The New Reader Experiment

by Jeff on September 2, 2011 · 0 comments

in Stuff I Like

I thought that Justice League #1 was not the sort of book that you’d want to use to wow new readers. But I’m not a new reader. I’m a very old reader, having read comics now for nearly 30 years (I started very young). I am not the target demo here, and frankly that’s as it should be.

With that in mind, I’m approaching various people I know who have a passing familiarity with superheroes but who don’t read superhero comics on a regular, monthly basis and I am going to ask them to read four single issue comic books. They are all issues that I like a great deal, with recognizable characters, and they all exist at different points in continuity.  They are:

Justice League #1 (2011)
X-Men: Scishm #3
Secret Avengers #16
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (2011)

These are all comics that you might see prominently featured if you walked into any comic shop this week. Two are brand-new, bottom-floor relaunches. One is the first issue of a new arc by a new creative team on an existing, albeit young, book. One is smack dab in the middle of a big event storyline built on decades of continuity. They are all, by my own estimation, good and enjoyable examples of comics. They are the books that a brand-new reader, if such a thing truly exists, might walk out of a shop with.

You’ll see the results starting next week.

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