Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Ok so what superhero comics SHOULD i be reading?

Uncensored replied to one of my posts earlier in the week saying that my problem w/ superhero comics these days (my fading interest) might just be because i'm reading the wrong books... So i'm open for suggestions - what mainstream superhero books (besides Ultimates 2 which i love) can i pick up to reinvigorate myself???

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08 December, 2005 19:29, Anonymous Aaron Cornelissen said...

Hey Zilla,
I'm the same, I'm just not getting into many superhero comics lately, other than Ultimates 2. I will be picking up Marvel Zombies & Ultimate Wolv/hulk (which comtinues from Ultimates anyway) but that's about it.

So hopefully you get a response, as i'm interested as well.

As an added comment, have you ever tried Lucifer, this is an excellent excellent read.

08 December, 2005 21:38, Blogger Christopher Green said...

First and foremost, I recomend Daredevil. This book does everything right. It's not just about somebody in tights fighting "supervillains", it's about the psychology of Matt Murdock, how everything that has happend to him effects him, and thus, effecting his relationships, friends, etc. Very rarely do you ever see super hero battles in the title, mostly it's just Daredevil in a plain old street fight with believible enemies (there's one point in Bendis and Maleev's run where Matt, out of costume, is fighting some Yuakuza hitmen in the streets). And there's a much bigger picture than simply just beating on the villain of the arc, and that is The Kingpin. Real crime, not just costumes. The book has beautifully gritty artwork, coutersy of Alex Maleev. There's a very strong feeling of humanity in the characters and you genuinely feel a connection to them. Say what you want about Bendis, but he does a fantastic job on this title, and I honestly believe that the current run of Daredevil (which has gone on since the 20's of volume 2) is the best thing that's ever come in the character's history. The Eisner Award winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev are unfortunately leaving the title in January. Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark take over in February, so that could be a good place to jump on. But I highly suggest you try to aquire some Bendis-Maleev Daredevil trades, hell, even download the issues. This is the best superhero book on the market.

If you haven't checked it out with all the buzz, try She-Hulk from Dan Slott and Juan Bobillo. I've never had much interest in the character, but this book is a total blast. It stars Jen Walters (She-Hulk) who is a lawyer working for a law firm that specializes in superhuman cases. There's comedy abound, such as Jen seeking out comic books for case research on super heroes. And one point in issue two where Hawkeye is on a jury that she's speaking to, she tries to use sign language to tell him that he's going to die in one of the most hillarious scenes I've ever seen in a comic book. The artwork is cutesy in a likeable (yet not annoying) way. This title is extremely underrated.

Ultimate Fantastic Four is the first Ultimate title I've actually warmed up to and come to love. Mark Millar (Ultimates) is great at writing exciting (yet not too dumbed down) stories. In fact I like his Ultimate F4 more than the 616 F4. And the art, my god, Greg Land is a god with a pencil.

08 December, 2005 21:46, Blogger zilla said...

that's one hell of a comment uncensored. you're no joke partner. i've been hearing you talk about Daredevil so long you may have finally won me over to giving a character a try i'd previously had zero interest in... if i were to pick up a daredevil trade (bendis and maleev) where would i start?

08 December, 2005 22:03, Blogger Christopher Green said...

I would suggest getting these trades:
Daredevil: Underboss
Daredevil: Out
Which are volumes 4 (collecting #26-31) and 5 (collecting #32-40) respectively. Underboss is about an upstart mob figure who tries to murder the Kingpin in an attempt to take over. And Out is about, the public finding out that Matt Murdock is Daredevil. Get these two, however you can. I didn't think that much of what came before (though I haven't read vol. 1 which is Kevin Smith's run, but volume 2 and 3 didn't do anything for me), but after I started reading these I was anxiously wanted more.

08 December, 2005 23:25, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Young Avengers and, believe it or not, New Thunderbolts are two of the better superhero floppies going these days. Heinberg does a nice balance of teen soap opera and superhero action in YA, and I bought and enjoyed the two TPBs of NT after enjoying their New Avengers arc in #13-14 (I think). Captain America's been solid, too.

