Best superhero graphic novels according to redditors

We found 25,732 Reddit comments discussing the best superhero graphic novels. We ranked the 3,630 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Superhero Comics & Graphic Novels:

u/mikeybender · 161 pointsr/funny

The old Joe Kelly Deadpool stuff is fantastic. You could definitely start there.

u/Sheldonzilla · 81 pointsr/movies

Fear not, Graphic Novels exist for this very reason!

A lot of people don't follow series via individual issues, mainly because it can cost so much the more series you follow. Trade Paperbacks are just collections of separate story arcs within a run (usually about 6/7 issues) at a lower price. This is a good way to go for reading up on Deadpool.

u/Serapius · 46 pointsr/Marvel

Try this one. It's one of my favorite Cap comics and probably one of the best Captain America stories Marvel has ever done.

u/CJGibson · 38 pointsr/comicbooks

This is the commonly accepted reading list.

The place to start is Annihilation. (Or digitally. Note that this has Annihilation: Conquest too.)

u/stumblecow · 36 pointsr/nba

NBA Players as Superheroes:

  • LeBron - Superman - No apparent weaknesses, swings between universally beloved and universally despised)
  • CP3 - Batman - Crafty, no real superpowers, willing to fight without honor to win
  • KG - Wolverine - Sarcastic, vicious, and extremely old
  • Steph Curry - Hawkeye - Deadeye shooter, underrated hero, and star of the hippest team in the league
u/BogieLowenstien · 30 pointsr/comicbooks

It's all one run, it wasn't part of the regular Superman title. It was only 12 issues, so really the best way to read it is to just buy the trade. It's not divided up or anything, just one big graphic novel.

Here's a link to it on Amazon for anyone interested. I seriously can't recommend it enough.

u/NovaStarLord · 30 pointsr/comicbooks

There is a lot of bad blood between some Marvel and DC people and partially it has to do because when one writer/artists editor gets fired or angrily quits one company the other hires them and then they tend to shit talk the rival company. The other because Quesada pissed off DC in the early 2000's.

Mark Waid for example hates the current DC higher ups and they don't seem to like him because for some reason Mark Waid is banned from the DC offices that said he also claims in that tweet that DC cancelled his FLASH BY MARK WAID trades that reprinted some of his Flash comics but that's not true they came out

In particular Waid doesn't get along with Didio and Bill Jemas, the latter because he fired Waid from Fantastic Four when he was working at Marvel (Jemas is now working at DC).

Funny enough there's also a very old Newsarama interview where Newsarama asks various comic writers and artists their thoughts about the then finished Civil War and about Cap's death. Waid who was working with DC got interviewed and he talks bad about Civil War because of how Cap was handled and killed. Then mentions how he never really cared about Iron Man.

On the bright side Bendis loves Geoff Johns and vice versa, so much they used to do Marvel and DC panels at cons together.

That said DC has a policy about trash talking I believe so that's why you never see the DC people talking shit about the Marvel people as much (you certainly don't see Didio, Johns and Jim Lee doing it though).

u/Tigertemprr · 28 pointsr/Marvel

The comics are NOT like the movies. We don't have a script for the MCU Infinity War so we have no idea which comics it will borrow from. If past MCU movies are any indication, it will borrow from many different series spanning decades.

That said, there is a very popular 90's event(s) called Infinity Gauntlet that was followed up by the Infinity War:

[optional] Infinity Gauntlet/War Prelude:

u/Kingmob1 · 26 pointsr/gifs

In the Luke/Danny relationship Danny is the funny man, Luke is the straight man. As to how Danny is supposed to act, well, he's light hearted, funny and frequently in over his head. He's courageous, well mannered and generally the everyman. He's closer to Paul Rudd's Ant Man than Netflix's Danny. My problems with Danny on the show is he was petulant, WAY too serious, way to whiny and just a pompous dick (also the martial arts was terrible). I'd highly recommend picking up this: https://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Iron-Fist-Complete-Collection/dp/0785185429/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=8JKZ1FGGBJ3BN77B60RD You'll love it!

u/MySonsdram · 25 pointsr/comicbooks

Dude! Ultimate Spider-Man! It's one of the best books Marvel's putting out right now.

Note, this one with Miles Morales. Not this one, or this one which takes place before it and stars Peter Parker.

If they like it and get to the end, then get them this one., which is the next series that focuses on him.

There's also this one with Miles Morales where he meets mainstream Spider-Man that is really great too.

u/rampant_tycho · 24 pointsr/Art

absolutely. (though my recommendations will probably be pretty cliche/entry level in the world of comics)

If you want to stick to recent marvel, but want an "everyman" story, check out Matt Fraction's run on Hawkeye, where it basically just explores his everyday life. it's comedic and fun and Aja's art is wonderfully simple.

Another current series that is great (and will be constantly recommended) is Saga. Brian K. Vaughan's writing is great and Fiona Staples is one of the best digital artists in comics. The story is like star wars on acid, but with a wholesome focus, at it's core, on family. it's weird, funny, progressive, and quite graphic. interesting, sympathetic characters. Highly recommend it.

Another classic Brian K Vaughan series is Y: The Last Man. All men on earth simultaneously die, barring the protagonist, Yorick. Vaughan's writing is great in this as well.

One of my favorite series from all time is Neil Gaiman's famous Sandman. the series is basically stories about storytelling, with the (occasional) main character being Morpheus, "god" of dreams (though he has many other names/titles/definitions). it is often surreal and appropriately dreamlike. Gaimain loves his deities and mythologies and the world of Sandman simultaneously creates its own mythology while including/alluding to all those that humans have created IRL. Sandman's depiction of "reality" changes as drastically and frequently as the constantly shifting roster of illustrators involved.

Around that same time was Grant Morrison's Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth. while this was just a one-shot novel, it was very dark and directly focused on the psychological aspects of batman as a character. the idea that batman is as crazy as his enemies is nothing new, but this book epitomized it. like Sandman, very late 80's/early 90's feel.

another trippy comic i love is Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing. Moore reworked swamp thing as a sympathetic monster with themes focusing on identity and memory, while still being within the horror genre. Alan Moore is probably a literal genius and he's known for his many other famous classics, like Watchmen (probably the most classic/important comic, which is also about comics), V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Anything by Moore is a safe bet and he sets the bar for writing in the comic medium.

If you are more interested in art than story, my biggest reccomendation would be literally anything drawn by Jean Giraud, aka "Mœbius." He is probably a national hero in france and he was one of the most celebrated comic artists of all time. he made masterful linework look easy and he has a genius understanding of simple composition and color.

there are tons of smaller, fun books/series, many of which i have yet to read, but the ones i listed are all pretty standard, accessible recommendations. definitely check out a few! Edit: typos

u/centipededamascus · 22 pointsr/comicbooks

>is the character in the film different enough from the comics for it to be possible that I may not enjoy it as much? Is the spirit of the character similar enough in both media that I'll feel like I'm experiencing the same thing?

