New to comics? No problem! You might think that there are just way too many comics out there with decades of confusing continuity that it’s just not worth the trouble to get into. That’s why your friends here at Graphic Violence have put together this list of great comics you can pick up and read whether or not you even know what a MODOK is! We guarantee each and every one of the comics listed here is a well-written story that you won’t regret reading! We’ve even organized them so that if you want a comic with ghouls and vampires or one with rayguns and E.T.s, you know just where to look! Just saw The Avengers, and you want to read a great story about the Hulk? Well just ctrl+F “Hulk”, and you’ll see just what you ought to read! And these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg! Don’t be afraid to ask for more recommendations in the thread!
FANTASY Neil Gaiman’s Sandman - A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic--and human--mistakes he's made during his vast existence. (Amazon, Comixology) Bone - After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one they find their way into a mysterious valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. The first chapter in the exciting adventure that became a worldwide graphic novel phenomenon! (Amazon, Comixology) Fables - When the Adversary conquered the lands of legends, the inhabitants were forced into exile. They form a secret society, a hidden enclave in modern-day New York. Bill Willingham's award-winning fractured-fairy-tale series explores the world of these beloved fables...one that exists within our own. (Amazon, Comixology) I Kill Giants - Barbara Thorson is your new hero: A quick-witted, sharp-tongued fifth grader who isn't afraid of anything. Why would she be? After all, she's the only girl in school who carries a Norse war hammer in her purse and kills giants for a living... At least, that's what she'll tell you - but where does the fantasy end and reality begin in the heart of this troubled girl? And what if she's telling the truth? (Amazon, Comixology) Skullkickers - No one knows who these two mercenaries are or where they came from. The only thing that's clear is they're two of most ornery, trouble-making warriors that've ever lived. It's action-adventure comedy, sword & sorcery-style. (Amazon, Comixology)
HORROR Hellboy - When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it. Sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins, and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar. (Amazon, Dark Horse Digital) B.P.R.D. - In 2001, Hellboy quit the B.P.R.D., leaving Abe Sapien to lead Liz Sherman and a bizarre roster of special agents to defend the world from occult threats (Amazon, Dark Horse Digital) Locke and Key - Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all... (Amazon, Comixology) Neonomicon - Brears and Lamper, two young and cocky FBI agents, investigate a fresh series of ritual murders somehow tied to the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax –the once golden boy of the Bureau, now a convicted killer and inmate of a maximum security prison. From their interrogation of Sax (where he spoke exclusively in inhuman tongues) to a related drug raid on a seedy rock club rife with arcane symbols and otherworldly lyrics, they suspect that they are on the trail of something awful… but nothing can prepare them for the creeping insanity and unspeakable terrors they will face in the small harbor town of Innsmouth. (Amazon)
SCIENCE FICTION Planetary - Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and the Drummer are Planetary: Archeologists of the Unknown; tasked with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, paranormal secrets and histories, like a supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, or an island of dying monsters. (Amazon, Comixology) Global Frequency - Miranda Zero, the mysterious leader/benefactor/recruiter of Global Frequency is a woman with a mission. She saves people. She and 1,000 others make up the most diverse team of specialists the planet has ever seen. Their job? To save the world, usually before anyone else notices there's a problem. (Amazon, Comixology) Fear Agent - When down and out alien exterminator, Heath Huston stumbles upon an extraterrestrial legion of amoebas preparing to annihilate the Earth, he's forced to choose between the bottle and resuming his roll as a peace keeper, as The Last Fear Agent. Heath's former band of soldiers, the Fear Agents was comprised of a group of the last remaining humans on Earth, whose sworn duty was the protection of their home world against alien invaders. A number of years after preventing a large scale invasion of Earth, the Fear Agents were all slaughtered in a mysterious incident. (Amazon) Five Fists of Science - In 1899, Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla decided to end war forever. With Twain's connections and Tesla's inventions, they went into business selling world peace. So, what happened? Only now can the tale be told - in which Twain and Tesla collided with Edison and Morgan, an evil science cabal merging the Black Arts and the Industrial Age. Turn of the century New York City sets the stage for a titanic battle over the very fate of mankind. (Amazon, Comixology) Atomic Robo - In 1923, Nikola Tesla's career is in its twilight... until he unveils a robot with automatic intelligence - ATOMIC ROBO! After decades of dealing with all manner of weirdness, Atomic Robo and the so-called Action Scientists of Tesladyne become the go-to defense force against the unexplained! (Amazon, Comixology) The Manhattan Projects - What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs? What if the union of a generation's brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything went wrong? (Amazon, Comixology) Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye - The ultimate Transformers saga is here! This ongoing Transformers title sends the Transformers on an epic quest to the farthest reaches of the Transformers Universe and beyond! (Amazon, Comixology)
