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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. 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 comics:

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

Recommendations

  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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. 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 comics:

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

Recommendations

  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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General

  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan

Batman

  • Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • The Man Who Laughs | #784-786 | 2005 | Brubaker
  • The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Dark Victory | #0-13 | 1999-2000 | Loeb
  • A Death in the Family | #426-429 | 1988 | Starlin, Wolfman
  • The Killing Joke | GN | 1988 | Moore
  • Arkham Asylum | GN | 1989 | Morrison
  • Knightfall | Batman #484-515, Detective Comics #654-682, etc. | 1993-1994 | Moench, Dixon, et al.
  • No Man's Land | #563-574, etc. | 1999-2000 | Gale, Rucka, et al.
  • Hush | #608-619 | 2002-2003 | Loeb
  • Under the Red Hood | #635-641, 645-650 | 2004-2006 | Winick
  • Batman | #655-658, 663-669, 672-683, 700-703 | 2006-2010 | Morrison | Reading Order
  • Battle for the Cowl | #1-3, etc. | 2009 | Daniel
  • The Return of Bruce Wayne | #1-6 | 2011 | Morrison
  • Batman and Robin | #1-16, etc. | 2009-2011 | Morrison
  • Batman, Incorporated | #1-8, 1-13, etc. | 2011-2013 | Morrison
  • The Black Mirror | Detective Comics #871-881 | 2010-2011 | Snyder
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • Batman and Robin | #0-40, Annual 3 | 2011-2015 | Tomasi
  • The Dark Knight Returns | #1-4 | 1986 | Miller
  • Batman (Rebirth) | #1-ongoing | 2016-2019 | King
by Tigertemprr   2019-08-24

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 comics:

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

Recommendations

  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello
by Tigertemprr   2019-08-24

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 comics:

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

Recommendations

  • Animal Man | #1-26 | 1988-1990 | Morrison
  • Animal Man | #1-29 | 2011-2014 | Lemire
  • Aquaman | #1-40, 48-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns, Parker, Abnett
  • Batman: Year One | #404-407 | 1987 | Miller
  • Batman: The Long Halloween | #1-13 | 1996-1997 | Loeb
  • Batman | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Snyder
  • DC: The New Frontier | #1-6 | 2004 | Cooke
  • The Flash | #0, 62-129, 142-159, 162, 231-236, etc. | 1992-2008 | Waid
  • The Flash | #164-225, #1-12, etc. | 2000-2011 | Johns
  • Gotham Central | #1-40 | 2002-2006 | Brubaker, Rucka
  • Green Arrow: Year One | #1-6 | 2007 | Diggle
  • Green Arrow | #17-34 | 2013-2014 | Lemire
  • Green Lantern | GL: Rebirth #1-6, GL #1-67, GL #1-20, etc. | 2004-2013 | Johns | Reading Order
  • Justice League: The World's Greatest Superheroes | one-shots | 1998-2003 | Dini | Start here if indecisive
  • JLA (Justice League) | #1-60 | 1997-2001 | Morrison, Waid
  • Justice League | #1-52 | 2011-2016 | Johns
  • Kingdom Come | #1-4 | 1996 | Waid
  • Omega Men | #1-12 | 2015-2016 | King
  • Suicide Squad | #1-66 | 1987-1992 | Ostrander
  • Secret Six (Suicide Squad) | #1-36 | 2008-2011 | Simone
  • Superman: Birthright | #1-12 | 2003-2004 | Waid
  • Superman: All-Star Superman | #1-12 | 2005-2008 | Morrison
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing | #20-64 | 1983-1987 | Moore
  • Swamp Thing | #1-40 | 2011-2015 | Snyder, Soule
  • New Teen Titans | #1-58 | 1980-1985 | Wolfman
  • Watchmen | #1-12 | 1986-1987 | Moore
  • Wonder Woman | #195-226 | 2003-2005 | Rucka
  • Wonder Woman | #1-35 | 2011-2014 | Azzarello

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

DC Vertigo/Wildstorm (mature readers):

  • Daytripper | #1-10 | 2009-2010 | Fabio Moon
  • Fables | #1-149 | 2002-2015 | Willingham
  • Hellblazer | #1-300 | 1987-2013 | Delano, Ennis, et al.
  • Planetary | #1-27 | 2000-2009 | Ellis
  • Preacher | #1-66 | 1995-2000 | Ennis
  • Sandman | #1-75 | 1988-1996 | Neil Gaiman
  • Scalped | #1-60 | 2007-2012 | Aaron
  • Sleeper | Point Blank #1-5, #1-12, #1-12 | 2002-2005 | Brubaker
  • Transmetropolitan | #1-60 | 1997-2002 | Ellis
  • Y: The Last Man | #1-60 | 2002-2008 | Vaughan
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. 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

General

Batman

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

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

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

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. 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. 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

Marvel

DC

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

Other