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Kev.Le    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

Why You Need to Start Reading More Comic Books

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​With the superhero being around for almost 80 years, society has often perceived comic books to be associated with nerds and unpopular groups of people. 

However, in recent years, this perception has rapidly diminished, thus making superheroes one of the most popular icons in the public eye. Some of the major contributors of this effect are none other than the movies produced by DC Entertainment and Marvel Studios. 

To this day, we continuously see Marvel and DC pump out more movies by the year; drawing attention to more characters each time. However, one the drawbacks to movies and TV shows is having the complete story limited to 2 hours of screen time or twenty episodes, coupled with releases limited to certain times of the year. So why stop there?

Unlike superhero movies and TV shows, comic books are always on the market with new issues coming out every week, nonstop. Writers and artists all have creative liberty over their content and are not limited by a budget. 

With the new Justice League movie coming out, we see that the film has casted six actors to represent the gods among men. Had DC given the project more wiggle room in its budget, the Justice League movie would’ve certainly included more characters. 

That being said, reading comic books gives you more characters and events that are beyond what you see on the big screen. So instead of having just the 6 heroes that are set to appear in the Justice League movie, you can also see more appearances from Hawkman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Vixen, etc.

Now whenever I tell my friends to start reading comics, a lot of times they’d tell me that they don’t know where to start. You have almost 80 years worth of comics that are in the market with hundreds of titles to choose from various publishers. 

Although it’s every comic reader’s dream to read and collect every single issue of a specific title of interest, chances are you won’t be able to catch ‘em all. But in recent events with the industry’s two powerhouses, DC and Marvel Comics, both publishers are in the mix of changing their respective universes. 

Marvel is in the works of telling their highly anticipated event, Secret Empire, which in short tells how Hydra’s influence and Captain America’s recent coming-out impacts the Marvel Universe. 

DC, on the other hand, has launched DC Universe Rebirth back in May of last year, where everything that has happened in 2011-2016’s New 52 wasn’t entirely a reboot of the DC Universe. Ultimately, the writers at DC have decided to go back to their old roots, which a lot of their fans enjoyed, while also relaunching their titles starting at issue #1.

With these epic events going on right now, pre-existing readers and new fans, now have a fresh place to start when picking up some comics. But aside from these events, it really doesn’t matter where you start, assuming you have a basic understanding of the characters involved. 

Essentially, most issues primarily tell a different story. It’s kinda one of the reasons why they’re released year-round; there’s always gonna be something new. But if you’re not in the mood for the newly released stuff, you can always go back to read some old titles. 

Again, you have 80 years worth of comics that you read digitally from a number of service providers (e.g. Comixology, Marvel Unlimited, etc.).

I’ve always tend to believe that moviegoers like to perceive superheroes as they’re portrayed on the big screen. Perhaps that’s not a bad thing, but it would certainly help if they go out of their way to explore the source material. 

Why reserve yourself to just movies and TV shows, when you read more about your favorite superhero in comic books? Heck, there’s probably a hero in those books whom you might enjoy, but hasn’t even appeared on-screen yet. 

Needless to say, you can’t go wrong from going out to buy some comics. If you’re one to go see MCU or DCEU movies but haven’t picked up a comic book, I highly suggest that you do so. One of the perks is having bragging rights when you show off your newly acquired comic book knowledge.

Do you have a favorite comic book? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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Kev.Le
Kevin is a graphic design major at UCF with a huge passion for gaming and DC comics. When he's not studying, he likes to play basketball, get on League of Legends with friends, and binge on TV shows like Game of Thrones. But being the foodie that he is, he is always eating something good.
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