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    Default Contemporary Marvel Recommendations for a new comic reader familiar with DC?

    Hello! I am getting back in the comics game after 10+ years break. Back then I had a DC worker that was a family member so thats what I read. Dropped off after Morrison's Batman and Final Crisis.

    Back now, this is my pull list:

    Green Lantern
    Doomsday Clock
    The Batman Who Laughs
    Action Comics

    Just binged Immortal Hulk!! No need to say more. I plan on picking up the House of X reset and following from there.

    What is worth picking up monthly from Marvel based off of my current pull list? Also recent events worth getting in trade? Recommendations welcome! I last remember in Marvel reading Civil War. I am less interested in getting all the universe lore than reading the best that the industry has to offer, i.e. Immortal Hulk.

    I am liking Bendis on Action Comics for example, are there essential Marvel runs from him or Jonathan Hickman's runs that are must reads? Is Morrisons X-Men good?

    Many Thanks! And Happy Reading.
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    Best series I have read besides Immortal Hulk is the current Venom run
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    Bendis' Avengers stuff is the easiest Marvel starting point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Dogg View Post
    Bendis' Avengers stuff is the easiest Marvel starting point

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    The question I have is whether this is contemporary anymore.
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    Interested in reading Daredevil? Not sure what to read next? Why not check out the Daredevil Book Club for some ideas?

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    If you're looking for the best of the best, here's what I would probably recommend to ya from the past couple years (what I would consider contemporary):

    Matt Fraction & David Aja's Hawkeye
    Dan Slott & Michael Allred's Silver Surfer
    Tom King & Gabriel Walta's Vision
    Saladin Ahmed & Christian Ward's Black Bolt
    Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man (complete)
    Brian Michael Bendis/Kelly Thompson's Jessica Jones
    Jeff Lemire/Donny Cates' Thanos
    Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman's Venom
    Chip Zdarksy & Marco Checcheto's Daredevil

    And then here are some other various series I'm a big fan of that I would recommend if they sound appealing to you:
    Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-Man
    Rainbow Rowell's Runaways
    Jeremy Whitley's Unstoppable Wasp
    G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel
    Jason Aaron's Thor (God Of Thunder & Mighty Thor)
    Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez' Defenders
    Gerry Duggan's Deadpool
    Kelly Thompson & Leonardo Romero's Hawkeye
    Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez' Spider-Gwen
    Mark Waid & Chris Samnee's Black Widow
    Nick Spencer's Captain America (Sam Wilson & Steve Rogers)
    James Robinson's Scarlet Witch
    Chip Zdarksy & Joe Quione's Howard The Duck
    Current Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, West Coast Avengers, Ms. Marvel, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Avengers, Sonic The Hedgehog

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    Some easy recent entry points, besides Immortal Hulk and the upcoming X reboot:

    Punisher: War Machine by Matt Rosenberg (2 trades)
    Defenders by Brian Bendis (2 trades)
    Iron Fist by Ed Brisson (2 trades)

    Conan the Barbarian by Jason Aaron (6 issues in)
    Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky (5 issues in)

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    Quote Originally Posted by movieclub View Post
    Hello! I am getting back in the comics game after 10+ years break. Back then I had a DC worker that was a family member so thats what I read. Dropped off after Morrison's Batman and Final Crisis.

    Back now, this is my pull list:

    Green Lantern
    Doomsday Clock
    The Batman Who Laughs
    Action Comics

    Just binged Immortal Hulk!! No need to say more. I plan on picking up the House of X reset and following from there.

    What is worth picking up monthly from Marvel based off of my current pull list? Also recent events worth getting in trade? Recommendations welcome! I last remember in Marvel reading Civil War. I am less interested in getting all the universe lore than reading the best that the industry has to offer, i.e. Immortal Hulk.

    I am liking Bendis on Action Comics for example, are there essential Marvel runs from him or Jonathan Hickman's runs that are must reads? Is Morrisons X-Men good?

    Many Thanks! And Happy Reading.
    Bendis' essential Marvel runs are Daredevil and Ultimate Spider-Man from the early 00's (Alias, which gave us Jessica Jones, it's good too). His Avengers is mostly pretty good in the first 5 years or so, but after Siege it's pointless and adds nothing. His X-men run has good moments, but it's most dispensable because Marvel decided to ignore everything he did immediately afterwards, even when he was still at Marvel, and the ending is pretty rushed and just sort of whimpers out (in an interview Hickman gave this week, he hinted Bendis decided to quit pretty unsatisfied, so I imagine that's the reason). His Guardians of the Galaxy is just lame.

    Anything Hickman did at Marvel is amazing and I can't recommend enough, Fantastic Four specially.

    Morrison's X-men has it's detractors, but nearly all of them are people that don't like he broke up Scott and Jean. His run is great, and so is the immediate follow up in Whedon's Astonishing X-men.

    If you like cosmic stuff, Annihilation and Dan Slott's Silver Surfer are great reads.
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    I don't know much about Marvel.
    All I know is that the current different Spider-Man titles are not so bad and that Daredevil since Charles Soule isn't bad either.

