From Wayne: As a comics retailer for twenty-three years, one of the questions I was asked most frequently by new readers of Marvel Comics was, ‟Where do I begin?” It’s a fair question. With decades of history, thousands of characters, and tens of thousands of pages of intertwined stories and continuity it can be more than a little daunting. My usual answer was to find a character you like and just jump in. Part of the joy of this narrative universe is discovering the connections. After all, it would be impossible for anyone to read everything Marvel ever published.
Or so I thought. Douglas Wolk did just that, and chronicles his journey through the Marvel Universe in his new book, All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told.
And he’s going to be a guest on VoxPopcast.
I guess this isn’t so much a Call for Comments as it is an announcement. We’ll be talking about how to go about jumping into the Marvel universe, as well as it’s place in narrative history. This isn’t about the minutia of continuity and how everything fits together. It’s about teasing out the larger themes and movements of this modern epic, as well as celebrating the joy, and frustrations, of trying to navigate the labyrinth.
So, what would you like us to ask him? What are your thoughts about whether Marvel is impenetrable and off-putting to new readers, or were you just able to jump in and make sense of it? Let us know in the comments.