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#1 Posted by The_Scourge (5345 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi guys, I’ve been in and out of comics for the past few years and am looking to catch up on good stories that I may have missed while away. Please recommend any Marvel storylines or arcs that have been generally praised or that you think is required reading to get caught up. Thank you in advance!

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#2 Posted by ByondEon (1503 posts) - - Show Bio

Aaron's Might Thor run.. Only one I can think of, and I am not sure why people hate it. I don't like aspects of it, but over all, it was good (and they ruined Mangog/Destroyer/Mjolnir tho at parts of it).

Not sure what else I can recommend other than "Thanos Wins", "Infinity Wars" and all other subsequent titles.

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#3 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16436 posts) - - Show Bio

Please do not read Mighty Thor by Aaron, read his "God of Thunder" series instead until issue 24 and pretend it ends there.

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As for recommendations, what time period are you lookin for ? Post Secret Wars ?

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#5 Posted by PayneInTheAss (11911 posts) - - Show Bio

Hickman´s FF/Avengers saga

Remender´s Uncanny X-Force

Bendis´ Daredevil

Just off the top of my head

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#6 Posted by The_Scourge (5345 posts) - - Show Bio

@byondeon: I’m actually up to date on the Thor stuff but will be sure to check out Infinity Wars and Thanos Wins, thanks!

@thor_parker82: Yep, around post Secret Wars onward would be good. Dropped off a bit after that.

Read God of Thunder and it was awesome!

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#7 Posted by The_Scourge (5345 posts) - - Show Bio

@payneintheass: I actually dropped off after those titles so still got to read em but yeah those must recommended to any reader. Thank you though and please feel free to drop any more that may come to mind!

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#8 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16436 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_scourge: I'd recommend:

  • Immortal Hulk
  • Spider-Man by Spencer
  • X-Men: Gold
  • X-Men: Red
  • Avengers: No Surrender
  • Avengers: No Road Home
  • Captain America by Spencer
  • Secret Empire
  • Defenders by Bendis and Marquez
  • Thanos by Donny Cates

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#9 Posted by Batvibe12 (5762 posts) - - Show Bio

Currently, War of the Realms is happening.

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#10 Posted by EternalCelestial (149 posts) - - Show Bio

War of the Realms sucks in my opinion.

The Marvel titles I've enjoyed most recently are:

Avengers: No Road Home

The current run on Dr. Strange

The current run on Fantastic Four

And the current run on The Amazing Spider-Man

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#11 Posted by TheSmallvillefan12 (255 posts) - - Show Bio

Dan Slott's Fantastic Four is surprisingly good imo. The current Punisher is pretty good too.

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#12 Edited by MrAbductor (1263 posts) - - Show Bio

Immortal Hulk

Dead Man Logan is pretty good too, its only at 7 of 12 so you might wanna wait till its all out as Brisson might fuck it up along the way.

And don't ever read Aaron's Thor, don't put yourself through that

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#13 Posted by jb681131 (3166 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi guys, I’ve been in and out of comics for the past few years and am looking to catch up on good stories that I may have missed while away. Please recommend any Marvel storylines or arcs that have been generally praised or that you think is required reading to get caught up. Thank you in advance!

It's not really a "catch-up" but here are Marvel stories you should read:

X-MEN

For the X-Men origins

  • X-Men Epic Collection: Children of the Atom <-- lee and kirby's work is not concidered that awsome on X-Men, so this is skippable I think.
  • X-Men: First Class <-- too much tpb so probably not a good choice
  • X-Men Season 1

Then for the pre-Chris Claremont era

  • X-Men Visionaries: Neal Adams

The comes a big, long and good run by Chris Claremont

What to really really read ?

