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TheBigDave
04-25-12, 11:56 PM
I haven't read monthly comics in 20+ years. And I was thinking about trying to pick up a few current series. I'm open to anything. But there's so many titles out there it's a little overwhelming.

Is there anything that's really hot right now? What series do you recommend?

Thanks.

kgrogers1979
04-26-12, 12:29 AM
Scott Snyder is very hot on Batman right now. Batman and Flash are my two favorite books currently. Nightwing and Batman & Robin are also pretty good, but the rest of the Batbooks are pretty mediocre.

Grant Morrison is typically a good writer, and I liked him on Batman, but his current Action Comics isn't as good in my opinion. The main Superman title started out poorly, but it improved greatly last month when a new writer came on board.

Geoff Johns has been writing Green Lantern since 2004. Its been consistently good with only a few rough bumps here and there. He is also currently writing Justice League which isn't nearly as good.

I haven't read the main Marvel books since the 90s, but the Ultimate universe has been pretty good lately. It was pretty rough a few years ago during the whole Ultimatum event, but it has improved drastically lately. It also helps that Brian Michael Bendis has been the writer of Ultimate Spider-Man ever since it began in 2000. He has been writing Spider-Man longer than Stan Lee did...

Some people don't like Bendis' style of dialogue. I didn't either originally, but it grows on you. Just be warned though that the Ultimate universe is very different from the main universe, especially post-Ultimatum.

TheBigDave
04-26-12, 01:10 AM
Scott Snyder is very hot on Batman right now. Batman and Flash are my two favorite books currently. Nightwing and Batman & Robin are also pretty good, but the rest of the Batbooks are pretty mediocre.

Are those (Batman, Flash, Nightwing, Batman & Robin) the New 52 versions you're talking about?

Are there any other good New 52 series? That would probably be a good place to start. I can easily go back to the first issue and get caught up.

I haven't read the main Marvel books since the 90s, but the Ultimate universe has been pretty good lately. It was pretty rough a few years ago during the whole Ultimatum event, but it has improved drastically lately. It also helps that Brian Michael Bendis has been the writer of Ultimate Spider-Man ever since it began in 2000. He has been writing Spider-Man longer than Stan Lee did...

So Marvel's Ultimate books are in a different universe than the regular series?

I loved Marvel back in the 80s. I was thinking about getting back into the X-Men. But there's so many X-Men series, I have no idea where to start.

Strapped4Cash
04-26-12, 01:26 AM
Are there any other good New 52 series? That would probably be a good place to start. I can easily go back to the first issue and get caught up.

I like All-Star Western, but only if you think you might enjoy western stories starring Jonah Hex.

JasonF
04-26-12, 01:29 AM
Daredevil
Animal Man
Amazing Spider-Man
Saga

As for the X-Men, both Uncanny X-Force and Wolverine & the X-Men are supposed to be very good these days, and while I haven't read either, the writers (Rick Remender and Jason Aaron) both do very good work.

kgrogers1979
04-26-12, 02:00 AM
Are those (Batman, Flash, Nightwing, Batman & Robin) the New 52 versions you're talking about?

Yes

Also since you haven't read comics in 20 years, Batman & Robin may be slightly confusing since the current Robin is Damian Wayne, who is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. Damian was introduced back in 2006 at the beginning of Grant Morrison's run.


Are there any other good New 52 series? That would probably be a good place to start. I can easily go back to the first issue and get caught up.

I have heard good things about Animal Man and Swamp Thing, but I haven't personally read them so I can't judge them for myself.


So Marvel's Ultimate books are in a different universe than the regular series?

Yes, they are completely different universes with different characters. Many of the characters are just "ultimatized" or modernized but some are completely different from the main universe. For instance, Peter Parker is dead in the Ultimate universe and Spider-Man is a kid named Miles Morales.

There is supposed to be crossover called Spider-Men coming out sometime this summer where Miles will meet the main universe Peter Parker. Its the first time the Ultimate and main universes have crossed over.


I loved Marvel back in the 80s. I was thinking about getting back into the X-Men. But there's so many X-Men series, I have no idea where to start.

