One of the most common questions I get on this site is “where is a good place to start reading Marvel?” With the publisher deep into the Civil War II event at the moment it’s a pretty valid question to ask. To help answer this question I’ve collated 8 comics that are great places to start reading Marvel in September 2016.
This month we see a slew of annuals, beginnings of new stories and even a reprint of some classic Captain America to dive into.
Along with that I’ve added the solicitation text, creator credits, covers and other things to help you take the dive into Marvel comics.
Welcome to the Marvel Universe!
These are Marvel comics which have been running for a little while, but have new stories which you can dive into.
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Ed McGuinness.
“ITSY-BITSY” STARTS NOW!
• Her name is ITSY-BITSY and she’s Spider-Man and Deadpool’s WORST NIGHTMARE!
• A reminder – EVERY issue of this series has sold out SEVERAL times. Don’t let the issue be spoiled while you wait for the third or fourth print of this book! Call your retailer and reserve your copy now!
Spider-Man/Deadpool #9 is available from September 28th.
Moon Knight #6
Written by Jeff Lemire. Art by Greg Smallwood.
“INCARNATIONS” STARTS NOW!
• Marc Spector broke his body to escape the prison Khonshu built for his mind…
• …And Stephen Grant awoke in New York City, ready to produce Marvel’s next box-office smash!
• It’s a happy ending—unless Marc is still trapped somewhere.
Moon Knight #6 is available from September 7th.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12
Written by Ryan North. Art by Erica Henderson.
• Everyone gets a week-long break from class, and Squirrel Girl is taking Nancy to visit her parents up in Canada! WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, RIGHT?
• Turns out, nothing! It’s a great trip and nothing of note happens and our comic is actually EXTREMELY DULL. Sorry everyone.
• No, just kidding! Our comic is actually SUPER AWESOME and things get real crazy real quick once a certain super-powered villain nobody has heard of for over a decade reappears!
• That’s right! This comic features mysteries AND Canadians AND camping, not to mention our ALREADY super-enticing focus on squirrel powers!
• Let’s see Howard the Duck promise you THAT.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12 is available from September 28th.
Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Nathan Stockman.
• Spidey versus Captain America!
• Nah, just kidding. Spidey teams up with Captain America!
• What sort of ropes will Spidey learn from the Living Legend?
Spidey #10 is available from September 10th.
Annuals are special yearly issues, which are usually contain self-contained stories and bigger than regular issues.
Doctor Strange Annual #1
Written by Kathryn Immonen and Robbie Thompson. Art by Leonardo Romero.
• Clea comes back into Doctor Strange’s life as he’s picking up the pieces from the worst beating he’s ever taken.
• Clea’s going to make that battle look like a walk in the park.
• Also in this issue… WHO ARE THE SORCERERS SUPREME?!
Doctor Strange Annual #1 is available from September 28th.
Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1
Written by Ollie Masters and Brandon Montclare. Art by Carlo Barberi and Rosi Kampe.
NEW STORY ARC STARTS NOW!
• When the Terrigen Cloud threatens to wash over a prison and the warden refuses to protect its mutant inmates, the Extraordinary X-Men take matters into their own hands…and stage a PRISON BREAK!
• And when Moon Girl takes it upon herself to solve the Terrigen crisis, she may just find an unlikely ally…
Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1 is available from August 21st.
Deadpool Annual #1
Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn. Art by Scott Koblish and others.
• Discover…the secret, unearthed, never-before-viewed pilot…
• …of DEADPOOL AND HIS INSUFFERABLE PALS!
• Featuring…wait, Iceman and Firestar? This isn’t right…
Rating: Parental Advisory
Deadpool Annual #1 is available from September 28th.
Usually, I don’t include reprint collections in these lists, focusing on new comics instead, but the below is a nice collection of Captain America stories which are affordable and easy to digest for new readers.
Captain America: Serpents Unite!
Written by Mark Gruenwald and Steve Englehart. Art by Paul Neary and Sal Buscema.
• Slithering super villains, it’s a syndicate of snake-themed sinners!
• The sinister Sidewinder amasses an army of ophidian offenders — including Cottonmouth, Diamondback and Princess Python — for his mercenary Serpent Society!
• In Captain America’s first brush with the team, he’ll land in the arms of Anaconda! But whose side will he take when the Society targets M.O.D.O.K. for death?
• Look back at the Society’s original incarnation as Cap and the Falcon contend with the Serpent Squad!
• Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #163, #310, #313 and #315.
Captain America: Serpents Unite! is available from August 21st.