Capeshit comic universes, particularly DC. It's all connected, and there is more than can ever realistically be read in a lifetime. So you find one good story that hooks you and it leads you to want to know more about a character or a plot detail, so that leads you to another story, and it just keeps going like that. And the more you read, the more you find that the immense amount of material actually leads to an absurd amount of depth for many of the characters and their histories and relationships, which naturally leads to a lot of emotional investment for the audience. Then SJWs take over the companies and wonder why fans get mad when Wally West (the third Flash) is rebooted and turned into a black kid after fifty years of seeing him slowly grow from being a kid sidekick for 25 years to being one of the most important and well respected characters in-universe for the next 25 years. So they bring him back and say he was actually around the whole time and never rebooted, and retcon the black kid as just being his black cousin who coincidentally has the same name and coincidentally also got the same powers. Then they try to retcon it so original Wally was evil the whole time so you should never have liked him in the first place, but fans freak out again so they immediately retcon it back. Modern comics suck. But I still have 80 years of good stuff, most of which I haven't read, and will never have time to read. And that makes me feel like that guy from the Twilight Zone who breaks his glasses.
Pic related. The issue of The Flash that I just finished reading, from 1984. In it, The (second) Flash's (Barry Allen's) enemies all team up to break a giant retard out of the mental hospital and give him super armor they got from a mysterious gangster called "The Monitor," then they tell him The Flash accidentally stepped on a mouse, so the retard goes on a rampage to avenge the mouse and kill The Flash. Sounds stupid, but after 26 years of Flash stories before this, it all makes sense in context. See, previous issues have set up that The Flash is about to be put on trial for manslaughter after he killed his nemesis, The Reverse Flash, who had killed Flash's wife, Iris West, years earlier, and was about to kill his new wife, Fiona Webb, on their wedding day. After this, another villain called The Pied Piper figured he'd start trying to use behind the scenes tricks to make Flash's life even more stressful, like mind-controlling the mayor into talking shit about Flash in public, in the hopes it would make him depressed and he would just kill himself or whatever. But actually, this was all inspired because Pied Piper was himself going through a major depressive episode and wanted to make Flash feel the same way. Because of course a guy who dresses up as The Pied Piper and uses weaponized woodwind instruments to commit crimes obviously isn't the most mentally stable, and getting your ass handed to you by some faggot in red pajamas every time you try to do anything cool might make you a bit depressed. Anyway, when Flash found out Piper was behind everything, they get into a more traditional fight, but Piper reveals that he made a special pipe that he can play at just the right frequency to open a portal to "the speed dimension" (It is well established in Flash and wider DC lore that universes are separated by vibrating at different frequencies, and vibrating at the right frequency can open portals between universes) and summon demons out of that dimension that are also super fast. In retrospect, fans will recognize this as perhaps the first appearance of The Speed Force, the speed dimension which would become very important to Flash stories a few years later. Some stories treat that as an element that didn't exist until all the universes merged together and history got (partially) rewritten in 1986, two years after this story, but clearly, it is in this story. Anyway, Piper loses and his loss makes him have a breakdown, since he was already depressed. But everyone thinks The Flash roughed him up more than necessary, since he already killed Reverse Flash a while ago, and they figure Flash is the one going nuts now. So that's why the rest of his enemies resort to buying weapons from The Monitor, and also they find the retard when they visit the mental hospital to see their friend, Piper. Flash's enemies are well known for being good friends with each other, except for a few really fucked up ones, like Reverse Flash, Gorilla Grodd, and Abra Kadabra, as they're just too evil. But Pied Piper pretty much just wants to rob banks and shit, so he and the other bank robbing guys are good buddies and not so bad when they aren't robbing banks. So see with all this context behind it, this issue of The Flash fighting a literal retard who wants to kill him because he thinks he stepped on a mouse is actually quite emotionally stirring. Even the villains are motivated by their care for their friend, and their worry that their sort-of-respected nemesis is going off the deep end and needs to be put down. They'd be wrong either way, but it adds a layer of emotion that you wouldn't expect out of characters called Captain Boomerang or Mirror Master. And to put the cap on everything, I haven't read past this yet, but when The Flash inevitably beats this retard, will his beating up a literal retard make him look even worse in the eyes of the public, and reflect badly upon him in his upcoming manslaughter trial? Though I know a lot about later issues, this is not a detail that ever gets brought up. Still, now that I'm in the middle of the Trial of the Flash storyline (which lasted for like three years), I'm quite intrigued to see how these details play out.
Also, in retrospect, this issue is actually pivotal to The Flash's death less than two years later, as that "gangster" The Monitor turns out to actually be a multiversal god who is only supplying bad guys with weapons to test which beings are powerful enough to help him save all of existence, and The Flash ends up being the most important part of that plan, as he gets called back into action for one last mission immediately after his retirement at the end of this Trial storyline, and ends up having to sacrifice himself to save the multiverse in the process. So this big retard villain is actually quite important, as it's Flash's first connection with The Monitor. Reading it now, when I know about The Monitor, and Flash's eventual fate, creates a significant sense of dramatic irony. But I never knew about this big retard until tonight, when I read this. This fictional history is more damn complex than real life history. And at a certain point, you realize that even if you already know the future, reading the past is still interesting, or perhaps even more interesting. Yeah, I already know how Flash's trial will end, and what will happen after that, and after that, and basically all the broad strokes that will happen for the next 35 years. But that info only makes it more interesting to see the details here, and how they inform the bits that I already knew, and add deeper knowledge and emotional resonance.