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Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. The best way to jump in is to just start reading.
How much time do you have for comics? The answer determines how expansive recommendations are. Regardless, don’t try to read everything. First appearances & early origins are not always good starting points—older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences. Remember, there are so many other great characters/stories/publishers to explore (and not all comics are about superheroes).
Think about your favorite stories from other media. What you might like to read in a comic? Are you more interested in good storytelling or becoming a Marvel knowledge nerd?
Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Matt Fraction’s run. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character/event—just ride along (Wiki if necessary).
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Modern Marvel characters/teams:
Title | Writer | Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) | Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) | Mark Millar | Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers | Jonathan Hickman | Hickman 2
Captain America | Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel | Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) | Frank Miller | Daredevil 1
Daredevil | Bendis | Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath | Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF | Jonathan Hickman | Hickman 1
Hawkeye | Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist | Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans | Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis | Warren Ellis | Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man | Matt Fraction | Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) | Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight | Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel | G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk | Greg Pack | Hulk 1
Punisher Max | Garth Ennis
Thor | Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man | Bendis | Ultimate
Vision | Tom King
New X-Men | Grant Morrison | X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men | Joss Whedon | X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force | Rick Remender | X-Men 6
Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.
Modern Marvel events/crossovers:
Title | Writer | Note
Avengers Disassembled | Bendis |
Secret War | Bendis |
House of M | Bendis | X-Men 2.5
Annihilation | Abnett, Lanning, Giffen | Cosmic
Civil War | Mark Millar |
World War Hulk | Greg Pak | Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest | Abnett, Lanning, Giffen | Cosmic
Messiah Complex | Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. | X-Men 3
Secret Invasion | Bendis | Dark Reign
War of Kings | Abnett, Lanning, et al. | Cosmic
Messiah War | Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski | X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia | Bendis, Fraction, et al. | Dark Reign
Siege | Bendis | Dark Reign
Realm of Kings | Abnett, Lanning, Reed | Cosmic
Second Coming | Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. | X-Men 5
Fear Itself | Matt Fraction |
Schism | Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen | X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men | Bendis, Brubaker, et al. | X-Men 8
Infinity | Jonathan Hickman | Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars | Jonathan Hickman | Hickman 3
Discover your preferences and let them inform your next comic selection. Do you like older/newer comics? Weird concepts? Super-smart meta-analysis and social commentary? Family-friendly content? Hyper-violence? Male/female protagonists? Humor? Horror? Have you noticed that a specific artist, writer, and/or creative team consistently produces content you like? Follow these instincts.
Suggestions to improve the list are welcome.
Marvel has had a lot of stuff happen over the last decade. The Scarlet Witch had a mental breakdown, some Avengers died, a bunch of mutants lost their powers, Jean Grey died again, there was a superhero civil war over whether the government ought to register heroes, Captain America died, the Hulk destroyed Manhattan once, Spider-Man's history got changed so he and Mary Jane never got married, Skrulls invaded, Norman Osborn got put in charge of SHIELD for a while, Captain America came back, the X-Men moved to San Francisco, Wolverine is in charge of the old Xavier school, the Phoenix was going to destroy the world or maybe it wasn't and there was a lot of fighting about it.
Here are, I think, the most important story arcs to catch up on the status quo and a lot of different characters' story arcs:
There are a few different places you can start:
If you HAVE to start from the beginning just read the first 24 issues, you can then skip over to Claremont's era
My recommendation would be to either start with Chris Claremont's 1st era (aka 70's) & 2nd era (aka 80's) on Uncanny X-Men or from 2001-ish (aka modern X-Men) time period onwards onwards. Either way just skip the 90s for now, you can alway go back to that later.
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Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite stories/characters from TV, movies, games, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic Marvel knowledge? Plan to collect? What time/resources are available i.e. how many comics could/should be read before burning out?
Don’t try to read everything—there’s too much. Forget about “catching up”, continuity, universes, and timelines; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so first appearances/early origins may not be the best starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told (e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Matt Fractions’ run).
Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. Don’t get stuck “preparing”, just start reading. Focus on well-received, relatively self-contained, and complete stories. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character/event—just ride along (Wiki if necessary). Remember, there are so many other great characters and publishers to explore, and not all comics are about superheroes.
Where to buy (US):
I don't claim to be an expert here, but this is my favorite Quicksilver story, hands down:
Son of M
A word of warning, however: This story builds heavily off the Events of House of M in the X-men universe (which I highly recommend). House of M is one of the last great "event" comics before they started to all be major disappointments for Marvel (IHO).
There's my two cents! Happy reading!
Go to you library and see if they have these (if they don't, get the ISBN numbers from their Amazon page and give those to your librarian. They can get the books on inter-library loan).
The list covers stories from 2001 onward (in order) ;)
There we go my friend. That's on the UK Amazon but that'll be the one you want.
There are a LOAD of other tie ins but don't worry about any of them
You can also go back to the semi-recent past, when the X-Men more-or-less entered the contemporary era, at the beginning of what's essentially been one big story.
