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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG


The Great Comic Book Store Migration of 2002

by Ken Newquist / October 17, 2002

Jim Lee penciled the story that got me hooked on comics. Oh I'd read comics a few times before to be sure -- I had a G.I. Joe subscription one year, and I remember my grandparents buying me a few when I'd stay with them during the summer, but I was never hooked until the day I picked up that copy of Classic X-Men with the Jim Lee filler in the back.

I'd bought it in the airport on the way home from Huntsville, Alabama, on the eve of my junior year of high school. I don't know exactly why I did it -- maybe it was the cover, maybe it was fate, maybe it was that $2 in my pocket that was about to spontaneously combust.