DRAMA Scalped - Fifteen years ago, Dash Bad Horse ran away from a life of poverty and hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation. Now, he's come back home to find nothing much has changed on The Rez in this gritty, gripping organized-crime drama. (Amazon, Comixology) Parker - The story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind - to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him! (Amazon, Comixology) Preacher - At first glance, the Reverend Jesse Custer doesn't look like anyone special--just another small-town minister losing his faith. But when he comes face-to-face with proof that God exists, he begins a violent and riotous journey across the country in search of answers from the elusive deity. (Amazon, Comixology)
OTHER Astro City - An anthology series about life in a world where superheroes are everywhere, Astro City tells the stories of innocent bystanders, career criminals, alien invaders, and the heroes themselves. (Amazon) Chew - Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. (Amazon, Comixology) Saga - Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. - (Amazon, Comixology) Scott Pilgrim - Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, AND dating a cute high school girl. Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? Short answer: yes. Long answer: Read Scott Pilgrim. (Amazon, Comixology) Sin City - It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn't care. There's an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie's dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she's been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame… (Amazon, Dark Horse Digital) Transmetropolitan - In the near future, gonzo journalist/cult author Spider Jerusalem lives fast and loose in The City--a chaotic melting pot of cultures, subcultures, lifeforms, and technologies. Mastermind writer Warren Ellis delivers this sharp, manic, anything-goes extrapolation of urban life. (Amazon, Comixology) We3 - The unforgettable story of three innocent pets converted into deadly cyborgs by the military. They're prototypes, slated to be permanently de-commissioned--until they make a desperate run for freedom. Relentlessly pursued, the WE3 team navigates a frightening world, seeking something called home. (Amazon, Comixology) Y The Last Man - This is the saga of Yorick Brown--the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his pet monkey, Yorick searches for his lost love...and the answer to why he's the last man on earth. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Extremis - A landscape of terrifying new technologies threatens to overwhelm fragile mankind! What is Extremis, who has unleashed it, and what does its emergence portend for the world? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Invincible Iron Man - (Amazon, Comixology)
-Man Out of Time - When the Avengers pull a frozen soldier from the sea, they bring back the Living Legend of World War II---a man whose memories of life 60 years ago are as fresh as yesterday! How will Steve Rogers adapt to the world of the 21st century? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Winter Soldier Saga - Shattered fragments of Cap's past are called into question by new memories that keep flooding his mind. Is someone playing mind games with him, or has he been in the dark about certain events for years? Only a trip to the scene of his most devastating failure will answer that question. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z - Captain America has been thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home! With no country or allies to turn to, what's left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? The saga of Dimension Z begins here! - (Amazon, Comixology)
-Visionaries: Walt Simonson - (Amazon, Comixology)
-After Ragnarok - Returned to the pantheon of great Marvel heroes, the Asgardian God of Thunder is reunited with the mortal form of Dr. Don Blake. Together, they must reckon with the legacy of the mythic Norse kingdom and the awakening of its immortal heroes - but in a world that may not want them back! (Amazon, Comixology)
-The Mighty Thor - What is the Worldheart? Plucked by Thor and his companions from the deepest roots of Yggdrasil - the World Tree, split in twain - the cosmic seed is now the most coveted object in Odin's possession. But the Silver Surfer - herald of Galactus, devourer of worlds - recognizes the Worldheart as the one object that could forever sate his master's apocalyptic appetite. Now, the Surfer has come to Asgard to claim a prize Odin will not surrender without a fight - and Thor is caught in the middle. Will he entrust the Worldheart to the Surfer for the betterment of the universe, or choose instead to fight to the death for the glory of Odin? - (Amazon, Comixology)
