Christmas is almost upon us, and many of you may be thinking, “What do I get?” Comic books are a great start. In this climate of a dwindling economy buying the hot ticket item like a new HD TV or that new video game console complete with games can weigh pretty heavy on the wallet. That is why comic books can be a great substitute.
Comic Books are cheap.
Each single-issue comic book is only about $2.99. This makes purchasing them in bulk a lot easier. You will make the person you buy for happiest with a verity of different titles. And if you don’t know what they like don’t be afraid to experiment. There are a lot of different books so jump in but be selective.
What you should look for.
Because there are so many different comic books you may doubt your choices. That’s not a bad thing. Always ask the person you are buying for who their favorite superhero is or what kind of stories they like to read. Even if they never read a comic book you will find something they would enjoy. And don’t be afraid to read and pick up one or two for yourself. You may be surprised by what you find.
Comic Books for the older group.
You will find Comic Books for all ages including the 20 and older crowd. These comics include anything from your standard superheroes like Superman and Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men to more mature books. But this is not to suggest that the standard Superhero book cannot be mature. You may also find graphic novels or trade paper backs for suitable. These are generally full and complete stories and most have more than just your typical 22 pages of story and art. More like 120 pages so it can cost a bit more. They can range anywhere between $12.00 to $20.00 and hardback copies can be even more as well. But they are well worth the read.
Comic Books for the younger group.
Comic Books for the younger crowd can be easy and tricky at the same time. The superhero comics are a pretty sure bet. But if you are still worried most have a rating system that you can follow. Both Marvel and DC Comics have an all ages platform. These comics are a fun read and usually self-contained. Meaning one issue is a full story. You don’t have to worry about what came before or what comes after. Picking up a few of these will be great.
Manga are Japanese comics. You will see them as small pocket book sized books that are black and white. Lots of kids of all ages are reading them now today and they can range in all ages so be careful. Most Manga covers are very misleading. You may think you are getting something cute and when you open it, it is hot man on man action. But they normally have big stickers saying for adults only or they are wrapped in plastic so just be careful.
Your favorite author is writing a lot of comics and you may not even know about it. Neil Gaimanhas been writing different comics for years, since the ’90s really. Sandman is his most popular creation. Brad Meltzer has written a number of books for DC Comics. His most famous is Identity Crisis. These are just two of many others who also write for TV. So keep your eyes open.