Another problem with the American comic book industry is the issue of price. If you haven’t purchased a comic book lately, stop and check out the pricing next time you see one. Your average book will cost you three to four dollars. For about 23 pages. It only takes about 15 minutes to read a comic. That’s 15 minutes of enjoyment for the same price as an On-Demand movie. That’s a hard purchase to justify month after month, especially if you read multiple titles.
Yeah, yeah, I know – it’s not actually Friday. I’m still getting adjusted to writing with my new job and new schedule, so I’m a little behind this week. I hope I didn’t ruin your yesterday by not posting.
This week’s Friday Flashbacks is all about sci-fi. You can thank my little brother for that. I woke up this morning to a picture message of a comic book cover. It was my brother’s first comic book that he actually read for enjoyment, and the first title he followed on a monthly basis. Consequently, it’s going to be this week’s comic book flashbacks choice. I thought I’d tie it in with a piece I’m doing for a group called The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, a group I just joined. It’s a collection of like-minded bloggers who, once a week, take a shared theme and write their own take on it. This week’s theme: Kurt Russell.
On to the picks!
This week on Theatre Thursdays…
This CBS show was one of my favorites growing up. A lot of people don’t remember it, and it definitely hasn’t stood the test of time, but I just watched it again recently and realized it’s a lot of fun, if you can get past the production values. Check it out online, or be a good citizen and buy the whole series on DVD!
First of all, I like Batman. Before any of you out there try to reach through your computers to beat me, I like Batman. I like his movies, I love the Arkham video games. I even like the current crop of comic books. He’s a big scary guy who beats up criminals and plays with sweet toys all day. What’s not to like?
If you didn’t already know, today marks the release of Lego Batman 2 for the XBox 360, PS3, and everything else.
If you haven’t played the Lego games yet, go out and buy one. They come in all sorts of flavors (Star Wars! Batman! Pirates! And soon, Frodo!), and they’re a great way to kill some time. If you have kids, get a title for them. Our five year old plays Lego Star Wars like it’s his job.
Lego Batman 2 looks fantastic. In addition to the addictively fun gameplay we’ve come to expect from the Lego line, this title features the debut of the DC roster of heroes. Now you can play as a square-bodied Aquaman, which is everyone’s dream come true!
When I was a kid, my favorite comic book series was, undoubtedly, X-Men. Thanks to a fairly decent cartoon and an accompanying toy line, X-Men was, at the time, the biggest comic book on the market. This was the early 90s, and Marvel had just launched their adjectiveless X-Men comic. Life for fans of Marvel’s Merry Mutants was good.
Here’s the problem with American comic books – they’re completely inaccessible to the average Joe off the street. There’s no question there. It’s not the price (which is prohibitively expensive for a piece of disposable entertainment), the non-inclusiveness (90% of all comics are about perfect-looking white men who fight other perfect-looking white men), or the repetitive nature of it all (how many deaths did DC Comics reverse in the “Brightest Day” event? All of them?).