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What is DC/Marvel Comics?

DC Comics is an American publishing house (known as a Premier Publisher) that publishes titles from the DC Universe (DCU). These titles include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Arrow, Justice League America and Green Lantern just to name a few. I'm making this thread because my knowledge base in American comics mostly revolves around DC and I think I can help people out that want to know about the DC universe.

If you're a fan of X-Men, Deadpool, The Avengers or Spiderman, those are all Marvel IPs. Marvel is also a Premier Publisher and they just announced a huge Secret War arc for Summer 2015. I am not a big Marvel guy, and in fact - I only really care about Deadpool and X-Men (they often crossover these two titles). There are a couple of guys here that are more Marvel-inclined so I guess they can jump in if they want to.

If you want to talk about other independent stuff here, that's cool too. So "Independents" or "Other" publishers include stuff from Top Cow, Aspen Comics, Dynamite Entertainment and Zenescope Entertainment.


[DC] New 52? Wat?

In 2011, there was a major event in the DCU that caused all of the titles in DC being "reset" essentially. All the previous origin stories were reworked and some of the previous events were retold - resulting in the "New 52" label on some of the flagship titles. It's now 2014 at the time of writing, so it's been 3 years. Which is quite some time, but not that scary if you want to catch up. It's probably the best time to be a newcomer to comics - because it's new enough for you to hop on, but old enough that there's been a lot of TPBs (Trade Paperbacks) for you to get and immerse yourself in.

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Look for this logo if you're a new comic book reader!



Where can I download comics?

As a preface, I just want to say that nothing beats reading a comic book as a physical book. I understand that some trades aren't exactly cheap either (especially if they are hardcover, or HC), but if you really like a series - consider buying the TPBs for that story's run. Not for any moral or righteous reason, other than to own and start building your collection on some dusty old shelf. For any other needs, I recommend using Comics Forest.


What is a Trade Paperback (TPB)?

Trade Paperbacks (TPBs), or "Trades" as they are commonly known, are basically a compilation of single issue comic books into a bigger book. They usually include around 6 comic books into one collection. Trades usually cover a "Run" which would be like a "Story Arc" or "Self-contained mini story". A Single is basically just a typical comic book issue. A Slab is a comic book that has been encased in plastic and given a CGC grade, these are used by collectors and investors. Other lingo includes HC (Hardcover) and SC (Softcover) to describe trades.


I just want to read Batman, because I'm Batman etc.

Scott Snyder's/Greg Capullo's New 52 Batman is considered to be the best comic book run in the New 52. This is going to sound crazy, but I haven't read it yet - but everyone I've spoken to can't stop ejaculating/getting wet over it, and the sales number back this trend up. I recommend you grab the first couple of trades from the New 52 Batman run, and I'm sure I'll get around to buying the books/reading them when I get the chance to.


The Dakshaunz Ongoing List / Recommendations
I buy my TPBs from Kinokuniya Malaysia and Singles from Ebay/Local vendors.

Ongoing:
[N52] Red Hood & The Outlaws - Great story, gorgeous art and it's full of humour.
[N52] Batwoman - DC's first flagship lesbian superhero, and an ex-commando. Great run so far.
[N52] Batgirl - Pre-redesign of course. Gail Simone's Babs is a dark and gritty one.


Recommended:
[PRE-N52] Batman: Hush - Yeah, this one's a pretty famous run. It's essential reading, can't put it any other way.
[PRE-N52] Gates of Gotham - It's a 4-part miniseries and it's well written (Oh, it's Snyder again). Puts the spotlight on the synergy of the Bat-Family.
[PRE-N52] Powergirl - Amanda Conner brings this superhero to life well. Grab the "Power Trip" TPB (real or rar) and enjoy the ride.
[PRE-N52] Batgirl (1999) - The 1999 series features Cassandra Cain, my personal favourite Batgirl. Probably favourite DC heroine of all time.
[MARVEL] Deadpool & Cable - I don't think I've laughed harder reading any other comic. Full of boyish and immature charm that you can't help but love the chemistry between a retarded merc and a herald from the future.


The Fork Ongoing List / Recommendations

Recommended:
[VERTIGO] Y: The Last Man


Anyway, feel free to add your own recommendations for any of the publishing houses/series and I'll update the OP. Please tag the comics with [N52], [PRE-CRISIS] or [MARVEL] etc. In case the new comic book readers need some extra help finding where in the timeline certain runs occur, or what publishing house the comic books belong to.

Happy Reading!

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Fork
I've been wanting to get back into reading comics regularly and it sounds like the New 52 Batman will be a good place to start, will have to try out your Batwoman and Batgirl recommendations too.

I was reading a fair amount then got bored shitless with the repetitiveness of Blackest Night. Yes people died and came back, WE GET IT. FUCK.

