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    Default Starting out--not a virgin, but still fairly new

    Hey, all.

    I'm Jeff, and I'm finally making the plunge.

    I've been passingly familiar with comics all my life, enough to know who my favorites are, that I prefer DC over Marvel, etc. But I was always more used to Japanese manga because of my circle of friends.

    But I'm a grown-up now, and have kids. I don't have friends anymore. :/

    I need advice. I've got a ton of Aquaman, which I want to get through to current, but after that, I don't know where to go. I'd like to get really familiar with the overall DC universe, but I have no idea where to really start. I prefer silver age and newer, but that's really all I know. I just like to see the world and mythos grow.

    Any advice is appreciated. I know this is a huge question. Thanks!

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    Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier is a modern re-telling of the earliest days of the Silver Age set in the 1950s. I cannot recommend it enough. It is one of the best DC stories ever told by a master at the top of his game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darthyagi View Post
    Hey, all.

    I'm Jeff, and I'm finally making the plunge.

    I've been passingly familiar with comics all my life, enough to know who my favorites are, that I prefer DC over Marvel, etc. But I was always more used to Japanese manga because of my circle of friends.

    But I'm a grown-up now, and have kids. I don't have friends anymore. :/

    I need advice. I've got a ton of Aquaman, which I want to get through to current, but after that, I don't know where to go. I'd like to get really familiar with the overall DC universe, but I have no idea where to really start. I prefer silver age and newer, but that's really all I know. I just like to see the world and mythos grow.

    Any advice is appreciated. I know this is a huge question. Thanks!
    Silver age and newer; thats good. That covers basically everything

    If you want (and can afford) to walk the long road this series is a good start: https://www.amazon.com/Crisis-Multip...dp/1563898950/

    Its a 6 or 7 TP strong series covering most of all major Justice League and Justice Society meetup up beginning in the 60ys to the point very short before the Crisis of Infinite Earth. https://www.amazon.com/Crisis-Infini...dp/1563897504/

    I'm not completely sure but I think that and all the others will be bundled up in here https://www.amazon.com/Crisis-Box-Se...dp/1401295177/
    It talks about a 14 volume boxed set so I guess it covers every somewhat major up to and including the most major happening ever in 1985.

    Notable detours I can think of while reading that above would be https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-World-...dp/1401274757/ (or for a more economic approach https://www.amazon.com/New-Gods-Jack...dp/1401281699/ and maybe it Mr Miracle sister-book) and https://www.amazon.com/New-Teen-Tita...dp/1401276911/

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    Quote Originally Posted by darthyagi View Post
    Hey, all.

    I'm Jeff, and I'm finally making the plunge.

    I've been passingly familiar with comics all my life, enough to know who my favorites are, that I prefer DC over Marvel, etc. But I was always more used to Japanese manga because of my circle of friends.

    But I'm a grown-up now, and have kids. I don't have friends anymore. :/

    I need advice. I've got a ton of Aquaman, which I want to get through to current, but after that, I don't know where to go. I'd like to get really familiar with the overall DC universe, but I have no idea where to really start. I prefer silver age and newer, but that's really all I know. I just like to see the world and mythos grow.

    Any advice is appreciated. I know this is a huge question. Thanks!
    Here is what I recommended on another thread:

    DC has 4-5 eras :

    Gold / Silver / Bronze age - 1938-1986
    Modern Age - 1986-2011
    New52 - 2011-2016
    Rebirth - 2016-ongoing

    DC is made of Several major heroes:

    Superman
    Batman
    Wonder Woman
    Flash (there has been multiple ones)
    Aquaman
    Green Arrow
    Green Lantern (there has been mutiple ones)

    DC has also other great heroes

    Shazam! (aka Capitain Marvel)
    Martian Manhunter
    Plastic Man
    Atom
    Black Canary
    Booster Gold
    Cyborg
    Nightwing (formerly the first Robin)
    Batwoman
    Power Girl
    ...

    DC has lesser known heroes that are a bit aside

    Animal Man
    Swamp Thing
    John Constantine
    Detective Chimp
    The Watchmen
    The Metal Men
    ...

    DC heroes have younguer apprentice, and other young heroes

    Robin (there has been a few)
    Superboy
    Aqualad
    Supergirl
    Beast Boy (aka Chagelling)
    Speedy
    Starfire
    Kid Flash
    Raven
    Wonder Girl
    Batgirl
    ...

    DC has teams with these heroes:

    The Justice League
    The Justice of America (aka JLA)
    The Teen Titans
    The Titans
    The Justice League Dark
    The Suicide Squad (team of vilains forced to do good by the government)
    The Green Lantern Corps
    ...

    What to read ?

    You can read the main DC Events
    You can only read stories from one hero / teams
    Or you can read it all

    Here are DC main events:

    1931 - Flash of Two Worlds - creation of the multiverse
    1985 - Crisis on Infinit Earths - recenter of the DC univers and start of the Modern age
    1986 - Legends - creation of the modern Justice League and the Suicid Squad
    1987 - Jutice League International - optional
    1994 - Zero Hour: Crisis in Time - return of the Multiverse
    2004 - Identity Crisis - events implying all of the DC's heroes
    2005 - Infinite Crisis
    ???? - 52 - excellent - tells what happen in the missing year after Infinit Crisis
    2008 - Final Crisis
    2009 - Blackest Night - A Green Lantern Event - you should read the Green Lantern by Geoff Johns run
    2010 - Brightest Day - Consequence of Blackest Night
    2011 - Flashpoint - Flash disrupt time - start of the New52 era
    2013 - Justice League: Trinity War - prequel to Forever Evil - optional
    2014 - Forever Evil + Justice League: Forever Heroes
    2015 - Justice League: Darkseid War - sequel to Forever Evil - optional
    2016 - DC Univers Rebirth
    2017 - Batman/The Flash: The Button - optional
    2019 - Doomsday Clock - Should have read The Watchmen

