Well, this post is strictly aimed at a very niche junta.. I know that most of you might feel this post is not worth your while, to go through, so go ahead and skip this. This is serious fanboy stuff here.
Now, ordinarily, being the only guy in my class, who actively spends hours online, to keep track with what the comic book industry is dishing out these days( I think), I am accustomed to being the outcast.
So yeah, I did identify with Peter Parker and ilk, way back in school. Which resonates with most comic geeks, I know.
And being in
That issue is now worth a cool 50K $, but I never told my librarian that.. anyways, I was on the verge of quitting on comics for good. Cos most stories were meting out the same thing over and over again. I had also almost quit on Bruce Wayne, when they healed his broken back overnight, and Peter Parker, when the awful Clone saga started.
So, till 2003, I kept in touch with the continuity, intermittently, but still, querying FTP servers, for old issues.
But last 3 years, saw a renaissance of sorts. First off, I think Jim Lee is the best thing to happen to comics, since Frank Miller. I fell in love with Selina Kyle, again( for like 3rd time), after reading HUSH.
I seriously recommend it to people, who aren’t remotely interested in comics, to go through it, for the artwork alone.
Then, Marvel unleashed the powerful, gripping House of M. I mean the characterization was on the lines of what we read, in good novels. And for once, a big crossover, had a serious repercussion on the comic universe( after 84, when the Crisis on Infinite Earths, wiped out BILLIONS of people).
I mean, the biggest change was, that the mutants, were down to a real MINORITY for a long long time.
Then, DC came up with the Infinite Crisis, which has thankfully removed all the darkness that had crept into the comics industry. Face it, most children wouldn’t feel right, reading the stories that were written upto 2004.
And now DC has 52 which is slowly unfolding into a beautiful piece of comic storytelling.
But, now back to the relevance to the photo on top. Read part 2 below..