Flash Season 2: Mixed Feelings

UGH. Okay. So last night I finished the Season 2 Finale of CW’s The Flash, and I have many issues. Now granted, I obviously very much enjoyed the show as I binged the entire series in three days, but that was due to its good superficial entertainment value. After an A+ first season, I hopped into the second season full of love for the characters, so I was already invested, but after the 23 episodes I was left disappointed and oh-so-annoyed.

Now normally my reviews are spoiler free, but not today, so I regret to inform you that if you aren’t looking for major spoilers, you’ll have to stop reading this post until you finish the show.

Season One of The Flash contained an excellent storyline. We viewers were dragged through intriguing twists and turns and everything made sense. Of course, the villain was given away a little too early, ruining any surprise. We knew Dr. Wells, or actually as it turned out Eobard Thawne was a sketchball from the beginning, but his character was still intriguing, and his villainy made sense. His relationship with Barry was so special which made his betrayal all the worse, but we were met with many believable relationships. It was encouraging to see Barry grow and accept things such as the fact that Iris wasn’t in love with him. Life happens. But in Season 2, it felt like they were trying to force this relationship to happen. Barry was very happy with Patty and Iris was genuinely happy for them, but midway through the season she starts questioning her feelings? Why? It honestly led nowhere and was quite pointless.

Speaking of forced relationships…Hunter and Caitlin. I was not buying that one bit. Oh no, evil villain destroying many worlds has a weakness because of his fondness for some girl. Hunter and Caitlin’s romance was cute at first, but once it was discovered that this so called Jay Garrick was actually Zoom, I couldn’t buy that his emotions of love were strong enough to influence his decisions as they did. In fact Zoom as a whole after his reveal didn’t really make sense and with this speedsters grabbing time remnants of themselves (these still confuse me) at their very whim made me wonder why Zoom’s grand plan was just to race Barry. That’s it? Zoom is honestly SO powerful and has apparently already ruined other Earths that he could’ve done better. It was REALLY hard to get invested in this season’s major storyline after the reveal. Here I was rooting for the team as they worked to try to stop Zoom and save Jesse (Omgosh, I’m still in love with Wells), but after that happened, everything sort of became blase. And Barry giving up his powers? Stupidest.Move.Ever.

Flash One
Nope, this really wasn’t happening. Maybe a cute fling, but Zoom acting as he did? Nope.

And Barry running back in time to talk to Eobard Thawne/evil Wells? Another stupid move. Plus, he was sooo bad at not letting the timeline remain intact. He warned his team about things instead of letting them happen, and he didn’t even do a good enough job to fool me, so it’s no small wonder that Thawne/evil Wells, a brilliant man figured out something was amiss. I just wasn’t buying that. Plus the only repurcussion of Barry’s screwing with the timeline was that Hartley was around when he returned to the present and that creepy ghost thing followed him. No. There had to be many more changes. Speaking of altering the timeline…the ending. NO. In the season one finale, Barry had the chance to save his mother, but he knew he shouldn’t, especially with the help of other Barry shaking his head to stop him, but here soon after Barry finally comes to terms with his mother’s death, Barry goes back in time to save her. WHAT THE HECK?! Like honestly this is ridiculous. In stopping Reverse-Flash, Barry just destroyed the whole storyline of Season One, on which Season Two continued, so everything that just happened is gone. And Barry loves Joe. Joe is his dad. He’s said that. What is his problem? Yes, he’s shook up because his dad just died, but if he can travel back in time all willy-nilly, why not just save Henry? Also, won’t the Speed Force (which apparently is some deity-ish entity) be pissed about this? And Barry is integral to the rest of this DC Universe thing these CW shows have going…like Arrow. How much does this change everything? I know people have probably been complaining about all this for a couple months, but this decision was ridiculous. Barry can’t just be changing his mind like this.

Flash Three
Come on Fam! You legit just accepted your mom’s fate, and here you are trying to change life?