-Thor: God of Thunder - The gods are vanishing, leading Thor on a bloody trail that threatens to consume his past, present and future. To save these worlds, Thor must unravel the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher! - (Amazon, Comixology)
-Hulk: Season One - See the beginnings of the green goliath for a new generation! This is the definitive origin of the Hulk -- as well as Betty Ross, now Red She-Hulk; and General "Thunderbolt" Ross, now the avenging Red Hulk! Plus: Gamma Base, Rick Jones and the introduction of a new Hulk villain that will continue to haunt both him and his alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner, in present continuity! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Planet Hulk - Savage alien planet. Oppressed barbarian tribes. Corrupt emperor. Deadly woman warrior. Gladiators and slaves. Battle axes and hand blasters. Monsters and heroes...And the Incredible Hulk! Let the smashing commence! PLANET HULK BEGINS!!! (Amazon, Comixology)
-World War Hulk - xiled by a group of Marvel heroes to the savage alien planet of Sakaar, the Hulk raged, bled and conquered through the pages of last year's Planet Hulk epic, rising from slave to gladiator to king. Now the Hulk returns to Earth to wreak his terrible vengeance on Iron Man, Reed Richards, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt -- and anyone else who gets in his way. Stronger than ever, accompanied by his monstrous Warbound gladiator allies, and possessed by the fiercest and purest rage imaginable, the Hulk may just tear this stupid planet in half. (Amazon, Comixology)
-The Indestructible Hulk - Hulk: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?? The Hulk is an indestructible force, more weapon than man. Bruce Banner is the smartest man alive. Combined they are the strongest, smartest weapon on the planet! - (Amazon, Comixology)
-Ultimate Spider-Man - High school, puberty, first dances - there are many pitfalls to being young. Compound these with intense personal tragedy and super-powers, and you can start to visualize the world of Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man! Read the book that Entertainment Weekly calls One of the most emotionally resonant depictions of teendom in comics since Spider-Man's debut. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Big Time - Big changes are happening for Spider-Man: Bigger threats, bigger guest-stars, and a big opportunity that could turn Peter Parker's life around! Guest starring The Avengers and The Fantastic Four! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Spider-Island - New York has been infested! Normal people are getting Spider-Powers! Heroes and villains are crawling all over Manhattan and no one knows why! Remember, if everyone's a Spider-Man...then no one is. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine - The master of mutants joins the master of ninjas in Wolverine's first solo series - replete with romance, intrigue, and mayhem! Our beleaguered berserker's in Japan on a mission of the heart, if he can survive the Hand first! Plus: the introduction of everyone's favorite riotous ronin, Yukio! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Get Mystique - Wolverine has just one thing on his mind: revenge. But who is the focus of his rage, and what dark secret does he share with them? And how far over the edge is Wolverine willing to go to get what he wants? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Weapon X - In the jungles of Colombia, people are turning up dead, whole villages brutally slaughtered by a team of soldiers who move through the shadows like ghosts. Once again, it seems, someone is looking to build the perfect killing machine. That means it's time for Wolverine to step in, and remind them that someone already did. (Amazon, Comixology)
-The Infinity Gauntlet - It's the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men and more against the omnipotent Eternal, Thanos! The Mad Titan has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it! (Amazon, Comixology)
-The Kree/Skrull War - A conflict of star-spanning proportions - with Earth caught in the crossfire! For those eternal intergalactic enemies, the merciless Kree and the shapechanging Skrulls, have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Assemble vol. 1 - Since the team's inception, the Avengers have always defended humanity against the forces of evil. When duty calls, these legendary champions answer, fighting valiantly until justice prevails. But what happens when their oldest foes strike directly at the team? (Amazon, Comixology)
-New Avengers - Formed after the original Avengers team fell apart, the New Avengers have risen to become a beacon of hope for the world. With a roster that includes some of America's greatest superheroes standing shoulder-to-shoulder with several unconventional choices, the team has battled adversity and madness and come out on top. (Amazon, Comixology)
