I have loved superheroes since I was a child. They are larger than life, they define being awesome, and they inspire hope. I was first introduced to superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man by watching cartoons. My interest in them has slowly increased over time. I’ve watched movies like The Dark Knight and The Avengers. I’ve played video games like Batman: Arkham City and Injustice. These characters continue to branch out through all mediums. Recently, I listened to an EP created for DC Comics’ character Black Canary. My point is, if you find your interest in these characters growing, you will eventually want to start reading comic books. The medium in which these characters were created.
However, beginning with comic books can seem daunting. Where do you start? Why are different books for the same character labeled volume 1? How does it all tie-in together? I know the feeling, as I only started reading comics three years ago while I was in college. I started by reading a Batman title and a Nightwing title. I started with a volume 1, and I have been going ever since. Getting into reading comics may seem overwhelming with how much material the companies have published over the last 75 years, but you just need to start like I did. Pick a character that you like and start where ever you can by looking for recommended books. You will enjoy the stories as you go, as well as begin to understand the characters and how they connect with each other.
Over the past three years, I have found I love characters that I did not even know existed. I have found depth to characters that may seem simple or one-dimensional from the outside. Most importantly, I have found passion in a hobby that reminds me of my childhood.