Let me answer that with this image.

>And the newbie-ish question, where should I look in terms of comic series? Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1? I'm vaguely aware of a reboot?

Not a reboot, but a relaunch. The first Guardians series featuring the modern Guardians was published from 2008 to 2011 and was written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. The current Guardians series was launched in 2013 and is written by Brian Bendis. You could start at the beginning of either series, but most Guardians fans prefer the 2008 series, which you can get in a nice new oversized paperback collection very soon: Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett and Lanning: The Complete Collection, vol. 1.

>Are there Rocket Raccoon stand alone comics? Are they worth checking out without reading Guardians first?

A Rocket solo series was just launched recently, actually. It's definitely worth checking out on its own. Take a look: https://www.comixology.com/Rocket-Raccoon-2014/comics-series/21368

u/kyrie-eleison · 21 pointsr/comicbooks

The biggest runs are Miller, Bendis/Brubaker and Waid. I've listed all four runs in both their Deluxe/Omnibus formats and their standard paperback versions. I imagine they're all available digitally, as well.

Frank Miller (1980-1982, 1986)

u/whiskeyboy · 19 pointsr/funny

To the latest Deadpool series? You can buy it at your local comic store or through the comixology app. I believe they are on Volume 7. Writers are Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan.

Here is the link to the first volume on Amazon

u/HoboWithAGun · 19 pointsr/WritingPrompts

The best way to start, imo, is with graphic novels/collections.
Going into a store and buying individual issues is going to be overwhelming, as you experienced.

As a DC reader I can recommend some books for you:

Batman - Batman Vol.1: Court of Owls has the first few issues of New 52 Batman and it's fantastic.

Superman - All-Star Superman is a great book, and widely considered THE best Superman book.

u/sd_glokta · 19 pointsr/television

The character description is interesting: "an honest but ambitious FBI agent willing to go to any length for his family." If they're going to make Season 3 like Born Again, then I suspect he's going to be a combination of Nick Manolis and Ben Urich (RIP on TV).

u/MrZarq · 16 pointsr/funny

The current run, by Brian Posehn, is supposed to be good. It starts with this book: http://www.amazon.com/Deadpool-Vol-1-Dead-Presidents/dp/0785166807

There's also the run by Daniel Way, which is the one /u/p_norm is talking about, which a lot of people dislike because it is too wacky. This is the chimichanga loving, 2 inner voices having, odd-ball. A lot of people find this run to be too wacky, and that it gets Deadpool wrong, but if you're new you won't care about that. Most Deadpool fragments you see on reddit are from this run. The writer also wrote the Deadpool game. It starts here: http://www.amazon.com/Deadpool-Vol-1-Secret-Invasion/dp/0785132732/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413815446&sr=1-1&keywords=deadpool+secret+invasion

Then there's the older run by Joe Kelly. This one is often seen as the Deadpool run. The problem is with how Marvel collected it. Issue #1 is collected in Deadpool Classic Vol. 1, together with his older mini-series, which I personally didn't like, and all the rest is in Vol. 2 onwards.

Currently, Marvel is on somewhat of a Deadpool spree, and has published a billion mini-series, most of which are good. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Night of the Living Deadpool, Hawkeye vs. Deadpool, ...

u/dishragnarok · 15 pointsr/Marvel

The volume 1 omnibus collects all of brubaker and fractions comics. Volume 2 is by someone else and not as good. Just to be clear its this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Immortal-Iron-Fist-Complete-Collection/dp/0785185429

u/convergentstrabismus · 14 pointsr/comics

I would definitely recommend Cable and Deadpool. It's essentially a buddy cop series, and it has all of the mouthing off that makes Deadpool easy to love.

Edit: also Deadpool Classic Vol. 1: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0785131248/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/192-2822585-4071148

u/cubitoaequet · 13 pointsr/marvelstudios

You should check out the Matt Fraction/David Aja run of Hawkeye. I don't really read comics much, but that series really made Hawkeye my favorite Avenger. Really great stuff, like an entire issue seen through the perspective of his dog.

u/rkcr · 12 pointsr/comics

I like well-drawn comics, but that doesn't mean they have to be intricate and detailed - just that they match the content very well. For example, I think John Campbell (Pictures for Sad Children) is great because he can get the emotion of scenes across really well with his simple drawings. (Though I equally love artists like David Hellman.)

I like funny comics as well as serious comics. I dislike comics that aren't even remotely funny (but are trying to be). I dislike comics that could have been funny, but they ruined themselves by either going on too long (Ctrl Alt Delete) or by explaining their punchline ((Ctrl Alt Delete) again).

I love comics that are consistently good, or at least only foul occasionally.

I dislike comics that are nothing but essays with pictures added. (I'm looking at you, 50% of Subnormality.) I think the comic form is a unique medium in itself and should not be treated in such a manner.

I like comics that are self-contained to a certain extent, in that either each comic is a unique situation (SMBC) or they only have particular story arcs (Dr. McNinja) and don't just go on forever with no resolution (Megatokyo). This is why, when I go to comics stores, I buy comic books (like Blankets) rather than serials (like X-Men). (There are exceptions to this rule, when a comic book is finished and the entire collection is sold as one, like Watchmen or Marvel 1602.)

I'm sure there's more, these are just my thoughts for now.

u/dacap00 · 12 pointsr/comics

Ed Brubaker's current run is the definitive modern version of the character. You can buy the individual trade paperbacks but the cheapest way is through the 2 large omnibus collections that were released. The first one is 744 pages for $50 so it's a pretty good deal.

Start Here: http://www.amazon.com/Captain-America-Omnibus-Vol-1/dp/0785128662/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266089133&sr=8-7

Read Civil War: http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Mark-Millar/dp/078512179X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266089235&sr=1-1

Then Read This: http://www.amazon.com/Death-Captain-America-Omnibus/dp/0785138064/ref=pd_sim_b_1

and you will be pretty much caught up except for stuff that's come out in the past year or so.

If you'd prefer to read the softcover trades: start here: http://www.amazon.com/Captain-America-Vol-Winter-Soldier/dp/0785119205/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266089341&sr=1-2-spell

u/jononarf · 12 pointsr/INJUSTICE

I'll be that guy, do it anyway. Start with Green Lantern Rebirth (not the current run), then keep collecting them cheap. Find them used if you can. The build up, then the actual story arc for Sinestro Corp War is still one of the coolest things I've ever read.

