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Hey guys. I have a question for all of you heroclix players who are also comic book fans. My local comic book shop is offering a 25% discount on comics when you reserve at least 5 titles per month. I have been out of reading comics for about 5 years now, but I recently picked up Hawkman #1 and got hooked. I have issues #1-12 and I am eagerly awaiting #13. But anyway, I would like 3 more comics (I have already chosen Daredevil as one), to get into and I was hoping some of you had suggestions. I am looking to get into current comics that are not too far along (such as Hawkman), so I can purchase all the back issues. So far, I have heard great things about JSA (which would also satisfy my Hawkman craving), but I would like some Marvel as well. I think I heard Captain America has a new series, but other than that, what are some good ones to pick up? I don't want to get into anything that has more than 30-40 issues out right now...except the new Daredevil, that one is a sure thing. Anyway, thanks in advance for your advice.
Well, i'm not sure about what to get, as i've been out for awhile myself. i was getting Young Justice, which was great. Tomb Raider isn't too shabby. GI Joe is great
As for the Daredevil, i have the first 3 issues (the Smith Run) for sale if you are interested. I have the J Scott Campbell cover as well. PM me if you are interested.
Well, alot depends on taste of course, I recommend:
1. Batman : Jeph Loeb is doing a fabulous job! 613 should be out next week
2. Ultimate Spiderman
3. Ultimate X-men : both these title have been great fun to pick up again after a long time when I wouldn't touch them with a ten meter cattle prod.
4. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen : Unfortunately slow to come out, but worth it! Alan Moore is (Still) the best writer in comics. Period. No argumnts shall be brooked on that point.
5 Daredevil/bullseye :by Kevin Smith a limited series, and also slow to come out, but Kevin Smith ROCKS!
6. Aquaman just started a new run that is quite good, so far.
Hope that helps!
if your looking for comix without alot of issues, check out the Ultimates. Its very good and has under ten issues so far. it re-tells the story of the Avengers.
I would also recomend wolverine, its pretty amazing. the issue out this week is wolvie vs. the Punisher. should be good.
also agent X is good for a laugh. but those last two have a bunch of back issues and you might not want that. you'de be suprised at how easy it is to jump on though, especially with wolvie and agent x. most marvel comix have a "in previous issues" first page that gets you caught up.
Batman has an amazing artist right now in Jim Lee and The incredible Hulk has a great writer.
"hero" is a promising new DC series about a regular kid who inherits superpowers and doesnt know how to use them.
man i like comix.
The Ultimates is the best Marvel comic out right now (in my opinion), and it has yet to reach number 10. You could try to pick up Ultimate Spider-Man or Ultimate X-Men, but unless you buy the collections, you'll spend a fortune on the around 30 back issues each title has. Agent X is more or less Deadpool, and it isn't too far along yet. Maybe eight issues. X-Statix is a good read. Alias is a good book. Most things I read are pretty far along issue-wise, so I can't in good conscience tell you to pick up anything else. Though I do recommend you pick up any Hellboy mini-series that comes out, they are all fantastic. If I can think of any more I'll let you know.
I concur with the others - The Ultimates is one of the best comics out there today. A really, really brilliant way of re-imagining established super-heroes.
The other two I read are Alias and Powers. Alias is a great character driven story - lots of reading and not too much action - but brilliantly written. Powers is, in my opinion, the single best comic out today. Absolutely sharp - and with the the arc style of writing a story for a few issues and then moving on - it's easy to catch up on what's going on.
If you prefer more traditional comics that are good, Ultimate X-men is the best of the X titles. It comes close to capturing the heydey of the X-men - before time travel / multi-demensional garbage / team of 80 heroes really destroyed Uncanny X-men.
Ultimate Spider-man is pretty good too - basically if Brian Michael Bendis writes it, there's a good chance you won't waste 3 bucks...
On the 'limited series' run - Astro City is back (about time!) and it's as good as it has ever been.
silversurfer reviews (http://vaporizer.org/reviews/silver-surfer)
Agent X: Funny and action packed, one can only hope Scalera and Dorkin can maintain the quailty Simone gave the book
Ultimates: Easily one of, if not the, most visually stunning books Marvel puts out, often late though
Ultimate Spider-man: Bendis+Bagley=amazing book
Spider Girl: If you are a fan of the Clone Saga stuff, good writing/characters/subplots/character development, or want to see Mary Jane and Peter happy, and still married this is a great book
Exiles: Think of this book as a cross between Quantum Leap, Sliders and X-Men
Alright, I think I have decided on these 6: Daredevil, Hawkman, The Ultimates, JSA, Batman: Gotham Knights, and Mystique when it comes out in April. I would like to know if anyone has read Gotham Knights, and your opinion on it... Thanks to all responders.
