Topic Getting back into comics need help....
55 Draenei Death Knight
So... After reading blackest night I drop the DC books in disgust and trying to read the whole Secret invasion arch made me dropped marvel too...
My question is... AS of this moment what the HELL is going on in the comic world? What is this about the new 52? Didn't 52 happen a few weeks back? What is going on in the marvel books and what is up with the mutants?
Did 1986 hit again or something did crisis on infinite earth happen again because it seems that everything got reboot by both company. Even Ulitmate books that I enjoy I can't make sense of anymore...
What's going on? Help!
DC I use to read
GL- Kyle fan but got made when they let the butcherer take his job back
Last thing I read was Secret Invasion.
The new 52 is DC realizing their whole line of books just wasn't doing it so they said "screw it" and started over.
Action Comics is about when Superman first showed up. Before Superman there was no Superheroes at least not publicly. The Superman in Action is wearing a T-shirt and jeans. He can leap tall buildings, is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. He can take a direct hit from a tank shell and be relatively ok. He can't fly, he isn't 100% invulnerable. He's a bit reckless and he's standing up for the little guy by going after corrupt business men, slum lords and wife beaters. People are a bit freaked out, authorities have no clue how to deal with him, a lot of common folk have his back and Clark Kent works for the Daily Star as a reporter and he also has a Blog where he rants about things.
JLA seems to be about a year later. Other Supers have shown up, people are still a little freaked out by all these flying guys. Darkside invades earth they all get together to fight him back.
Rest of the new DC is set about 5 years after Superman first showed up. Supers are still new but thanks to the JLA most people trust them. Governments not so much. Superman has continued to grow in power and can fly and is more invulnerable now.
Action comics is pretty good, especially if you like a younger less powerful Superman. It's written by Grant Morrison
JLA is like a Micheal Bay film. Lots of explosions but very 2 dimensional characters. So far it's been; Fight Parademons, meet new hero, new hero makes Green Lantern look stupid, Fight more Parademons and repeat. I think the only one so far who hasn't made GL look like an idiot so far is Cyborg. Even Aquaman made Hal look like a dumbass.
Aquaman is a Damn Good book right now. If you are looking to get back into comics give it a try.
Kyle is headlining a book called New Guardians. Him leading members from each of the rainbow ring corps. It's an ok book, not great but not sucky. Some interesting implications regarding Kyle.
and if you like darker more horror style books try Animal Man and Swamp Thing. These are creepy books and really nicely written.
I don't read Batman or Marvel at the moment so I can't tell you anything about them.
Edited by Orcblade on 2/14/12 7:52 PM (PST)
Oh, you mean. . . one? Crisis on Infinite Earths was the only one until now. Unless you mean small retcons here and there.
Superman has two books where he is the star, Action Comics and Superman. Action Comics as said in the post above me, is a focus on his early days where he is still developing his powers and is quite weak. Well, it used to anyway. The unorthodox writing of Grant Morrison is jumping the story between times/dimensions. There are multiple plot lines going on at once but, knowing Morrison, they will all tie together at some point. I still recommend it as it is a good book, if a little radical.
Superman's other title Superman is written by George Perez, who is mostly known as an artist. This story is filled to the brim with dialogue and the villains are mainly stock for the first few issues and the reveal of who or what is behind it is kind of lack luster. It's alright, but not really worth picking up unless you're a big Superman fan like I am. It also brings Superman back to the present day and back up to his regular power levels.
Batman has four titles (yes four, as idiotic as it is from a story standpoint, though it's good for business). They are Batman, Detective Comics, Batman and Robin, and Batman: The Dark Knight. The main Batman title is fantastic and is definitely worth picking up over all the others. It focuses on Batman's general superhero work. Detective Comics is meant to be a grittier, darker book focusing on more common criminals and the detective side of Batman. It's not too good. It often comes across as boring and I dropped it after four issues. Batman and Robin is the other book I recommend for the Bat. It's a solid, though not spectacular, book and it works best if you like the interaction between Batman and his son, Damian. Batman: The Dark Knight is pointless and it just sucks. It has no reason to exist and possesses no plot to really speak of. David Finch pencils and co-writes it. While the art is nice, the book is terribly written. However, Gregg Hurwitz takes over writing duties starting with issue #10, so the book may go up in quality.
There are four books in the Green Lantern mythos right now. The main Green Lantern book is written by Geoff Johns and is the best of the four in my opinion. It is currently starring Sinestro, who is a Green Lantern again, and to a lesser extent, Hal Jordan. I would recommend this the most, but maybe you won't get into it seeing as how I presume it's Hal who you are referring to as "the butcherer." The second book is Green Lantern: New Guardians which stars Kyle Rayner and a member of each of the Lantern Corps (with the obvious exceptions of White and Black). It's a decent book, nothing spectacular but you may be fond of the fact that Kyle is the focal character. Next is Green Lantern Corps, starring mainly Guy Gardner and John Stewart, as well as a plethora of other Lanterns. It is also an okay book, not as good as Green Lantern or New Guardians, but it's readable. Finally, there's Red Lanterns, focusing on Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps, as well as a newly created human Red Lantern. It started off well, but has since slowed to a grinding halt. All the conflict is internal and goes nowhere; they haven't even fought a real villain. I do not recommend this, though the art is great.
Other books from DC I recommend would be Aquaman by Geoff Johns. This book is just great and it really brings Aquaman into a new light for people who didn't know anything about him and thought low of him. The character is drawing in so many readers that it managed to outsell every single Marvel book in January, including I believe a #300 Wolverine book, which is a major benchmark. Batwoman, Batwing, and Nightwing are also great if you like the Batman family.
Also pretty much anything in DC's Dark line is great, especially Animal Man and Swamp Thing, which are definitely worth the read. I also enjoy Justice League Dark, though it's not as widely acclaimed.
Marvel on the other hand is seeing some rough times. I would recommend some X-Men related books such as Uncanny X-Force. Most X-Men books are okay, if you like the X-Men then some of them are probably for you. Virtually anything Avengers related, however, is grade A garbage in my opinion, with a few exceptions like Secret Avengers, which is a good read. Marvel's main strength at the moment is the covert ops style books, which I think Secret Avengers falls under.
Recommended books outside Marvel or DC include Invincible and the Walking Dead.
Oh how I wished that my mom threw out all my comic books when I left for the Navy in 1972.
To have those now.
Yes, I have discussed it with her and she deeply regrets doing it. NO I did not yell at her, she is my mother.