Or just fork over the cash for https://www.amazon.com/Green-Lantern-Geoff-Johns-Omnibus/dp/140125134X/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1495727443&sr=8-2-fkmr2&keywords=green+lander+omnibus

I used to not give two shits about Green Lantern. Then I kept hearing about this Blackest Knight Event and what it represented. After that, I now know too much and GL, and that part of the DC universe is always in my mind for DC related stuff. You can't have a JL movie without Hal or John. I'm sorry, DC/WB, you just can't....but, we'll see.

u/FuzzyCrack · 11 pointsr/DCcomics

Jeff Lemire's recent run on Green Arrow is critically praised. Here's the first volume of that run: http://www.amazon.com/Green-Arrow-Vol-Kill-Machine/dp/1401246907/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1417156108&sr=8-4

u/Adamant-Adam · 11 pointsr/DCcomics

The main thing that new Flash readers often learn is that Barry Allen in the comics is barely anything like his portrayals in any other media. A lot of what makes the Flash interesting was created for the Wally West era, so my essential Flash reading list tries to balance both Flashes:

u/dizzysaurus · 11 pointsr/movies

It's written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan. The first issue has Deadpool firing at a dinosaur creature with cats flying everywhere.

http://www.amazon.com/Deadpool-Vol-1-Dead-Presidents/dp/0785166807 is the correct cover, not sure if it's just the single comic or a collected version.

u/nikktheconqueerer · 10 pointsr/television

It's "Hawkeye (2012 - 2015)" This is the first volume

There are also some side stories that took place during the run, like Deadpool vs Hawkeye which is actually a fun Halloween arc

u/baalroo · 10 pointsr/comicbooks
u/philosowalker · 10 pointsr/arrow

I would recommend starting with Green Arrow:Year One by Andy Diggle. It modernized his origin and is what the island flashbacks were roughly based on.

Then I would move to the best Green Arrow run from the New 52 by Jeff Lemire which can be found in Volume 4: The Kill Machine, Volume 5: The Outsiders War, and the first half of Volume 6: Broken which releases in May.

I would also recommend Green Lantern/Green Arrow by Denny O'Neill & Neil Adams, as it was the original run that modernized the character.

As for other characters from the show appearing in the New 52, Roy is a main character in Red Hood and the Outlaws along with Red Hood (Jason Todd, the second Robin) and Starfire. Laurel was also the leader in Birds of Prey, but I never read it so I don't know if it's good or not.

Edit: And for a good Ra's al Ghul story I would check out JLA: Tower of Babel.

u/ThatDerpingGuy · 9 pointsr/movies

A lot of 'I'm not a fan of Superman but it was good' folks here.

Might I suggest some really good Superman comics?

Superman - Action Comics Vol. 1 - Part of DC's New 52 reboot, these comics are by Grant Morrison (who is a great writer and something of an expert on comics, especially Superman) and shows a young Superman at the very beginnings of his superheroics.

All-Star Superman - Another Grant Morrison work, All-Star Superman is an Elseworlds (set outside main canon) that is by and large considered one of the definitive works of Superman stories. A little camp with lots of love given to the Golden and Silver Ages but played straight and fantastic story.

Kingdom Come - Another Elseworlds set in a dark, alternate future, where Clark has given up being Superman and the world pretty much standing on the edge. Amazing art by Alex Ross.

Superman: Red Son - An Elseworlds in which Superman landed in Communist Russia as an infant and raised by the state. The concept is silly but it's honestly a great read.

Superman: Birthright - A retelling and modernization of Superman's origin, it's a pretty good read and probably what Man of Steel is drawing a lot of inspiration from.

Superman Annual #11: "For the Man Who Has Everything" - It's a Superman story written by Alan Moore. I don't want to say anymore due to potential spoilers.

Rubix89 also said "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?" which is pretty much a response to the question of 'What's so great about the big blue boyscout in this day and age?'

u/JT_91 · 9 pointsr/batman

Or maybe you would think differently about the character because most of the time it's not about how badly Superman is going to fuck shit up, it's about himself and what it means to be take up that role. That's what this did great at accomplishing.

u/jello_aka_aron · 9 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Anything by Alan Moore. Promethea is a personal fave, but might not be the best place to start. Top Ten is also very good if cop drama overlaid with some super-hero stuff sounds appealing. Watchman is a cornerstone of the form, but you will definitely appreciate it more if/when you have a fair bit of 'capes & tights' superhero work under your belt.

Blankets is just stunning. I've bought it 3 times already and have the new hardcover edition on perorder.

Stardust is another great one by Neil Gaiman. It's also unique in that if you enjoy the story you can experience it in 3 different, but all very good, forms. The original comic, the prose novel, and the film all work quite well and give a nice window into what bits a pieces work better in each form.

Of course no comic list is complete without Maus and Understanding Comics.

u/jocab_w · 9 pointsr/comicbooks

Daredevil was the comics character that helped me to get through the worst of my depression. Daredevil's mantra is the same as his father's: "never give up". Through the years, you see Matt Murdock go through the ringer, but even when things seem impossible or difficult, he never gives up. Yeah, I know it's fiction, but seeing someone go through what Matt did in Born Again and come out the other side of it stronger than ever made me say "I can do this too".

I'd recommend reading Miller's original run (issues #158-191) first, then going straight into Born Again.

Another good run to read is from Mark Waid. Waid's run is a departure tonally from the runs that came before it, but it still remains true to the character. Matt gets a new lease on life after years of misery and darkness, choosing not to be weighed down by the unbearable pain and loss of his recent past. He chooses to move forward and start living life as he wants to.

Good luck, /u/HeySabangotasecond. I know all too well that depression is a bitch and a half to deal with. Talking with someone you trust (family, friends, therapist, etc.) can help a great deal.

This too shall pass.

u/dantagonist · 9 pointsr/graphicnovels

All Star Superman by Morrison and Quietly is a great arc that captures a lot of what makes Superman well, Superman.

Red Son looks at how things might have gone if instead of ending up in Kansas, he landed in Soviet Russia.

/r/comicbooks can help too!

u/Mr_Smartie · 8 pointsr/DCcomics

In 2011, DC launched "The New 52", a reboot that reset every title back to #1, and condensed/erased many portions of the old continuity, in order to make the new books more accessible to new readers. Generally, you can start with "trades", which are volumes of issues (generally around 5-8) collected in a novel form. Vol. 1 of any series is usually a good place to start.
 

For Batman and Batman-related books, I recommend starting with the following:
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill
Nightwing, Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes
Batman: The Black Mirror - This is actually just before The New 52, but I recommend this mainly because it's a very well-loved modern story that made Scott Snyder (the current Batman writer) famous. It's also fairly accessible to new readers.
 

For other characters, I would recommend:
Green Arrow, Vol. 4: The Kill Machine - The first three volumes are heavily disliked by fans. Vol. 4 is when the next writer (Jeff Lemire) takes over, and he establishes a different status quo and tone, making it easy for new readers to jump in.
The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood
Earth 2, Vol. 1: The Gathering

u/MuffinTopSamurai · 8 pointsr/comicbooks

It can sometimes kinda work that way with American comics...

For Deadpool, you can start with the Deadpool Classic books. There are four volumes, with a fifth one coming out soon. It does get a little confusing after that, though. I don't think the Classic books have collected the entirety of the first Deadpool series, which led into Agent X, which I'm not sure has been collected in trade paperbacks either. That then lead into Cable & Deadpool, of which there are three volumes. And then after that you have the current Deadpool series. There are trade paperbacks of those, but the numbering starts at volume 1... which can be really confusing if you want to start at the "real" beginning. Then there's the various mini-series titles which I won't even go into for fear of rage.
TL;DR: Start with the Deadpool Classic books, not plain ol' Deadpool.

