The Unique Magic of G. Willow Wilson’s Wonder Woman

My near-exclusive Marvel fandom has been indelibly stamped on my being for over thirty years however I’ve wanted to read Wonder Woman since I saw Patty Jenkins’ brilliant film.  She redefined everything a comic book movie could be/do in the summer of 2017 and I was captivated.  Diana Prince is a uniquely important character too, who’s been a part of our popular culture since 1941.  She is the archetypal female superhero.  She’s part of DC’s Trinity and, no matter how much I love them, Marvel has no one like her.  In short, she’s a character I should know.  So I tried the first issue of Greg Rucka’s “Rebirth” run but found it more confusing than welcoming.  Yet I kept trying, wanting to experience this character I’d fallen in love with at the movies in the genre she was born into.  I researched “classic” or “definitive” Wonder Woman stories but jumping into the middle of seventy-seven years of stories, almost completely at random, felt a bit intimidating.  Then came G. Willow Wilson.

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Wonder Woman battles Ares. / Photo Credit – DC Comics

When it comes to comic book authors, G. Willow Wilson will always hold special significance for me.  I could only read articles about her Ms. Marvel so many times before I knew I had to read the comic for myself.  She was the author who brought me out of a seventeen-year break in buying and reading new comics.  And, after reading Ms. Marvel, she was the author who showed me I wouldn’t be walking away from the genre again anytime soon.  Comics felt fresh, relevant, exciting, and important in a way they hadn’t to me for nearly two decades.  With her writing Wonder Woman, I knew she was my door to this character and the DC Universe at large.

It is hard to overstate the magnitude of this.  As anyone who’s been around me for more than five minutes can attest, I’m a Marvel guy through-and-through.  I’m pretty certain, if you listen close enough, my heartbeat sounds like it’s saying, “Make Mine Marvel!”  I’ve always thought Batman was overrated/boring.  Superman’s never interested me.  And the Justice League feel like the poor man’s Avengers to me (even though I know the JLA predate the Avengers (the JLA arriving in March of 1960 and the Avengers in September of 1963)).  There is the rare DC comic that will catch my attention (Detective Comics and Green Lanterns most recently) but no matter how excited I think I am, in a few months I’ve always fallen behind in reading it and then drop it from my pull list without a second thought.

So I found myself in uncharted waters when, from the opening pages of Wonder Woman #58, I was hooked.  Each issue my excitement grew.  And FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE a DC comic book found itself at the bottom of my to-read pile on New Comic Book Day.  (To clarify, each week when I pick up my comics, I stack them in reverse order of excitement, saving the best for last.)  Every time I see Wonder Woman in my file I know Diana’s will be the final adventure I read that week.  It’s also worth noting, I’ve never been annoyed Wonder Woman comes out twice a month (something I often resent about my first comic love The Amazing Spider-Man). The stories are easily strong enough to be worth $7.98 a month and exciting enough to warrant coming out every other week.  I can’t wait for the next issue!  I want more!  I’m loving it all!

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Diana, a shirtless Steve Trevor, and Aphrodite navigate a war zone. / Photo Credit – DC Comics

This was a dream come true!  An author I love and respect, one of my favorites in the genre, was taking the reins of a character I’ve been trying to find a way to read for a year and a half.  Everything I loved about her work with Ms. Marvel – her clear passion for the genre, the vibrant characters, the detailed world building, and the awareness that a superhero story can do more than just entertain without ever sacrificing exciting superheroics – I found in Wonder Woman.  But now I got to experience this all with a new character in a new universe with a new supporting cast!

And I knew nothing about any of them.

Seriously, I wasn’t even sure of Wonder Woman’s full power set going in.  I’m still not.  Can she fly like Superman?  Is she just jumping like the Hulk does?  It looks like she’s flying…but doesn’t she have an invisible jet?  Why would she need an invisible jet if she can fly?

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Sooooo did she jump up to catch Ares?  Did she fly up to him and is holding him aloft while flying?  Is she standing on her invisible jet and I just can’t see it because it’s invisible?  I have no idea! / Photo Credit – DC Comics

As odd as it may sound, these sorts of questions were new to me.  I love comic books and I’ve read a lot of them in my life.  But I stay relatively close to home.  I live in the Marvel Universe.  When I branch out to IDW, it’s to follow characters like the Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who I’ve known and loved for years.  I never read non-superhero comics (Joe Hill’s Locke & Key and Chelsea Cain’s Man-Eaters being exceptions to the rule).  So, no matter how much I love G. Willow Wilson and was dying to begin reading Wonder Woman, it was a weiiiiiiird experience opening a comic book featuring a character and a universe I knew next to nothing about.  Is this the sort of feeling people lament to me when they want to read comics but aren’t certain how to jump in?  I’m not sure.  All I knew is it was an unbalancing experience.  Even the ads in DC comics are different than in Marvel ones!

