Batman: Hush

Category: Graphic Novels
Author: Jeph Loeb
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by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Hush isn't necessarily one of the "best", but it's great for new readers because it gives you a taste of everything with some cool Jim Lee art.

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

> It’s so confusing, why shouldn’t I just be able to follow his story from beginning to present?

> (I’m using Batman as an example but really I’d like help understanding how to follow comics in general as they’re all laid out this way, with overlapping arcs and timelines and such)

This isn't entirely how comics work. In general, it's not the only way other mediums work either. The REQUIREMENT that everything follows a strict, traditional/conventional 3-act structure (beginning, middle, end) is self-imposed and not necessary for good story-telling. The "beginning" of comics happened decades ago and the "end" is nowhere in sight; comics are perpetually stuck in the "middle".

You're already used to non-traditional narrative structure; it's used very often in other mediums. Why does Star Wars get a pass but not superhero comics? Did you see how Darth Vader "became" Darth Vader before he was introduced for the first time? Do you refuse to watch/read/play anything that will potentially have a prequel and ruin your "sense" of chronology? Did Memento or even Pulp Fiction melt your mind? When you go watch Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, there aren't going to be in-depth introductions for every character.

It's OK to embrace your preferences. Most people like following stories from beginning to end. Now that there is 70+ years of comic history to explore, third parties have attempted ordering it all in some subjective, complicated chronology. It's not really possible, though. How do you handle flashbacks, especially when they're embedded in another story? Do you have to change the chronology to per-panel precision? What about simultaneous story releases? Alternate universes/timelines that are fully/partially "canon" and/or merged/retconned later? Varieties of characterization by multiple writers/artists?

Most of what made these superheroes "cool" in the first place was very topical. What powers do they have? What does their costume look like? Their backstories and character growth/development were fleshed out over the coming decades, more specifically in the "modern" age of comics when the demographic started transitioning to include adults.

There's no "perfect" or "definitive" sequence of events that Batman's story occurred in. That severely limits creators from writing new stories for the character without requiring hard continuity reboots. If you start solidifying that Batman grew up in X, met character Y, fought character Z, in a strict order that can't be changed, then you can't write stories that occur in between those moments. If you plan out Batman's entire chronology to fit a realistic calendar where Bane broke his back on Wednesday and the Court of Owls revealed themselves on Friday, then you (1) will find it won't make sense (because that's not how comics are made) and (2) are stripping all of the "magic" of comics away. Keep in mind: 70+ year old shared universes are an unprecedented achievement of storytelling. No other medium has accomplished something of this scale for this long. You should expect to think of something unique like that a little differently than you might be used to.

I think it's easier to get into comics when you drop the "need" to read EVERYTHING, IN ORDER. You should just read self-contained stories and treat them like separate stories. Think of it like a jigsaw picture puzzle that you're solving one piece at a time. You won't see the big picture (continuity) until you manually piece random pieces of it together over time. You even start to develop your own "methodology" (head-canon, community discussion, etc.) of putting those pieces together (reading comics) in a way that makes sense to you personally. Comics should feel more like self-discovery/exploration than procedure/work.

This is (roughly) how I got into Batman and what I suggest to new readers:

by Tigertemprr   2018-03-19

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about stories/characters from TV, movies, games, etc. that you already like. Do you seek “good” storytelling or encyclopedic DC knowledge? Are you here to collect or read? How much time/resources are available?

Don’t try to read everything—there’s too much. Forget about 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 Aquaman until Geoff Johns’ run).

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. 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.

Digital: Comixology. Print (US, collected editions): instocktrades. Price aggregate (print): ISBNS.

Recommendations:

Modern DC characters/teams:

Alternatively, you can skip to the recent Rebirth re-launch by reading the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 event and then any Rebirth series #1. Check out the /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers already well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like old/new comics? Specific genres? Complex/simple narratives? Cartoon-y/photo-realistic art? Familiar/far-fetched concepts? Literary/meta-fictional references? Social/political commentary? Family-friendly/explicit content? Optimistic/pessimistic characters? Have you noticed that a specific artist/writer consistently makes comics you like? Follow these instincts.

