A long while ago I made a post describing some basics about comics for followers who may be interested in comics but do not know where to start. Now… something is happening that is really exciting! And you guys may be interested! And that’s even more exciting!
Marvel is doing a thing. A cool thing. Basically, starting January, there are a bunch of titles being released with story lines that do not require a whole bunch of back-knowledge to understand. The best part is, many of these titles are featuring ladies, non-gender-binary folks, people of color, and/or people with disabilities. So basically, it’s a really cool time to be a Marvel fan.
Ok, I lied. There’s another best part. The other best part is that some of these titles will include digital copies of the complete first volume upon buying just the first issue! It’s basically an insane deal. Also, every physical copy on the new reboot will come with a digital copy included, which makes tumblr-ing your favorite panels even easier.
Pictured: Iron Patriot, Captain Marvel, Loki: Agent of Asgard, She-Hulk, Black Widow, Daredevil, Elektra, Secret Avengers, Ms. Marvel.
Here’s a truncated version of my previous post:
Comics are released in issues on a (usually) monthly basis. Issues are collected about 6 at a time to create trades, also sometimes referred to as volumes, or even, graphic novels. Usually trades are a little cheaper than buying issue-by-issue, but sometimes books are cancelled before they even make it to that point! Or they get cancelled right around when the first trade is released. Sucky. So to really show support for the series, it is always best to buy by the month. Plus it’s exciting and invites you in deeper to a very loving comics community.
You can buy comics at a brick-and-mortar store near you, or you can buy them digitally. Both have their benefits, of course, but I have found a lot of satisfaction from the former. I’m not exactly the most socially fluid person in the world, and I suspect many tumblrites might feel similarly about themselves. While I have had bad comic shops and good ones, they have all given me a special kind of feeling other social diversions cannot. There’s a certain feeling of immediate connection with strangers over being able to talk about the same things, even if you read different runs, etc. Local Comics Shops (LCS) also often hold events ranging from board games to movie nights to signings, etc etc.
Never feel embarassed about not knowing everything or intimidated by how much back story there may be. All of these books are a fresh start, first of all. Secondly, while some people may guard this secret closely, no two people have the same knowledge of comics. None! The thing about comics is that the world is so big that it is not physically possible for someone to have read everything. You have nothing to prove! You are a new fan, and you are welcomed!
It is so exciting to see a major company seizing the opportunity to reach its full demographic and not just one small sliver, and not just that, but hey, not being a bag of dicks! I want to do everything I can to show Marvel that this choice is a good one. And remember - if Black Widow can succeed in her own comic, perhaps people will finally understand that she can survive in her own movie, too. The opportunities are endless. If you are a fan of the Avengers movies, the Thor movies, etc, a lot of the relaunch is basically written for you already! Secret Avengers’ first four issues pre-relaunch even was about what happened in Budapest, after all. I honestly have not seen this much diversity in comics outside of indies in… ever.
I’ve written before about being nervous about some of the writers on these titles, but it’s a far minority - and the sheer number of amazing releases far outweighs that concern. I will drop titles if they do not do the characters justice, but I will at least try them out. I want to support that this is a very, very, good thing for Marvel to do.
remember when hulu played 2-3 ads per episode, 1 at a time
How anyone can romance Ryan in beyond I have no idea.
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