I tend to favor a lot of the fringe books rather than the "core" of the MU. Core books in the past would have been Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and the mutants (X-Men) almost in a universe of their own. Books I would suggest that don't require a lot of knowledge of continuity and also are doing well on the creative front:
The Immortal Iron Fist
Iron Fist is one of Marvel's '70s kung-fu heroes. Although it might seem martial arts and comics do not often go together well, the writing and art has made this book an amazing read. I believe the first 6 issues are currently in trade and you are at a pretty good jumping on point for the ongoing if it interests you.
I have really enjoyed the relaunch of this book but you almost have to read the Annihilation event to really appreciate it. You don't need to know a lot of continuity but reading Annihilation can make this much more enjoyable. Nova is a character that arguably is a Marvel Green Lantern. The Nova Corps is an alien/space based police force and Nova (the character) is a Centurion (beat cop for the most part). Annihilation as an event was a major event for the MU and this character. You might even draw some parallels to the destruction of OA leaving only a single Green Lantern. The Annihilation event was outstanding but if you were to read book 1 and book 3, you would get all of the Nova stories. His ongoing has been very good in my opinion. It is currently 2 issues into a tie in to the Annihilation sequel called Annihilation: Conquest.
This is a teen team but not nearly as cliche as it may seem. Brian K. Vaughn of Ex Machina notoriety wrote the original books and I believe Runaways is one of the best sets of new characters created by Marvel in a good long time. You can jump on to the ongoing fairly easily if you can find the last couple of issues on the shelf but I would instead steer you towards the digests or -- if you don't mind spending a little -- the hardcovers. I would really recommend starting with issue one because of the strength of those early issues. Although the creative team changed a few issues ago, it is still a pretty good title.
If you like to read in trades, I would suggest the following...most of these don't really require a lot of continuity but you will get some great stories.
Supreme Power -- all of the JMS stuff.
The Oath (Dr. Strange)
On the DC side, have you tried the new Blue Beetle? I am almost the polar opposite of you in that I read mostly Marvel and only dabble in DC. However, I have found Blue Beetle to be really enjoyable. If you haven't already, you might look into the first trade and see if it is something you enjoy.
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Marvel Adventures Hulk
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
Marvel Adventures Iron Man
Marvel Adventures Avengers
Avengers: The Initiative
Immortal Iron Fist
X-Men: First Class
I'd recommend others, but you said you didn't want them to be part of crossovers. The ones above have been good.
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i see my post was moved here.
anyhow, i'm new to comics, haven't read any other comics really. . .i like fantastic four, x-men, and iron man, so i asked for some advice on what to pick up (i don't want to start in the middle of some epic comic story. . .i don't want to be lost from the get go). after a bunch of advice, here's a list of what i think i'll pick up to get myself started in comics.
okay, think i'm all set now.
here's what i'm going to go ahead a pick up:
essential iron man vol #1
-essential fantastic four vol #1
--essential human torch vol #1
---essential uncanny x-men vol #1
----essential x-men vol #1
-----civil war comics #1-#7 (full set)
------i'm also going to try and pick up iron man comics 1-50 (it's an auction) if i can get it cheap enough.
hope this is a good start.
Last edited by twitch_77; 09-26-2007 at 02:06 PM.
Those are all great picks. I do want to note- the Essentials *are* all in black and white, if you didn't know that already. I don't like black and white myself,but many people don't mind, so if you're fine with that, go for it.
Also, I just wanted to add- someone mentioned above "Books of Doom" and I second them. If you like Doctor Doom (I love him) and his past, DEFINITELY buy "Books of Doom". It's one of the best Doctor Doom stories ever- Hell, it's one of my favourite comic miniseries ever, period.
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and i know the essentials are B&W, but that's okay. . .sure beats trying to pick up all the comics individually (when your on a budget).
okay here's what i ended u going with:
the book of doom (it's all 6 issues, in 1 book)
---ultimate fantastic four volumes 1-38, and annuals 1-2
------essential fantastic four volume 1
---------essential iron man volue 1
------------essential uncanny x-men
i'll borrow some of my friends civil war comics, and give them a read. . .but what i've got comming to me should get me started.
Currently I buy Thor and Mighty Avengers on a regular basis when the latter comes out along with a few independent titles when they come out.
I have been thinking about picking up a new series and was looking for opinions on which ones would probable be good without too much trouble getting into.
I've been considering the Thunderbolts and New Avengers mainly, but have also given some thought to the Runaways and Young Avengers. Iron Fist is also a possibility. I generally avoid Hulk, Spider-Man titles and X-universe titles due to a combination of lack of interest and not wanting to have to buy more than one issue a month of a particular character.
So, any suggestions and why?
Nova is an amazing read.
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I'm hearing wonderful things about Wolverine: Origins.
The Order is pretty good, and only three issues have come out so far. Avengers:The Initiative is also pretty good.
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Thunderbolts, Cap. America and Daredevil are must reads to any comics fan.
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