  • Second Genesis
  • The Dark Phoenix Saga
  • Day of Future Past
  • God loves, Man Kills
  • Mutan Massacre
  • Mutan Genesis

Then comes the 90's

I read that it's a pretty skippable era

  • X-Cutioner’s Song
  • Age of Apocalypse

1st part of the 00's

  • New X-Men: E Is for Extinction - start of a new serie with new muttans and Grant Morisson is writting
  • Astonishing X-Men: Gifted - A good comeback to the basics for the X-Men by Joss Whedon
  • X-Statix: X-Force - a fun indepentant story
  • Uncanny X-Force vol.1 by Rick Remember

2nd part of the 00's

a big load of crossovers that should all be read as one big story, so I might skip this era

  • House of M - maybe this one can be read alone
  • Messiah compleX
  • Second Coming
  • Schism
  • Avengers vs. X-Men
  • Wolverine & the X-Men by Jason Aaron - this is appart from the big crossovers

1st part of the 10's

  • All-New X-Men: Yesterday’s X-Men - all new X-Men's
  • Uncanny X-Men: Revolution - the comeback of the Uncanny X-Men
  • Batle of the Atom
  • The Trial of Jean Grey

2nd part of the 10's

  • Inhumans vs. X-Men - not available as one book, so I might skip this
  • Old Man Logan - at least read the first story by Mark Millar
  • X-Men: Worst X-Men
  • All-New Wolverine
  • All-New X-Men: Inevitable

2017 to now

the ResurrXion and Legacy event seem complex to follow, so is any thing worthy ?

  • X-Men: Gold and X-Men Blue - not available as one book so I might skip
  • Phoenix Resurrection

Upcoming

Should I instead wait for this

  • X-Men: Grand Design

Other reads

  • Ultimate X-Men - too many books (10)

I also read that there are interresting Cable comics:

  • Cable Volume 1: Shining Path
  • Cable Volume 2: End
  • Cable: The Nemesis Contract

I also read that Wolverine by Frank Miller is not bad, as well as New Mutans by Sienkiewicz.

DAREDEVIL

Daredevil's comics origins

  • Daredevil by Stan Lee:
    • The Man Without Fear (1964-1966) - Daredevil #1-21
    • Mike Murdock Must Die! (1966-1968) - Daredevil #22-41 + annual #1 + Not Brand Echh #4
    • Brother, Take My Hand (1968-1970) - Daredevil #42-63
  • Battlin’ Jack Murdock (2007) - Battlin’ Jack Murdock #1-4 - Multiple Flashbacks.
  • For the devinitive origin, see Frank Miller's Man Without Fear

Frank Miller and Klaus Jensen's run - probably the best super-hero run of any super-hero

  • Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen (1979-1983) - 1 oversized omnibus - Daredevil #158-161, 163-191 + What if #28
  • or
  • Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen vol.1 - Daredevil vol.1 #158-161, 163-172
  • Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen vol.2 - Daredevil vol.1 #173-184
  • Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen vol.3 - Daredevil vol.1 #185-191, 219 + Love and War

Daredevil by Denis O'Neil

  • Love's Labor Lost (1985-1986) - Daredevil #215-217, 219-222, 225-226 - Prelude to "Born Again"

The Returns of Frank Miller

  • Born Again by Fank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (1986) - Daredevil #226-233 - Miller's come back as writter of the Daredevil Title
  • The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr (1993) - One shot and Origin

Daredevil by Ann Nocenti

  • A Touch of Typhoid by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr (1988-1989) - Daredevil #253-270 + Punisher #10
  • Heart of Darkness by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr (1989-1990) - Daredevil #271-282, Annual #5-6 + Punisher Annual #3 + Incredible Hulk Annual #16 + Silver Surfer Annual #3

Daredevil by G. Chichester

  • The Fall of the Kingpin (1991-1992) - Daredevil #297-300 - follow-up to Born Again
  • Fall from Grace (1993-1994) - Daredevil #319-332 + Annual #10

Daredevil by Gregory Wright, Daniel G. Chichester and Various

  • Root of Evil (1994-1995) - Fathoms Of Humanity (Daredevil #333-337) + Daredevil #338-344 + Elektra: Root of Evil #1-4
  • Widow's Kiss (1997-1998) - Daredevil #365-380 + Daredevil/Deadpool Annual ’97

Daredevil by Joe Quesada & (Kevin Smith / David Mack)

  • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Smith & Quesada: Guardian Devil - Daredevil vol.2 #1-8 + 1/2
  • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Mack & Quesada: Part of a Hole - Daredevil vol.2 #9-15
  • Daredevil: Father (2004-2006) - Daredevil: Father #1-6

