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Old 26-09-2012, 01:39
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Okay after watching the entire box set of The Big Bang Theory I have the sudden urge to start collecting comic books! Anyway as a total beginner does anyone have any suggestions where to begin?
I love Batman (especially the Christopher Nolan ones) and I like Superman (if they even exist)
Many Thanks in advance!
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Old 26-09-2012, 04:27
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If you like the Chris Nolan Batman movies then the best bet would be to get the comics that most inspired his movies.

To varying degrees the Nolan movies draw from - Batman: Year One. Batman: Year Two, The Long Halloween, The Man Who Falls, The Man Who Laughs, The Killing Joke, Knightfall, No Man's Land.

Obviously the early stories featuring R'as Al Ghul and Talia inspired Nolan which are collected in a number of trades such as Tales of the Demon. The Dark Knight Returns is also a big inspiration on the look of the movies as well as the tone, not to mention it's considered to be one of..if not the best Batman story (although I personaly find it a tad overrated).

Beyond that I'd recommend A Death In The Family which adhas zero influence on the movie but has always been one of my favourites. Also depending on how realistic you like your Batman you might want to check Grant Morisson's Batman & Robin.

For Superman I'd say Superman: Secret Origin is probably the definitive origin story for him which restored a lot of the silver age elements that the 80s rebooted origin The Man of Steel (which is also a valid take on the character) got rid of.

Allstar Superman is considered by many to the best Superman story. You've also got Panic in the Sky, Brainiac and the current run of Action Comics is good as a return to the Golden Age tropes of a badass Superman just starting out, the first ac is collected under the name Superman and the Men of Steel.
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Old 27-09-2012, 20:01
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Wow! Thanks Farscape very informative!
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Old 08-10-2012, 15:25
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I'll take the Marvel side for this one haha.

The Ultimates is pretty good, it's a modern day and "realistic" (cough) take on the Avengers, it's a post 9/11 world with people scared of terrorists and mutants.

It can be cheesy but is a lot of fun, violent, sexy and over the top.

Beyond that I'd recommend so non brand comics such as Scott Pilgrim a story about love, magic, your twenties and butt kickery

Sin CIty a dark and gritty noir crime thriller that focuses on one shot, self contained stories in a city infested with crime.

Wanted a what if story that draws inspiration from both Marvel and DC, the basic plot is what if the good guys lost and the bad guys won. Tongue in cheek tale about a guy who discovers he is the son of a famous criminal.
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Old 08-10-2012, 21:18
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I'd have to recommend Y: The Last Man, Ultimate Spider-man, and Preacher (a definite must).

Also much love for Scott Pilgrim and Runaways.
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Old 08-10-2012, 22:20
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The Onion AV Club has a section, "Gateways to Geekery", that introduces complex
pop-culture works for newcomers. They have ones for Marvel's Avengers:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/love-...t-readi,73461/

Batman:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/as-th...heres-w,82640/

Spiderman:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/as-th...es-wher,82100/

and the non-superhero comic, Love and Rockets :

http://www.avclub.com/articles/love-and-rockets,30774/
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Old 09-10-2012, 13:29
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Not sure if you're planning to collect single issues or trade paperbacks?

Single issue are more collectible and have 2nd hand value. An issue number 1, a character's first appearance or a death usually means that particular issue is worth more. Rare, Individual issues can sell for thousands, new issues cost about 2.50. Though don't get into it expecting to build up some great nest-egg for the future - most of the genuinely rare and expensive issues are from 40's through to the 80's.

Trade Paperbacks are collected volumes, often with around 6 issues worth of content - often focussed on one particular story-arc. They tend to be priced around 10 (hardback versions are also available but they cost more). In practice, places like Amazon often sell them for considerably less (you can pick a lot of them up for around 7). Unlike individual issues, these collected volumes have very little second hand value.

The third option is digital. If it was a year ago, I'd have said wait and see, but now the publishers have moved to having all their content available digitally on the same day as print. If you have a decent tablet device, this is a very viable option. It's convenient and saves a lot of storage space! The only downside is the price - currently digital issues cost the same as print. Meanwhile many print issues carry codes that let you download the digital version for free. So really, the print copy does give you better value for money.

