When you’re reading an adventurous book, it comes alive in your mind. Comic books take that a step further by illustrating exciting stories in vivid colors and action-filled scenes. The best comic books are those that have held readers’ interests for years and that have survived the trials of changing writers and artists while still keeping the integrity of the characters intact. The demand for comic books has fluctuated to extremes in the past several decades and they seemed to be dying out. Thankfully the last decade has brought a slew of successful comic book movies that have revived the industry and increased readership.
Comic books are not just for young children; in fact some comic books should not be read by children under a certain age. Those intended for the younger generation though help fuel their imagination and quite often have a message that inspires them to believe in themselves. While most comic book heroes have superpowers, the most noble message they convey is that everyone is capable of great good if they work hard enough and value the lives and feelings of those around them. Being a hero is more about selfless acts for the greater good than having the ability to fight off super villains.
For the more mature generation, there are graphic novels that go into deeper and darker places of a hero’s daily struggles. Graphic novels can be stories from popular lines of comic books, original stories all on their own or illustrated versions of published novels. They have sturdier bindings, glossier pages and are more expensive than the average comic book. All those factors are not an issue if you’ve been eagerly anticipating getting your hands on the pictures and story within those pages. Waiting with bated breath to find out the fate of a favorite comic book hero boosts sales when the graphic novel comes out and keeps the market going strong. The appeal of a graphic novel based on a published book stems from a fan’s desire to see how the artists illustrated scenes and characters they had already envisioned in their mind.
Comic books are experiencing a resurgence in popularity and new comic book stores are opening up in plazas around the country. The appeal of comic books is universal and spans all ages and backgrounds. Though the heroes in comic books are capable of inhuman deeds, they still deal with very human issues and that is why everyone connects so well with them. Everyone has their weaknesses, even those with super powers, but they are all capable of amazing things. When people apply themselves and draw on their own unique strengths everyone will realize a much brighter and promising future.