Daredevil by Jeph Loeb

  • Yellow (2001-2002) - Daredevil: Yellow #1-6

Daredevil / Echo by David Mack

  • Daredevil/Echo: Parts of a Hole (1999-2001) - Daredevil vol.2 #9-15
  • Daredevil/Echo: Vision Quest (2003-2004) - Daredevil vol.2 #51-55

Bendis and Maleev's run

  • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Bendis, Jenkins, Gale & Mack: Unusual Suspects - Daredvil: Ninja #1-3 + Daredevil/Spider-man #1-4 + Daredevil vol.2 #20-25, 51-55 + Spider-man/Daredevil #1
  • Marvel Knights Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev: Underboss - Daredevil vol.2 #26-31

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker

  • Daredevil By Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection (2006-2009) - 3 books - Daredevil vol.2 #82-119, 500
  • or
  • Daredevil by Ed Brubake Omnibus (2006-2009) - 2 books - Daredevil vol.2 #82-119, 500 + Annual #1 + Blood of the Tarantul

Daredevil by Mark Waid - Skippable

  • Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus vol.1 (2012-2014)- Daredevil vol.3 #1-27, 10.1 + Amazing Spider-Man #677 + Avenging Spider-Man #6 + The Punisher #10
  • Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus vol.2 - Daredevil vol.3 #28-36 +Indestructible Hulk #9-10 + Daredevil vol.4 #0.1, #1-18, #1.50, #15.1

Daredevil Back in Black + Daredevil Legacy by Charles Soule - no omnibus editions yet

  • Daredevil Back in Black: Chinatown - Daredevil vol.5 #1-5 + All-different point one
  • Daredevil Back in Black: Supersonic - Daredevil vol.5 #6-9 + annual #1
  • Daredevil Back in Black: Dark Art - Daredevil vol.5 #10-14
  • Daredevil Back in Black: Identity - Daredevil vol.5 #15-20
  • Daredevil Back In Black: Supreme - Daredevil vol.5 #21-25
  • Mayor Fisk - Daredevil #595–600
  • Mayor Murdock - Daredevil #601-605
  • The Death of Daredevil -

Man Without Fear

  • Man Without Fear (2019) - Man Without Fear #1-5

SPIDER-MAN

The Very Best of Spider-Man - Compilation of must read early stories

  1. Amazin Fantasy #15 - first Siper-Man appearance
  2. If this be my destiny... The Final Chapter - Amazing Spider-Man #33
  3. Spider-Man no more - Amazing Spider-Man #50
  4. The Kid Who Collects Spiderman - Amazing Spider-Man #248
  5. Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan? - Amazing Spider-Man #271
  6. The Sand and the Fury - Amazing Spider-Man #317
  7. Fathers and Sins - Amazing Spider-Man #365
  8. The Osborn Legacy - Spectacular Spider-Man #189

Spider-Man: Wizard Masterpiece Edition - Compilation must read stories

  1. Nothing Stops the Juggernaut - Amazing Spider-Man #229-230
  2. Hyde in Plain Sight (aka Hyde & Seek) - Amazing Spider-Man #231-232
  3. The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man - Amazing Spider-Man #248
  4. Venom Strikes Back - Amazing Spider-Man #315-317
  5. The Death of Jean DeWolff - Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110

Death of the Stacys - Two sad but very good stories

  1. Spider-Man vs. Dr. Octopus/And Death shall come - Amazing Spider-Man #88-92
  2. The Night Gwen Stacy Died - Amazing Spider-Man #121-122

Kraven's Last Hunt (Epic Collection) - Collects Spider-Man/Wolverin, The Wedding and the aclaimed Kraven's Last Hunt

