The noobiest question ever!!
Hello all, as the title says i got a noob question to ask.
I was just curious on how people follow the order/ way things work when it cones to comics, so like how this series is before or after this, and where to start on such titles.
I mean my knowledge as of now is to read the new 52 as its a fresh start/reboot but even that isnt 100% clear.
For example when i read green lantern, there were yellow and blue rings also, and being someone who came from liking the movie had no idea of these colours lol
Not complaining just curious how regular readers follow all this
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It wasn't. Green Lantern just ignored the reboot and continued with it's ~25 years of continuity, although it's only the past eight that are really important.
Originally Posted by Justin-
Ah that makes sense lol. Thanks for clearing that up, but the other part of my question, when you find someone you like, how do you know where to start? especially origin stories???
Originally Posted by Ves
The new 52 Green Lantern is not noob friendly since it ignores the reboot... So if you're into Green Lantern start from Green Lantern Rebirth (which could also be a bit confusing, but hang in there!) and continue till you get to the reboot.
If you skip the pre-reboot stuff you will miss some of the best Green Lantern stories ever. The whole run was written by Geoff Johns and you can find the reading order online. Good luck!
Thanks for the heads up, I am a fan of Green Lantern but he isn't at the top of my list (he lies behind Green Arrow, Batman and Smallville Season 11
Originally Posted by SonicOS
Sure some comics are better starting points than others, but it's really not that hard to just dive in. Comics build off of a rich history that is decades long, you're never going to get in at the beginning so don't even try. Yes, the New 52 was an attempt at providing a good jumping on point, but even it is not a true fresh start. Especially when referring to Green Lantern.
For the most part just pick up what you want to read/what looks cool and don't think about 'well does x happen before or after y?' because in most cases it doesn't matter. When a past event is referred to you are usually given all the information you need to know right there, most comics have editor's notes or recap pages to help you out, and if you are curious there is always Wikipedia.
People usually over-think things and think they HAVE to start at the beginning. Not so. Picking things up at the start of a new volume, start of a new writer's run, or even just the start of a new story arc are all just fine ways to enter into a series, and that happens every couple of issues.
The first comic I ever read was a Spider-Man book right in the middle of the whole Clone Saga mess, and that was before things like Wikipedia existed. So, bottom-line, just try not to over-think and go in and have fun.
I find http://www.comicvine.com a great site for figuring out what is going on. Just type in the name of any character and it will give you a brief history and a list of appearances. Wikipedia is also a great source for getting the history of a character.
Wikipedia helps, I was constantly on my phone when I read the Blackest Night series. So many characters and story references that were never explained because they were doing so much and didn't have room or time.
Justice League did a great job of setting up the book as new reader friendly. But some of the best New 52 books ignore the reset, in the end its better for the readers new and old but it does require some catching up.
I tend to like Comicvine better then Wikipedia. It is more up to date. And wikipedia leaves a lot out with some pages.
Originally Posted by Arizona
Although it isn't the greatest series in itself (I love it but I realize its flaws) but Green Lantern New Guardians does a decent job of showing different emotions and what colors they work with
Thank you so much for this, this is the closest answer to me and how I have seen comics lol. Im going for the find a series and read it now rather than bothering with past/other series and order lol :)
Originally Posted by Red_Kamui
Thank you everyone else for their ideas, and I have used Wikipedia a lot (and I have the revised 2edition DC Encyclopedia which is very usefull)
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Pretty much this.
Originally Posted by the4thpip