Suggestions to improve this guide are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2018-02-16

Batman

Superman

General Recommendations

by Tigertemprr   2017-09-09

Modern DC characters/teams:

Alternatively, you can skip to the recent Rebirth re-launch by reading the DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1. /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

DC also publishes varied-genre, creator-owned comics for “mature readers” under separate imprints (e.g. Vertigo):

If you're interested in any characters in particular I can post more recommendations.

by Tigertemprr   2017-09-09

Looks like you're a Grant Morrison fan. Be forewarned: The Invisibles will be the weirdest story on that shelf.

Here are some recommendations based on your collection:

Grant Morrison

Rating Title Creative Team Publisher Description
90 Batman Grant Morrison & Kubert, Quitely, et al. DC superhero, family, psychological, references, epic
80 Batman: Arkham Asylum Grant Morrison & Dave McKean DC superhero, horror, surreal, mythos
80 Joe the Barbarian Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy DC-Vertigo fantasy, adventure, action, psychedelic
80 X-Men: New X-Men Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely Marvel superhero team, sci-fi, school, outcasts, genocide
75 Annihilator Grant Morrison & Frazer Irving Legendary sci-fi, metafiction, movie writer & cosmic rebel
75 Nameless Grant Morrison & Fairbairn, Burnham Image sci-fi, horror, surreal, psychological
70 Final Crisis Grant Morrison & J. G. Jones, et al. DC superhero, sci-fi, cosmic, psychological, references, event
70 Happy! Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson Image crime, dark, imaginary friend
- Doom Patrol Grant Morrison & Richard Case, et al. DC-Vertigo superhero, psychedelic, weird, psychological, experimental

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Modern DC characters/teams:

Superman

Batman

Non-DC/Marvel superhero (imprints OK)

Rating Title Creative Team Publisher Description
95 Planetary Warren Ellis & John Cassaday DC-Wildstorm superhero deconstruction, sci-fi, archeology, metafiction
90 Saga of the Swamp Thing Alan Moore, et al. DC-Vertigo horror, fantasy, superhero
85 Books of Magic Gaiman, Reiber, Gross & Bolton, et al. DC-Vertigo fantasy, magic, superhero
85 Harbinger Joshua Dysart & Lewis Larosa Valiant superhero team, renegades
85 Invincible Robert Kirkman & Walker, Ryan Ottley Image superhero, aliens, action, drama, family
85 Quantum & Woody James Asmus, et al. Valiant superhero team, comedy
85 Sleeper Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips DC-Wildstorm superhero, spy, crime, noir
80 Bloodshot Swierczynski & Lozzi, et al. Valiant superhero, man/machine, conspiracy, action, violence
80 Superior Mark Millar & Leinil Yu Marvel-Icon superhero, kid with MS makes deal with space monkey
75 Boys, The Garth Ennis Dynamite superhero deconstruction, dark, shock value
75 Irredeemable Mark Waid & Peter Krause Boom! superhero becomes supervillain
75 The Maxx Sam Keith, et al. IDW psychological, horror, fantasy, dark, surreal, superhero
75 Sword, The Joshua Luna & Jonathan Luna Image superhero, fantasy, action, tragedy, mythos
75 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, et al. IDW (see title), action, comedy, sci-fi, superhero
75 X-O Manowar Venditti & Hairsine, et al. Valiant superhero, sci-fi, action, aliens
70 Cape, The Joe Hill, J. Ciaramella & Zach Howard IDW superhero becomes villain
- Archer & Armstong Fred Van Lente & Henry, Perez, et al. Valiant superhero, action, comedy, mythos
- Astro City Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson DC-Vertigo superhero
- Black Hammer Jeff Lemire & Dean Ormston Dark Horse superhero, sci-fi, mystery, adventure, family, stranded
- Ex Machina Brian K. Vaughan & Tony Harris DC-Wildstorm superhero, politics, mystery, crime
- Incognito Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips Marvel-Icon ex-superhero, witness protection, crime noir, spy
- Kick-Ass Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. Marvel-Icon superhero, action, crime, dark
- Luthor Strode Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore Image horror, action, fighting, superhero
by Tigertemprr   2017-09-09

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? How much time/resources are available i.e. how deep do you want to dive?