Can I explain this better?  Let me try.  I’ve known the major players in the Marvel Universe since I was kid.  Those new to me since my return (Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Ironheart, Captain Marvel, Shuri, etc.), I’ve been able to look back and read their origins easily enough.  As far as the few outliers, it’s not too hard to put the pieces together when everything else in universe makes sense.  But DC?  Like I said…I don’t even know all Wonder Woman’s powers let alone if “Darkseid” is pronounced Dark-SEED or Dark-SIDE (people tell me the latter but it I can’t believe that’s possible based on spelling – nay, I refuse to believe it).

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Um, so, I met these awesome characters who are mythical creatures but should I KNOW them from before?  Are they new?  I don’t know this either! / Photo Credit – DC Comics

Issue #58, the first of G. Willow Wilson’s run, opens with Ares imprisoned on Themyscria with…someone (a god? a demigod?) called Grail.  He urges Grail to kill him, she does, and all of Themyscria quakes.  I kept thinking, “I should know who Grail is.  I should know what’s happening.  I should feel more than I do!”  Then Diana dreams of Steve Trevor and then she gets a call that he’s gone missing…but, uh, didn’t she meet him during World War II?  Is he still alive??  Is he immortal??  Was he brought back to life??  Was he retconned into a modern meeting??  Then there was this Pegasus (named Cadmus), a Minotaur (named Eirene) and a Satyr (named Damon) but am I supposed to know them or are they new characters?  And then Ares is back but now he’s blonde??  THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS!  AND THAT’S JUST THE FIRST ISSUE!!!

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Who are these people?!? / Photo Credit – DC Comics

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What is going on??  HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL?!!? / Photo Credit – DC Comics, Angst Credit – All ME

The questions continued.  How do her bracelets work?  She doesn’t have the sword she does in the movie but is it still special?  What about her golden lasso…or the Lasso of Truth…or Hestia’s Lasso…or whatever it’s called?  Does it just make people tell the truth?  Does it have other powers?  What exactly is her history with Ares?  Why can’t Diana go back to Themyscria?  It can’t be the same reason from the movie, right?  I mean I’m sure she’s been back sometime in the last seventy-seven years, right?  And what’s her relationship with Hippolyta like?!?

It felt like each page and each character interaction yielded a half dozen new questions.  Sure, I could Google all this and read the fan Wiki pages and things like that but I don’t want to.  That feels like a sterile way to experience a story.  I want to experience the story naturally – organically – learning the world and the characters from within as I read.  I don’t want to have to do homework beforehand.

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Photo Credit – DC Comics

Then something magical happened.  Somewhere along the line I forgot to worry about those questions – the rules of this universe, the connections between the characters, the powers and abilities and so on – and I just enjoyed the story.  By the end of the first arc, I didn’t have all my answers but those questions were no longer a distraction.  I was just having a great time and I couldn’t wait for the next issue!

As I’ve continued into G. Willow Wilson’s second arc some of my questions have been answered.  Many remain.  But my excitement about the story I’m reading far overpowers any lingering concerns.  I’ll figure it out as I go.  That’s part of the fun of reading comic books after all.  It’s something that never troubled me as a kid falling in love with this genre and these characters for the first time.  But it’s something I’ve forgotten how to do (or at least how to do without trepidation) as an adult.  As if by magic, each month Wonder Woman reminds me of the sheer fun of learning as I go and the magic of falling in love with a new character and everything that fills her world.  At the end of the day, a good story really is about magic – the magic that pulls you into a world, the magic that makes you want to stay, the magic that makes you care about characters as you do your own family, and the magic that can make even a place once as foreign to you as the DC Universe become home too.  Now that I’m here, I don’t ever want to leave.

Finding so much joy in G. Willow Wilson’s Wonder Woman each month I can’t help but think…Kelly Sue DeConnick’s on Aquaman now, right?  I loved her Captain Marvel and the Aquaman movie was a lot of fun.  Maybe…I should try reading Aquaman?  Also, Diana’s a member of the Justice League too right?  Soooooo maybe those comics are worth checking out as well?  Hmm.  It’s a whole new world for me and I want more.  I want to continue to follow Wonder Woman into this once-foreign universe and experience all the magic it has waiting for me – and thanks to G. Willow Wilson, I’ve finally found my doorway in.

