Posted: Posted November 8th by Jet Presto
Figured I'd make a general post about comic books. Wondered if anyone read them regularly, either a somewhat frequent picking up trade paperback collections, or through weekly pull lists. (I have a weekly pull list, although I pick it up once a month because my comic shop is 45 minutes away now since I moved, so it's harder to get out there.)
My pull list is much shorter than it used to be, due to financial reasons (and some creative ones - looking at you Nick Spencer and your shitty run on Captain America):
Bitch Planet (Image)
Paper Girls (Image)
Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
Black Panther (Marvel)
X-O Man of War (Valiant)
Moon Knight (which was great, but Jeff Lemire's run just ended, and I don't think anyone is taking it over) (Marvel)
Atomic Robo (IDW)
I also always pick up the new trade releases for:
Sex Criminals (Image)
Whatever crime noir book Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are working on.
Wish I could get more into the superhero stuff again, but I don't have the money to drop on dozens of comics anymore. And, neither Marvel nor DC have the quality of writers anymore. In some cases, what they've done with the characters has been...unsatisfactory. Barry Allen as the Flash is disappointing. All the confusion around what the hell to do with Superman has been annoying. Turning Captain America into a fascist. Or making Peter Parker the billionaire tech maven instead of Tony Stark. All left me dropping books. They've done some good stuff, to be sure. I loved what Jeff Lemire did to improve Moon Knight, for example.
The biggest thing for me has been Batman, though. I'm not a big Batman fan. I like him just fine as a character, but his comics have been - in my opinion - mediocre at best. This, minus a few runs here and there. It's telling that I previously thought the best Batman book was Gotham Central, in which he is an occasional guest star in it!
But holy shit, Tom King's run might be one of my favorite superhero books ever. It's such a small thing, but writing Batman like an actual human goes a looooooong way. It sounds minor, but giving him the ability to empathize with people makes him infinitely more likeable, and it hasn't come at the cost of recognizing that he has issues too. People might deride it as making Batman "too soft," but I think making him seem like an actual human actually connects him to his roots more. He isn't just a dark, terrifying hero/anti-hero mix that is - power-wise - the human version of Superman. He also lets Batman be intelligent, letting him outwit villains even when it comes at the cost of him taking a terrible beating. He's not invincible. He's not untouchable. He still doesn't do much "detecting," but his plans and schemes feel a lot more developed than a typical Batman book.
And I'm loving what he's doing with villains. For christ's sake, he got me to feel something about Kite Man. KITE MAN!!!
Anyway, do you read anything? Are there any comics you particularly love? Characters you prefer to follow? Creators you adore? Do you enjoy getting individual issues, or do you prefer trade paperbacks? Read any good runs?
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