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 Aquaman until Geoff Johns’ 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):

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited, Comixology, e-library (e.g. Hoopla - free), webcomics (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS

Batman

Green Lantern

Justice League

Modern DC characters/teams:

Alternatively, you can skip to the recent Rebirth re-launch by reading the DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1. /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers already well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

DC also publishes varied-genre, creator-owned comics for “mature readers” under separate imprints (e.g. Vertigo):

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like: old/new comics? Specific genres? Literary/natural narratives? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? Social/political commentary? Family-friendly/explicit content? Optimism/pessimism? Have you noticed that a specific artist/writer consistently makes comics you like? Follow these instincts.

Suggestions to improve this guide are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about stories/characters from TV, movies, games, etc. that you already like. Do you seek “good” storytelling or encyclopedic DC knowledge? Are you here to collect or read? How much time/resources are available?

Don’t try to read everything—there’s too much. Forget about 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 Aquaman until Geoff Johns’ run).

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. 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.

Comixology for digital. instocktrades for physical (US). ISBNS for price aggregate.

Recommendations:

Modern DC characters/teams:

Title Writer
Animal Man Grant Morrison
Animal Man Jeff Lemire
Aquaman Geoff Johns
Batman: Year One Frank Miller
Batman: The Long Halloween Jeph Loeb
Batman: Hush Jeph Loeb
Batman Scott Snyder
Batwoman: Elegy Greg Rucka
Birds of Prey Gail Simone
Flash Mark Waid
Flash Geoff Johns
Gotham Central Brubaker & Rucka
Green Arrow: Year One Andy Diggle
Green Arrow Kevin Smith
Green Arrow Jeff Lemire
Green Lantern Geoff Johns
Hellblazer (Constantine) Delano, Ennis, et al.
JLA (Justice League) Morrison & Waid
Kingdom Come Mark Waid
Omega Men Tom King
Suicide Squad John Ostrander
Secret Six (Suicide Squad) Gail Simone
Superman: Birthright Mark Waid
Superman: American Alien Max Landis
Superman: All-Star Superman Grant Morrison
Saga of the Swamp Thing Alan Moore
Swamp Thing Scott Snyder
New Teen Titans Marv Wolfman
Wonder Woman Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman Brian Azzarello

Alternatively, you can skip directly to the newest series by reading the Rebirth event (2016) and then any series’ Rebirth #1. Check out the /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers already well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

Title Writer
Crisis on Infinite Earths Marv Wolfman
Identity Crisis Brad Meltzer
Infinite Crisis Geoff Johns
52 Geoff Johns, et al.
Final Crisis Grant Morrison
Blackest Night Geoff Johns
Flashpoint Geoff Johns
Forever Evil Geoff Johns
Multiversity, The Grant Morrison
Darkseid War Geoff Johns
Rebirth Geoff Johns

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like older/newer comics? Weird concepts? Super-smart meta-analysis and social commentary? Family-friendly content? Hyper-violence? Male/female protagonists? Humor? Horror? Have you noticed that a specific artist, writer, or creative team consistently produces content you like? Follow these instincts.

Suggestions to improve the guide are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

"Essential" Batman stories:

In suggested reading order (*bolded = great Joker moments):

There are plenty more good Batman stories, but at least this will give you some direction.

More Joker stories

Additional Resources:

  • http://www.cbr.com/75-greatest-joker-stories-master-list/
  • http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Joker_Recommended_Reading
  • http://comicsalliance.com/on-the-cheap-five-great-joker-stories-to-grab/
  • http://www.goliath.com/comics/13-of-the-jokers-greatest-comic-book-storylines/
by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about stories/characters from TV, movies, games, etc. that you already like. Do you seek “good” storytelling or encyclopedic Marvel knowledge? Are you here to collect or read? How much time/resources are available?

