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u/kyrie-eleison · 5 pointsr/comicbooks

This would be a great place to start. Very recent, great retelling of the origin.

I'll just list the first volume of each series, as they're similarly titled and easy to find on Amazon/wherever if you're looking. (Except Hickman...)

Stan Lee / Jack Kirby: Started it all, still the best. There's the Masterworks paperbacks (about 10 issues a trade) and the omnibus.

u/centipededamascus · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

>I'm interested in reading the avengers or the guardians of the Galaxy, as they were my favorite marvel movies, but I get that I might want to start with the individual character's stories rather than jumping straight to the team up. Is there any series in marvel's line up that are must reads?

If you've seen the movies, I don't think you need to read individual stuff before you read a team-up book. There are some things different between the comics and the movies, but they're much more similar than they are different. The Avengers series by Jonathan Hickman that's currently ongoing is really good, here's the first collection: Avengers by Jonathan Hickman vol. 1: Avengers World. For the Guardians, the 2008-2011 series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is considered the best. Start here: Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning: The Complete Collection, vol. 1.

>I love the x-men movies, although Even the little I've read about the comics on other sites has got me confused, since there are some that can hold goddesses or something, does that have something to do with their mutation?

There are no X-Men that hold goddesses. Storm was worshipped as a goddess when she was younger, but she's not actually divine. There are a few mutants who also have supernatural gifts/abilities, like Magik and Pixie, but they are not a result of their mutations.

>Some mutations I get like ice powers and fire, but then there are some that can bend reality? Can a mutation allow that?

Mutations can allow anything the writers decide to allow. Storm controls the weather. Nightcrawler teleports. Mutations have nothing to do with reality.

If you want to read some good X-Men stuff, I recommend starting X-Men with Grant Morrison's New X-Men. It's good stuff, and it's easy to get into. There's three volumes, starting with this one: New X-Men vol. 1. After that, you should pick up Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon, which is really good and picks right up where New X-Men leaves off. There's four volumes, starting with this one: Astonishing X-Men vol. 1.

>Captain america certainly appeals to me, since I am, well, american, and Thor also seems like a badass, but I'd really read anything from marvel, as all their superheroes seem great.

>Also, all the dead pool panels I've seen here are hilarious, but I don't know much about the character.

Here's some good starting points I recommend for Marvel heroes:

u/bloodyzombies1 · 1 pointr/comicbooks

Here are the ones I read:

Batman- One of the best creative teams to ever tackle the character. You could start pulling it, but I'd recommend reading it from issue #1 since the entire run has been excellent.

Daredevil - One of the best superhero comics around. Sadly the series is going to be ending soon, but I'd highly recommend getting the hardcovers since the entire run is tons of fun.

Moon Knight - The current creative team is doing a great job with the character, but you should also try out the Warren Ellis Moon Knight it's got excellent art by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire and is a series of amazing Vignettes that introduce a lot of great new elements to the character.

Other great comics:

The Fade Out - An excellent noir story about the corruption of Hollywood and the people involved during the 40's. It's only three issues in, and each issue has an excellent essay in the back about one of the actual events that happened in Hollywood that may or may not have inspired that issue of The Fade Out. Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips are all ready a proven triple -A creative team, with critically acclaimed comics like Sleeper, Criminal, and Incognito under their belts, so it's no surprise this is amazing.

Saga- It's 24 issues in, but you could probably pick up the trades on Amazon, which is completely worth it. It's a great story about a family trying to live in a universe where everyone wants them dead. Be warned, if this comic was a movie it'd be rated X.

Tooth and Claw - An excellent fantasy series that's only one issue in. The premise is that in a world of anthropomorphic animals certain animals can use magic, and others can't. This creates an upper class that treats everyone else like shit, and a lower class that isn't powerful enough to do anything about it. Until the upper class discovers that their magic is running out... The first issue is 48 pages long, ad-free for 3 dollars so what are you waiting for? Give this book a chance!