Barry actually got a bit annoying in this season…second half that is. Iris didn’t seem to have as important of a role which was a little disappointing. Same with Joe. I missed his great mentoring from the first season. Cisco got an upgrade which was fun. And of course Wells was back!! As you know, from my ranting from the first season, I absolutely love Dr. Wells (or as he was in the first season Eobard Thawne). I needed to get used to the angrier and more brusque demeanor of Earth Two Wells, but it didn’t take long. His lovable intelligence was intact, and I loved Earth Two Wells’ seeming nonchalance and brisk responses when people would tell him things or compare him to evil Wells. That was a thing, although Wells had his secrets at first, he was a good guy. Yayy. Honestly, I have to throw appreciation to Tom Cavangh’s superb acting skills for part of my affection for Wells. I would even go as far to say is the best on the show. Unfortunately, I felt the season two acting was rather mediocre (other than Bae Cavangh of course). Teddy Sears was a bit monotone as Jay Garrick/Zoom/Hunter and Danielle Panabaker didn’t pull off evil very well. Honestly, the Earth Two doppelgangers were almost laughable. I mean, I loved the ideas behind those episodes, but it didn’t seem to work very well.

Flash Two
Can’t complain about Bae. ❤ Obvi, I’m biased, but I honestly think Wells’ character was well-developed. 

While I’m here bashing the season, I did enjoy it. I mean I did happily watch it all in three days. I’m not happy with the ending, but the first half of the season was honestly pretty engaging and the plots were going somewhere. Actually they were pretty good. Unfortunately, their appeal was lost after the Zoom reveal. Something just happened and it all went downhill. And there is just too much wrong with the time travel and questions surrounding these paradoxes that in a way helped ruin the second half of the show. Cisco and Wells were the true heroes of this season as they helped maintain engagement for the second half. I look forward to seeing how Season 3 deals with the epic time crisis Barry has created, and I hope for stronger relationships between the characters as well as a more engaging and intriguing storyline. Season 1 was SO good, Man. Season 3 better bring the attack this fall. I miss my good Barry. ALSO: one thing with the timeline crisis is that this totally means that Dr. Wells, the original, the real Earth One Wells can definitely come around in Season 3, and I will gladly accept his existence.

Flash Season 1 and Dr. Wells!

Alright, something has to be wrong with me. This happened with Loki in the Avengers and now here in the Flash. I love the villain. Now, it’s no spoiler for me to tell you that Dr. Wells is a villain. The very first episode, we see that he is a major sketchball, but despite his villainous actions, he’s my favorite character. And it sucks because if he didn’t have that mysterious villainous side, I don’t believe I would like him as much. But I mean I also like him for his good qualities. He is majorly intelligent and for the most part, he has a calm personality and has this calculating persona when he’s thinking, which is what he’s usually doing. I love it. I love him. Maybe I’m just falling into his manipulative tendencies just like I fell for Loki…but just like Loki…I don’t care.

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SO, even though I just started Flash the other day, I finished it last night. Why is that? Because I LOVE it, and the only reason I stopped my binge last night was because Netflix doesn’t have Season 2. (Honestly, the travesty! >.<) Did I still love it as much as I did after the first couple episodes? Yes! I will admit towards the middle, it started to get a little slow because they needed to drag the major plot line out for the entire season. Obviously those little villain face-offs Flash had every episode did not need to be dragged out, lol. But all in all, I found the story to be quite engaging and maintain a decent amount of unpredictability to prevent boredom. The crossovers with Arrow were actually done well in a manner that actually made me appreciate those characters. And the drama. The drama was maintained at an agreeable and manageable level! Yes, the characters had their moments, but it wasn’t like every single episode. It was fantastic to see Team Flash work together and grow together. I swear, I could also see the acting improve as the episodes progressed. The characters are great—people I’d love to meet in real life. (Actually, I’ve been daydreaming about hanging out with the Flash crew for a few days now. I’m not sure what sort of science and magic I’ll have to perform to make that happen though…) Barry is absolutely adorable and I love his spirit. He has a great group of people to support him and their quirks are just as fun.

