Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1

Category: Graphic Novels
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
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by Tigertemprr   2019-11-17

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

  • Alias (Jessica Jones) | Bendis
  • Ultimates 1-2 (Avengers) | Millar
  • New Avengers | Bendis | Reading order
  • Avengers / New Avengers | Hickman | Reading Order
  • Black Panther | Priest
  • Captain America | Brubaker
  • Captain Marvel | DeConnick
  • Daredevil | Bendis
  • Daredevil | Waid
  • Deadpool | Kelly
  • Doctor Strange: The Oath | Vaughan
  • Fantastic Four | Hickman
  • Guardians of the Galaxy | Abnett, Lanning, et al. | Reading Order
  • Hawkeye | Fraction
  • Immortal Iron Fist | Brubaker, Fraction
  • Inhumans | Jenkins
  • Iron Man: Extremis | Ellis
  • Invincible Iron Man | Fraction
  • Marvels | Busiek | START HERE if indecisive
  • Moon Knight | Ellis
  • Ms. Marvel | Wilson
  • Planet Hulk | Pack
  • Punisher Max | Ennis
  • Thor | Aaron
  • Ultimate Spider-Man | Bendis
  • Vision | King
  • New X-Men | Morrison
  • Astonishing X-Men | Whedon
  • Uncanny X-Force | Remender

DC

  • Animal Man | Morrison
  • Animal Man | Lemire
  • Aquaman | Johns, Parker
  • Batman: Year One | Miller
  • Batman: Long Halloween | Loeb
  • Batman | Snyder
  • Birds of Prey | Simone
  • DC: New Frontier | Cooke
  • Flash | Waid
  • Flash | Johns
  • Gotham Central | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | Johns
  • JLA (Justice League) | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | Johns
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | Dini | START HERE if indecisive
  • Kingdom Come | Waid
  • Omega Men | King
  • Suicide Squad | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | Morrison
  • Swamp Thing | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | Azzarello

You can skip to the 2016 re-launch with DC Universe: Rebirth and then any Rebirth series #1.

  • Daytripper | Moon
  • Fables | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | Ellis
  • Preacher | Ennis
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | Moore
  • Sandman | Gaiman
  • Scalped | [Aaron
  • Sleeper | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | Vaughan
  • WE3 | Morrison

Other

  • Asterios Polyp | Mazzuchelli | drama, romance, snobby architect, artsy
  • Black Science | Remender | sci-fi, adventure, dimension travel, family
  • Blacksad | Canales | crime, noir, anthropomorphic, 5 stories
  • Deadly Class | Remender | drama, crime, thriller, assassin school
  • Descender | Lemire | sci-fi, space opera, survival, man vs machine
  • East of West | Hickman | sci-fi, western, post-apocalypse, factions
  • Fear Agent | Remender | sci-fi, space janitor, comedy, adventure
  • Harbinger | Dysart | superhero team, renegades, like X-Men
  • Hellboy | Mignola | horror, fantasy, mystery, adventure
  • Invincible | Kirkman | superhero, aliens, action, drama, family
  • Lazarus | Rucka | sci-fi, military, politics, factions, spy, war
  • Locke & Key | Hill | fantasy, horror, school, magical keys
  • Mind MGMT | Kindt | sci-fi, conspiracy, psychological, spy, mind control
  • Nailbiter | Williamson | horror, crime, serial killer, supernatural
  • Outcast | Kirkman | horror, supernatural, rural
  • Paper Girls | Vaughan | sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, time, friends
  • Rachel Rising | Moore | horror, comedy, drama, supernatural, undead
  • Rat Queens | Weibe | fantasy, adventure, sword & sorcery, comedy
  • Saga | Vaughan | sci-fi, fantasy, war, aliens, family, comedy
  • Southern Bastards | Aaron | crime, drama, sports, rural
  • The Incal | Jodorowsky | sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, surreal, psychedelic
  • The Nao of Brown | Dillon | drama, slice of life, tragedy, OCD, hafu, romance
  • The Sculptor | McCloud | drama, romance, special power, artsy
  • The Wicked + The Divine | Gillen | fantasy, music culture, mythology
  • Velvet | Brubaker | spy, thriller, action, noir, femme fatale
  • Wytches | Snyder | horror, family, supernatural, woods
by Tigertemprr   2019-11-17

