Since their introduction in 1982, the Brood have been one of the most fearsome X-Men villains, an alien race that can infect mutants (and humans alike!) and transform them into a part of the Brood hive. The buglike swarms are also deceptively intelligent, exhibiting a merciless cunning that makes them terrifying to the X-Men, and an intergalactic presence. [Read more…] about The Essential Brood Comics Reading Order!
Ever since I picked up the Black-and-White Vertigo Comics series Punk Rock Jesus on a comic shop impulse whim, I’ve been hooked on the art and storytelling of Sean Gordon Murphy. That trend continued through his incredible art on books like The Wake and Tokyo Ghost, ultimately building to his star turn with DC’s Batman: White Knight universe. [Read more…] about Batman White Knight Reading Order & Comics List!
The “Dark Phoenix Saga” is among the most pivotal stories in Marvel Comics history, and without question one of the X-Men’s most iconic moments. The resurgence of Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne and collaborators all builds to a five-years-in-the-making trial by fire of both Jean Grey and Marvel’s merry mutants.
As the My Marvelous Year reading club reads through these essentials in Marvel, I’ll be re-exploring some of the fringe comics and stories that expand the traditional read, both to establish a reading order and to determine how much value is added branching outside the core comics issues.
Like the comic book adaptation of a certain God of Thunder, Marvel delves back into Norse mythology for a long-standing female protagonist: Valkyrie.
By comparison, though, Thor’s saga is far more straightforward. And this is despite its great many twists, turns and occasional mortal alter egos- something at which our “Sword Girl” friend also excels.
However, the Odinson’s district advantage has always been his solo series and the additional pages it affords in fleshing out his character. For better or worse, Valkyrie is historically a team player, always written as part of an ensemble cast and rarely striking out on her own solo endeavors. [Read more…] about Valkyrie Reading Order!
About Mike Carey
Mike Carey trained at St. Peter’s College, Oxford and spent 15 years as an English teacher before deciding to write comics full time. Like all good English comic creators, Carey got his start writing for 2000AD. [Read more…] about Lies Made From Light and Fire – The Essential Comics Reading List for Mike Carey