First, let me just take a quick moment to say welcome to the new blog that Titan Moon Comics has been kind enough to let me take over for the time being. I say for the time being because you never know how long these situations will last. I will try to remain consistent in delivering content that will hopefully be relevant to geek culture, and also hopefully something that you will enjoy. At the very least, a nice way to pass the time for a few minutes or even ridicule. I’m OK with any and all of that. So let’s get started shall we?
I could have started out by talking about something that is sure to cause a slight bit of controversy like the decision to make the new version of the Rocketeer a black, female hero. Or something more benign like Superman’s costume on the Supergirl show. I’m instead going to choose a broader topic. The current state of Geekdom, and what I (and many others) believe is the Golden Age for Geek culture.
Truthfully, we’ve actually been in this Golden Age for a while if you go back to the first Raimi Spider-Man movie or even Blade if you choose. But think about this. If you’re old enough, you remember a time when we were lucky enough to have one or maybe 2 good superhero related movies in an entire decade! And I know geek culture is more than just comic books and way beyond just superheroes. The 80's alone were full of
great SciFi and Fantasy movies and TV shows of several other genres that still
influence us to this day. But it’s still not like it is now. The comic book, and more specifically, the superhero properties best illustrate that change.
We’ve had multiple Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Captain America, Blade, X-Men and Fantastic Four movies just to name a few. We even had an Ant-Man movie! Who the hell would have predicted that? We also now live in a time when you can watch major comic book shows on network TV Monday-Thursday in prime-time. And that doesn’t even mention the great shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Powers which arrive on alternate delivery systems. Studios are continuing to pour money into these properties, and make most of it really good. Because they’re shown that they can work for a mass audience and not just the genre fan. We’ve known for years that we were enjoying good and compelling stories in comic books, and now the rest of the world has been catching up.
What’s the point of all this? My point is just that you take some time to fully appreciate what we have right now. You don’t even have to take much time, just a couple seconds. Enjoy this. You may not be old enough to have waited for the current geek boom. This might be all you know. If that’s the case then you’re lucky because you probably have never seen the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie, or
Howard the Duck, or Steel. Trust me, that last one makes the Green Lantern movie look like Guardians of the Galaxy in comparison. So like I said, enjoy what we’re experiencing now. And keep demanding the high standards that have been set. Because no one wants to go back to the days of movies like Batman and Robin.
Rudy Hernandez has been a former comic book retailer, podcaster, a comic book fan since the age of 13 and Star Wars fan since the age of 2. He can be found every month attending the Titan Moon Comics Adult Graphic Novel Book club.