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Breaking the Border - Rants and Ramblings

OK, well as I sit here trying to come up with one main topic to discuss for my column this week, I find my head filled with a million and one different things. I mean just look at the time right now 5:26 am EST. This is the result of to much coffee and not enough sleep. As such you can imagine picking one topic out of the endless void to discuss in depth and detail, for me at this moment would be absolutely impossible.

However, that's where you, dear reader, are in luck, because as a result, I am just going to crack open my old coconut and let everything spill out. Now trust me most likely there will be no rhyme or reason to this diatribe. It will basically be just free thought. Whatever pops into my head will in turn appear on the page. I hope you're ready. Here goes.

OK, well first off, wow look at that. This is officially my fifth weekly column here at Silver Bullet Comics. That is something that I am immensely proud of, I have managed to keep on at least somewhat of a weekly schedule for over a month. In that month I have managed to talk about and discuss a wide myriad of subjects, all tying into comic books and the industry. A pretty amazing feat, if I say so myself.

Oh, yeah I also wanted to talk about time. Time in the scope of the whole 24 hours in a day frame. Trust me, I do have a point here. Well, as I sit here writing this, I realize that time is an enemy to all. I mean, I am just about a little over a month behind in my own personal comic book reading. Just look at the teetering stack of comics over there in the corner. You are probably asking what has kept you from reading all those books Anthony? Time, or better yet a lack of time. Does anyone else agree that if somehow the government saw fit to stretch the time frame of one day from 24 hours to say 32, you just might be able to accomplish all of the tasks or things you would like to do over the course of one day? Now, I am forgetting to tell you that even though over a month’s worth of books remain unread in a precariously leaning stack, I have found time to read some collected editions. I know what you’re asking too...well Anthony how did you manage to read those and not your monthly books? Well, perhaps, I used my space time continuum disrupter, or was it my ability to alter reality, and bend fiction to fact? OK, none of that really happened, and I don't have a space time continuum disrupter, or the ability to alter reality, and when you finish reading this you'll wake up and you won't remember a thing. But in all seriousness, I just made time within my busy schedule, because comic books are an important part of my life, and as such when there are important things in your life, you just so how are able to make time for them - the most important part of my life being my fiancé and family. So that's what I did and in the end I ended up reading some great books. 

One of which was the collected Identity Crisis from DC Comics. Brad Meltzer
and Rags Morales redefined the super-hero genre and humanized some truly iconic characters. A pretty huge task in and of itself. They reinvigorated the super-hero genre and gave new meaning to the question Why does a hero need a secret identity. If you haven't read this yet, and you are a fan of the super-hero genre, I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed. 

Upon finishing that, I ran speeding head long into the collected edition I am currently running through DC Archive Editions The Flash Archives Volume 1. Hey did you see what I did there? That segue, ran, speeding, running through, The Flash. Pretty clever huh? See what I mean to much coffee, not enough sleep. Anyway, here is the definitive look at the character that single handedly restarted the super-hero genre and ushered in a brand new age. With Showcase #4 October 1956
, the Silver Age of comic books began and the Flash hasn't stopped running yet. Just the sheer amount of history contained in this volume is bursting with enough for historians of the comic book industry and fans of The Flash. This volume contains the final Golden Age Flash tale from Flash Comics #104, Showcase #4, Showcase #8, Showcase #13, Showcase #14 and the first four issues of this new Flash (Barry Allen) as his run picked up with the original numbering from the end of the Golden Age Flash run, The Flash #104-#108. Some classic stories by some of the best talent in the industry at the time. These guys were comic book industry pioneers, blazing new trails of wonder for everyone to behold. Again definitely not one to be missed. But then again, I am kind of biased as The FLASH is hands down my favorite super-hero.

What else? Well, I should mention, that going back to my column entitled THE TIES THAT BIND, in which I spoke about my Grandfather, for those that are wondering how he is doing and his status and everything.  He came home this past Wednesday, and I couldn't be happier. Today is actually his birthday, so Happy Birthday Grandpa! Here's to many more! I'll see you this weekend.

OK, well, I guess that I've rambled on long enough. It's time for me to head on out. Thanks for listening.  I'll be back next week.  Hey look the suns coming up. It's
6:28 am EST, just about an hour has passed since I started this and I really should try and grab just a few hours of sleep before the day begins anew.  Busy, busy, busy, and I've got a lot to do. I bid you all adieu. But before I go, I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone who has taken the time to read my column for the last month. Things are just getting started, so please stick around. In addition, please don't forget to speak up and get involved. I've got a lot of cool stuff planned for my column. I think you'll all be pleasantly surprised, so please help to spread the word. I promise you won't be disappointed and I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks again everyone!  Have a great day!



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