Marvel has a lot of great comics that are currently in print.
Marvel has become the biggest entertainment brand in the world because of its movies, but it all stems from the comics. For decades, Marvel’s comics have been telling stories that have stood the test of time and epic tales of good vs. evil that have entertained generations of readers. They’re still setting the bar for every other comic company today.
Marvel puts out a lot of books on a monthly basis, both as monthly issues and collected editions. There are a lot of gems for readers looking for a whole story or someone who wants to start reading books monthly.
The Hulk is the strongest one out there, and not even death can keep him down. The Immortal Hulk: Or Is He Both?, by writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennet, plays up the horror elements of the character that have always been lurking under the surface. Month in and month out, it’s one of the best titles Marvel put out, and now that it’s ended, it’s the perfect time to catch up. Ewing plays the whole thing brilliantly. The Hulk has always been half villain anyway, so using him as a horror movie monster is great.
Infinity Gauntlet, by writer Jim Starlin and artists George Perez and Ron Lim, is the inspiration behind the first three Phases of the MCU and an undisputed classic. It’s the story that made Thanos into the ultimate Marvel villain for a lot of readers, and it’s full of the kind of momentous occasions and big action that make events books work so well.
Infinity Gauntlet has it all. Even if a reader has watched every MCU movie, they’re going to find something very different from the story they know. It’s a cosmic epic that has stood the test of time.
Civil War, by writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven, is one of the biggest Marvel books of the last twenty years. Pitting Captain America and Iron Man against each other in a war of ideologies, with the other heroes choosing sides, it takes the old “superheroes fighting each other” trope and turns it up a notch. What follows is an action epic that keeps throwing new curves at readers.
The story may seem like it’s just a big excuse to have the heroes fight each other, but it’s actually much more than that. The story works on multiple levels, asking difficult questions with no easy answer.
Avengers Forever, by writers Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern and artist Carlos Pacheco, is an unconventional Avengers story, which makes it all the better. It gathers a team of familiar-faced Avengers to battle a threat who could destroy everything. It does a great job of smoothing out the Avengers continuity while also explaining it.
All of this makes Avengers Forever a must-read for every fan. It’s an Avengers story for the ages and the perfect book to make anyone a fan of the team.
The X-Men had suffered from Marvel not owning their film rights for years, but once Marvel got them back, they went all out. House Of X/Powers Of X, by writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, was their way of bringing the X-Men back to the big leagues. The book had many changes for the X-Men, serving as a grand re-launch for one of Marvel’s greatest properties.
Hickman did a lot with rebuilding the franchise, giving the mutants power in the world for the first time and bringing his particular brand of sci-fi to the story. The art is fantastic as well, and there are some great moments for fans to experience.
With Moon Knight’s upcoming Disney+ show, Marvel decided to give the character another chance. Moon Knight, by writer Jed MacKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio, is a new take on the character, and fans are loving it so far. The big question behind this series has to do with what the Fist of Khonshu is like without Khonshu. What is a priest without his god?
MacKay has been knocking it out of the park, balancing the the violence inherent in the character with a deeper look into who Marc Spector is without Khonshu. Cappuccio’s art is the icing on the cake, and the book is just great overall.
Thor, by writer Donny Cates and artists Nick Klein, started off with a bang as Thor became the Herald of Galactus. Things just spiraled from there, as Thor had apocalyptic visions of the future, killed Galactus, faced off against Donald Blake, and so much more. Cates brought his A-game to this book and kept it at the top of charts.
Cates and Klein had some big shoes to fill, but they’ve done an amazing job. The book has gone to so many different places no one ever suspected, and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s supplying the big action and adventure that Thor needs.
New Mutants, by writer Vita Ayala and artist Rod Reis, took a different approach with the book than the previous creative team. Casting Magik, Karma, Mirage, Warpath, and Wolfsbane as teachers of the next generation on Krakoa, it also stars young mutants like No-Girl, Scout, Rain Boy, and Cosmar as they learn the ropes of mutant synergies.
Ayala has been doing great work during their run, instilling a sense of community to New Mutants that most other X-Men books paradoxically lack. They’ve been working on a epic that pits the team and their students against the Shadow King, and it’s one of the best things happening right now.
Wolverine, by writer Benjamin Percy and artist Adam Kubert, has been killing it since the first issue. Showcasing Marvel’s most dangerous mutant in black ops adventures against vampires, Omega Red, the Arakko mutant Solem, and so much more, it’s a guaranteed tour de force with every issue. Percy writes the best Wolverine since Larry Hama, and the book is action-packed through the post-Krakoan world.
Kubert is turning in some of the best art of his long career, and it really complements Percy’s scripts. Wolverine’s adventures haven’t been this captivating in years.
Eternals, by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Esad Ribic, has a groundbreaking feel to it, and every issue is amazing. The Eternals aren’t the most well known Marvel property, but Gillen and Ribic make the perfect team for the book. Gillen brings an otherworldly quality to the whole thing — he writes in a way that readers can truly believe the Eternals are immortal, godlike beings.
Esad Ribic’s art captures the regal feel of the Eternals, and the whole book is a treat. There’s a fight with Thanos that’s amazing in the sixth issue, and the big revelation at the end of that issue recontextualizes the Eternals forever. This is storytelling at its finest.
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David Harth has been reading comics for close to 30 years. He writes for several websites, makes killer pizza, goes to Disney World more than his budget allows, and has the cutest daughter in the world. He can prove it. Follow him on Twitter- https://www.twitter.com/harth_david.
Marvel has a lot of great comics that are currently in print.