Recently, I dove head first into the world of comic books. I had read them here or there, but I never followed any particular storyline. When I visited Newbury Comics in Boston, I picked up some issues of Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. I was hooked. For some reason, I like how each issue is serial, which adds great anticipation to the story.
I’m also learning more and more about the world of comicbooking. In doing so, I figured I’d start a new series about comicbooking: the who, what, when, where, and how. As I learn, hopefully, I’ll teach something new to another beginner!
Let’s start with the basics:
There are two giants in the comic book world: DC and Marvel. DC is the publishing company that produces Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and anyone else from the Justice League. Marvel publishes X-Men, The Avengers (and anyone in The Avengers), and Captain Marvel. There are several other great comic book companies that produce amazing comics, such as:
The Secret Wars: The Secret Wars storyline has pretty much infected all of Marvel’s superhero stories, and it’s a prevelent stamp to see on its latest issues. But what are the Secret Wars? Why is this storyline so significant?
Basically, in the Secret Wars storyline, the Marvel universe is coming to an end. Each of its heroes tries to stop the armageddon, but to no avail. Chaos ensues, as per usual. Doctor Doom, one of the main villains of The Fantastic Four, establishes his own religion. A new world is formed, called Battleworld, where pieces of other various planets have been stitched together. Battleworld is now a massive arena where heroes and villains can duke it out.
Yeah, it’s kind of weird.
The New 52: Although the New 52 stories have been discontinued, and have made way for new storylines, it is still a prevelent presence in the comic book community. The New 52 were 52 DC titles that were reimagined, redesigned, and re-released as new issues. The New 52 added much to the already extensive superhero cannon for many characters, such as Batgirl. What was significant about the New 52 was that each title released a #1 issue, rather than tacking on to existing plots.
And there you have it! I know it’s a super basic introduction, but there will be more to come! Don’t forget to check out your local comic book shop, and get yourself a Guy or Gal. They’re going to be the ones who will help you find particular issues, storylines, and authors. They’re also incredibly helpful.
Tune in next time for another edition of The Beginner’s Guide to Comic Books!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?