-The Ultimates - Strange beings with incredible powers have risen up to challenge the old order, and ordinary citizens are scared witless. The government's solution: a small but lethal army known as the Ultimates, created to protect us all from the newly rising threats to mankind! This superhero epic reimagines the Avengers for the modern age! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Season One - Welcome to the X-Men's first year -- hope you survive the experience! Professor Charles Xavier has recruited five of the most powerful mutants he's ever seen to save a world that hates and fears them. They're teenagers who have to survive hormones and uncontrollable super-powers, all while fighting for their very lives. The first class of X-Men are forged in the fires of combat in ways you've never seen before. You only think you know the story! (Amazon, Comixology)
-The Dark Phoenix Saga - Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Days of Future Past - Where Sentinels stalk the Earth, and the X-Men are humanity's only hope...until they die! Also featuring the first appearance of Alpha Flight and the return of the Wendigo. (Amazon, Comixology)
-New X-Men - Cassandra Nova has murdered 16 million mutants. Now she has her sights set on The X-Men! Xavier and his team of mutants have long dreamed of a time of peace. But the time for dreaming is over. Now it is time to fight. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Astonishing X-Men - Astonishing X-Men takes the style of the X-Men movies, mixes it with the wit of Buffy and holds it together with the classic flavor that made the X-Men famous. This is the perfect comic for new readers, old readers, returning readers and learning readers. It's just that good. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four - While testing an experimental spacecraft Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Sue and Johnny Storm were exposed to a bombardment of mysterious cosmic rays. Upon their return to Earth, they found that they had gained wondrous abilities, the likes of which had never been seen before. That voyage was the first of many extraordinary adventures for these friends, who became known to the world as: Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, The Human Torch, and The Invisible Girl - The Fantastic Four! (Amazon, Comixology)
-John Byrne’s Fantastic Four - Not since the days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the trailblazers of the very mythology known as the Marvel Universe, had someone so perfectly captured the intense mood, cosmic style, and classic sense of adventure of Marvel's first family of heroes - the Fantastic Four. Writer. Penciler. Inker. Visionary. John Byrne reminded us all there was a family at the heart of this team of adventurers. (Amazon)
-Mark Waid’s Fantastic Four - Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo take the reins of Fantastic Four and deliver some of the most daring and humorous adventures these heroes have ever seen! Giant bugs! Living equations! Johnny Storm, CEO! Exploding unstable molecules! The secret behind the Yancy Street Gang! And witness the antics between the Thing and the Human Torch heat up like never before! Prepare to laugh and cheer at once! (Amazon)
-Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four - Be there as Marvel's newest exciting creator, Jonathan Hickman, teams up with superstar artist, Dale Eaglesham, to give you the Fantastic Four experience you've been waiting for! It's adventure, it's family, it's tough questions in dark times. See what happens when Reed Richards tries to SOLVE EVERYTHING! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Born Again - The definitive Daredevil tale! Karen Page, Matt Murdock's former lover, has traded away the Man Without Fear's secret identity for a drug fix. Now, Daredevil must find strength as the Kingpin of Crime wastes no time taking him down as low as a human can get. (Amazon)
-Brian Michael Bendis’ Daredevil - Ben Ulrich's got a new story. It concerns the Leap Frog's son and a certain horned crime fighter. Ben's pretty good at finding the truth, but what will he find here? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Ed Brubaker’s Daredevil - For the past few years, Matt Murdock's life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell's Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Mark Waid’s Daredevil - With new enemies, new friends and that same old "grinnin' in the face of hell" attitude, the Man Without Fear is back in action and leading with his face! Mark Waid joins neo-legendary artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for a new spin on Daredevil that will leave you gasping for air. Having turned his world upside down during the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes justice may not be blind to his past and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. Bring it on! If Matt Murdock could see what he was doing, he'd be terrified. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Year One - We've known for years about the deaths of Frank Castle's wife and children, but now we see Castle himself mere hours later, when his grief and rage were at their freshest. To the police, he's a lead. To a reporter, he's a story. To the mob, he's just one more loose end. In four issues, they'll all learn what he's really become... (Amazon)
-Welcome Back, Frank - After a long absence, the Punisher has returned to the streets of Manhattan, and a criminal elite that has grown over that time is set on guard. In particular, Ma Gnucchi and her crime family have been targeted by Castle. Can one man take down an entire criminal organization with heavy armament alone? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Kingpin - Wilson Fisk is a bodyguard for mob boss Don Rigoletto, but he has his eyes on a much bigger prize, and he's gonna use Frank Castle to help him realize his dreams. It's the biggest story in Punisher history, as we witness the birth of the greatest villain the Punisher has ever faced. (Amazon)
