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) X-Men Comics — “Uncanny X-Force” #35: This goes down as one of the best X-runs of all-time. “All New X-Men” #4: The issue we’ve been waiting for — Cyclops vs. Cyclops, and the payoff lived up to the hype. “Wolverine and the X-Men” #22: This has been a strange arc, but I’m sticking with it as a series. “X-Factor” #249: With Peter David writing, it’s one of the most consistently solid, and most under-appreciated, X-titles of all-time.

2) “X-O Manowar” #8 & “Harbinger” #7 — “X-O” is laying out the groundwork for “Planet Death,” and “Harbinger’s” introduction of a classic character was handled most excellently.

3) “The Black Beetle” #0 & “Saga” #8 x2 — I’m a fan of Francesco Francavilla’s artwork and have no problem supporting his creator owned miniseries. I bought two copies of “Saga” because the lady is collecting it, too. Holy hell is it good.

4) “Super Dinosaur” #16 — I wish this series existed when I was a kid — it brings me back to simpler times. Plus, it’s a fun one for the kiddo.

5) “Cursed Pirate Girl” HC — After covering Archaia Entertainment’s “World Building” panel at Comic Con International in San Diego in July, I’ve been looking forward to this release. Haven’t read it yet, but the art is amazing and it’s one the little lady can have when she’s older.

6) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics” vol. 3 TPB (not pictured) — Picked this one up late since the store didn’t get it until Friday. You know me and the TMNT by now.

I had my sights on more, but last week was so huge I needed to pull back this time around.

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” #4, “Batwoman” #15, “Birds of Prey” #15, “Catwoman” #15, “Executive Assistant Assassins” #6, “Executive Assistant Iris” vol. 3 #1, “Grimm Fairy Tales” #80, “Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood” #4, “Pantha” #5, “Rachel Rising” #13, “Saga” #8, “Star Trek: 100 Page Spectacular Winter 2012.” “Supergirl” #15, “Sword of Sorcery Featuring Amethyst” #3 & “Vampirella” #25.

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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 “Super Dinosaur” #16 & “Bravest Warriors” #3. The “Cursed Pirate Girl” HC will be hers one day when she’s old enough.

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: “Pirate Eye” #1, “Iron, Or The War After” HC, “Number 13” #1, “Birds of Prey” #15, “Catwoman” #15, “Nightwing” #15, “Supergirl” #15, “Sword of Sorcery Featuring Amethyst” #3, “Star Trek: 100 Page Spectacular Winter 2012,” “Transfusion” #2, “All New X-Men” #4 variant, “Avengers” #2, “Avengers Arena” #2, “Indestructible Hulk” #2 & “Thor God of Thunder” #3.

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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: “Red Hood And The Outlaws” #15 (“Death of the Family”), “Astonishing X-Men” #57 (Iceman) & “Cable and X-Force” #2 (Forge).

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