Top Cow. Make mine Top Cow. Course I have nothing against the others, hell, I was barely introduced to everything Top Cow during High School. Ah, good ol' Witchblade, Darkness, Cyberforce, etc... such magnificent stuff...
To be honest, I can't stand Marvel comics and their superheroes. All the comics I read so far are DC, well, the Vertigo imprint to be precise, and Dark Horse. I just felt that it's much more fun compared to reading about countless masked avengers with multiple alternate stories and alternating timelines.
I worked in a comic book store for 11 years. I actually started buying and selling old comics when I was about 12. I love comic books!!!
As a kid I read a good mix of both Marvel and DC. Back then my favorites though were Creepy and Mad. By the time the 80's rolled around the first comic shops started popping up and I discovered the first Independent books. Marvel started doing way too many crossovers and X-Men books and I primarily became a DC reader. In fact, I became obsessed with the DC Universe and still am even though I think the current stuff they do is shite. Really dislike the new 52. However, Fables is my current fave book. It's genius.
I tend to stick with creators I enjoy regardless of the publisher. I have a vast knowledge of comic history and collect books about the industry as much as the damn books themselves. Last year I sold 90% of my collection and only kept books about comics, trade paperbacks and hardcover collections. The comics I kept were favorites of mine I couldn't stand to sell off. They were:
The Invisibles Doom Patrol (both the 60's and Grant Morrison era) Kamandi Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane Strange Tales with Adam Warlock anything Jim Starlin did any book I remembered having a letter published in LOL
I figured at some point I could always start over when my financial situation improves. Selling my original comic art pages was devastating. I also regret selling my collection of 40's and 50's jungle comics and crime comics. Also, Jonah Hex and Sgt. Rock. Should have kept those. Alas, the damage is done.
I couldn't stand the new 52 business, either. You spend so much time submersing yourself into the history of your favorite characters, spending years collecting the comics, and then you find none of it means anything.
I'm a big Marvel fan, meself, but I haven't read much of the latest works. I'm a big fan of the 1960's and 70's Marvel. The artists from that era have left a big imprint on my artist style, primarily John Romita, Sr. and John Buschema.
Dunno why, but I grew up primarily reading DC - from what I remember, most of the comics in the store I went to were DC. Some Marvel, but not a lot, though I do remember reading some of the early Avengers stuff with Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlett Witch. Didn't really read Spider-man until I moved in with a friend who had a huge collection. While I was job hunting, I read through all that he had. But still, 60s and 70s DC Comics was huge for me, especially Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes, Sgt. Rock, The Haunted Tank, Unknown Soldier, and The Brave and The Bold.