for vanity, for pride, for curiosity, for amusement: as skilled furniture makers enjoy making furniture, as drunkards like drinking, as judges like judging, as Sicilians like emptying a shotgun into an enemy’s back. I could fill a box with reasons, and they would all be true, though not true of all. Only one same reason is shared by all of us: we wish to create as real as, but other than the world that is. (John Fowles, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman)

Yes, Glenn Fabry drew this in 2005! I'm not sure what's going on with Williams' obsession with X-rays in this issue Kalvachev does some nice covers for this series, I'll tell you what Man, talk about zipping along! This could get messy He's just a dude who likes his vodka and milk, man! 'Nuff said! Well, holy crap He's auditioning for Flashdance! So sad it's over! Who doesn't love evil Boy Scouts?
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What I bought – 3 August 2011

“Sometimes I ask myself,” Emmerich said. “What is the function of a murderer? Is he the person you go to in order to confess?” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)

That's what happens when you stand under a ship - you get an anchor dropped on you! Seriously, DC?  Some people don't read your shit in single issues, you know! Aquaman is too cool to have a three-pronged trident, man! Gross but effective! Ah!  Greg Horn art!!!! He ought to use some Pert, yo! Surprisingly, I don't dig this Jock cover Still don't know who those dudes on the bottom are This cover idea has been used before, but it's still clever Speaking of ideas that remain cool ... Still wacky! Uh-oh - it appears he's about to punch reality! I'm not digging these painted covers More posing! Pregnant wolf Rahne is awesome Wagner had some leftover black paint he needed to get rid of Who doesn't love 20th-century Russian history?  Commies, that's who!  Oh, wait a minute ...
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What I bought – May and June 2011

Hey, look at that! I’m back in Arizona and I picked up almost two months’ worth of comics! Yeah, I’m not going to review them properly here – that would take waaaaaaaay too long. This is more of a “What I bought and the random thoughts I have about the issues and, why not, what I did in Pennsylvania for seven-and-a-half weeks.” Can you handle that??????
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What I bought – 13 April 2011

“Am I ever going to be told what you really think you’re doing?”

“You have been told.”

“Lie upon lie.”

“Perhaps that’s our way of telling the truth.” But then, as if she knew she had smiled once too often, she looked down and added quickly, “Maurice once said to me – when I had just asked him a question rather like yours – he said, ‘An answer is always a form of death.’ ” (John Fowles, from The Magus)

So many faces! I don't know how Stephanie is doing that, but man! that's a cool cover! It's all sharp points! Look - it's a random cover! Jihad Jones will take you out, man! Oh noes!  My cover is smudged! Let's pick on hipsters! That's not good for anyone! Just a flesh wound! Yay!  Incest! Oh no you dint! Boy, that's exciting! So much kookiness! Strike a pose! There's no rain in this comic! Won't all that blood gunk up the gun? Blasting your way this April! So many elements! Oh, man, I'm not touching this sucker!
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What I bought – 16 February 2011

She didn’t realize that it was in the blood and not on the skin; she didn’t see that there could be nothing more suburban than suburbanites repudiating themselves. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)

I don't know what those things on the sides of her legs are, but I wish they'd tell us! The name of this issue is NOT 'Time's Up'! I don't know what those letters next to the creators' names are The cover is the best thing about this issue! Why so many versions of Ozma? Such an unimportant part of the issue is depicted on this cover! I wish I could blow smoke like that! Don't taunt us with a Bradstreet cover! Spooooooky! I need me to get a tattoo on the back of my hand so I can freak people out! I love this cover! So, yeah, Dustin Nguyen is pretty good Hyperion looks really odd on that cover Let's give it another try! Who doesn't love the bleak stuff?
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What I bought – 29 December 2010

“We met long ago,” said Galip. “When we first met, your legs looked so thin and so delicate that I was afraid they would break. Your skin was rough when you were a kid, but as you got older, after we graduated from middle school, your complexion became rosy and incredibly fine. If they took us to the beach on hot summer days when we went crazy from playing indoors, coming back with ice-cream cones we bought at Tarabya, we would scratch letters with our long nails into the salt on each other’s arms. I loved the fuzz on your skinny arms. I loved the peachy color of your suntanned legs. I loved the way your hair spilled over your face when you reached for something on the shelf above my head.”

