Up until my early twenties, I was never that into comic books. Even the stand-alones I found, like Sandman or Watchmen weren’t really to my taste. They were gritty, dark explorations of Man’s Inhumanity To Man, and I found myself unable to emotionally connect to any of the main characters. (Probably because most of them were, um, men.) The plot lines would interest me, sure, but the stories lacked the kind of engagement I generally seek out in my entertainment.
This is the complaint I hear from a lot of my friends, too. It’s not that they dislike the visual format of comics themselves, but they tend to find the subject matter overwhelming at best, alienating at worst.
If you’re a person that hates comic books, I hear you, but I also have some suggestions that might change your mind.