-Immortal Iron Fist - Many years ago, in the mystical city of Kun' Lun, young Danny Rand stared at a suit behind glass -- the garb of the "Immortal Iron Fist" -- and knew that he was destined to wear it. But where did this costume come from? Why did it wait for Danny all those years like a shadow of his future? This history-spanning kung-fu epic will shatter every perception of what it means to be the Immortal Iron Fist! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Ghost Rider - The rogue angel Zadkiel is killing the world's Ghost Riders--that's right, there's more than one!--Blaze and his flame-headed alter ego are in for the fight of their lives! Featuring the return of the OTHER Ghost Rider, Danny Ketch, in a team-up you never imagined and a showdown that had to happen! Strap in for a jam-packed tale of insanity with new villains, old allies and the same old grindhouse action that Flamehead fans have come to know and love! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Nextwave - Action! Excitement! Explosions! The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation) put NEXTWAVE together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When NEXTWAVE discovers that H.A.T.E. and Beyond are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased. In fact, they are rather angry. So they make things explode. Lots of things. And that's only the beginning! If you like anything, you will LOVE NEXTWAVE! BOOM! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Runaways - All young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy. (Amazon, Comixology)
-1602 - The year is 1602, and strange things are stirring in England. In the service of Queen Elizabeth, court magician Dr. Stephen Strange senses that the bizarre weather plaguing the skies above is not of natural origin. Her majesty's premier spy, Sir Nicholas Fury, fends off an assassination attempt on the Queen by winged warriors rumored to be in service to a mad despot named Doom. News is spreading of witchbreed sightings - young men bearing fantastic superhuman powers and abilities. And in the center of the rising chaos is Virginia Dare, a young girl newly arrived from the New World, guarded by a towering Indian warrior. Can Fury and his allies find a connection to these unusual happenings before the whole world ends? (Amazon, Comixology)
-All-Star Superman - The amazing creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely join forces to take Superman back to basics and create a new vision of the World's First Superhero. Witness the Man of Steel in exciting new adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro and more! (Amazon, Comixology)
-For All Seasons - Before the legend, before the icon, before the Man of Tomorrow, there was Clark Kent, a young man coming to terms with the awesome power that fate granted him. Experience the tale of his transformation from country boy to Metropolis Superman as told by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Up Up And Away - Superman has been missing from the skies of Metropolis. But as Clark Kent enjoys the time he's spending with his wife Lois Lane, a new villain comes to town! This looks like a job for… (Amazon, Comixology)
-Birthright - BIRTHRIGHT updates the Man of Steel's origin, breathing new life into the classic story of the super-powered son of a doomed planet destined to grow up to become the world's greatest protector, Superman! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Action Comics - Watch as Superman goes from defender of the common man to the greatest hero the DC Universe has ever known! Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to the Man of Steel, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you the story of Superman updated for the Modern Age. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Year One - Frank Miller (THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Sin City) and David Mazzucchelli (Daredevil) deliver the acclaimed, four-part origin of Batman! Witness Bruce Wayne's transformation into The Dark Knight as he combats his own demons while struggling to topple the corrupt political system infesting his home. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Batman and the Monster Men - In this retelling of one of Batman’s earliest adventures, the novice Batman must face the mad scientist Hugo Strange’s incredible creations, the Monster Men! (Amazon)
-The Long Halloween - Written by Jeph Loeb (SUPERMAN/BATMAN, Heroes) with art by Tim Sale (SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS) and set during Batman's early days, this acclaimed series focuses on a killer murdering only on holidays. Batman must races against the calendar to discover who Holiday is before they claim more victims! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Batman - A new era for The Dark Knight and Gotham City begins here from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo. Batman and the Bat-Family continue their quest to protect the people of Gotham--and now Bruce Wayne himself enters the game! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Down to Earth - Wonder Woman is now the ambassador from the Amazon island Themyscria, come to "Man's World" to spread her people's message of peace and gender equality. She has published a collection of essays and speeches espousing those Amazonian values, and that has made her a lightning rod for protest against her "lifestyle and belief system." (Amazon)