Don’t try to read everything—there’s too much. Forget about 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 Aquaman until Geoff Johns’ run).

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. 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.

Comixology for digital. instocktrades for physical (US). ISBNS for price aggregate.

Recommendations:

Modern DC characters/teams:

Title Writer
Animal Man Grant Morrison
Animal Man Jeff Lemire
Aquaman Geoff Johns
Batman: Year One Frank Miller
Batman: The Long Halloween Jeph Loeb
Batman: Hush Jeph Loeb
Batman Scott Snyder
Batwoman: Elegy Greg Rucka
Birds of Prey Gail Simone
Flash Mark Waid
Flash Geoff Johns
Gotham Central Brubaker & Rucka
Green Arrow: Year One Andy Diggle
Green Arrow Kevin Smith
Green Arrow Jeff Lemire
Green Lantern Geoff Johns
Hellblazer (Constantine) Delano, Ennis, et al.
JLA (Justice League) Morrison & Waid
Kingdom Come Mark Waid
Omega Men Tom King
Suicide Squad John Ostrander
Secret Six (Suicide Squad) Gail Simone
Superman: Birthright Mark Waid
Superman: American Alien Max Landis
Superman: All-Star Superman Grant Morrison
Saga of the Swamp Thing Alan Moore
Swamp Thing Scott Snyder
New Teen Titans Marv Wolfman
Wonder Woman Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman Brian Azzarello

Alternatively, you can skip directly to the newest series by reading the Rebirth event (2016) and then any series’ Rebirth #1. Check out the /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers already well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

Title Writer
Crisis on Infinite Earths Marv Wolfman
Identity Crisis Brad Meltzer
Infinite Crisis Geoff Johns
52 Geoff Johns, et al.
Final Crisis Grant Morrison
Blackest Night Geoff Johns
Flashpoint Geoff Johns
Forever Evil Geoff Johns
Multiversity, The Grant Morrison
Darkseid War Geoff Johns
Rebirth Geoff Johns

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like older/newer comics? Weird concepts? Super-smart meta-analysis and social commentary? Family-friendly content? Hyper-violence? Male/female protagonists? Humor? Horror? Have you noticed that a specific artist, writer, and/or creative team consistently produces content you like? Follow these instincts.

Suggestions to improve the list are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about stories/characters from TV, movies, games, etc. that you already like. Do you seek “good” storytelling or encyclopedic DC knowledge? Are you here to collect or read? How much time/resources are available?

Don’t try to read everything—there’s too much. Forget about 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 Aquaman until Geoff Johns’ run).

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. 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.

Comixology for digital. instocktrades for physical (US). ISBNS for price aggregate.

Recommendations:

Modern DC characters/teams:

Title Writer
Animal Man Grant Morrison
Animal Man Jeff Lemire
Aquaman Geoff Johns
Batman: Year One Frank Miller
Batman: The Long Halloween Jeph Loeb
Batman: Hush Jeph Loeb
Batman Scott Snyder
Batwoman: Elegy Greg Rucka
Birds of Prey Gail Simone
Flash Mark Waid
Flash Geoff Johns
Gotham Central Brubaker & Rucka
Green Arrow: Year One Andy Diggle
Green Arrow Kevin Smith
Green Arrow Jeff Lemire
Green Lantern Geoff Johns
Hellblazer (Constantine) Delano, Ennis, et al.
JLA (Justice League) Morrison & Waid
Kingdom Come Mark Waid
Omega Men Tom King
Suicide Squad John Ostrander
Secret Six (Suicide Squad) Gail Simone
Superman: Birthright Mark Waid
Superman: American Alien Max Landis
Superman: All-Star Superman Grant Morrison
Saga of the Swamp Thing Alan Moore
Swamp Thing Scott Snyder
New Teen Titans Marv Wolfman
Wonder Woman Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman Brian Azzarello

Alternatively, you can skip directly to the new Rebirth re-launch by reading the Rebirth event (2016) and any Rebirth #1. Check out the /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers already well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

