Once in a while... There are times when I think that I am getting too old to read comics. At least recent comics. It seems like so many comics repeat themselves. Take this new Green Arrow comic for instance...
I just gave the first issue a try and I couldn't help but make comparisons to the Mike Grell Longbow Hunters Era.
Heck both Green Arrow #1 comics start pretty much the same way... although the newest one takes more pages to get the same point across.
Here is he first page of Mike Grell's run...
Here is the first page of the new series by JT Krul...
Here is are next 3 pages of Longbow Hunters
And the next 3 pages of the new series
Damn... They brought back the Silver Age Green Arrow not that long ago... and it did not take them long to get back to him being the Longbow Hunter. It makes me think that no one at DC knows what to do with the character. So now they are trying to get back the magic of the Mike Grell Green Arrow.
Now they are back to the more edgy... not afraid to maim... maybe even kill... Green Arrow.
So in short after the Silver Age version failed...
...The Longbow Hunter is back.
HE'S BACK BABY!!!.............. (sorry)
I was a big fan of the Longbow Hunter era of Green Arrow. Although I am curious about this new Green Arrow series... I can't help but feel this strong sense of deja vu. I guess we will have to wait and see how it measures up against the original Longbow Hunter comics.... and how different it will be. Probably why I barely buy new comics anymore and am mostly buying some Omnibuses/Essentials/TPBs of comics of an era long since gone.
No... not because of nostalgia... I started reading comics because them comics at the time had just the right balance of story/action that I craved. So to get the balance that I think is just right for comics.... I mostly have to look at older comics to try and find what I love about comics. But there are also various other reasons behind that.
You can sometimes look at older comics and tell that some of them were made for 12 years old. But for about 10 years now... when you read a comic.... you often get the feeling that them comics are made BY 12 years old kids. Maybe it has to do with the fact that now I am as old... or older then most of them guys producing them comics?? Could be.
There also is the factor or continuity... and the fact that history gets to repeat itself. For an example of continuity that makes me feel too old to read comics... I have been reading the FF since Hickman took over the title with Eaglesham... and it was mostly a fun ride so far.... although I have no clue what the Nu-Earth sub-plot is even about. I only looked at a handful of issues of the Millar/Hitch FF... and from what I understand... Nu-Earth has to do with that run.
But in the latest FF issue (#580)... I could not help but get pulled out of the story and tell myself.... "Hey... Reed and Ben both knew that Ben could transform himself."
In the Thing #23 (did not even need to look it up... I only own 3 Thing comics.... okay 4 if you count FF # 274)... Reed tells Ben that he could transform at will... that it was just some mental block (Ben thinking that Alicia loved the Thing) that was preventing him from transforming.
Now that Ben no longer loved Alicia... he should be able to transform at will between the Thing and Ben Grimm. But then it was too late... the Thing had KILLED Ben Gimm on Battleworld. So no more transforming into Ben Grimm. Of course... that was changed in FF #39 by Pacheco where Ben could transform at will. I have no clue how long that lasted.
But the on/off switch was nothing new... and Ben had made peace with him being the Thing ages ago. So seeing that idea of curing Ben once more... and how Ben and Reed did not seem to remember the event from the Thing #23.... made me feel old.
We shall see.
So is it that I AM too old to read comics??
Should I leave comics behind?? Should I just move on?? Or should I simply stick to reading some of them older comics?? Is there a time when you must stop/give up reading comics??? What do you guys think?? I am curious to read your thoughts on the subject.
Until next time.