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17 Years worth of catching up to do with the Marvel Universe?

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Initial post: Apr 10, 2012 8:42:54 AM PDT
Cap'n Crunch says:
I was a really avid Marvel fan for years. I read a little bit of everything, but mainly followed Spiderman, and the X Teams. Then I just sort of completely dropped around the time of The Age of Apocalypse.

I'm starting to slowly starting to get caught up with everything that I've missed. I've read Brubaker's Captain America run (Cap Omni 1-3), and the Ultimates 1&2. I've really loved both, and can't wait to read more.

Any good suggestions, or essential stories I should check out?

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 11:07:23 AM PDT
Cerberus says:
Astonishing X-Men Omnibus is well worth a look.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 1:19:27 PM PDT
Cap'n Crunch says:
Thanks I was looking at that actually. It's not supposed to be an alternate universe, right?

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 2:03:10 PM PDT
Cerberus says:
It's a self contained story line but don't let that put you off as it's well worth a read and in the large format that the Omnibus is in, it makes for an impressive tome.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2012 4:42:49 PM PDT
S. H. Wells says:
I agree with Cerberus. The Astonishing X-Men Omnibus is very good. It's not an alternate timeline (like most of the stories in Age of Apocalypse). Astonishing X-Men Omnibus is great storytelling in the current X-men timeline. Its a great way to catch up.

I would also pick up New X-Men Omnibus when it comes out (or a used copy of its first edition). Probably one of the best stories from Marvel in decades.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 6:14:33 PM PDT
Esgaldil says:
I agree with those recommendations - Whedon/Cassaday Astonishing X-Men (which is not a self contained story line except in the sense that it has a beginning, middle, and end) builds on Morrison's New X-Men (though it's clearly mostly inspired by the Claremont/Byrne years), so you might want to read New X-Men first.

Ultimate Spider-Man was very good for the first forty issues or so - same continuity as The Ultimates but with a very different tone. I'd call it the best rendition of Peter Parker as a kid. Catching up with the "real" Spider-Man continuity is much more iffy...

Walter Simonson's Thor Omnibus. Gorgeous and Epic. And a lot of fun.

I also recommend picking up some Essentials - there's a lot of great stories in there for an incredible price, if you can get used to the black and white format. The Lee/Kirby years of Fantastic Four and Thor are particularly tasty.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 8:12:36 PM PDT
B. Buchanan says:
if you want a ridiculous and pretty awesome read check out the great lakes avengers. its about a group of wanna-be super powered people trying to have a super team. good stuff

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 11:58:40 PM PDT
Nicos says:
Since we are talking about Omnibi I will go ahead and suggest X-Statix Omnibus. This is one of my favorite team books of all time.

I will also recommend Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection Very fun read.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 6:51:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 8:59:02 PM PDT
Cap'n Crunch says:
Thanks for the input guys!

Yes - I do love the Omni format. The only downside is that they eat up a lot of space. Asides from Cap 1-3, I also have Amazing Spiderman 1 (preordered 2), and X-men (original).

The New Xmen Omni doesn't release until August, so I'm going to read Astonishing first.

Not familiar with GLS, X-Static, or Nextwave. They all look pretty good though. I like the idea of branching out into some unfamiliar stuff.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 5:52:15 PM PDT
Alexander P. says:
I think an obvious "jumping in" point would be all the event comics; House of M, Avengers Disassembled, Civil War, Secret Invasion, Seige... and you can always build around the stories that are interesting (Say you like what you get in Civil War, you can go around with 15 or so different trades that tie-in)...

I think the #1 comics you need to find are
MoonKnight: Moon Knight, Vol. 1: The Bottom (v. 1) (which, if you read through the series it will take you all the way into Secret Avengers, Vol. 1: Mission to Mars
Deadpool: Deadpool, Vol. 1: Secret Invasion
PunisherMAX: PunisherMax: Kingpin

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 1:43:46 AM PDT
D. Maulding says:
Alexander P. said what I was going to. It's easy to catch up with the major happenings if you pick up the events that have come out in that time. I'd also add Annihilation and the follow up series' to that. It's not too integral to understanding what is going on in the main story lines (other than Secret Invasion), but it's a damn fine run and full of fun reads. I'd also say any Punisher by Garth Ennis (Marvel Knights or MAX). That (especially the MAX stuff) is pretty intense. It also is connected to Jason Aaron's PunisherMax title. Again, not too integral, but not worth missing out on.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 12:18:44 PM PDT
The Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee; Alias, Moon Knight by Bendis (some like his DD -- haven't read it all), Issue 1-4 of Annihilation: Nova by Lanning/Abnet, and artist Kevin Walker (I haven't read Nova, Annihilation - Conquest, so don't know if it's any good).