    For more details on what to read marvel's side here is what I always recommand:

    X-MEN

    For the X-Men origins

    • X-Men Epic Collection: Children of the Atom
    • X-Men: First Class
    • X-Men Season 1



    Pre-Chris Claremont era

    • X-Men Visionaries: Neal Adams


    Chris Claremont - the best

    • Second Genesis
    • The Dark Phoenix Saga
    • Day of Future Past
    • God loves, Man Kills
    • Mutan Massacre
    • Mutan Genesis



    The 90's

    • X-Cutioner’s Song
    • Age of Apocalypse


    1st part of the 00's

    • New X-Men: E Is for Extinction - start of a new serie with new muttans and Grant Morisson is writting
    • Astonishing X-Men: Gifted - A good comeback to the basics for the X-Men by Joss Whedon
    • X-Statix: X-Force - a fun indepentant story
    • Uncanny X-Force vol.1 by Rick Remember


    2nd part of the 00's

    • House of M
    • Messiah compleX
    • Second Coming
    • Schism
    • Avengers vs. X-Men
    • Wolverine & the X-Men by Jason Aaron


    1st part of the 10's

    • All-New X-Men: Yesterday’s X-Men - all new X-Men's
    • Uncanny X-Men: Revolution - the comeback of the Uncanny X-Men
    • Batle of the Atom
    • The Trial of Jean Grey


    2nd part of the 10's

    • Inhumans vs. X-Men
    • Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
    • X-Men: Worst X-Men
    • All-New Wolverine
    • All-New X-Men: Inevitable


    2017 to now

    • X-Men: Gold and X-Men Blue
    • Phoenix Resurrection


    Other reads

    • X-Men: Grand Design
    • Ultimate X-Men
    • Wolverine by Frank Miller
    • New Mutans by Sienkiewicz.


    Cable comics

    • Cable Volume 1: Shining Path
    • Cable Volume 2: End
    • Cable: The Nemesis Contract


    DAREDEVIL

    Daredevil's comics origins

    Daredevil by Stan Lee:
    • The Man Without Fear (1964-1966)
    • Mike Murdock Must Die! (1966-1968)
    • Brother, Take My Hand (1968-1970)


    Other Origins:
    • Battlin’ Jack Murdock (2007) - Multiple Flashbacks.
    • Frank Miller's Man Without Fear


    Frank Miller and Klaus Jensen's run - probably the best super-hero run of any super-hero

    • Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen (1979-1983)

    or
    • Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen vol.1-3


    Daredevil by Denis O'Neil

    • Love's Labor Lost (1985-1986) - Prelude to "Born Again"


    The Returns of Frank Miller

    • Born Again by Fank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (1986)
    • The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr (1993) - One shot and Origin


    Daredevil by Ann Nocenti

    • A Touch of Typhoid by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr (1988-1989)
    • Heart of Darkness by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr (1989-1990)


    Daredevil by G. Chichester

    • The Fall of the Kingpin (1991-1992) - follow-up to Born Again
    • Fall from Grace (1993-1994)


    Daredevil by Gregory Wright, Daniel G. Chichester and Various

    • Root of Evil (1994-1995)
    • Widow's Kiss (1997-1998)


    Daredevil by Joe Quesada & (Kevin Smith / David Mack)

    • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Smith & Quesada: Guardian Devil
    • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Mack & Quesada: Part of a Hole
    • Daredevil: Father (2004-2006)


    Daredevil by Jeph Loeb

    • Yellow (2001-2002)


    Daredevil / Echo by David Mack

    • Daredevil/Echo: Parts of a Hole (1999-2001)
    • Daredevil/Echo: Vision Quest (2003-2004)


    Bendis and Maleev's run

    • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Bendis, Jenkins, Gale & Mack: Unusual Suspects
    • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev: Underboss


    Daredevil by Ed Brubaker

    • Daredevil By Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection (2006-2009) vol.1-3

    or
    • Daredevil by Ed Brubake Omnibus (2006-2009) vol.1-2


    Daredevil by Mark Waid - Skippable

    • Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus vol.1-2 (2012-2014)


    Daredevil Back in Black + Daredevil Legacy by Charles Soule

    • Daredevil Back in Black: Chinatown
    • Daredevil Back in Black: Supersonic
    • Daredevil Back in Black: Dark Art
    • Daredevil Back in Black: Identity
    • Daredevil Back In Black: Supreme
    • Daredevil Back In Black: Mayor Fisk
    • Daredevil Back In Black: Mayor Murdock
    • Daredevil Back In Black: The Death of Daredevil


    Man Without Fear

    • Man Without Fear (2019)


    Ongoing

    • Daredevil vol.6



    SPIDER-MAN

    The Very Best of Spider-Man - Compilation of must read early stories

    • Amazin Fantasy #15 - first Siper-Man appearance
    • If this be my destiny... The Final Chapter - Amazing Spider-Man #33
    • Spider-Man no more - Amazing Spider-Man #50
    • The Kid Who Collects Spiderman - Amazing Spider-Man #248
    • Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan? - Amazing Spider-Man #271
    • The Sand and the Fury - Amazing Spider-Man #317
    • Fathers and Sins - Amazing Spider-Man #365
    • The Osborn Legacy - Spectacular Spider-Man #189


