A friend of mine has seen a couple episodes of Comic Book Men and expressed some interest in reading superhero comics. She's intrigued by how they all tie together and go back so far (which goes against the "common wisdom" of making them standalone, I guess) and wants to read a few. It falls on me to curate her introduction, so I'm seeking advice.
So far, she's expressed the most interest in Marvel and the X-Men; she liked the movies. She's 32. Her general tastes skew towards humorous and modernist, but they're pretty wide-ranging in general. She likes the show Archer, for instance, but she also liked the Harry Potter books. She works at a science museum and really loves science in general. I'm hoping to lend her stuff in TPB form just because it's easier to lend, read, and keep track of.
So far, I'm considering:
Excalibur (the Claremont/Davis stuff)
-pros: funny, pretty accessible, ties to other books
-cons: sort of sputters out
New Mutants (Claremont run)
-pros: mostly new characters but with ties to other books
-cons: artwork starts out bland before dropping you into Sienkiewicz
Dark Phoenix Saga
-pros: almost every X-comic sort of issues out of this story; nice art
-cons: the TPB starts in a weird place; is the emotional impact lessened by starting here?
Blue Beetle (the modern Rogers/Hamner run)
-pros: funny, easy to read, good at introducing continuity
-cons: the first storyline is way weak
Daredevil by Waid/Rivera/Martin
-pros: slightly breezy with some soap opera
-cons: relatively standalone, and if she likes Daredevil, most of the other major runs are vastly different
So... I don't know. None of these seem to jump out and say "Yes! This is what she's looking for!" I'd love to hear more suggestions.