Yeah, classic Chris Claremont X-Men was awesome. Then it all went to shit in the 90s and became way too convoluted. The main universe has been shitting all over Spider-Man the last couple of decades as well. Maximum Carnage, The Clone Saga, The Other, Sins Past, One More Day were all just very very very bad Spider-Man stories. Sins Past and One More Day especially are not only the two worst Spider-Man stories, but also the two worst comic book stories of all time period. Its basically the reason I don't even bother with main Marvel anymore.

Supermallet
04-26-12, 02:45 AM
I love Swamp Thing but I feel like the New 52 issues have been rather anemic, honestly. I haven't read the last issue or two so maybe it's picked up but I wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't read comics in many decades.

Animal Man, on the other hand, is excellent. My favorite of the new 52 titles.

I also think Batgirl has been doing some interesting stuff.

As for non-DC/Marvel stuff, The Walking Dead is a gazillion times better than the TV show and very much worth reading from the start. I also love Ex Machina a whole lot, although that series is done now, it's still worth getting into.

davidh777
04-26-12, 03:48 AM
Check the New 52 thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/comic-book-talk/591381-dc-universe-reboots-september-same-day-digital-linewide.html)--some people have been reading a lot of the titles regularly and are recommending their favorites. I haven't read them but am planning to get some of the trades, and Animal Man is on my list based on that thread.

I'd echo Supermallet and say The Walking Dead. The good thing about current but long-running series such as that and Invincible is that you can pick up the first trade (at the library if possible) and get a good idea if you want to pursue it.

ytrez
04-26-12, 07:38 AM
The Goon!

fujishig
04-26-12, 12:47 PM
I know you want to get into monthly collecting, but I still think it's better to start off with a good collection (like Geoff John's earlier Green Lantern, Bendis's New Avengers, Morrison's early Batman run, or Brubaker's early Captain America, Hickman's Walking Dead or Invincible collections, etc.) that will give you a good idea of what has happened in the last few years and give you an idea of whether or not you'll like the current runs. The new 52 has gotten to the point where the first trades and hardcovers are coming out and that might be a good start. If you just want to read good comics, there are tons of things we can recommend in collections; even stuff you enjoyed as a kid, since Claremont/Lee X-men is back in print as an omnibus.

IMHO, even with the new 52, it's hard to jump into monthly collecting unless you're a comic fan that has either been following along for a while or who is resilient to being confused by the sheer number of characters and plotlines. X-men just rebooted last year, but is almost impenetrable now with Avengers vs. X-men going on. Of course, I've pretty much entirely given up on the monthly comic book, so I'm a bit biased.

Of course, when I was a kid I would just jump into the middle of storylines and I didn't care, so if you're just a comic fan, you can pretty much pick up anything and then build up your knowledge.

From Image, Saga is only on issue 2, that's been getting rave reviews and a few recommendations in here. I've heard the new Prophet run is also good.

madcougar
04-26-12, 04:16 PM
I would pick up the first collection of Batman from the New 52 and then wait for the inevitable Night of Owls trade to follow. I have enjoyed All Star Western, Aquaman and Swamp Thing way more than I ever thought, too.

Quake1028
04-26-12, 04:43 PM
Saga
Animal Man
Swamp Thing
Aquaman
Wolverine & The X-Men
Amazing Spider-Man
Invincible
Peter Panzerfaust
The Strange Talent of Luther Strode
Batman
The Manhattan Projects
American Vampire
Daredevil
Thief of Thieves

fumanstan
04-26-12, 05:05 PM
I loved Marvel back in the 80s. I was thinking about getting back into the X-Men. But there's so many X-Men series, I have no idea where to start.

Pick up some of the major trade paperbacks from when you left off, they should be able to cover it.

I really love XTinction Agenda, XCutioner's Song, and Fatal Attractions in the 90's, and the Messiah Complex/Messiah War/Second Coming arc from the last 5 years.

fujishig
04-26-12, 08:32 PM
Pick up some of the major trade paperbacks from when you left off, they should be able to cover it.