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Flash Season 1 did not feel like a waste of my time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and looked forward to watching every episode. I can’t wait to see what Season 2 brings to the table. And don’t you worry, I will find a way to watch it. I MUST. Also I do not and will not apologize for my love for the character of Harrison Wells. He’s still my favorite. XD

 

Arrow: The Brave and the Bold

I never really thought that I’d review a specific episode of a TV series, but I felt the need to, so here we go! Please note that this post has a potential to contain spoilers, depending on how far you’ve watched in the shows, so be wary when reading it, but I tried not to include anything super spoiler-y. It is episode 8 of season 3 of Arrow.

A couple weeks ago, I saw about ten minutes of a random episode of the Flash, another CW show based on DC comics. I thought it was SO cheesy and lame, but at the same time I knew I couldn’t really judge the series based on watching ten minutes midway through an episode and midway through a season. Then a couple days later, I saw Barry Allen’s modern introduction to the cinematic DC universe on Arrow. The kid was adorable! (And I do mean personality although he is also a cutie. 😉 No surprise there…) It made me want to watch Flash. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, as I’d like to catch up with Arrow first, but after that, Flash is on the list.

Anyway, Arrow episode 8 of season 3 rolled around: The Brave and the Bold. It was a Arrow/Flash crossover! It probably would’ve been helpful to see the crossover contained in the beginning of Flash first for a bit of background information, but not seeing it didn’t hinder the viewing pleasure all that much. I loved it (I mean, I’m devoting a whole post specifically to this episode so…).

Barry and Oliver decide to work together to catch Digger Harkness, a mean killer whose weapon of choice is a psyched out boomerang. At first, they’re hindered by A.R.G.U.S’s involvement with the case, but soon the two are able to take over to try and catch this killer who seems to have something against Diggle’s love interest, his ex-wife, Lila.

This episode was so fun to watch. With Barry and his team on the scene, the mood of the show was a lot more light-hearted than most episodes of Arrow. They can have the tendency to be on the darker side (that includes the lighting on the show as well). Barry is younger than Oliver and hasn’t gone through all the darkness Oliver has faced. Yes, he did lose his parents, but he’s not turning a dark leaf. He’s still a peppy, positive soul. And his friends also bring some humor to the table. Cisco thinks everything going on with his friend’s new superpowers and then his friend’s epic friends is pretty amazing, and he’s not afraid to voice his awestruck opinions.

The action choreography, cinematography, acting, and storyline of this episode were all well-developed and well-executed (Plus there was no lame relationship drama in the entire episode!). I truly enjoyed watching this episode and seeing the two heroes’ teams working together and getting along. This episode makes me want to watch Flash all the more and made me a happy that I watch Arrow. 

Barry Allen, ladies and gentlemen.
Barry Allen, ladies and gentlemen.

Continuing Arrow

When I said that I planned on watching the rest of Arrow, I really meant that I was going to watch all of Season 2 in one week. Arrow, as promised by others, only got better. Season 2 was full of action and a continuation of intricate storylines and character development!

In Season 2, I didn’t dislike most of the main characters. Oliver Queen still has a lot of work until he becomes truly likable in my book, but he’s realizing he needs other people, and how not to push them away as much. In many personality aspects, he’s growing into a better person,slowly…but surely. Felicity Smoak was still awesome; you can’t really mess her up. She always knows what’s up. Digs was also cool. Roy became an important character as well. Thea Queen stole this season though. Her character transformed from a teenager only struggling to deal with conflict to a strong dynamic woman learning how to thrive amidst conflict and betrayal. There were other important characters I won’t delve into to prevent spoilers, including the introduction of Barry Allen, the lead character of Flash. 

