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by Tigertemprr   2018-03-19

Marvel has large ultimate/complete collection paperbacks (20+ issues) and Omnibus hardcovers (30+ issues). Availability per character/run is case-by-case. You can also take a look at digital options like Marvel Unlimited ($10 a month for ~everything) to avoid taking up space with physical copies.

It wasn't super clear whether you wanted some guidance to start out so I'll just post my usual new reader copy/pasta just in case:

Marvel Comics 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? 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 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/creators/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 Marvel characters/teams:

/r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

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   2018-03-19

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through decades of mediocre comics for far too long. Remember, there are so many other great characters/stories/publishers to explore.

First appearances/origins are not always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character, but just try to ride along or Wiki if you must.

Marvel Unlimited / Comixology for digital. instocktrades for physical (US).

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

by Tigertemprr   2017-09-09

> Is the "All New, All Different" Series still considered a good starting point for beginners? Bisides ANAD theres Marvel NOW! and Marvel Legacy (which confuses me even more)

  • 2012—2015 Marvel NOW! is a relaunch initiative for some ongoing titles (not all). There were multiple "waves" with renumbers, new stories, etc.
  • 2015 Secret Wars (event comic that [SPOILERS?] creates a new universe with parts of Earth-616 "main" universe and parts of Earth-1610 "Ultimate" universe)
  • 2015—present All-New, All-Different Marvel involved renumbering every ongoing title, but there was still a mix of new stories and continuations.
  • October 2016—present Marvel NOW! 2.0 is a continuation of most Marvel NOW! stories with some new ones.
  • September 2017 Marvel Legacy begins with a special 50-page one-shot comic (like DC Universe: Rebirth) after the current Secret Empire event concludes. Instead of annoyingly restarting at #1 again, most titles are reverting to "legacy" numbering (e.g. The Amazing Spider-Man #789). There will likely be a mix of new stories and continuations of ANAD Marvel stories.

IMO, it's all needlessly convoluted, confusing, and, despite having the intention of drawing in new readers, it sometimes does the exact opposite.

> Do I need to read all the past runs/entries of a series to understand whats going on? Or should I just pick the most recent Run for a series. And do newer Runs explain what happend in past Runs?

Good writers will always refresh/recap important events, but the occasional unexplained reference might slip by. Some stories are more self-contained than others, but then you have less connections to the larger shared universe that so many love. The traditional beginning-middle-end story structure is more familiar (i.e. feeling compelled to read every character's origin first), but it's not required to enjoy a story. You've likely seen movies with non-linear narratives or the sequel movie is actually a prequel. We didn't know Darth Vader's origin until WAY AFTER his first appearance.

Unfortunately, not all comics are high-quality productions, but they might contain the important plot points needed to understand other comics. I don't recommend reading a bunch of poor-to-mediocre comics just to "complete" the larger story. It's almost always never worth it considering how many other great comics there are that you could be reading instead. In this case, I'd just Wiki the bad stuff.

> Is Ms. Marvel 2015 a continuation to the 2014 series?

Yes. The renumbers (#19 --> #1) are just annoying publisher practices to draw in new readers.

All that said, here's my usual copy/pasta for new readers:

MARVEL 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 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):

  • 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 Marvel characters/teams:

/r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

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   2017-09-09

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 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/creators/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 Marvel characters/teams:

/r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

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   2017-09-09

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 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):

  • 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 Marvel characters/teams:

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They're most appreciated by readers well-versed in relevant continuity. Generally, the best comics integrate events seamlessly. Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Modern DC characters/teams:

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

Modern DC events/crossovers:

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

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

> I want to read every single issue

You're gonna have a bad time. There are more comics than you think and majority of them are not "good". You'll probably spend the rest of your life trying to read these and miss out on so many other great comics (not to mention everything else you could be doing in your free time).

> how to read from the beginning to now

Timely Publications' first issue is Marvel Comics #1 (1939). Good luck.

Here are some old starting points (first appearances):

Character/Team Starting Point Creators Year
Avengers Avengers #1 Stan Lee & Jack Kirby 1963
Daredevil Daredevil #1 Stan Lee & Bill Everett, Jack Kirby 1964
Doctor Strange Strange Tales #110 Stan Lee & Steve Ditko 1951
Fantastic Four Fantastic Four #1 Stan Lee & Jack Kirby 1961
Hulk Incredible Hulk #1 Stan Lee & Jack Kirby 1962
Spider-man Amazing Fantasy #15 Stan Lee & Steve Ditko 1962
Thor Journey into Mystery #83 Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby 1952
X-Men X-Men #1 Stan Lee & Jack Kirby 1963

Personally, I'd at least skip to Frank Miller's Daredevil (1979) and Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men (1975).

