If you're feeling up for more rec-lists, I would like to see where you'd rec starting Daredevil. I've only read the ultimate one-shot of Daredevil... Where would be a good place to start in 616?
Sorry, sorry! I’m terrible at timely asks.
Daredevil is a GR8 option if you’re looking for a noir-style hero. He’s relatively self-contained within the Marvel Universe and a street-level hero, so Events! aren’t going to play a huge part in understanding what makes Matt Murdock tick.
Once again, this is not a comprehensive list of What You Should Read. This is a very subjective list of What I Like.
Daredevil: Yellow. This will always be my favorite. It’s diary-esque in its storytelling, and Loeb and Sale work incredibly well together to create an overwhelming sense of melancholy. Part origin story, it also chronicles his defining romance with Karen Page. A must read.
Bendis and Maleev’s Daredevil is probably the most critical reading required for Matt Murdock. This isn’t an origin story. You need to jump in and start swimming immediately. I always feel that the current generation (mine and probably younger) always forget that Bendis at his absolute best is a master of noir and hardboiled, and you can tell. Gritty, dark and street-style heroics abound in this collection and it’s just so good.
Mark Waid’s Daredevil (the current incarnation) is kind of the polar opposite of every DD story that has come before? After Shadowland (omg never read Shadowland, it’s kind of the worst thing imaginable and everyone including Marvel pretends that it never happened), they kind of needed to make Matt viable again, so Waid did it and it was awesome? It’s very breezy compared to other Daredevil books. Plus the art team has been stellar since its inceptions: Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin, Chris Samnee (among others.
Also if you really want the deep cuts, you should probably read Frank Miller’s DD stuff because to most ~critics~ it’s the essential Daredevil reading.
I figured it couldn’t hurt to post a little bit of the big project I’m working on with Joanna Estep. This is some character art and sample pages from Jangala, a futuristic gangland retelling of the Jungle book. Jo and I are really stoked to tell this story and are in the process of finding a good home for it! Here is our elevator pitch:
“Now this is the Law of the Jungle- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back-
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the Strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Jangala is an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books flung forward in time to an age where the wrecked earth is stumbling into a new century. Taking place in a futuristic Mumbai, Jangala retells the Jungle Books from the point of view of a young, untested police officer, Mowgli as he goes undercover into the dangerous gangland of an insular, impoverished slum to take down the violent drug kingpin, Shere Khan.
Written by Leia Weathington, the award-winning creator of The Legend of Bold Riley series, drawn by Harvey Award-winner Joanna Estep and featuring colors by Conley Smith, Jangala is a childhood story with sharp new teeth.
Hi there. I would like to get into more characters from Marvel but don't have enough funds to buy a bunch of comics nor do I want to pirate anything. How would I go about this? Thank you.
That’s very admirable, anon. I appreciate you reaching out for advice.
I think you’ve got several different options here. I’m not sure about your funds situation, if it’s you’ve got “x” to spend per month or you’ve got “x” to spend right now.
From how your question reads, it appears you’re interested in diving into different characters and previous events instead of starting fresh. (If that’s not the case, let me know.)
- In that case, if you’ve got $70 I’d recommend purchasing a subscriptions to the MDCU (Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited) for a year. You have access to a fairly robust back catalog with some current gems (Hawkeye, GOTG, etc.) thrown in for good measure. This isn’t complete in the least, but hey it’s a fairly comprehensive start. If you’re looking to dive into past series, but you also want to keep up with current books (Young Avengers, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, etc.) that are not added to MDCU in real time, if you purchase the deluxe membership for $100 you get a 15% discount in the digital marvel comics store that you can link to your comiXology account. It’s not a huge savings, but it can add up. Also some other bonus stuff that I don’t really care about.
MDCU Pros: One time yearly fee (or a monthly fee of $9.99), they often runs promotions so I’ve seen the yearly subscription fee deeply discounted, there are apps for iOS and Android or you can read on the web, fairly substantial library, etc.
MDCU Cons: It does cost money, not everything is listed, new issues of current series are not added in a sufficient amount of time to keep up with what’s going on and events, and the user experience is fucking terrible. It’s not the worst, but the apps are awful and sometimes I feel like using an etch a sketch would be better.
- The library. It’s free. Make friends with your local librarian. Oftentimes they have a direct input into what books their branch receives, and if you make your case and you’re nice, maybe you’ll be the first in line to grab that complete AvX edition off the library shelf.
Library Pros: Free, maybe you’ll have the opportunity to make requests.
Library Cons: Limited selection, wait lists.
- Friends. Ask your friends if you can borrow their books. Make friends and then ask to borrow their books. If you’ve met me personally, you know that I will load you down with books I think you should read and send you off on your merry way.
Friend Pros: Free, instant small talk topics.
