Last night on the premiere episode of The Brand Speaks, we had an interesting conversation about comic book characters. Vince let loose on his distaste for Thor and Namor the Sub-Mariner, and The Brand had an interesting conversation about who would win a battle between Batman and Superman. One of the reasons I enjoy comic books is because of conversations such as these. Not once did we hear a lame reason such as “Batman would win cause Superman sucks” as all arguments were based on evidence from the characters’ traits. It is rare that a conversation debating comic book characters is an unintelligent one.
There are many reasons besides friendly debates to read comic books. Most people who haven’t read comics since they were a child may assume that the books are still written for kids. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most major comic book publishers, such as Marvel and DC, write adult oriented storylines for your favorite characters such as Spider-Man and Green Lantern. Gone are the cheesy dialogue from villains and the squeaky-clean hero traits. Characters are flawed and vulnerable with realistic dialogue for today’s society. Besides stopping your everyday evil types, comic book superheroes deal with violence, drugs, sex, disease, death, and relationships just as you would see in any form of entertainment such as film and television. (There is an entire issue about Superboy and Wonder Girl having sex.)
Comic book writers are just as creative and detailed as any top writer in entertainment. Plot lines are known to span multiple issues, with interweaving arcs and plot twists that will leave you scratching your head in amazement. Characters are developed not only with their abilities, but with their own personalities due to the excellent writing of inner-monologues and interaction with family and friends. The best comic book storylines will get some type of emotional investment out of you, whether it is excitement, anger, sadness, or tears of joy based on a beautiful conclusion.
Comic books have the ability to tell any type of story they would like, as they are not hampered by technological restrictions that live-action films are. You can do such things as having Superman fly into the sun or see Hulk rip Wolverine in half. There is also the ability to cross over characters with ease. If you want Green Lantern to interact with Superman then that’s what you do. There is no worry about finding actors or getting big names to cameo in someone else’s film. It’s an open creative landscape that the best writers and artists take advantage of on a monthly basis.
If you are someone that loves great characters and stories I would highly recommend that you check out what comic books have to offer. Start with a character you know and check out an issue or two. Back issues are cheap on Ebay and in most comic book shops. It is also a very entertaining hobby if you like to collect things. You can reach out to me on Twitter for any suggestions if you are interesting in checking out the amazing world of comics!
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