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November 12, 2010

Superheroes on Twitter

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010

You’ve probably already heard of and/or read some hilarious superhero twitter feeds.  @TimeLostBatman details the Dark Knight’s exploits during his recent *ahem* time traveling adventures (thanks a lot, Grant Morrison, because it’s not already hard enough to get people to take comics seriously), and @God_Damn_Batman riffs off Frank Miller’s notorious All Star interpretation of the Caped Crusader.  Personal favorite tweet: “Started doing P90X. But threw it out because it was too hard. Too hard not to laugh while I was doing it.”  And, yes, I realize both of these accounts are about Batman.  Something about the World’s Greatest Detective tweeting on his Bat-Mobile whilst crouching next to the rooftop gargoyles of Gotham just really lends itself to 140 character or less comedy.  But, as great as those are, something just happened that I think has the potential to revolutionize superheroes on Twitter, if not the entire comic industry itself.

Paul Tobin, the writer of Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Girl ongoing series, has recently created the @The_Spider_Girl Twitter account.  Now, Tobin’s involvement already gives the account a greater level of credibility, but the writer confirmed in a recent interview with Comics Alliance that all of Spider-Girl’s tweets will be in continuity.  Let that one sink in.

Not only is this a great marketing tool, but it allows Tobin a literally endless amount of space (140xinfinity) to develop the character of Anya Corazon (aka Spider-Girl).  As someone who reads comics mainly in trade, one of the biggest problems I have with reading individual issues is that it’s hard for me to stay engaged with such small parts of a story over the course of months.  Getting daily, in continuity updates from my favorite superheroes, however, might just be enough to keep me interested.  What do you think?  Is this kind of interactivity the future of comics or a flash in the pan?  I guess we’ll find out soon.  Spider-Girl #1 comes out this month.