  1. Man Of The Year - The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20
  2. High Tide - Spider-Man versus Wolverin - prequel to The Hobgoblini Revealed
  3. The Hobgoblin Revealed! - The Amazing Spider-Man #289
  4. Mask - Web of Spider-Man #29 - sequel to The Hobgoblini Revealed
  5. The Wedges of Sin - Web of Spider-Man #30 - sequel to The Hobgoblini Revealed
  6. The Big Question - The Amazing Spider-Man #290 - prequel to The Wedding
  7. Dark Journey - The Amazing Spider-Man #291 - prequel to The Wedding
  8. Growing Pains - The Amazing Spider-Man #292 - prequel to The Wedding
  9. The Wedding - The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21
  10. The Honeymoon - The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #7 - Sadly not collected
  11. Part 1: The Coffing - Web of Spider-Man #31
  12. Part 2: Crawling - Amazing Spider-Man #293
  13. Part 3: Descent - Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131
  14. Part 4: Resurrection - Web of Spider-Man #32
  15. Part 5: Thunder - Amazing Spider-Man #294
  16. Part 6: Ascending - Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132
  17. The Wedding of the Year - Marvel Age #54 - includes interviews, the Shea Stadium and the Newspaper Strip weddings

Birth of Venom - The main Venom stories

  1. Invasion! - Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8
  2. The New Spider-Man - Amazing Spider-Man #252-259
  3. Chance - Amazing Spider-Man #298-300
  4. Return of Venom - Amazing Spider-Man #315-317
  5. Monster Mash - Fantastic Four #274

Spider-Man: Blue - Retelling of Spider-Man origins

  • Spider-Man: Blue - Spider-Man Blue #1-5

Brand New Day

  • Brand New Day vol.1 - Free Comic Book Day 2007 + Amazing Spider-Man #546-564 + Spider-Man: Swing Shift
  • Brand New Day vol.2 - Amazing Spider-Man #565-577 + Annual #1 + Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man #1-3
  • Brand New Day vol.3 - Amazing Spider-Man #578-591 + Spider-Man: Presidents' Day Special + Spider-Man: Fear Itself + Amazing Spider-Man: Extra #1-3

The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt

  1. Prequels
    1. Died in Your Arms Tonight - The Amazing Spider-Man #600-601, annual 36 + Amazing Spider-Familly #7
    2. Red-Headed Stranger - The Amazing Spider-Man #602-605
    3. Return of the Black Cat - The Amazing Spider-Man #606-611 + Web of Spider-Man #1
  2. The Gauntlet
    1. Book 1 - Electro & Sandman - The Amazing Spider-Man #612-616, Dark Reign: The List - Amazing Spider-Man + Web of Spider-Man #2 Electro + Sandman origins
    2. Book 2 - Rhino & Mysterio - The Amazing Spider-Man #617-621 and Web of Spider-Man (vol. 2) #3-4 Rhino and Mysterio origins
    3. Book 3 - Vulture & Morbius - The Amazing Spider-Man #622-625 + Web of Spider-Man #5-6 origins of Vulture and Morbius
    4. Book 4 - Juggernaut - The Amazing Spider-Man #626-629 + #229-230 (the original "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut)
    5. Book 5 - The Lizard - The Amazing Spider-Man #630-633 + Web of Spider-Man #6
  3. Sequel
    1. Grim Hunt - The Amazing Spider-Man #634-637 + Web of Spider-Man #7 + Grim Hunt Prologue + Spider-Man Origin Of The Hunter
  4. More Sequels
    1. Origin of the Species - The Amazing Spider-Man #642-647
    2. Kraven's First Hunt - The Amazing Spider-Man #663-667

Big Time - Includes Spider-Island

  • Big Time: Ultimate Collection - Amazing Spider-Man #648-662 + 654.1
  • Big Time: The Complete Collection vol.2 - Amazing Spider-Man #663-676 + Amazing Spider-Man: Infested + Free Comic Book Day 2011 + Spider-Island: Deadly Foes
  • Big Time: The Complete Collection vol.3 - Amazing Spider-Man #677-687, 679.1 + Daredevil #8 + Amazing Spider-Man: End of the Earth + Avengin Spider-Man #8
  • Big Time: The Complete Collection vol.4 - Amazing Spider-Man #688-697 + Avenging Spider-Man #11 + Alpha: Big Time #1-5

Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

Other Reads

  • Superior Spider-Man
  • Spider-Verse
  • Back in Black
  • All-New Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Renew Your Vows

  • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows - Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1-5, Secret Wars: Secret Love #1

