It’s 2013, the comics change, but the readers are the same. The biggest difference is their appeal and reception which brought me to ask myself how long I think I would continue to follow the world of comics. Now for those of you who are older, you’d probably say that you’ve already given up on comics at some point and most likely would find it hard to pick that up again. But for someone like me and this generation we came during a time where characters were evolving, stories expanding, and of course the artwork is more detailed.
Comics are and have always been a gateway to a new world for readers to explore. In this age it is impossible not to notice that comics are making their way back on top with all the movies, shows, action figures and video games. The world is starting to see now that they aren’t just a bunch of people running around in tights beating each other up and that there is a lot more to superheroes. They represent a world we’d like to live in, morals we wish others stood by, project the courage to be more than average to do what is right when faced with wrong.
Arrow opened the door to Shared Universes with the movies, Avengers opened the doors to Cinematic Universes, Marvel NOW! opened doors for the new fans to have a place to start and ease their way into following comics of now. All these things created a world where we as comic fans are understood a little bit better by the general audience and society. Sure their understanding is only the surface or what they see in other forms of media, but the ideology of what we read is more accepted.
Now that is speaking of the experience you get from this, but looking at the big picture? There’s different ways in which comics have been received in recent times. The New 52 hasn’t had the best reception, Marvel hasn’t had the best of luck with comics events, DC is still picking up the pieces with their movie franchises, both Marvel and DC are having trouble keeping their lesser known hero books ongoing. Prices make it hard for those without jobs to stay up to date without having their favorite books spoiled for them. They still suffer from feminists who just aren’t satisfied with their progress. Fanboys tend to be more hostile and aggressive of what they read. And those who are still adjusting to changes to the status quo which will always change over time whether you like it or not.
I could definitely see myself reading comics till the day they either cancel all the series I love, kill all my favorite heroes off or Marvel/DC shuts down. For someone like me, I always need an escape from reality, someone to idolize or something to believe in and I can only get that from the heroes I read in comics. Even if I were to just read X-Men titles for the rest of my life would be enough for me as long as I didn’t give up comics all together. Don’t converse with many offline, and those I do don’t really follow or engage in conversations about comics. It puts you in that mindset where you feel like an outsider even when not alone. But sometimes just knowing the enjoyment you get out of them is something they can’t take away is something to appreciate.
Obviously as we all grow older it will be hard to keep up with them like we used to before given more responsibilities, like having a job or family. Then again with time progressing we are still moving into the digital age of media where most physical copies you can obtain and read online through you phone, IPad, and so forth. But besides all that, reading comics or even keeping that belief in superheroes is what can help you in those tough times to go back to a place where you first got into comics, bought your first one, or even sitting there on a Saturday morning in your jammies to watch your favorite superhero cartoon. For the next 7 years at least you have movies based on the heroes you worship brought to life on screen and in a way that everyone can find entertainment and share the same excitement.
So to all those out there who still read comics and like the direction they’re heading in, could you still see yourself reading them as time passed?