Tuesday, 22 October 2013
On a Foray into Comics
I have a fairly addictive personality, which is the only reason I can come up with for avoiding comics for so long. I've always been a fan of manga but (despite a slight obsession with superhero movies) never really made the move to Marvel or DC.
However, this has all changed in the past week.
Tasked with finding a costume for my group of friends' annual Halloween party (this year's theme: super heroes and super villains) I turned to the Twittersphere for help. I wanted to go as a female character, and yet have a distinct lack of love for leotards and hypothermia, hence the dilemna.
Then the delightful Holly Casio pointed me in the direction of the latest incarnation of Miss America in Vol. 2 of the Young Avengers.
Her look - red hoodie under a denim jacket, blue t-shirt, black shorts and what look like red converses - only underscores how kickarse this latino version of the character is, as well as how she's slightly different when compared to the 'clean-cut-ness' of the rest of the team.
The artwork's pretty gorgeous and I love that there are short cameos from the 'old' avengers dotted throughout the issues. Plus I'm genuinely rooting for the characters and more than a little annoyed that the next book doesn't come out til February! (And yes, I know I could get the monthly issues, but that won't match my first set of the comics).
So now I find myself ordering series such as Gotham Central (a noir-style look at the Gotham's human police force) and Secret Six (cos who doesn't love a group of anti-heroes?!) and am currently stuck on a toss-up between Secret Avengers, Thor: God of Thunder and Brian Wood's X-Men.
Essentially I'm teetering on the edge of what appears to be an unstoppable torrent of comic addiction. And all in the week before NaNoWriMo. I'm so screwed.