Wow. An absolutely amazing rant by Kevin Church, comics blogger. Probably not that fun if you don't read comics already, but summarizes why I don't read most superhero comics.
The tagline, and the summary: If you love superhero comics, stop supporting shitty superhero comics. If you love comics in general, start supporting better comics.
Full disclosure: I'll pick up Warren Ellis' take
, or (just maybe) Joss Whedon
or Brian K. Vaughn
, or Invincible
But I'm waiting for the trade on all of them. And I'll note there that not one of these is a "main line" superhero comic -- and I would buy the main line, if any of them inspired the kind of wonder that I get from Finder
, the play and fun I get from Girl Genius
, the gritty Law and Order
life of Kane
, or even the goofy send-up of PS 238
Kevin C. said it right:
A real gateway comic is something like Persepolis or Fun Home - not a limited, continuity-heavy, crossover-packed series featuring people in spandex crying because that's what "adults" do.ALSO, speaking of comics that are good: Fantagraphics announces their release of the Complete Pogo (and parody: the complete Cathy). Jeff Smith is editing the Pogo collection. Neat!