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Mighty Cast Episode 7 – New Comic Readers
Mighty Cast Episode 7 presents Where new Comic Readers Should Start
With several new comic based movies and TV shows coming out every year, and dozens more in the works, lots of fans are at a loss as to where to start reading comics. Do they need to read everything from issue #1 and up of Iron Man in order to go enjoy the movies? Or is there a jumping on point where new readers can easily pick up a series, get the gist of a character, and not feel like the only person in the theater who isn’t getting certain jokes or references?
In this episode, Bill and Paul take a look at some upcoming movies and let you know what you need to pick up and read to be able to hang with the fan boys in the theater lobby. So if you’re wondering where to start reading comics that deal with your favorite big screen heroes, sit right back and take a listen!
X-Men are first up, with Days of the Future past filming currently and a slew of X-Men movies already out. The recommended reading list? Bill recommends starting off with God Loves, Man Kills, while Paul tosses out X-Men (vol. 2) 1-3, the Mutant Genesis story line with it’s amazing Jim Lee art. Paul then tosses out the Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men run (Astonishing X-Men 1 through 24 plus Giant Size #1) and X-Cutioners Song, which was a crossover event that was covered in several different X books.
There’s a new Wolverine movie coming out soon of course, so the next recommendation list comes from Paul and include Wolverine: Origin, Wolverine 1-4 (also called the Frank Miller mini series), Wolverine: Weapon X (from Marvel Comics Presents) and Old Man Logan. Bill also tosses in Spiderman vs. Wolverine, a 1 shot that he praises for it’s look at the Wolverine character.
Avengers is the main focus of the Marvel cinematic universe, so where can new comic readers start reading them? Paul tosses out the Bendis run of New Avengers, World War Hulk which shows more of the explosive danger that exists within this team, and the new Marvel Now Indestructible Hulk.
Captain America 2 is filming right now, so of course they start off recommending the Winter Solider story line which is what the new movie is based on. Bill urges new comic readers to check out Fallen Son, the story of what happens after the death of Captain America and how the Marvel universe reacts. Paul also mentions Operation Rebirth, the classic Mark Waid story line.
Iron Man 3 is out in theaters now, so the first and foremost story is Demon in a Bottle. Extremis is next, with this story giving new comic readers the background on the influence for the new movie.
Fantastic Four has some movies in the work, and Paul recommends Ultimate Fantastic Four 1-6 and the original FF 48-51, while Bill recommends the Mark Waid run starting with issue 500.
Daredevil gets a nod, with recommendations on Born Again and Redemption, two stories that give you a look at Matt Murdock and what his life is like with and without Daredevil.
With Ghost Rider coming back to the Marvel cinematic universe, new comic readers should check out Heaven’s On Fire by Garth Ennis and Last Stand Of The Spirits Of Vengeance.
Punisher is also heading back, so why not grab Welcome Back Frank to see what we hope Marvel does with his next movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy is being filmed right now, and for a look at what this team really means we recommend the popular Thanos Imperative.
Amazing Spiderman 2 is in the works, but where should new comic readers start with such a long standing popular character? Ultimate Spiderman is a convenient solution, and Marvel Tales provides an inexpensive alternative to buying the expensive original Spidey issues.
Thor 2 is coming out this fall, so check out Marvel Now’s Thor: God Of Thunder and the story line Ragnarok.
With Thanos coming to light in the Marvel movieverse, snag Thanos Quest and Infinity Gauntlet to see what this villain is really about.
Batman has been a juggernaut at the box office, so to narrow down the thousands of comics of his to a few, check out Year One, Killing Joke, and Dark Knight Returns, all excellent stories that give you a deep picture of the Dark Knight.
Superman is hitting the big screen this summer in Man of Steel, and much like Captain America you can see a great deal of importance in the characters death with the story Death of Superman.
Green Lantern deserves some justice for his movie, so see why people love him with the comic stories Secret Origin and pick up the introduction to Kyle Rayner as well.
And what about Hellblazer, who Guillermo Del Toro has mentioned as wanting to come back to the big screen? Check our Original Sins and Dangerous Habbits for some great Constantine tales.
Listen in for the full break downs, and if you have any special requests feel free to message us and we’ll give you the tip on where to start!