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr), Comixology, e-library Hoopla/Overdrive (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

  • Alias (Jessica Jones) | Bendis
  • Ultimates 1-2 (Avengers) | Millar
  • New Avengers | Bendis | Reading order
  • Avengers / New Avengers | Hickman | Reading Order
  • Black Panther | Priest
  • Captain America | Brubaker
  • Captain Marvel | DeConnick
  • Daredevil | Bendis
  • Daredevil | Waid
  • Deadpool | Kelly
  • Doctor Strange: The Oath | Vaughan
  • Fantastic Four | Hickman
  • Guardians of the Galaxy | Abnett, Lanning, et al. | Reading Order
  • Hawkeye | Fraction
  • Immortal Iron Fist | Brubaker, Fraction
  • Inhumans | Jenkins
  • Iron Man: Extremis | Ellis
  • Invincible Iron Man | Fraction
  • Marvels | Busiek | START HERE if indecisive
  • Moon Knight | Ellis
  • Ms. Marvel | Wilson
  • Planet Hulk | Pack
  • Punisher Max | Ennis
  • Thor | Aaron
  • Ultimate Spider-Man | Bendis
  • Vision | King
  • New X-Men | Morrison
  • Astonishing X-Men | Whedon
  • Uncanny X-Force | Remender

DC

  • Animal Man | Morrison
  • Animal Man | Lemire
  • Aquaman | Johns, Parker
  • Batman: Year One | Miller
  • Batman: Long Halloween | Loeb
  • Batman | Snyder
  • Birds of Prey | Simone
  • DC: New Frontier | Cooke
  • Flash | Waid
  • Flash | Johns
  • Gotham Central | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | Johns
  • JLA (Justice League) | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | Johns
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | Dini | START HERE if indecisive
  • Kingdom Come | Waid
  • Omega Men | King
  • Suicide Squad | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | Morrison
  • Swamp Thing | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | Azzarello

You can skip to the 2016 re-launch with DC Universe: Rebirth and then any Rebirth series #1.

  • Daytripper | Moon
  • Fables | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | Ellis
  • Preacher | Ennis
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | Moore
  • Sandman | Gaiman
  • Scalped | [Aaron
  • Sleeper | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | Vaughan
  • WE3 | Morrison

Other

  • Asterios Polyp | Mazzuchelli | drama, romance, snobby architect, artsy
  • Black Science | Remender | sci-fi, adventure, dimension travel, family
  • Blacksad | Canales | crime, noir, anthropomorphic, 5 stories
  • Deadly Class | Remender | drama, crime, thriller, assassin school
  • Descender | Lemire | sci-fi, space opera, survival, man vs machine
  • East of West | Hickman | sci-fi, western, post-apocalypse, factions
  • Fear Agent | Remender | sci-fi, space janitor, comedy, adventure
  • Harbinger | Dysart | superhero team, renegades, like X-Men
  • Hellboy | Mignola | horror, fantasy, mystery, adventure
  • Invincible | Kirkman | superhero, aliens, action, drama, family
  • Lazarus | Rucka | sci-fi, military, politics, factions, spy, war
  • Locke & Key | Hill | fantasy, horror, school, magical keys
  • Mind MGMT | Kindt | sci-fi, conspiracy, psychological, spy, mind control
  • Nailbiter | Williamson | horror, crime, serial killer, supernatural
  • Outcast | Kirkman | horror, supernatural, rural
  • Paper Girls | Vaughan | sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, time, friends
  • Rachel Rising | Moore | horror, comedy, drama, supernatural, undead
  • Rat Queens | Weibe | fantasy, adventure, sword & sorcery, comedy
  • Saga | Vaughan | sci-fi, fantasy, war, aliens, family, comedy
  • Southern Bastards | Aaron | crime, drama, sports, rural
  • The Incal | Jodorowsky | sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, surreal, psychedelic
  • The Nao of Brown | Dillon | drama, slice of life, tragedy, OCD, hafu, romance
  • The Sculptor | McCloud | drama, romance, special power, artsy
  • The Wicked + The Divine | Gillen | fantasy, music culture, mythology
  • Velvet | Brubaker | spy, thriller, action, noir, femme fatale
  • Wytches | Snyder | horror, family, supernatural, woods
by Tigertemprr   2019-11-17

