Not for nothing. But there’s few types of comics I go out of my way to read. With all the crazy, gimmicky events and mass produced blockbuster movies that have been stuffed out for the past decade, I’ve decided to always organize my own reading material as opposed to letting “Previews” guide my way.
With that said. Indie comics, retro comics (70s-80s) and “black” comic books from either of those groups are far more appealing to me.
I mean I’ve come to grown away from superheros to a point where I no longer fantasize about them in a practical universe or feel a connection between a war between super powered humans and aliens illustrated in photoshopped bibles.
Now indie comics, like indie movies offer a whole other feel with the option of either letting your guard down for something silly or maybe with a blend of every day life thrown in (Scott Pilgrim). Then with vintage comics, they have this incredible art style, many times a retro cover is a work of art it’self. The stories can be hard to follow with age but the panels still remain very unique. Despite the dated dialog, they hold a lot of style and symbolism.
And then you have Black comics. “Black” comics… If you will. Are actually pretty great. Before Dwayne McDuffie passed away, I had really been into comic hunting between various shops and always keeping an eye for black superheroes a few years prior.
Now the thing is, it’s not just because I’m black or that these comics are “made for blacks” by blacks as a black thing that no one else will read if they’re not black…
That’s bullshit, and the reason milestone went under our radar is because so many people write off great talent that way. I mean a lot of what’s out there has often been mostly white heroes and instead of seeing it that way, we just see it as a general line up.
Sometimes I’d pick up some Luke Cage and Black Panther’s for the fun of it. But Milestone had some good stories that made a genre of just being written different. Not all black entertainment is built to be black entertainment, but entertainment period with black roles. From the handful of comics I was able to gather, his comics didn’t have to prove what a minority character can do. The writers already knew who these characters were. And this reflects even to the Static Shock cartoons.
It was an evolution from the Spider-man type of story. Peter Parker being a teenager who’s uncle was gunned down by a crook that Peter ignored. That’s some street heavy shit. You take it to Virgil Hawkins and he’s the kid with the gun.
And then you had the Blood Syndicate which was like, a crew mixed up of mutant gang bangers, but their adventures were on some other shit.
Anyway, with everyone out there choosing trends. I’m choosing my own. And it’s not like any of these things say “Blacks Only”. But if people ignore it, it’s always going to come off that way. But I don’t really care, because I’ll be damned if I miss out.