Can someone give me a basic description of what Ultimates is all about, and who formulates the team...
Ultimates: You know the "Ultimate Universe", right? Modern takes on Marvel, with a complete fresh start - no connection to old continuity. This is their Avengers. Started with Iron Man, Wasp, Giant-Man, Captain America, and Hulk (sort of - he's more of a monster here). Ultimate Nick Fury helps out a lot - I like him much better than traditional Nick. Thor came in after a few issues, and it's looking like they're setting up to switch to their version of "Cap's Kooky Quartet" soon - Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver just got introduced. So far, they haven't really introduced any Avengers villains - they fought the Hulk, now they're after Magneto.
Be warned - this isn't your classic four-color tights'n'fights. This is written for adults, with all the characters much more realistic/human/whatever than most comics are used to. For example, the Hulk taunts the heroes in various nasty ways, including suggesting alternate scatological uses for Hank Pym's giant skull. But it's good writing, so they can get away with stuff like that in the name of art.
Other good books: Most any ABC (America's Best Comics) book. Top 10 in particular, but it's on haitus right now. I second the nomination for Exiles - I expected it to suck, but it won me over. I also second Alias/Powers - anything Bendis writes is worth it.
Almost forgot "what it's about" -
The government sees the rise of superhumans (mostly mutants, mostly Magneto) as a threat, so it organizes a super-team. They're basically highly paid semi-celebrity heroes. They spend the first few issues waiting for a threat to appear. They haven't really had much plot yet - they've spend most of their issues setting up the team, including a fairly long WW2 intro to Cap. They've pretty much just wrapped up that setup, and are just now moving into their own stories.
Depending on your tastes . . .
If you like crime fiction - 100 Bullets, Catwoman, Alias, Gotham Central.
More traditional superheroes (sort of) - Astro City
Straight superheroes - Birds of Prey, Batman
All highly recommended.
My list right now is:
2. Ultimate X-Men
4. Spider-man: Blue (to be followed by Hulk: Grey when Blue is done)
5. 100 Bullets
6. Ultimate War (going to have to find something new for this, since it just finished...)
I would definately recommend the current Garth Ennis run of the Punisher. There are only 22 issues so far, unless you count the 12 issue limited run he did a couple of years ago. It has by far been the best representation of Frank Castle ever. Plenty of action, good humor, and a truly serious look at Frank's personality. Once you lose the white gloves and boots, the hi-tech garbage and Microchip, you get a great character.
I agree with the Punisher mini and maybe the first 12 -15 issues of the regular series. I stopped picking it up after that though. Just got bored with it.
The best Punisher stuff is the first 30-40 issues of the original series as well as the original 5 issue mini series. War Journal wasn't bad for a while either.
Any ultimates title
I'm a huge fan of the new Batgirl, Alias, and Electra. Hmm...I must love chicks!
If you like Hawkman (which I also read), you definitely need to read Geoff Johns' other titles:
1) JSA (there are trades going up to issue 25, with a new one of issues 26-31 coming out in April. You must read JSA:Return Of Hawkman. There up to issue 45, but getting the back issues you need to fill in after the trades should not be too difficult).
2) Flash (another title that Johns' done great work on, with a couple of trades to fill in what you have missed so far. Johns has made this book by making Flash's rogues gallery into a force that is both frightening and intriguing).
3) Avengers (He just started to write this book, so now is a good time to get on board. Kurt Busiek just finished an AMAZING run on this book, but Johns has done a good job so far).
4) Astro City (speaking of which, Kurt Busiek's series focusing on different perspectives of a superhero universe is not to be missed. This is the start of a new story arc, so you can get into it now. Trades for everything you have missed are available).
5) New X-Men (Not a Goeff John book, but Grant Morrisson's take on Marvel's Mutant Team is edgy and always surprises. A title that I look forward to every month. Trades can fill in most of what you have missed.)
A few others that I will mention: Ultimates (could be made into a movie using the book as a story board, a post modern Avengers), X-static (many get turned off by the art, but this book is the most realistic take on the what heroes would be like in our celebrity worshipping/reality tv world that we live in today) and almost any Crossgen title (not superhero books per se, but great art, good stories and the most reliable scheduling of any comic company out there). I hope my suggestions help,
How about Global Frequency? The first three issues blew me away!! Also, what about the Authority and Planetary? Both have been on break, but both are starting up again.
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