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Old 03-08-2012, 20:09   #1
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Comics, where should I start?

Need some recomendations of what comics to read.

I'm an old trekkie and have only really read movie and TV related comics, Trek, Alien/Predator, Terminator, though I did read Watchmen before seeing the film.

I'd like to get into some others like Batman, X-Men, Iron Man but don't know where to start as there are so many titles and series.

Apart from these well known titles I'd also be interested in any less fantasy/fantastic sci-fi titles, perhaps future space exploration etc...

Fire away with your recomendations!
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Old 03-08-2012, 23:19   #2
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2000ad is all you need to know.

Not only does it feature the mighty Judge Dredd but being an anthology title, a host of other great strips too!

Hope that helps!
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Old 03-08-2012, 23:20   #3
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Preacher.
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Old 03-08-2012, 23:35   #4
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For Batman its The Dark Knight Returns and The Killing joke. less fantasy/sci fi? Scifi would recommend Transmetropolitan, start at the beginning though, back on the streets, Dredd is a good call, as is Preacher.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:27   #5
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Fables.
The Boys.
Bone.
Sandman.
Lucifer.
Hellboy.
Sin City.

Batman - As well as those mentioned, snag No Man's Land, and the stories on either side of it.
A lot of TDKR was lifted from there.
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too much Frank Miller stuff in there for my liking, Can't stand his Batman books, takes an established larger than life character and makes the whole universe flat and uninteresting.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:08   #7
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For X-Men you can't do much better than the entire Chris Claremont and John Byrne run but to get started The Dark Phoenix Saga and then Days of Future Past.
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Shadow of the Bat was my favourite series of Batman books.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:37   #9
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2000AD is a good place to start and if you don't fancy shelling out a fortune, I've gotten thousands of comics over the years from the library to try before buying. You'll get yer Sandman and yer Preacher and yer 2000AD case files from there but lots of other odd litttle titles I'd never have tried if they weren't free to borrow.
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Old 04-08-2012, 18:44   #11
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Thanks everyone, will try out some of those.
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For some series that you don't need to have read any of the backstory for, I'd highly recommend the Punisher MAX series, starts with 'Born' detailing how the punisher was created, and is a great standalone run. Also Ultimate X-Men, which was a reboot in the Marvel 'Ultimate' universe, plus they're collected in to decent sized collections (think it would cost a firtune to keep buying the smaller grpahic novel editions).

If you want to sample a broad section from Marvel, I've subscribed to this:

http://www.graphicnovelcollection.com/index.html

which if it raises suspicians that it's one of the those dodgy schemes that reel you in with a cheap offer, then keep you going at full price, it basically is...but I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the stuff, I'd never have looked at before, and at a tenner a book, is no more expensive, and sometimes cheaper than the 'normal' graphic novels.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:04   #13
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I'd recommend...

The Ultimates. Reboots the Marvel universe and is basicly the blue print for all the Marvel movies.

Astonishing X-Men. Written by Josh Weldon

Y: The Last man. Every man on earth dies apart from one. Great read and should be an HBO series by now.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. About 199199331% better than the film.

Fables. Now being ripped off by loads of tv shows and movies.

Bone. Kind of Disney's Lord of the rings but better.

You could also give the recent 'Guardians of the Galaxy' a go for sci fi hi jinks before the movie gets made.

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Old 05-08-2012, 13:21   #14
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I'd tend to go for contained runs to get into it:

Iron Man: read Matt Fractions run which starts with Volume 1 Omnibus followed by Volume 2 Omnibus

Also consider Stormatch, now being collected in hardcovers
Volume 1
Volume 2

There'll likely be a volume 3 as well, which will then lead directly into The Authority, Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Authority

Preacher is also amazing as others have said.

Also check out Garth Ennis's Punisher Max Wiki

Planetary is a fantastic sci-fi book as well Wiki

Also, have you thought about The Walking Dead?

Batman I can't help with as I'm not really a fan generally.

If you're looking for the best X-Men run ever written, check out New X-Men by Grant Morrision, there's an Omnibus out at middle of this month.

Claremont and Byrne's X-Men is a classic, but it is very much of its time too, the writing is quite clunky and the dialogue can be a bit over-dramatic (I just re-read it via the Marvel masterworks books) one for the long-time comic reader that one I think, to a new casual reader it'd come across a bit cheesy.

Plus there is loads more, would also agree with Y The Last Man.
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Old 05-08-2012, 13:48   #15
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I'd only read Claremonts X-Men if you like reading way too much dialogue that completely ruins the art and makes every frame look cramped.
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Old 05-08-2012, 17:43   #17
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I'd say The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are a good place to start with Batman (Year One is a more logical starting point, but the origin's been done to death over the years -everyone knows it).
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Just want to reiterate everyone's suggestion of Preacher, such a fun comic & not too lengthy either. I've recently started on The Walking Dead and finding that to be MASSIVELY over hyped, every character is a pretty feeble caricature and the dialogue is truly awful at times, but storyline and setting has potential so I'll stick with it to see if it improves. Something like Preacher though is in a completely different league to TWD imo.

Japanese Manga is also worth a look if you're a sci-fi fan. Akira is superb and quite short, Ghost in the Shell is a good place to start if you want something that is very hardcore when it comes to the science part of science fiction. Berserk is the best fantasy series I've ever read, it makes Lord of the Rings seem like The Tellytubbies, heck it makes Game of Thrones seem PG-13!

Another series for sci-fans is Gantz, excellent premise and like Preacher gets a lot of comic mileage out of its adult themes. You could give Death Note a try as well, an excellent cat-and-mouse thriller which can be ridiculously OTT at times (in a fun way).

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Preacher is also a good way of putting comic nay-sayers (you know, the ones who think they're juvenile and unsophisticated -I have a few friends like that) in their place....

Another reason Preacher is a good starting place is that it's entirely self-contained and doesn't depend on any prior knowledge of the characters' history.

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