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Matthew Fisher's Original Cartoons

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Comics Editor’s Top 10 Lists

As Comics Editor, I have written many columns these past two years that covered a variety of topics in the comic book industry from well-known publishers and characters like DC Comics and Superman to obscure aspects such as 3-D comics. (Additionally, I chose to draw my own cartoons (left) for my very last Outlook issue.)

Every week, I religiously stop bymy local comic book store, Comics Plus, to buy new comics and graphic novels as well as look for old issues to complete my collections.

So, I thought for my final issue, I would share with you my favorite heroes, series, writers, etc. (in no particular order) when it comes to comic books. Enjoy!

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Comic Books Get a Dose of Reality Television

When you turn on the television, you will find a whole host of reality TV to enjoy. Some have wide appeal (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”), are educational (“Pawn Stars”), or are just plain odd (“My Strange Addiction”).

However, while reality TV seems geared to this medium, it has found a way to be explored through the comic book pages. These books aren’t copying reality TV, but are using the platform as an interesting background for superhero tales.

One of the more recent comics to utilize the popularity of reality TV is “America’s Got Powers” from Image Comics, written by Jonathan Ross and illustrated by Bryan Hitch. The series focuses on Tommy Watts as he enters a super competition where various young heroes compete with one another using their powers to become rich and famous. They battle against each other on the hit show called “America’s Got Powers.”

While talking to comicbookresources.com, Hitch mentioned how the idea for the series evolved to become more about the characters and the story rather than about the show itself. He said, “Jonathan’s original one line pitch was ‘X-Factor for Super Heroes’ and it was a great idea, but as we started putting a story to that idea, it became much less about the show. Once we put living breathing characters into the scenario of the show, it became their story, not the show’s story, and the show became an environment.”

It seems as if the idea of heroes fighting on a reality TV show struck a chord as a second printing has been announced via a press release on comicbookresources.com.

However, competitions haven’t been the only way for the comic book medium to include reality TV in its pages. Sometimes, it could be just a real show about heroes trying to fight the good battle, which is what Marvel did when they redeveloped their ‘90s superhero team, New Warriors.

Back in their heyday, the New Warriors consisted of teenage heroes: Night Thrasher, Speedball, Marvel Boy, Nova, Namorita and Firestar. However, it wouldn’t be until their third volume via a six-issue miniseries that these superheroes became recognized faces.

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