I really love XTinction Agenda, XCutioner's Song, and Fatal Attractions in the 90's, and the Messiah Complex/Messiah War/Second Coming arc from the last 5 years.

Well, depending on your tastes and age, you may find, reading the older stuff, that it wasn't quite as good as you remember... or nostalgia could bring you right back.

I agree with the Messiah Complex/Messiah War/Second Coming recommendation; that really was a callback to old-school 80's and 90's X-men to me. Also, X-force and X-factor have been consistently good while the main X-books change direction every few years.

TheBigDave
04-27-12, 08:10 AM
Ended up grabbing the New 52 Batman. I'm 5 issues in, and it's really good. I'll probably pickup a few issues from a couple other New 52 series and see what I like. I'll definitely grab some Animal Man since I've seen so many recommendations.

I'm surprised to see people recommend Swamp Thing. I never took that book seriously. Is it really that good?

madcougar
04-27-12, 10:37 AM
Ended up grabbing the New 52 Batman. I'm 5 issues in, and it's really good. I'll probably pickup a few issues from a couple other New 52 series and see what I like. I'll definitely grab some Animal Man since I've seen so many recommendations.

I'm surprised to see people recommend Swamp Thing. I never took that book seriously. Is it really that good?

I'm enjoying Swamp Thing quite a bit. I tried Animal Man but it was just too... dark? for me. Not that Swamp thing is a ray of sunshine I guess...

Seven words for you on the Batman front: Get the hell out of my house!

Supermallet
04-27-12, 12:08 PM
Swamp Thing has generally been a good book, but when Alan Moore was writing it, it was one of the best books. Again, I'm not too impressed with the New 52 Swamp Thing run so far.

xmiyux
04-29-12, 10:17 PM
I absolutely love the Animal Man series running now.

bluetoast
04-29-12, 11:19 PM
Saga - it's great to have Vaughan back in action, teamed up with a great artist
The Walking Dead - been reading this for years, and it's still really good.
Fables - I haven't read it since issue 90 something, but I really like it. However the constant crossovers and extra series, books meant I lost track, so I'll have to catch up at a later time.

Ex Machina was a disappointment for me, and I have all the singles of that. I loved it for years, but it really hit the deep end near the last year or so.

lattethunder
04-29-12, 11:46 PM
The Goon!
Yep. And Scalped, Uncanny X-Force, Hellboy, and Criminal.

davidh777
04-30-12, 04:14 AM
Animal Man TPB was in my Gold Box picks for $7.79--ordered! :banana:

Supermallet
04-30-12, 11:09 AM
Ex Machina was a disappointment for me, and I have all the singles of that. I loved it for years, but it really hit the deep end near the last year or so.

Shit. I haven't gotten to the end yet. I felt the same way about Y: The Last Man. Great for about 3/4ths of the way through, then the last quarter was full of bad decisions by the creative team.

JayDerek
04-30-12, 11:42 AM
Hellboy
B.P.R.D.

Preterite
05-02-12, 02:29 PM
Shit. I haven't gotten to the end yet. I felt the same way about Y: The Last Man. Great for about 3/4ths of the way through, then the last quarter was full of bad decisions by the creative team.
I actually enjoyed Y all the way through, but the last issue of Ex Machina was rage-inducing. (Very mild spoiler)

It actually ruins everything that went before it by design.

bluetoast
05-02-12, 05:21 PM
Yeah Y was weird as shit reading month to month, especially with all the delays in the last few years, so you end up forgetting the details of some events. However, I later read the whole series in one sitting (yeah it took a couple hours) and it made way more sense that way, and worked pretty well.

Ex Machina....that just broke down, in that there's no way to come back from what was done, although I might re-visit it down the line.

Supermallet
05-02-12, 05:48 PM
Well, I'm still going to finish Ex Machina, but imo Y had a ton of third act problems.

dishpan
05-18-12, 10:31 AM
I like All-Star Western, but only if you think you might enjoy western stories starring Jonah Hex.