Now, with Spider-Man, you have a few options:
You can just get into Ultimate Spider-Man, which is the "updated" or "modernized" version of Spider-Man that started in 2000. Very good stories, and reading them is relatively straightforward as far as Marvel goes. Start at volume 1 and move forward rationally from there for 22 volumes. Then the stupid starts with Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man volume 1, which is basically Ultimate Spider-Man volume 23.
The other options are the Essentials books, which collect the "old school" Spider-Man titles, dating back to the 60s, in big, black-and-white volumes. There are a few titles: Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Web of Spider-Man which I think will have an Essentials volume coming out later this year. There's also an adjective-less Spider-Man title from 1990 (91?) but I don't know if it's been given the Essentials treatment at all.
Or you could buy this thing and read until you fall over.

u/AdamarLives · 8 pointsr/comicbooks
  • If you're trying to cut down on cost you can purchase your comics in trade paperback form, commonly referred as just "trades" or "TPBs" by comic book readers. These trades usually bind together 6 or 7 issues of a given comic run.
  • Trades can be purchased from various places, most of which have already been listed below by /u/maine_forest. Another places I'd recommend is www.comixology.com if you don't mind reading comics digitally. There are lots of sales that go one there that you can take advantage of.
  • A tip about comics, you don't have to start from the "beginning". Nor would I recommend it. Many characters and comics got their start decades ago and many of those plot points are irrelevant to whatever is going on now and the writing can be off-putting to new readers because of how dated it is. What I recommend is starting from a contemporary point (which you can find in the sidebar) and moving forward from there. Eventually, as you get more and more into comics you can choose to read much older stuff and likely have a greater appreciation for it now that you have a better handle on the medium.
  • X-Men: As a huge X-Men fan, X-Men comics can be far more intimidating to get into than most other characters. This is mostly because of how many characters that make up the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe, which has resulted in there being A LOT of X-books. Here's what I would recommend;
  • Astonishing X-Men Book 1 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday This is a relatively self-contained x-book and is often regarded as one of the better X-Men stories.
  • All New X-Men volume 1 by Brian M. Bendis This is the best place to start if you want to jump in with where the X-Men are right now. It's a great story that involves most of the X-Men you probably are familiar with thru the movies.
  • Lastly, to view the sidebar, there's another reddit app I use called Alien Blue that lets you view a sidebar of any given subreddit. You may want to use that for further guidance.

    Have fun!
u/eggpIant · 8 pointsr/Spiderman

I always suggest ultimate when this comes up. it separate from what you might know about the spider man universe, but is really really good anyways. also really fun because the stories of all the characters are different. there are a few "beginnings" but this is where ultimate really starts.
http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Spider-Man-Collection-Vol/dp/0785124926/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413160456&sr=1-1&keywords=ultimate+spiderman

edit: also, it is actually a complete story with origins and an end

u/Ghostlymagi · 8 pointsr/comicbooks

Start with Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker then continue through all of Captain America by Brubaker.

This is a solid starting ground. The whole run is solid.

u/xkjeku · 8 pointsr/DCcomics

This is everything that's worth reading. The Wally stuff is a lot better than both the Barry and Bart stuff.

The Flash by Mark Waid
The Flash by Morrison/Millar (This takes place in the middle of Waid's run)
The Flash by Geoff Johns

To gain a bit of context for why Wally is the Flash for these runs, Barry is dead. He died saving the Universe in the pages of Crisis on Infinite on Earths which you can pick up, but it's dense in terms of material. Mark Waid’s run is currently being reprinted. There are currently 2 total volumes with a third on the way. The first book is a bit slow but is important because it has Born to Run which is an origin story for Wally. Morrison/Millar’s run is a bit ridiculous in terms of feats of power and features the Black Flash. Johns run is a bit more grounded, and takes less of a focus on world threatening issues and more focuses on the backstories of villains and stuff like that. Mainly character driven stuff. These 3 runs are also responsible for modern Flash canon. They introduce the Speed Force and almost every evil speedster.

For Barry Allen

Flash Rebirth (2009) by Geoff Johns

Flash Dastardly Death of the Rogues by Geoff Johns

[Flashpoint by Geoff Johns] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1401233384/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480633753&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=flashpoint&dpPl=1&dpID=61e0-Dt31zL&ref=plSrch)

New 52 Flash volumes 1-4 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato

The rest of the New 52 is really bad, do not get it. Flash Rebirth (2016) has been pretty fun, but a bit disappointing at the start, but it's gotten a lot better. But still, I heavily recommend getting the Wally West volumes above.

Bart Allen

Impulse by various authors is a great series from what I hear. Personally I haven’t read it but various well informed Flash redditors have said it’s great. Just don’t read Flash Fastest Man Alive. It’s not good.

A few miscellaneous stories include

The Brave and The Bold by Mark Waid a story about Barry Allen and Hal Jordan for 6 issues at different points in their life. I haven’t been able to find a physical copy.

This whole series is a team book that features Wally as the Flash

The current Titans by Dan Abnett heavily features Wally. Especially this first trade.

Green Lantern v3 issues 66-67 a short arc between Kyle Rayner Green Lantern and Wally West. It’s their first one on one team up and it’s a cool story that ignites their rivalry.

All-Flash #1 sets up Wally as the Flash after Bart’s tenure as the Flash (Do not read it) and is a cool, cool story that shows Wally at one of his lowest points.

The Wild Wests by Mark Waid (Flash vol 2 #231-237) is a story that isn’t close to as good as Waid’s initial run but it’s still good in my opinion. First story with Wally as a dad and it tries to establish a new status quo for the Flash. Then Waid leaves DC. Also, it has cool art.

Both Young Justice by Peter David and Teen Titans by Geoff Johns feature Bart in a main role







u/tec2030 · 8 pointsr/xmen

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.

  • Claremont's first era (70s): You can buy them HERE and HERE

  • Claremont's second era (80's): You can buy them HERE and HERE

    If you want to start with Modern X-Men...

  • ...you can start with Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men which you can buy HERE

  • Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men start's right where Morrison's New X-Men leaves off and you can buy that HERE and HERE

    From there you can get caught up pretty easily if you follow this list in order:

  • House of M (buy here)
  • Messiah Complex (buy here)
  • Second Coming(buy here)
  • Schism (buy here)
  • Avengers Vs X-Men (buy here)

    From there I would move on to the current All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men titles:

  • Read all of All-New X-Men (pre Battle of the Atom Crossover) Buy here: VOL 1 & VOL 2 / VOL 3
  • Read all of Uncanny X-Men (pre Battle of the Atom Crossover) Buy Here: VOL 1 / VOL 2
  • Read Battle of the atom crossover (buy here)
  • Catch up with All-New X-Men VOL 4 / TRIAL OF JEAN GREY / VOL 5
  • Catch up with Uncanny X-Men VOL 3 / VOL 4

    Great, now you're all caught up!

