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Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:52:26 pm EST (Viewed 20 times)
Reply Subj: Thinking about getting back into reading again...
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 06:30:04 pm EST (Viewed 167 times)

> I am looking to maybe get back into Marvel been a bit since I have read anything from them. I had a stint of lack of money and just feeling out picking up more titles again. I am a huge fan of The Darkness and Witchblade and things like those but I also like superhero type stuff as well. Anyway enough rambles from me. What titles would you recommended and why?

Ok, the thing about Marvel right now is that we've been getting a steady stream of "big events" and all the major titles have been tied into these with a lot of filler issues. The two Avengers books have been the worst at this, both coming across as just backstory pages for the big event. However, if you are in Avengers fan the new Dark Avengers arc might still interest you. If you don't know the backstory I won't ruin it all for you. Basically, Norman Osborn (former Green Goblin and director of the Thunderbolts) was credited for saving Earth from the skrull invasion (the last big event) and was promoted to director of a new organization that is basically taking the place of SHIELD. Essentially, Norman is the sheriff in town and has control over all other super humans and is seen by the public as a good guy.

I honestly wouldn't recommend any of the Avengers books for a returning reader though. Spiderman just had a major continuity reboot, which kind of sucks but might be good for a returning reader. The book I would recommend the most, however, is Daredevil. It's consistently great, written by fan favorite Brubaker, and has excellent art. It doesn't seem to get tied into the major events, which is nice if you only want to pick up a couple books. Furthermore, there are frequent guest appearances by the "streets" of the MU (Iron Fist, Cage, White Tiger, etc). It's become the unnofficial "street" book and never disappoints. If you like this book you might also want to check out Brukaker's other recent works in Captain America and Iron Fist, both being pretty popular.

If street level heroes aren't your thing, Marvel has done a great job of putting some energy back into their space characters. Annihilaton was a great big event and you can probably get it in a trade. Check out Nova or Guardians of the Galaxy as well.

That's my two cents.

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