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

  • Alias (Jessica Jones) | Bendis
  • Ultimates 1-2 (Avengers) | Millar
  • New Avengers | Bendis | Reading order
  • Avengers / New Avengers | Hickman | Reading Order
  • Black Panther | Priest
  • Captain America | Brubaker
  • Captain Marvel | DeConnick
  • Daredevil | Bendis
  • Daredevil | Waid
  • Deadpool | Kelly
  • Doctor Strange: The Oath | Vaughan
  • Fantastic Four | Hickman
  • Guardians of the Galaxy | Abnett, Lanning, et al. | Reading Order
  • Hawkeye | Fraction
  • Immortal Iron Fist | Brubaker, Fraction
  • Inhumans | Jenkins
  • Iron Man: Extremis | Ellis
  • Invincible Iron Man | Fraction
  • Marvels | Busiek | START HERE if indecisive
  • Moon Knight | Ellis
  • Ms. Marvel | Wilson
  • Planet Hulk | Pack
  • Punisher Max | Ennis
  • Thor | Aaron
  • Ultimate Spider-Man | Bendis
  • Vision | King
  • New X-Men | Morrison
  • Astonishing X-Men | Whedon
  • Uncanny X-Force | Remender

DC

  • Animal Man | Morrison
  • Animal Man | Lemire
  • Aquaman | Johns, Parker
  • Batman: Year One | Miller
  • Batman: Long Halloween | Loeb
  • Batman | Snyder
  • Birds of Prey | Simone
  • DC: New Frontier | Cooke
  • Flash | Waid
  • Flash | Johns
  • Gotham Central | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | Johns
  • JLA (Justice League) | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | Johns
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | Dini | START HERE if indecisive
  • Kingdom Come | Waid
  • Omega Men | King
  • Suicide Squad | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | Morrison
  • Swamp Thing | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | Azzarello

You can skip to the 2016 re-launch with DC Universe: Rebirth and then any Rebirth series #1.

  • Daytripper | Moon
  • Fables | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | Ellis
  • Preacher | Ennis
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | Moore
  • Sandman | Gaiman
  • Scalped | [Aaron
  • Sleeper | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | Vaughan
  • WE3 | Morrison

Other

  • Asterios Polyp | Mazzuchelli | drama, romance, snobby architect, artsy
  • Black Science | Remender | sci-fi, adventure, dimension travel, family
  • Blacksad | Canales | crime, noir, anthropomorphic, 5 stories
  • Deadly Class | Remender | drama, crime, thriller, assassin school
  • Descender | Lemire | sci-fi, space opera, survival, man vs machine
  • East of West | Hickman | sci-fi, western, post-apocalypse, factions
  • Fear Agent | Remender | sci-fi, space janitor, comedy, adventure
  • Harbinger | Dysart | superhero team, renegades, like X-Men
  • Hellboy | Mignola | horror, fantasy, mystery, adventure
  • Invincible | Kirkman | superhero, aliens, action, drama, family
  • Lazarus | Rucka | sci-fi, military, politics, factions, spy, war
  • Locke & Key | Hill | fantasy, horror, school, magical keys
  • Mind MGMT | Kindt | sci-fi, conspiracy, psychological, spy, mind control
  • Nailbiter | Williamson | horror, crime, serial killer, supernatural
  • Outcast | Kirkman | horror, supernatural, rural
  • Paper Girls | Vaughan | sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, time, friends
  • Rachel Rising | Moore | horror, comedy, drama, supernatural, undead
  • Rat Queens | Weibe | fantasy, adventure, sword & sorcery, comedy
  • Saga | Vaughan | sci-fi, fantasy, war, aliens, family, comedy
  • Southern Bastards | Aaron | crime, drama, sports, rural
  • The Incal | Jodorowsky | sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, surreal, psychedelic
  • The Nao of Brown | Dillon | drama, slice of life, tragedy, OCD, hafu, romance
  • The Sculptor | McCloud | drama, romance, special power, artsy
  • The Wicked + The Divine | Gillen | fantasy, music culture, mythology
  • Velvet | Brubaker | spy, thriller, action, noir, femme fatale
  • Wytches | Snyder | horror, family, supernatural, woods
by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic superhero knowledge? Plan to collect? Do you have the time/money to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally start to see the big picture. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t always ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained/complete stories. You will encounter unexplained references/characters/events—just keep reading or Wiki. Don

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

There isn't really a "main story" that every comic is constantly connected to. Think of it more like a web of smaller stories. Every comic is self-contained in its own little bubble UNTIL it's mentioned somewhere else. Occasionally, there are major crossovers/events where a selection of series will be connected briefly (e.g. Civil War). That said, there have been a few attempts at planned, long-form plotting with an overarching story e.g. most of Hickman's Marvel works builds up to Secret Wars.