    Spider-Man: Wizard Masterpiece Edition - Compilation must read stories

    • Nothing Stops the Juggernaut - Amazing Spider-Man #229-230
    • Hyde in Plain Sight (aka Hyde & Seek) - Amazing Spider-Man #231-232
    • The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man - Amazing Spider-Man #248
    • Venom Strikes Back - Amazing Spider-Man #315-317
    • The Death of Jean DeWolff - Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110


    Death of the Stacys - Two sad but very good stories

    • Spider-Man vs. Dr. Octopus/And Death shall come
    • The Night Gwen Stacy Died


    Kraven's Last Hunt (Epic Collection) - Collects Spider-Man/Wolverin, The Wedding and the aclaimed Kraven's Last Hunt

    • Man Of The Year
    • The Hobgoblin Revealed!
    • The Wedding
    • Kraven's Last Hunt


    Birth of Venom - The main Venom stories

    • Invasion! - Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8
    • The New Spider-Man - Amazing Spider-Man #252-259
    • Chance - Amazing Spider-Man #298-300
    • Return of Venom - Amazing Spider-Man #315-317
    • Monster Mash - Fantastic Four #274


    Spider-Man: Blue - Retelling of Spider-Man origins

    • Spider-Man: Blue


    Brand New Day

    • Brand New Day vol.1-3


    The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt

    Prequels
    • Died in Your Arms Tonight
    • Red-Headed Stranger
    • Return of the Black Cat

    The Gauntlet
    • Book 1 - Electro & Sandman
    • Book 2 - Rhino & Mysterio
    • Book 3 - Vulture & Morbius
    • Book 4 - Juggernaut
    • Book 5 - The Lizard

    Sequel
    • Grim Hunt

    More Sequels
    • Origin of the Species
    • Kraven's First Hunt


    Big Time - Includes Spider-Island

    • Big Time: Ultimate Collection
    • Big Time: The Complete Collection vol.2-4


    Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

    • Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man


    Other Reads

    • Superior Spider-Man
    • Spider-Verse
    • Back in Black
    • All-New Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales

    Renew Your Vows

    • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows



    CAPTAIN AMERICA

    • Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby vol.1
    • Meet Captain America (Joe Simon & Jack Kirby)
    • Captain America Joins the Avengers (Stan Lee & Jack Kirby)
    • America Will Die (Jack Kirby) - 1976
    • Captain America: White (Jeff Loeb & Tim Sale) - 2016
    • Captain America: Man Out of Time (Mark Waid & Jorge Molina) - 2011
    • Tomorrow You Live, Tonight I Die (Stan Lee & Jim Steranko) - 1969 - collected in Captain America Masterwork: Vol. 3 or The Coming Of... The Falcon
    • Captain America & The Falcon: Secret Empire (Steve Englehart & Sal Buscema) - 1974-1976
    • Captain America and the Falcon: Madbomb (Jack Kirby) - 1976
    • Captain America: War and Remembrance (Roger Stern & John Byrne) - 1980-1981
    • Captain America: Death of the Red Skull (J.M. DeMatteis & John Byrnes) - 1984-1985
    • Avengers: Under Siege (Roger Stern & Steve Buscema) - 1986-1987
    • Captain America: The Captain (Mark Gruenwald & Tom Morgan) - 1987
    • Captain America: Streets Of Poison (Mark Gruenwald & Ron Lim) - 1990
    • Captain America: Operation Rebirth (Mark Waid & Ron Garney) - 1995-1996
    • Marvel Knights' Captain America vol.1-2 (Chuck Austen/John Ney Rieber & John Cassaday/Trevor Hairsine) - 2002-2004
    • Winter Soldier By Brubaker: The Complete Collection (Ed Brubaker & Steve McNiven) - 2005-2006
    • Civil War (Mark Millar & Steve McNiven) - 2006-2007
    • The Death of Captain America: Complete Collection (Ed Brubaker & Steve McNiven) - 2007-2008
    • Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America (Jeph Loeb & David Finch) - 2007
    • Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z vol.1-2 (Rick Remember & John Rominata Jr.) - 2013



    HULK

    • Incredible Hulk: Transformations
    • Epic Vol.1: Man or Monster?
    • Epic Vol.2: The Hulk Must Die
    • Startling Stories: Banner
    • Hardcover Vol. 1: Return of the Monster
    • Hulk: Gray - reteling of the origins
    • Marverl Visionnaries: John Byrne and Peter David
    • Ground Zero - Incredible Hulk #340-346
    • The End - The End + Future Imperfect #1-2
    • Planet Hulk
    • World War Hulk
    • Heart of a Monster

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    Grant Morrison: New X-Men
    Joss Whedon: Astonishing X-Men
    Tom King: The Vision
    Brian Bendis: Alias/Pulse (Jessica Jones)
    Brian Bendis: The Ultimates I & II

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