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Comics Eye: The State of Comics in 2011

Updated on July 22, 2011

Comics Eye Episode #2-The State of Comics in 2011

Hi and welcome to Comics Eye, right here on Hubpages!

In this edition of Comics Eye, I want to discuss my thoughts about comic books and comic movies in today's market and my thoughts about comic book crossovers and more so strap yourselves in, because it's going to be an interesting ride.

Let's just start out with my overall feeling about the comic book and their relevance in today's world, where we have to face a few realities about how we earn a living and the cost of entertainment. As a comic book fan, I've heard all sorts of things said to me in my 54 years of living. From being called "Geek" to being asked why I still read comics at my age, and my simple response is " Because I like them!"

Pretty simple and straightforward right?

Hang on, here comes the first dip of this ride...I like them but...not as much anymore. And there are a few reasons why that's the case and they are:

  • Multi-part storylines-I have grown to hate this format since DC ran the series 52. It was bad enough trying to just keep up with that title by itself, never mind the cross-overs. Please just give me a storyline that's big enough to follow on it's own merits.
  • The price of comics-I know that everything costs money, and that the days of the penny comic( not that I saw those mind you) are long gone, but I decided to draw the line in the sand when a regular Marvel comic went to $3.99 and it was just the same pages, and nothing to warrant the extra buck..come on, at least give me a card stock cover like IDW does!
  • Too many of the same titles- Look let's just stop the madness already. Just how many places can Spiderman be all at the same time? Seriously, what's there like a bizillion Spidey titles now?

Wow, I feel so much better...don't you?

The comic book has made it's way into today's main stream society. I mean comics have become socially acceptable today, and you know that's a fact when a character is pronounced dead in a comic, and there are actually news reports about a character being killed ( look at all the news stories about the Death of Captain America ) and now with more and more comics ( Thank You Marvel ) receiving the Hollywood treatment and being made into big screen blockbusters, now more than ever the comic book is taking front stage.

And if you're still not totally convinced of the legitimacy of the medium, let's mention a few authors such as Stephen kings who has had several of his stories receive the comic book treatment including "The Gunslinger," "The Dark Tower," and "The Stand." Another author who has just recently had one of his works turned into a comic book is Robert Bloch and his story "That HellBound Train," which is already proving to be a good read.

And for my last thought about comics, I want to point my finger at DC and Marvel and just say this as plainly as I can and tell the both of those publishing giants...stop with the re-boots of your universes already. It's giving me a headache.All of these new looks and "Earth Shattering, Mind Numbing Cosmic Events" are making many of us nauseous.

So that it for this edition of Comics Eye, next time I'm either going to have a review of the new Captain America movie or of the new Flash Gordon series or possibly both, so until the next time...go read a comic alright!



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    • drej2522 profile image

      drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

      I love comics too, man! It's the best of both worlds...the imagery of film and the inner thought of a novel.

      You're never too old man...never!

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      animekid 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Nia. Thank you for your comment. I actually have read a few of the tales from " Fables" and I do enjoy the premise that DC came up with. I've been an anime fan on and off for quite some time. I love some of the older anime such as Ghost in the Shell, and My Neighbor Totoro, and of course Spirited Away.Good luck with your graphic novel writing, and remember you're never too young or too old to enjoy a well written and illustrated comic!

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      NiaLee 6 years ago from BIG APPLE

      I love comics so I had to read your article and really like it. I am a little younger and got into comics later. I love mangas and dc swept me of my feet when I discovered "Fables". I love comics because everything is possible, because they treated serious subjects their own way and let us into fantastic worlds. Now, I am a mother of three and don't feel shy no more entering the Young Adult seciton at the library to take my load of graphic novels.

      Now, I have been writing novels, songs and poems. I am interested in writing graphic novels because the format and the pictures will definitely fit some of my stories way better. Thanks for the article.