- Posted by Johanna on June 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm
- Category: Comic News
I enjoyed watching X-Men: First Class, so I wanted to read comics that would give me the same feeling. Only… what are they?
It’s a typical problem when it comes to superhero movies. Projects like 300 or Watchmen have strong tie-in sales, because there’s one book to buy. Single-creator movies (such as Sin City or Hellboy) similarly do well — especially when publishers bring out clearly labeled reprints of the corresponding series, so interested readers know where to start. (The problem then becomes one of meeting demand.)
When there’s only a handful of well-designed collections, these new customers also aren’t intimidated by having too much material available. That’s the problem with trying to start reading comics after enjoying something like Iron Man or Spider-Man or Thor — in order to attempt to rid the movie’s coattails, Marvel pumps out so many comics that the interested new customer has no idea where to start, or why it takes so many publications to capture the appeal of one simple film. (Don’t get me wrong, DC does it too — but their recent movies haven’t been as appealing, so the problem is less apparent in their case.)
Add in the 50-year-old setting of First Class, an aspect I enjoyed, and the problem becomes even more complicated. I searched Amazon for the film title, and I got back seven X-Men: First Class collections, which look promising, until I realized that the descriptions were too confusing.
X-Men: First Class : Tomorrow’s Brightest collects #1-8, per the description, while Volume 1 has #1, #2, #4, #5, #7, and part of the 2007 Special and Volume 2 lists #1, #5, #6, #7, #10. I’m lost; I can only hope that someone in my situation who’s not as familiar with comics can find a good retailer to guide them. But it’s ok, I have too many comics to read now, anyway, and I suspect there really isn’t a comic that feels like this particular movie. I should probably watch Austin Powers again instead.