You can get the House of M TPB, which is a great book, and the House of M: Spider-Man TPB for about £27 (around $41, though comics are generally cheaper in the US) in total.
You want to start with Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers: https://www.amazon.com/New-Avengers-Omnibus-Vol-1/dp/0785164898
and House of M: https://www.amazon.com/House-M-Brian-Michael-Bendis/dp/0785117210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524074098&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=house+of+m
From there, you can follow the reading order through Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Siege. Then there's some other random stuff, til Bendis leaves that book. Then Hickman takes over. You'll want to do Hickman's Fantastic Four run (collected in two omnibuses), and his Avengers run through Time Runs Out and Secret Wars.
SEPARATE FROM ALL THAT is the Cosmic side of things, which I love. You'll start with Annihilation, then Annihilation Conquest. Then Abnett and Lannings Guardians of the Galaxy Omnibus, which will tie in with War of Kings and Realm of Kings.
I went by this reading order pretty religiously: https://www.comicbookherald.com/the-complete-marvel-reading-order-guide/ and have loved it. Some of it is skippable-- feel free to reach out with any questions!
Well, that's a pretty tall order, as you're talking about approximately 8 years worth of major Marvel crossovers. These involve at least 6-plus core book issues, with possibly 30+ "tie in" issues for each storyline (sometimes even more with major events like Civil War). That being said, from Secret War onward, a lot of the major Marvel Universe storylines usually set the stage for, or led into, the next major storyline - providing a slight linear narrative.
However, to add to your friend's upcoming reading juggernaut, Avengers vs. X-Men is more the culmination of several years of X-Men stories and crossovers spinning out of House of M - almost completely diverged from the major Marvel plots. But to help you out, I'll give you as complete a list as possible (up until Avengers vs X-Men), including links to the core storyline trade paperbacks. Do be aware that there are many MANY tie-in TPBs as well.
MARVEL STORYLINES & CROSSOVERS (IN ORDER)
I'd recommend starting with Brian Bendis' Avengers work, he was very solid for a long time on his various Avengers titles. [This collection will introduce you to an event called Avengers Disassembled](https://www.amazon.com/New-Avengers-Brian-Michael-Bendis/dp/1302903624/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1524720917&sr=8-4&keywords=avengers+brian+michael+bendis), it was a big turning point in the Marvel Universe that many future events share some DNA with.
After that collection [I'd recommend House of M](https://www.amazon.com/House-M-Brian-Michael-Bendis/dp/0785117210/ref=pd_sim_14_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0785117210&pd_rd_r=KEZ2VF9TXA5B281VRGA0&pd_rd_w=FawCu&pd_rd_wg=6bhjT&psc=1&refRID=KEZ2VF9TXA5B281VRGA0), it's a story that is very much a sequel to Avengers Disassembled and is one of the better Marvel events imo.
If you want to continue with events, [Civil War feels like the next step](https://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Mark-Millar/dp/078512179X/ref=pd_sim_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=078512179X&pd_rd_r=2JF6NEKVXWVQ6SKMR422&pd_rd_w=qI7Ct&pd_rd_wg=JO7Ag&psc=1&refRID=2JF6NEKVXWVQ6SKMR422) from there so I'd recommend that in case you haven't read it.
[And Planet Hulk is great](https://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Hulk-Planet-Greg-Pak/dp/0785120122/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524721200&sr=1-1&keywords=planet+hulk), you're in for a treat, I wish I could re-read it again for the first time.
If you continue with the Brian Bendis New Avengers Complete Collections then you're in for a good time, but if you want to stick with events after that initial volume then this is a good way to go.
The x-men titles are still dealing with the fallout from Messiah War and House of M, they might be a good place to start. The "event" to cap all this off will be called "Second coming" and its starting next year sometime.
House of M follows the typical Bendis event format - 1 issue of set up, 4 issues of not a lot, 1 issue of a MASSIVE fight, 1 issue of resolution. However some big things happen, namely the ending, and its the first introduction of Layla Miller.
Messiah Complex however is quite brilliant, easy to jump into and an enjoyable read throughout.
House of M
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Are you referring to the House of M listed here on amazon? Is there more to the anthology or is this a good compilation of the storyline?
Yeah, she is definitely powerful. Check out House of M. It's one of the more important events in Marvel history and she's an important part of the story.
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House of M was one of those Marvel universe crossovers that touched every title of Marvel so just about every title had its own tie in. IIRC this is the core story. Messiah Complex, Messiah War, and Second Coming chronicles the story of Hope (the main focus of AvX) origin and why she is so important to the X-Men.
Prerequisite: understanding of the Phoenix Force and some of Jean Grey's history.
I would imagine some places inflate the prices of these books because of this Xover but I think you should still be able to find all of these trades for under $10 if you look. Especially at conventions.
When you say House of M, are you referring to this one by Bendis?