This May, my friends and I went to see The Avengers. We all loved the movie, but I was the only one who cared when at the very end (after the credits) Thanos is revealed. After explaining to my friends who and what Thanos is, they reacted by saying that Thanos sounds too “comic-booky” and “dumb.” That’s when it hit me: 1) Marvel is going to have a tough time selling Guardians of the Galaxy; and 2) I was the only one of my friends who thought comic-bookiness was a good thing.
My love of comic books started when I was 12 (I’m now 14), when I first read Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. After plowing through these seminal works, I started reading more comics, most notably Daredevil: Born Again. When I said in my first day of 7th grade English class that my favorite book of the summer was Daredevil: Born Again, the other kids started protesting that it was not a real book and screaming that I should go live in a basement. It was then that I learned people still assume all people who read comics are ignorant and similar to Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons.
Today, no one I know reads comics, and I face the challenges of bullying alone. But despite all this, I have kept my love of comics. While this is hard to do sometimes with homework, budgetary issues, and some continued peer pressure, I will forever remain a Wednesday Warrior.
Ben Hafetz is a 14-year-old high school freshman who like comic books, video games, movies, TV, and telling everyone on the internet that Ultimate Spider Man is the best long form superhero comic. You can find him on twiter were he says semi-clever things (@bman169). He also does homework including one term paper on the comic book industry.