Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Comic crash course

Ever since comic books started making good movies again (around the time of the most recent Spiderman or X-Men series), I've been somewhat interested in what comic books hold for literary entertainment. It would also be nice to have a clue as the mythology that surrounds certain stories when they hit the big screen. And while Nomad is my own personal comics guru, sometimes it's nice to just know something. The problem is to know which comics to read and where to start. That is what makes the discovery of a four part comics crash course so very interesting to me. The author knows a good deal about comics, she was a judge for the Eisner Awards in 2007. If you're interested in comics, this may be a good place to start.

1 comment:

Nomad said...

The thing is, a well-written comics series should always be ready for new readers - just the way a new TV series is always ready to welcome new viewers. If you are reading a comic that you still don't understand after 4 issues, you're probably reading a badly written or drawn book.

That being said, I also recommend Wikipedia if you want to know the general history of a given character or situation. The style there usually gives enough detail to understand the current storyline, without spoiling the old storyline for you if you ever get back to it.

That being said, I have not read a comic book since 1992 for personal reasons not worth discussing here. So things could have changed.