By: Travis Gervais
Hello and welcome to my comic book adventure. My mission you ask...to explore the world of comic book, where the hero doesn't always make the right choice and the villain isn't always who you think. But, like any good adventure story, I want to start at the beginning of my comic book reading career...
It was the summer of 1988, I was being shipped back and forth between the homes of different family members to a friends house throughout the summer as my father was battling cancer, again. He was sent out of state for treatment and surgery and being only 12, I needed a place to stay. Have you ever have one of those house guests who seems to never leave? Well that was me that summer, except I was the guest. I felt like I didn't fit with the families I was staying with, basically because it just wasn't my family. This is when I discovered comic books. Now, back then there wasn't a lot of comic book shows or movies. We had the very kid friendly Adam West Batman and Saturday morning cartoons. So I figured comics were again another kid friendly storylines, and being a 12 year old boy, I didn't want to be seen reading kiddie books. Boy was I wrong! My first comic book, Captain America, and not the Steve Rogers Captain. No, I was introduced to the murderous, smash anything that moves Johnny Walker Captain, aka the "Black Uniform Captain." Anyways, comics opened a gateway for me to escape my reality, and I was hooked for the next 5 years reading about all kinds of Marvel Superheroes. I related to the heroes as the storylines were heroes overcoming difficult situations, and that was exactly what I was going through the one summer. Since then, I've always stayed in the comic game slightly by reading graphic novels or volumes, storylines all bundled together. Back in 88' comics were priced from 75 cents to the super issue coming in at 1 dollar and fifty cents. As the years went by the price of a single issue grew and with that my interest dwindled.
But with all the recent great movies and TV shows, I'm jumping back into the ring. Also, I read a lot of marvel in those early years, this time I turning my focus to DC. Next question, were do I start? With all the choices out there, isn't that the million dollar question! Well thanks to my friends at TNERDT and the internet, I found some starting points. Thanks to TV and Netflix, I have become a huge Green Arrow fan. Now that's a statement I never thought I would never say. So please join my adventure down the rabbit hole of comics as I will be reviewing the graphic novels / volumes that I read. Hopefully I can piece together some timelines along the way as well. Look for my first review coming soon!