There certainly are things that could be done better. I don’t think that the site completely fails at being accessible to new readers, but there’s real room for improvement: taking what’s already working and refining it to work better.
On top of that, what I’d really like in the forum is the following: a pinned thread in the Essential Reading section that acts as the official recommended reading topic. The first post would offer an introduction and would provide links to all of the following posts. Each subsequent post would highlight a particular character or team and offer recommendations (possibly in wiki form to allow additions, but the posts would have to be monitored carefully to ensure consistent formatting and to protect against vandalism). The topic would need to be closed from regular discussion to ensure that it doesn’t become cluttered and unusable.
Sorry I’m late, but Super Sons is fantastic. I’d recommend that book. It’s fun, well written, and the art is fantastic . It’s not overwhelming for new readers. Hope you find something you like. Cheers!
So I have been a long time comic reader and love DC, my wife… not so much with the reading. She loves all comic book movies and TV shows (dc universe and regular cable shows), but has never really gotten into reading comics. I cant think of where to start her off. She’s agreed to do a book club with me where we read 1 issue a week. Any suggestions?
When I first started reading comics years ago, I started with buying Batman: The War Years 1939-1945, this hardcover really gives you a great introduction to Batman. It has some major keys like Detective Comics #27, which is the first appearance of Batman, Detective Comics #33, which tells you the origin of Batman, and many other great and Classic stories throughout the rest of the book. You can purchase this hardcover online, it’s pretty cheap
Another book I recommend for people who want to read classic Batman stories is Batman: A Death in the Family, it is a classic tale about the death of Jason Todd, this story really sets up the origin for Red Hood. And the awesome Jim Aparo artwork really makes this story special. You can read the full story here on DCU!
Okay, here it goes.
Action: All-Star Superman
Team-Ups: Justice League: The New Frontier
Mystery: Batman: The Long Halloween
Romance: Batman: Hush
Horror: The Saga of the Swamp Thing
Magic/Fantasy: Fourth World by Jack Kirby
Humor: Tiny Titans
Classic: Crisis on Infinite Earths
Modern: Dial H for Hero by Sam Humphries
This is pretty close to what I’d consider to be the standard, community-approved “canon” of essential DC & Vertigo comics. It’s runs-only, so there are some key one-and-two issue stories that are missing. But aside from those, and with the “runners-up” included, these are pretty much all of the titles that I see repeatedly on almost every “Best of DC Comics” list. A new reader could do worse than simply picking a character or cover from this graphic that looks interesting to them and just start reading (heck, it’s what I did with Nightwing).
I’m curious what others think of this list. I’m less interested in the specific order that these were placed in, and more so in which titles made it and which didn’t. Is there anything super important missing? Or any titles on there that you didn’t expect to see included?