If you’re a comic book geek, as if you’re not, you should include these ten titles in your arsenal of reading books. But be quiet because they’re not all superheroes. It is not a definitive list, not even an official record, but we have to recognize that all these comics are essential if we want to understand the art of graphic narrative better.
I can’t get enough of that. We live in the best possible time for comic book lovers, thanks to the beautiful universe of movies that Marvel has created, and what comes from DC. But if you want to get to know more about these characters, and their beautiful stories, you shouldn’t put the comics aside.
After all, wasn’t that where heroes like Iron-Man, Thor, Daredevil and Deadpool were born? Yeah, Marvel’s over 70 years old making comic books and a lot of your favorite superheroes not only came out of there but on those pages, they’ve told fascinating stories, which you shouldn’t miss.
Before Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlet Johansson, there were the comics that they are based on the heroes that play, so if you are fascinated by the universe of films that have created Marvel and the saga of The Avengers, here are some comics that you should not overlook:
- The Avengers
There would be no other place to start than with the first comic book to gather all these superheroes, including some more that we haven’t seen (for now) in the movies, like Ant-Man. The Avengers ‘ first comic book came out in 1963, and the first ten issues are imperative.
- Ultron Unlimited
The Ultron Unlimited saga is part of The Avengers Vol 3 series that began in 2008. including numbers #0, #19, #20, #21 and # 22. It is a fascinating saga full of emotion in which this villain invades the Republic of Slovenia and murders almost all its population, so the Avengers must stop it.
- Avengers Disassembled
This saga, which began in 2004, is part of The Avengers Vol 1 and is composed of numbers #500 to #503, in addition to The Avengers: final Vol 1 #1. In it, we see the death of several of the best-known heroes defending themselves from an alien invasion and a mysterious attack on The Avengers Mansion, which began with the end of Scott Lang, Ant-Man. It’s one of the most tragic and fascinating comics in the Marvel Universe.
- Age of Ultron
Although it has the same name as The Avengers ‘ second film, it has nothing to do with it. Yes, the villain is the same (Ultron), but this time he manages to conquer a post-apocalyptic version of the Earth, and The Avengers, or at least those left alive, must face Ultron and save the plan. This saga, which began in 2013, is developed in ten numbers bearing his name, in addition to a new number called Age Of Ultron Vol 1 10 A. I.
- House of M: Avengers
Composed of 8 numbers that began in 2005, at House of M we see how the Scarlet Witch demonstrates her real powers by creating an alternative reality inspired by the vision of her father, Magneto (that before Marvel decided that the Witch and her brother Quicksilver are Magneto’s children in their new canon). This story follows the events of Avengers Disassembled and is undoubtedly one of the most significant challenges that the Avengers have experienced in recent years. Wanda Maximoff is one of Marvel’s most compelling characters, and when she gets mean, you have to be very scared.
- Civil War
This is one of the most successful and well-known sagas of recent years in Marvel’s world. In the Civil War, we see how the superheroes are divided into two camps by not agreeing to some of the new laws that they want to regulate how they live among the mortals. The battle is on such a scale that many well-known heroes are killed, since not only do heroes fight heroes against heroes but villains join the equation. Although, in theory, the event has six main numbers, there is a lot of context and stories that give rise to its development, and they are part of several different sagas such as Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, for example. I recommend following the order they recommend on Wikipedia. It’s about 60 numbers you’ll enjoy, one by one.