The Wonderful World of Comics

I’m an avid comic reader. I’ve got hundreds of trade paperbacks, dozens of omnibuses and a collection that seems to grow almost daily. I love to read, but more than that, I love stories. Through my recent reading I’ve learned that recently, people tend to stick with “what they know.”

The Familiar

People like  to stick with more modern stories, what’s modern is familiar. Familiarity can be a powerful thing, people identify with what’s familiar. As children we grew up with superheroes, Batman, Superman and the like. Moreover, as children we had no idea that there were different versions of the heroes we knew and loved, we only knew what we had grown up with. Furthermore, as time goes on and things change, we reject the idea of change. Instead of embracing change, we decide to go back to what we know and love instead of branching out into something different. My goal with this article is to have you find some new, amazing experiences to love. 

 Comfort Breeds Complacency

When you’re comfortable with something, you don’t challenge it. You don’t push limits or barriers. When you’re comfortable, you’re happy, and you leave things exactly as they are. The problem with this is you can miss out on amazing adventures if you only stay within the confines of your comfort zone. There’s nothing wrong with having grown up with the Scott Snyder written Batman. There’s nothing wrong with loving the history Snyder created for Batman and the depth he gave to the character.

Try Something New

Snyder however, isn’t the first writer to scribe for the caped crusader, and he won’t be the last. If you only read Snyder’s run, you’ll miss out on stories like Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke”. You’ll never read Jeph Loeb’s “The Long Halloween”, or “Hush”. You’ll never get to experience Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” and that’s a shame, because there are thousands of stories that deserve to be read. 

Go Explore

Get out of your comfort zone, go see what else is out there in the world of comics that you wouldn’t normally pay attention to. Grab a copy of the new series that just started if you think the cover art looks cool.

Suggestions To Get Into Something New

Try reading something from an author that isn’t one of your favorites. Take advantage of things such as sales at your local comic shop.  Sales are a great way to find new series and old issues at a cheap price. Pick up a team book like Justice League or The Avengers so you can see multiple superheroes working together as a unit. If you decide you like what someone brings to the team, you can go get their books as an end result. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with being content with what you have. Alternatively I just want people to keep an open mind about the other sources of entertainment they could discover that they might not otherwise pay much attention to.

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