I remember the first time I actually sat down to read comics aggressively. That was in 2010 and I was reading Marvel’s Civil War event.
It was at a time in my life where we didn’t have a lot of money, so I wasn’t able to go out and buy comic books from the friendly local comic shop. Luckily, the library I had access to had a healthy selection of comic book trades. It was here that I picked up Civil War and truly began my journey into comics, superheroes, and was introduced to the idea of events. I was floored by all of these heroes and villains being part of the same situation and conflict overall. Being new to comics for the most part, I didn’t realize this was a thing.
In my time reading comics regularly over the last nine years, I’ve dipped in and out of events. On one hand, they’re great and it’s interesting to see things happen across the entire universe that the publishers have created. On the other hand, they’ve become too bloated. Too many tie-ins that more or less have to be consumed in order to really get the full gist. In the end, it just became too overwhelming to keep up and I finally just let regular continuity go. Several years ago, David Hunt and I even talked about this situation in an episode of the podcast. Now I’m focused more on taking deep dives into characters that I find interesting, which oddly enough, have made me re-consider comic book events.
The most recent predicament I found myself in was the current War of the Realms event Marvel is doing. The hosts of one of my favorite podcasts, My Brother, My Brother, and Me (MBMBaM henceforth… pronounced “muh-bim-bam”), were recruited by Marvel to write the Journey Into Mystery tie-in series for the event and I wanted to be able to read it… but then I realized I needed to read Thor to understand the story… and then my brain melted. While that’s still the plan, it did inspire me to challenge myself in the writing department,
Starting in May, I will be releasing a weekly blog series called Storylines. The series will, over the course of the month, cover a single comic book event in four parts. I’ll give a rundown on the event as a whole, then tackle a group of issues. At the end, I’ll give my final thoughts and share any comments or opinions you’ve submitted. It’s a personal excercise for my writing and comprehension. (I know. Boring.)
The first event I’ll be tackling will be a classic, Crisis on Infinite Earths from 1985. I’ve not read this, so I’m going in totally blind. I’m also in the “Cult of the New” when it comes to comics, so this will be even more interesting of a read, I imagine. If this is successful for me, keep your eyes out for another round in June!
Storylines releases on May 6, 2019, with Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part I.