What are your favourite Marvel events from recent years (the last two decades)? Could you please recommend some to me? I have read only a couple - Avengers vs. X-men and Avengers Disassembled: Thor. I am interested in Fear Itself and Civil War but I don't know if they are any good.
Most events tend to eschew storytelling and characterization in favor of explosions and battles, so in all honesty, I can't name that many Marvel events from the past two decades considered 'good'. Civil War received mixed critical acclaim, while the response for Fear Itself was largely negative.
The aforementioned Messiah Complex is the only exception I can think of. It's a fantastic crossover between all the X-titles at the time as the X-Men and their enemies try to search for the first mutant born since M-Day. It's follow-up Second Coming is good, if not as exciting.
Annihilation is my favorite marvel event. The story itself is fantastic. The tie-ins make it awesome.
If you count Avengers Forever as an event, then I would definitely include that because it is amazing.
Civil War was a good story.
If you are willing to read all the tie -ins, Secret Invasion is a pretty good story. If you just read the main story, it is lacking.
Annihilation: Conquest is kind of the same. It is a good story in it's own right but the tie-ins complete it.
Marvel can chill with their "events" for a little while. Nothing wrong with self-contained stories and minimal crossovers for a change.
especially since most of them aren't very good.
I did like and , as their own things, bu I hate how the big crossovers spill over into the regular titles. I might not have minded AvsX, but for six months it became almost impossible to read an Avengers or X-men comic that wasn't about that, so that sucked. They seem to have taken a slightly different approach to Age of Ultron, but I'm just not going to read any of that because I still feel so burnt out on events.
Honestly, I think I liked old stuff like (from '84, and which was almost completely self contained) better. Or even , which crossed over only in the Annuals of each title, meaning it didn't really interfere with the flow of the regular books. With AA annuals, you could just read how the event effected the characters you were interested in, get a fun team-up story, and they were double-sized, so you got at least one other story and some fun extras. If you wanted to read the whole story though, you still really didn't have to be reading any of the regular series', you could just pick up the annuals.
Unfortunately, Atlantis Attacks was the beginning of what we think of when we think of an "event"; because Marvel took the wrong lesson from it's success. What crossovers became in the decades since have largely been at the expense of the regular series, and have thus bogged down a lot of otherwise interesting books. And the more frequently Marvel does them, the worse they seem to get, essentially corrupting their whole continuity with contrived plots, ham-fisted characterization, and missed opportunities.
Off the top of my head...
Secret War had amazing art.
Avengers: Disassembled was quite good.
House of M was fun.
Annihilation was nifty.
Civil War was heady.
The Initiative was a cool era.
Messiah Complex was enjoyable.
World War Hulk was entertaining.
One More Day/Brand New Day was an abomination.
Secret Invasion was a cool concept.
Dark Reign was grim.
Siege was excellent.
Chaos War was alright.
Fear Itself was a snore.
Schism was ok.
Avengers vs. X-Men was truly the end of an Era.
If I had to say my top 3, I would go with Siege, Civil War and House of M.
Messiah Complex and Second Coming is scary how tight the even was written, and by far one of my favourite crossovers.
Age of Apocalypse is bloody epic. 32 books. and by the end of it, you probably won't regret reading every little detail of it. There is a reason why that reality has been revisited a ton of times.
House of M had a great premise, honestly. But the only tie-in I've read was Uncanny X-Men's one and I hated it, sorry Claremont, you shouldnt had 'round 2' the X-verse.