Hi everyone - Felix again. Need to share because I feel myself giving in to the Comics Addiction again tonight.
So I started reading ‘American Vampire 1976’ last night and I really enjoyed issue #1 but I didn’t know who the characters were. They seemed to have a history together and referred to events in the past that I was unaware of. I looked it up and it turns out that this is the final chapter in a story that Scott Snyder has been telling for over a decade now. Immediately I felt the itch in my brain - I HAD TO read the previous books. I couldn’t read book #2, not even one more panel, until I had read ALL of the material that had come before. I need to read ‘American Vampire’, I need to read ‘American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest’, I need to read ‘American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares’, I need to read ‘American Vampire: Long Road to Hell’, I need to read ‘American Vampire Anthology #1’, I need to read ‘American Vampire - Second Cycle’ and I need to read ‘American Vampire Anthology #2’. Only then, once all of those have been read in the proper order, can I re-read ‘American Vampire 1976 #1’ and then finish the series.
So I set off to get my fix and start at the beginning only to realize that none of those books are on DC Universe Infinite. I started to panic. The sweat immediately formed on my furrowed brow, I bit my bottom lip so hard I thought it would bleed, I just kept saying “No, no, no, no, NO!” as I scrolled and searched for every combination I could think of hoping they would somehow appear. When I realized none of them were available on here, that none of the comic shops were open at that hour and that even if they were I couldn’t afford to run out and buy them all I started to really panic. What was I going to do?!? DAMN THIS COMIC ADDICTION!
Then I remembered my local library. I logged on, signed in to my account and put ‘American Vampire’ Volumes 1-8 on hold. I’ll pick them up on Monday morning and start reading them in order for free. The crisis had been averted and my breathing returned to normal. I hadn’t even realized how much I was gripping the left arm of my chair until my hand relaxed as I sat back and sighed with relief.
I know you’ve all been there and this is a safe place to discuss my comic addiction. I may have overdramatized that a little, or a lot, but since we’re all Comicaholics you know what I went through. Thanks for listening. Stay strong and take it one panel at a time.