Doug: I'm guessing we could all come up with a very long list of comic books we flat-out wasted our money on during the 1990's and "double aughts". I'll nominate the whole "Heroes Reborn" and "Heroes Return" limited series, the entire X-Men universe after the eponymous second mag began, the second "Spider-Clone" saga, and on and on. It's kind of funny, because my drop-out point on all of the books I used to love generally centers on some sort of big event. Of particular disdain was the first issue of Fantastic Four Unlimited, which featured "a dynamic new art style from Herb Trimpe!" You can see the cover below; to be perfectly honest, the cover is not attributed to Trimpe, but his interiors are actually worse than what you see pictured. Rob Liefeld's art would have been a step up, if that gives you any idea of the magnitude of the egregiousness of the crime.
Doug: But, since we live in the past around here, let's focus on that era that is the Bronze Age. And for the purposes of our conversation today you can rail against stuff you bought off the spinners and/or as back issues much later. If you'd like to make an additional confession, you can discuss the depths of your addiction to completistism (that is a word I made up, but you all know what I mean). I finally kicked that habit, but it was quite difficult. A healthy dose of Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers ended up being my cure. What are the books and peripheries (magazines, treasuries, paperbacks, etc.) that you just wish you didn't own? Thanks for playing!
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