So since I started uni this week, and we’ve been discussing the importance of media and viewing it from an academic light in various different fields of study, I thought I’d explore comics and try and narrow down the most academically important graphic novels I could find.
Trees and saga, explore more than I could type on this message from a philosophical point of view. Watchmen and V for Vendetta both explore politics, history, and philosophy. If watchmen is the cynical gritty view of the world, then the new frontier is it’s opposite, it’s a optimistic piece that explores philosophy, politics, and history mostly centred on the topic of how to be the best version of yourself (to put it in a wayyyy oversimplified explanation). Multiversity is actually the only piece on her that explores comics itself primarily. And finally, Jupiter’s legacy/circle explores politics and philosophy briefly as well as history to a almost gossip like extent. It has major potential, but Mark Millar sacrifices it for character (which I highly approve of it, and is why it’s one of my favourites) but also sacrifices it for shock value, especially in the last volume.
I would love to talk about these in actual depth, but unfortunately I’m afraid I won’t have the room to convey them altogether. However, if anyone’s interested, I’d certainly love to discuss it in the comments or even make another post on the subject. ————————————————————————
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