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  1. Slurms McKenzie

    Slurms McKenzie New Member

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    I've always been a fan of Marvel and DC characters, but never actually read the comics. The other day I was in Borders and I decided to pick up Planet Hulk and I loved it. The story was decent but I loved being able to see the action unfold.

    Now I'm hooked. I tried to find a comic store with no dice, (using just a GPS to search, I was "working.") So I went back to Borders and looked at their selection again. I don't know what to read next...

    I thought Civil War looked good, but it had a bunch of books in the series and I don't know where to start. I found Batman's Hush, and it looked awesome, but I wasn't sure what to spend money on. I know Watchmen is supposed to be good, but again same problem.

    Where should I start? I'm not a fan of Superman at all, so please don't suggest him, but I'm open to anything else. Help?
     
  2. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    I would try starting with the Marvel Ultimate books. They were a sort of "relaunch" a few years ago where Marvel wanted to modernize their major characters and give new readers an easy jumping off point. Ultimate Spider-Man in particular is really good.
     
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    sploosh OT Supporter

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    OTCC introduced me to The Walking Dead and Y the Last Man. Both are excellent ways to spend your monies, imho.
     
  4. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    Werd. These two + Fables are the three great finds OTCC brought into my life.
     
  5. sploosh

    sploosh OT Supporter

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    and +1 for ultimate spiderman.

    I also recommend you check out the stickie. Warskrull will have a lot of stuff for you to check out. You can always go pick up the different series that you like.
     
  6. Corz

    Corz ha ha! snikt

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    Invincible
     
  7. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    The New Blue Beetle run or some Early Deadpool.
     
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    gts24 hurfdurf OT Supporter

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    DC killing Blue Beetle already :squint::ugh: I didn't even really get into it but they kill books way to fast.
     
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    Out of the Ultimate line, I really only suggest

    Ultimate Spider-Man
    The Ultimates (avoid Ultimates 3)

    Green Lantern
    Immortal Iron Fist
    Invincible Iron Man
    Deadpool
    The Walking Dead

    For event type stuff... I'd suggest

    Civil War (main book)
    Sinestro Corps War (should be easy enough to grasp for a newbie)

    Old stories...

    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Spider-Man: Reign
    Marvel Zombies
     
  10. johnny

    johnny shit, baby

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    Can't page through the new Agents of Atlas til tomorrow, but the writer, Jeff Parker, is very accessible to new readers.
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    blue beetle sucked
     
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    gts24 hurfdurf OT Supporter

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    ok i wasn't gonna say it but i didn't like it :rofl:
     
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    gts24 hurfdurf OT Supporter

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    A good way to know where everything starts is to get a checklist of the books related to the event. A checklist is usually found at the end of a book that is part of the event or you can search the internet.

    Some are quite complicated though which would give you flashbacks to years ago and such. Honestly, I'd start with wiki. Look up a wiki of certain comic book characters and there are usually reference guides at the bottom.
     
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    pojoWRX comics, indie hip-hop, home theater, Subie and dad

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    Final Crisis lol
     
  16. void

    void oh yeah?

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    :rofl: /\

    I'm coming back to comics, what should I read?

    Why, Final Crisis of course.

    THANKS!







    *4 hours and 18 re-reads later*

    WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO TO ME! MY BRAINS ARE COMING OUT OF MY EARSSSss...... *dead*

    best advice you'll ever get. new to comics? stay away from grant marrison for at least one calender year. (we3 excluded).
     
  17. Arsenal4rs

    Arsenal4rs BEES!!! MUTHERFUCKIN BEES!!!

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    I would totally pick up The Sinestro Wars... It will lead you up to the current stuff, which is leading to Blackest Night, which i think is gonna be stellar.
     
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    I'd check out Iron Fist with Fraction/Brubaker.
     
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    Obviously you haven't read Action Comics with Geoff Johns or you'd not say that :squint:

    Most of what i'd suggest has already been suggested and they're all good.
    I'd like to add Marvel's Avengers: Initiative to the list.
    Though it's set after a shit-load of events that led up to it, the creative team really writes in such a way that you easily find out what and how things happened while not slowing down the development of the story. You'll meet new characters and no knowledge of the Marvel Universe is needed as it's mostly self-contained.

    Some people might hesitate to recommend this but i'd also say read Planet Hulk. It's very much a stand-alone story about Hulk being stranded in a savage planet far from Earth. The story is just epic.

    Some other stuff i'd recommend is;

    Silver Surfer - Requim
    Gravel (from Avatar)
    Fables
    The Boys (so violent and awesome DC did not want it)
    Elephantmen

    Lots of stuff out there. Just check out Warskrull and take a gander at what takes your fancy.
     
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    gts24 hurfdurf OT Supporter

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    Indeed, I was part of the Superman hating bandwagon, and probably for good reason. I would NOT read anything superman at all.... then i started reading Geoff Johns run on Action Comics.... :bowdown:
     
  21. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    These are both really good. And I was never a fan of Silver Surfer or the whole marvel cosmic stuff before. And The Boys is just really fun take on super heroes. Where the Heroes and the bad guys and the villains are the good guys. Plus, the main character is modeled after Simon Pegg.
     
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    Can't go wrong with having a british comedian as your main character :mamoru:
     
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    Slurms McKenzie New Member

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    Thank you all for the suggestions, I'll check out many of them. I'm more interested in reading about characters I know and grew up with, so I'll probably go with the Ultimate line for now. Thanks again!

    I mentioned this in my first post, Planet Hulk was the random comic I grabbed that got me interested in reading more.
     
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    johnny shit, baby

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    Seconded. I think it's the best book out there. The "Worlds Collide" story that just ended put me off a bit, but re-reading it all at once changed that.
     
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    ForgottenSpiral Hope and Irony OT Supporter

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    I used to be into comics when I was younger (read: 10-15 years ago). I'm trying to get back into them, but I don't want to start collecting old stuff or jump into something on number #47 or something. I'm also not really interested in the 8th re-imagining of something either. Are there any new series that just started or are starting soon that would be worth subscribing to?
     

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