-The Circle - What exactly is The Circle, and what deadly secret do they hold about Diana's birth? Why is the Department of Metahuman Affairs on a collision course with the wounded remnants of the Society of Super-Villains? You won't want to miss this globe-spanning story that shakes Diana to her core! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Wonder Woman - The gods walk amongst us. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us--or one of them? A new era begins for the Amazon Princess Wonder Woman, under the creative direction of Brian Azzarello (JOKER) and Cliff Chang. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Secret Origin - Witness the beginnings of one of the bravest Green Lanterns who's ever lived as the "secret origin" of Hal Jordan is revealed in a whole new light! While Hal begins his career, another Lantern, the greatest of all time, uncovers the mystery of Abin Sur's death and his obsession with the prophecy of "the Blackest Night." (Amazon, Comixology)
-Rebirth - Green Lantern Hal Jordan was one of the DC Universe's greatest heroes, till tragedy made him one of its worst villains. But his rebirth and redemption come at a price. See how a man born without fear and seeking to rebuild his life puts cosmic forces into motion that will have repercussions not only on Earth but across the universe! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Sinestro Corps War - Hal Jordan has struggled to regain his reputation. Kyle Rayner has suffered great personal loss and reluctantly gained great power. Guy Gardner's trust in the Guardians is wavering. John Stewart's unbreakable loyalty soon will be tested. Together, these four men are the Green Lanterns of Earth; but why are so many Earthmen recruited into the Corps? What is their ultimate role in the future of the universe? And how will the secret of the rings' power threaten the Guardians and affect Hal Jordan's future? (Amazon, Comixology)
-Blackest Night - Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the War between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends and it's up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC's greatest champions in a battle to save the Universe from an army of undead Black Lanterns made up of fallen Green Lanterns and DC's deceased heroes and villains. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Born to Run - (Amazon)
-The Return of Barry Allen - Barry Allen has apparently returned from the dead, but his successor--current Flash Wally West--is somewhat skeptical. Regardless, the two speedsters must team up to prevent an assassination attempt on a mob boss! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Blitz - The Flash discovers Zoom's real identity, and Zoom reveals to Flash the true source of his power. But there is one more thing he wishes to teach the Scarlet Speedster: a lesson in how to be a better hero--and you can be sure it's a lesson he'll never forget! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Emergency Stop - The Fastest Man Alive meets a new and deadly challenge in the form of the villain known only as The Suit . . . a challenge that leaves him with two broken legs! Confined to a wheelchair, The Flash's hometown of Keystone City begins to attract villains from across the nation. Can the combined strength and speed of heroes including Max Mercury, Jesse Quick, Impulse and others stop the criminals from taking over? (Amazon, Comixology)
-JLA vol. 1 - In this start to Grant Morrison's best-selling JLA run, a new super-team convinces the Earth that they're a force for good. But when the true nature of these impostors comes to light, only Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and the Martian Manhunter can stop them! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Justice League - Comics superstars Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN) and Jim Lee (BATMAN: HUSH) unite for the first time to tell the bold beginning of the DC Universe's premier super team! The dawn of the age of heroes has begun! Learn how the Justice League formed and what launched them as the greatest team in the DCU! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Kingdom Come - Set at the dawn of the 21st century in a world spinning out of control, KINGDOM COME is a riveting, alternate reality story pitting the old guard--Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others--against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes in a war that will determine the future of the planet. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Animal Man - Buddy Baker is your average family man...who just happens to possess the power to absorb the characteristics of the entire animal kingdom. Award-winning writer Grant Morrison made his DC Comics debut with this existential look at one of DC Comics' classic characters! (Amazon, Comixology)
