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@mazahs117@anthp2000@the_red_devil@supermanthor@saiyan_ross Thanks for reading, guys. Any artists y'all would have personally included?

@life_without_progress George Perez? Incredible artist. I think one of his greatest strengths is that he has a very pleasing John Buscema-type style that allows him to capture the "ideal" traits of every superhero. As in when Perez draws a hero, it looks like the definitive version of that character. And of course Perez is unrivaled in his attention to detail, he's the master of the giant group shot. His work on CoIE, Busiek's Avengers, and JLA/Avengers...I'm still blown away by how he can fit so many characters without overwhelming the cover. If there's one criticism I have of Perez's style is that his fine linework can occasionally make his figures feel stiff, but it's a minor flaw.

And yay, another Quitely fan. We must band together against a forum that fears and hates us.

@magian Well I've included what I consider to be each artist's finest work in their entries, so hopefully this encourages you to check out some of those comics! Thanks for reading!

@warlockmage Land and Liefeld are #11 and #12, respectively.

@tdk_1997 Appreciate the kind words, man. And yes, Hitch has always been my number one boy. Anyone you would've personally included instead?

@purpleperson Cool! I love all of the artists you listed as well. Perez I've already stated for reasons above (see my response to LifeWithoutProgress), but for Romita Jr., I've always loved how his style has evolved into these heavy, blocky figures with lots of motion lines and energy that feel Kirbyesque. Bolland is a true jack-of-all-trades (pencils, inks, colors), but I'm not too familiar with his interior work. I've only really read The Killing Joke (which I love).

@higherpower Thanks, HP. Yeah, I love Ribic as well. I first encountered his work in Hickman's Ultimates; the man takes this unique painted European space-opera sci-fi aesthetic and melds it perfectly with American superhero comics. I've got his Thor God of Thunder run on my list of comics to buy too, so I'm looking forward to that.

@lvenger As always, appreciate the thoughtful response to my blog, L. On Quitely, yeah I have heard that some were not a fan of the rougher, scratchier style he used in Batman and Robin, but I personally enjoyed the artistic departure. Heaven's Ladder has superb art, I agree. I didn't care too much for Waid's story (I think we've had this conversation before), but I can't deny that Hitch was in top-form here. It's always fascinating to see Hitch's style maturing from JLA to the Authority to the Ultimates. Any other artists I failed to mention that you would've included?

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Yeah I love MODOK too, being a Cap fan and all. I think the most impressive prep/strategy feat I can think of for MODOK is in Priest's Captain America and the Falcon run, where MODOK manages to transfer his mind into a cartel boss and fools U.S. Naval Intelligence into creating a bioweapon....it's a long, confusing story but I enjoyed MODOK in it.

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Good choices, though I'm a little confused by the inclusion of MODOK. Most of the scientific advances of AIM come from his scientists or the Scientist Supreme, rather than MODOK himself, and I can't think of any notable prep feats in the character's history. I don't really think MODOK is one for strategy, though he certainly has the tech and resources. Still, cool list.

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@jb681131

Hey bud, sorry I was inactive for a long time so I never saw your comment. First off, thanks for checking out my reading guide!

As for your own list, all of your trades are included in my guide with the exception of Under Siege. I didn't include that as it is technically an Avengers story, but I do agree that it's got plenty of Cap moments worth reading. The scene when Cap finds all his cherished mementos that Zemo destroyed? Heartbreaking.

If I had to narrow down to the absolute essentials Cap trades it would probably look like this:

  1. Captain America Epic Collection Vol. 1-2 (Lee-Kirby, Steranko, and Avengers #4)
  2. Captain America Man Out of Time (Cap's "Year One", in my opinion)
  3. Captain America & the Falcon Secret Empire (Englehart and Buscema)
  4. Captain America & the Falcon Madbomb (Kirby, obviously)
  5. Captain America Epic Collection Vol. 9 (Stern and Byrne)
  6. Captain America Death of the Red Skull (DeMatteis)
  7. Captain America The Captain (Gruenwald)
  8. Captain America Epic Collection Vol. 22 (Waid)
  9. Captain America Winter Soldier/Death of Cap Ultimate Collections (Brubaker)
  10. Captain America Castaway in Dimension Z Vol. 1-2 (Remender)
  11. Captain America Sam Wilson/Steve Rogers Vol. 1 (Spencer)

It's not overwhelmingly comprehensive, but I believe it's a decent "sample platter" of the most iconic runs and memorable moments in Cap's illustrious career. I've chosen to stay away from non-Cap books, but if you're interested in those, I have a few ideas: Event books (Civil War is the obvious choice), Team books (Avengers #15-16, 56, 273-277 which is Under Siege), and other characters' books (Amazing Spider-Man #537, Daredevil #233, Uncanny X-Men #268 etc.) among them.

Hope this answers your question.

As for The Ultimates, the first two volumes by Mark Millar are some of my favorite comics of all-time. I absolutely recommend reading them. Just be forewarned that Ultimate Captain America is a more grounded, cynical take on the Steve Rogers character.

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@slimj87d

Nope, not really, but if some superhero comic subreddit is worth posting in, let me know, man!

Also, what's up with the staff situation? I heard CV lost a lot of people since getting bought by GameStop?

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@slimj87d

Tbh, part of the reason why I left CV was how toxic it got. I just felt like it wasn't about discussing our favorite stories and characters, and more about bashing other people for their preferences.

The fanatical fanbases took a lot of joy out of certain characters. I think I actually stopped reading and enjoying Batman when I was on CV just because of how difficult some of the character's fans were at the time.

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@farkam Indeed.

@slimj87d I've been lurking a little recently, but I'm still a little busy with life right now. That said, if anyone tags me in something that isn't a Battle boards call-out, I'm happy to respond.