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Wherever you’re heading Wonder Woman, count me in.  You’ve converted this lifelong Marvel fan and may’ve made a new fan for life too.  I have no idea how I ever lived without this comic :). / Photo Credit – DC Comics

37 thoughts on “The Unique Magic of G. Willow Wilson’s Wonder Woman

  1. If you like DeConnick, I do think you’ll enjoy her Aquaman as well (though her take is rather dissimilar to the one in the movie). Like Wilson on Wonder Woman, she is set on exploring the roots of the character and their role in the world.

    Among Justice League titles I’d look at Justice League Dark by Tynion first. Wonder Woman is at the center of that team, and you will get quite a different experience and perspective of the DC universe from its magical/horror side.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendations! Tynion’s writing and the way he handled the characters were what drew me into reading ‘Detective Comics’ despite my not being a fan of the Batman. So him writing a Wonder Woman-centric Justice League title that also gives me the magical/horror side of DC sounds like something I need to be reading NOW. I can’t wait to look into it!!

      You have me even more excited to try ‘Aquaman’ too. I don’t really need it to be like the film, in fact (at least given my experience with Marvel/the MCU), I enjoy when the movies and comics own feel. As a newbie, the whole “roots of the character and their role in the world” thing sounds very appealing.

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  2. I’ve been wanting to get into Wonder Woman, but there are so many comics out there! It’s confusing! And I tried one volume from the library and it came across as super sexist–which should be the opposite for what Wonder Woman stands for!

    I did get to read some of the original issues for a class I once took and they were hilarious! Steve Trevor was basically the damsel in distress and was always conveniently incapacitated so Wonder Woman had to do everything. It really showed how ludicrous it is when that happens to female characters!

    Also, I wish I could say I remember from this class why Diana can’t go back home. But…I forget.

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    1. I think this run would be the perfect place to jump in if you want to start reading Wonder Woman. I’m not sure when the first trade collection comes out (or if it already is) but, as this piece outlines, it gave me everything I needed to get my feet under me with the book and fall in love with the character. I hope this is the beginning of a very long run for G. Willow Wilson on this title!

      I’ve been thinking of trying to find collections of her original stories myself and what you’ve outlined above make me want to read them all the more :). The idea of such a blatant flipping/subverting of those cliche gender tropes sounds brilliant. And a class on/incorporating Wonder Woman sounds like the BEST THING EVER.

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      1. I’d been thinking about picking up with G. Willow Wilson. But I tend to get the collected volumes from the library and sometimes have difficulty figuring out if the volumes are out yet/when they will be out and what they are called/what issues are collected. Maybe somewhere there’s a site that explains how to read all comics (I did find a great article describing the various Captain Marvel collections!), but, overall, I find comics soo confusing!

        It was a class on graphic novels and I can confirm it was the best thing ever. 😀

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      2. Yay for that class!

        Also, I know there’s a hardcover collection of her first story arc – “Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Just War” – coming out in October. So hopefully maybe your library can get that! I’ve yet to see smaller trades, taking the usual 4-6 issues collections yet. They might be out there though. Even as a comic vet, sometimes it’s hard to track down what I’m looking for or figure out where I want/am supposed to start reading…

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      3. Wow! That’s so exciting! I’m sure people would love to read that!

        Yes, why does no one make a master list? I think they could sell more comics that way!

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  3. Have you learned nothing from all my WW posts? That Perez’s WW from the 80’s is the ABSOLUTE BEST place to start, especially for beginners??? I can’t believe you right now!!! ;D
    In all seriousness, I am so happy that G. Willow Wilson was your WW gateway! I still haven’t gotten around to her run – it’s Rebirth after where I currently am, but it’s just so WEIRD right now that I’m in a bit of a slump. This post is making me look forward to it even more, though! Maybe it’s the little push I need to get through this weird spot ;D Happy reading! ❤

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    1. I did think about your Perez piece!!! But couldn’t start there because here’s what my brain does with new comics, “Okay, so if I like it then I have THIRTY YEARS to read to get caught up until now! That’s too much of a commitment!” So I like to start somewhere more recent (generally within the last five years) because it feels less intimidating and then, if/when I dig it, I can begin to jump back :). It’s like what I did with ‘Doctor Who’! I started watching the 2005 rebirth of the show. Now, if I want to, I can go back through the ’60s-’90s and feel less intimidated because my feet are already grounded in the universe.

