Netflix Picks: A History of Comic Books in Three Easy Lessons

I’ve decided to implement a new weekly article.  Netflix Picks.  If you’ve ever sat there, looking at what Netflix has offer, completely flummoxed by the sheer amount of stuff they have, I may have a solution for you.  From now on, every Friday, I’ll be giving you a short review of some movie or show that I’ve found that I believe is worth watching.

Today’s entry is Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.  Comics have become a seriously big thing in the past few years.  Marvel seems to be printing money with their comic book movies.  DC is still lagging behind on that front, but they did just celebrate 75 years of Batman kicking batarang and taking names.  So right now seems like a good time to take a look back at the history of the comic book medium.  Which is exactly what this three part documentary does.

Now, if you’re well versed in comic book lore and history, you’ve probably heard all of this before.  They don’t go into a lot of detail over the three 55 minute episodes.  It’s basically Comic Book History 101.  But if you’re new to the world of comic books, this is a pretty darn good place to start.  They’ve got interview with some of the biggest names in the industry both past and present, Stan Lee, J. Michael Straczynski, Denny O’Neill, Joe Quesada, and there’s footage of Jack Kirby, Walt Simonson, and Alan Moore.

The documentary goes over the history of the medium from the Golden Age to the Silver Age right on through the Dark Age, the collecting boom (and subsequent bust), and the Modern Age with all of the movies, video games, and how digital comics are keeping the industry alive after nearly 80 years.  It’s a pretty general look at where comics have been, and some of the bigger speed bumps in the road.  Like I said, it works really well if you’re new to comics, but longtime fans might find things a little boring.

Overall rating: 7.5/10

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