Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Trades Haul

I'm always on the look out for discounted/used trades, and with three V-Stock and Slackers stores within 25 minutes from my apartment, there's usually lots of cool stuff available. I buy trades at a couple local comic shops as well, but they don't have the stock rotation the mall shops have. These ranged in price from $4.99 to $9.99!
 Any Justice League or Justice Society material is a sure thing for me- never read one I didn't like. I love a team story, and like the Avengers or any of the assorted X-Books Marvel produces, DC's two super-groups are my cup of tea...

JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice 2002
I already read this and loved it- both teams in one! Lex Luthor is President of the U.S. in this & Despero is involved, things get freaky!
JLA: Strength In Numbers 1998
I've enjoyed a lot of 90's comics since getting back in to comics a couple years ago, but haven't read much JLA from this era. Different characters like Superman Blue, Huntress, and Steel fill out the famous team's roster here, and Martian Manhunter's in it which might be my favorite character. I loved the issues I read of his solo title from this era.

JLA: Syndicate Rules 2004-2005
Couldn't pass on more reading with Earth 2's Crime Syndicate, evil mirror versions of the Justice League. Just thumbed through, but the art looks killer!
Justice League of America: Team History 2010
This one's pretty recent. I really enjoyed the books I've read from the era right before Final Crisis (2009), which blew my mind having just got back into reading, so I'm looking forward to this slice from right after. This is supposedly during the Blackest Night era, and thumbing through I spied a Black Lantern, so I'm into that.

The Marvel books I found were all to do with the Secret Invasion saga- I read the main book as well as the Captain Marvel book from this series awhile back, and had flirted with the idea of reading some more of the several trades involving this arc...
The New Avengers: Illuminati  2007-2008
This appears to be right before Secret Invasion dropped, and all the characters interest me- if Black Bolt, Leader of the Inhumans, and Dr. Strange are involved, my interest is peaked.
Ms. Marvel: Secret Invasion 2008
I was enraptured by Captain Marvel's Secret Invasion TPB, in which Ms. Marvel starred, so I had no reason to think I wouldn't love this hardback for $9.99. Look at that cover! Great!

 Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? 2008-2009
This is a compilation of stories that illuminate key elements from the Secret Invasion story arc, biographical data and history on Skrulls through the ages, and a Marvel Spotlight on Secret Invasion. A sort of companion piece to the series, if you will.
Secret Invasion: Inhumans 2009
I've been fascinated with the Inhumans since I read about them in Marvel Essential: Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 a couple years ago, and enjoyed seeing them in the War of King's (2010) book I read earlier this year.

More Later- Make It FUN!


  1. I'm actually working on 'Fear Itself' and after I'm done, I'll go get that 'Secret Invasion.'

  2. That is great! I hope one day to pick up great trades like these. There is only ONE comic shop in Laredo and usually things are already picked over.

  3. When will those Skrulls learn that grammar is half the battle? Whom do you trust! :)

  4. I'm a fan of Black Bolt myself.Great pick ups!

  5. Am I mis-remembering or does JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice end in a cliffhanger that requires you to read something else? It was a true GN, not a collection, right? I think I remember being disappointed....

  6. No MOCK, the story resolved at the end. I enjoyed it quite a bit :)

  7. Didn't you find Secret Invasion to be alot of noise signifying nothing. That one seemed to take place over an afternoon but I had to read 20 comics just to get to the point. I find Bendis overwrites everything. But complete stories collected in trades in the only way to go these days.

  8. Awesome pick ups. I love reading graphic novels and love finding them at a bargin rate.

    Congrats on your pick ups.

  9. Kal- I DID get that feeling- in fact, I will now need to go back and read it again to remember what all happened. Captain Marvel's Secret Invasion book thrilled me for some odd reason however, so I thought I'd enjoy the series more if I read a couple others, and so why not Ms. Marvel & the Inhumans. Additionally, the Skrull Invasion was referenced in regards to the War of Kings book I read this year, in which the Inhumans are featured.

  10. I too bought a bunch of used trades on my recent Boston trip! I didn't know comic book stores sold used books before, I am really glad I stumbled upon this store, managed to score about $300 of comics for $70! I've always wanted to collect comic books, but they are just too expensive to buy brand new in addition to my toy spendings. I just found out there might be another comic store in my area that sell used books as well, can't wait to check them out.

  11. Where in Boston did you go?!?!