What's up guys? Yeah, you're reading the title correctly. I've brought back the comic book corner. It has been sometime since I've written a comic book related article. I should point out this article won't include any reviews. Obviously, since I haven't been keeping up with reviews it doesn't make any sense to throw reviews into this post. I am doing this post because I wanted to talk where I am with comics at this moment. If you'll allow me, let's take a quick journey on what's going on in the comic book world for me.
I will start off by saying, Yes, I still read comics. I think about writing about them all the time. I still buy comics every week. Shannon Meritt from 901 Comics can back me up. The problem is comic books aren't my first love. Obviously, if you've been paying attention to the site my first love is video games. 2017 has already been a heck of a start for video games. I know you've heard me say this before, but as a father of a 10 month old time is precious. So, with my free time I've been playing video games. I occasionally try to squeeze in comics. That being said comics aren't 100% lost on me. I've done a decent job keeping up with what's going on in the world of comics. Of course, I read Amazing Spider-Man every time it comes out. I won't ever miss an issue of ole Web Head. I have a decent size back log of Superman and Batman comics I am catching up on too. Superman is still one of the highlight comics for me these past few months. I really enjoy what DC is doing with Clark Kent and his family. I think this is finally a Superman casual fans like me can get behind.
The big thing I wanted to talk about was how Marvel's latest big cross-over event, Civil War II, kind of turned me away from wanting to keep up with these big "blockbuster" Marvel events. I felt Civil War II was kind of a miss. The main arc itself wasn't terrible, but it too a long time to get readers to care what was going on. Over the course of four issues we still couldn't quite grasp what the over all issue was going to be. It took a deep run into the main issues to figure it out. Then, of course, came the delays. The run was put on holt for a brief moment. It was for a good reason. The artist of the series had a child born. I was and still am on board with Marvel allowing the man to have a kid and not be kicked off the project. The problem was Marvel didn't delay other comic tie-ins, and by not doing this ruined a portion of the main story.
The other issue I'm having with Marvel as of late is the need for heroes fighting other heroes. This seems like an idea that has taking Marvel by storm. It seems like Marvel can't get over the notion of a group of heroes disagreeing with another group and leads to everyone fighting. Honestly, I'm getting kind of tired of it. Marvel has an abundance of super villains who could pose a threat to heroes. I don't understand why it continues to be a faction of heroes versus another faction of heroes. Marvel hasn't stopped with Civil War II. This summer their big blockbuster even is called Secret Empire. It focuses on now secret Hydra agent, Captain America and his attempt to rule the world. Naturally this will lead to tie-ins as well, and more heroes fighting other heroes. How do I know this? Well spoiler alert! Cap has already killed off Mr. Hydra himself, Red Skull! So, of course it will be hero pitted against other heroes in some form or other. I may try to give this a shot, but deep down I'm not sure I can handle other hero centric battle royal.
I guess I can end this by saying I still enjoy reading my comics. I still love showing up at 901 Comics to kick it with Shannon every Wednesday and seeing what new adventure awaits for me. I still like to keep up and be involved with comics. The only thing that has changed is time. I can't spend the amount of time I would like to spend with comics. I will always be biased and make sure I get Amazing Spider-Man. I can’t help it. Spider-Man is a part of my life. Big blockbuster events are not a part of my life. Especially, if those events include way too many tie-ins with other comics, and incoherent story lines. I am going to give Secret Empire a chance. If there comes a point I start losing interesting I'm not going to force myself to stay with it. I'm hoping Marvel hits a hone run with this new summer event.