Getting into Marvel Comics is an exciting yet intimidating time, so let me be the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of Marvel! [Read more…]
Best of Lists! Hoozah! The annual Amazon compilation of critical darlings and best sellers is particularly useful if you’re looking for some high quality comics and graphic novels to give as gifts with the holiday season approaching. There are a handful of these that stem from more familiar publishers like Marvel, Valiant, and Image, but many are more off the beaten path and may be exciting fans for comic fans looking for new reads. [Read more…]
We’re approaching the end of 2016, which means it’s time to evaluate the best reads from this year to keep you current with Marvel. The vast majority of these picks have been running long enough that you can read at least the first volume or story arc in full on Marvel Unlimited (there are notable exceptions). [Read more…]
If we’re talking about who has the title for best comic book publisher in the 2010’s, my easy quick answer goes to Image Comics. Image has delivered comic books at such a consistently high quality, from such talented creators, that it has earned its reputation for highest batting average in the game.
What newer comic book fans might not realize, is that Vertigo Comics was held in similarly high esteem for most of the 1990’s (the imprint officially launched in 1993) and into the 2000’s. Given that pristine legacy, there’s always a possibility that Vertigo could return to reclaim their crown at any point. [Read more…]
Nobody has a higher batting average for excellent comics over the course of the 2010’s, if not longer, than Image Comics. If you hear comics fans raving over a new series these days, odds are tremendously high it’s an Image published book. Have you heard of Saga? Are you reading Rat Queens? Do you like Sex Criminals?! [Read more…]
Update 1.3.17: Comic Book Herald is now updated with a simpler guide for starting with Marvel Comics in 2017. There’s still plenty of good info below about how to get into comics for brand new readers.
So you’re new to Marvel comics in 2016. Welcome. Whether you used to be a fan and dropped off for years (curse you, Clone Saga!) or you just watched Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time and want more, this guide will help you choose starting places that are fun, excellent, and most importantly, accessible. Jumping into Marvel comics, with 75 years of celebrated continuity, can be a bit intimidating. This guide is designed to help get you rolling and to fall in love with the books! [Read more…]
If you’ve been a part of the My Marvelous Year reading club since Jan 1. 2016, you know full well that we have now covered an entire decade of Marvel Comics, plowing through the 1960s in eight weeks.
If this is the first you’re hearing of My Marvelous Year, we’re reading 10 Marvel stories published during one calendar year each week. So the first week of 2016 we read Marvel Comics published during 1962 (plus Fantastic Four #1 in November 1961), the second week of 2016 we read Marvel Comics published during 1963, and so on. We just finished the 1960s and will start the 1970s on 3/4/16! You can sign up here! [Read more…]