Hello all! After the recent interest in Jeremy’s Summer Reading Recommendations, I thought I would do some further recommendations for comics. This week it’s Marvel Comics recommendations, and next week I’ll wrangle together some independent (non-Marvel or DC) comics recommendations.
Got a bit of a mix: complete stories, current ongoing comics — some brand new and untested — and even a crossover event. Some options if you’re looking for a comic to read!
I like reading comics digitally, though your local library might have some of these in Trade Paperback as well. A good way to get access to these and other Marvel comics is through their Marvel Unlimited subscription service: an annual fee for access to all of their digital comics six-months-old and older.
One of the most fun Marvel comics in recent months has been A+X. This comic came out of the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover event. Having gotten over their differences, this comic tells two stories per issue, combining two characters in each – an X-Man and an Avenger. So really, as simple as it sounds.
The stories are generally one-shots, not relating to each other, or from comic-to-comic. They don’t rely heavily on knowledge of what has come before, or who the characters are – they do the introductions for you. So basically, some writers and artists get together, tell a fun little story, and you’re off to do something else. Light, fun reading – highly recommended.
The series serves one other purpose – if there’s a writer or artist you really like, you can look them up and find their other work to read more!
I love alternate realities, and I love Neil Gaiman. You get both with this series. It’s an 8-issue story arc that requires no pre-reading. However, for Marvel fans – even just ones who mostly know Marvel characters from something like the movies – there are extra joys in this series, with appearances aplenty from many of Marvel’s greatest.
What would the Marvel universe be like in the year 1602? Who would be good, who bad, who hunted? Find out in Marvel 1602! Want more on this one? Check out our review on Comparative Geeks.
One I plan on looking into further this summer is Ms. Marvel. They’ve introduced a new character to carry this mantle, a young, Muslim geek girl. Sounds interesting.
While one way of looking at this comic is that it’s an attempt to answer lots of things missing in comics in a single comic, the other way of looking at it is that that’s a good thing, and buying this comic is a good way to support diversity in comics! Which reminds me, I should probably be buying this comic. Off to do that!
Want a review for this series? Check out the ones over on Things Matter!
After his sudden fame in The Avengers, Hawkeye seems to have come into his own. He’s not the sort of character who’s always gotten his own comic – he’s just one of those guys who is around with the Avengers, shooting arrows when arrows need shooting. This comic explores the adventures of Hawkeye when he’s on his own, and they are both smaller-scale and more excellent than a lot of others in comics. Pretty much every issue opens like this:
Also, this comic stars two Hawkeyes. When Hawkeye was on the run, Young Avenger Kate Bishop took up the reins and the name, and she is also Hawkeye. Both star in this comic, and that just makes it twice as much fun! Want more? Check out our review on Comparative Geeks.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Another comic I plan to read this summer is Guardians of the Galaxy! With the movie coming out in August, the time is now. This team is only a few years old – the comic ran from 2008 to 2010. 25 issues, though it looks like much of it is crossover events, so maybe there’ll be some related reading to know more of what’s going on.
If you want to see the movie first without being spoiled, this could be good late-summer reading. There’s a new ongoing that started last year as well. So if you’re just waiting for the movie for now, there are introductory posts here on Sourcerer or over on Comparative Geeks, or there’s their first trailer, which is really all they should have made, because it does the trick:
Battle of the Atom
And finally, I was trying to think of an X-Men comic to recommend. Sure, there are classic stories like Days of Future Past or the Dark Phoenix Saga, but in recent years, there have been a whole lot of crossover events, lots of different titles, and I’m pretty sure Wolverine gets no sleep, because he’s in just about all of it.
So instead, let me recommend one of the crossover events: Battle of the Atom. This was the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men special event last fall, and they did it in style. Time travel all over, with the past X-Men, present X-Men, and future X-Men all present. It also functions, in a way, as a sequel to Days of Future Past, or continuation of that idea. The future still looks like a bad place to be a mutant.
Reading this has actually led me away from the X-Men, despite how much I like them. It feels a bit like their story, their struggle for rights, is never getting anywhere. And that’s kind of depressing. But hey, I recommend giving this a read, and thinking about that for yourself!