I finished reading Y: The Last Man a few months ago and loved it. It was dark and gritty, hilarious and harrowing. Not gonna lie I shed a few tears during the last chapters, just got so attached to the characters and it was sad to see it finish.

Recently read the start of Powergirl: Power Trip too and it looked really good. Also boobs.

I really want to finish Deadpool & Cable too, though will probably have to start from the start again - don't think I got far.

Sandman and Transmetropolitan are also on my to read list, but I'll have to tackle them when I have more time.
Darkshaunz
Fork wrote:
I've been wanting to get back into reading comics regularly and it sounds like the New 52 Batman will be a good place to start, will have to try out your Batwoman and Batgirl recommendations too.

I was reading a fair amount then got bored shitless with the repetitiveness of Blackest Night. Yes people died and came back, WE GET IT. FUCK.

I finished reading Y: The Last Man a few months ago and loved it. It was dark and gritty, hilarious and harrowing. Not gonna lie I shed a few tears during the last chapters, just got so attached to the characters and it was sad to see it finish.

Recently read the start of Powergirl: Power Trip too and it looked really good. Also boobs.

I really want to finish Deadpool & Cable too, though will probably have to start from the start again - don't think I got far.

Sandman and Transmetropolitan are also on my to read list, but I'll have to tackle them when I have more time.


I hear a lot about Sandman and how it's meant to be really good. The problem is, it's a bit hard to find out where to start - I think the original Neil Gaiman run is a good place to start. It's a bit old though, like 20 years old.

Here's the download link: Vertigo Essentials - Sandman

Yeah go straight for the Scott Snyder's current New 52 Batman run. Plenty of places for you to get it, because it's so crazily popular.

Batgirl and Batwoman are a bit more left-of-field selections. You'll be dealing with villains and people that are a bit more esoteric and different, and the Bat ladies each have their own quirks that are pretty Un-Batman-esque in terms of their character writing. This is the same with the Red Hood recommendation I gave, Red Hood being Jason Todd (the second Robin).

Edit: Thought I'd give an example. In the first volume of Batwoman, she's fighting a drowned ghost spirit that killed her own children. Yeah, it's pretty heavy, but it's a supernatural deal that isn't really Gotham's forte'. It's supernaturally different, but it's a nice change from the street thuggery and henching that Bats deals with regularly.

Power Girl's boobs are a miracle of the universe. Her "origin"story gets a bit convoluted towards the later stages though, so you need to be prepared for a bit of mindfuckery. I had to read, and re-read that part of Power Trip quite a bit - because I think the writers went a bit overboard with trying to explain who Power Girl is. Power Trip is basically a self-discovery arc, and it's a bit tongue in cheek too - because everyone can't seem to get enough of her breasts. There is an explanation for the boob window though, that is actually pretty meaningful, but then you'll feel like a dick because y'know. It's a boob window.

Yeah Blackest Night and Brightest Day were kind of weird like that. Problem is, if you didn't know the secondary/tertiary characters in DCU, a lot of the shit happening with old heroes resurrecting would be lost on you. Blackest Night works best for veteran DCU fans, but is quite retarded for new people who are literally just Green Lantern fans. It gets a bit better once the Lantern wars are explained down the road, and the White lanterns is actually kind cool (like Wonder Woman becoming a ringbearer etc.). That's part of why the DC reset happened with New 52, just to get rid of moments like that where people want to get into Green Lantern, and it turns out that dead people from the Golden Age of comics were coming back to life and it's like, "Who the fuck are these people and why should I care?".
Fork
Batwoman definitely sounds different, and heavy!

Darkshaunz wrote:
Yeah Blackest Night and Brightest Day were kind of weird like that. Problem is, if you didn't know the secondary/tertiary characters in DCU, a lot of the shit happening with old heroes resurrecting would be lost on you.

I definitely got that vibe from it. I knew I was supposed to care for these people, but I just didn't know them. If you take that personal connection from them every single fucking story was exactly the same. My

I think I'm going to have to start looking into the different comic book apps available. I wouldn't mind paying a few bucks for each issue the system works well, and auto downloads would make it much easier than pirating and importing onto the iPad each week.
bladearts
American Vampire - Worth picking up a few volumes of this or finding copies on the net. Start from the beginning with Rose and skip the newer spin offs and one shots until you're very comfortable with the universe.

One of the most surprising graphic novels I've read in a long time since I'm not usually a vampire guy. It's about an upstart actress in early America trying to make it big in Hollywood. Things happen and the whole ride begins there up until modern times. Nazi Vampires, European Vampires, and a belief that only a certain vampire breed should exist are common concepts explored throughout the entire run. Apparently if you infect someone with a different bloodline or from a new area you can have entire new breeds of vampires crop up. This power elite modern vampires that we all see are of the mind that this cannot happen at all and always go through their best efforts to exterminate new breeds.

I hope that's not giving away too much of the story. It's a real thrill to read and spans a lot of different time periods.
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