“We should have met long ago.”

“I used to love the strap marks left on your shoulders by the bathing suit you borrowed from your mother, the way you absentmindedly tugged at your at your hair when you were nervous, the way you caught between your middle finger and thumb a speck of tobacco left by your filterless cigarette on the tip of your tongue, the way your mouth fell open watching a movie, the way you unwittingly scarfed up the roasted garbanzos and nuts in the dish under your hand while you read a book, the way you kept losing your keys, the way you screwed up your eyes to see because you refused to accept you were nearsighted. When you narrowed your eyes on a distant point and absconded for parts unknown, I understood that you were thinking of something else, and I loved you apprehensively. Oh my God! I loved with fear and trepidation what I couldn’t know of your mind as much as I loved what I did know.” (Orhan Pamuk, from The Black Book)

Yeah, don't go in that house! Jeannette fights Vandal Savage with ... a fan! How much awesome can be contained within?!?!?!? Is Jock awesome?  Yes, yes he is Well, that's just adorable! More horror in the desert! I don't look meaningfully at the horizon very often, and I should Yeah, that's going to be messy I just love the paunch! Tesla?  Really?
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What I bought – 6 October 2010

“It’s like blue light when you touch me,” she’d say. “Electric blue light sparking between us.” She’d cry softly into my shoulder, tears of passion, because she couldn’t get close enough to me. (W. P. Kinsella, from The Iowa Baseball Confederacy)

Seeing your mom's Penthouse shoot would make anyone angry! I need me a sword like that! Those 'roids that Herc uses can't be good for him Oh, you stupid, stupid Ranger! It's all THREE-DEEEEEE!!!!! If they pour water over her, it would be just like Flashdance! He could use some calming tea or something Doll eyes freak me out, man! Bane has been hitting the Slim-Fast! Oh, the agony! I don't even want to know what that guy is doing! Dude needs to clean his ears every once in a while! They used my head tattoo on this cover, man! Firestar's breasts are oddly alluring! Fact: Nathan Fox is awesome! It's Ghost Rider-eriffic! I don't know if I'm tough enough to own this!
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What I bought – 4 August 2010

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

“It’s the same thing,” he said. (A. A. Milne, from Winnie-the-Pooh)

Dear God, where are her nipples?!?!?!? Should that be crania? 'Wherefore' means 'why,' not 'where,' damn it! Darwyn Cooke-alicious! I'm not sure why it's so important to get Maryland's flag onto that cover, but okay! Oh, the humanity! It's the most egregiously gratuitous ...... cover of the week! I do not miss the old cover design AT ALL Oh, that wacky Galactus! Spoooooky! Oh, the weirdness! Women who eat fruit decadently are eeeeevillll! This is all European and shit! What's with the sleeping bunny?
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What I bought – 9 June 2010

That woman was the closest thing to himself Achilles had ever come across. But he didn’t find out until a moment after he had killed her. She was hostile, and dead: everything Achilles loved in a woman. (Roberto Calasso, from The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony)

How does he pee? That's not a great cover, but it's a pretty neat drawing! He just read his own comic, and that's what happened to him! That table is only forty bucks at Cost Plus! You're in trouble when the palm trees start staring at you On the plus side, he's a hit at raves! McKeever writes his dates the cool way! That Darwyn Cooke - he has a future in this biz, I think They look like they're about to tango! Goin' crazy gives a man a powerful hunger! Man, I love this issue Ain't nothin' more American than shootin' guns at a football game! Now I have a hankering for some soul sushi I don't think J. Bone is capable of doing a bad cover Why, everyone loves the Tommy Taylor books! It's all ...... giant-sized!!!!! He won an award that begins with an 'X'!  That means it HAS to be good! I'm dying to read this!
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What I bought – 7 April 2010

“Today’s lesson is, if someone puts poison in your tea, don’t drink it.” (Christopher Moore, from Lamb)

I hope someone gives Qassim a hand!  Bwah-ha-ha! I dig the question marks in the background! Brett Weldele needs more work! That can't be good! Yes, I finally got this! Hot damn, this is cool! This is how ALL football games should be decided! Freaky-deaky! You must love the Kaluta art! Mashing it up! Sigh ... more Deadpool! So much rage! Fact: Chris Samnee is awesome! History! I'm really looking forward to this!
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