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I mean, he doesn't have a super power, he's just damned good with a bow. He's hot as hell. He's got the same political leanings as I do. He's a wiseass to the extreme. Just about everything that I love in my fantasy guys. So for awhile, I was reading everything involving Green Arrow that I could get my hands on. Mostly it was the trade paperbacks from his series, books like Quiver and The Sounds of Violence. But I picked up some of the other Justice League titles and my world started to expand.
Once I'd finished all of those that my library had (at all branches - thank you, branch request system!), I needed more. I was like an addict, needing my next fix of superheroes. So I branched into some Batman, some Superman, the Justice Society of America. And my need never abated. And often, new books that I'd find would come because of something that I saw in the back of other books. I just went everywhere. I even came back to Marvel when something about the Civil War story line caught my attention.
It's gotten to the point that I don't want to wait for trade paperbacks to be made and my library to purchase them. I want to know what's happening now now now. So I started getting a subscription to several monthly comics. Along with a few of my favorite DC titles (Green Arrow (of course), Birds of Prey and Tiny Titans for my oldest), I also get a few based on some of my favorite shows, like Doctor Who and Charmed. I'm getting a wonderful short-run (6 issues) series called Memorial that I'm thoroughly hooked on.
I love my comics. I came late into the game, but I'm passionate about them. And I'm instilling the same passion in my boys. Teddy picks up comics from the library most of the time now (with a few chapter books occasionally thrown in). Peter loves his Green Lantern and Silver Surfer toys. And, as a family, we'll turn on the latest episodes of Avengers or Ultimate Spiderman (and the only reason we don't turn on Batman: Brave and the Bold or Young Justice is because we don't get Cartoon Network). We love to dive into this world where the pictures are as important as the words and it's a melding of talented artist and talented writer that brings these heroes (and others) to life.