Friend Cons: Your friend has horrible taste in comics, You aren’t their friend any more, You spill ice cream on their Simonson Thor Omnibus.
- Used Book Stores are your friend, online and IRL. It’s difficult to know what you’re going to find, but sometimes you luck out. Check out TFAW’s nicks and dents page for used and discounted trades online. I vaguely remember them having insane sales during the holidays.
UBS Pros: Cheap, sometimes you find treasures
UBS Cons: Gross and used books, you can’t find exactly what you need, etc.
- comiXology $.99 sales are the promised land. You can take home an entire series for $.99 a book if you want to and read it on your iOS/Android/Windows 8/Kindle Fire devices or on the web.
CMX Pros: Cheap, Weekly, multi-platform
CMX Cons: You might not be interested in the sale, you might be too interested in the sale and spend $50.
So yeah, there are plenty of ways to read cheaply and not pirate books. A combination would probably work best, but it’s your money. Happy reading.
#AND I AM A MARVEL APOLOGIST FOR FUCKS SAKE
#i'm on a tear this morning
Compare and contrast…
Above: The 14 year old Pixie as drawn by Skottie Young.
Below: The 14 year old Pixie as drawn by Greg Land.
Let me be perfectly clear: I love Tom Brevoort the way I love a distant uncle that’s working super hard somewhere dangerous like those Ice Road Truckers. He’s perfectly frank and I’ve never disagreed with his reasoning or policies until a few week(s?) ago.
This was his answer to someone complaining about other people complaining about Greg Land.
There are whole blogs dedicated to proving that Greg Land is a talented Hack. He’s talented. Anyone that can draw a realistic and even good looking Iron Man armor has talent in my book, but talented or not, Land is a Hack that over-sexualizes women (and even men) to the point where I am uncomfortable. I should mention that I like to think my tolerance level is pretty fucking high. After countless issues of Uncanny X-Men when he and Gillen were partnered up, I finally hit a breaking point where a certain panel of Emma Frost made me chuck the book against a wall in a fit of rage because I was so uncomfortable it morphed into sheer rage.
Greg Land’s art appeals to lowest form of sequential art lovers. Here, let me be an offensive and generalist asshole: I can only assume the same people that see no problem with the way he draws women have, in fact, never touched a woman.
Iron Man NOW (which don’t get me started when I saw that he was the initial artist) proved that Greg Land is capable of doing better. That he has the ability to not make a woman look like a complete cumslut. That when he’s not being lazy, his interiors can actually be interesting and his skill drawing the armor can’t be denied. That doesn’t erase the fact that in the past he’s drawn a 14 year old girl that looks ready to bend over and take it.
Only time will tell if Greg Land has changed his gross ways with the new street-level Avengers book (the name escapes me, sorry) and if he doesn’t cut corners and simply copy/paste the same orgasmic face onto every woman. I’m always a sucker for redemption.
(And yeah, he’s under a contract and it would be probably hella expensive for Marvel to back out of said contract and you know what maybe Land is just hella cheap because god knows he isn’t gonna jeopardize his gravy train.)
Luna Maximoff was six when her cousins Billy and Tommy were born
Judging by how old they looked, Billy and Tommy died/had their souls repossessed when they were two-three.
Billy and Tommy were reincarnated and grew up with normal lives.
They are now (roughly) seventeen.
Luna is still six.
Luna Maximoff has been six for a minimum of nineteen years…
Now my presumption is that the twins weren’t exactly reincarnated as babies post-House of M, but rather it was made so that THEY ALWAYS HAD BEEN, when 616 reformed post House of M.
So technically, Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd could have existed simultaneously with Billy and Tommy Maximoff, and still been the same people.
I totally agree! Kind of the way Dawn Summers was introduced into Buffy; we, the viewers, knew she hadn’t actually been there the whole time, but the magic was so strong that everyone else thought she had.
To be fair, Danielle Cage should be about 37 now, and she’s still a toddler.
Matt Fraction Sale! Digital Comic Collection - Comics by comiXology →
#Immortal Iron Fist
One day only, all books $.99!
Matt Fraction Sale on comiXology includes:
- Hawkeye #1-5 (Aja, Pulido)
- Defenders #1-12 (The Dodsons, Pierfederici, Lark, Breitweiser, Ibanez, McKelvie, & Norton)
- Immortal Iron Fist #1-16, Annual (Mainly Aja, Annual features Chaykin, Djurdjevic, & Brereton)
- The Order #1-10 (Kitson)
Basically, these books are 100% newbie-proof. You don’t need any knowledge of previous continuity to read and fully enjoy these titles. I do however recommend reading Immortal Iron Fist BEFORE the Defenders. It will ground that series a bit more, and you’ll likely enjoy even more than you already would.
Note: This sale ends promptly at 11PM EST Monday.