#1 Posted by smokeyd123 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Hello humble comic readers, I come from a far away land known as Giant Bomb dot com (It's a website, about video games) and was wondering if you could enlighten me on a good jumping off point for someone not really into the DC continuity.

Since the New 52 thing went down (still not really sure what that is, even after perusing multiple wikis) I figured that might create a place for me to jump into some longer running series. It's been about 9 years since I read comics with any regularity, and even then I mostly stuck to marvel stuff, particularly Ultimate X-Men. I'm not a big fan of Superman, though I'd be willing to pick something up, and I think Batman and Green Arrow are pretty cool. If you want to throw in more obscure stuff be my guest, I'm up for anything.

#2 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6236 posts) - - Show Bio

@smokeyd123 said:

Hello humble comic readers, I come from a far away land known as Giant Bomb dot com (It's a website, about video games) and was wondering if you could enlighten me on a good jumping off point for someone not really into the DC continuity.

Since the New 52 thing went down (still not really sure what that is, even after perusing multiple wikis) I figured that might create a place for me to jump into some longer running series. It's been about 9 years since I read comics with any regularity, and even then I mostly stuck to marvel stuff, particularly Ultimate X-Men. I'm not a big fan of Superman, though I'd be willing to pick something up, and I think Batman and Green Arrow are pretty cool. If you want to throw in more obscure stuff be my guest, I'm up for anything.

The New 52 quite simply was when they cancelled all of their series, they started 52 new ones.

Batwoman and Justice League Dark would be my New 52 recommendations. Despite the names, Batwoman doesn't really have any associations with the Bat-Family, and Justice League Dark aren't actually a branch of The Justice League. But they're both great series'.

Online
#3 Posted by Icarusflies (12485 posts) - - Show Bio

@smokeyd123: I'd go with Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Dial H, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Batwoman.

And I know you didn't ask for indy recommendations, but you should really pick up Saga and The Manhattan Projects

Moderator
#4 Posted by impossibilly (885 posts) - - Show Bio

These are all pre-New52, but I recommend:

  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Green Arrow: Year One
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  4. Kingdom Come
#5 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

First off, welcome to DC!

As for the present issues, if you want to pick up any books from the New 52 I'd recommend the following:

  • Aquaman (Fun superhero action)
  • Justice League (Really improved since Ivan Reis came onboard)
  • Batman (Crime and horror take on Batman)

Then there's also some great trade paperbacks that you can check out. Aside from the recommendations above, I'd also suggest the following:

  • JLA Deluxe Edition Vol. 1-4 (Easily the best Justice League run, epic battles and top-notch writing)
  • Superman & the Legion of Super-Heroes (Great, fun story with some fantastic art and incredible pacing)
  • DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (Most of Moore's DC work is here, including some classics like the Killing Joke and For the Man Who has Everything)
  • Watchmen (If you haven't read it already ;))
#6 Posted by smokeyd123 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

@Icarusflies: Thankya, Like I said, I'm up for anything really, just wanted to start with DC

@V_Scarlotte_Rose: Ah, ok. Thanks for clearing that up

@impossibilly: Thanks, Green Arrow looks pretty good.

@Veshark: Thanks, Justice League sounds good from the wiki and I'll pick up those trades. I prefer them anyway

#7 Posted by AustinHasten (218 posts) - - Show Bio

The New 52 is simply a reboot of a lot of DCs titles. They scrapped the ongoing series, and started new ones.

Easily Batman is the greatest. Ever. Ever ever ever.

But Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and All-Star Western are also incredible.

#8 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21363 posts) - - Show Bio

new creative teams on Action comics 18, green arrow 17 and and nightwing 17. id say pick one of those up.

#9 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Batman
  • Nightwing
  • Justice League Dark
  • Detective Comics
  • Batman & Robin
  • Injustice - Gods Among Us
  • Swamp Thing
  • Green Arrow
#10 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

For current ongoings? Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.