Wytches - Another excellent new Image title that's only 2 issues in. Scott Snyder, Jock, and Matt Hollingsworth are masters of the medium, and seeing them do one of the scariest comics I've ever read is a treat.

u/Tigertemprr · 6 pointsr/comicbooks

> I’ve read like 7 issues of All-Star Superman and don’t get it

He's the pinnacle of optimism, inspiration, idealism, hope, and probably the most memorable character of all time in western culture. You shouldn't turn to Superman comics if you're in the mood for grit, crime, edgy, dark, etc. You read Superman when life seems tough, when drug cartel torture videos make you angry, when your worldviews are failing you, or when you just want some wholesome superhero fun. Like watching a Pixar film to cleanse your palette after Requiem for a Dream. A character that feels comfortable and safe like home. When you explore further, you'll discover even more depth and variety, but I wouldn't worry about that when getting acquainted for the first time.

All-Star Superman is about solidifying the character's historical/mythological significance, just as we still believe in/tell stories about gods like Hercules carrying out 12 labors. It can also simply be an amazing hero that accomplishes amazing feats. It incorporates many different "versions" of the character and his adventures into one book in creative ways like his interactions with Bizzaro. In this sense, it's the definitive "tribute" story to Superman, which is admittedly appreciated more by fans of everything that came before.

> I’m not sure why I should care if Superman dies

I can see why you'd feel that way if this one story was your only exposure to this character. You should know, however, that superheroes rarely "die". Like most of his stories, it has less to do with the danger of death than it does with how he lives. How does he handle having those powers? How does that create problems/solutions for his environment? What decisions does he make, being aware of his own limitations? What does this character do, even when he knows he's dying? Does that inspire you? Or, do you just think it's still totally unrelatable because he has freeze breath? Is it meant to be relatable? Are ideals attainable or do they just provide purpose/direction/meaning to keep us moving forward?

> I see people recommending All-Star to people who already don’t like Superman thinking that it would change their mind, does it?


> Art is nice, but face and the back of hands look kind of weird.

Agreed. Quitely isn't my favorite character artist (wrinkles!). There's a lot of solid color, flat, low-detail backgrounds in All-Star Superman too. He can be pretty great in other aspects, though.

I think All-Star Superman is a story that new readers CAN enjoy, but is also definitely enhanced with more appreciation/knowledge/experience with the character. If you're approaching comics from the perspective that these stories follow traditional 3-act structures (beginning, middle, end), then you'll find that not all the context you feel you need is included in every story. Comics are perpetually stuck in act 2—the beginning happened decades ago and there is no end in sight. Morrison writes All-Star Superman as a monument—a single work that focuses on a well-known character to be appreciated/celebrated/remembered. It does not aim to introduce, explain, deconstruct, twist, experiment, etc. like you'd expect from a more "traditional" or long-form story.

Here are my usual Superman "modern essentials":

u/Theseus23 · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

It's so odd that if you buy comics on amazon FOR comixology, it's cheaper than buying it ON comixolgy.

For me, digi is awesome because I don't have to remember to pack it (if I'm traveling between friends houses it is just a log in away) and for certain crossovers/story arcs, it is easier to flip back and forth (you said you are reading new 52 batman. the night of owls crossover and the death in the family you need to flip back and forth between series in the middle of TPBs, online would make this infinitely easier).

also with your phone or ipad, you can jsut download the comics, so that way you don't need wifi later (you can also easily delete them from your storage) and you can use the amazon kindle app once it's downloaded w/out wifi.

However, I love the feeling of actual print, and I like to support my LCS. With print I enjoy holding it, and just overall feel...more real? I guess when I read it, rather than on an ipad or a computer. Though still Digi tends to be ridiculously cheaper than in print TPB in store.

I've found digi TPB on amazon ~10. print tpb on amazon 12~, digi on comixology 12~ and in store print, 16~.

for reference [Batman new 52 vol 1] ( 8 digi, 10 print but closer to 15 in store.

I recently bought [justice league new 52 vol 1] ( for 10$ on amazon in print, and the label still says 17$. So LCS up charge alot.

All in all, I enjoy getting print in certain issues like GL and Justice League just because I enjoy the artwork SO much. I also like having big story arcs in print because it feels satisfying to just know i collected those big issues (Blackest night, Brightest Day, infinity gauntlet (marvel)]
However the artwork on digi tends to be great as well, Teen titans for example looks awesome. I'm not really sure I have anything to compare (as in the exact issue), but it seems to be just as fine.

