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Comic Book Noise 155: The Best of 2008, Part Two

Host Derek Coward finishes his look at the best of 2008 by talking about the titles that he has heard good things about but has never checked out yet, best miniseries that didn’t finish in 2008, best #1 comics of 2008 and the best graphic novels.

Related links (*-Amazon link, so help a brother out):
* Rasl Volume 1: The Drift
The Boy Who Made Silence
* House of Mystery
* Young Liars
* Captain Britain and MI:13
* Tangent: Superman’s Reign
The Infinite Horizon
Stephen King’s The Stand: Captain Trips
* The Twelve
* Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
* Madame Xanadu #1
Comic Book Comics
* Locke & Key
* Man With No Name
* Queen and Country Definitive Edition
* Noble Causes Archives
* The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer
* Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician

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My latest purchase revealed

My mystery comic book finally arrived today from the Amazon Marketplace. Since I have it in my possession and I don’t have to worry about people rushing out to buy it (and therefore driving up the price for me to get it), I can finally make the big reveal.

It is JLA: Secret Origins by Paul Dini and Alex Ross, the only one of their oversized books that I didn’t own.


I haven’t read it thoroughly yet, but I like what I have seen by just thumbing through it. It appears to be a collection of two page retellings of the origins stories of the Justice League of America (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow (with Black Canary, but her origin wasn’t told.),  Captain Marvel (the real one, you know “Shazam!”), Hawkman (and Hawkgirl, whose origin has always been intrinsically tied to her husband’s), Atom, Plastic Man,  Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

Since I cut my teeth on DC Comics way back when, there  is nothing in here that I didn’t already know but it never looked like this.  There is also a retelling of the Justice League of America themselves, which is restricted to one paragraph. The real treat on the JLA spread is Adam Strange, Zatanna, Metamorpho, The Elongated Man, Phantom Stranger and Red Tornado each getting the Alex Ross treatment for a panel.

After the story, there is an interview with Dini and Ross that includes a lot of sketches and a painting of the Big Seven, which is beautiful and I wish I had a poster of it.

Now my Dini/Ross oversized collection is complete and I can start getting some of the other books that I saw on TreasuryComics.com. This could take a while and get expensive. Luckily for me, I’m not as obsessive about such things as I once was.

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Tough Time Getting A Comic Book

After taking a look at treasurycomics.com, I discovered that I was missing one of the Dini/Ross oversized books. I’m not a completist the way a lot of other comic book fans are, but there was something deep inside my soul that said “You MUST get this book.”

I went to eBay first because, despite all of the flaws of that site, they usually have everything worth getting that is available. Usually. In this case, they didn’t. They had all of the other Dini/Ross books, but not this one. I immediately thought “Oh no, this is going to be one of those Avengers Annual #11 or Kevin Smith Green Arrow #1 deals.”  In other words, I was probably going to have to pay a lot more than I wanted to pay or I was going to have to walk away for a few months in order to get it at a decent price.

However, I didn’t give up. I decided to check out Atomic Avenue, also known “as eBay without all of the hassle.” I did a quick search and lo and behold, there it was. And to top it off, the book was only between $5.25 and $7.55 (before shipping), great pricing. I added it to my shopping cart and got a 500 Program error.  Of course, it came complete with a picture of a rampaging robot and the caption “Just a little glitch in the system.” Not a very comforting thought when I want to buy a comic. I noticed that I forgot to login, so I decided to login and see what would happen. Same thing.

OK, I went to my last resort. The dreaded and evil Amazon.com. Not that I have anything against Amazon, but more often than not a lot of people shy away from using Amazon (although a lot of Amazon bashers that I correspond with seem to have Amazon ads on their sites.) Amazon itself wasn’t selling the book, but a bunch of stores in the Amazon Marketplace (third party stores doing business through Amazon) had the book I was looking for. I was able to pick it up for $7.30 including shipping, which seems to be less than I would have paid through Atomic Avenue (if it had worked) and I’m almost positive that it is less than I would have paid on eBay.

Now I just have to wait for the book to arrive. Once I get it in my hands, I will tell you what the name of the book is. Until then, I don’t want to jinx it.

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