On the creative front, though, I believe the state of comics has been phenomenal. From the big two at Marvel and DC to indie comics funded through crowdsourcing, there’s a lot to be excited about. These worlds are evolving in bold new ways. As someone who has followed comics since grade school, I can’t recall a time that had so much to offer.
It’s not perfect. It never is. Overall, this is a great time to be a comics fan. Whatever your preferences or politics, you’ll find something to enjoy. You’ll have a reason to wake up at 4:30 in the morning every Wednesday. It may mess up your sleep schedule, but that’s the price you pay for awesome comics. During times like this, it’s a price worth paying.
This year has been so bad on so many levels for all of us. As such, we all need to find some silver linings here and there. For me, this exciting state of comics really helps carry me through. I love it and it gives me the hope I need to keep enduring a year like this. In the interests of sharing that hope, here is my pull list and pick for the week.
The world is an ongoing shit show, more so than usual. Most people with a news feed won’t deny that. These past few months have brought us pandemics, protests, and gross injustices that shouldn’t require that much debate to address. It’s frustrating, if not infuriating. That’s what makes days like New Comic Book Day both precious and therapeutic.
I’m not oblivious. I’ve seen the news too. I know how awful these past couple weeks have been. It just makes me look forward to New Comic Book Day even more. It’s not just about enjoying an escape into a world of superheroes, aliens, and skin-tight outfits. Sometimes, you genuinely need it.
Reality can be harsh, but comics can remind you that there are still ideals worth championing. Those ideals, no matter how unattainable they are, inspire us to make reality better. At the very least, we can try to make it less awful. We can all do our part, but a fresh stack of comics on a Wednesday morning reminds us why it’s worth doing.
While the industry still hasn’t fully recovered, it’s in much better shape than it was a month ago. That means a bigger pull list, just when comic fans need it. To the comic shops still fighting to survive and the fine folks at Comixology, I sincerely thank you. Here is my pull list and pick of the week.