<p>a friend of mine is going thru some hard times right now. so i told her what i do in the dark times to make it thru to the next light: comics and juice. [which, i know. i know. doesn't sound that out of the ordinary for me, but which comics you read at a time like this is really important.] she had mentioned how good the bottle of rum looked earlier, and i knew i had to intervene, but the book had to be just right. </p>

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785115315/103-5586185-0992649?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">astonishing x-men : gifted</a>? <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785118144/103-5586185-0992649?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">new avengers : breakout</a>? not <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593072937/103-5586185-0992649?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">sin city</a>. not <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/156389341X/103-5586185-0992649?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">dark knight</a>. something <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401200605/104-0450687-5109534?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">super hero</a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1563899809/104-8107184-6346357?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">or not</a>? i don't know. this is tough. she's not a big comic reader, so it has to be perfect. at least, the first one. if she wants to keep going then i can get a little more latitude to work with.</p>

<p>then the trees parted, the cobwebs were removed, the moon shined a bit brighter and all was clear. <em>things always get worse before they get better</em>. of course, why hadn't i seen this sooner? this book has been there for <em>me</em> before why not for other in the hour of need, too?</p>

<p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeph_Loeb">jeph loeb</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Sale_%28artist%29">tim sale</a> have done lots of books together. all of which [that i've read, which is a lot] are good, but some rise above the rest a bit. <a href="http://comics.org/covers.lasso?SeriesID=14957">catwoman : when in rome</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1563894696/002-8333282-7691220?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">batman : the long halloween</a>, etc. and one book in particular makes my list of 'go to in a pinch comics'; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785110623/002-5357226-5364045?v=glance&amp;n=283155&amp;n=507846&amp;s=books&amp;v=glance">spider-man : blue</a>.</p>

<p>Currently playing in iTunes: <i>jeph loeb Nov 17th 2005 </i> by premium version </p>