Overall, digi almost always cheaper, always have on you, (you can download ahead of time) can delete later for room, can flip between easier, some artwork might not be as good. also never have to worry about damage.
Print, something satisfying about feeling it in your hands, sometimes makes it seems more real than on a computer.

u/Bayls_171 · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

100% good decision. Too many people spend a lot of time on superheroes and never get around to what the rest of the medium has to offer. I mean superheroes are cool but there is so much out there

Ultimate Spider-Man is definitely a great place to start. Digital and print

If you like fantasy and are ok with nudity, read Saga. Digital and print

>Is there a difference between Marvel and DC except for the different superheroes?

Less than some would like you to think. Honestly its hard to say there's any meaningful difference between them because its hard to make a statement that is true about all of their comics from all periods, because they put out so. many. books.

Generally, Marvel centres around concepts and characters made by Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Daredevil), Steve Ditko (Spider-Man, Dr Strange), or Jack Kirby (Captain America, Fantastic Four, Avengers, X-Men and most importantly the Machine Man), or a combination of those three. DC characters have been created by a lot of different people over a much longer timespan. But even that isn't really true since 80% of the street level Marvel characters like Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones were created over a very long time, and the best X-Men were created in the 70s/80s by Len Wein and Claremont

Also, over the last decade Marvel's stuff tends to be much more intertwined thanks to shitty line-wide events, while DC's is, generally, more separate. But even that isn't true since in the New 52 DC's continuity was quite close together, even without events

The biggest difference between them is that at any one time one of them is in the shit, while the other one is doing well. Generally. Sometimes they're both shit. Sometimes they're both ok

edit: also what country do you live in? if you're buying print books I could try and give recommendations for websites to use

u/nightowl994 · 3 pointsr/comicbooks

I second the Marvel Adventures line and Superman Adventures.

I'd also recommend:

  • The Batman Adventures - It ran from 1992-1995 and was the predecessor to the Gotham Adventures series you mentioned, and the companion title to Superman Adventures.
  • Bone - A ridiculously fun to read fantasy/adventure story published from 1991 to 2004. Great art, great humor, and it truly appeals to all ages. The colorized version is published in nine digest-sized volumes that are extremely easy to find and very affordable, especially if you buy them used. The original black-and-white version is also available in one volume, but from what I hear there is a lot of gutter loss due to its size and the pages are easy to tear since they are so thin.
  • Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil - Good little story from the creator of Bone. I'd especially recommend this for kids who like Superman since it features a similar character. From 2007.
  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger - Non-canon story about a young Thor. Not only a great kid's comic but one of the best Thor stories ever written. Beautiful artwork, great romance, fun adventures, and lots of appearances from other Marvel characters including Captain America and Iron Man. It ran from 2010-2011 and was sadly cancelled early. Available on Marvel Unlimited.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man - Not good for smaller children due to lots of dialogue and a moderate amount of violence and sexual content, but excellent for adolescents and teens. I'd recommend it up to issue #128. It's currently being reprinted in this "Ultimate Collection" format which is so far up to volume 6 at issue #71. It ran from 2000-2011 and all of it is available on Marvel Unlimited.

    If you're open to older comics (Silver and Bronze Age), then many volumes from the Marvel Epic Collection line are also a good bet, but do a little research since some won't be very kid-friendly. They're fairly affordable reprints of classic stories that aim to reprint the entire history of Marvel's major characters from their inception to usually the mid-nineties (but they're not published in chronological order). They typically retail for around $35 for 400-500 pages of comics.

    I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting, but I hope this helps!
u/Mr_Smartie · 6 pointsr/comicbooks

Well, the thing about getting into Big 2 comics is that it's really easier than it sounds, especially since both companies have gone through major "reboots" a few years ago, with DC launching The New 52 (which reset or compressed several decades of continuity) and Marvel launching Marvel NOW!, both of which reset several titles to #1. You can pick up trades (or collected volumes of issues) from Amazon or read digitally on Comixology. Many local libraries may also have trades and graphic novels available to check out.

