Published on April 7th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne7
Comics for the Noob
All the furore over the release of a movie based on “the greatest comic of all time” had me worried I might have been missing out on something. So, the week before the Watchmen premiere I started reading the graphic novel.
Once I had learned to slow down and appreciate the artwork and not just the dialogue and exposition, I was hooked. I finished it on the morning of the film’s release and rather than ruin the movie for me, it enhanced it. It added so much. The comic was as rich , complex and intricately woven as any great novel I had read. It was a thriller that had me dart through the pages to discover the story, but then made me want to reread it immediately to appreciate the intricate universe it was creating.
Once I had finished, I had no idea where to turn next in my burgeoning love for the comic book. A friend of mine tried to introduce me to comics back in school with X-Men and Wolverine. While I didn’t get hooked back then, I thought now might be a good time to revisit the mutant stories. I also thought of looking for more of Alan Moore’s work. I loved Watchmen so much that it seemed logical I should try The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta or From Hell.
Then Anthony (Do You Know Anto?) introduced me to The Walking Dead, a set of graphic novels based around zombies. No, that’s not exactly true. The story is based around one man and his struggle to protect his family in a post-George Romero, Dawn of the Dead world. The human condition is examined, rather than the battle with the undead. The comics look at how people deal with life when pushed to their breaking point and beyond.
It’s been an amazing journey and though I’m still dreaming of zombies (I kid you not), I have run out of books. So, any recommendations as to what I shoudl read next? X-Men, Superman, Batman? Perhaps I should finally attack Lottie’s Sandman comics (yep, she’s a comic book geek – you heard it here first). Where do I head next?