The Madrox TPB was unexpectedly great and has me looking forward to the new X-Factor, which I'm about to read as soon as I log off here.

Sadly, I have no DC recommendations as I'm awaiting One Year Later in hopes of being able to like Batman again, but Wagner's Batman & The Monster Men got off to a pretty good start.

PS: Have you seen the latest Conan news? Interesting change in store.

09 December, 2005 07:49, Blogger Num104 said...

Cable & Deadpool is hilarious. It is worth checking out.

I second the notion on Daredevil. One of the only remaining Marvel books that I still read.

Marvel Team-Up is light hearted, fun, and filled with all kinds of different characters. Issue 15 starts a new arc, and so far it seems like it will be great.

I also like a lot of DC stuff, but if you aren't into the whole Crisis thing, it is kind of hard to follow. If you don't mind a little cross continuity, books like Firestorm and Manhunter are really good.

09 December, 2005 08:32, Blogger zilla said...

Guy - That is some seriously WILD Conan news i hadn't heard yet. I'm a huge Miggs fan and the more i think about it, the more i think he'll be able to give us one hell of a Conan arc (get ready for it to be "out there" though i'm sure).

Hate to see Busiek go (he's been tremendous) but equally glad to see that Nord's staying - his art is some of the most eye-popping out there IMO.

For the first time i can remember, i'm actually stocked about a creative team change to one of my fav books (no offense Kurt)...

09 December, 2005 08:36, Blogger zilla said...

PS Another bit of interesting Conan news: Eric Powell (of all people) will be drawing Conan #28 - how about THAT?

09 December, 2005 12:50, Blogger El Snoozo said...

On The DC side I'd say
All-Star Superman
Green Lantern
Alex Ross' Justice
Seven Soldiers

On The Marvel Side:
Ultimate Iron Man ( Especially if you like Orson Scott card's work )
The Ultimates
Book Of Doom

I'd make that Marvel list a tab bigger, but I'm a DC guy..But hey, at least if you think some of them are bad, at least you've only wasted 20 minutes of your life, instead of days or months if you read a bad novel.

09 December, 2005 13:10, Blogger zilla said...

i have to admit that i did enjoy all-star superman #1 (even though i've never been much of a superman guy). i'll have to check out batman monsters (?) and young avengers - even though i'm not a huge, huge fan of the teen super-groups (runaways had my attention for a minute or two but faded).

additionally i'll def be hopping on those daredevil trades...

09 December, 2005 13:58, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

I think YA is a lot better than Runaways, which I dropped out of boredom after the silly first arc of the current volume. Never read the first volume, and lost all interest in it after that. I prefer Vaughan's Ex Machina, where the snappy dialogue doesn't feel quite as forced.

09 December, 2005 18:37, Blogger Spencer Carnage said...

Go buy some Starman trades. That made me not only stoked on super hero comics but stoked on weird ass DC D list characters in a totally different way than Morrison's S7. Unless you've already read them, then nevermind.

Wintermen is good, even if its no super hero comics. Its post super hero comics, really.

09 December, 2005 18:52, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Zilla, seriously, check out She-Hulk as well. It's a funny, lighthearted read and it's a ridiculously underrated and underappreciated book (even by Marvel themselves). It just started again with a new #1 in October, so you should still be able to find it.

09 December, 2005 19:03, Blogger zilla said...

spencer i love wintermen... and uncensored - i'll pick up that she-hulk... i'm def NOT a sexist asshole (i promise) but i've never been that hooked on female leads - except in Alias (great, great run).

10 December, 2005 20:05, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Be sure and let us know what you think of all the suggested reads.

10 December, 2005 23:33, Blogger zilla said...

you can bet a texas penny on it my friend. can't wait to check some of these titles out (comics is the one area of life where i actually LIKE trying something new ;)


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