So, I ended up in South Carolina, collecting documentation to respond to the aforementioned personal crisis (let's just say it has to do with the state of South Carolina demanding I pay them a large sum of money) and since i was in the area, I decided to stop by the comic shop I frequented during college, Planet Comics.
Turns out my timing was fortuitous, as they were having a big sale. They had several large tables stacked with graphic novels for 40% off.
Now, as I mentioned, I'm in a bit of a dire financial situation, so I couldn't exactly splurge. The first thing I noticed was a bunch of trades collection the Marvel Transformers series from the 80's. Now, I loves me some Transformers, but none of them were from the beginning of the series, so they did me no good.
Then I spotted the mother load. A perfectly good copy of Showcase: Justice League of America vol. 3. At 40% off (around 10 bucks) it was too good to pass up.
Then I moved onto the back issues boxes, of which Planet Comics has an obscene number. I mean seriously guys, I only checked on TWO titles I was looking and found several issues of both. At that point, I decided to quit while I still had a credit rating.
Strike Force: Mortituri- I got a little over-excited on this one (and I didn't have my list) so I ended up getting a couple redundant issues. They did however, have the advantage of being cheap. I picked up issues 4, 6, 8, 13, 16, 18, 19, and 20.
Amethyst: There's a funny story that goes along with this one, which I'll share in a sec. I managed to find issues 1, 2 ,3 and 10 of the first maxi-series.
The funny story involves issue 2. There must have been at least 15-20 copies of that issue in Planet Comics stock. I thought it was weird that a store would buy that many copies of one issue, but I didn't give it too much thought. When I got to the register, the guys behind the counter burst out laughing. Turns out that issue is sort of an inside joke with the staff. The reason they have so many issues is that they'd bought a collection from a customer without checking it thoroughly. It was only after they'd paid for it that they realized that in addition to everything else, they'd just purchased 50 copies of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld #2. Apparently, the guy never came back after that. Now every time someone actually buys one they get a big kick out of it!
Free Comic Book day is only about 3 weeks away, expect some major additions then!