-Starman - Jack Knight, the son of the Golden Age Starman, reluctantly assumes the family legacy as protector of Opal City, a bustling Metropolis with all manner of citizens--and deadly enemies. Join Jack as he discovers what it means to be a hero in adventures that traverse all corners of the DC Universe. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Swamp Thing - Before WATCHMEN, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book THE SWAMP THING. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history. (Amazon, Comixology)
-New Frontier - World War II is over. The Cold War has begun. Where are the heroes of tomorrow? THE NEW FRONTIER recounts the dawn of the DCU's Silver Age from the perspective of the brave individuals who made it happen--both the superheroic keepers of the flame and the next generation of crimefighters. (Amazon, Comixology)
-Catwoman - A serial killer is racking up bodies in Selina Kyle's old haunts, taking her back to a life she thought she'd left behind permanently. Witness her triumphant return as Catwoman, brought to you by Ed Brubaker (BATMAN) and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke (BATMAN: EGO) & Mike Allred (X-Force). (Amazon, Comixology)
-Power Girl - In her own ongoing series at last! Straight from the pages of JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Power Girl starts life anew by building herself a secret identity. But a major villain from her past has other plans in store for the Super Hero, and to get his way, he's holding Manhattan hostage! (Amazon, Comixology)
also Blue Beetle under Other but that is just personal taste
yes and no
Year One is a classic for a reason and I do love it
but Earth One is definitely more modern and new reader friendly, in addition to being more in line with the current popular version of Batman
also, does Catwoman appear in Earth One? if she's not a prostitute that's at least one point in Earth One's favor
Oh and Commissioner Jessica Dent, sister of DA Harvey Dent.
My library includes sandman, walking dead, y: the last man, lxg, watchmen, and some batman, xmen, hulk, thor here and there.
How is ex machina? Read the first volume and thought it was alright. Should I keep with it?
done and done!
How about Chew? I picked it up on the recommendations here and dont regret a single penny I spent on it.
Nice work on the thread so far. Can't imagine that took any short amount of time to put together.
TylerJ on League of Legends (it's free and fun!)
Chew and Skullkickers have been added.
The first two trades were excellent but I wasnt a fan of the stuff I saw after it. Maybe I didn't give it a fair shake though?
And yes, I forgot to mention that this is a great list, the work put into it is much appreciated. I've been dipping slowly back into Marvel stuff and will likely refer to the recommendations.
Oh, speaking of Marvel, how's about Wolverine and the X-Men? That's been getting lots of praise around these parts.
I'd toss in The Goon as a suggestion as well but I'm a book or two behind and not sure how it currently is.
Also, it's James Bond but if James Bond was a gorilla. I think that's reason enough to put it on the list.
If you want to know what Thanos is all about, these are the four stories to read!
Marvel Masterworks: Captain Marvel, Vol. 3 - After a few years in hiatus, mighty Marvel's space-born super hero returned, and under the aegis of writer/artist Jim Starlin, his story would achieve a scale never before imagined! Stripping the Kree Captain down to his very core and forcing him through a gauntlet of past opponents, Starlin then brought to the fore one of Marvel's pre-eminent cosmic menaces for the very first time: the mad Titan, Thanos. With the stage set and the players from unearthly entity Eon to Drax the Destroyer and the mighty Avengers pulled into fray, the good Captain led the fight against Thanos in a confrontation that would redefine superhero epics forever! (Amazon)
Rebirth of Thanos - The quest that led to Infinity Gauntlet begins here! Back from the dead, Thanos is after the power to bring the rest of the universe with him on a return trip! Can the Silver Surfer, Drax the Destroyer and others stop the cosmic iconoclast before he uses reality as a token of his affection for Death? (Amazon, Comixology)
Infinity Gauntlet - It's the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men and more against the omnipotent Eternal, Thanos! The Mad Titan has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it! (Amazon, Comixology)
The Thanos Imperative - The dangerous cosmic fissure known as The Fault has ripped opened a portal to the Marvel Universe, spilling out the demented forces of a horrific mirror universe where there is no death and life prevails unchecked - the Cancerverse! From this dark realm, the evil Lord Mar-Vell - a twisted version of the legendary Captain Marvel - leads his army to claim our universe for their own! Nova, the Silver Surfer, Quasar, Gladiator and more of the greatest cosmic champions of the Marvel Universal rise to stop them, but when even they cannot stop the forces of the Cancerverse, the fate of the universe lies in the hands of the cosmos' never-say-die underdogs, the Guardians of the Galaxy! Facing a threat like none other, Star-Lord and company cook up an all-or-nothing plan to bring their prisoner, the mad titan Thanos, into the Cancerverse to unleash hell! With everything on the line, the fate of the universe rests in the hands of one of Marvel's greatest villains! (Amazon, Comixology)
It'd be worse if you didn't know about the Cold War and mutually assured destruction.
