A lot of people discard comic books before they even give them a chance. As a teenager I was one of those people. Then, in my mid-twenties my now husband talked me into giving them a chance. I now wish I had started reading them younger.
In my opinion comics are simply a variation of short stories where most of the information is conveyed through art instead of words. This setup can be perfect if you have limited reading time or are looking to fill a short gap between two novels. Plus, with the knowledge that more episodes are to come you are given the chance to receive details you wouldn’t get in other short stories.
There are comic book characters who have been around for decades. Superman’s first comic book came out in 1938 and new comics are still being published. Also, he has had appearances in other characters comic books. That’s a lot of information about one superhero. Sure, there is only a limited amount of information in a single 20 page issue, but when you add 90 years of issues together you have more details than you could fit into any book or movie. Remember, there are words and pictures to convey the message.
Yes, comic books are short but they are usually released weekly. Some popular characters have more than one comic (Superman and Batman both have their own comics, are in Justice League together and make regular appearances in other comics).
Character diversity is incredible. Main characters can vary from superheros to super-villians (and anywhere in between). Two of my favorite characters, Harley Quinn and Batman, are actually rivals. They both have their own comic books, but can often cross over into each others stories because of their roles in each others lives.
Many people already like comic book characters but don’t even know it (who likes AMC’s The Walking Dead). Also, it’s becoming common to create comics based on TV shows and movies (My Little Ponies, Bob’s Burgers).
The comic book community is fun, friendly and ready to talk, just like most book clubs. I am a DC girl (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Batman and Superman) over Marvel (Avengers) but this is a bond not a divide (like Star Wars vs Star Trek). I have had conversations based around my preferences in characters costumes (for example, which Batman has the best Bat suit).
I believe that comic books can be adult picture books and that they are a fun and engrossing alternative to TV. The next time you are looking for something new to read consider heading to the local comic book store instead of the book store. If your unsure where to start ask a clerk to make a recommendation based on your book preferences. Have fun reading.