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SPOILER ALERT! This contains some spoilers to the recent Incredible Hulk issues #1 - #7 , and Iron Man: Extremis! If you want to read these for yourself without being spoiled turn away now!
I've always been a fan of super heroes from Superman, Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, etc. But I've not always been up to date on comics. In the past I've tried to start reading them and it wasn't difficult to understand the stories though without the internet in those days it was hard to find out back story as a kid. Now a days any event that's happened, any plot points I missed I can find out about no problem so that is no longer a barrier. Although the other thing stopping me was the fact our local book store sucks. Yeah I live in a rather rural area surrounded by rather small towns and only one book store that's inside a failing mall carries comics. What's worse is they don't get latest issues some of the stuff on their shelf can be a year old without any new books!
But last week I downloaded Comixology to my phone and I couldn't be happier! After reading an article on here about how great digital comics can be I had to see for myself and I myself have had the same wonderful results. But I wanted to be cautious about what I read so I decided to read reviews here on the site first before I go buying comics willy nilly. I got the latest Deadpool, Invincible Iron Man, Number 1 issues of Action Comics, Batman, Wonder Woman, Earth 2, Captain America, and Captain Marvel. I also decided to grab a few collected story arcs like Incredible Hulk 1 - 7 and Iron Man: Extremis both of which I enjoyed very much. I have to say from what I've read so far with a lot of these ,despite not experiencing these stories play out on a screen with sound and video I was still able to get the same feelings of emotion, drama, action, and excitement looking at these and in some cases even more so than any movie or TV show.
For example in Iron Man: Extremis during the scene where Iron Man has his second fight with Mallen. After being beaten within an inch of his life, Now Tony was ready for him with new powers, abilities and speed. Mallen being the scum bag that he was I just couldn't wait to see him get his comeuppance ,and Iron Man certainly delivered. Where as before Mallen had Stark completely outmatched, now the shoe was on the other foot and it was awesome! Like I could hear like the heroic theme in my head as Iron Man just totally out does the super powered Mallen at every turn. It was fantastic! Needless to say I re-read that part a good number of times and it seemed better every time.
Another good moment and one that was more serious was in the Incredible Hulk number 7. After Hulk killed Bruce Banner in the gamma bomb explosion Hulk still feels bad about what happened despite that Banner was pretty much a mad man creating all sorts of mutants and constantly disturbing the peace Hulk had always desired. I felt for Hulk and all the while even I kept asking myself ,is this REALLY the same Bruce Banner we all knew? Like I wondered if Bruce really had to die, if he really was beyond help. But Hulk had let Banner live once and it he regretted it, this time he wasn't giving Banner the choice. In the seventh issue were Hulk recounts what happened as he describes the last moments he saw Banner die in the explosion... it was gut wrenching. I seriously just sat there just in awe what I had read. The only thing that got to me more was the last quote Hulk shares,
"Even though he died in my hands... even though I saw him blown into a fine bloody mist... I still can't belive he's gone. When I close my eyes, it's almost like I can still hear him. and when I open them... it only gets louder. I know he's dead and gone, but still I can't help but hear the echo of his voice... still bouncing through my head like it always used to. Only now... there's nothing but screaming." -Hulk
I felt pretty moved by this and despite my own cynical belief that a character never truly dies in comics, when I read that I really believed it in a way. After reading these stories It kinda hit me, that I don't think they would ever be able to capture these moments properly on screen. Sure they may try to adapt them but they'd probably still get it wrong. I think this is why we read comics. Because there are so many stories that could only be told this way. All the producers and the the shallow movie makers wouldn't be able to do these stories justice. True there have been great comic book based movies all with their own gut wrenching, emotional moments. But there's always going to be stories that Hollywood never touches. Stories that would otherwise go untold. True there can be some bad ones that I may never want to see, but for the ones that I do want to read, I'm so glad I can experience them and I wouldn't have it any other way.