2013, How Does The Future of Comics Look to You?

M&D copyIt’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_2012_TV_series_HD_Wallpapers_11_1920x1440Arrow 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.

uncanny x-men 11I 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?

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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5 thoughts on “2013, How Does The Future of Comics Look to You?

  1. because of the success of comic book movies and series (arrow, and the walking dead) and the relaunch of DC and Marvel have brought a lot of fans back to comics. Myself i left and returned for DC and now a few Marvel books and a couple of image as well.

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  2. I’m a Marvel Zombie. I imagine I will be for a long, long time. I love the characters. Scotch brought up Hawkeye and Superior Foes, and the fact that the books are ironic. For me, though, what makes those books so good is their sincerity. I don’t generally go for ironic comics, comics that try to play down the fact that they’re comic books. I love the ones that embrace the medium, in all its ridiculous glory. I think it might be what I love about Kieron Gillen – he knows that superhero comics are patently absurd, and he embraces that absurdity, and then pushes it to even great extremes.

    That’s why I’m not interested in Watchmen. It’s why I don’t like Rick Remender as a writer. I read superhero comics because they’re fun. They’re an inherently optimistic genre. Any story that has people capable of flying is a story that should be joyful. A story where people are flying around should never be miserable and joyless. Superhero comics should be an appeal to the best in us. They should be saying, “Hey, no matter how bad the world can seem sometimes, no matter how hard things can get, you have to remember that the world is also an amazing place, full of wonders we can’t even imagine.” The childlike sense of awe we get when Spider-Man is web-slinging around New York is something we should never lose, something we should carry with us all our lives.

    I sincerely hope I never lose that. 60 years from now, when I’m old and sick and on my last legs, if I’m sitting in bed reading a new batch of X-Men comics, I will know I’ve lived my life right. Because I will know that I never let cynicism beat me.

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  3. I think Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye could be one of the greatest heralds of the new comic era. Now we’re getting the Superior Foes of Spiderman with all its glorious irony. Comics are finally coming down to earth. Sorry, superman. Fatale is also great, with Brubaker and Phillips moving from noir into occult territory. And the Dynamite revamp and retelling of all the classic 30s or so era comics, from where we get the new Lone Ranger movie and the Green Hornet movie, for example, is pretty neat. My favorite new comic though, I’d have to say are Brandon Graham’s Prophet for its pure originality. We are talking about the future of comics. These are some of the comics opening up doors.

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