    PS, the great thing about X-Men is there is a ton of content to explore aside from the main storyline!

  • X-Statix (buy here)
  • Uncanny X-Force (buy here)
  • X-Factor (starts with these two: HERE and HERE)
  • Cable & Deadpool (buy here)
  • Wolverine & The X-Men (buy here)
  • Ultimate X-Men (start HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE)


    ...and much more!

    Happy reading! :)
u/ThtGuyIKnw · 8 pointsr/xmen

Here's some help from the r/ComicBooks FAQ:

>X-MEN Reading List

>Here are some popular X-Men books and related titles from Marvel:

>The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont and John Byrne

>X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson

>New X-Men by Grant Morrison

>X-Force/X-Statix by Peter Milligan and Michael Allred

>Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

>New Mutants by Zeb Wells

>Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender

>X-Factor by Peter David

>X-Men Legacy by Mike Carey

>All-New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Marte Gracia

Personally, I'd strongly recommend Whedon's Astonishing X-Men to any new reader.

If it's JUST Wolverine you're interested in, the Wolverine run by Jason Aaron is a pretty fun jumping on point.

u/watwait · 8 pointsr/comicbooks

Here, go read this book. It has archers, action, and pizza. It's on Marvel Unlimited.

Wednesdays are new comic days and local libraries are fucking magical places.

u/Mastrmind · 8 pointsr/reddit.com

Do graphic novels count? If so: Watchmen

u/apocalypsenowandthen · 7 pointsr/comicbookmovies
  • The Dark Knight draws heavily from The Long Halloween and plenty of the Joker's lines are taken straight out of a prose issue collected here. There's also the obvious influence of The Killing Joke and The Man Who Laughs. The Killing Joke was also the primary influence on Tim Burton's Batman.

  • Batman Begins draws from a number of stories include Year One, Blind Justice and The Man Who Falls which is collected here.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier was based on the fairly recent Ed Brubaker run which is phenomenal.

  • The Dark Knight Rises combines elements of Knightfall, No Man's Land and The Dark Knight Returns. The Dark Knight Returns is also a major influence on the upcoming Batman V Superman.

  • The Avengers mainly draws from the original first issue of The Avengers, which is collected here and retold again here in a modern setting, as well as The Ultimates. There are plenty of shots that feel like they were lifted right out of The Ultimates. On a side note, Joss also wrote the introduction to the book years ago and it was through doing this that he figured out exactly why the Avengers work.

  • The X-Men movies tend to draw more from the 80's, especially Chris Claremont's run. X-Men 2 draws heavily from Gods Loves, Man Kills. X-Men 3 is loosely based off of The Dark Phoenix Saga as well as Joss Whedon's relatively recent Astonishing X-Men. The Wolverine draws from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's [Wolverine mini-series] and Days of Future Past is based on, you guessed it, Day of Future Past. Even though X-Men: First Class takes it's name from the comic of the same name it has more in common with the early Stan Lee stuff. X-Men Origins: Wolverine draws from several comics include Wolverine's Origin mini-series and Weapon X. The first X-Men movie isn't really based off any particular arc although it did heavily influence Ultimate X-Men.

  • The upcoming Daredevil TV series seems to be drawing heavily from Frank Miller's run, particularly his origin story The Man Without Fear. While Miller's main run took place in the late 70's/early 80's The Man Without Fear came out in the 90's.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy takes its line-up from the 2004 series but the plot of the movie is all its own.

  • Avenger: Age of Ultron seems to be an original story that's taking it's cues, at least in part, from Ultron Unlimited which is collected here.

  • Man of Steel was heavily influenced by John Byrne's 80's reboot although its structure is heavily modelled on the 2010 graphic novel Earth One. There are also bits and pieces taken from Birthright, Secret Origin and All-Star Superman.

  • Iron Man 3 certainly takes its cues from Extremis but a lot of it is just pure Shane Black. The first Iron Man isn't based on a particular storyline but Tony's origin stuff in Afghanistan is almost identical to the flashbacks in Extremis that revamp Tony's origin for a modern context. Iron Man 2 borrows a little from Demon in a Bottle and Armor Wars but ultimately does its own thing.

  • The writer of the Fantastical Four reboot has mentioned that they've been influenced by Ultimate Fantastic Four.

  • Ant-Man follows an original story but is primarily influenced by the Scott Lang Ant-Man books from the late 70's/early 80's.

  • The Thor movies aren't based on any particular storyline but they are vaguely influenced by Walter Simon's run as well as J. Michael Straczynski's run

  • Green Lantern draws heavily from Geoff John's run, especially his near-perfect origin story Secret Origin

  • AKA Jessica Jones is based on the incredible Alias.

    EDIT: Formatting
u/rockman0 · 7 pointsr/Marvel

There's Road to Civil War. It kind of sets the stage for the event.

Then, there's the trade for the event itself.. There's a hardcover version with a lot of extras that I'd recommend.

Also, Civil War: Frontline is a good series to pick up. It follows a couple of reporters as they cover what's going on.

If you're into Spider-Man, Civil War: Spiderman is a good trade to pick up. It collects issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, etc. that take place during the event.

Also, Death of Captain America is a good trade to pick up. It takes place directly after Civil War and covers the Fallen Son event.

There's, of course, a lot more out there, but the links above are pretty good for getting the full story.

If that's a bit pricey for you, you can sometimes find people selling a full collection of the Civil War event on eBay for about 50 or 60 bucks.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

EDIT: Realized links were directing to the mobile site, so I changed it to the desktop versions.

u/GSdudeman · 7 pointsr/Spiderman
  1. If you want to start with modern spider-man, I'd suggest reading from either Brand New Day or Big Time, which is where Dann Slott (current writer) started his run. Of course you just can just jump on with Superior Spider-man, which is the current series with Doc Ock in Peter's body being Spider-man (this took place at the end of amazing spider-man with the Dying Wish arc. The series is currently 20 issues in, so there's not as much catch-up. There's also Ultimate Spider-man that takes place in an alternate marvel universe that is also really good and has less continuity issues and is a modern retelling of the spider-man origin story and further.
    After getting some reading under your belt, I'd also suggest checking out some of the books in the side bar.

  2. The absolute first spider-man comic is amazing Fantasy #15 from all the way back in 1962, and the first comic in the amazing spider-man main series came out in 1963. I'd suggest reading some of the early spider-man comics. They're a bit cheesy today, but still a lot of fun to read. You can find them in big collected omnibus form.


  3. Amazon is always a good bet for getting trades for cheap, but I like going to my local comic book stores. They need as much support as they can get and you can usually get the people working there to help you get into new series. Its also just a great place to hang out and talk about comics with people.