YES

even the backup stories are good

dishpan
05-18-12, 10:42 AM
Ended up grabbing the New 52 Batman. I'm 5 issues in, and it's really good. I'll probably pickup a few issues from a couple other New 52 series and see what I like.


good choice with batman, although i like batman & robin more it is probably more confusing to a new reader. those are the best batman titles in my opinion.

are you looking for more superhero stuff or just the big two, or are you into other types too?

for superheroes you cant really go wrong with invincible, as someone said earlier. fair warning, at first you may think 'what makes this so special, or any different from any generic tights title?' but once you get into it and see kirkmans world building scope, as well as become comfortable with his storytelling style, youll prolly love it.

if you like vertigo and anthologies i recommend northlanders by brian wood, which i think is better than his more popular dmz series. it has the benefit of every few issues switching to a new timeframe and new characters so you dont really have to begin at the start to follow it. its ending soon so there wont be too many for you to collect, like 75 issues maybe.

i think the only xmen series that is consistently good is xfactor by peter david. but its great and features a lot of characters youll recognize from when you read before. this one youll have to start from the first volume but once you catch up its still going and you could switch to singles if you wanted.

i havent seen any recommendations yet for stuff by johnathan hickman -- he has a lot of titles to choose from and some can be hit or miss but overall its worth checking out. if you are looking for something recent that you can pickup at your lcs starting with #1, check out "secret" from image.

if you want to give more opinions \ reactions we can try to personalize this more too. enjoy!

BobO'Link
05-18-12, 11:54 AM
...Are there any other good New 52 series? That would probably be a good place to start. I can easily go back to the first issue and get caught up.
I *highly* recommend Aquaman. IMHO it's the best of the New 52. I'm also enjoying Batgirl, but I'm partial to the character and current writer. That's *all* The New 52 I've kept on my file. I also tried Action, Birds of Prey, and Supergirl dropping all three after the first arc.
I loved Marvel back in the 80s. I was thinking about getting back into the X-Men. But there's so many X-Men series, I have no idea where to start.
The manager of the store here would tell you "All current Marvel Books are crap, especially the "X" books." He's a Marvel reader from way back and used to read *all* the "X" books. He's pretty much converted to DC over the past 5-10 years because "they are telling better stories at DC than at Marvel these days."

I used to be a heavy DC reader but the stories, constant crossovers, and certain creators have pretty much driven me away. I read a few Marvel books over the past 10 years or so but they, too, drove me away with poor story telling and constant crossovers (even more than DC). I also grew tired of so called "superstar" type creators being bounced from book to book/publisher to publisher. I like it when creators stay on a book for *years* rather than "story arcs". Because of this my file is currently about 95% "indies", most of which are creator owned or controlled. I've pretty much stopped the "super hero" books for the reasons stated and that they've mostly become somewhat stale with story telling/plots/etc. - even with The New 52.

In addition to Aquaman, of what's currently on my file I'd recommend:

Rachel Rising (Terry Moore)
Frankenstein Alive Alive!
Lord of the Jungle (Tarzan)
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist
Warlord of Mars (Graphic retelling of the ERB Barsoom novels. Avoid the spin off/side series though.)
Mind the Gap (I'm still somewhat on the fence with this one but it has an interesting setup. #1 was recently released and #2 is not out yet.)

I'd also recommend TPB for the following:

Echo (Terry Moore)
Y: The Last Man (In spite of "3rd act issues" it's still a solid read)
Ex Machina (Same comment as "Y")
Fables (Still ongoing, but you'll need trades to get started. It's one where I've stopped monthlies in favor of just getting the trades.)

dishpan
05-18-12, 12:01 PM
I *highly* recommend Aquaman. IMHO it's the best of the New 52. I'm also enjoying Batgirl, but I'm partial to the character and current writer. That's *all* The New 52 I've kept on my file. I also tried Action, Birds of Prey, and Supergirl dropping all three after the first arc.


good call on aquaman and batgirl. i am enjoying those as well.

i tried the first issue of mind the gap but it didnt grab me enough to continue.