With DC, you can start off with #1 of almost any New 52 series. However, you don't always have to start with #1. Some series don't get good until a new creative team takes over and establishes a new status quo. In which case, you can start reading from where the new writers began, and not worry about what happened in the previous issues. Here is a list of DC New 52 recommendations I've made before:

> For Batman and Batman-related books, I recommend the following:
Batman (#1 - ongoing) Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls - The flagship title, by Scott Snyder.
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 turned Scott Snyder (the current Batman writer) into DC's golden boy. It's also fairly accessible to new readers.
Grayson (#1 - ongoing) - Launched this year, and one of DC's best books in quite some time. Dick Grayson is an undercover spy. Very fun and character-driven.
Batman and Robin (#1 - ongoing) Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill - Character-driven title that focuses on the Bat family.
Catwoman (#35 - ongoing) - Selina Kyle as a mob boss. Very intricate plot.
Detective Comics (#30 - ongoing) - Manapul/Buccellato run. Fantastic art.
Nightwing (#1 - 30) Nightwing, Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes - Makes a good complement to the Batman and Batman & Robin titles.

>For other characters, I would recommend:
Wonder Woman (#1 - 35) Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood - Brian Azzarello's 35-part epic of gods and mortals. Great story, great art.
Green Arrow (#17 - 34) Green Arrow, Vol. 4: The Kill Machine
The Flash (#1 - 29) The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward
Earth 2 (#1 - 26) Earth 2, Vol. 1: The Gathering - The James Robinson run (#1-16) is quite good, though Tom Taylor's run (#17-26) is still decent.
Red Lanterns (#21 - 37) Red Lanterns, Vol 4: Blood Brothers - A general understanding of the Green Lantern universe might be needed to fully appreciate this.

Marvel tends to reset a series whenever a new creative team takes over, or when a new status quo is put into place, so it's even easier to find a jump-in point. Just start with #1 of any series. Marvel also has a subscription service that allows you to digitally read any comic older than six months. Here are some recent series that I would recommend:

Matt Fraction's Hawkeye
Mark Waid's Daredevil
Superior Foes of Spider-Man
Nathan Edmondson's Black Widow
Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man
Cullen Bunn's Magneto
Tom Taylor's Superior Iron Man

You can look up these titles on Comixology and see previews for each issue. Just pick whatever sounds interesting to you, and start reading.

u/PitifulAntagonist · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

I’m assuming you probably heard or read a lot of these already but their worth repeating on the chance that you haven’t.

  • The first four volumes of Superman/Batman are probably the best stand alone team up stories those two characters probably ever had. Between the four they deal with the kind of stories that only superhero books have done well. Things like multiple universe, massive crossovers, time travel, and introductions of legacy characters. They are also just damn good reads.

  • Kingdom Come is another story that really could only be done well in a superhero book. If you haven’t read it then you really need too.

  • Volume One and Volume Two of DC: The new Frontier are timeless superhero stories that really exhibits what makes them so special.

  • All Star Superman shows what a modern version of a Silver Age story would like. This has the special sauce that made comics good back in the 60s and 70s and its one of the best Superman stories ever told.

  • Superman: Red Son best example of an Elseword or Alternate universe story. Really good.

  • Marvel’s Secret Wars should be required reading. Kind of like how Catcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird is in public schools. It’s a corner stone for comics.

  • Crisis On Infinite Earths: If Secret Wars is Catcher in the Rye then Crisis is War and Peace. It is a tuff read for a new reader but it is masterpiece in terms of craft, storytelling, and the weaving of continuity.

  • Identity Crisis was mentioned before but I’ll repeat it because it is the superhero story the deals with issues typically never addressed in superhero books. It is controversial for some of the things that happen but ultimately very good book.

  • Superman: Our Worlds at War is probably a bit difficult to find at the point but it is a massive phone book size trade that show what a good multi author/artist collaborative crossover event can be like.

  • The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are two timeless Batman stories. I don’t care for Batman comics but these books are so good that even I like them.

  • Astro City just started back up again so a new printing of the first story should be just around the corner. It is a celebration of everything that make superhero comics great. Keep an eye out for this one.
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/IrateGandhi · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

Sadly, I can't speak for DC Rebirth. I haven't read any of it. I can say that I loved the New52.

Batman list, in order of what I would read first.