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 10:59:57 PM PDT
D. Maulding says:
Annihilation: Conquest IS good! It's more contained in scale than Annihilation was, but it has the same sense of urgency to it. The reintroduced characters in addition to the ones present in Annihilation, are great, too. If you haven't read that, then there's a chance you haven't read the more recent Guardians of the Galaxy series. If you haven't read all of the Abnett/Lanning Cosmic Marvel run (starting with Annihilation) then you should get started on that as soon as possible. It's insane and super fun.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 11:50:26 PM PDT
Shihad says:
New Avengers Omnibus - Volume 1 is something I would recommend.

Alias and Daredevil by Bendis are good reads.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 9:58:22 AM PDT
Mama2girls says:
It sounds like you missed the Marvel/DC crossovers from the mid to late 90s: Priceless for the art of Marvel heroes mixing it up with the Batman and Lobo. I'd also recommend Secret Invasion and Civil War to get caught up on the main storylines from the past few years.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 2:11:33 PM PDT
Art Franklin says:
"I'm starting to slowly starting to get caught up with everything that I've missed. I've read Brubaker's Captain America run (Cap Omni 1-3), and the Ultimates 1&2. I've really loved both, and can't wait to read more. "

Yeah, I was in the same boat a few years ago. Got sucked in through gaming and needed more story/character info.

I started with Ultimates 1&2 as well as the Civil War series. Opinions vary on Civil War, but I liked it and it sets the tone for most of the conflicts that followed. I got a few things in the Ultimate universe, but all that really stuck was Ultimate Spider-Man. I also liked what I saw of the Thunderbolts in Civil War and have collected that series from beginning to now (that series started more recently than 17 years ago so they will be new to you for the most part).

I saw Secret Invasion recommended. That was my least favorite of the recent events. Much more fun is the Annihilation series which can be collected in hardcover. I never liked the cosmic stuff as a kid, but the Annihilation stuff which leads into the Guardians of the Galaxy run is just done RIGHT, and the series is highly recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 2:16:35 PM PDT
Art Franklin says:
Another thing about X-Teams...

I enjoyed Morrison's New X-Men run, and haven't read Astonishing X-Men yet so I don't have much bad to say about those. But I used to like X-Men when I was younger and now I'm not finding them as interesting. Too many repeated storylines and themes, and most of the X-guys are too isolationalist for me. X-Men used to be about overcoming racism heroically. Now it seems like the X-Men are the racists themselves, rarely participating in heroics for the sake of it. Check out the new Avengers vs. X-Men stuff and see how even Magneto is creeped out by Cyclops's lust for power!

Anyways, that's my take - I'm curious to hear from you after you do some reading if you still like the X-fellows as much as you used to compared to everybody else.

Posted on May 1, 2012 11:45:53 AM PDT
Cap'n Crunch says:
As far as getting caught up o n the X-people, I've only read The Astonishing Xmen Omni. I really enjoyed it. While I was reading through it, I thought a few of the earlier arcs were so-so, but by the time I got to the end of the book I was really impressed with the story as a whole. Everything seemed really well done.

I haven't read any of the more recent X-events, but I'm kind of aware of what's going on (House of M, Utopia, Hope, etc). So I can't really comment on how I feel about it as a whole.

I keep hearing great things about X-force, but I think the story is a little bit more convoluted. Sounds pretty good though.

I started reading The Amazing Spiderman 2 (Stan Lee), and got a little side tracked with getting caught up on the recent events. I have read Avengers Disassembled, and was going to read House of M next. I'll probably read Civil War after that, but I think I'm just going to start reading series runs instead of events.

Posted on May 17, 2012 7:28:27 PM PDT
You can check on the The Complete Marvel Reading Order ( There are ways to all of the comics in order for all of Marvel, or specific groups or characters. Might be useful.
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