Supermallet
05-24-12, 01:18 AM
Yeah Y was weird as shit reading month to month, especially with all the delays in the last few years, so you end up forgetting the details of some events. However, I later read the whole series in one sitting (yeah it took a couple hours) and it made way more sense that way, and worked pretty well.

Ex Machina....that just broke down, in that there's no way to come back from what was done, although I might re-visit it down the line.

I finally got around to reading the last issues of Ex Machina. What's the problem? It's not a happy ending but it's definitely better than Y.

pezsoup
05-25-12, 04:46 PM
Check out Vaughn's new book Saga. It's pretty great thus far.

bluetoast
05-25-12, 05:40 PM
I finally got around to reading the last issues of Ex Machina. What's the problem? It's not a happy ending but it's definitely better than Y.

Like with Y, I read them monthly as they came out, so I guess I wound up forgetting many threads, and after all the delays it just got weird. The stuff with Kremlin, Bradbury, shit. It's been a while, maybe if I approached it like I re-visited Y, read them all in one go, then it would make more sense. I will say that I thought the first half was awesome, so it's kind of weird that I remember that and not the latter half (aside from the negatives).

Saga is really good so far though. I'm torn between getting the digital issues or the singles. I have #1 of both at least. I've been trying to get everything Vaughan has done (yeah, even the random one shots of Wolverine, etc), and I have pretty much most of his stuff except for Mystique.

From what I've read of the above I'd say his best work is:

Y, The Escapists, Runaways (first arc especially), and Saga looks like it'll be up there.

Supermallet
05-26-12, 03:28 PM
I've read the first two issues of Saga. Like it a lot. I think I have the first Runaways trade tucked away.

The stuff with Bradbury and Kremlin was dark, but I think it was showing that Hundred had changed since the whole thing started. It certainly wasn't a bad ending, and it didn't drag like Y.

LorenzoL
05-27-12, 02:42 AM
Usagi Yojimbo if you don't mind talking animals and Samurai stories.

You can catch up with the trades available since the series is in its third volume and issue 144 right now.

shadowhawk2020
05-27-12, 11:45 AM
I have been out of comics for a while, I started up with some of the New 52, but lost interest in most of those. Valiant just started up again, so I picked up X-O Manowar #1, I enjoyed it, but X-O was never my favorite. I am looking forward to Harbinger and Bloodshot.

xmiyux
05-27-12, 12:42 PM
Out of the new 52 I am caught up on:

Swamp Thing
Animal Man
Catwoman

And I absolutely love all three. Catwoman is definitely the lightest of those three with lots of cheescake art so it might not be everyone's cuppa, but I am enjoying it.

edit: Just started reading Firestorm and it is a little light and silly compared to the other three books but it has been a reasonably fun read. Though I may not keep up with it.

TheBigDave
05-29-12, 10:27 PM
So far I'm caught up on:

Animal Man - I can understand why people like it, but it's not my kinda thing.
Batman - My favorite so far.
Nightwing - Enjoyed the first arc. Probably my 2nd favorite.
The Flash - This is the first time I've read Flash. It's good so far. I'll keep reading.
Uncanny X-Men (new series) - I'm not crazy about it. Maybe I'd enjoy it more if I was famoliar with the current Marvel universe. So much has changed in the past 20 years.
Young Justice - I like the TV cartoon, so I'm reading the book too.

I plan on checking out All Star Western, Aquaman, Batgirl, Birds Of Prey, Uncanny X-Force, Wolvernine & The X-Men.

BobO'Link
06-02-12, 09:08 AM
Check out Vaughn's new book Saga. It's pretty great thus far.
Somehow I totally missed Vaughn had a new book out (yes, I read Previews so I have zero excuse!) and gave the LCS manager a bit of grief over that as he knows I like Vaughn's work and didn't put it in my file "just because" (normal practice for him). I did a quick read of #1 this past Wednesday and liked what I read. I'll read it again next week as well as #2 but have already committed to it being on my file - the decision now is whether to do floppies or trades. I'm somewhat leaning towards trades as his work seems to read better that way.