I was nine.
Kevin O'Neill was kicking off Nemesis The Warlock and Massimo Belardinelli was doing Meltdown Man. What else can I say? I was exposed to the first flowering of 2000AD and I was ruined for any other line of work. Later on I would sit and lose myself in my cousin's Prog collection during long summer days in the wilds of Waterford, discovering Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Ian Gibson, Carlos Ezquerra and everyone else who shaped an entire generation. By the time I picked them up, US comics just felt tame for a long time.