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All-New, All-Different, All-Delivered!

A long-anticipated box has arrived at Longbox Graveyard Secret Headquarters!

Westfield

It says Westfield Comics on the box, which kind of ruins the surprise … but this is a unique moment for me because it’s the first time I’ve bought new comics in about, I dunno … twenty-five years? Maybe longer. And when I used to buy comics, mostly I did mail order through … Westfield Comics. Some things never change!

I was a little worried about that dent in the box, but then I saw the wall of peanuts within …

Peanuts

… and beneath the peanuts, the precious contents!

within

That X-Men 92 was a gift for my pal Billy King, but the rest of the box contained my first shipment of Marvel’s All-New All-Different rolling reboot, which I will be reviewing in capsule form here at Longbox Graveyard in the weeks ahead!

comicss

I understand that reviews are a bit less useful when they arrive after the book they are reviewing, and my Westfield pre-orders sometimes show up a week or two after a book hits the street … but ordering this way lets me shave a big chunk off of cover price, which adds up when you commit to buying and reviewing 60-odd comics. And besides, for a blog that normally lives in 1978, being a few weeks behind the times is no big deal!

Join me back here tomorrow when I kick off my All-New All-Different capsule review series with my impressions of Invincible Iron Man #1!

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About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published once a month or so at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on November 12, 2015, in IT COMES IN THE MAIL and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. As someone who only recently jumped off the Marvel ship (I’m only reading Amazing Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy these days), I’m excited to see what you think of these books.

    I finally gave the Marvel Unlimited app a chance when they ran a promo during the Age of Ultron movie season and I’ve enjoyed tearing through the Uncanny X-Men from start to finish. I should have blogged about it from day one, but I’m too far in now to start, and by Jove, the first run before the early 70s cancellation is the TERRIBLEST.

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    • The Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne era was great enough that we ascribe a lot of retroactive affection to the original run, which really was a third tier book. It is one of the great Marvel success stories that the X-Men were so spectacularly rebooted — with all those on-the-nose themes made into subtext, X-Men finally came of age in the 70s. It might have been the pinnacle Bronze Age book — full of silly Silver Age superheroics, but with plenty of real-world angst and disorder (if you knew where to look), and it made a pitch for diversity well before it was trendy. Brilliant work, really, in that it works as an action book but it is thoughtful, too, and of course the characters evolved into some of the best in the field.

      I am a thorough convert to digital (so much so that I have an iPad Pro on order, largely as a comics reading device), but the rebooted X-Men is one of the few series I have in Omnibus form, and I read it once every couple years. Even sweeter was that I bought those Omnibuses by selling off a few issues from the original run — the best of both worlds for me.

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  2. nice haul! decent titles in there. enjoy!

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