Essential Reading

Our readers are always coming in asking “What else should I be reading?” We believe in starting with some books we call essential for today’s comics reader. These are the books you can read again and again and again. They’re the gift that never goes out of style. Looking for a great read? Here are some titles we recommend:

ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely created a definitive 12-issue look at the myth, character, and meaning of Superman while telling his “final” story. Not to be missed.

The Eternals

The Eternals

THE ETERNALS

Neil Gaiman and John Romita, Jr. took on this daunting race of super-powered immortals who sprung from the imagination of Jack Kirby and turned them into the protagonists in a mystery about identity, memory, and super-heroes that brought these characters into modern prominence. A must-read for Marvel fans that honors the spirit of the Kirby creation while taking it in a modern direction.

FABLES, VOL. 1: LEGENDS IN EXILE

It all begins here with the mystery that captured the imagination of readers and kicked off the series that’s run over 100 issues, had spin-off titles and novels, and may yet be a TV show (don’t tell us Once Upon A Time isn’t a complete rip-off). Meet Snow, Bigby, Jack of Fables, Boy Blue, Bluebeard, Rose Red, and the whole Fabletown family. Read one, and you’ll want to read them all.

GOTHAM CENTRAL, VOL.1: IN THE LINE OF DUTY

There’s more to Gotham City than just the Batman. Over the last 80 years, the city has become a character of it’s own, with a dense mythology to match.  This series about Gotham’s Special Crimes Unit proves that Gotham’s Finest are heroes in their own right.

IMMORTAL IRON FIST, VOL. 1: THE LAST IRON FIST

Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction took the admittedly second-string Iron Fist and made him a force to be reckoned with in one of our favorite titles of the last decade – and by far our favorite Kung Fu book!

JONNY DOUBLE

Brian Azzarello’s San Fran-set mystery is modern noir done right.

LOKI

Novelist Rob Rodi and painter Esad Ribic tell the story of the Norse God of mischief from his point of view. What’s it like to grow up in Asgard with a golden boy for a brother? You’re about to find out…

MARVEL 1602

Neil Gaiman retains his title of the dream king with this re-imagining of the Marvel Universe. Instead of the 1960s, we go back to 1602 for the founding of an Avengers under the rule of Queen Elizabeth the First. A very fresh take on some well-told tales.

My Faith in Frankie

My Faith in Frankie

MY FAITH IN FRANKIE

We put our faith in Frankie because when we turn people on to this Mike Carey classic, they always come back to thank us.

RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE HUNTER

Followed by THE OUTFIT and with THE SCORE on the way in 2012, now is the time to catch up on Darwyn Cooke’s thrilling exercises in pulp fiction. These adaptations of Donald Westlake’s novels, written under his “Richard Stark” pen-name, crackle with stylish, economical storytelling, guaranteed to blow your mind and take you back to the 60’s. Show the Mad Men fans in your life what retro style is all about.

THE UNWRITTEN, VOL. 1: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE BOGUS IDENTITY

Mike Carey tackles literary genres and classics with his Vertigo title, The Unwritten. Five volumes so far, with a sixth on the way, it’s one of the best books you may not be reading. This is also a heck of a title to hand to anyone who thinks comics can’t deconstruct literature.

X-STATIX OMNIBUS

Peter Milligan and Mike Allred brought new blood and ideas to the X-men universe in 2001 with a new team for X-Force, which quickly took on new life as X-Statix. The commentary on both media attention and the high body counts most superhero comics avoid was the X-title to read. This massive 1200 page volume collects the every brilliant page of the team’s run.

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