    Hope this helps :)
u/Mc_Spider_02 · 7 pointsr/comicbooks


For Marvel Comics



How to Get Into Comic Books (13:40) | Patrick Willems

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):

u/loki1887 · 7 pointsr/movies

The main arc is 7 or 8 issues and you can get it in trade paperback or kindle edition at amazon, also at Comixology.com in digital format.

u/Shutty · 7 pointsr/Marvel

Joe Kelly's Run

Cable and Deadpool

If you like a wackier Deadpool then Daniel Way's Run (1of4)

Remender's Uncanny X-Force

For an Alternate Universe Deadpool but a great read check out Killology by Cullen Bunn Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, Deadpool Kills Deadpool.

Deadpool's Current Marvel Now

Also go check out /r/Deadpool. There's lots of reading lists on there as well.

u/The_Real_Gilgongo · 7 pointsr/comicbooks

The Annihilation Omnibus releases in a few weeks. It up for pre-ordering now.

u/SoSorryOfficial · 7 pointsr/graphicnovels

Here's exactly where I'd start your kid. If you don't know, the ultimate universe was a line of books Marvel did for several years that was its own continuity outside their main earth-616 timeline. Ultimate Spider-Man largely follows the same story beats as OG Amazing Spider-Man but it uses the benefit of hindsight to trim the stuff that doesn't work, emphasize the stuff that was under-utilized, and so forth. Where your kid's concerned, it's very accessible and it's a complete story that runs for many more volumes after this and never changes author. It seldom even changes artist. It's my top recommendation for anyone who wants to get into Spider-Man but might not enjoy the 60s stuff right away.

u/Ag3ntK3ntucky · 7 pointsr/Spiderman

If you have never read “Ultimate Spider-man” that where I would start. It’s a great entry point back into Spider-man. Alternatively you could start with Slott’s run of Amazing Spider-man which is basically the beginning to the modern Spider-Man. Slott’s run lasted for several years and is actually about to be over. Both Ultimate Spider-man and Slott’s run of Amazing Spider-man are offered as collections in TBP form. Amazing Spider-Man is starting over again at #1 in June. This will be a new creative team. If you are looking for a TV show, I’d recommend “The Spectacular Spider-man.” It’s only two season long, but does just about everything right when it comes to cartoon adaptations. Feel free to ask any questions! I can recommend more if you would like.

Edit:
Ultimate Spider-Man
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0785124926/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526663994&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=ultimate+spiderman&dpPl=1&dpID=51wxuvpEdyL&ref=plSrch

Slott’s Run of Amazing Spider-Man
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0785162178/ref=sxts_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526664063&sr=1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65

Edit II:
If you live in the USA you can watch “The Spectacular Spider-man” TV show for free right now on Crackle. It has commercials but each episode only has a total of about four minutes of commercials spread across three breaks very similar to watching it on TV.

Edit III:
Here’s to a link to a Reddit post for reading order for Slott’s run of Amazing Spider-Man. It gets updated every so often.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Spiderman/comments/77dt8b/modern_spiderman_reading_order/?st=JHC908UX&sh=c1945e22

u/julia-sets · 7 pointsr/comicbooks

Ed Brubaker's run.

He starts at vol. 5 #1, which is collected here.

u/grailhawk · 7 pointsr/xmen

X-Men (1975 - 1981)
Giant Size X-Men #1
Uncanny X-Men #94 - #124
Uncanny X-Men Annual #3
Uncanny X-Men #125 - #138
Uncanny X-Men Annual #4
Uncanny X-Men #139 - #143
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol. 1
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol. 2
Maybe better ways to get this that are more cost effective but this is one option (goes for all the links in this post).

If you know you can't get into comics from the late 70's and early 80's because the writing style bothers you then I would look at either Grant Morrison's New X-Men or Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men.
X-Men (2001 - 2004)
New X-Men #114 - #117
New X-Men Annual 2001
New X-Men #118 - #154
New X-Men Omnibus

X-Men (2004 - 2006)
Astonishing X-Men #1 - #24
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1
Astonishing X-Men Ultimate Collection 1
Astonishing X-Men Ultimate Collection 2

IMO the Claremont, Cockrum, and Byrne stuff is much better then the others and holds up to this day however it was written in a time when you did have to read the comics there are lots of words compared to a modern comic, this bothers some people.

u/marth555 · 7 pointsr/DCcomics
u/EntreChienEtLoup · 7 pointsr/GotG

So I wasn't really into comics at all six months ago. I picked up the Annihilation Omnibus when I saw the GotG trailer and now I am totally hooked. It remains my favorite run to date and I can't recommend it enough.

u/Shift_Hyphen · 7 pointsr/comicbooks

Do you want to read digital or physical copies of comics?

I can give you some recommendations for Daredevil if you want, but I've never read digital comics before, so I'll just show you physical copies.

You can start with Frank Miller's run, which has three volumes and another story later (Born Again). The trade (trade paperback, it's a collection of issues bound into a paperback book) you read, "The Man Without Fear" is Frank Miller's re-imagining of Daredevil's origin.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Born Again

After Frank Miller's run you can read Bendis' run. It is also in three volumes.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Then Brubaker's run, again, three volumes.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

And then Waid's run. You can collect this in two different ways, a bunch of smaller trades, or five larger hardcover copies. I'd recommend the hardcovers, they're easier to read and I'm too lazy to link all of the trades.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

And now you're all caught up to the current run. There was some stuff in between these other runs, like "Yellow" and Kevin Smith's run, but this is the main stuff. I'm guessing the five issues you picked up last week are from this run, so all you need to do is tell the comicbook shop guy you want to add Daredevil to your "pull list". This means every time a new Daredevil issue comes out (once a month) the shop will put it aside so you can pick it up whenever you want.

If you want to read digital comics, that's something different though.

u/Gorrondonuts · 7 pointsr/movies

If anyone is interested in reading comics but don't know where to start then I heartily suggest picking up the current Hawkeye book. The first trade is here. It contains the first 6 issues of Hawkeye, written by Matt Faction with art by David Aja.

Even if you aren't a fan of Hawkeye from the movies, actually especially if you aren't a fan, you should pick this up. It is wonderfully written and paced. Probably the best current on going Marvel book.

u/wendellbudwhite · 6 pointsr/DCcomics
u/PhotonCommander10 · 6 pointsr/Marvel

All three of those storylines you can read just the core series, and it still makes sense. Tie-ins are usually there just to make the event come across as more large-scale.

Just FYI, Age of Ultron the movie isn't based on the comic series. It's a name-only thing. I really enjoyed it, but the general consensus is that it was terrible, so you might want to be cautious of that one.

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Gauntlet-Jim-Starlin/dp/0785156593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414065303&sr=8-1&keywords=Infinity+Gauntlet

http://www.amazon.com/Age-Ultron-Brian-Michael-Bendis/dp/078515566X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414065322&sr=8-1&keywords=age+of+ultron

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Mark-Millar/dp/078512179X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414065338&sr=8-1&keywords=civil+war

u/jacer1099 · 6 pointsr/movies

If you haven't read the Civil War comic I suggest you do. Bucky will be a big part of things to come, they're not abandoning that plot for another Avenger's movie.

