Sometimes when Ash goes on a fanboy-binge and buys lots of unnecessary things for himself, he will feel a guilty and buy something for me. So, the last time he dropped $50 at the local comic store, he picked up an issue of The Tick New Series for me. Personally, I’d just rather have the $5, but fanboys are strange and don’t understand how money works. (If I really had it my way, I’d rather he save up the money so someday we could move into a house or at least a bigger apartment.)
Issue 1 features the superheroes and sidekicks celebrating Christmas. Tick, Arthur, the Man-Eating Cow, and even Super Pilgrim are present. The superheroes have a gift exchange, and they all want a mysterious present with skull wrapping paper. The sidekicks have their own party while Arthur tells stories from past Christmases, including a tale when Chairface urinates his name in the snow. Even the crazy, naked ex-Tick makes an appearance, and he steals a gift intended for the beloved Tick.
Even though I like the Tick, my life wasn’t further enriched by this new comic. Despite Benito Cereno’s plea in the back of the book to “buy copies like it’s 1993,” I don’t plan on buying any for myself. Actually, I will buy as many The Tick comics for myself this year as I did in 1993, which was zero.