Where to start to get a good comics culture?

For more than a decade, adaptations of comic books have been popular in cinema, on television and even on streaming platforms. It is therefore quite natural to be tempted by the idea of ​​discovering all these universes in paper version. The Pathfinder has selected ten books for you to embark on the adventure.

Difficult to navigate among all the titles offered in the comic book shelves. Between an incalculable number of characters and worlds, series still being published and continuities to take into account, it is indeed not easy to know which titles to go to when you want to get started in the adventure. The Pathfinder has chosen ten comic books for you to discover, whether you are a total neophyte or eager to perfect your collection.

1 Superman: secret identity

Originally from a small town in Kansas, the young Clark Kent dreams of becoming a writer. Things get complicated when he discovers superpowers similar to those of a comic book hero called Superman, whose name he inherited. As his life increasingly resembles that of his namesake, he must consider how best to use his gifts. Superman: secret identity is an original, intimate and inspiring story, highlighting the construction of the identity of a superhero and its hazards. On the screenplay side, we find Kurt Busiek (Avengers, Iron Man), and this is Stuart Immonen (Next Wave, The New Avengers) who took care of the illustrations. This unique volume is part of the DC Black Label collection from Urban Comics.

Superman: secret identity.©Urban Comics

If you enjoyed Kamala Khan’s good humor and courage in the Disney+ series Ms Marvel, you will certainly enjoy (re)discovering his universe in comics version. Described as a must-have by Panini Comics, Ms Marvel: Makeover indeed shows us the beginnings of this endearing young superheroine, fan of Captain Marvel and pop culture. This fresh story, written by G. Willow Wilson (By force) can be read alone or continued with the rest of the series Ms Marvelalso available from Panini Comics.

Ms Marvel: Makeover.©Panini Comics

3 Old Man Logan

The story ofOld Man Logan also teleports the reader to an alternate reality. In the latter, the villains have unfortunately won and the majority of superheroes are no more. Still alive, Logan lives a life light years away from the one he knew among the X-Men, now a farmer and a family man. However, his tranquility will not last, since another survivor will entrust him with a mission as dangerous as it is important. Signed by Mark Millar (Civil War, Spider-Man) and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy) this graphic novel inspired the masterful Loganreleased in 2017 at the cinema.

Old Man Logan.©Marvel

4 Lazarus

Lazarus embarks on a dystopian future in which the world is ruled by large rival families, hungry for power and seeking at all costs to gain influence and territories. In order to protect what is theirs and expand their presence, each of them reserves a large part of its resources, both financial and scientific, for their Lazarus, a kind of augmented and overtrained bodyguard acting as a shield. human and hitman.

At the heart of this series in which violence and bloody power struggles mix, we find the story of Forever Carlyle, a Lazarus charged with defending her own family. Written by Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, The Old Guard) and illustrated by Michael Lark (Batman, Captain America) Lazarus is composed of seven volumes, all available from Glénat editions.

Lazarus.©Glénat

5 Kingdom Come

Written by Mark Waid (Superman, Daredevil) and illustrated by Alex Ross (Captain America, Action Comics) and its recognizable style among a thousand, Kingdom Come is one of the iconic stories of the DC Comics universe. The story explores a future in which Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have aged well, and where new generations of superheroes lead the way.

Far from having the same moral sense as their elders, these young recruits eager for violence will however commit one blunder too many. Superman no longer has a choice, it’s time for him to take out his cape and tights. Kingdom Come offers an interesting version of the future potential of famous DC Comics figures, and questions the definition of the word hero by looking at the relationship between them and the populations they have promised to protect. The story was published in a single volume by Urban Comics.

Kingdom Come.©Urban Comics

6 batman: vampire

When it comes to Gotham’s Dark Knight, there’s no shortage of choices. Dynamo, a specialist in the world of comics, suggested a fairly original story to us. “If we make a list without mentioning Batman, I think we are missing something. In line Elseworlds, I often advise batman: vampire. It’s not very well known in France and it’s very beautiful. […] We have a steampunk view of Gotham, we are not yet in the middle of the industrial revolution, and many characters are either vampirized or endowed with magical faculties. »

Signed Doug Moench (Moon Knight) and Kelley Jones (The Sandman), this collection of three unique stories (or one shot) explores a reality in which Batman possesses supernatural powers. Bruce Wayne was indeed bitten and changed into a vampire after a fight against Count Dracula. Torn between his desire to protect Gotham City from criminals and an almost uncontrollable thirst for blood, the hero is forced to fight against his worst instincts, while one of his oldest enemies puts his new plans into action. batman: vampire is published in a single volume by Urban Comics.

batman: vampire©Urban Comics

7 Top 10

With Top 10Alan Moore, the creator of the famous watch mentakes readers to Neopolis, a futuristic metropolis where almost all living beings are endowed with extraordinary abilities. “The interest here is the social interactions within a team of police officers. In particular, we will follow the adventures of a young police recruit, Robin, who will have to elucidate a lot of criminal cases with, from time to time, cosmic implications., also described Dynamo to us. The story is available in a single volume from Urban Comics, and should be suitable for lovers of detective series and science fiction.

Top 10.©Urban Comics

8 Wonder Woman Rebirthvolume 1

If you rather want to get into something relatively recent without having to read a whole series, then volume 1 of Wonder Woman Rebirth is made for you. Between her departure from the island of Themyscira and her arrival on American soil, this opus shows you the beginnings of Wonder Woman and her meeting with those who will become her closest friends. It may not be a must, but this volume is nonetheless a perfect introduction if you want to discover the Amazon and its latest origins.

Available at Urban Comics, this first volume was written by Greg Rucka and the illustrations were produced by Nicola Scott, two great regulars in the Wonder Woman universe.

Wonder Woman Rebirth volume 1.©Urban Comics

9 The Death of Captain Marvel

Most of the time (if not always), superheroes die in battle, most often against one of their many nemeses. The Death of Captain Marvel breaks this pattern, however, by featuring a story in which the cosmic character Mar-Vell, aka Captain Marvel, dies of cancer caused by poisoning following a clash with the supervillain Nitro.

Its slow and tragic end leaves many superheroes perplexed by this threat that no one seems able to stop, not even the geniuses that are Tony Stark and Reed Richards. This unique and poignant story was written by Jim Starlin, to whom we owe the creation of Thanos, and is published by Panini Comics like the majority of stories in the Marvel universe.

The Death of Captain Marvel.©Panini Comics

10 Spider-Man, the anniversary collection

Spider-Man is undoubtedly one of the most popular superheroes in the world, especially on the big screen. So why not start with his universe? Panini Comics took advantage of the summer season to launch a low-cost anniversary collection, consisting of ten volumes. They retrace key moments in the life of Spider-Man such as the death of Gwen Stacy or the arrival of Venom, and explore its representation through different eras and versions. There is therefore something for everyone, and above all enough to learn more about Spider-Man as well as the characters with whom he sometimes shares the poster.

Where to start to get a good comics culture?