Comic Books rule.
Hey there everyone, Goo Man here. I figured I talk about a certain medium that I was once on and off with: comic books.
To a nerd, comic books are one of the most important aspects of their being. If there was ever a bible specifically for nerds, comic books would take up half of the old testament and a third of the new testament. Comic books are probably the most common reading material for nerds while sci-fi/fantasy novels are second and RPG books are third.
Now I’ve mentioned before that I was on and off with comic books. Well, that was only because I don’t buy comic books and the only time I ever read them is whenever I’m at Barnes and Noble killing time. My reasons for not buying comic books are because a) half the time I never know what’s going on with any particular character I’m reading about and b) I live with oppressive parents who believe buying comic books are a waste of a money as are many other things I would like to purchase. Believe me, I’m trying to get out of their house but the job market is being a total pain in the ass.
But I digress. About 3 months ago, DC Comics went and rebooted the entire DC Universe. When this was announced beforehand, my initial reaction was a very biased “who cares”. At the time, I was strictly and blindly loyal to Marvel Comics.
I didn’t like anything in the DC universe aside from Batman even though I’ve never really read a Batman comic. My knowledge and affinity of Batman stems from the animated series back in the 90’s as well as the Tim Burton films and the never-appreciated Joel Schumacher films. Honestly, any knowledge I have on the DC Universe comes from whatever cartoon was on TV at the time.
Anyways, as the reboot got closer and the hype for it grew more, I became a tiny bit interested. During that time, Marvel was doing the ‘Fear Itself’ crossover. I tried to get into it but it lost me. It just wasn’t very engaging and there were just way too may tie-ins. Then came the ‘Spider-Island’ event for Spidey. Once again, the story was getting lame plus the artwork was crap. After that, I didn’t bother trying any other Marvel character because I would just be lost. Honestly, ever since Civil War, Marvel has just been losing it.
During the first month of the DC reboot, I watched some VLogs from my favorite comic book reviewer Lewis ‘Linkara’ Lovhaug. In his VLogs, Linkara gave his thoughts on all the new 52 DC titles. They were very informative and gave me the open-mind to try out some of the new titles. I picked out 14 titles, did some downloading, and started reading. After that I became one of DC’s many new readers.
Here’s a list of what I’m now reading:
1. Action Comics: Depicts the early days of Superman. It’s alright so far. Nothing major is really happening but it’s still a good read.
2. Aquaman: Depicts the adventures of the King of Atlantis himself. This is really good, I highly recommend it.
3. Batman: Depicts the solo adventures of the Caped Crusader. 1 of 4 Batman titles and the best one. Highly recommend reading.
4. Batman and Robin: Depicts the adventures of the dynamic duo. Starts out slow in the first issue but is starting to become really good. Recommend.
5. Batman The Dark Knight: Depicts the solo adventures of the Dark Knight. In my opinion, the worst of all four Batman Titles. It’s not that bad, I just can’t see how it connects with the other three titles and it’s bugging me. Somewhat recommend.
6. Detective Comics: Depicts the early days of the vigilante known as Batman. Like Action Comics, it’s alright. Enjoyable but sometimes gruesome. Recommend.
7. Green Lantern: Depicts the adventures of Hal Jordan, the first human Green Lantern. This one is pretty good. However, not recommended for new readers unless you actually know what’s going on in the Green Lantern myhtos. Unlike all the other DC titles, the Green Lantern and the Batman mythos is still ongoing. Also, unlike the Batman Titles, this one does a bad job at bringing in new readers. Recommended only if you already know what’s going on.
8. Green Lantern Corps.: Depicts the adventures of Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart. Unlike Green Lantern, this one is new reader friendly and is pretty good so far. Starts off slow but picks up. Recommend.
9. Green Lantern New Guardians: Depicts the adventures of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Also new reader friendly and probably the better of three Green Lantern titles. Highly recommend.
10. Justice League: Depicts the adventures of the world’s greatest superheroes. It’s alright. The problem with this is that it’s already detailing the origins of the team and doing it at a super slow pace. Recommend.
11. Justice League International: Depicts the adventures of a government controlled superhero team. Much better than Justice League. The team is great despite the unnecessary presence of Batman and are a lot more fun to follow. Highly Recommend.
12. Superman: Depicts the adventures of the Man of Steel. Better than Action Comics. Very enjoyable and great use of characters. Highly Recommend
13. The Flash: Depicts the adventures of the fastest man alive. It’s ok. I think my problem with this one is the protagonist Barry Allen. He just comes off as a little bland. I guess I’m just a little used to Wally West. Somewhat recommend
14. Wonder Woman: Depicts the adventures of Dianna, the Amazonian Princess. It’s alright so far. The artwork is interesting and the use of greek mythology is cool. The problem I think is once again the protagonist. She hasn’t really given me any good reason to like her. Maybe I’m just not used to her yet. Somewhat recommend.
And I just recently started reading this one:
15. Demon Knights: Depicts the adventures of medieval heroes after the time of Arthur and Camelot. This is a great title. The characters are great and the dialogue is awesome. Highly, highly recommend.
As for Marvel, it’s been tough sticking with them. I recently read the X-Men event ‘Schism’ not just to see Wolverine and Cyclops duke it out but to see what could have caused it. Honestly, I wasn’t too happy with it but it did lead into a fresh start for me and the X-Men. I also read the new start for the Incredible Hulk and it’s interesting so far. Now I just have to wait for the epilogues to ‘Fear Itself’ and ‘Spider Island’ to pass before I can delve back into any other Marvel title. Perhaps Marvel should also reboot, but we’ll see what happens.
Comic Books are just a joy for me now. Plus I have something to look forward to every Wednesday. I just wish they’d make each issue a few pages longer. They just feel too short.
Ah whatever. I’m done rambling.