      But you can rest assured I’ve got my eye open for a good sale at my local comic shop where I can start to pick up the trades from Perez’s run now :).

      And while I feel bad you are at a point where you aren’t really loving all the weirdness of the Rebirth stories, it does make me feel better (selfishly) that I didn’t try and force myself to read on. I really wanted to love Wonder Woman and each time I read one of your reviews on the next Rebirth volume I’m happy I started with G. Willow Wilson. If it’s giving a seasoned and passionate fan like you pause, I’m sure it would have absolutely thrown me. I’ll be excited when you get to Wilson’s run though! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it. You are my resident “Wonder Woman expert” after all :).

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      1. I do admit some WW knowledge is necessary to start the Rebirth run, but the beginning is written by Greg Rucka, who’s another WW author I’m quite inclined to recommend… maybe without thinking it through =P That makes sense, starting recently! I think a lot of people have reservations about starting comics just for that reason – all the “backlog,” so to speak. Starting recently takes the pressure off. I’m glad that worked for you! ;D

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      2. I actually found a great sale on the first volume of the “Complete Collection” of Rucka’s original run on ‘Wonder Woman’ not that long ago. SO here’s my question for you, as my resident Wonder Woman expert. Do I start reading this Rucka volume from the early 2000s or do I wait until I track down the Perez one from the ’80s? If I’m going backwards now, how should I do it??

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      3. That’s a great question. These two authors are, in my opinion, the BEST WW writers around and I mean THE. BEST. As much as I love Rucka’s WW, I’m still gonna have to say Perez’ run first. Rucka’s run expands on Diana’s role as an ambassador, as she becomes the official UN ambassador for her home island. Perez’ run rebooted Diana’s character, incorporating more Greek mythology into her origin than was originally written, and in my mind his run is ground zero for modern WW. Really, you couldn’t go wrong with starting at either spot – but in your post you say you have questions, and I do believe Perez’ run can answer some of those ;D

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      4. Well, then that’s just what I’ll do! See? It pays to know an expert in Wonder Woman, especially when you’re excitedly reading the character for the first time. And, as luck would have it, my local comic shop was having a great summer kick-off sale AND I found the first trade of Perez’ in the ’80s! Boom! So it looks like that’s where I’ll start some of my summer reading list :). Thanks for the help!

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  4. “(To clarify, each week when I pick up my comics, I stack them in reverse order of excitement, saving the best for last.)”

    Thank you for clarifying that. It was the most important piece of this post as it had me highly confused on why you were so excited that it was the LAST one to read. Haha!

    I don’t think I could ever jump into comic books again. Every character is so overwhelming and it’s just too much. But I like reading your forays into it!

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    1. Well I’m happy to help you experience the world of comics vicariously :). However, I do pride myself on being able to pick the perfect place for anyone to jump into/back into the world of comics. I feel if I know you well enough, I can figure it out. My success rate has been 100% so far (although, admittedly, I’ve only had to do it with three friends). So, if/when you’re ready, I can totally hook you up with an easy entry point! I’d call it the “My Comic Relief Guarantee” but I don’t want to sully the reputation of my li’l site of I’m wrong XD.

      Also, I’m glad you appreciated the clarification. I debated including it but then I went back and put it in because I didn’t know of it was self-explanatory. Yay for editing!

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      1. Oooo, sounds like you match ppl with comics like I match ppl with tea (I’m a huge tea drinker and when my friends come to my house, I ask them how they’re feeling or how they want to feel and find something based on that. Kind of like the movie Chocolat.).

        Hmmm, I really loved x-men when I was younger but I’ve probably forgotten all of them. So that may be a good starting point. And, obviously, I don’t want to be thrown into something in the middle of the story. And I’d like it to have only a 5-6 comic book arc. HAHAHA. I’d also like to be able to get it out of my library as a compilation where they’re all together.

        I might be a tough one.

        Any suggestions?

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      2. I like that we have similar talents, but you use your power to suggest teas and I use mine for comic books. Also, it makes me want to come visit you sometime when my inner emotional landscape is tumultuous to really put your tea knowledge to the test :).

        Okay, let’s do this! The X-Men are tougher, just because I loved them as a kid too but haven’t really fallen in love with many of their current exploits. But, outside of knowing what your local library has in stock (but really. they can get anything through inter-library loan anyway), I think I MIGHT have one! I say you try ‘X-Men Red: Vol. 1 – The Hate Machine.’ It’s the one modern X-Men comic I’ve LOVED and I’m using it for my class next year too.

