Comic books are not just picture books, nor are they just for high schoolers, or adults. The comic book medium is essentially for every reader, and studies have shown that they are very beneficial to young and old readers alike.
Firstly, the level of engagement involved in reading a comic book is very high. The reader focuses on the language, images depicting character’s emotions and movement through space, all while moving from panel to panel across, diagonal, and down the page. Overall, the comic book provides a very unique reading experience, in which readers have to process different components–textual, visual, and spatial.
Secondly, using characters and images to illustrate a complex story helps people improve their reading skills, particular in comics with a higher level of difficulty. This is because the reader is given more than the context clues to decipher unknown words or complex phrases.
Thirdly, the complex character development, as well as being able to see the character’s emotion, leads to stronger relationships between the reader and the character. It’s easier to relate to a character with visible emotions, like characters in a movie. The comic does just that, with the added component of reading. Reading a comic is a lot like watching an animated movie, it’s just up to the reader to envision the movement between the panels.