- Posted by Johanna on February 3, 2007 at 10:22 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
I was reading Kelson’s detailed comparison of The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told then and now, when it struck me: those books are no longer aimed at comic fans (if they ever were).
When these kinds of books first came out in the early 90s, they were hardcovers with lots of content. Now, they’re paperbacks, shorter, and aimed at the bookstore market. They’re for casual readers, those interested in the heroes but not sure where to start, or not wanting to sign onto a continuing series. They’re brand extensions, to go along with the movies or the DVDs of the TV shows or the action figures.
They don’t contain stories that aren’t already available elsewhere, usually, and they can seem something of a hodge-podge to the knowledgeable reader more familiar with the history (and in cases like the Flash or Green Lantern, the various characters who’ve taken the name over the decades).
But that’s ok. They can make great samplers or great gifts for those curious about the characters.