2014′s 10 Best Ongoing Comic To Start Reading RIGHT NOW (Mid-Year Edition!)

2014′s 10 Best Ongoing Comic To Start Reading RIGHT NOW (Mid-Year Edition!)

I’m either more plugged into the new comic book landscape through my reviews over on Capeless Crusader, or 2014 is absurdly impressive in terms of new comic book output. Seems like every week there are a handful of “must-grab” number one issues. This is exciting (tons of good comics!), but also a bit intimidating. Let’s say you’re new to comic book pulllists, or simply on a budget. Where do you start? (more…)

The Completely Insane and Utterly Comprehensive Marvel Omnibus Guide

The Completely Insane and Utterly Comprehensive Marvel Omnibus Guide

The Omnibus is undoubtedly the holy grail of comic book collected editions. While your standard trade paperback usually contains 6 issues, an Omnibus will collect upwards of 30 issues, giving you full classic stories in one awesomely enormous collection. Factor in the fact that they sound like Jack Kirby’s idea of cosmic public transportation, and it’s hard not to fall in love with the Omnibus.

These enormous collections can often be hard to find, and more damningly, are rarely listed in chronological order. Thank heavens I’m here. Within this post you’ll find a chronological guide to every single Omnibus Marvel Comics has ever released. It’s a great way to check out the all-time stories Marvel editorial have deemed worthy of the vaunted Omnibus status, and if you’re a Marvel Unlimited reader, I also have the links (when available) to MU reading! (more…)

Questions of the Week: Super Deluxe Mega Version of Answering Reader Emails!

Questions of the Week: Super Deluxe Mega Version of Answering Reader Emails!

Normally I like to dive in depth into one question a week, but you guys have been bringing the heat to the point that it’s time for a “Questions of the Week” super post. If you’ve asked a question recently, there’s a pretty good chance it’s in here. And if not, it probably means you’re one of the legions of men and women who keep asking for my phone number. I told you all, this meat is off the market! (because it’s rotten…?) (more…)

Question of the Week: What Do I Read Between Civil War & Secret Invasion?

Question of the Week: What Do I Read Between Civil War & Secret Invasion?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about a proper reading order for the period in Marvel history between Civil War and Secret Invasion. It’s almost like you’re saying there’s a gap between January 2007 (when Civil War ends) and June 2008 (when Secret Invasion begins). Sometimes I just don’t understand you guys and gals.

Although World War Hulk falls in between the events, it’s a lot more self-contained of an event with fewer universe-wide implications. This entire time period can probably be best described as “The Initiative,” the period following Civil War with Iron Man’s Superhuman Registration Act in full effect.

So to paraphrase a Twitter question: (more…)

Question of the Week: How Do Character Reading Orders Fit in With the Guide?

Question of the Week: How Do Character Reading Orders Fit in With the Guide?

Good question this week that I haven’t done a great job explaining. I’ve been on the grind lately working up some Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men reading orders in connection with the recent films. As a result, Hags asks:

Can you explain (or point me in the direction where you have already explained) How your specific reading orders (i.e. x-men or spider-man) fit in with your complete Marvel reading guide?  Are these a part of the guide, just pulled out and separated for fans of the individual series that might not want to read all of the other titles?

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Question of the Week: What’s Up With Marvel Unlimited Offline Reading?

Question of the Week: What’s Up With Marvel Unlimited Offline Reading?

As you all know by now, I’m unabashedly in love with Marvel Unlimited, Marvel Comics’ digital subscription library. Even my wife is like, “You’re going to have to choose between one of us eventually.” On a human to human level, I’m not that comfortable with my answer.

My relationship with the Marvel Unlimited app is significantly more complicated (though not necessarily more than my marriage; women, amirite?!). The app is both wonderful (I use it daily), and flawed (ok, can’t read 33% of that panel). The Android app updates of early April have given us Wave 2 of the MU app, and the results are mostly very positive. Reviews on the Google Play Store are gradually reflecting improvement, now nearly at 3.5 out of 5 (up from an abysmal 2).

One of the most problematic remaining issues, though, is the Marvel Unlimited offline reading option. Let’s take a look: (more…)

The Complete X-Men Reading Order Guide (Modern Marvel Comics Era)

The Complete X-Men Reading Order Guide (Modern Marvel Comics Era)

Nothing in Marvel comics is as vast and sprawling as the universe of the X-Men. What I’m trying to say is this reading order is immense (and stunningly impressive, likely created by a man of tremendous physical power). For those of you looking to catch up on X-Men comics from the 2000′s, or perhaps to get started for the first time after enjoying X-Men: The Animated Series as a lad, this is the guide: (more…)

Question of the Week: Does Comic Book Herald Have a Facebook Page?

Question of the Week: Does Comic Book Herald Have a Facebook Page?

Everywhere I go this week, I hear the same thing: Does Comic Book Herald have a Facebook page? Do you think Dave knows it’s May 20, 2014 and running a borderline popular website with no Facebook page is absurd? How old is he actually? The oldest? Do you think he writes these blog posts on stone tablets like George R.R. Martin, but with way less skill? Does he even know it’s Christmas?

Lotta questions, and a lot of good ones in there that I may need some more time to answer. But one I can address right here and now: Comic Book Herald now HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE. If you’re the sort who spends time on Facebook (see also: living and breathing in modern times and not some anachronistic super soldier), a like would be much obliged. In addition to the latest and greatest on Comic Book Herald, I’ll be sharing quite a bit of comic book reading order thoughts and news as they come to me. I’m also pretty quick to answer questions on these social networks (just ask my Twitter), so there’s that. Like me! Please! (more…)

Question of the Week: Where Should I Start With Guardians of the Galaxy?

Question of the Week: Where Should I Start With Guardians of the Galaxy?

A bit late with this week’s “Question of the Week” not due to lack of awesome questions (seriously you guys went nuts!), but because of some other comic book writing commitments. That’s right, your fearless Comic Book Herald mastermind has taken has talents to South Beach! Wait, what’s that, it’s 90 degrees and humid down there? Scratch that, I’m sweating just thinking about it.

You will find me reviewing comics on Tuesdays and Thursday over at Capeless Crusader, though. And on occasion, I provide comic book suggestions on Ript Apparel’s blog (if you like custom tees for $10, you gotta give this site a look).

This leads me to today’s question, which I covered in some detail over at Ript: Where do you start with Guardians of the Galaxy comics? (more…)