#1 Posted by VoodooPenguin (1191 posts) - - Show Bio

THOR: Is the newish Thor from Marvel Now a good place to start? I'm also interested in the Straczynski, but I have heard that you need to know the Thor mythos decently. That's fine, I just don't want a ton of stuff from before the mid-1980's. The one thing I absolutely object to reading is the series about a young Thor (can't find it right now.)
IRON MAN: (This turns into a rant.) I've heard good things about the current Incredible Iron Man series, but where's a good jumping on point? I've seen people throw out tons of different necessary reading material, but I doubt you need to read all of the following: Demon In A Bottle, Armor Wars, Extremis, Mandarin, etc. That's just ridiculous and I highly doubt all of that is true. I've never seen a character with more necessary things to start than him. I shouldn't have to read all that just to see if I'm interested or not. I'm up for Demon in A Bottle, though. I could be completely wrong and you HAVE to read all of that, but then I'm just plain not interested.

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#4 Posted by sagejonathan (2249 posts) - - Show Bio

From what i have read, I would avoid Kieron Gillen's run on Iron Man right now. I think it's meh, and my brother thinks it's actually really good. I don't know enough about Iron Man to give advice about it.

As for Thor, definitely start reading from issue one of Aaron's run which is from Marvel NOW. It's is insanely good. I have yet to read JMS's run, although I do plan to read it, so I can't say anything about that. Settle for the Aaron's current series for now though. It's really good and you will soon follow along monthly.

#5 Posted by Wolverine08 (48776 posts) - - Show Bio

The current Thor:God of Thunder series by Jason Aaron, and Extremis by Warren Ellis are the best ways to get into Thor and Iron Man.

#6 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12523 posts) - - Show Bio

Extremis for Ironman.

#7 Edited by Freefa11 (2488 posts) - - Show Bio

I would say starting with Straczynski for Thor is a good place. It is the beginning of the modern version of Thor, after all, and that run, plus the following issues by Gieron Gillen, are all fantastic, IMO. Unfortunately, it goes downhill incredibly fast when Fraction takes over.

I don't really see the need to be intimately knowledgeable with Thor's history to really "get" the modern story. It helps to know the basic background (the gods all died in a final Ragnarok; also, knowing who the main players like the Warriors Three, Sif, Balder, Loki, Heimdall, etc). You might want to wiki Don Blake to see what the old history with Thor's alter-ego is (convoluted, to say the least; I think it took Marvel 30 years to sort that mess out). But I think Straczynski does a pretty good job setting everything up for new readers (but then, I do have a good working knowledge of Thor's history, so it may have just been really easy for me anyway).

I'm not a big Iron Man buff. I have read both Demon in a Bottle and Armor Wars. DiaB is good, and still worth reading, IMO, because it has probably the most profound and longest lasting piece of character development Tony Stark has received. It is still very much relevant to his character. Armor Wars... eh. I read it because I had always heard about it. It was okay, but didn't feel that special. I thought Tony was actually pretty far out of line in that series. Again, maybe I'm not a big enough Iron Man fan to know him better, but what he was doing throughout that series was blatantly criminal, and he seemed to make minimal efforts to look for alternate solutions. Personally, I think you could get by with a good synopsis of Armor Wars.

Extremis was okay. I didn't personally care much for the plot actually, but it is important in understanding the kind of bio-mechanical alterations Tony has made to himself in relatively recent history (e.g. it is the start of Tony actually carrying the suit inside him and becoming almost like a nanite infested cyborg).

Most of my reading of Iron Man is somewhat dated at this point. The stuff from around the Civil War arc was interesting and important to his character, IMO, even if the Civil War itself was more than a little contrived (mainly Captain America's position, IMO). Matt Fraction also had a run on Iron Man a few years ago that I thought was great (in contrast to his Thor arc which, again, was terrible).

Hope this helps.

#8 Edited by batmannflash (6272 posts) - - Show Bio

The current Thor:God of Thunder series by Jason Aaron, and Extremis by Warren Ellis are the best ways to get into Thor and Iron Man.

#9 Edited by DareHulk (235 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally I think the recent god of thunder series is the best Thor stuff I've ever read. As well as the best that Marvel currently has to offer.

Iron Man, I'm not a fan of his current comics. I didn't grow up or live in the 60's or 70's but I've read a lot of comics from that era. I think classic Iron Man comics are excellent, recent ones...meh, kinda sucky if you ask me.

#10 Edited by VoodooPenguin (1191 posts) - - Show Bio

I read the new Thor #1 on Comixology. A little slow start but I can tell it should be excellent. I'm going to pick it up on Friday.

I think I'm gonna wait a little to start Iron Man. I've got too much to catch up on.