By Stuka69 6 Comments
I have been reading a few comic book novels, and while I have truly enjoyed some of them, I see it as a troubled and very difficult literary genre. I mean, first of all, the author should be able to import some satisfying new aspect to the novel that is impossible to tell in a genuine comic book, and very few writers can pull that off. That is a tough nut to crack because the author must know the ins and outs of comic storytelling (which of course uses a lot of literary techniques) and it´s history. Personally I think that the one book that manages to do this, is:
It´s funny, sad and most importantly it gives a whole new understanding to the mind of a supervillain. And while it would work as a basis for a Superhero Universe, it is a unique and a great book in itself.
Then - of course - there is the Pulitzer price winning
And while it is a wonderful novel, the difference between it and the "Soon I Will...", is that it happens in two levels; the comic world and reality, which in a way makes it more a novel about the Comics and their power than a comic book novel.
Recently I picked up this:
It´s an anthology, so the quality varies, but I gotta say that Matthew Sturges’ “Cleansed and Set in Gold” is a real gem!
Oh, yeah, and when I get the time, I´ll get into the Wild Card series...
So, what comic book novels you have read, loved or hated? Any thoughts on the genre? And what does it mean to medium of comics that it has recently become a acceptable element in literature?