The plots and storylines of Season 2 were just as, if not more, engaging than those of Season 1. There were a few episodes towards the end of the season where the island scenes tended to drag but other than that the episodes kept you hooked. (I mean I finished in a week!) There were many surprises and twists and the main plot of the entire season was well-developed and connected well. The romantic relationship drama I complained about in Season 1 was minimal this time around. Oliver still made some annoying decisions on that front, but the drama as a whole wasn’t detrimental to the show. There was a lot of conflict in other relationships such as familial ones, but they were integral to various plot points. The acting also improved this time around. It was great to see not only the characters grow but the actors as well!

Arrow has a good soundtrack in general, but the show also does this cool thing where it has specific music solely for scenes when certain characters interact. The CG and special effects were pretty average, but they weren’t bad. The fight scenes were well choreographed, especially in that it showed the heroes weren’t invincible. Oh yes, heroes. I love that Oliver isn’t a one-man show anymore. He works with others and together they clean up the streets of Starling City.

With its engaging storylines and good character development, Arrow definitely improved. I look forward to seeing what Season 3 may hold.

The Canary is an important player in Season 2. You might be surprised when you discover who she is...
The Canary is an important player in Season 2. You might be surprised when you discover who she is…
All Roy wants to do is be a good boyfriend to Thea, and find the Arrow...
All Roy wants to do is be a good boyfriend to Thea, and find the Arrow…
Thea Queen
Everything in Thea’s life kinda sucks. People can’t be truthful with her, and event after event just proves to be horrid.
John Diggle is a symbol of strength and intelligence. Oliver is lucky to have him on his team.
John Diggle is a symbol of strength and intelligence. Oliver is lucky to have him on his team.

Everyone in Arrow is hot!

Okay, except maybe some of the villains, but seriously the actors on the show are very attractive. The women are gorgeous and the men are very handsome. And for both genders, it’s not just the young flesh; the actors chosen to play the older characters like the parents have aged very well. The amount of attractive on the show is borderline ridiculous, however. There is no way a city can be composed of only excessively attractive people. I think Starling City should have been named Studsville.

Anyway, after high recommendations from multiple close friends, I have finally started watching Arrow. There were a few days of binge watching in the past couple weeks that allowed me to finish all 23 episodes of the first season. I enjoyed it. The story is quite entertaining and the plot is very intricate and well developed—well, actually there are two plots. Arrow is based on DC comics’ Green Arrow. I’ve never read any of them, but the show has intrigued me in that field, so hopefully at some point in the future, I shall. The story follows billionaire playboy Oliver McQueen once he returns to his home in Starling City after spending five strange years stranded on an island. His father had asked him to survive in order to “right his wrongs” as the Queen fortune is not built on fair play. Oliver takes up a vigilante identity to try and clean up the corruptness of the city. That’s the main plot, but the show also has a second major plot which follows the story of Oliver’s life on the island in the form of flashbacks. They’re actually my favorite part of the show. It’s very interesting to watch.

The acting of this show is pretty average. I can’t really complain about it much, but I also can’t say all the actors are amazing. Some of them are quite replaceable. That feeling also might be derived from the fact that I’m not a fan of many of the main characters. Some of them are so one-dimensional and really lame. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I do not like Oliver Queen. This surprises me as I rarely dislike the main character in a superhero film/show. I like when they have flaws as they’re only human, but Oliver is a different story. I find him to be a jerk who doesn’t place his priorities straight and is simply lucky enough to be surrounded by very loving and forgiving people. I much prefer Stranded-On-An-Island-Oliver over Back-In-Starling-City-Oliver. (Not because he was stranded but his convictions seemed stronger and you could see him learning/growing.) I have been assured by my friends that this show is full of character development, so I’m holding out hope that the people who bug me will change into more likable characters. In fact, Oliver isn’t as bad as he was at the beginning of the show, so perhaps there is still hope for him yet. There are characters I do like, though. Tommy, Felicity, and Digs are all great people.

