Japan, Korea or America? Where to turn my comic eye?


In My youth I was a huge Manga fan.  Give me Kenshin, Inuyasha, Tokyo Mew Mew, FMA, you name it and I was on it like white on rice.  Then I discovered Korean Drama and it was all Iljimae, Boys over Flowers, 100 days with mr arrogant, you name it.  There was a brief period of thailand and main land dramas in which I’m still eagerly awaiting the completion of any translation to butterfly lovers.  But that era slowly drew to a close a year ago and I started looking into American comics.  Wonder woman, Batman, Xmen swiftly followed with Smallville and other american comic based series.

Well, I’m still trying to figure this industry out but I’m making it.  It’s much harder to enter into American comics than asian ones.  they’re long with parallel universes and you don’t need to start back on issue 1. (which I totally did when trying to get into Xmen and let me tell you comic styles are different now.)  There’s no logical place to begin so I just dove in with some basic sum-you-up type series. The superman movie where he flies around the world, the batman animated series, batman beyond, xmn evolution, wolverine and the xmen, the wonder woman animated movie, and of course my handy dandy google search.  So I can’t argue you out of a paper bag yet as for why something happens a particular way or what the logic is behind charles getting paralyzed by an alien but I know how harley met joker, what inspired wonder woman’s costume design, how john stuart got his ring, that martian man hunter is practically a deus ex machina, that Wally West’s a ginger, and that hawk woman is totally someone worth researching into.

A lot of the series I’ve watched give you a quick shallow once over basic plot lines that have been repeated and developed over years and years which is really helpful when trying to get into any other real series.  So unless you have a tutor for American comics that’ll show you the right direction and answer all your questions without giving away the magic of the suspense, don’t be a snob over the stupid series.  Now I’m by no means advocating sitting down at watching them intently.  Your brains might slide out your ears. But when you’re alone and chilling out put them on like music and pay half an attention and things’ll just start falling into place. I always watched batman while cooking lunch and Wolverine and the xmen was always on while mixing up new batches of paper clay.

While I still know nothing about The Flash, Hawkman, Martian man hunter, Thor, Ironman, The Hulk, Spiderman,  Black Widow, and more than half of the other characters on the marvel and DC  character posters I know a lot more than most others my age.
So if you’re in my shoes and trying to see what the hype is about these american heroes but can’t figure out where to start I’ll point you in some of the directions that helped me get started.


As far as Xmen goes the 90’s series is Gold.  Evolution has excellent  character design and an interesting plot while wolverine and the xmen drives it all home.  Avoid the earlier movies all together.  They barely even do fanservice.  Except Origins:wolverine. That was some excellent fanservice.  But Try First Class.  Alright, so first class is not cannon but we’re not starting with it so hopefully it can just drive home some characters love and I’m assuming you’re smart enough to google afterwards.  While I haven’t read it yet myself due to my aversion to reading things on the computer, I’ve heard the uncanny xmen is supposed to be pretty good.

My wonder woman knowledge is almost all based on The 2009 animated movie and Justice League.  but it spells out what kind of character she is pretty well between the two.  Plus her Relationship with Batman is too cute to overlook (warning: DC comics crossover! American comics like doing that.  I kinda feel like their writers all started on fanfic.net or something sometimes)

Batman for me started with The Dark Knight and then filled it all in with the Animated Series. I then accidentally watched Batman and Robin and while Arnold was laughable and Ivy face-palmable it solidified knowledge in my head pretty well. While I’m still don’t a big fan of the bats that dang womanizing Bruce managed to steal my heart.

An excelent into into the main DC characters in General has to be Justice League which of course then leads you to the increased cast of Justice League Of America and eventually Young Justice. Thanks to JL I’m now a big fan or Black Canary now.

Other series that seemed to have gotten the eye of the public like Iron man, Spiderman, and fantastic four just never seemed to get my attention  Others, like Flash, hawkman, and Superman I’m just looking for outlets. (alright so I know a bit of superman but that’s just stuff you get growing up.  It kills me in Astronomy class though when the professor asks about the colour of our sun and I’m just dying to tell him that if it wasn’t yellow superman wouldn’t get to be super)

So My knowledge of Marvel is Waning.  I’ve only been looking into them for a few months now.  give me a while and let me get back to normal society then I’ll have tons of favorite marvel teams. Doesn’t hurt that the media loves DC at the moment (sans avengers, but c’mon? Captain America and no Crimson Witch?)

If you’re not into comics at all at the moment just dive in and get your feet wet with something.  I read all of tokyo mew mew backwards randomly in a bookstore when I got into manga and still own my first DVD of gallaxy angels (yeah, wouldn’t have bought that if I hadn’t been so excited to find an anime in walmart). Japanese and Korean stuff are going to be possibly shorter with a single conclusion and no crossover  and generally aren’t super hero themed.  Art styles vary enormously but don’t let a more childish style put you off.  Onc Peice is one of the best written works out there! American stuff is mostly super heroes unless you look outside of DC and Marvel (but I don’t see much of that floating around where I live.)

Any recommendations for something I should read or follow? I’m still in that honeymoon stage with the American stuff where I’m checking almost anything out.  Manga thought, much more selective. Plus I’m dying to find some written- er- drawn stuff.

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2 thoughts on “Japan, Korea or America? Where to turn my comic eye?

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