Name: Dan Homer
I've been reading Hellboy/BPRD for years, and I can see where it may get daunting to jump on at any point. Best investment I've made recently is the prose book:
Hellboy: The Companion
Basically a complete rundown of all events and characters up to 'Wild Hunt'. Gave me a lot of insight that I hadn't realized I was missing. If you are longtime reader or just starting out with the Hellboy/BPRD universe, it's worth the buy.
Having just gone thru a massive re-org of 20 longboxes, and this article speaks to it, I put this question to the iFanboy clan:
Do you order by main title, or by whatever comes first in the title's name? Is it filed under A for 'Amazing Spider-Man', or S for 'Spider-Man'? Is it 'L' for Lady Constantine, or 'H' for 'Hellblazer presents: Lady Constantine'?
Logically I would say, keep all the X-titles together, but my compulsion for order would say 'U' for Uncanny....
What do you all do in these cases?
A well timed article, as I am currently emptying my bookshelf in my office to the longboxes in the basement. Luckily I have plenty of room there, so I haven't had to 'cull' my collection. Unfortunately, it 's a painful chore when sorted alphabetically, and all the books shift from box to box. Now, it looks like I've got to buy another 2 longboxes, bringing my total to 21.
21? Shit. Maybe it IS time to start letting go. Think I've left my 'go-to-have-entire-run-bagged-and-boarded' OCD days behind me, but just keep socking them away out of habit. Eventually will move someday, and like Romo, don't want to drag all those boxes with me without good reason.
Maybe will start having nephews come over and pick out a longbox for their Christmas present. Get the addiction passed on to the next generation.
Or just keep buying longboxes, as long as space permits....
@conor - As a casual Hulk fan, never read the Peter David run. I'll have to see if it's been digitized for marvel's digital comics site. But the question remains the same, was it 'fun'?
Examination of mental issues/problems in an effort to make a character interesting, can have a decidedly opposite effect. (see: Sentry)
I have no idea what everybody finds so facinating about Ang Lee's Hulk. Saw it in the theater when it came out, and can't tell you one thing about it from memory other than 'boring'.
Stan Lee didn't create the Hulk as a insightful examination of human psyche, he wrote him as a character that his fans (and himself) thought would be interesting and fun to read. Ang's version was definately interesting, he just forgot the 'fun' part.
Hopefully this version can strike a better balance.