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Journey Through the Wasteland With a New Type of Hero

As the technology and cultures of the world adapt to and build from each other, new renditions of traditional popular culture are constructed to reflect these changes. Current world adaptations show the need to breathe life into new and original heroes for the comic book industry while making content for multiple media types such as e-readers and streaming services. Fans certainly do not seem to want to leave more traditional and established heroes to the dustbin. Still, the saturation of familiar faces and stories is at an all-time high, driving demand for the new and different. Image Comic’s Geiger is just one example of a fresh hero available to audiences in new formats.

Changing Heroes Reflect Changing Culture

Popular stores often reflect the times and cultures where they are written, giving rise to the saying “art imitates life.” Where comic book heroes of the past have helped guide audiences through world wars, clashing political ideologies and organized crime with patriotic stylings, Geiger, a new comic series, represents a culture worrying about taking care of a family in an increasingly toxic environment. In this story, created by Geoff Johns, the world has been devastated by a nuclear war with various groups trying to survive in the wasteland. The hero, Tariq Geiger, is a husband and father who ventures out into the radioactive landscape to aid his family’s survival, who are isolated in a fallout shelter in the desert of Nevada. Geiger can withstand the radiation without a suit, earning him status as a myth or legend among other survivors who refer to him by many different names, such as Meltdown Man and Joe Glow.

Demand Goes Digital

The internet has given rise to a culture where demand for quick products, digital access to media and information at your fingertips. In response, many publishers have websites where you can purchase physical copies of books, graphic novels and comics, and eReader copies for immediate access. These options allow collectors to read and reread their favorite comics without worrying about bending or staining pages. It also gives access to these stories to those without the space for physical copies or who have limited access to physical stores selling them—allowing you to stock your fallout shelter with enough digital entertainment to last your family decades. You can even find digital copies of your favorite works through your local library system or through eReader subscription services to borrow and return if you have limited digital storage space.

There is often the threat that new technological and societal changes will render some forms of media and entertainment obsolete, but that does not seem to be the case with comic books and the heroes they bring to life. New heroes focus on helping solve current issues such as raising a family, interacting with those fundamentally different from yourself and navigating an increasingly toxic environment. These heroes can be found online and in print to either purchase or borrow, keeping the format of comics and graphic novels alive for new generations while addressing concerns of access and space.

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