I’m not super familiar with CW shows, but I do think they have a tendency to be more drama filled than most shows I watch (which are few to begin with so…) I’m all for romance. I watch and enjoy my fair share of romantic comedies, dramas, etc, but I found the romantic tension and drama in this first season to be a bit too much and unnecessary. It could very  well be that I just didn’t like 66% of the characters in the major love triangle, but still, I would’ve preferred more action or maybe some light on other relationships like Oliver’s familial ones as opposed to this romantic drama.

Now this is me just being lame; it has absolutely no effect on the show: but I really don’t like that the opening sequence contains flashbacks, that whole “Previously on Arrow…” thing. I never did like TV show flashbacks opening sequences like that. I suppose though, when you’re not binge-watching an entire season within two and a half weeks like me, it’s nice to have the reminders as to what was going on.

Despite all my complaints, overall, Arrow is an enjoyable and entertaining show. It often ends in cliffhangers forcing you to immediately watch the next episode and has a way of keeping you hooked. It’s that amazing storyline that keeps me coming back. Arrow is extremely engaging. There are many action sequences throughout the show and they are very well done. The special effects are good and the stuntmen really get their workout in this show. With the hope of better character development, I plan on watching the rest of Arrow.

Did I mention Oliver has an awkward amount of shirtless onscreen time? I mean, Stephen Amell has a nice body and all , but it gets a bit excessive...
Did I mention Oliver has an uncomfortable amount of shirtless onscreen time? I mean, Stephen Amell has a nice body and all , but it gets a bit excessive…And I guess I’m only promoting it by posting this particular picture. Oh well, if you end up watching the show, this is nothing, so I’m not doing any harm anyway, and if you don’t, well, here’s your one-time-look.
Tommy Merlyn is my favorite character. He's just an all-around nice guy.
Tommy Merlyn is my favorite character. He’s just an all-around nice guy. Plus, he’s not too shabby looking. ;P
Felicity Smoak is just the best. XD She's fun. She's quirky. She's awkward...It's quite fab.
Felicity Smoak is just the best. XD She’s fun. She’s quirky. She’s awkward…It’s quite fab.

Antman: Action with a Side of Comedy

Great things DO come in small packages. Antman was terrific!

I wasn’t sure going in how it would be. To be perfectly honest, the trailer made me chuckle not in the oh-haha-that’s-funny-let’s-watch sort of way but rather the oh-dear-this-looks-so-incredibly-lame sorta way. And then I heard some feedback that the movie itself was cheesy, so I was thinking it would probably be a Redbox watch in a few months. But my younger brother was dying to see it, and it is Marvel, so yesterday my family drove off to see it.

It was not at all a disappointment. Marvel totally knows how to bring it!

Although the premise of the story did seem a little lame at first, (I mean what sort of awesome power is shrinking and riding on ants?) the movie was very well executed in such that it became an engaging adventure that kept you hooked. The plot was perfect for the material. It made Antman important and necessary, making him just as lovable a hero as Cap or Ironman.

There was a lot of CG and special effects that was necessary, especially since there were many scenes with ants working with Scott, and you can’t train real live ants to do what these movie ants were doing. There were also backgrounds and effects that needed to be created to fit with Scott’s ant-like size such as water droplets that were now as big as him, the horror of filling bathtub from an ant’s point of view, or walking through grass as if it were a jungle. The producers obviously had the money to front for this CG as it was done very well. The actors were also well-trained and equipped with the necessary skills for a positive cinematic experience. I think the casting was very well done. Every actor fit their assigned role. The storyline was very good. It had the action you expect from a Marvel movie, as well as the relationship drama emotions that weren’t overdone. There was a bit more of family feel as Scott is a divorced dad who really loves his young daughter and is willing to go to great lengths to get the chance to see her.