Kurt Busiek's Marvels (1994) is an examination of the Marvel universe from 1939-1974 by an everyday news photographer.

Alternatively, here's my usual new reader copy/pasta:

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through decades of mediocre comics for far too long. Remember, there are so many other great characters/stories/publishers to explore.

First appearances/origins are not always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character, but just try to ride along or Wiki if you must.

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

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

Suggestions to improve the list are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through decades of mediocre comics for far too long. Remember, there are so many other great characters/stories/publishers to explore.

First appearances/origins are not always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits” stories. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character, just try to ride along.

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

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

Suggestions to improve the list are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans.

First appearances & early origins are not always good starting points—older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character/event—just ride along (Wiki if necessary).

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

Modern DC characters/teams:

Title Writer
Animal Man Grant Morrison
Animal Man Jeff Lemire
Aquaman Geoff Johns
Batman: Year One Frank Miller
Batman: Dark Knight Returns 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 Kevin Smith
Green Arrow Jeff Lemire
Green Lantern Geoff Johns
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
Swamp Thing Alan Moore
Swamp Thing Scott Snyder
New Teen Titans Marv Wolfman
Wonder Woman Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman Brian Azzarello

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
by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

How to Get Into Comic Books (13:40) by Patrick (H) 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, 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”. 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 comics, characters, stories, and publishers to explore and not all comics are about superheroes.

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

Recommendations:

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1-2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (2001) Brian Bendis
Daredevil (2014) Mark Waid
Deadpool Joe Kelly
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
*Guardians of the Galaxy * Abnett & Lanning Recommend full story labelled "cosmic" in list below
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

Check out the /r/Marvel sidebar for more.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic 1
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic 2
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic 3
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic 4
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

Discover your preferences and let them 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

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. The best way to jump in is to just start reading. Check out the /r/Marvel sidebar.

How much time do you have for comics? The answer determines how extensive recommendations are. Regardless, don’t try to read everything. First appearances & early origins are not always good starting points—older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences. Remember, there are so many other great characters/stories/publishers to explore (and not all comics are about superheroes).

Think about your favorite stories from other media. What you might like to read in a comic? Are you more interested in good storytelling or becoming a Marvel knowledge nerd?

Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Matt Fraction’s run. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character/team and seek their “greatest hits”. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character/event—just ride along (Wiki if necessary).

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

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

Suggestions to improve the list are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through mediocrity for too long. There are so many other great comics (and publishers) to explore!

First appearances/origins aren’t always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. never caring about Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained series. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories.

Marvel Unlimited for digital comics. instocktrades for physical retail (US).

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Brian Michael Bendis
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller
Daredevil Brian Michael Bendis
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Incredible Hulk / Planet Hulk Greg Pack
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Brian Michael Bendis
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

Events/crossovers can be tedious. They sometimes intrude on your favorite character series and don’t feel as concise/well-planned. Generally, the best comics integrate these smoothly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to read them just to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Brian Michael Bendis
Secret War Brian Michael Bendis
House of M Brian Michael Bendis
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Carey, David, Kyle, Yost X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Brian Michael Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, Brubaker, Yost, Hine, Pokaski Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, Asmus, Carey, Cornell Dark Reign
Siege Brian Michael Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, Wells, Carey X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Fraction, Aaron, Brubaker, Hickman
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 4

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

by Mc_Spider_02   2017-08-19

This is copied from a Reddit user I don't know, but credit goes to him/her:

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through mediocrity for too long. There are so many other great comics (and publishers) to explore!

First appearances/origins aren’t always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. never caring about Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained series. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories.

Marvel Unlimited for digital comics. instocktrades for physical retail (US).

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Brian Michael Bendis
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller
Daredevil Brian Michael Bendis
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Incredible Hulk / Planet Hulk Greg Pack
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Brian Michael Bendis
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

Events/crossovers can be tedious. They sometimes intrude on your favorite character series and don’t feel as concise/well-planned. Generally, the best comics integrate these smoothly or avoid them entirely (notwithstanding editorial/executive mandates). Regardless, you may want to read them just to familiarize with major plot points.

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Brian Michael Bendis
Secret War Brian Michael Bendis
House of M Brian Michael Bendis
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Carey, David, Kyle, Yost X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Brian Michael Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, Brubaker, Yost, Hine, Pokaski Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, Asmus, Carey, Cornell Dark Reign
Siege Brian Michael Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, Wells, Carey X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Fraction, Aaron, Brubaker, Hickman
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 4
by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through mediocrity for too long. There are so many other great comics (and publishers) to explore!

First appearances/origins aren’t always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. never caring about Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained series. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories.

Marvel Unlimited / Comixology for digital. instocktrades for physical (US).

