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Initial post: Sep 25, 2012 10:19:32 PM PDT
E. Greatwood says:
Hi all,
I am pretty new to the comic book scene and am interested in finding a good series that I can somewhat start from the beginning. I love Wonder Woman so something with her in it or something with a female lead. I am pretty open to anything, I'm not grossed out by gore or violence. Honestly I am open to anything, but I would like something where I can start from the beginning, or at least the start of a new storyline. Sorry for blabbering :)

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 11:14:06 PM PDT
I'm going on a rant here of all the titles I've enjoyed which are easy to pick up (omnibus editions available) and easy to enjoy (no need for years of back story):
-Bone by Jeff Smith
-Ultimate Spiderman
-The Ultimates
-The Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns
-Orc Stain (mature themes)
-Atomic Robo
-The Goon by Eric Powell

That's it from my head for now, must get back to work = ) enjoy your journey into fantasy!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 10:30:51 AM PDT
FallenMarvel says:
If you want to start with Marvel I would start with House of M and go from there. I started with Civil War when I started, but I think that's a good starting point. Also as D.L. said the Marvel Ultimate Comics series is pretty good as well.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 10:31:49 AM PDT
E. Greatwood says:
Thanks so much to every one who contributed! Now off to the local comic book store :)

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 2:47:27 PM PDT
if you enjoy wonder woman:

whedon's Astonishing Xmen omnibus - kitty pride figures pretty prominently in those stories.
Power Girl Power Girl
Power Girl: A New Beginning

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 6:01:23 PM PDT
Esgaldil says:
Gail Simone's Birds of Prey is a pretty good female superhero title, starting here:

Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: Of Like Minds

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 7:11:26 PM PDT
-Starting with Uncanncy X-Men #129, Chris Clarement and John Byrne used a new character named Kitty Pryde to bring new readers to the series. This began a long, long standing tradition of Wolverine having "Little Sister" characters that are partnered with him.

-Jean Grey also becomes ENORMOUSLY powerful over the course of the classic run of Uncanny X-Men (Giant Sized X-Men #1, Uncanny X-Men #94-#143)

-If you like strong female characters, I don't suggest reading either Dave Sim's Cerberus, or ANYTHING Frank Miller has ever written. (Every Frank Miller female character is either a:
1. A barmaid.
2. A hooker.
3. An assassin. Or, (and this is usually the case)
4. All of the above.

-Promethea, by Alan Moore and JH Williams, III is every bit as gorgeous and well written as everyone says it is.

-Gail Simone is really, really good. Her Wonder Woman is the best run on the character in my mind. (Surprise, surprise... A woman writing Wonder Woman. Who'd a thunk it?!)

-John Byrne's run on Fantastic Four is most widely noted for how powerful Sue Storm became in that series.

-Darwyn Cooke's run on Catwoman is good stuff.

-Jeph Loeb + Tim Sale = GOOD. REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

-Miracle Man by Alan Moore is really expensive to buy. Scans of it suck and it's not been reprinted... Ever.
All that aside... Yeah, it's really good.

-So is Moore's Swamp Thing. Best bet: buy the TPB collecting his stories that take place in regular DCU continuity. Green Lantern stories just culminated in an event called "Blackest Night". The title of that series, and the whole idea is a reference to an idea from an Alan Moore issue.

-Green Arrow: the Long Bow Hunters

-Alias by Bendis.

-Bendis' Avengers run. All of it. It's funny, and a lot of female characters are featured. Especially Spider Woman.

-DC has a long history of writing crappy female characters, just as an FYI. Wonder Woman's early appearances pretty much always concerned her being captured, bound with ropes and gags, and then rescued by a man. (William Moulton Marsden was a bit of a creep.)

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 2:31:52 AM PDT
Esgaldil says:
MiDeer - You're forgetting Robin, from The Dark Knight Returns, and Gordon's relationships in Batman: Year One. Miller does everything he can these days to make people forget how good he used to be, but his old works still stand on their own merits (Electra's original appearances are also outstanding if you can ignore how she foreshadows Miller's later, less nuanced assassin whores).

Back to topic - I've also heard good things about the new Wonder Woman, especially #0, though not enough to actually start reading anything in New 52 yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 10:29:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2012 10:29:27 AM PDT
-In Miller's run on Daredevil - the original one - there's a subplot of Matt Murdock forcing his girl friend to lose control of her family's company so that she has to be dependent upon Matt.

-Elektra was, and always will be, a complete nutcase. The Elektra: Assassin mini was god-awful, except for Bill Sienkiewicz's art. Anybody else drew it... And it would've gotten Miller burnt at the stake.
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