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[Comics On] Help me get into comics

Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Dunno if this has been addressed yet, but from my understanding there's a fair bit of comic readers on this forum, and I'm looking to get into it. I love both Marvel and DC but there's always been a soft spot in my heart for the Justice League continuities, partly due to my obsession over Justice League and JLU on CN when they aired. Here's what I've got so far compiled:

- All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder
- All-Star Superman
- Batman and Robin
- Batman:Last Rite, RIP, "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?," Battle for the Cowl, Arkham Asylum, No Man's Land
- Final Crisis
- Justice League III (1997-2006)
- Justice League of America (2003-2009)
- Justice League Unlimited
- Kingdom Come
- Superman/Batman
- The Flash: Rebirth (I love the flash, so suggests are always welcome)
- Ultimate Marvel: Complete Compilations
- X-Men Noir, One Shots, Utopia, New X-Men, The End, Ultimate, House of M
- World War Hulk
- Civil War Complete

Essentially I'm looking for anything that's complete and compiled and has it's own pretty self-contained story arcs. I'm also down for certain selections of on-going series that are their own arcs (essentially I just want to start and finish a story line). My Big focus is on Batman, ANYTHING Justice League related, some Flash stuff, and basically anything you guys recommend.

Nerd away guys!

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    manjimanji Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
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    Jeff210Jeff210 Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    DO NOT read world war hulk until you've read PLANET HULK. It is a self contained arc in the incredible hulk books leading up to world war hulk and is absolutely amazing. It is also 100% needed to understand the events of world war hulk.

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Red Son.

    Best Superman story ever. Also, if you like "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" you might enjoy "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" Also, "A Super Man for All Seasons"

    Also, I would recommend trying to find Young Justice and early issues of the current run of Teen Titans. It's pretty fantastic.

    You may also want to check out Green Lantern, starting with Rebirth and going up to the current Blackest Night run.

    Also, Ultimate Spider-Man is the best thing ever. Just letting you know.

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    NailbunnyPDNailbunnyPD Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Personally, I like stuff outside the typical comic book hero story. Initially, I was a big fan of Wolverine, but it all changed with JtHM...

    After a long hiatus, I got back back in to trade paperbacks a little over a year ago. I've started with a good number of Batman stories and the Ex Machina series. Ex Machina is been pretty good, but the latest editions have been a bit weak compared to the first half of the series. Now I am 3 books into Hellboy, which is a fun series.

    As for Batman, I went with Dark Knight Returns, Year One, The Long Halloween, and Dark Victory. Year One and The Long Halloween were probably the better ones, but all entertaining.

    I also enjoyed WE3, Watchmen, and Flight Volume One (but not Two.) I just finished Atomic Robo #1 and look forward to continuing that series.

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    darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Origin - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_(comics)
    Marvels - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvels


    Marvel Knights (alot are available in hardcover GN format)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Knights
    I really enjoyed Sub-Mariner: The Depths


    As well you can look outside of your traditional super hero comics, and go with classics like

    Preacher
    Watchmen
    V for Vendetta
    Sin City
    Y the Last Man
    Transmetropolitan
    The Walking Dead

    the medium is filled with amazing stories.

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    Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Don't call me Shirley... Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Superman for all Seasons
    All Star Superman
    Superman: Up, Up, and Away!

    These three are solid gold Superman stories.
    I love Superman
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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Awesome guys! Any good Justice League stuff to recommend?

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Meh... honestly, I'm not a big fan of Justice League in the comics, but I see you put Kingdom Come up there, which is actually one of the best comics I've ever read. Bump that to the top of your list.

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    Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    New Frontier is Justice Leaguey enough. There's no team, but familiar characters comprise the cast and the art and story are phenomenal.

    You can also read JLA: Year One. Barry Allen's in it.

    I'll also recommend Astro City, which tells slice of life stories in a universe of archetypical heroes, but puts enough of a spin on things to keep it interesting.

    Also, if you want a dark story featuring JLA analogues, Supreme Power is worth a look.

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    Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Also, if you like All-Star Superman, I'd recommend Alan Moore's Tom Strong. It's thematically similar, but has its own rich universe. It's also completely self-contained, which you should like.

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    Psychotic OnePsychotic One The Lord of No Pants Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I would also recommend to read marvel's Annhilation Series. Both stories are colleted in 5 books. Long epic and a great story.

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    ZampanovZampanov You May Not Go Home Until Tonight Has Been MagicalRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Check out DC: New Frontier for an awesome take on silver age Justice League. Essentially it's a self-contained retelling of the move from golden age to silver age.

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    Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Zampanov wrote: »
    Check out DC: New Frontier for an awesome take on silver age Justice League. Essentially it's a self-contained retelling of the move from golden age to silver age.

    Also, JSA: The Golden Age covers the transition as well, but with a greater focus on the Golden Age characters and a generally more dour tone.

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    Ronin356Ronin356 Nowhere MORegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Dc comics Starman Ominbus vol. 1

    Jack Knight is the bomb!:P

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    ZampanovZampanov You May Not Go Home Until Tonight Has Been MagicalRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Ronin356 wrote: »
    Dc comics Starman Ominbus vol. 1

    Jack Knight is the bomb!:P

    Oooooh yeah, my friend recommended that to me I think. Isn't that the series where The Shade gets made extra fucking awesome?

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    toolberttoolbert Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    darkmayo wrote: »
    As well you can look outside of your traditional super hero comics, and go with classics like

    Preacher
    Transmetropolitan

    I cannot lime either of these enough. I keep going back to Preacher at least one a year.

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    ShawnaseeShawnasee Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Sentry wrote: »
    I see you put Kingdom Come up there, which is actually one of the best comics I've ever read. Bump that to the top of your list.

    Damn it Sentry...I was coming in here to suggest this title, then I saw it on his list, and was scrolling to the bottom to tell him to put it at the top of his list, and then I saw you already said that.

    So now I have to lime you.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited March 2010
    Jeff210 wrote: »
    DO NOT read world war hulk until you've read PLANET HULK. It is a self contained arc in the incredible hulk books leading up to world war hulk and is absolutely amazing. It is also 100% needed to understand the events of world war hulk.

    This. It's also freakin' awesome.

    edit: Also, Sleeper by Ed Brubaker. Noir crime stuff with super powers.

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Shawnasee wrote: »
    Sentry wrote: »
    I see you put Kingdom Come up there, which is actually one of the best comics I've ever read. Bump that to the top of your list.

    Damn it Sentry...I was coming in here to suggest this title, then I saw it on his list, and was scrolling to the bottom to tell him to put it at the top of his list, and then I saw you already said that.

    So now I have to lime you.

    There's something about that comic that just feels awesome.

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    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
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    SlicerSlicer Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Awesome guys! Any good Justice League stuff to recommend?

    Grant Morrison's run on Justice League is pretty great. And should be fairly easy to find too.

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