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#1 Posted by josephstalin (7 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to get into the longer running superhero comics, and dont know how to go about it. Admittedly, im a bit of a noob to comics, only currently reading "locke and key" and "the walking dead". can anyone help me out?

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#2 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6732 posts) - - Show Bio

What characters or teams do you think you would like? Maybe try some of them out and see if you like them?

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#3 Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse (6518 posts) - - Show Bio

5 options:

1: Just jump in.

2: Find a recent point in the series that has been advertised as a starting point

3: Wait until previously mentioned starting point happens

4: Buy the volumes

5: Just try and read it from the beginning, issue by issue

6: If you're really desperate and morally cool with it (I'm not, really) get the previous issues illegally online.

EDIT: 7: Use the internet (Wikipedia/Wikia/Comicvine) to catch up on details and find who's who and what's what (thanks, MaccyD).

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#4 Posted by impossibilly (928 posts) - - Show Bio

I say just jump right in. The first page recap will bring you up to speed on anything you need to know.

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#5 Posted by The_jackolantern (501 posts) - - Show Bio

Find the beginning of a story a4c jump in.be a lil confused for the 1st couple issues then love it and never look back

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#6 Edited by kriminal (678 posts) - - Show Bio

ya just jump in. buy digital back issues if you are lost

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#7 Posted by guttridgeb (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

Jump in, you can always use sites like this one to clarify anything you're confused about.

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#8 Posted by jonEsherfey (500 posts) - - Show Bio

i would say the easiest way is to buy the digital comics if you dont mind not having the print or buy the trades. you can do that until you are caught up and then buy print or continue with what you were doing. May I recommend Scot Snyder Batman.

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#9 Posted by 2chimcha3 (2303 posts) - - Show Bio

Pick characters and teams that you like. You can ask us what are the best jumping points are for those series or you could just pick up the latest issue. It won't take long for you to figure out what's going on.

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#10 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1673 posts) - - Show Bio

The best thing about jumping into a long-running series is the joy of discovery. You have all the wonderful back-history to unravel, and your enjoyment of the current issues increases as you start to understand what happened in the past and see the way creators integrate and change characters in the present.

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#11 Edited by NorrinBoltagonPrime21 (6870 posts) - - Show Bio

Play soccer(or football), it can help build your cardiovascular endurance to keep up with the long running comics.

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#12 Posted by josephstalin (7 posts) - - Show Bio
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#13 Posted by i_like_swords (24502 posts) - - Show Bio

Just get Valiant

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#14 Posted by MakkyD (6989 posts) - - Show Bio
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#15 Posted by NorrinBoltagonPrime21 (6870 posts) - - Show Bio
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#16 Posted by IrishX (2870 posts) - - Show Bio

Just get Valiant

He would miss out on many great comics and stories if he did that.

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#17 Posted by roboadmiral (577 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the best advice I've ever heard on this topic is to just jump right in where ever and whenever you want. Comic continuity is extremely meticulously documented so if there's something you don't understand or someone you don't know who is you can just look it up. And if you don't care about it enough to do that, than that particular book clearly isn't the one for you.

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#18 Posted by i_like_swords (24502 posts) - - Show Bio

@irishx said:

@i_like_swords said:

Just get Valiant

He would miss out on many great comics and stories if he did that.

I'll rephrase: Make sure you have atleast one Valiant book on your list

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#19 Edited by krunkeela (214 posts) - - Show Bio

@josephstalin: Jump in when a new story arc starts. I used to drive myself crazy trying to buy back issues, but honestly now I'm fine with jumping in on a comic series if something got a really good review. But if you have to, buy the paperback trades to catch up. If you're short on money you can always read digital.

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#21 Posted by Reignmaker (2482 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally, I like to start when a particular writer starts a run. It's generally much easier to understand. If he/she references something from a past issue from another writer, they usually do a much better job giving you a proper recap. I'm not going to just "jump in" and start paying $4 a month on a story that is already halfway done. Works for some people maybe, but not me.

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#22 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6518 posts) - - Show Bio

@maccyd: Good point, I'm editing that in.