Hey. So it occurred to me that if you don’t know exactly where All Fall Down is coming from, you might not really know yet whether or not if it’s for you. That’s fine. That’s what this post is for.
All Fall Down is for comic book readers who want a story with high stakes and real suspense.
Consider, for a minute, Captain America. Spider-Man. The Flash. Superman. Green Lantern. Martian Manhunter. Jean Grey. Colossus. Batman. Jason Todd. Cyclops. Bucky.
Spoiler: They’re all comic book heroes who died and came back.
Let me ask you a question: when you read a story (even a story you haven’t read before), is there any suspense if you know that everyone important is going to make it out okay? Or if they die, that they’ll eventually (or immediately) be resurrected? That’s a consequence of Billion-dollar legacy/franchise characters. Their plot armor is pretty damned thick. They’re ‘safe’.
Spoiler: Think of Watchmen, Kingdom Come, the movie Serenity. Major characters kick the bucket, and it hits you like a punch in the stomach because you know they’re not coming back. Ever.
In All Fall Down, some folks get hurt. Others die. It happens.
The thing I want you to see is that it’s a finite story. There will never be a sequel, spin-off, or prequel. There will never be any retcons, time travel to ‘make things right’ or anything like that. What does happen is that the heroes who make it through are able to heal, and evolve, and get on with their lives. They do it because they have to.
Joss Whedon put it best: “You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.” [At least I think he said that. It's on his wikiquotes page. Okay, it's credited to him, not sourced. I-- what do you people want??]
Don’t get me wrong– the comic is still a comic. There’s superhero action, there’s comedy, and satisfying surprise twists. But there’s also a fair bit of tragedy, betrayal, and moments of real human emotion.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, that’s totally okay. I don’t want you spending time on something you know isn’t your thing.
If it does, though? If that sounds like something you could get behind? Then you are really, really in for a treat.
S’all for now. More to follow.