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Comics 411: The Best Comic Book Suggestions

October 31, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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Last week we discussed the Best Superhero Costumes!. Here’s what some of you had to say:

David Wilkinson: “I know he’s not a hero but Deathstroke’s costume is great and translates well into Movies/TV without a major redesign.

D-Unit: “Spider-Man’s costume will always be the best IMO”

Phenomenal: “Even though i’m not a fan of him,i always liked Red Hood’s costume. Not the newest one but ones you’ll see in DCAU. Also bonus points to everyone who said Doctor Fate.”

Robert Lehto: “In terms of sleekness you can’t forget Nightwing and I also really like Black Panther and the animated Justice League/JLU version of Green Lantern’s costume. Even though modern comics have retconed it away I’ve always liked Hawkeye’s original costume along with the very underrated Scarlet Spider costume.”

Elway Horseface: “No mention of Spawn? That costume helped move a lot of issues in the early 90’s.”

Picnic Cop: “Galactus. That’s the best helmet ever.”

Sting Rey: “symbiote spider-man”

paco_smith: “I’ve always loved Hal Jordan’s costume, all the way back to the Super Friends days.”

Marty Confetti: “My favorite costumes also belong to my favorite heroes Batman and Spider-Man. I love classic Spidey but I really like the Stark suit from Homecoming too. I used it a lot in the PS4 game.”

Reginald Fisterbottom: “The post-Dark Phoenix Uncanny X-Men and the pre-Nightwing New Teens Titans. The designs and colors of the costumes for the two teams meshed well together and were a joy to behold on the printed page when they charged into battle!

As for an individual hero costume… I’ve always had a soft spot for Dawnstar’s classic look from the Legion of Super-Heroes.”

Jarvin Driftwood: “Fantastic Four is one of the tops. The blue suits are iconic and tie in with everyone in the group. The blue works for Mr. Fantastic as a scientist. It works for Invisible Woman’s powers as it ties in with the sky and “thin air”. It also contrasts with Human Torch’s flames and The Thing’s orange skin. Plus with them being from NYC the blue and orange tie to the colors of the city flag and used by a lot of sports teams. I also like the changes from a baggier look to tighter over time not to mention The Thing’s length changing. Invisible Woman’s swimsuit was a rare misstep.

Daredevil is also one of the best for one colors. I think he deserves most improved compared to his yellow and red days.

I agree with Doctor Fate’s colors. I’d add Booster Gold as well.

Rogue’s yellow and green suit was always a favorite of mine. Which is odd as yellow and green can look really dated (Electro, disco collar Iron Fist). I guess the brown accents from her jacket, belt and some of her hair help give her an earthier look.”

Ricky Soelistyo: “Discussion about costume always bring back the memory of…Power Girl!”

To read all the comments or to read last week’s column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss…

Best Comic Book Suggestions!

Wrapping up our month long Halloween themed columns, I thought I would cast a wide net on this one and talk about the the comics we’d give out as treats, to anyone looking for suggestions on what to read.

It’s a stretch, I know, but I always get some great suggestions in the comments.

When it comes to the classics, my list is pretty cliche. Which isn’t a bad thing. It’s filled with titles like:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: Year One
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
V for Vendetta
Sandman: Volume 1: Preludes And Nocturnes
Kingdom Come

I also pepper it with titles like:

Invisibles: Volume 1: Say You Want A Revolution
Fables: Volume 1: Legends In Exile
Y The Last Man: Volume 1: Unmanned
Powers: Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
Transmetropolitan: Volume 1: Back On The Street (New Edition)
The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
All-Star Superman
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth
Ex Machina: Volume 1: The First Hundred Days
Superman: Red Son
Astro City: Volume 1: Life In The Big City

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Yes, I can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to titles to suggest. That’s the great thing though. There is so much out there that just about anyone can find something that appeals or speaks to them. For many of us, we got hooked when we were young. I’ve mentioned it before I used to read random comic books growing up but the first series I followed actively was G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Yes, I fell for the comic book/toy line/cartoon combo. Years and years later, I had the pleasure of interviewing Larry Hama, who wrote most of its 155-issue run. To be able to chat about that was a thrill and I could have easily went on for hours, talking his ear off. After that, the floodgates were open. I got hooked on the Legion of Super-Heroes and it grew from there.

I guess where I’m going with all this is I wanted to see what books you all would give someone if they asked you, “What comic book do I need to read before I die?” It doesn’t have to be one, because that’s impossible. Throw a few out there and let’s see what happens.

Sound off below!

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!