In “Comics Were Bought” I show off my weekly comics swag! I may not get health insurance, but managing a comic book store has its advantages — like being able to read anything in the store without having to buy it. Still, there are some comics I can’t live without and I’ll be showcasing them here each week. To find out what I read, too, check out the “Comics Were Read” archive. Tell me what you brought home with you this week in the comments!

WHAT I BOUGHT

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1) “Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” vol. 1 TPB & “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics” #6 — I’ve never read these old “Tales” stories, so the Turtles geek in me is pumped to give them a go. The “Classics” issue is an all Michaelangelo issue from back in the day. While I appreciate the effort to reprint the original TMNT comics in color, the coloring itself isn’t as great as it should be. Passable, but the effort these comics deserve is lacking.

2) “All-New X-Men” #3 & “X-Factor” #248 — Two of the best X-comics on the shelves right now. “X-Factor” has been consistently good for a long, long time and I have almost all of them.

3) “Animal Man” #15, “Swamp Thing” #15 & “Legends of the Dark Knight” #3 — The “Rotworld” story continues in both “AM” & “ST” with some cool guest appearances, most notably Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. I don’t usually collect “Dark Knight,” but this issue features Steve Niles writing and Trevor Hairsine on art — I love Hairsine’s style and him drawing Batman is a must-own.

4) “Haunted Horror” #2, “Shadowman” #2 & “Fairest” #10 — “Haunted Horror” is awesome because it reprints classic ’50s comics that were impossible to find previously, or if they could be found it was in a $50 hardcover. Not here, as each issue is over 40 pages of full-color, ad-free story for only $4. Sold! I’m buying every Valiant title so far as each has blown my feeble expectations to hell, and as long as Adam Hughes keeps creating sexy covers for “Fairest,” I’ll keep buying them.

5) “Great Pacific” #2 — This one was purchased for the lady. I’m reading it too, and liking it, but not enough to own. I dig the message, though.

WHAT THE LADY READ
Yes, I’m one of the lucky men out there whose lady also reads comics. Here’s what she checked out this week: “All-New X-Men” #3, “Dark Shadows/Vampirella” #5, “Garfield” #8, “Great Pacific” #2, “I Love Trouble” #1, “Red She-Hulk” #60, “Soulfire” #3 & “Worlds Finest” #7.

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WHAT THE KIDDO READ
I try bringing a comic or two home for my little Monster to enjoy. Usually I’ll just read it to her, but if she really takes to it, I’ll buy it for her, too. This week she checked out “Simpsons Winter Wingding” #7 & “Garfield” #8. She usually loves “The Simpsons” so this was a safe choice. I have no idea if she liked “Garfield” or not — The Mom reads her that one.

IF I HAD THE MONEY
In comic shops our eyes are always bigger than our wallets can afford, so here’s a list of stuff this week I would have purchased, funds allowing: “Avengers” #1, “Battle Beasts” vol. 1 TPB, “Butcher Baker Righteous Maker” HC, “Detective Comics” #15, “Ferals” #11, “Hellboy in Hell” #1, “Storm Dogs” #2 & “Thunderbolts” #1.

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IF I WERE A COMPLETIST & HAD THE MONEY
Tragically, real life doesn’t allow us to have everything, so here’s a list of stuff I’d have bought this week (and why)  if I were a well-funded completist: “Avenging Spider-Man #15 (Devil Dinosaur/Savage Land), “Lord of the Jungle” #10 (Tarzan) & “Red Sonja” #72 (Sword & Sorcery).

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