Sunday, January 19, 2014

What age of comics are we in?

Most comic book fans know that comics are generally divided into ages. The late 30's when super hero comics began until the mid 50's are called the Golden Age, the mid 50's, and all through the 60's the Silver Age, the 70's into the mid 80's the Bronze Age, and the the age of the mid 80's through the 90's is usually called the Dark Age. But are we still in the Dark Age? If you think of these "Ages as last around 15-20 years (depending on who you ask) then we're well past that. Plus there is quite a bit of difference between comics of the 80's and 90's and comics of the last 10-15 years. So what age is this?

Well, this humble little comic fan would submit we're in what I like to call the "Cinematic Age". This isn't just due to the explosion of comic book movies we've seen, but rather for the decompressed story telling we've had. I would argue the Ultimate line from Marvel really started this age. And given that early Ultimate books read as though they were a screen play for a movie (especially the Ultimates).

So that's my suggestion for what to call this last decade or so of comics. No matter what you call it, I think it's pretty silly to pretend this is the same era of comics as the 80's or 90's, so let's stop calling it the Dark Age already.

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