You have all heard of
Batman and The X-men. Before they were blockbuster movies they were
great comic books, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. As a
young boy I waited eagerly for my monthly comic to arrive in the mail. I was
mesmerized by the colourful drawings and ongoing stories of heroes with
I wondered if I might possess a super power. At one point
in my youth I believed that, with practice, I could possibly break glass
with a high-pitched scream. I spent hours screeching at the dishes as I
washed them hoping to find the right frequency to shatter a drinking glass.
The only thing that shattered was my dream as I entered puberty and my voice
Perhaps, I thought, I could be super fast or super strong.
I ran everywhere and lifted weights, but I never
was quite able to break the sound barrier or lift the family car.
Some heroes, like Batman, do not have super powers. He
uses his intellect to solve crimes and invent technologies to keep one step
ahead of the super villains. He has trained himself to be the best acrobat,
gymnast and martial artist but his physical abilities are not superhuman.
Unfortunately, every year a few children are injured trying to fly off the
In addition to their obvious entertainment value, many
comic books have educational value. Imaginative adjectives are used in the
titles: the ‘Amazing’, ‘Spectacular’ and ’'Sensational’
‘Uncanny’ X-men are a few adjectives that come to mind. My knowledge of
Viking, Roman and Greek mythology improved by reading
Hercules. Every comic story has the main
a short story: protagonists, the heroes,
antagonists, the villains, settings, conflicts, rising action and a climax.
I think my own stories became more imaginative and entertaining by borrowing
ideas and vocabulary from the comic books I read.
Reading comic books is a better use of your time than
watching TV, playing on the computer or hanging out at the local mall. Doing
those activities will not improve your reading and writing skills,
but reading a good comic will. In addition, comics can help you appreciate
elements of art.
I don’t buy comic books anymore. They are much too
expensive these days and there are so many spin-off books that it is nearly
impossible to keep track of all the adventures. I still browse through them
at the store, but the art style has changed and
the heroes themselves have developed their own emotional problems.
All in all, many comics are worthwhile reading for
children, teens and adults. Although I prefer the superhero genre, there are
comics for every taste. There are romance comics, historical comics, war
comics and humorous books There is even a series of books that tell of the
adventures of Louis Riel, a Canadian hero and villain.
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