Reporter Fails to Explain Why Adults Should Like Comic Books

Our Culture wrote a piece about why adults like comics, but while there may be a good point or two made in this, at the end, they decidedly blow it when they state:


Finally, comic books are good. The writing is excellent, the stories are interesting, and the illustrations are impressive, to say the least. It’s no surprise that some adults appreciate the work of art that a comic book is, and all the hard work that goes into it. What’s more of a surprise is that more adults don’t give them a try. They would probably like what they find.


I’m afraid this is putting the art form above criticism and objectivity in every way.


There are, most unfortunately, mainstream comics of late with very bad writing, even if the story isn’t political per se, and particularly at Marvel now, extremely bad artwork. Even independent comics are vulnerable to political correctness. And company wide crossovers like what Marvel/DC have churned out almost entirely unquestioned in the past 20 years are another way of dragging down story quality, along with higher cover prices at 4 dollars or more. There’s no guarantee every adult would be happy if they stumbled across such embarrassments.


If the hope is to sell the adult audience more on comics, they’re not doing a good job by keeping everything so superficial, without making any distinctions between what, where and how the industry is being handled both inside and out. Cheap approaches to news coverage aren’t serving the medium well at all.



Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1