I don't know how best to describe the hold comic books have on me except that its been a sweet discovery, and a compelling inward compulsion keeps me glued to them. Here are some of the reasons if I were to dwell on them:
Stories have always called out to me, and the fact that comics have an added layer of graphic nuance in the form of artful images adds to the allure.
They are quick to get through, and surprisingly touch upon strong themes in a rabid, radical, raucous manner.
They are gritty.
They have the kind of urgency, energy, power, intensity and thrill that sometimes novels lack.
Comics allow the plot to be as arbitrary, supernatural, violent, and insane as the world being created demands.
They have a lot more artistic freedom to express stronger themes of wars, prostitution, dysfunctional life, carnage, orgies than novels do.
The plot is broader with lot more characters and many of these characters are an eerie, possibly exaggerated, representation of people living on the edge of sanity.
Comics pack an extra punch by bringing to life devious, notorious, psychopathic characters and anarchic, apocalyptic themes.
They go all out, and tip a world to its most extreme, sacrilegious, mercenary, violent conclusion.
Comics will challenge your notion about stories. They will force you to explore radical worlds, psychotic, debauched characters and will urge you to keep pace with the ever growing lexicon of twist and turns.
Comics will make your brain twitch as it grapples with an extreme form of art. Many comic books will make you uncomfortable and stump you.
They are raw in a way that novels are not.
They do not veil or sweeten things; they represent madness and mayhem in all its glory.
In a way, they are completely free from the claustrophobia of contriving plots to accommodate a broader audience.
Comics free me from having to imagine the finer details of the plot; the pictures strikingly do that job.
All in all, it’s been an eventful month well-spent in the world of comic books.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.