Friday, August 27, 2010

It's a Black Hole

I think I've been sucked into the world of comics.

That's not to say I haven't always liked comic book characters. Superheroes, X-men, all that jazz. I've been watching cartoons and movies for a long time. However, I never did get up the courage to delve into the comic book medium for these characters. Comic books have daunting continuity, and tend to be a bit soap-opera and outlandish. Bad plots, bad characterizations, and frequently changing artwork. However, with my recent interest in the Batman world, I decided to give comics a try.

I started with the stuff based on the cartoons, and then went on to one-shot graphic novels. I continued to put a hold on just about every Batman book in the library that looked appealing. (I.e, had Robin, Nightwing, or Batgirl in it.) I think it was downhill from there. Nevermind the fact that I have 230+ comics sitting on the floor (neatly stacked up) in my bedroom at the moment.

And some of it is hit and miss. You'll have a great issue followed by one that's like, "What??" And it's hard for me as a big believer in "starting from the beginning" and a continous continuity to just throw my hands up and say, "You know what? I'm going to pick and choose what I like because there's just so much out there."

But there's one little series that I've discovered that I just can't get enough of. It can do no wrong, and that's mainly because it's absolutely cute and innocent to the max. That would be Tiny Titans. It's kid versions of most of the characters who were ever Teen Titans, having adventures at elementary school. Villains like Slade and Trigon have become the principal and substitute teacher. There's no soap-opera, no dying characters, just 100% fun.

Plus, the characters are drawn in an utterly irresistable way. Here's a panel below of Wonder Girl Cassie and Superboy Connor:


How can you not love that? Look at his little eyes in the second panel! Oh, the cuteness. :)

And I just realized that they're all drawn in a very similar way to Little Scarf Girl style. Which might also be a contributing factor in why I love them so much. But seriously, as another blogger pointed out, when the main comics have a beloved character addicted to drugs, losing family members, and halucinating in the streets, Tiny Titans has Batgirl and Supergirl having a picnic in the park. And who doesn't love picnics?



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