|The cream of this week's comics. So many to choose from, where to start?|
The first thing I do when a new shipment of comics arrives is sort them out into a reading order, which do I want to read first, which can wait a while etc
This week was different. Instead of my usual fortnightly delivery I'd already asked Andy at Paradox to send me this week's titles, even though I'd only had a parcel from him the week before, before there were so many titles that I really needed to read straightaway!
But when they arrived it was immediately obvious that there were at least eight contenders for the top slot: Reaver; Conan The Barbarian: Exodus; Sword Master; The Orville; Powers Of X; Age Of Conan: Valeria; and Hawkman.
In a different week, any one of these could have been a worthy "top of the pile".
In the end I opted for Reaver, as I had to choose something, but, honestly, I would have been happy kicking my reading off with any of these titles.
Don't listen to the whinging old farts making broad, sweeping, statements that comics aren't as good as they used to be.
Comics are still an amazing, engaging art form, and a powerful way to tell stories.
Sure, not every comic will click with every reader, and some times beloved comics might be handed over to a writer whose style doesn't gel with your perception of your favourite character (**koff** Bendis **koff**) but there's so much variety out there that there's bound to be something for everyone.
Comics is a medium. Although they remain the majority, it's not just superheroes in masks and tights.
Dismissing an entire medium because you don't like a particular modern take on comic book titles you read as a teenager is ridiculous.
You wouldn't dismiss all novels just because Fifty Shades of Grey got published, or all of television's voluminous output because a new season of Love Island has been commissioned.
I detest "reality television", but that doesn't stop me watching hours and hours of fantastic scripted drama every week.
So, don't dismiss the incredible breadth and variety of comics just because some bloke on the Internet doesn't like how The Avengers is written these days and has declared that "all modern comics suck".
Don't throw the superbaby out with the bath water.
Remember, the mantra: comics is a medium. It's not just capes and cowls from Marvel and DC.
Not that there is anything wrong with superhero comics, and both the big publishers produce titles in other genres, anyway.
I'm frequently heard to say (usually on Facebook) that we live in a Golden Age of television, but it's also a pretty good time for comic book readers as well.
I'm certainly not saying I'm turning my back on superheroes, it's just that I'm not be reading as many as I used to.
However, I'm still reading plenty of engrossing and mind-blowing comics.
I bet, with a bit of effort, you could find a few titles you liked as well...