In that time I've read more than my fair share of titles, from DC to Marvel, to Dark Horse and Image and seen some amazing storylines and major real world changes come to pass. Superman dying (and coming back), half of Spider-man's continuity re-written, New Universes, new characters... and on and on.
At the heart of it all has been The Uncanny X-Men. It was the first title I bought (171 to be exact), I've followed through the ups and downs ever since, not to mentioned backtracked to fill in the blanks.
Even when it ha been bad (in my opinion) I've kept getting it, in many strange ways it is part of me. Various issues link in my memories to key moments of my life, it's as much a part of me as any of my limbs.
Of late I have not been reading many comics, the mass I normally get are in an ever growing pile in the spare room but it suddenly occurred to me that I am not missing them.
I've said many times that no matter what I would not stop reading Uncanny, if only for the sake of keeping a complete collection, but all of the others were open to review and with times starting to bite a set about the task of whittling the comics down. Of course Uncanny was safe.
It was announced almost on cue that The X-Men line of titles is undergoing a (nother) massive revamp, but this time it is so big (although it is nothing that has not happened before) that they are going to bring Uncanny X-Men to a close and start again from issue 1.
It almost seemed like providence. It meant that my run of comics would not be broken, I would have followed them to the last issue. The perfect place to stop.
And I have.
What a strange feeling, to step away from something that has been part of my life for so long. I thought it would feel like a limb being removed, but instead it feels... right.