Not read the Preacher at all (sorry) will get round to it honest.
The funny thing about your reasons for liking Batman is that they are identical to my reasons for hating him, he's not even a real superhero, just a rich guy with gadgets. Still, not getting into that, it always turns nasty.
I was under the impression that Frank was dead, but then so was Kraven, Jean Grey, Norman Osborne, etc. etc. etc. and they all came back anyway, will go find it.
I've started buying the old stalwart again as well, the amazing spiderman, now i love Straczynsky's writing, but I don't like the way Romita Jr. draws ol' webhead, what's with the weird legs? All skinny in the middle? That ain't Spidey. And my biggest gripe with new Marvel comics, where the heck have the Bullpen Bulletins and letters pages gone? It changes a good half hour's entertainment into about 10 minutes. Not good for my wallet.
Only one more "Night falls on yancy St" to go and then I'm there, only it's not out yet, oh well, not long. D@mn good stuff though.
Wish I could afford to buy everything I'd like to, but I think 20 odd quid a month on comics is enough, possibly too much... (has spent a goodly 3 figure sum on comics in the last week)
So, til Howard gives up the cigars, make mine marvel *WAAAUUUGHH!*
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