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All right, but I want a June wedding.
As for Avengers…you’ve got a few options, but I would recommend starting with The Ultimates, since that’s where the movies drew a lot of their inspiration for tone, character design, etc. Be warned though, they’re written by Mark Millar, who is sort of the Michael Bay of comics. He’s not for everyone, but the first two volumes of The Ultimates are fairly accessible.
After that, maybe move on to the mainstream continuity. I actually recommend reading The Young Avengers and Runaways first. Since the characters are all new, they’ll give you a look into the main Marvel universe without overwhelming you with old story arcs, and you get cameos from Captain America, Ms. Marvel, the X-Men, etc. From there, try picking a few characters and jumping in around the time of the Civil War story-line. By then, you should have a good idea of what characters and storylines interest you the most.
Basically, read anything that interests you, and anything you can get your hands on. It’ll be confusing at first, but after a while you’ll get a feel for which artists and writers you like, and which characters you love so much that you’ll put up with bad writing/art for.
Also, remember that your local comic book store is a great resource for asking questions about things you don’t understand. The staff there will have their own favorite comics to recommend for you, and will remember things that I’ve forgotten.

All right, but I want a June wedding.

As for Avengers…you’ve got a few options, but I would recommend starting with The Ultimates, since that’s where the movies drew a lot of their inspiration for tone, character design, etc. Be warned though, they’re written by Mark Millar, who is sort of the Michael Bay of comics. He’s not for everyone, but the first two volumes of The Ultimates are fairly accessible.

After that, maybe move on to the mainstream continuity. I actually recommend reading The Young Avengers and Runaways first. Since the characters are all new, they’ll give you a look into the main Marvel universe without overwhelming you with old story arcs, and you get cameos from Captain America, Ms. Marvel, the X-Men, etc. From there, try picking a few characters and jumping in around the time of the Civil War story-line. By then, you should have a good idea of what characters and storylines interest you the most.

Basically, read anything that interests you, and anything you can get your hands on. It’ll be confusing at first, but after a while you’ll get a feel for which artists and writers you like, and which characters you love so much that you’ll put up with bad writing/art for.

Also, remember that your local comic book store is a great resource for asking questions about things you don’t understand. The staff there will have their own favorite comics to recommend for you, and will remember things that I’ve forgotten.

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onhismouthlikeliquor asked: where would I start if I wanted to start reading comics? I don't mean just the Avengers, but everything. what would you recommend?

((Oh man, okay. I am probably not the person to ask, but here we go:

The number one comic I give to people who’ve never read superhero stuff is Nextwave by Warren Ellis. It is absolutely fucking hilarious, and I would say that it is my favorite comic of all time. That being said, it’s not necessarily going to give you any insight into what regular superhero comics are like.

Watchmen by Alan Moore is a classic, and defintely worth a read. In fact, pretty much anything Alan Moore has written is worth a look. (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Promethea…)

Also try: Runaways, Sandman, The Umbrella Academy, Astro City, Bone, Persepolis, Fun Home… There’s a lot of good comics out there.

The best thing you can do is find a local comic book store. The folks who work there should be able to answer your questions better than I could. Let them know what kind of stories you like, and what heroes you’re already familiar with. There are classics in every genre of comics, for pretty much every character. For instance, I would recommend different titles to a Batman fan than I would to a Thor fan. Also, if there’s a reference that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to use Wikipedia! You can find out a lot about a character’s back-story, or a previous story arc that way.

I hope that helps! Feel free to message me at my personal tumblr if you have more specific questions.))

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