Here is my usual new reader guide:

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

DC

Or skip to the 2016 re-launch DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10
by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

DC

You can skip to the 2016 re-launch with DC Universe: Rebirth and then any Rebirth series #1.

Other

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic superhero knowledge? Plan to collect? Do you have the time/money to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally start to see the big picture. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t always ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained/complete stories. You will encounter unexplained references/characters/events—just keep reading or Wiki. Don

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

 


Check out the Marvel Comics Guide in the /r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic superhero knowledge? Plan to collect? Do you have the time/money to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally start to see the big picture. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t always ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained/complete stories. You will encounter unexplained references/characters/events—just keep reading or Wiki. Don

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

DC

Or skip to the 2016 re-launch DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

DC

Or skip to the 2016 re-launch DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

Other

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

> And if possible is there a way I can purchase multiple comics in one large book?

When multiple 22-page comic issues are found in ONE book, it's called a collection. A softcover collection is called a trade paperback (TPB). Sometimes Marvel also uses Ultimate, Complete, or Epic in naming their softcover collections.

There are also standard-sized (HC) and over-sized (OHC) hardcover collections. Omnibus are over-sized hardcover collections of ~15+ comic issues, usually a full run (every issue one writer/artist made for one story/era).

Here's my usual new Marvel reader guide:

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic superhero knowledge? Plan to collect? Do you have the time/money to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally start to see the big picture. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t always ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained/complete stories. You will encounter unexplained references/characters/events—just keep reading or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled interconnectedness of shared-universe comics overwhelm you.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Avoid over-analyzing—just start reading. Do you prefer old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Character/plot -driven story? Explicit content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t get a reference? Make that your next read.

Acquiring/buying comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/month for everything but newest 6 months), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Recommendations

 


Suggestions to improve this guide are welcome. Check out the Marvel Comics Guide in the /r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Reading primarily for enjoyment or encyclopedic knowledge? Collecting? Have the time/resources to read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily ideal starting points. Writers change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, etc. to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained, complete stories in one corner of the universe. There will be unexplained references/characters, just persevere or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled web of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally see the big picture.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Maybe read that next.

Acquire/Buy comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo or $70/yr for all but new releases), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

DC

Or skip to the 2016 re-launch DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

by Tigertemprr   2018-11-10

TPB or hardcover? Put it on a shelf and dust it periodically. Single/floppy? Bag + board.

Marvel

DC

Or skip to the 2016 re-launch DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

Other

by Tigertemprr   2018-03-19

> 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   2018-03-19

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? 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   2018-02-16

You're probably used to Book 1, 2, 3, etc. Superhero comics are part of a decades-old shared-universe with multiple interconnected series. A unique/convoluted system of organizing all of that is just par for the course (nobody else has attempted storytelling like this).

There is no definitive reading order for ALL 40k+ Marvel comics released since the 1960s, nor is reading all of that even recommended. Instead, most suggest reading just one part of the universe at a time, usually something character-focused and modern.

Here's my usual new reader guide:

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic superhero knowledge? Plan to collect? At ~10 minutes and ~$2 per comic, will you read 50 or 500 comics per character?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, etc. for now. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so they aren’t necessarily the best starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many great characters, creators, publishers, and genres to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their most popular/acclaimed stories. Focus on self-contained and complete stories—just one corner of the universe at a time. You will encounter unexplained references/characters/events, just keep reading or Wiki. Don’t let the tangled interconnectedness of shared-universe comics overwhelm you. Think of it like solving a jigsaw puzzle one small piece at a time until you finally start to see the big picture.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers well-versed in relevant continuity. Sometimes, company-wide stories interrupt your favorite smaller stories and mess up characterization. Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing, just start reading. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts. Didn’t understand a reference? Make that your next read.