Antman was more comedic than most of the recent Marvel films, but it wasn’t a cheesy sort of comedy that interrupted a good action film. It just made the movie more fun. It was still able to keep a serious tone as necessary when taking down villains and preventing people from potentially taking over the world. Most of the lovable comedy came from the personality of the character of Scott Lang and his buddies. Scott’s a carefree guy with a solid heart who knows how to use sarcasm, can drop those funny lines during a serious moment, and has the quirks to make for a fun personality. And then he has his friends who can be over-the-top or simply comedic, but they’ll still get the job done.

With the action you expect from a Marvel film, well-done CG and special effects, and a main character that can’t help but make you smile, Antman is a definite win! It will be enjoyed by superhero fans, kids, and even parents who aren’t so much into “those violent things you kids watch these days.” It’s a lighthearted yet serious adventure worth watching.

That face. XD I will admit the helmet is pretty funny looking. XP
That face. XD
I will admit the helmet is pretty funny looking though.

(And the two credit scenes are wonderful. As any Marvel fan knows, you can’t leave the theater before watching the credits, and there’s two end scenes packed into the Antman credits. The last one made me squeal as I loved the characters who made their cameos. I can’t tell you who they are though! Go watch it and see for yourself! 😉 )

Watching Daredevil

Alright, so I’ve only read one Daredevil comic, and that was last year, Daredevil: Yellow, and when I was about to dive into it, I knew absolutely nothing about him. What blew me away, once I did read the comic (which I definitely do recommend as a fabulous intro to this superhero) is the fact that he was blind but still able to perform his epic feats! He was simply amazing, and I have mad respect for the character. And then I heard of Marvel’s new series coming to Netflix this past April. Needless to say, I was excited, but also a tad bit disappointed since my family doesn’t have Netflix (which is probably a good thing since I’ve heard so many distraction-harboring-through-series-binge-watching horror stories). So when I could, I’d mooch off of my generous friends if they were willing to watch with me. So after all that, I’ve only seen a few episodes.

I like the show. I’ve liked how they’ve portrayed Daredevil and I love the casting. All the actresses and actors do very well, and I appreciate their talent. Each one fills the shoes of the personality of their character quite well. It’s as though they studied the part and learned how to be a new person. The special effects are on point, and I speak both of the well-done CGI and the talented stuntmen. But what I find most impressive is the storyline. It’s completely engaging, action-packed, has elements of drama as well, but isn’t over done. And I love how things play out within the plot. For example, and for the sake of preventing spoilers I shall attempt to be vague, in one episode a woman decides to let a man know she trusts him. Instead of dropping some lame “I trust you” dialogue, she passes his something silently to prove her trust. I loved the scene for that reason alone and it brought to mind that old cliché, “Actions can speak louder than words,” and in this case they did while also making the moment, in a sense, more intimate.

So, the show has great acting, great effects, and a great, well-developed storyline, but there is one drawback to the show from my view. With any action film or show, there’s bound to be violence, and Daredevil has a lot of it, but some of it can get quite graphic. It’s a little embarrassing (or maybe not so embarrassing depending on how you look at it) to reveal that sometimes I have to cover my eyes. Of course, it’s not for every action sequence, but there’s one specific scene that comes to mind along with the word overkill where I decided to hide behind my hoodie. I could very well hear what was happening, so I figured there was no reason for me to see it. Daredevil is another hero who wants to stay away from murder, so he doesn’t kill, but some of his actions seem a bit close. I suppose it would be nice if Daredevil was a little less handy with violent techniques, but that’s why he’s not my favorite superhero, just one I like. And I can deal with hiding from time to time, so watching Daredevil is still fun for me.

It’s thoroughly made, and applaud the director for a job well done. As I haven’t seen the entire season yet, I know some might think it’s premature for me to give my thoughts on it, but I think a TV show has to grab its audience within the first two episodes (if starting from the beginning) and needs to show its potential within the next couple. So, if my opinion does change at all after watching the rest of the season, I’ll be sure to post my new thoughts. Daredevil is another Marvel win, and if you have access to Netflix (I’m jealous!) and like intense action, then try it out!* Watching an episode or two won’t hurt; even if it feels like the action is in your room, it’s not.

