Although you don't get to keep those wonderful, FREE, comic books, you'll probably be surprised at the variety and depth of the selection at the library. You'll find the superhero books from Marvel and DC, but also the more mature works that typically end up on "best of the year" lists. And they have comics for younger readers too, which is great if you've got kids and want them to LEARN TO READ even though the stock market is plummeting.
Libraries have new stuff too -- they buy new comics all the time. You'll even be able to easily find that new stuff if you go to the "New" section and scan the shelves for those oversized hardcover collections. And the more comic books that you check out, the more comic books the library will order; librarians pay attention to what people are reading.
Significantly, you can rest easy checking out books that you might not otherwise buy but are interested in (maybe you've read a positive review, for instance). And many, if not most, libraries have snazzy web sites where you can search and browse their catalog, and reserve in advance copies of the comics you want. It's just like shopping. Only, you know, FREE.
I'm saying all of this because I know that although many comic book readers already know that libraries have bought into graphic novels in a big way, many readers probably don't use those libraries to expand their comic book reading. So here is my list of the comic books that I have taken out from my local library, just to show you how you really can read everything and anything you want just by heading to your library (yeah, I've cut-and-pasted my excel spreadsheet, I'm kinda ridiculous):
|Age of Bronze Vol. 1: A Thousand Ships|
|American Born Chinese|
|Amulet Vol. 1: Stonekeeper|
|Animal Man Vol. 1|
|Animal Man Vol. 2|
|DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore|
|Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Crawling from the Wreckage|
|Doom Patrol Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris|
|Essex County Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm|
|Flight Vol. 1|
|Green Lantern / Green Arrow: Vol. 1, 2|
|Hellboy Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction|
|Hellboy Vol. 2: Wake the Devil|
|Homeless Channel, The|
|House of M|
|New Avengers Vol. 1|
|Persepolis: Vol. 1, 2|
|Professor's Daughter, The|
|Promethea: Vol. 1|
|Runaways: Vol. 1, 2|
|Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives|
|Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing|
|Tom Strong: Vol. 1|
|Ultimate Spider-man: Vol. 1|
|Ultimate X-Men: Vol. 1, 2|
So head out there and get some FREE COMIC BOOKS.