    Then for the different heroes here are the reading orders of the main and good stories:

    Batman - appears mainly in 2 titles: Batman and Detective Comics

    Batman: Year One
    Batman: The Man Who Laughs
    Batman: The Long Halloween + Batman: Dark Victory
    The Killing Joke
    Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
    Batman: Tales Of The Demon + Batman: Bride of the Demon + Batman: Birth Of The Demon
    Batman: A Death in the Family
    Batman Knightfall Omnibus (new version) vol.1-3
    Batman: Legacy + Batman: Contagion + Batman: Catclysm - sequels to Knigtfall and prequels to No Man's Land - but optional to read
    Batman: No Man's Land Omnibus vol.1-5
    New Gotham Omnibus 1-2 or Batman: Evolution + Batman: Officer Down
    Gotham Central vol.1-4 - optional but good
    Batman Murderer ? + Batman Fugitive
    Batman: Hush
    Detective Comics: Heart of Hush + Streets of Gotham: Hush Money + Streets of Gotham: House of Hush - optional but very very good
    Batman: Batman and Son or Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus
    Batman: The Black Mirror - optional
    Batman, Incorporated + Batman Incorporated New52 #1-2
    Batman & Robin New52 #1-7 or Batman & Robin by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason Omnibus
    Batman: Court of Owl -> Batman New52 tpb vol.1-2
    Batman: Death of the Familly -> Batman New52 tpb vol. 3
    Batman: Zero Year -> Batman New52 tpb vol. 4-5
    Batman New52 tpb vol.6-10 - optional
    Batman: I am -> Batman Rebirth tpb vol.1-3
    Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles -> Batman Rebirth tbp vol.4
    Batman Rebirth tpb vol.5-... ongoing
    Detective Comics Rebirth tpb vol.1-... ongoing
    Batman: White Knight
    Dark Nights: Metal

    Superman - appears in 2 title: Superman and Action Comics

    Superman: Red Son - elseworld story
    All-Star Superman
    Superman by Geoff Johns - the main stories are:
    - Superman: Secret Origins
    - Superman: Last Son
    - Superman: Escape From Bizarro World
    - Superman: Brainiac
    The Death of Superman + The Return of Superman
    Superman: For Tomorrow
    Superman: Doomed (2016)
    --- You can skip the New52 and Rebirth eras ---
    Super Sons Rebirth tpb vol.1-... ongoing

    Wonder Woman - All runs can be read on their own

    Wonder Woman by Geoges Perez Omnibus #1-3 - Wonder Woman pre-Modern Age
    Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka Omnibus #1-2
    Absolute Wonder Woman By Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang vol.1-2 - Wonder Woman New52
    Wonder Woman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1-3 (Wonder Woman Rebirth)

    Flash

    The Flash By Geoff Johns Book #1-5
    The Flash New 52 tpb #1-4 - The Brian Azzarello run
    The Flash New 52 tpb #5-9 - optional, less good than what Azzarello did
    The Flash Rebirth tpb #1-... ongoing or The Flash Deluxe Edition Book #1-... ongoing

    Green Arrow

    Green Lantern / Green Arrow Omnibus - a great Bronze Age short serie
    Green Arrow New52 - A very good new start
    Grenn Arrow Rebirth

    Green Lantern

    Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus #1-3 - Massive but very good and complete <- it is a new start for the Green Lantern, what comes before is optional
    Green Lantern New #4-8 - optional, to finish the New52 era started by Geoff Johns.
    Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth)

    Aquaman

    Aquaman: Sub Diego + Aquaman: To Serve and Protect + Aquaman: Kingdom Lost - The John Arcudi run
    Aquaman New52 tpb #1-3 + Justice League New52: Throne of Atlantis + Aquaman New52 tpb #4 - The Geoff Johns run
    Aquaman New52 tpb #5-8 - optional but good to understand the Rebirth era
    Aquaman Rebirth tpb #1-... ongoing

    Animal Man / Swamp Thing / John Constantine / Justice League Dark

    Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus (2017) - optional
    Saga of the Swamp Thing Book #1-6 - The Alan Moore run
    Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan vol.1-2 - optional
    Hellblazer vol.1-21
    Lucifer: Book One-Five - optional
    The Animal Man Omnibus - The Grant Morrison run
    Animal Man by Jeff Lemir - Animal Man New52
    - tpb #1 - The Hunt
    - tpb #2 - Animal vs. Man
    - tpb #3 - Rotworld: The Red Kingdom
    - tpb #4 - Splinter Species
    - tpb #5 - Evolve of Die
    Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder - Swamp Thing New52 part.1
    - tpb #1 - Raise Them Bones
    - tpb #2 - Family Tree
    - tpb #3 - Rotworld: The Green Kingdom
    Justice League Dark by Jeff Lemir - Justice League Dark New52
    - tpb #2 - The Book of Magic
    - tpb #3 - The Deak of Magic
    - tpb #4 - Rebirth of Evil
    Swamp Thing by Charles Soule - Swamp Thing New52 part.2
    - tpb #4 - Seeder
    - tpb #5 - The Killing Field
    - tpb #6 - The Sureen
    - tpb #7 - Season's End
    Justice League Dark: The Last Age of Magic - The Rebirth serie - ongoing

    Have fun with that to begin with

    If you want to know more about a specific hero, please tell us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb681131 View Post
    Here is what I recommended on another thread:

    DC has 4-5 eras :

    Gold / Silver / Bronze age - 1938-1986...
    So, that'll take about fifteen minutes. What do I do with the rest of my time? Thanks! I really appreciate it.

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