Lately, I've been reading just about any comic books that I can get my hands on. It's kind of a new thing for me. It started with me getting interested in Watchmen
back in the early days of February and shortly thereafter, spiraled out of control into something closely resembling obsession.
(the book... not so much the movie) having piqued my curiosity in the medium, I decided it would be best to consult some experts as to what to read next. So I went to the forums.
Amidst the slightly confusing cacophony of varying opinion I decided to take a look at Marvels
by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. I enjoyed every single page of that book. I loved the fact that Busiek's story revolved not around super-people but around a regular guy who makes a living off of photographing the "Marvels". Of course, Ross's artwork is stunning and really captures the feel of the story.
After that, I wasn't really sure what to read. I ventured carefully into my local comic book shop, Kokomo Cards & Comics, where I stumbled upon Marvels: Eye of the Camera
and Astro City
, both of which feature awesome stories by Kurt Busiek.
Meanwhile, I found that forum-posters seemed to have someone of an agreement as to the awesomeness of Batman: Year One
by Frank Miller. I obtained a copy of this and digested this even more quickly than I had Marvels
Shortly thereafter, I started reading Walking Dead
, which drew me in with its zombie craziness. I burned through about 60 issues of this comic (conveniently borrowed from the internet) before I realized that the story could never find a resolution apart from the depressing sense of hopelessness that the survivors feel. I stopped reading this, and looked to some superheroes to lift my spirits.
It was around this time that I heard about a highly anticipated mini-series called Flash: Rebirth
by some guy named Geoff Johns. I figured that I should give it a read, and I picked up the first issue from my local shop. Knowing very little about the Flash, I had no trouble jumping into the story (after consulting Wikipedia as to why Barry Allen had died
in the first place).
The aforementioned consultation with Wikipedia prompted me to dive headlong into the history of the DC Universe, where I discovered the origin of nearly every major DC event in the last 20-plus years: Crisis on Infinite Earths
. I took my time reading through this, in part because of its importance and in part because it was just really confusing. Apparently, this confusion was the product of a highly unorganized continuity that had existed until the time of it's publication in 1985 (the 50th Birthday of DC Comics).
And apparently, it was here that DC hooked me. I meant to get into some Marvel stuff (because that's where I started back when I read Marvels
), but I never got around to it. I went on to read more DC stuff.
It was a combination of the nostalgic feeling of this old Crisis on Infinite Earths
book and a growing interest in anything written by Geoff Johns that inspired me to take a look at Green Lantern. Waaaaay back when I was young enough to have a favorite color, I loved the Green Lantern and was fascinated by the symmetry of his battles against his yellow ring-slinging arch enemy, Sinestro. And while I could have jumped into the Green Lantern continuity at the beginning of Johns's run, I went way back to the old stories: Emerald Dawn
, Emerald Twilight
, and on to Zero Hour
and Final Night
So for the last couple of months, I've been furiously reading back issues of Green Lantern (up through Green Lantern: Rebirth
and The Sinestro Corp. War
), hoping to catch up to the current issues leading up to the Blackest Night
event that is about to take place.
And that brings us to the present. Sorry if that was boring to read.