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What I’m Reading (And What I’m Not)

Working at a comic shop, you read a lot of comics. I’ve decided to give you my recommendations, and why I’m not reading other ones.

What I’m Reading

FF: This one’s a dark knight. A lot of people ask, “really?” but it’s a fantastic series. It follows the new leaders of the Future Foundation who are dealing with being in charge after the Fantastic Four disappear. The team members are Ant Man, She-Hulk, Medusa and Darla Deering. They’re fumbling around, while the children of the Future Foundation get into all kinds of mischief. Issue #4 has been my favorite so far, with the Moloid boys trying to ruin She-Hulk’s date with Wyatt Wingfoot, as they’re all in love with her. Try as they might, they end up making the date even better.

Young Avengers: I’m continuing to give this one a shot, even though it’s been fairly unimpressive. I really enjoyed the previous series of YA, so I’m hoping this one improves.

Avengers/New Avengers: I’ve really been enjoying these two. I’m putting them together, as they are both dealing with the same stuff right now: The White Event, as well as multiple other elements of Marvel’s New Universe. I was telling my co-worker that I still don’t know what’s going on, but it’s gorgeous and interesting. I like the incorporation of the New Universe, bringing in Nightmask and others.

Age of Ultron: Yay, Age of Ultron! He’s one of my favorite characters, and I’m happy to see the Android with an Oedipal Complex is back with a vengeance. This is a great series.

Uncanny X-Men: It’s Cyclops’ own X-Men team, trying to start a mutant revolution. The problem? Everyone’s working against everyone else on the team. It’s lots of cloak-and-dagger stuff, and really, really good.

All-New X-Men: I’m liking this series, even if it did stall out a little a few issues back. It’s really good, dealing with young versions of the original X-Men team thrown into the modern age. Really good.

Hawkeye: My all-time favorite series. This one is really, really good. Simple art, dealing with Hawkeye doign stuff when he’s not with the Avengers. It’s so very, very good, I recommend it to everyone.

Nova/Guardians of the Galaxy: Liking these so far! They only just started, so I need more time to formulate my thoughts.

Iron Man: This series is great! Gorgeous visuals, and Tony Stark at his best. This is a great series.

What I’m Not Reading

Fantastic Four: The first comic series I became dedicated to was the Claremont/Larroca run of Fantastic Four. I even got a letter printed in the back of one issue! This series doesn’t live up to that. I’ve been disappointed, so I dropped it.

Fearless Defenders: I liked the first issue, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue picking this up. It’s okay. Maybe I’ll wait for the trade paperback.

Uncanny Avengers: I was disappointed by the series. I wanted to like it. I really did. But the art is miserable, and the writing is subpar. I’ve decided to drop this one.

Captain America: Remender is also writing Uncanny Avengers, and I’ve never liked John Romita Jr.’s art, so I decided to let this one pass.

There’s a lot of other series out there that I simply haven’t picked up.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let us know! I want to hear what’s caught your eye, and why you like it!

About Mark

Mark is a military veteran, game designer, a believer in the oxford comma, and an all-around nerd.

2 comments on “What I’m Reading (And What I’m Not)

  1. jpjolin
    March 28, 2013

    I thought I’d weigh in here. What I’m reading:

    CAPTAIN MARVEL: I find the character’s outward stubbornness and ability to privately admit her own weaknesses while not letting those weaknesses slow her very compelling. She teeters between her heroic life and just dealing with regular life in a way far different in feel from what I’ve seen in the past.

    INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK: The idea that Bruce wants to restore his good name in the world in general and the scientific community in particular really appeals to me. I’ve always found him a much more compelling intellect than Mr. Fantastic; far more human and in my opinion just as intelligent. He has a sense of humor about his “condition” that I’ve wanted him to find for a long time. I look forward to him matching wits with ingenious super-villains and stumping them without ever having to revert to the Hulk. Best line so far was when Tony Stark saw the extent of Bruce’s true genius and said quietly to himself “At least you’re still rich.”

    UNCANNY AVENGERS: Personally, I like the concept, and I really want to see what happens between Rogue and Scarlet Witch. I suspect that Marvel is building up to something by putting Havoc in charge of the team; perhaps he’ll be in a position to show up his older brother and finally step out of Scott’s shadow.

    What I’m not reading:

    SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: Ugh! Another “remake Spider-Man into something dark or sinister” story arc. I hated it with the Clone Saga, I hated it with the symbiote, I dealt with it with Back In Black, and I hate it now. And mind-swapping? Could you imagine a more lame stunt? Spider-Man is my favorite character, and every few years Marvel has to ruin him again. Hopefully this mess will be over soon.

    NOVA: I’ve never cared for the cosmic story lines. Stories on Earth are much more fascinating. I also have no use for stories involving magic, which is why I never get any Doctor Strange comics. Sadly, Scarlet Spider is trending towards magical stories, and I may have to drop it.

    What I may read:

    X-MEN: The idea of the women of the X teaming up on their own to protect a child is interesting. If Marvel treats the subject and the characters with respect rather than making this an excuse for Gen-13-style gratuitous near-nudity, I’ll buy it.

    By the way, Wolverine evidently has developed teleportation, a version of Multiple Man’s powers, or has been cloned repeatedly, because he’s in nearly every comic Marvel publishes these days.

  2. Joël Le Chanu
    June 15, 2013

    Hello. For Marvel, i read New Avengers in ongoing. For the Avenger’s hickman title i attempt the TPB but i haven’t enjoy it. I read the New Nova title too. And in spite of that i hate Carol Danvers since she molested Julia Carpenter in Civil War, Andrade have succeed with is art to make me buy Captain Marvel. For my fellow mutants I enjoying reading All New X-men, Wolverine & the X-men, Uncanny X-force, Uncanny X-men and the Marvle Now Xmen.
    And for be complet I follow Ultimate Comics All New Spider Man & Ultimate Comics X-men (Asrar rule, same in Supergirl ^^ ) too.
    I miss the New academy X-men Characters and I’m sick to see always all the same character in mutli team with all the catalog that have Marvel.

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