Name: David Graham
Bio: I have been a visitor of iFanboy since 2005. *The guys had me the second I heard Ron exclaim, "Darkhawk rules!"* I've been reading comics since 1990. *Has it been that long?* I started with a handful of Marvel titles *Darkhawk, Amazing Spider-man, New Warriors, What if?* and many years later my living room is overrun with boxes of thousands of books. *These things need to go digital so I have room to live.* I have more than a couple graphic novels on my book shelf *Mostly recommendations from iFanboy - Box Office Poison, Blankets, Pedro and Me.* I also have a decent amount of prose books too. *World War Z, Book of Fate, and Nostromo the most recent editions.* I am working being certified to teach high school *And working on that Price of Baghdad and Maus literature unit.* I dig the new look. Congrats guys.
For good or for ill, I never quit reading comics. I started in 1990 regularly buying four comics (Amazing Spider-man, Darkhawk, New Warriors, and What If?) from a local Seven Eleven. I dabbled in a Captain America, Iron Man, and Avengers but in the early years those books never made it into my regular rotation. When Superman died I read all four titles during the "Return of Superman" (Batman's broken back and Hal Jordan going crazy didn't interest me beyond any single foil or glow in the dark cover). I picked up an issue of adjectiveless X-Men, because the cover had X-Men fighting X-Men and seemingly Magneto died at the end of it. I read every Venom series and Maximum Carnage was a lot of fun.
Around the time I went into high school Age of Apocalypse had just wrapped up. I didn't quit reading comics I doubled the amount I read. I started picking up every X-Men title Marvel was selling then. I was an X-Men fan through Onslaught and Zero Tolerance and THEN I had enough (I don't think I picked up an X-Men comic again until Joss Whedon). I also collected the first round of Marvel VS DC in high school. I had ditched Amazing a little before the Clone Saga began, but I picked it back up along with the rest of the Spider-man titles when Ben Reilly wore the webs. I read Marvels, Kingdom Come, AND Ruins. I kept giving Superman and Kyle Rayner a chance, but they never held my interest. Heroes Reborn and Heroes Return started a run on Avengers that has been going strong up until the present. Thunderbolts was awesome.
My last year of high school and through college I read Earth X, Universe X, and Paradise X (I wasn't a fan of the Lord of the Rings or Matrix trilogies, but Marvel's dystopic future was compelling). Peter David's runs on Captain Marvel and Young Justice were always at the top of my stacks. However now was when I was starting to feel burned out. Grant Morrison's X-Men weren't all that appealing. I wasn't reading anything by Bendis. I was going backwards into Alan Moore's immaculate catalogue and considering dropping monthly stuff altogether. I meandered through the mid 2000's with I cant remember what and was ready to quit altogether in 2005. Ironically, it was the end of House of M that held my interest just long enough for me to find this site. Then Civil War happened, the Death of Captain America, Secret Invasion... I am a lifer (and a MASSIVE Marvel zombie, apparently).
I am Dave Graham and I approve this ramble.