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Mark-Millar/dp/078512179X

edit: that sounded super comic book nerdy pretentious. I didn't mean that. I just mean that the story doesn't dissolve, and it is a good read.

u/BoarTusko · 6 pointsr/Marvel

Honestly, if you had the money, I suggest reading the entirety of Geoff Johns' run on Green Lantern. It really made me a giant Green Lantern fan.

u/Rudera1is · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

The thing about reading comics is you've got to accept that your don't and can't know everything. Most people haven't read the entire back catalogs of their favorite character, I doubt even many writers have. Another big thing worth knowing about comics is that stories come in a few different formats. One offs are self contained stories. Most commonly you will find that your book is part of a 3-5 part story arc, so check the "backstory page" and see if it says part x of x. Lastly you have event crossovers. These are much larger storylines that affect the Marvel universe as a whole, usually lots of crossovers. As for a deadpool recommend starting point. I would recommend deadpools Marvel now relaunch

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0785166807/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_0OrMBbY0RXMB2

u/gingermidget93 · 6 pointsr/deadpool

He first appeared in "the new muntants" issue 98 I beleive.
But that one is going to be expensive af.
I'd just start with deadpool classic volume 1 it's a pretty thick book for around 10 to 15 bucks.

Edited: nvm it's 20$
Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0785131248/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wRRPybV9H0ARX

u/SoulsIgnite · 6 pointsr/TumblrInAction

Okey, I'm actually very much a DC fan these days but I'll try to recommend some Marvel stuff.

>Spider-Man

This is a pretty decent Spider-Man guide that details some different starting points.. I'd also recommend The Superior Foes of Spider-Man which followed some of his villains and was incredible well-received in most circles.

>X-Men

All the current titles suck imo and they definitely don't make sense on their own so don't start with those unless you're feeling brave.

I'm personally a fan of the Wolverine and the X-Men comic from a few years ago, but it doesn't usually follow the main X-Men and isn't everyone's cup of tea, so you might not want to start there.

You could however start with Astonishing X-Men, a comic that does follow the more iconic members of the team and that's still pretty modern and fun to read.

>Avengers

Bendis' Avengers and/or New Avengers runs are decent starting points if you want to get to know the team a little. Modern stuff, not that hard to get into as far as I know. A lot of older Avengers comics aren't very good since they were kind of the B-team for a long time.

>Others

I'm a huge fan of Runaways, which follows a bunch of kids who discover that their parents are supervillains and decide that they need to do something about that. It's very self-contained compared to most comics which makes it easier to get into, and their live action series is debuting on Hulu this winter.

Mark Waid's Daredevil is also a fun/interesting read. It might be a little confusing at first but it doesn't require that much knowledge about stuff and it uses the medium incredible well.

Also, you might want to Google "read comics online" and look into that.

u/SailorKingCobra · 6 pointsr/RedditDayOf

No worries, I lol'd. To save you from the expedition, it comes from The Watchmen. Appeared on Time Magazine's (?) list of 100 best books ever written. I may not go that far but it is definitely a must read. Fascinating on many levels.

u/XK310 · 6 pointsr/Watchmen

It's called Watchmen.

Here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0930289234

u/actioncomicbible · 5 pointsr/movies
u/Hipster223 · 5 pointsr/DCcomics

Uh... does it have to be Hal. Because I really recommend JLA. It's my favorite lineup/era.

u/fench · 5 pointsr/Defenders

This is what you need... about 18 issues including an annual. Its an incredible story, one of the best Marvel has put out in the past 15 years imo

http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Iron-Fist-Complete-Collection/dp/0785185429/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51vwq4AXhJL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR104%2C160_&refRID=1K5P4E0GC7T5F62WY71G

u/mistaketheory · 5 pointsr/Marvel

X-Men!

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) ;)

u/AbsorbingMan · 5 pointsr/Marvel

The Iron Fist Epic collection TPB that collects all his first appearances from the 1970s.


https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Fist-Epic-Collection-Fury/dp/078519164X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482557649&sr=1-1&keywords=iron+fist+epic+collection

That gives you all you need to know about how he got started.

Then read Brubaker and Fraction's Inmortal Iron Fist collection Vol 1.

https://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Iron-Fist-Complete-Collection/dp/0785185429/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482557712&sr=1-1&keywords=immortal+iron+fist+the+complete+collection+volume+1

That uses all the 1970s backstory stuff and builds a wonderful and rich history around the whole Iron Fist legend.

Read those two books and you're pretty much caught up on everything you need to know.

u/drock45 · 5 pointsr/Marvel

Are there particular big stories you'd like to read? Don't be afraid to just jump in and discover things as they unfold.

One good choice for Spider-Man and the Avengers that lead up to a big event is the years just before the Civil War event. Spider-Man had one of the most acclaimed runs ever leading up to that, written by J Michael Straczynski. It's collected in 5 "Ultimate Collection" trade paperbacks starting here.

Around the same time, Captain America was being written by Ed Brubaker and was having one of that characters most acclaimed runs as well. That run involved the Winter Soldier story-line, and it's a great read. That would eventually lead into Civil War as well. It's collected in an "Ultimate Collection" series as well, starting here.

So the years leading up to Civil War had some really great stuff, and come together in a big event, it might be just what you're looking for.

edit: another option is to look at the Recommended Reading sidebar over at /r/comicbooks and just browse what interest you

u/TheShadowStorm · 5 pointsr/arrow

Honestly Green Arrow isn't even that good until #17, the TPB for Green Arrow: Kill Machine collects #17 - #24 and #23.1, and it comes out in a few weeks

u/moyerr · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

Somebody posted these in a GotG reading recommendation thread a while back: one and two. They're basically two versions of the same thing.

I haven't read any of this, but I'm probably going to get the Annihilation Omnibus and the Guardians of the Galaxy Complete Collection vol 1 pretty soon. Both collected editions were released this year, so hopefully an Annihilation Conquest Omnibus will be out soon, as well as vol 2 of the GotG Complete Collection.

u/appleswitch · 5 pointsr/marvelstudios

Hawkeye practically doesn't exist in the MCU. Read Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon if you want to fall in love with what the character could be, then get very sad when you realize he might continue to be a cardboard cutout in the movies.

u/DaddyDaz · 5 pointsr/Marvel

Thor god of thunder, and hawkeye are my two favorite books from marvel right now. hawkeye vol 1 is out, and vol 2 comes out july 9th. thor god of thunder vol 1 comes out june 11th.

link to hawkeye vol 1: http://www.amazon.com/Hawkeye-Vol-Life-Weapon-Marvel/dp/0785165622/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369147277&sr=8-1&keywords=hawkeye

Daredevil has been really good lately. Avengers has been a good read since release. All new X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and X-Men Legacy are worth checking out.

if you don't mind reading digital comics and are interested in older stories, marvel has a really sweet deal out. http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited 69.00 a year for all the comics you can read. the service doesn't have a lot of the brand new comics, but it has most of the events.

for an event list, I'd start with avengers disassembled, house of M, civil war, and just keep working your way to current. wiki has a list of events in order. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publication_history_of_Marvel_Comics_crossover_events#2000s

edit: I should add that if you have access to a local comic shop, hit them up. they would love to talk to you about comics, and should be able to put you on the right path. if there isn't one in your area, there are a few online shops that can hook you up with books.

u/TheAmazingSpiderLin · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

I'd suggest Ultimate Spider-Man. It's a pretty great starting point and stars a teenage Spidey. The first trade is here.

u/AL333 · 5 pointsr/de

Kommt natürlich auch auf den Autor an.