Acquiring/buying comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/month for everything but newest 6 months), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Recommendations

 


Suggestions to improve this guide are welcome. Check out the Marvel Comics Guide in the /r/Marvel sidebar for more info.

Alternatively, try these attempts at "complete" reading orders: ComicBookHerald, CMRO.

by Tigertemprr   2018-02-16

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic Marvel knowledge? Plan to collect? How deep are you willing to dive?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, and timelines. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so 1st appearances/early origins may not be ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. There are many other great characters, creators, publishers, and genres to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their best stories. It's easier to focus on one part of the universe, like solving a jigsaw puzzle one piece at a time. Don’t get stuck preparing/over-analyzing—just start reading. Focus on acclaimed, self-contained, and complete stories. You may encounter an unexplained reference/character/event—just ride along or Wiki.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers well-versed in relevant continuity. Sometimes, company-wide stories interrupt smaller stories and your favorite characters' personalities change briefly. Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts.

Acquiring/buying comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/mo for all but newest 6 months), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Marvel

DC

Or skip to the 2016 re-launch with the DC Universe: Rebirth event and then any Rebirth series #1.

Other

by Tigertemprr   2018-02-16

"Vol" has 2 meanings. The first has to do with renumbers. Here's a Daredevil example:

Daredevil issues #1–380 (1964-1998) are considered "Volume 1".

Marvel decides (for various reasons) to restart the numbering for the Daredevil series and instead of calling the next comic #381, they call it #1 which marks the beginning of "Volume 2" of Daredevil.

Daredevil issues #1-119 (1998-2009) are considered "Volume 2". If they didn't start a "Volume 2" renumbering, then #1-119 would have been #381-499. Marvel decided to go back to the old numbering after #119 with #500-512 (2009-2010) which is still considered "Volume 2". "Volume 3" began when Marvel decided to renumber again, starting with #1-36, etc. (2011-2014). Essentially, when Marvel renumbers a series starting with #1, a new "Volume" begins.

The second meaning of "Volume" involves the actual printed collections sold at retail stores:

If you wanted to buy Frank Miller's acclaimed Daredevil comics, then you'd find DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER & KLAUS JANSON VOL. 1 . Note there are 3 books in that set so "Volume" just refers to a specific book. Technically, you can buy Volume 1 of a Daredevil by Frank Miller paperback book set that contains Daredevil (Volume 1) issues #158-162, 163-172. Confusing? Don't worry, we all hate this.

Introduction to Comics

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

Consider your intent/commitment. Think about your favorite shows, movies, books, etc. Do you seek quality storytelling or encyclopedic Marvel knowledge? Plan to collect? How deep are you willing to dive?

Don’t try to read everything at once. There’s too much. Forget about catching up, continuity, universes, and timelines. Older comics can be an acquired taste for modern audiences, so 1st appearances/early origins may not be ideal starting points. Creative teams change often, characters get re-worked, and origins are re-told. Remember, there are many other great characters, creators, publishers, and genres to explore.

Pick an interesting character/team and seek their best stories. It's much easier to focus on one part of the universe—think of it as solving a jigsaw puzzle one piece at a time. Don’t get stuck preparing or over-analyzing, just start reading. Focus on acclaimed, self-contained, and complete stories. You may encounter an unexplained reference/character/event—just ride along or Wiki.

Events/crossovers can be fun and/or tedious. They are most appreciated by readers well-versed in relevant continuity. Sometimes, company-wide stories interrupt smaller stories and your favorite characters' personalities change briefly. Regardless, you may want to familiarize with major plot points.

Discover your preferences and let them guide you. Do you like/dislike old/new comics? Specific writers/genres? Cartoony/realistic art? Familiar/weird concepts? References/self-contained? All-ages/mature content? Follow these instincts.

Acquiring/buying comics:

  • Digital: Marvel Unlimited ($10/month for everything but newest 6 months), Comixology, e-library (free), webcomic (free)
  • Print (collected editions): instocktrades, ISBNS, library (free)
  • Print (singles): midtowncomics, mycomicshop, DCBS, local store

Recommendations

X-Men - Modern Essentials

X-Men - Classics

General

Check out the Marvel Comics Guide in the /r/Marvel sidebar for more info.