        It follows a newly resurrected Jean Grey (I’m not 100% sure why she died this time) as she tries to manifest Xavier’s dream and forge true equality for mutantkind. As such, she puts together a new team featuring some classic characters – her, Nightcrawler, and Gambit – as well as some newbies like X-23 and Honeybadger. It’s the first of a two (or three? I haven’t read two yet) volume series but it’s been cancelled as the X-Men are being reinvented (again). But this works to our benefit here as a) it doesn’t take part in any convoluted crossovers, b) it’s a self-contained story, and c) it has a defined beginning, middle, and end. It also features political intrigue, wild mutant battles, and some solid social justice allegorical work, which was always a hallmark of the X-Men comics.

        So, BOOM, I think I nailed it. Or, at the very least, I’ve given it a valiant effort XD.

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  5. Come on man, “Darkseid” is obviously following the German pronunciation! And anyway Dark-SEED sounds dumb. Dark-SIDE sounds intimidating. Right? 😉 We’ll turn you into a DC fan yet haha

    This really sounds like something I should check out, because I loved Ms. Marvel and have also never read WW (though I know a lot about her). Thanks for a great write up!

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    1. Wait…are you serious? Or are you messing with me? Is it REALLY pronounced “Dark-SIDE”?!? (Also, I’m SO glad you commented about this because I put that line in there hoping for clarification from DC fans :).) But are you for real? Really?? It’s Dark-SIDE?? I’ll trust you but wow…that will take some time to get used to.

      And yay! I hope you do pick this up and enjoy it. Yay for more G. Willow Wilson Wonder Woman fun! I know the first hardcover trade comes out this fall. I don’t know if there’s a smaller paperback collection out though.

      As to making a DC fan out of me yet, if you have any suggestions, let me know! I’m happy for any suggestions as for what to peruse from the “Distinguished Competition,” as Stan Lee used to say.

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      1. Haha ok, my comment was pretty flip, but yes it is really Dark-side. Have you not seen the Batman/Superman/Justice League cartoons of the 90s/00s? Because if not, that would be a great place to start with DC haha.

        I could also see it maybe being “Dark-sayd.” But you keep pronouncing it however you want ~_^

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      2. Hahaha, your comment MADE MY DAY :). And wow…you’ve blown my mind. “Dark-side?” “Dark-SIDE?!?!?” I can’t even right now. I’d say I’d like to be obstinate and stick with “Dark-seed” but, if I’m coming over into this DC thing seriously, I’ll need to learn the lingo. Thanks for the tutorial! I’m sure I’ll have more questions in the future ;).

        And no, I’ve not really seen those cartoons. I’m a MARVEL guy remember?? This DC stuff is new to me! Of course I watched the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons, with a little of the Hulk and that odd Fantastic Four/Iron Man hour thrown in too. But my DC cartoon experience pretty much stops with ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ which I watched but which TOTALLY freaked me out. It’s so dark! And I am, admittedly, scared of everything :).

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  6. That long history and complicated universes are the main reason why I have never really managed to get into DC or Marvel comics, neither of which were really a thing where I grew up (although I got Bamse instead which was great, although aimed at a much younger audience https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamse ). I have read and enjoyed some Ms Marvel but otherwise the TV and movie versions seem much more approachable.

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    1. I’d never heard of Bamse before but I followed your link and am now deep into a google search exploring and learning more :). He and his world seem like fun!

      As to “long history and complicated universes,” I think that’s a big part of why the films and TV shows do so well. People are intrigued but there is so much canon and continuity to work through, it can feel like a lot of needless homework. That’s one of the things I love about the films and TV shows too! They’ve allowed this sort of little segment of comic culture to expand. Now all my students can name a favorite Avenger when, back when I was in high school (’97-’01), I don’t think many of the kids I knew could name AN Avenger. Now more and more people are getting into this and it makes my heart happy.

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      1. Bamse is for really young children but I’m glad I grew up with him, there is a lot of kindness in that comic. It is also a very Swedish comic, I doubt it would work in the US.

        I agree, the films and TV-series are much easier starting points, although MCU is getting rather complicated too. It has also allowed a more global reach. I don’t remember ever seeing any DC or Marvel comics when I grew up (although I did recently stumble on two Superman comics in Swedish from 1986 so they must have tried from time to time). We got crime comics such as Modesty Blaise (which I read loads of) but few super heroes. I’m glad the films have opened up that world for me because it is a lot of fun.