Legends: The Enchanted - Violently ripped from the pages of folklore come the Enchanted. Supernatural immortals living in a dark, steampunk, creature-infested world where nature, technology and foul magic are in constant conflict. When the twisted, burnt remains of the half-wooden, half-mechanical warrior, Pinocchio are discovered, wolf hunter Red Hood and giant killer Jack realize the fragile rules of their existence have been shattered. With the help of other powerful Enchanted (the mercenary, Goldilocks and psychic exterminators, Hansel and Gretel), Jack and Red team up on an adventure to stop whatever, or whoever is destroying their powers and murdering their kind.
This is a little lighter. Standard drama/investigation fare. Fun character in Dex.
Stumptown - Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she's less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke-she's into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex's luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast's casino operation, will clear Dex' debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne's missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex's way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?
Thanos Imperative is indeed awesome, but I recommend going with Annihilation first instead, as Thanos Imperative was the end point of a long and awesome Cosmic series.
( Annihilation was the beginning)
If you want to get caught up on what's going on right now with Avengers vs. X-Men, this is what you want to read:
X-Men: Messiah Complex - Introduces Hope, the Mutant Messiah
X-Men: Second Coming - Hope returns, now a teenager
X-Men: Schism - The X-Men split into two groups, one led by Wolverine, the other by Cyclops
Avengers: The Children's Crusade - The return of the Scarlet Witch
Now, if you wanted to save some money, I ran across this book in B&N the other day: Avengers vs. X-Men: It's Coming, which contains excerpts from all those stories to get you up to speed for Avengers vs. X-Men.
This isn't really mandatory, but I would really recommend Wolverine and the X-Men, which is the book that follows the school that Wolverine builds. It is a really good, fun book.
Personally, with most events, I find myself liking some of the tie-ins better than the main storyline. Like with Secret Invasion, Secret Invasion: Captain Britain and Secret Invasion: Thor are both really fun. Dark Reign wasn't really an event, in that it didn't have a main storyline, but Secret Warriors is a fantastic series that started during that time period. Highly recommended if you like superhero superspy action.
The Middle is where it gets a little tricky, Annihilation Conquest starts right after, but after Conquest it gets a little crossover-heavy ( and hard to find after conquest )
But it's after Conquest that Guardians of the Galaxy's series starts during/post War of Kings/Realm of Kings, both crossing into those events and having a few of it's own, until everything finally culminates in Thanos Imperative
Nova runs thru Cosmic from beginning to end for the most part also.
Marvel really needs to release an Essential Cosmic.
Edit: Found this, to help/explain how the middle gets a little , well, loaded with comics heh.
The list of trades I made for myself:
Nova 1: Annihilation - Conquest
Annihilation: Conquest 1
Annihilation: Conquest 2
Nova 2: Knowhere
Nova 3: Secret Invasion
Guardians of the Galaxy 1: Legacy
Nova 4: Nova Corps
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: War of Kings 1
War of Kings
Nova 5: War of Kings
Guardians of the Galaxy 3: War of Kings 2
Nova 6: Realm of Kings
Guardians of the Galaxy 4: Realm of Kings
Realm of Kings
Basically there were 2 on-goings(Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy) and 5 events(Annihilation, Annihilation - Conquest, War of Kings, Realm of Kings, Thanos Imperative)
Ya use this list, this looks perfect.
I always have trouble figuring out what's where/what's in what trade when I recommend because my cosmic is all in singles heh.