  • Batman, Year One is a great story of Bruce's first year as the Batman. I loved seeing the way Batman evolved & the lessons he learned. I highly suggest this as your first read.

  • The Long Holloween was also a fantastic story. It reads a lot like a mystery novel. The ending is surprising and all around, this book is satisfying.

  • Batman New52 is a great storyline. It is a "reboot" aka a nice starting point for a series. If you love this story, read on with the New 52 & slowly get the "iconic" other stuff later.

  • The Dark Knight Returns is an interesting spin on things. Bruce is old and has hung up his mantle. But for reasons mentioned in the book, he dons the cape yet again. This, in my opinion, is a really great read after Year One & The Long Halloween. Those three just flow nicely IMO.

  • The Knightfall series (Vol1 Vol2 & Vol3) explain why Bane is one of the greatest villains Batman has ever had. If you're looking for a complete story arc, this is where you want to start.

    Staples for Batman

  • The Killing Joke is an iconic storyline that I would put on a must read list for Batman.

  • Hush is also a very great mystery story.

  • A Death in the Family is a pivotal story for the Bruce Wayne Batman.

  • Arkham Asylum is a really cool & unique story about Batman going into Arkham Asylum after it is taken over (sounds a lot like the first batman game of the recent trilogy). It is a really cool perspective & you should read it at some point.

    Flash list (I don't know as much about the Flash)

  • The Flash: Rebirth is a really great place to start. The world is established but this is a nice way to jump into the comics.

  • Flash New52 is where I would go after reading Rebirth. They flow nicely. I would read Vol 2 & Vol3.

  • Flashpoint, as you know if you watch the CW series, is a big moment for Barry. It's a similar story but done in a very different way. Reading this will feel fresh, even if you know the tv show.

    Batman/Flash related things

  • Catwoman New52 is amazing. I'm not sure if you're a huge Catwoman fan or if you hate her (seems most Batman fans go one of those directions) but if you are, her series is one of my favorite New52.

  • Justice League New52 was pretty cool.
u/hamburgular70 · 1 pointr/comicbooks

This site has a lot of really great info, especially for your boyfriend when deciding what to read and make sense of it all. I've used it a fair amount. This wikipedia article might help if he's into the big crossover stuff.

As far as another big one, Civil War is always a popular choice. It's one of the better comics of the last couple decades. He'll have heard all about it and seen the movie, so it might be neat to see what he's missing.

As far as other good stuff, a sort of out there one is the Authority. It's in a completely other comic universe with people he probably won't know, but it's really great. It was one of the first to show the gritty, flawed heroes, plus it supposedly inspired how a lot of the movies were shot. It's also by my favorite writer, Warren Ellis. I typically choose comics by writer.

Speaking of great writers, you could pick up the first volume of either Y: the Last Man or Saga, which are both pretty ubiquitous in the comic world.

And here's the link to Secret War. I included the links for clarity, but do please go to a local comic book store if you can. It's great to support them and they will typically give solid recommendations. Or be assholes. Or both.

u/kylesleeps · 1 pointr/comicbooks

Saga - If you like stuff like Star Wars you'll love this.

Deadly Class - This is probably my favorite book being put out right now.

Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis - I'm currently rereading this run and it is even better than I remember. One of the definitive runs for one of the best characters the big 2 have produced.

The Walking Dead - I don't know about you, but I love zombies and this probably the best zombie story I have ever read.

Batman: Black Mirror - This actually has Dick Greyson as Batman instead of Bruce Wayne, but it is a great read.

Batman Court of the Owl - This is where you want to start if you want to read New 52 Batman Snyder, who also wrote Black Mirror, has had a great run on the series.

Annihilation - Starts a truly epic run of stories on the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. Unfortunately the physical copies are stupidly expensive, but if you don't mind reading digitally you should check it out.

This is just off the top of my head and I'm sure others, with more knowledge, can help more. Are there any characters or geners you particularly enjoy?

u/backmask · 4 pointsr/comicbooks

This, and the other things I've seen posted, are incredible.

Is this All Star Superman a current series, or is, by chance, this?. If it's the latter, I'm buying it like, now.

