ive tried to watch and read some superhero comics and shows but i could never read more than a few comics or watch more than a few epeisodes. do u have any suggestions for really good ones?
Hmmm, I think so! It might be tricky, only because I don’t really know your preferences but, I can share some stuff that I’ve really enjoyed? With the disclaimer of course that YMMV.
I think the best way to attack this is to narrow the ‘results’ as it were. I don’t know about you, but I find that the most…daunting? thing about superhero comics is the sheer MASS of continuity standing between you and the current issue, so. I’m gonna recommend some stuff that is fairly self-contained, and is easy to find either on comixology, @ the book store, or the local library. (Provided they have a good selection of comics/graphic novels.)
RIGHT THEN, LET’S DO THIS:
- Matt Fraction/David Aja’s Hawkeye. At 22 issues, it’s pretty easy to get through, and it doesn’t require a ton of background knowledge of the Marvel Universe. Just follows Clint. Doing what he does when he’s not hanging with the Avengers.
- Darwyn Cooke’s The New Frontier. Okay, so you want to experience the DC Universe without actually having to read five billion books SO, GRAB THIS ONE. It’s like…the best stuff about DC crammed into one gorgeous trade.
- Scott Beatty/Chuck Dixon/Marcos Martin/Alvaro Lopez’s Batgirl: Year One. (If I ever make a list of recs that doesn’t contain Batgirl: Year One, please just assume I’ve been swapped out with a pod person and proceed accordingly.) Self contained origin story of one Barbara Gordon, Batgirl.
- Keith Giffen/Bilquis Evely’s Sugar & Spike: Metahuman Investigations. Two private investigators deal with embarrassing stuff from superheroes’ Silver Age pasts. And if that pitch doesn’t sell you, believe me, Evely’s art will.
- Ryan North/Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe. This was marketed as a kind of–I want to stay ‘stand alone’ even though that’s not quite right–graphic novel featuring Squirrel Girl and her pals, and it is 1.) Lots of fun 2.) packed with all the zaniness of the Marvel Universe w/o the meddlesome event comics and crossovers 3.) a convenient easy-to-read single volume.
- And, okay, okay. This…this one might be a little out there, and you might not like it, but I gotta throw it in the mix here because I was so pleasantly surprised when I read it. Tom King/Gabriel H. Walta’s Vision. It’s only 12 (?) issues and collected in trades and it…is so weird but very, very good.
- Also Adventures of Supergirl. The creative team is crazy huge but I think you should be able to track it down on title alone.
So, those are some pretty solid superhero comics that I can think of off the top of my head (read: currently sitting on my bookshelf in my direct line of sight) and they’re short(ish), complete, and fairly easy to track down.
If you want ongoing title recs, here’s a bunch of stuff I read last year and really enjoyed. (Spider-Woman is not pictured but she absolutely should be because her book is GREAT.)
As for Superhero shows…mmm. Try the first season of Agent Carter (don’t bother w/ the second) and The Middleman. Those are both ‘superhero’ shows that…aren’t really ‘superhero’ shows. So you might find them more to your liking? (Agent Carter is spy-fi set in the MCU, and Middleman is…also kinda spy-fi? and pokes fun at the genre.)
Hopefully this helps! :D