Wenn du mal was gutes mit Superhelden ausprobieren willst, die Klassiker sind dies nicht umsonst:

  • Watchmen von Alan Moore und Dave Gibbons

  • Die Dark Knight Reihe von Frank Miller

  • Natürlich Kick-Ass von Mark Millar und sehr empfehlenswert auch:
  • Die X-Men-Reihe von Joss Whedon :)

    Würd sie auf englisch empfehlen, aber grad Watchmen kann da schon schwierig werden, ist halt keine Klo-Lektüre a la Lustiges Taschenbuch :D

    Edit: Formaten
u/DATBEARD · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

That's awesome you want to get into comics for him. Good on you. For protection you should get bags and boards. Basically the bags are well, bags, and the boards and a cardboard like backer you put behind the comic inside the bag.
You can pick them up online (they usually go for around the Amazon price on any site) or your local comic shop should have them. You'll want to put the comics inside what's called a longbox. My local comic shop sells them for $5 a piece.

As far as Deadpool, I'd highly suggest reading the Deadpool Classic trades. You'll learn his origin and it has literally classic stories. They're hilarious. Here's the first volume. I believe there's six in total. Then there's the current series which I'm sure he's reading. If you like those pick up other Deadpool trades. I'm pretty sure you'll like him, he's not your average super "hero".

For "essential comic basics" check out the FAQ. Has everything you need to know including reading suggestions on all types of books. Find something you might be interested in and/or what he's into and get reading.

u/Bournetocutmeat · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender was the first X-Men book I'd ever read and it made me really like the characters. It's a really dark story for the big 2

Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men is great too This book while still serious, is not nearly as dark in tone as Uncanny X-Force.

u/Optimoprimo · 5 pointsr/deadpool

Just personal opinion, but Way was one of my least favorite Deadpool writers. If you're looking to spend the same amount of money and you don't already have it, invest in Kelly's series from '97. He was the best writer that Deadpool has ever had.

u/Cabooseaholic · 5 pointsr/funny

I highly suggest the Joe Kelly Omnibus for anyone who wants to read Deadpool. I really enjoyed the story and made me laugh. It is not like the Deadpool where he makes jokes and breaks the fourth wall in the omnibus. He does sometimes, but not as much as now. I also suggest the Daniel Way series of Deadpool. More funny and fourth wall humor. The third pic is one from the Omnibus, and the fifth pic is one from Daniel Way.

Omnibus : http://www.amazon.com/Deadpool-Joe-Kelly-Omnibus/dp/0785185593

Daniel Way collection: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=daniel%20way%20deadpool&sprefix=daniel+way+%2Cstripbooks%2C289&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Adaniel%20way%20deadpool

Or just torrent it like I did.

Edit: Woah, I did buy the Omnibus and the first two vol. of the Daniel Way Deadpool series. I just torrented it after I bought them to read on the go.

u/Bouse · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

Yeah and Joe Kelly's Deadpool runs comes out in January in an omnibus.

u/PorterDaughter · 5 pointsr/deadpool

That depends on what you're looking for.

Classic Deadpool with Vanessa, Blind Al and Weasel is from the 90's, and wirtten by Joe Kelly. It's basically Deadpool vol.1, Issues #1-33+ 2 Annuals. There were collected as Deadpool Classic #1-5.

Afterwards there's Cable and Deadpool team up series, it had 50 issues, all worth reading.

Then there's Gerry Duggan's run from 2012. It ended very recently.

A new Deadpool series written by Skottie Young will begin next month.

u/Hawkeye437 · 5 pointsr/FlashTV

If you haven't read anything Green Arrow yet, I highly, highly, highly recommend reading Jeff Lemire's run, The Kill Machine, in the new 52. It's issues 17 - 24. It's entirely self contained so you don't need any previous knowledge and it is possibly the best comic run to be released in the new 52

Amazon link here

u/drmcst · 5 pointsr/graphicnovels

If you ever feel like getting into the superhero side of things, another great series is Frank Miller's Daredevil run. It's collected in Omnibus format as well as three less pricey paperbacks, along with Man Without Fear and Born Again. His run is darker than your typical capes story, so it should be right up your alley.

u/mtm5891 · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

Those are omnibus editions. You can just search 'Geoff Johns Green Lantern Omnibus' and it should come up, or alternatively here are the links to their Amazon pages:

Geoff Johns Green Lantern Omnibus, Vol. 1

Geoff Johns Green Lantern Omnibus, Vol. 2

Geoff Johns Green Lantern Omnibus, Vol. 3

u/alchemist5 · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

Ahh, but don't you mean an extra $19? :D

u/Mitchellonfire · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

Used book stores usually have a great treasure trove.

If you aren't familiar, most comics come originally in single issues, but then are later collected into what's called trade paper backs, or TPBs. Collecting TPBs are much easier than hunting down original issues, and is a great way of starting a collection

For Captain America, I would start here. Also, take note, that a lot of used copies are for sell there that start about 5 bucks instead of the full price of $17. You'd have to pay for the shipping, of course, but it's still a great opportunity load up.

Edit: And while a lot of people have been disappointed with it, I've really enjoyed the current run of Captain America. You may like it, especially since you don't need to know a lot about his history to get into it.

If you want to work your way into the Avengers after getting a feel for Cap, a great starting place is Avengers Disassembled. I have been an X-Men fan most of my life, so jumping into the Avengers seemed daunting. This book was the start of the modern age for the Avengers, with writer Brian Michael Bendis tearing them apart, and then putting them back together through New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, and many other books from then on for years. I'm sure you could get a reading list of the order of which books came out when. Because since then, it has been more or less a big, interconnecting storyline where one event leads naturally to the other. The Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, etc. Great story telling that weaves a much bigger picture.

Also, any Superman fan will tell you probably the best Superman story is All Star Superman, and then maybe Red Son after that.

u/Kobe13 · 4 pointsr/DCcomics

Flash by Mark Waid (upcoming) but I think it might be delayed

Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar

Flash by Geoff Johns, Book 2, Book 3

As for team books, he shows up in New Teen Titans as Kid Flash and in JLA as Flash