EDIT A lot of people chimed in to confirm that the book I linked to was in fact where these images are from, and on the awesomeness of the book. As I stated in many of the posts, I picked up the book today. I just got home and am excited to crack in to it. As I explained, I'm not much of a Superman guy- just never got in to him, and for no good reason other than I'm honestly not a capes guy, with the exception of Batman.

That said, I'm pretty excited about what I see here, and to dig in to this book. For good measure, as well, I picked up Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Luthor which I presume to be somewhat a version of what they did with The Joker- getting in to the main villain of the story. The Joker was pretty unique, without question, so it will be interesting to see how Luthor is in comparison.

Thanks again for all the great comics-talk over the last couple of days. I love reading comics, but I really love talking comics too.

Also, and I'll probably make a stand-alone post about this lest the mods advise otherwise, but Barnes and Noble has a sale right now (that I was told will probably go on through the month) where Marvel and DC books are buy 2, get 1 free (and I'm pretty sure she said mix and match is OK).

u/julia-sets · 3 pointsr/comicbooks

Hickman's Fantastic Four run from 2009 basically starts with this trade. There are 5 volumes of Fantastic Four and 3 of FF in his run (it started out as just Fantastic Four, changed it's name to FF partway through, and then split into two titles about ten issues later). That's a lot of comics to read through, but it's very well regarded by a lot of people. Sort of a sprawling epic of a story, which while it got somewhat dense and confusing in the middle, culminated with the best freakin' huge-ass comic book fight put to page in the last ten years (in my humble opinion)

Otherwise, FF is only on issue 8 and it's a very different book compared to Hickman's stuff before. The first three issues (along with the first 3 issues of Fraction's parallel run on Fantastic Four) are available in this trade.

I'm not a fan of She-Hulk or Ant-Man or the Inhumans in general, but I still love the title. It's delightfully wacky.

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/jocab_w · 1 pointr/comicbooks

For the characters you specifically asked about (Avengers, Guardians, Thor, Cap, X-Men, Batman, etc.), there are some good recommendations in the subreddit's faq, located in the sidebar. That'd be a good place to start.

Regarding the New 52, many view it as not being well thought out and remember the many controversies regarding editorial earlier on where certain creators left and vowed to not return. That's not to say that they're not turning out any good series (the consensus is that Scott Snyder's Batman, Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman, and Jeff Lemire's Green Arrow are some of the big winners). However, there are those (such as myself) that are turned off by the Batman-ification of most of the heroes, the messy continuity, and odd editorial choices. On the other hand, there are folks who started reading comics with the start of the New 52 and credit it as the reason they even got into the medium in the first place. YMMV.

I'll leave you with a couple suggestions of my own based on some of what you've said:

For Superman, if you want to see what the big deal is regarding the character, give All-Star Superman a shot. It's an out-of-continuity story that is, for my money, a pretty definitive look at the character and why he matters. If you're willing to go into it with an open mind, you may find yourself appreciating the character a little more when you finish reading it.

If you want to read a great story featuring Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, The Flash, and most of the great DC characters, read Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier. Again, it's an out-of-continuity story set during the 1950s and 1960s, but it's a great introduction to the characters within the DCU and it's a love letter to that era of comics.

Happy reading.

u/JAKETHEGR3AT · 1 pointr/comicbooks

if you want a simple but really good story try 'the killing joke' by alan moore. That comic is pretty much universally loved and alan moore is a complete genius. Another amazing piece by Alan Moore is watchmen. (im sure youve heard of it or seen the movie, if not, what?) but it is amazingly written and illustrated. Those are both dc. if you want something not marvel or DC i would highly recommend the walking dead. if your interested dont get the single issues are anything. get the compendium because it is more bang for your buck. compendium is 60 in stores and 35 on amazon.

another really fun and well put together series is scott pilgram. there are 6 volumes that range around 10 dollars each for the paper back. altogether a great story. the art work isnt my favorite but it is a little better in the colored version AKA the hard cover version. if you saw the movie and thought "meh it wasnt the best so i wont read the comics." 1) the movie is freaking great and 2) the movie doesnt really follow the books considering that volume 6 was written after the movie was made.

But yeah those are my thoughts. i could go into alot more but the ones i gave are quite a lot!! hope this is helpful!!

[The killing joke] (

[watchmen] (

[the walking dead compendium] (

[scott pilgram boxset] (