People have said, “I want to get into western comics but there are so many waugh!” If this describes you, then you’ve found just the thread you need! Whether you want a reading order for a specific run/event or are just looking for a new comic to read, we’ve got you covered.
A few things to note. First, if you’re asking for a recommendation, it would help if you give people something to go on. For example, Batman’s been interpreted in so many different ways that just asking for a Batman comic won’t necessarily get you something you enjoy. Do you like the more cerebral/noire stories starring the Dark Knight, or are you more of a KAPOW campy Adam West Batman kinda person? Maybe even include past stories you’ve enjoyed. Stuff like that, basically. Second, if you’re asking for a reading order for a particular event, keep in mind that some of the bigger events are a pain in the ass to keep straight so finding the “perfect” reading order might not be so easy.
That’s about it! One big thing to keep in mind when getting into new comics is to remember the hitchhiker's guide and “DON’T PANIC!” If characters reference a previous story, or if it seems like you’re missing something, a good comic will generally allow you to just look over those moments and still enjoy the story. 70+ years of history can seem intimidating, but with all the retcons, reboots, and rewhatevers you’ll be just fine jumping in at the start of almost any story, and for what you don’t get, Wikipedia can fill in for you.
Here are some handy reading orders if you want to get caught up to some of the more current storylines:
Grant Morrison’s Bruce-is-bonkers Batman:
Morrison is known for having a weirder take on characters than standard superhero fare, so this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s been in charge of the Bat-mythos for the past few years and the following run has dictated a lot of the direction Batman stories have taken even up to the new crop of series. Basically you should at least read a summary of his run to give yourself a primer on modern Batmology.
After this comes 8 issues of Batman, Inc. then the Batman: Leviathan Strikes one-shot, and coming in may a 12 issue maxi-series Batman: Leviathan.
Geoff Johns’s I-love-Hal-Jordan Green Lantern:
John’s, like Morrison, is one of the big shots at DC, and is responsible for reviving the Green Lantern brand in recent years. Some people aren’t fans of his, but his GL run is pretty consistently great. The reading order is a bit more straightforward as you just start at Green Lantern: Rebirth and read the main series. But I’ve found this site really helpful for a general guide to how the issues fit together:
X-Men where’s-Prof-X list:
Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men and Joss Wheadon’s run on Astonishing X-Men are some really great stories to get you started down the mutant rabbit hole. After that you’ll want to read House of M, X-Men Deadly Genesis, Messiah Complex, a Dark Avengers crossover called Utopia, Second Coming, and Schism. After that I recommend starting Uncanny X-Force (some of which takes place before Schism) and Wolverine and the X-Men as some amazing current X-Books.
I’ll be updating this op in case I’ve gotten things wrong or if there are some other runs people are reading orders people are interested in but for now get to reading!