Friday, July 16, 2010
I first got into comics after seeing Batman: The Dark Knight. I couldn’t seem to get the story out of my head so I picked up Joker by Brian Azzarello and loved it. My second foray in the world of comics came when I read Watchmen and V for Vendetta by Alan Moore. Like a lot of people, those books lead to an epiphany: I realized comics weren’t just for kids, and moreover, they could be just as intelligent, complex and literary as a novel. Since Batman was my first love, I dug in and started reading everything I could. In the process I fell in love with other characters, such as Joker, Hush, Harley Quinn, and Peyton Riley—I’m pretty partial to villains. What I love most about comics is that there is a mythological scope of the storytelling and yet the characters are still relatable through their human weaknesses and flaws. And though I dig the strong female characters, I also find the male characters to be fascinating and relatable. I’ve begun branching out from Batman and in the process I’ve realized that there are a multitude of stories to be found in comic books. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into the caped superhero thing or not.