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Old May 8 2010, 03:54 AM   #1
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Best Marvel comics of the past 10 years

I just downloaded the digital comics program for my PSP, and they have alot of the Marvel comics from the past 10 years or so. They have comics from at least 2 or 3 different series each for X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Blade, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Iron Fist, Eternals, Avengers, and Runaways. So I was wondering what some of the best comics for a newcomer would be in those series during that period?
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Old May 8 2010, 04:40 AM   #2
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Re: Best Marvel comics of the past 10 years

Joss Whedon on Astonishing X-Men (issues 1-24 plus Giant Size #1), and anything you can find with Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker, not the pretender SGs)are about the only ones I can recommend.

The problem is that around 2000 is when Joey "I hate traditional comics" Q's editorial reign of terror really took off and the 616 MU turned into crap mirroring the Ultimate-verse.
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Old May 8 2010, 04:54 AM   #3
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I just downloaded the digital comics program for my PSP, and they have alot of the Marvel comics from the past 10 years or so. They have comics from at least 2 or 3 different series each for X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Blade, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Iron Fist, Eternals, Avengers, and Runaways. So I was wondering what some of the best comics for a newcomer would be in those series during that period?
Grant Morrison's New X-Men 114-154
Bendis's Daredevil 26-50, 56-81
Brubaker's Captain America v5 1-50
Ellis's Thunderbolts 110-121
Millar's Ultimates v1 & v2 & Civil War 1-7
JMS's Thor v3 1-12, 600-603
Fraction's Iron Fist 1-16 & Invincible Iron Man 1-current
Amazing Spider-man 546-current
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Old May 8 2010, 05:02 AM   #4
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Grant Morrison's New X-Men 114-154
Morrison is a frakking hack. Avoid his run like the plague.

Millar's Ultimates v1 & v2
Only if you enjoy (implied) incest and cannibalism. Oh, and let us not forget Cap kicking a man in the face while he's down.

Civil War 1-7
More hackwork. Avoid if you have ANY love or respect for Marvel's characters. I wouldn't use Civil War for toilet paper for fear of offending what I was wiping off with it.
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Old May 8 2010, 07:24 AM   #5
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Ultimate Spider-Man, The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2, Ultimate Fantastic 4, Ultimate Power, the Ultimate Galactus trilogy, Ultimate Origins.
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Old May 8 2010, 08:00 AM   #6
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Ultimate Spider-Man, The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2, Ultimate Fantastic 4, Ultimate Power, the Ultimate Galactus trilogy, Ultimate Origins.
I thought the purpose was to recommend GOOD reading. MAYBE Ult Spidey could count there (they didn't frak that one up too badly). The rest of what you listed is just garbage.
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Old May 8 2010, 08:18 AM   #7
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Re: Best Marvel comics of the past 10 years

Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men and Ed Brubaker's Captain America. Speaking just for myself, I never have really cared for the Ultimate line, and from what I have read on-line, the latest Ultimate "event" was so bad that it actually turned a lot of long-time readers away.
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Old May 8 2010, 09:53 AM   #8
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The first "season" of Runaways (issues 1-18) is definitely worth the read. It's a series that takes place in the Marvel universe, but has very little to do with its' popular characters. It's just a great series in its own right, based on a great idea.

Also, I'm not sure if this is available to you, but Peter Milligan's satirical run on X-Force is a good read. He basically portrayed them as a fame-hungry, back-stabbing, totally dysfunctional team that threated to fall apart at least every five minutes.

The early issues of Spider-Man's Tangled Web are pretty great. Enjoyable and imaginative stories free from continuity.
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Old May 8 2010, 01:25 PM   #9
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Gart Ennis' run on Punisher

Awesome from beginning to the end and what the Punisher is really about and definitely not the watered down mainstream Punisher (plus appearances from Nick Fury how he should be written! )
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Old May 8 2010, 02:41 PM   #10
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Astonishing X-Men is great. My favorite is probably Cable, though.
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Old May 8 2010, 03:27 PM   #11
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They don't have any of the Ultimate comics, but they do have the Brubaker Cap, and Whedon X-Men, so it sounds like those might be a good place to start. I've actually read a couple of Whedon's Astonishing X-Men (I've been a Whedon fan since I first saw Buffy during it's fourth season), so that I already know I like. Are the Brubaker CAs the ones that lead into Civil War?
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Old May 8 2010, 04:36 PM   #12
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^ Civil War takes place about a third of the way through his tenure to date.

I'd recommend X-23: Innocence Lost and (especially) X-23: Target X.

The series are much better than the concept suggests. X-23 is a female near-clone of Wolverine (technically, she's his sister, though all of her DNA is his) created by a program trying to replicate the original Weapon X experiment. It's a much less niche story than it sounds. Her personal struggles - very different from Wolverine's are the heart of the story; hers is the story of a damaged child, not someone resisting a feral nature.
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Old May 8 2010, 04:41 PM   #13
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GotG if the trade paper back ever comes out

G for Guardians and Galaxy



Reasons : its got muttnik, better known as Cosmo he is a talking dog with the telepathic powers and speaks heavily accented English
Vis eez how you zpeak viff a Eeenglish Accend.

dumbass Marvel canceled GotG to support crap like the Siege

Some other good ones already mentioned Joss Whedon's run on X-Men, J. Michael Straczynski take on the Marvel Gods and Thor vol I to III
also might be worth checking Warren Ellis Ironman Extremis, War Machine looked good, Ms Marvel and IronFist may have taken off as great titles but Marvel did not give the characters full support....the Planet hulk and World War Hulk arc is a good action packed drama with lots of smashing.
Punisher by Garth Ennis is good but not everyone loves him, the story can be a bit psycho.
Ultimates is ok, some love it some hate it, characters can be exaggerated but that's what Ultimate verse is, its a different view from an alternate reality.
That's about it, I would not recommend much else, Marvel has a few gems these past 10 years but it also wrote a lot of flops.
Oh yeah and if you love the obscure cosmic galaxy spanning stuff check out
Annihilation, apart from not having anything to do with Earth its got everything its got invasions, drama, love, wars, Silver Surfer, Skrulls, Kree, the Titan, robot bugs eating galaxies and GALACTUS Yeah that's right the big man who pimps the galaxies themselves, fuck you short stuff being huge is the shit

Anyway if you've read a lot of modern titles I would say don't bother with much more you may go on overload. Go back to basics and download the Classics or Essentials from old giants like Stan Lee, Jim Starlin, Kurt Busiek, Jack Kirby etc

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Old May 8 2010, 04:44 PM   #14
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Are the Brubaker CAs the ones that lead into Civil War?
Absolutely not, they mainly deal with Cap and the Winter Soldier character, but the events of Civil War do spin the book into a new direction.
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Old May 8 2010, 06:45 PM   #15
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Anyway if you've read a lot of modern titles I would say don't bother with much more you may go on overload. Go back to basics and download the Classics or Essentials from old giants like Stan Lee, Jim Starlin, Kurt Busiek, Jack Kirby etc
Oh yeah, I definitely plan on checking out as many of the early issues of as many of the series as possible. They even have the old 1940's Captain America comics, which I'm very intrigued by.
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