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Until I can secure a well-paying, fulltime job, I need to get sensible about my money and comic-buying habits. Since I can no longer afford to try new titles on a weekly basis, the review series will have to change its frequency to either fortnightly or monthly. Sucks, but that's how it goes. Not sure when the change will take place, but it will be soon.

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That's understandable, man. I'm going through a similar trimming-down process, myself. The column was a good read while it lasted, and I'll still enjoy it no matter how infrequently it appears going forward.

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Totally understandable. I'm currently on the hunt for titles to drop. I've got a few on the chopping block right now.

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To illustrate what I mean, here was my initial DCBS order for October:

All Star Superman #7

Astonishing X-Men #20

The Authority #2

Batman #660

Batman #661

Bullet Points #2

Daredevil #92

Civil War: War Crimes

Conner Hawke: Dragon's Blood #2

Immortal Iron Fist #2

Incredible Hulk #101

Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War

Irredeemable Ant-Man #3

Maintenance #1

Mouse Guard #6

New Avengers: Illuminati #1

newuniversal #1

Nightwing #127

Ninja High School #145

Outer Orbit #1

Previews

Punisher #42

Robin #157

Superman #659

Tranquility #1

Ultimate Fantastic Four #37

Ultimate Spider-Man #103

Ultimate X-Men #77

Ultimates 2 #13

Uncanny X-Men #481

What If...?: X-Men - Age of Apocalypse

What If...?: X-Men - Deadly Genesis

White Tiger #2

Winter Soldier: Winter Kills

Wolverine #49

Wolverine Origins #9

Women of the DC Universe: Batgirl bust

Wonderlost #1

X-Factor #14

X-Men #194

Counting the bags, boards and fortnightly shipping, that totals $119.11! That's just way too much. So I've cut it down to this:

Astonishing X-Men #20

Bullet Points #2

Daredevil #92

Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War

Mouse Guard #6

New Avengers: Illuminati #1

Previews

Punisher #42

Robin #157

Ultimate Fantastic Four #37

Ultimate Spider-Man #103

Ultimate X-Men #77

Ultimates 2 #13

Uncanny X-Men #481

What If...?: X-Men - Age of Apocalypse

What If...?: X-Men - Deadly Genesis

Wolverine #49

Wonderlost #1

X-Factor #14

X-Men #194

The new total is $48.29, including fortnightly shipping but not bags and boards (gotta cut corners somewhere). Hell, if it weren't for the two books I'm ordering for Jenny (Wonderlost and Mouse Guard), the two issues of What If...? (I'm a huge What If...? fanboy), the Iron Man / Captain America CW special and Previews (which I order for Earth-2.net: The Show), my total would be $35.16. And at that point, with so few books, I'd probably stick with monthly shipping, brining the total down even further to $31.16. But it is what it is: $48.29, which is sooooo much better than $119.11!

It's getting to the point where I'm ready to drop everything except Astonishing X-Men, Daredevil, Punisher, Robin and (maybe) X-Factor.

Thanks for understanding, guys. I love writing the piece, so I hope to continue, just on a slightly different schedule.

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UFF was awesome under Millar and Land, and I had hoped the quality would remain high after the transition to Mike Carey and Pasqual Ferry -- both of whom I like. Unfortunately the creative shift has been too jarring (especially on the art front), and the story just isn't doing it for me.

UXM I read on and off. Right now I'm "on" because I like what Kirkman's doing with the title. But it too has to go.

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