When I tell people that I read comics I usually get the same comment over and over again.
“Oh that is so cool I want to read comics, but I don’t know where to start.”
I think a common misconception that people have is that you have to start on issue one. While it is good to start on a number one, it is not required for reading comics. My first issues were Amazing Spider-man #692, Batman #12, and Nightwing #12. All of these books were mid arc on the story, but I was not lost on the story. The way most books are written these days knowing that every issues is someone’s first issue. If not arcs are a good place to jump on, comics usually do three to six issue arcs and after that is a good jumping on point for any reader. My advice to anyone who wants read comics is just go out and buy something. Head to your local comic store and just browse the shelves, do not be afraid to grab that issue of X-men #23 or Green Arrow #44 because you will be lost on the story, take a gamble and just start reading.
To completely contrast the idea I just wrote about, starting October 7th, Marvel Comics is restarting all their books at number one. Every book from Spider-man to Thor will be at number one and part of Marvel’s all-new all-different line up. Not only classic titles will be back but also new books like Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Black Knight, and Red Wolf. Marvel has taken great initiatives in the last two years to get new readers on their books and is doing a good job. Make sure you pick up these new books starting next week and of course Marvel has a line of Star Wars books including characters like Darth Vader and Lando Calrissian.
DC comics has been in their New 52 for over four years now and there seems no sign of slowing down. Most books are on issue 44 but are easy for readers to jump on mid arc. Probably the most popular title from DC is Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The duo has been on the book since 2011 and has told some of the greatest stories with The Court of the Owls, The Joker (twice), the Riddler, and now a new villain named Mr. Bloom. In their arc they have also put beloved character Commissioner Gordon behind the cowl while Bruce Wayne is M.I.A. I would recommend everyone to read this book or at least pick up the first trade. Other notable books is Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok which is currently dealing with Darkseid, and Action Comics by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder take on Superman and his recent loss of his powers.
Also Image Comics is putting a lot of good titles out on the market. Image deals with writers and artists as they create their own stories in which they own the characters and any profit that comes from it. Many people do not know that there is stories beyond the superhero genre and this is where Image comes in. The most successful Image book is The Walking Dead which has two shows currently running on AMC. The book is still going strong as it gets close to 150 issues. If you are a fan of the show I recommend you give the book a chance. Another new title that launched is Tokyo Ghost, but for that read Abel’s review.
In conclusion it is a great time to start reading comics, for me they saved my life. I dealt with depression for the last year and for me comics were the escape and for 20 minutes I could escape my world and see what was happening in a different world. New comics are released every Wednesday so take the trip and see what is out there.