Those Essentials collections -- as well as other hardcover collections and trade paperbacks -- are wonderful for people looking to get into comics (or people like me, who had been away for years and are just now wading back into the proverbial pool). Not only do they have the benefit of filling in story blanks without the hassle of hunting down every back issue, they offer a glimpse at how the medium has evolved -- even from the early 90s, when I started collecting, to now. (from alifeofrandomness)


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