Why You Should Read Comics
We love stories, since the days when man was able to talk to each other there was the tradition of story. People sat around a fire and listened to tales of Gods on a mountain in the heavens of Sumer. This then carried over into written myths that still live on in epic poems. The story of Gilgamesh and the tale of Beowulf are grand in scope and deal with heroes defeating the monsters of legend. Now I’m trying to compare the tale of a kid from Queens that slings webs and sticks to walls to Beowulf but we shouldn’t laugh off the comparison completely. Both of these things at their core touch us in a compelling way because we have developed an inherent love of story.
Over the last one hundred years that love has turned its gaze to film. More recently and very specifically we have a fad with comic book characters gracing that silver screen. We have seen the holy trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman on film and we have also seen (I can’t believe I am saying this) a movie based on the Marvel book Guardians of the Galaxy. People have wrapped up these movies in a huge bear hug of fandom and as of yet we are not letting go and it might start to get awkward soon. It is a great time to be the kid that loved these characters way back when you could only find them in the pages of a comic book. If you were that kid you would make giddy noises when the thought of a studio making a movie about these characters while you talked with your friends at the comic book store. Look alive children for that time we never thought would come and would always wonder why is finally here.
The thing I find so amazing now as an adult is the wonder about where the writers got the ideas for these movies. I laugh out loud when my adult friends wonder about what is going to happen in the next movie. Well again look alive children I am going to show you where the spoilers are for every comic movie you are wanting to see for the foreseeable future.
Hollywood has done a great job at making it seem we have not seen this kind of story before. To compare it to a master full street magician pulling a coin from behind your ear it is amazing to see the result but deep down we knew the coin was there the whole time, it is the same with these stories. The ideas are there in the pages of books that were made years ago and just lie in wait to be mined for a great story. Recently Fox announced that the stand alone Wolverine movie in the works would have a very aged Logan at the helm. While most media outlets are wondering about the plot and how an older Logan would look my friends smiled and rubbed their hands together. Once that was done we all went to our shelves and pulled a comic from 2015 by Brian Michael Bendis called Old Man Logan. This was an amazing book that features Kingpin, Doctor Doom, and an inbred Hulk family gunning for Logan in a post apocalyptic world.
The movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice would have been a great original film if we had not already read Frank Miller do it (in my opinion way better) in his book that came out over 30 years ago. Anybody not catch Captain America 3 and wonder how it went? Pick up the Civil War story arc by Mark Millar and be amazed at the full scope of it. And in the future we will see Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, I mean if you didn’t read the six issue series written 25 years ago that had every Marvel hero you could imagine all pitted in a war against a would be God for control of the universe.
The Golden Age of comics started almost eighty years ago. Since then so many stories have been written and are still being written for everyone to share and partake and be taken to amazing places. For those who are wondering if the well of ideas will ever run dry for these movies just let the eighty years of stories bit sink in. I’m sure one day the ‘comic movie’ will be a thing we unfortunately move on from. And when that day comes it won’t be from there being no more stories to tell. Because it has been ten thousand years of civilization and we haven’t run out of hero tales yet.
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