I personally go the digital route now, though I used to collect single issue (mainly during the 90's) and then moved onto Trade Paperbacks, and then finally digital (I went fully digital in March of this year).

Anyway, I mainly read Marvel ,so here are a few good choices to get into some of the key Marvel characters. These are links to the Trade Paperback versions on Amazon, but I've also listed the individual issues contained within:

Avengers (New Avengers, Vol 1 #1-6)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Avengers...9781275&sr=1-1

Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man, Vol 1 #648-662)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spider-Man-B...9781129&sr=1-1

X-Men (Astonishing X-Men. Vo 1 #1-6)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Astonishing-...9781164&sr=1-2

Daredevil (Daredevil, Vol 3 #1-6)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daredevil-Ma...9781226&sr=1-1
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Old 09-10-2012, 20:17
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Hey I have to admit its only been this year that I have started collecting comics so your not the only one who is new too comics. By the sounds of it your into DC (Batman, Superman etc...) As your new to collecting comics I would recommend collecting the new 52 (basically DC decided to reboot all the series or most of them right from the beginning) so as you said you are into Batman & Superman, I would recommend buying Batman, Superman, Batman &Robin, Batman The Dark Knight, and maybe you might want to try Nightwing (Dick Grayson - The first Robin), Red Hood and the Outlaws (Jason Todd the second Robin who was brutally murdered by the joker and was brought back to life, but I would suggest watching the film Batman-Under The Red Hood), Teen Titans ( Tim Drake who is red robin who before the reboot was also known as the third robin and also Superboy is also in the team) and there are many more. At the moment, September issues are out (issue 0 which gives the background of the characters so excluding issue 0 only 12 issues are out so now is the best time to start collecting). The best place too buy them Is at a comic shop near you, if not then Forbidden Planet is a good place to buy them (they have a shop or you can buy them from there websites) and Ebay is also another good place to buy them. Hope this helps any questions just ask and good luck comic collecting!
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Old 09-10-2012, 21:13
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I'd add Batgirl to the above recommendation, i think her issues are pretty good
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Old 17-10-2012, 19:18
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Not sure if you're planning to collect single issues or trade paperbacks?

Single issue are more collectible and have 2nd hand value. An issue number 1, a character's first appearance or a death usually means that particular issue is worth more. Rare, Individual issues can sell for thousands, new issues cost about 2.50. Though don't get into it expecting to build up some great nest-egg for the future - most of the genuinely rare and expensive issues are from 40's through to the 80's.

Trade Paperbacks are collected volumes, often with around 6 issues worth of content - often focussed on one particular story-arc. They tend to be priced around 10 (hardback versions are also available but they cost more). In practice, places like Amazon often sell them for considerably less (you can pick a lot of them up for around 7). Unlike individual issues, these collected volumes have very little second hand value.

The third option is digital. If it was a year ago, I'd have said wait and see, but now the publishers have moved to having all their content available digitally on the same day as print. If you have a decent tablet device, this is a very viable option. It's convenient and saves a lot of storage space! The only downside is the price - currently digital issues cost the same as print. Meanwhile many print issues carry codes that let you download the digital version for free. So really, the print copy does give you better value for money.

I personally go the digital route now, though I used to collect single issue (mainly during the 90's) and then moved onto Trade Paperbacks, and then finally digital (I went fully digital in March of this year).

Anyway, I mainly read Marvel ,so here are a few good choices to get into some of the key Marvel characters. These are links to the Trade Paperback versions on Amazon, but I've also listed the individual issues contained within:

Avengers (New Avengers, Vol 1 #1-6)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Avengers...9781275&sr=1-1

Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man, Vol 1 #648-662)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spider-Man-B...9781129&sr=1-1

X-Men (Astonishing X-Men. Vo 1 #1-6)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Astonishing-...9781164&sr=1-2

Daredevil (Daredevil, Vol 3 #1-6)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daredevil-Ma...9781226&sr=1-1

nothing beyond 1982 is or will be worth massive money in the future with the possible exceptions of a few key issues
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Old 17-10-2012, 21:06
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If you fancy something a little deeper, try Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.
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