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Incredible Hulk / Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Carey, David, Kyle, Yost X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, Brubaker, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, Carey, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, Wells, Carey X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, Hickman, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

It seems like you're interested in modern superhero comics so I'll help out with that (though you should consider other publishers like Image & Dark Horse).

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through mediocrity for too long. There are so many other great comics (and publishers) to explore!

First appearances/origins aren’t always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. never caring about Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained series. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories.

Marvel Unlimited for digital comics. instocktrades for physical retail (US).

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Incredible Hulk / Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Carey, David, Kyle, Yost X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, Brubaker, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, Carey, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, Wells, Carey X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, Hickman, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

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 Grant Morrison
Batman Scott Snyder
Batman: Dark Knight Returns Frank Miller
Batwoman: Elegy Greg Rucka
Birds of Prey Gail Simone
Flash Mark Waid
Flash Geoff Johns
Gotham Central Brubaker & Rucka
Green Arrow Kevin Smith
Green Arrow Jeff Lemire
Green Lantern Geoff Johns
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: All Star Superman Grant Morrison
Swamp Thing Alan Moore
Swamp Thing Scott Snyder
New Teen Titans Marv Wolfman
Wonder Woman Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman Brian Azzarello
by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

I don't think Secret Wars (2015) is too difficult to understand and there will be cool moments, but it's definitely not a good starting point. Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four and Avengers work is probably the bare minimum before being able to fully appreciate that event.

If you haven't read a comic before, check out my new reader copy/pasta:

Forget about continuity, universes, timelines, etc; it's all very confusing, even to creators/fans. Don’t try to read everything, else you'll be wading through decades of mediocre comics for far too long. Remember, there are so many other great characters/stories/publishers to explore.

First appearances/origins are not always good starting points. Creative teams change often and characters get re-worked e.g. I never cared for Hawkeye until Fraction & Aja’s interpretation. Focus on well-received and relatively self-contained stories. Pick an interesting character or team and seek their “greatest hits” stories. You may encounter the occasional unexplained reference/character, but just try to ride along or Wiki if you must.

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

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Title Writer Note
Alias (Jessica Jones) Bendis
Ultimates 1 & 2 (Avengers) Mark Millar Ultimate
Avengers / New Avengers Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2
Captain America Ed Brubaker
Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick
Daredevil (1979) Frank Miller Daredevil 1
Daredevil Bendis Daredevil 2
Doctor Strange: The Oath Brian K. Vaughn
Fantastic Four / FF Jonathan Hickman Hickman 1
Hawkeye Matt Fraction
Immortal Iron Fist Brubaker & Fraction
Inhumans Paul Jenkins
Iron Man: Extremis Warren Ellis Iron Man 1
Invincible Iron Man Matt Fraction Iron Man 2
Marvels (Marvel History) Kurt Busiek
Moon Knight Warren Ellis
Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson
Planet Hulk Greg Pack Hulk 1
Punisher Max Garth Ennis
Thor Jason Aaron
Ultimate Spider-man Bendis Ultimate
Vision Tom King
New X-Men Grant Morrison X-Men 1
Astonishing X-Men Joss Whedon X-Men 2
Uncanny X-Force Rick Remender X-Men 6

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

Title Writer Note
Avengers Disassembled Bendis
Secret War Bendis
House of M Bendis X-Men 2.5
Annihilation Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Civil War Mark Millar
World War Hulk Greg Pak Hulk 2
Annihilation: Conquest Abnett, Lanning, Giffen Cosmic
Messiah Complex Brubaker, Kyle, Yost, et al. X-Men 3
Secret Invasion Bendis Dark Reign
War Abnett, Lanning, et al. Cosmic
Messiah War Kyle, Yost, Swierczynski X-Men 4
Dark Avengers / Utopia Bendis, Fraction, et al. Dark Reign
Siege Bendis Dark Reign
Realm of Kings Abnett, Lanning, Reed Cosmic
Second Coming Kyle, Yost, Fraction, et al. X-Men 5
Fear Itself Matt Fraction
Schism Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen X-Men 7
Avengers vs. X-Men Bendis, Brubaker, et al. X-Men 8
Infinity Jonathan Hickman Hickman 2.5
Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman Hickman 3

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

Suggestions to improve the list are welcome.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

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):

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

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

/r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

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) | 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):

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

Recommendations:

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Check out the /r/Marvel sidebar for more.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

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:

/r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

by Tigertemprr   2017-08-19

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 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 Hawkeye until Matt Fractions’ 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.

Where to buy (US):

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited, Comixology
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS

Recommendations:

Doctor Strange

Modern Marvel characters/teams:

Check out the /r/Marvel sidebar for more.

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

Modern Marvel events/crossovers:

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? 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.