The Badger #15, 17, 18, 19, 20

Badger 18In my most recent Uncollecting Update post, I made a comment about how I’m thinking of mixing these comics up with others because they are starting to feel like a bit of a chore. I had decided to make my way through them because they were a nice chunk of my unread collection and I’d been grabbing the book out of the extremely cheapo bins whenever I saw it.

And the thing is, it’s not a terrible book by any means. It’s not like this is some of those rather terrible comics from Image’s early days or some of the other pretty awful crap I’d read when I was going through that particular box of comics last year. But I’m starting to realize that this Wolverine/Punisher parody of sorts isn’t going to be worth continuing to pursue.

Okay, so what made it that way? Why have I seemed to have already made a decision on this title even though I’ve got the better part of the series left to read?

I think it’s that in these five issues I can’t tell if there’s some sort of overarching plot. It seems that I just read a bunch of comics that were a bunch of random adventures that were different levels of weird. At one point, the Badger is in Australia and faces off against and then teams up with another animal-themed vigilante called The Wombat to take on some poachers that are looking for a rare tiger. Then, there’s the issue where beavers on parachutes save the day. And the multi-issue story arc involving a pig that’s really good at finding truffles and then crashing a reception full of billionaires.

No, that’s pretty much what happens and while I know that there are some recurring characters, some of whom appear to be evil, I am having a hard time figuring out why I am supposed to care about this character and whatever quest he may be on. Yeah, there are some funny moments here and there and some of the action has been solid, but overall, it’s disposable at best and arduous at worst.

And while I realize that I’ve gotten through much of this review so far and have barely talked about the actual comics, I think it’s actually a valuable exercise in this whole uncollecting initiative. I have set myself up with a mandate to read all of the unread comics in my collection and decide what I’m going to do with them. But there are times when you’re buying a new book off the stands and get tired of it or don’t like the direction and you drop it. So I’m looking at it like this. I’m going to decide to either sell or donate the comics, but I think that I will decide also to finish out the comics, just in case I change my mind.

Keep, Sell, Donate, or Trash?

Sell or Donate

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