Oh, and I did want to add that my favorite part of the series, which isn’t even about the storyline, is a recurring item in every episode; I love the opening credits sequence. The CG is beautiful. It’s all one color, but that simply makes it elegant. I find it amazing that a team of people sitting there can make such amazing effects for our viewing pleasure.

*I apologize but I’m not responsible for any binge-watching that might ensue.

Comics are not just for 10 -year-old boys

Seriously, they aren’t.

Comics are a wondrous sort of light reading, and I much appreciate their existence. Comics are fun and engaging. Having pictures there doesn’t make them childish; it only adds to the experience. Why are pictures associated with children? What’s wrong with picture books for young people and adults? The only thing that makes them children’s books is the wording. The sentences are pure and simple, often only one per page. That’s what makes them “childish” — the cute little stories that teach morals and fail to interest older people. Pictures are a great visual with any-age reading.

And in comics, they’re perfect. A good artist and a good author make an excellent comic. Pairs of talented people can bring an idea and story to life. More like a movie than a normal book, you’re able to see what the creators want you to. You’re able to envision the characters and scenes just as they are. With the added visual artistry, the story is easier to imagine.

Even though comics are easier and quicker to read (less words on a page), the stories are no less intricate. Characters still change; the plot still moves; twists and turns can be found around the corner… Why do you think some popular novels are turned into graphic novels? And then there’s manga, notorious for their complicated and intricately woven story-lines. Comics have their own charm. While they host a different experience than other types of reading, they are no less enjoyable (unless of course you just pick up a poorly executed one, which is just unfortunate then and inevitable).

I’ve been reading comics for quite some time. Of course, I started with daily funnies and Archies. (And to anyone out there who says those aren’t real comics, shush! They most definitely are. They might not be long and full of plots, but they are most definitely fun!) As a kid, I loved the Sunday newspaper for the insert full of colorful comics. I looked for it weekly and was so disappointed if my dad didn’t buy the paper. And then my mother introduced me to Archie.. I loved them. During the spring, starting from my tween years, I’d earn $5 mowing the grass, and I’d always ask to go to the bookstore to purchase an Archie’s double digest. The whimsical tales of Riverdale High could be silly, but they were always a source of entertainment that brought a smile to my lips or laughter to my face. So I moved along with those for awhile, reading back through my collection of digests now and again. And then the few graphic novels like Rapunzel’s Revenge and of course the wonderful classics of Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin! How I loved following Tintin and his dog Snowy around the world as he solved mysteries.

And then last year, my friend re-introduced me to superhero comics. I’ve always been a fan of superheroes and had read some of the original The Amazing Spiderman issues, so I was eager to jump in. The action packed graphic novels thrill. The art is amazing and the story-lines intriguing. Of course, I liked some comics more than others. Some dragged a little more and some the art was kinda lame, but most of them were entertaining and fun. And at no point did I feel like they were written just for boys as a few of my friends liked to tease me about. Girls are perfectly capable of reading and enjoying comic books. Just as we can enjoy a well-written book, our minds can also enjoy a well-executed comic. Of course comics aren’t for everyone. I can’t except you all to like everything I do. Do you know there’s some folks out there who can’t even stand glitter?!?! But the demographic of comic lovers isn’t limited to children and definitely not just boys.

Try them out. It can’t hurt you. It won’t take up much of your time to read a comic, and trust me, once you do, you’ll want to pick up another.There’s so many comics out there for whatever you’re interested in. Some are more light-hearted while others are dark. You can find silly stories in such things as Archie comics, serious drama in manga, action with the superheroes — if you have a favorite superhero, that’s a good place to start. You’ll see so many variations of your hero and you’ll find the author and illustrator that capture her or him perfectly. Go! Pick up a comic, open the front cover, and begin your visual adventure!