Title Writer
Crisis on Infinite Earths Marv Wolfman
Identity Crisis Brad Meltzer
Infinite Crisis Geoff Johns
52 Geoff Johns, et al.
Final Crisis Grant Morrison
Blackest Night Geoff Johns
Flashpoint Geoff Johns
Forever Evil Geoff Johns
Multiversity, The Grant Morrison
Darkseid War Geoff Johns
Rebirth Geoff Johns

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like older/newer comics? Weird concepts? Super-smart meta-analysis and social commentary? Family-friendly content? Hyper-violence? Male/female protagonists? Humor? Horror? Have you noticed that a specific artist, writer, or creative team consistently produces content you like? Follow these instincts.

Suggestions to improve the guide are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

The answer for all entertainment medium consumption is:

  1. If you have the time, consume everything in release order.
  2. If you don't have the time, consume only the "best" in release order.

I wouldn't think of it as New 52 versus Rebirth. Just read the best titles of each:

  • New 52 Recommended Reading Survey Results
  • Rebirth Recommended Reading Survey Results

Here's my usual copy/pasta for new readers (it focuses on modern comics so I'll let others suggest "classic" comics):

DC Starter Guide


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 (per character) 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 Aquaman until Geoff Johns’ 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):

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited, Comixology, e-library (e.g. Hoopla - free), webcomics (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS

Modern DC characters/teams:

Alternatively, you can skip to the recent Rebirth re-launch by reading the DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1. /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers already well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best non-event comics integrate these seamlessly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

DC also publishes varied-genre, creator-owned comics for “mature readers” under separate imprints (e.g. Vertigo):

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like: old/new comics? Specific genres? Literary/natural narratives? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? Social/political commentary? Family-friendly/explicit content? Optimism/pessimism? Have you noticed that a specific artist/writer consistently makes comics you like? Follow these instincts.

Suggestions to improve this guide are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Modern DC characters/teams:

Alternatively, you can skip to the recent Rebirth re-launch by reading the DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

DC also publishes varied-genre, creator-owned comics for “mature readers” under separate imprints (e.g. Vertigo):

Recommendations matching these criteria:

  • + superhero
  • - Marvel, DC

NOTE: Ratings are IRL reading group averages, subjective, rounded, in flux, and require 2+ opinions. " - " = unrated but worth mention.

Rating Title Creative Team Publisher Description
85 Harbinger Joshua Dysart & Lewis Larosa Valiant superhero team, renegades
85 Invincible Robert Kirkman & Walker, Ryan Ottley Image superhero, aliens, action, drama, family
85 Quantum & Woody James Asmus, et al. Valiant superhero team, comedy
80 Bloodshot Swierczynski & Lozzi, et al. Valiant superhero, man/machine, conspiracy, action, violence
75 Boys, The Garth Ennis Dynamite superhero deconstruction, dark, shock value
75 Irredeemable Mark Waid & Peter Krause Boom! superhero becomes supervillain
75 The Maxx Sam Keith, et al. IDW psychological, horror, fantasy, dark, sureal, superhero
75 Sword, The Joshua Luna & Jonathan Luna Image superhero, fantasy, action, tragedy, mythos
75 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, et al. IDW (see title), action, comedy, sci-fi, superhero
75 X-O Manowar Venditti & Hairsine, et al. Valiant superhero, sci-fi, action, aliens
70 Cape, The Joe Hill, J. Ciaramella & Zach Howard IDW superhero becomes villain
- Archer & Armstong Fred Van Lente & Henry, Perez, et al. Valiant superhero, action, comedy, mythos
- G. I. Joe Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, et al. IDW superhero, action, military, spy
- Luthor Strode Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore Image horror, action, fighting, superhero
by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

Modern DC characters/teams:

DC also publishes varied-genre, creator-owned comics for “mature readers” under separate imprints (e.g. Vertigo):

Alternatively, you can skip to the recent Rebirth re-launch by reading the DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1. Check out the /r/DCcomics sidebar for more info.

Modern DC events/crossovers:

Batman