I grew up in a very rural area, so it was something to do that wasn't hunting or football. Later on comics actually helped me quit smoking. I'd pick up a book and read till the craving went away. Haven't had a cigarette since 2008.
@soa: I'm not a longtime fan either, I read the Immortal Iron Fist in trade a few years back. I picked up the first issue of this and thought the direction was a bit wacky. I'd kinda like to read it once it's all collected.
@xwraith: I haven't put Invisible Republic on my pull list, but I'm curious to checkout the first issue. It's Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko and I usually like to give their stuff a shot. Also pumped for the new Green Arrow creative team, Black Hammer, Roughneck OGN, and a lot of the stuff announced at Image Expo.