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      2. I often think the MCU will have to watch how interconnected it becomes. Some of it is getting complicated! Anyone can watch and enjoy ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Captain Marvel,’ like the earlier MCU films. But I’d imagine ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ would be wildly confusing for someone who doesn’t know the characters. A good friend of mine, who watches the movies casually, loved ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ but really struggled with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ because she didn’t know the characters and the world well enough for it to make sense or resonate in any meaningful way. An awareness of how best to walk that line between fun interconnectivity and allowing them to stand alone will, I think, help the films continue to be a doorway for others to enter and enjoy the fun of the Marvel Universe.

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  7. I wonder if the way US comics are packaged may add to the confusion. I picked up a few different ones on a recent travel (they are not sold individually here) and although they were all three about characters I knew from movies or TV they were still really confusing. The main problem there was that they were all in the middle of some story arc so they gave me no beginning or end, just a confusing short view of the middle. The comics I grew up with are usually almost as thick as you collected editions and often contain two full adventures (often about different characters), only occasionally ending with a To be continued… The disadvantage I guess is that they get more expensive and less flexible but I still suspect that approach would be kinder to the beginner.

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    1. I think you’re right, if you’re unfamiliar with the pacing of the stories the format can be very jarring. I think it’s especially unsettling for new readers. But, even as a lifelong lover of comic books, I know I’ve struggled to pick up the thread of certain stories when I want to try a new title and I find myself coming in in the middle.

      I find it fascinating that your comic experience has always had collected stories! It’s pretty brilliant too. The trade paperback collections have only become a regular part of U.S. comic reading over the last ten or fifteen years or so. When I was a kid you could get collected editions of certain “iconic” stories but they were nonexistant for the “regular” ones. And yeah, you sort of learn how to go along with it but I do remember being frustrated, even as a kid, by being unable to read certain stories in their entirety.

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      1. Well, for DC and Marvel superhero comics I guess the reason is that they are rarely translated and no-one bothers to import single issues. So we don’t get more collected editions, we get the same ones that you do, if we live in one of the largest cities, and nothing else. So if it weren’t for film and TV the DC and Marvel heroes wouldn’t really be known here. I really like how your blog gives me insights into a subculture that isn’t readily accessible to me!

        We have other comics of course which are more readily available, like Tintin, Modesty Blaise, Asterix, The Phantom, and Lucky Luke, and they are usually sold in a format more closely resembling the trade paperbacks, so that’s what I’m used to.

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      2. I feel the same about our conversations! You show me this whole other experience of comics that I’ve never been aware of. My experience is mildly wide, given what I’ve read in my life, but it is soooo narrow culturally, nearly exclusively shaped by U.S. titles and methods or release, writing, etc.

        A comic author I adore (Ryan North) likes to say comics and comic books are more a medium than a genre. He argues because there are so many different styles, tones, narratives, and approaches to telling comic stories, calling it a “genre” is too limiting. I realize just how true this is when you outline for me the comic stories and structures you’re most familiar with. Especially when embracing a global perspective there is just so much comic-related goodness to be found :).

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      3. What I find fascinating is that even though some US comics, like The Phantom, are readily accessible here, they are not the same ones that are popular in the US.

        What about Donald Duck comics? Do US kids in general read that? Swedish kids do when they get too old for Bamse, although I prefer Bamse’s morals.

        I love Ryan North’s Dinosaur Comics by the way.

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      4. When I was a kid I LOVED the Disney comics! I remember having a pile of Donald Duck ones and they were some of my favorites. I don’t know though, if they are still published now :/. Hm…

        When comics were cheaper and you could find them at grocery stores and gas station, I remember greater diversity in titles. There were your traditional Marvel/DC superhero fair but you also saw things like Donald Duck. Now that comics are found either in a comic shop or a bookstore, I don’t know if those Disney titles are still readily accessible of even published. I’m going to check it out the next time I’m in my local comic shop or Barnes & Noble!

        Also, Dinosaur Comics is my favorite!!!!!! They were the reason I started reading ‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’!!! I loved his humor on that series so much, when I heard he got a job working for Marvel, I had to check it out. You’re only the second person I’ve ever met who knows what Dinosaur Comics are!! Aaaahh! This makes me so happy :).

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      5. Disney comics are still common here, I read Donald Duck anytime I’m stuck in the dentist’s waiting room or similar.

        xkcd is my favourite web comic but Dinosaur comics easily makes the top list. I would have expected it to be reasonably well-known, I mean it is intelligent, fun and involves dinosaurs, what’s not to love?

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