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Recommending Comics! (Not by Scott McCloud)

Here's a chance for regular comic readers to chime in!

A friend of gnomi and mine, gem225, has just gotten interested in comic books for the first time. Someone recommended a recent storyline in Batman to her, and now she's hooked. She's looking for recommendations of good comics to read, and since I know a lot of people who are comic book readers, I offered to refer people back to her post, "come one, come all, tell me about your favorite comics!" So if you're interested in helping another poor sucker get hooked, let her know what you like to read.

And as long as I'm on the topic, here's a list of books I try to keep up with regularly, emphasis on the word try:

Action Comics
Adventures of Superman
Amazing Spider-Man
Astro City
Ex Machina
Fables < Jon Stewart voice> "Curse you, sdelmonte!" < /Jon Stewart voice >
Fantastic Four
Green Lantern
JSA Classified
JLA Classified
PS 238
The Pulse
Seven Soldiers: Guardian
Seven Soldiers: Zatanna
Spectacular Spider-Man
Superman / Batman
Y: The Last Man

and, of course, the four books leading up to Infinite Crisis:
Day of Vengeance
The Omac Project
Villains United
Rann-Thanagar War


Legion of SuperHeroes.
Do you want me to pass the recommendation along, or do you want to do it yourself?

I started reading Legion in 1994, after Zero Hour, and really enjoyed the book for a long time. I gave it up when the story became grim. I picked up the first issue of the new series, and decided that it wasn't my thing.
You can pass it along. That's fine.

I've loved the legion for years and years and years; they are the first comic I ever bought regularly. So while I wasn't overly thrilled with their darker take lately, it's been fairly solid and I've enjoyed it.
Thank you. :-D
You're welcome.

Re: Comics!

If you ever change your mind, the book I would most recommend is Y: The Last Man. There's a bunch of trade paperbacks with the whole series collected (except for the current storyline, of course.)
I'm reading almost everything on your list. I would have added Flash, but Geoff Johns is leaving so what's the point.

I would add:
-Fallen Angel (Peter David's book is moving to IDW publishing)
-Black Panther
-Wonder Woman
-Aquaman (yeah, it surprises me too!)
-Gotham Central
I didn't have Fallen Angel on the list because it's currently on hiatus, but yeah, it's good.

I picked up the latest Wonder Woman; I may start reading it again.

And I've heard excellent things about Gotham Central.
I would also recommend specific writers.

- Judd Winnick
- Grant Morrison
- Peter David
- Mark Waid
- Brian Michael Bendis
- Geoff Johns

Oh, and these books I left on the list are important and should NOT be missed:

What's INVINCIBLE? I don't know that one.
INVINCIBLE is from image. It's about the teenage son of the world's most powerful superhero. Who discovers his powers becomes a hero himself and eventually discovers his dad is the vanguard of an alien invasion.

Now his dad has disappeared, his mom is drinking, he's away at college, he just had sex with his girlfriend for the first time, etc.

It's four color super heroics mixed with a very good coming of age story.

It's high on the cool-o-meter.

You can find previews at imagecomics.com. But they are well beyond the issues listed there.

Hope this was all helpful.
There's only one comic I currently follow, and no one has mentioned it: Girl Genius.
Actually, querldox recommended Girl Genius in this thread of the post I was referring people to.

December 2016

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