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#1 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

@rideaspacecowboy: is uncanny avengers good?

The first two issues didn't grab me, but I hear it gets better, so I'm waiting until it goes on sale for $.99 an issue through Comixology, at which time I'll catch up on the series. Honestly, the Marvel Monday and Friday sales are probably the best way to start building out your collection. You still have a few more hours left to pick up the entire Ed Brubaker run on Captain America at the cheapest it will ever be.

#2 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

My first recommendation to anyone interested in Marvel Comics is always Ultimates 1 & 2. Mark Millar's 26 issue run between the two titles remains the best in the company's publishing history.

As for the cosmic side, check out the first arcs of the current Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy series.

The other absolutely essential ongoing at the moments is Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers, with Avengers and the recent miniseries event entitled Infinity also penned by him serving as excellent companion pieces.

If you find you like that, another excellent run by Hickman is found in the pages of Fantastic Four and later FF, starting with an arc titled "Solve Everything."

If the recent Captain America movie has piqued your interest in the character, check out Ed Brubaker's acclaimed run, particularly the story arcs entitled The Winter Soldier, The Death of Captain America, and Captain America: Reborn.

The X-Men have always been my personal favorite marvel property, and the best run they've had has been Grant Morrison's New X-Men.

Finally, my favorite Marvel character after Charles Xavier would be the Sentry. Check out his debut series, the first two arcs of Bendis' New Avengers, and the whole first series of Dark Avengers to see why.

#3 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

My guess is that he's somewhere within the top dozen most recognizable superheroes among the general public, even if opinion of him is dismissive or derisive.

  1. Superman
  2. Batman
  3. Spider-man
  4. Wolverine
  5. Robin
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. Hulk
  8. Flash
  9. Captain America
  10. Aquaman
  11. Iron Man
  12. Thor

I'd rank the top three or four spots as the "A-list" heroes whom everybody and their mother knows, while the rest of the top twelve are solidly in the "B-list," which is no matter of shame considering Aquaman would be sharing company with the Big Three of the Avengers and a member of DC's Trinity.

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#5 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

The data collected by the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation point to a virtually zero-curvature flat spacetime, which almost certainly indicates an infinite universe.

#6 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

@jasonhawke said:

I recommend just sticking to movies and cartoons.

Comics can get pretty complicated and troublesome.

Generally speaking, the source material in its native medium is almost always superior to any adaptation. Exceptions exist of course, but they're far fewer than you may think. For example, the original Superman film transcended any existing Superman comics at the time it was released, but has since been eclipsed thanks to the works of Grant Morrison and others. Even Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy does not surpass the best Batman stories the comics medium has to offer. And while a tiny, infinitesimal fraction of the Star Wars Expanded Universe is of higher quality than the first film, such is only due to the utter deluge of material; given its quantity some of it was bound to be good, statistically speaking.

With regards to Captain America specifically, given the genuine excellence of his recent film outing I would concede that he is among the very few characters whose adaptation in a second medium (film) matches the quality of the original medium (sequential art). But by no means ignore equally excellent comics such as Ultimates 1 & 2 or Captain America: Reborn.

#7 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems to me inexplicable that not only the best Superman series currently being published, but indeed the best series for the character since Morrison’s All-Star Superman, receives virtually no critical praise and is in fact largely ignored by the comics community at large. The series to which I am referring is DC’s digital first anthology Adventures of Superman. Some of the greatest Superman stories ever told have been published in its pages all in the last year, and I would be remiss in my role as the great evangelist for the Son of El if I did not exhort his fans to give such stories the attention they deserve.

What follows is a list of the twelve essential issues which every comic book reader ought to download. Among them are a call-back to the classic Fleischer animated shorts, two sublime day-in-the-life vignettes, a character study with the expansive scope of Asimov The Last Question, and, most surprisingly, one of the best Joker stories short of The Killing Joke.

7) Issue #28 – “Dear Superman”

6) Issue #3 – “Bizarro’s Worst Day”

5) Issue #11 – “The Deniers”

4) Issue #12 – “Savior”

3) Issues #7-9 – “Faster than a Bullet”

2) Issues #40-41 – “The Sound of One Hand Clapping”

1) Issues #46-48 – “Strange Visitor”

#8 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

@rebel_leader1 said:

How many Winter Soldier comics storylines are there (sic) I hear Brubaker's is the best.

Brubaker's story arc in Captain America (vol. 5) #1-14 is likely what most individuals in the thread are referring to when they recommend "Winter Soldier." I know that to be the case for my list.

#9 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

The Essential Captain America Omnibus by RideASpaceCowboy

  1. Ultimates 1 & 2
  2. Winter Soldier
  3. Civil War
  4. Death of Captain America
  5. Captain America: Rebirth

These are presented in the order in which you ought to read them, not necessarily in order of quality (though Ultimates 1 & 2 would still top the list regardless).

#10 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (511 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the Expanded Universe literature falls somewhere between "passable" and "a stain on Star Wars far worse than Episode I," but the following are all highly worthwhile, some even surpassing the original films in quality.

4) Darth Plagueis - the only novel which is an essential read

3) Tales of the Jedi

2) Republic: The Clone Wars - particularly the issues centering on Quinlan Vos

1) Star Wars Legacy (vol. 1) - particularly the issues drawn by Jan Duursema and/or centering on Cade Skywalker's story-arch.