CAPTAIN AMERICA

  1. Origins
    1. Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby vol.1
      1. Meet Captain America (Joe Simon & Jack Kirby) - Captain America Comics #1 - 1941
      2. Captain America Joins the Avengers (Stan Lee & Jack Kirby) - Avengers #4 - 1964
      3. America Will Die (Jack Kirby) - Captain America #200 - 1976
    2. Captain America: White (Jeff Loeb & Tim Sale) - Captain America: White #0-5 - 2016
    3. Captain America: Man Out of Time (Mark Waid & Jorge Molina) - 2011
  2. Tomorrow You Live, Tonight I Die (Stan Lee & Jim Steranko) - Captain America #111-113 - 1969 - collected in Captain America Masterwork: Vol. 3 or The Coming Of... The Falcon
  3. Captain America & The Falcon: Secret Empire (Steve Englehart & Sal Buscema) - Captain America #169-176 - 1974-1976
  4. Captain America and the Falcon: Madbomb (Jack Kirby) - Captain America #193-200 - 1976
  5. Captain America: War and Remembrance (Roger Stern & John Byrne) - Captain America #247-255 -1980-1981
  6. Captain America: Death of the Red Skull (J.M. DeMatteis & John Byrnes) - Captain America #290-301 - 1984-1985
  7. Avengers: Under Siege (Roger Stern & Steve Buscema) - Avengers #270-277 - 1986-1987
  8. Captain America: The Captain (Mark Gruenwald & Tom Morgan) - Captain America #332-350 + Iron Man #228 - 1987
  9. Captain America: Streets Of Poison (Mark Gruenwald & Ron Lim) - Captain America #372-378 - 1990
  10. Captain America: Operation Rebirth (Mark Waid & Ron Garney) - Captain America ##444-448, 450-454 - 1995-1996
  11. Marvel Knights' Captain America vol.1-2 (Chuck Austen/John Ney Rieber & John Cassaday/Trevor Hairsine) - Captain America (2002) #1-16 + Captain America (2002) #17-32 + Captain America: Red, White and Blue - 2002-2004 - Also available in 6 smaller trades
  12. Winter Soldier By Brubaker: The Complete Collection (Ed Brubaker & Steve McNiven) - Captain America (2005) #1-14 + Fear Itself #7.1 - 2005-2006
  13. Civil War (Mark Millar & Steve McNiven) - Civil War #1-7 - 2006-2007
  14. The Death of Captain America: Complete Collection (Ed Brubaker & Steve McNiven) - Captain America (2005) #22-42 - 2007-2008
  15. Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America (Jeph Loeb & David Finch) - Fallen Son #1-5 - 2007
  16. Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z vol.1-2 (Rick Remember & John Rominata Jr.) - Captain America (2013) #1-5 + Captain America (2013) #6-10 - 2013

HULK

  1. Incredible Hulk: Transformations - The Incredible Hulk (1962) #3 & 6, The Incredible Hulk (1968) #272, 315, 324, 347, and 377
  2. Epic Vol.1: Man or Monster? - The Incredible Hulk (1962) #1-6; Fantastic Four (1961) #12, 25-26; Avengers (1963) #1-3, 5; Amazing Spider-man (1963) #14; Tales To Astonish (1959) #59; Journey Into Mystery (1952) #112
  3. Epic Vol.2: The Hulk Must Die - Tales to Astonish #60-96 + Not Brand Echh #3
  4. Startling Stories: Banner
  5. Hardcover Vol. 1: Return of the Monster - Incredible Hulk #34-43 + Startling Stories: Banner #1-4
  6. Hulk: Gray - reteling of the origins
  7. Marverl Visionnaries: John Byrne and Peter David
  8. Ground Zero - Incredible Hulk #340-346
  9. Epic vol.20: Ghost of the Past - Incredible Hulk #397-406, Annual #18-19
  10. Epic vol.21: Future Imperfect - Incredible Hulk #407-419, Annual #20 + Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1-2
  11. The End - The End + Future Imperfect #1-2
  12. Planet Hulk - Incredible Hulk #92-105 + Amazing Fantasy (2004) #15, Giant-Size Hulk #1, and Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook
  13. World War Hulk - World War Hulk #1-5
  14. Heart of a Monster - Incredible Hulk #630-635