Another weekend, another early morning trip to a local flea market. This time however, I decided to visit a different flea market in my area. I’ve been to this one in the past, but never found much to speak of. But it had been a couple of years since I last went there, so Figured why not?
While my wifey looked around the fresh market section of the place, I headed over to a table that was still being set up. What attracted me there was some boxes that looked like comic boxes. Of course just because they’re comic boxes doesn’t mean they have comics in them, but you never know.
The couple working the table were really nice, and confirmed that there were indeed comic books in them boxes. They allowed me to look through them while they finished setting up their booth. Sadly, most of the comics I found were the usual stuff you find at dollar bins elseqhere:lots of Youngblood, WildC.A.T.S., and mountains of mid 90’s Valiant comics. I did however, find a couple of things that caught my attention.
I found a full set of the 1987 Shazam The New Beginning mini series by Roy and Dann Thomas, and Tom Mandrake. I also got Authority #1-5; Detective Comics #500; Marvel Tales #230-238; and Uncanny X-Men #150. In the last box of comics I found an old DC Comics mini series that I had completely forgotten about:
I remember buying a comic grab bag at a CVS in the early 90’s, and it contained 3 issues of Millenium. I however could never find the rest of the series back then, and I just plain forgot about it. Well, after finally reading all 8 issues of Millennium, I can tell you this DC event was gawd awful.
Some of the betrayals don’t make sense, and they used some of the most random characters to carry out the evil doings. Come on, the Flash’s dad, and Rocket Red have been evil all along? Sorry don’t buy it. I even got a couple of the crossover issues, and even those were pretty bad.
While it was nice to see the entire DC universe in one book, the story feels like it’s there just to set up a new book, which it did. This event launched a short-lived title called New Guardians featuring characters introduced in Millennium.
Marvel used a somewhat similar premise two decades later when they launched Secret Invasion. And, just like Millenium, Secret Invasion seemed to go on and on, well past the point if should have.
Anyways, reading the 8 issues should have been the end of it for me. But then I saw this story on Comic Book Resourses. I mean, what are the odds?
It was an interesting trip to the flea market, and in the end it only cost me around $20. Not bad for an early Saturday morning if I do say so myself.