Why I Don’t Review Comic Books Other than DC Comics
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
A few people asked after I started this blog, “Why do you focus only on DC?” or “Why don’t you review shows and movies from Marvel?” Well, today I am going to talk about that and my top favorite comic franchises.
The first comic book story cartoon that I grew up on was Transformers. Actually, back when I was in kindergarten they had GoBots. The Transformers didn’t come out on TV yet back in the 80s.
GoBots was a new cartoon. It was cars turning into robots or was it robots turning into cars? I forget, but Transformers weren’t on TV yet. Then soon GoBots were gone and Transformers were on. So in my 5 year old thinking, I thought Transformers were GoBots. I thought these two cartoons were the same exact show. Come to find out they were not and one replaced the other on TV.
So I fell in love with the G1 characters of Transformers. But why do I not review any thing from their franchise? Easy answer: I don’t read their comic books. I don’t know their comic book history at all. Never read a single issue. All I know is Transformers G1, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, the Unicron Trilogy, Robots in Disguise, Transformers Animated, Transformers Prime, Rescue Bots, the new Robots in Disguise, the Bayformers movies, and the games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. I have no knowledge of their rich comic book history, which I am pretty sure is awesome! I just have never pick up and read one book. So basically, I felt that I didn’t truly know their background.
Before I continue, I am listing these particular comic, cartoons, or anime/mange franchises because they are my favorites. If I didn’t list them, I’m not qualified (I feel) to have a conversation about it.
Archies was literally the first comic book series that I ever collected. I mean I loved this comic book so much that I used to steal money from my mom’s change when she used to send me to the store to by bread, I would buy Archies (or steal them). Yes, I was a bad little kid. I watched the TV shows of Little Archies, The Archies and collect the Archie Digest, Jughead Digest, Better & Veronica, and even Josie and the Pussy Cats. Even today I am IN LOVE WITH the new Riverdale show on CWTV.com! I’ve only send 2 episodes and I am hooked on the show.
But why don’t I review The Archies franchise? Because The Archies comic books was a stepping stone to DC Comics when I bought my first DC Comic book. It was the Dead of Superman story.
And from that time on, I stopped reading Archies Comics. Since I was 12 I have no idea what has happened. There have been new characters added, gay characters, new family members, and all sorts of names and faces I don’t know. So again, I just don’t know enough about the Arches to write about them.
Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, GT, & Super
Dude (or dudette)! I am a hardcore DB fan. I’ve seen every episode, every movie; with and without subtitles. I fell in love after one show.
I remember the first episode I watched of Dragon Ball Z. It was the episode in the Android Saga where Vegeta fights Android 18 and loses … badly! I was like … “WHAT IS THIS SHOW!!!?!?! I LIKED THIS!!!” From that point on I watched Dragon Ball and bought the DVDs and even had my family hooked on it from my uncle to my daughter.
I actually used to have a ceremony. I used to either go to the McDonald’s in the hood or to the Popeye’s on the other side of my hood, then hit up the liquor store, turn on my uncle or aunts TV (it depended on who’s house I was at back then) and watch it.
I would turn the celly off or I would call whoever my girlfriend or even friends at the time to not call me during the hours of Dragon Ball.
BUT … again, while I actually bought DVDs and even some toys, I did not know the rich history of their comic book series. My son actually reads the comic books, I just don’t. It’s a series I prefer to watch in live action and in color then read in a book. So I am under educated in all there is about Dragon Ball. Also, I’ve even fell in love with and bought many of the Dragon Ball video games.
Marvel has put out some hit cartoon shows that I can watch for hours. As far as Marvel I was more of an X-Men fan then Spider Man or the Avengers or whoever was on TV. So I am a bit knowledgeable on X-Men characters and background then any other Marvel character.
Their movies are just the bomb over DC right now and I love Agents of SHIELD and even Agent Carter when it was on. I don’t have Net-flicks so I am missing out on all the Defender characters like Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. But again, the Marvel Cinematic Universes got DC beat on that front. I’ve even liked many of the animated movies Marvel has put out.
But again, I am only rich in the history of X-Men. When Guardian of the Galaxy came out or when the InHumans hit the TV screen I was like, “Who?” Then I realized, as much as I love Marvel I don’t really know the characters. I can’t even tell you Tony Stark’s background. I don’t own any Marvel Comics, except the Civil War story and the DC vs. Marvel series.
I know DC comics. I collect the comic books, I watch all the shows, I’ve watched all the Live action movies, and love all their animated work. I may not have all their toys, but I do buy shirts and have collector items and stay in the loop of what’s going on. I’ve actually applied to work for the company without even knowing what I wanted to apply for. I’ll do anything there just to work for DC. Scrub toilets if I have to just to get my feet in the door.
I know the history of these characters major and minor. I know their cities. I know each superhero’s family and enemies, and weaknesses, etc. And if I don’t know it, I go research it by collecting the comic story, series, or arc around that character to find out. That’s how deep I am into DC Comics. The story telling is just awesome and inspiring and creative. I hope to become a writer for DC Comics one day. That’s why I started this book. DC Stories are just well written and well thought out. The artists DC has can paint such pictures that are ingrained into my mind and even touch my heart. Their stories bring me emotionally up and down in suspense to even fear.
I love DC Comics. The whole idea of the multi-verse and parallel worlds is just intriguing. Forgive me, now I am rattling one.
Just to end this, let me simply say, I know DC Comics. I know the names of their writers/story tellers of old and new and I know the artwork of the artists and inkers that work for DC. Their stories, to me, are so fleshed out you can pick up anywhere and know where in the timeline you are at. DC is just DOPE COMICS! Get it! DC is Dope Comic! It was a just. Thanks for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League who has inspired me to get into the comic book industry through just reviewing great craftsmanship of comic book literature.
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Ricardo Butler aka Rease Val Zod (Black Superman from Earth 2)
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