As I have mentioned before I’m a bit of a comic book fan. At lease I’m sure I’ve said it. If not, there it is, I like comics. As a fan of comics I’ve always found myself to be DC girl, having grown up watching the Batman series that always intrigued me. Sure I grew up watching X-men as well but I didn’t follow it as well or a closely as I did batman. Something about the Dark Knight and his villains spoke to me and caught my attention. I also grew up with Super man related stuff as well and enjoyed some of the cartoons with him liked the Lois and Clark TV series growing up as well and the classic Superman movies. So can you blame me for being a DC girl? I grew up on it even if I didn’t read it.
I didn’t get into comics until a few years back shortly before the new 52 came out. I fell in love with the character of Tim Drake-Wayne, particularly with him as the Red Robin. The Red Robin story arch was simply amazing and I ate it up and then loved talking with my friend who has written a different take on that story where Robin turns evil, which I love alternate takes, speculative fanfiction is like my morning breakfast and I eat it up, thus it adds to my love of Tim as I see the potential for all with him. Anyway, before this post becomes a squee-fest of all things Tim Drake and why I love him, I’ll stop now and continue on.
Shortly after getting my hands on this story I looked toward the new 52 thinking it will be a great start for some great new comics! I was vastly disappointed. 52 was a ‘reboot’ for newer fans like me to find an easy entry point into the story arch and world of DC comics. However it was the worst reboot ever! I never read a lick of the new 52 because they messed everything up!
In this reboot they changed the crux of my favorite character Tim and made him less than what he was (even if the new costume was visually cool). They messed with another character I loved which was Connor Kent aka Superboy. (He was Tim’s best friend in the original and in the reboot they were a bit at odds with each other.) They also stripped down a few other characters like Barbra Gordon who in the original story was bound to a wheel chair and could kick ass from said wheel chair and found a way to fight crime with such a limitation. It was a beautiful piece of diversification and they stripped her of it. There were many other issues that I had with the new 52 and thus I never read it.
Now we are shortly into DC rebirth, something I held my breath on. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I decided to take a chance because the crux of it is the world of 52 is ‘wrong’ and was created and set up by some evil villain. I read the 0 issue that sets the story up and I LOVED it. The idea is that with these changes love was stolen away (and it was). It also introduced some really amazing story arcs as well that I won’t go about revealing for any who has yet to read the story. It was gripping enough that it has caused me to pick up some of the new issues and get into the world of DC comics. While some of what I read was disappointing in the sense that there was a lack of a story for me to really sink my teeth into others blew my mind! (Like Superman.)
Now as I said earlier Tim Drake is my favorite character, and I grew up on mostly Batman. Thus Batman is my go to main super hero that I just love. Conversely Superman has not been a character I am as fond of. Superman after a time tends to bore me. He’s too good and too perfect in a lot of ways. Also he is really hard to challenge in a fight. Still, I picked up the comics, and I am glad I did!
For me, the sign of a good story is one that I can’t put down, and one that I can’t let go of thinking about it non-stop for a good time after I do finally put it down. This is the case with the Superman story arch! I am comping at the bit to read the next issue that isn’t out yet and waiting eagerly to make my friend read the story so we can rave about the story arc together! The comics have added a level of intrigue that I just can’t resist! There is a lot of mystery involved as to who certain people are, there is a real challenge for Superman to face (albeit familiar challenge), and an added emotional element that makes this familiar challenge all the more gripping. I’m sorry to be so vague and cryptic, but I would hate to spoil things for any new reader who wants to pick the story up, which I highly recommend! Seriously go buy the comic and read it!
So needless to say, I am loving the DC comics Rebirth and will be reading more. For those who will not go out and read these stories despite my urging I will be discussing the plot of the comics in my next blog post. So look for that next week!