Getting Into Comics by Javier Castro

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3. Jump on something newer instead of trying to gobble up all of comics history

Marvel Comics / Via Ms. Marvel For example, the Ms. Marvel run centered on Kamala Khan premiered in 2013, and so doesn’t have the intimidating 75 years of canon pile-up that, say, Captain America does. Her run’s still short enough for digestibility, and the vibe coming off of Marvel Comics these days is pretty much to GET 👏 🏽ON 👏🏽BOARD 👏🏽 WITH 👏🏽 KAMALA 👏🏽. It’s time. There’s new stuff coming out all the time, and recent runs are a good way to go – they’ll often still make callbacks to past canon, but they’re also designed to let new readers in. Some recent runs that serve as good entry points include Lumberjanes, Moon Girl, Squirrel Girl, and Black Panther. Way more can be found here. And if the new character you’re glomming onto is a superhero with Marvel or DC, chances are they’ll have run-ins with some classic mega-faves before too long (see above). Another thing to remember is that there are wikis for pretty much every comics character out there, if you’re looking for more background info and context to help your way through.

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Finally, Just Follow Your Passions

I present this guide, not as a definite roadmap, but as one of the many paths one can take in the hopes that I might help one of you find one of your own. There really is no wrong way to get into comics. As the old comic saying goes "every comic is somebody's first comic". Meaning that if the comic is well written, you can theoretically jump in anywhere. Comic books are a medium of passion, so find characters, writers, and/or artists that evoke that passion within you.

Getting Into Marvel Comics

Marvel was a bit of a challenge for me, largely because of how vast and deep the universe is and the focus on history and its impact on the involved characters. My strategy was to focus on large events that helped shape the universe as a whole first, then focus on individual characters or teams that I liked.

My Event Timeline:

  • Civil War
  • Secret Invasion
  • Dark Reign/Siege
  • Fear Itself
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men
  • Age of Ultron
  • Infinity
  • Inhumanity
  • Original Sin
  • Avengers & X-Men: Axis
  • Time Runs Out
  • Secret Wars

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7. Consider what format you’d like to read in

Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images The apps mentioned above are pretty good at finding cool ways to help you read on small devices, but for some people reading on their phone’s a non-starter. If that’s the case for you, try some kind of tablet if you have one – or, obviously, you can always go with physical individual comics or trades*. *FYI: Trades are the collections of the individual comics, as opposed to the thin comic books that come out week-to-week during a run. Think volumes vs. issues. So basically you can choose whether to consume comics weekly like a TV show currently on the air, or all at once like you’re binge-watching or reading a book.

IN THIS ISSUE:

This issue is different than usual. Ted and I got a chance to discuss the current state of the comic book industry, what’s going on at IDW, how to get into comics for the first time, and what the future looks like. It’s a great insight into the industry that comic fans new and old can appreciate!

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