So that’s it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ‘Infinity Saga’ is over after a total of 22 movies. After Avengers: Endgame, one question remains: what do we do with ourselves now. As of now, we have no idea when there will be another Avengers film so it’s time to turn to the next best thing: the comic books! Here are just some of the best Marvel Comics to read after Avengers: Endgame.
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Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
I read this story on the lead up to the release of Infinity War and yes it is in fact a very different story to that in the Avengers: Infinity War film, I believe this makes it a much more interesting read because it isn’t the same story, it’s just in a different medium.
Instead of our heroes spending the story trying to protect the few stones they have like in the film, Thanos starts with all six which are referred to as gems. Within the first issue half the universe is wiped out. Our main heroes are Captain America, Thor and Iron-Man (much like in the movies), we also get to meet Adam Warlock who is a key character in this comic which was why it was such a big surprise to fans when he was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 but not used in Infinity War.
However, this probably just means he is being saved for the next Guardians Of The Galaxy movie.
Instead of killing half of all life for what Thanos believes is the ‘greater good’ he is merely doing it in the name of love, he believes that killing half the population will lead to Lady Death falling in love with him.
It’s a much more different and bizarre spin on the character motive of Thanos which we see in the MCU. The Russo brothers believed that this was not a compelling motivation for a villain and I would agree in the circumstances of a film but as a comic story I believe it works fine.
This graphic novel is made up of 6 issues and can be found for around £13.50
7 Hooves out of 10
Civil War 2 (2016)
Captain Marvel is set to be the new face of the MCU and she has yet to fully win over my heart. That might be because of her character in the Civil War 2 graphic novel, she’s just a bit of a power hungry character. The Inhumans play a large roll in this story as a new character named Ulysses gains his power from the fog and can see events happen before they take place in intense visions, meaning the Avengers can be prepared for events both big and small.
Iron-Man takes the more liberal approach and has the mentality that the future can always be changed by being one step ahead and believes that people are not guilty until the act is committed. Where as Captain Marvel will take all action in preventing Ulysses vision by imprisoning or even being prepared to kill before the vision unfolds. In the MCU I doubt that Captain Marvel will be this conservative but it would be an interesting spin for a leading character and it is shown that she is very sure of herself as seen in the Avengers: Endgame trailer when she says “Before you didn’t have me”.
Another side note is that Miles Morales plays a big part in the story and I really enjoy this character especially after into the Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse movie.
This graphic novel is made up of 8 issues and can be found for around £20
8 Hooves out of 10
Avengers No Surrender (2018)
When reading this graphic novel I was heavily invested in it. The story boasts a massive roster of characters from a number of different teams. Earth has been transported to another part of the universe and it has become a battleground for the Black Order and the Lethal Legion. Their mission is to collect some kind of floating pyramid trophies. A number of the characters such as Wolverine and Vision have been frozen in stasis meaning the spotlight can focus on some of the lesser-known heroes.
There isn’t a lot of Spider-Man, Iron-Man or Captain America which was a worry for me at the start but I’ve really enjoyed the teams who are filled with fairly unknown characters and even Falcon gets some very cool moments as the leader. X-Men like Rogue are also key characters and it honestly makes me so much more less concerned for the future of the MCU without who we see as the key members of the Avengers. There’s also a mysterious new hero known as Voyager who doesn’t seem all she says she is.
This graphic novel is made up of 16 issues and can be found for around £24
8 Hooves out of 10
Secret Wars (2015)
Secret Wars (2015) This graphic novel really surprised me, I was a bit silly when I bought it because I thought it was going to be a story about the Skrulls but I made a mistake I knew it shared the same name as an old graphic novel but I thought Secret Invasion was Secret Wars.
I have never been so happy to make a mistake before. Marvel’s comic canon universe had been getting beyond confusing with the Marvel universe running from 1961-2015 and the ultimate universe running from 2000-2015. The Marvel universe and ultimate universe collide into one-another and are destroyed, leading Doctor Doom to create his own new world. Some of our favourite heroes make it to this new world like Black Panther and Thor. The story mainly focuses on the fantastic 4 but a few other characters get their stand out moments.
The two Spider-Men, Peter and Miles get to share some very nice moments together too. The story sees the hero’s trying to bring back the Marvel universe and defeat Doctor Doom. This graphic novel works as a great starting point to get into the comics as it both the end of the what was Marvel Comics but also is the start of the new modern Marvel comics.
In modern comics the art can sometimes lack uniqueness whereas here I feel the art is outstanding and looks like a story being told from what Doctor Doom has tried to create as his ideal world, it gives me a garden of eden vibe … writing this has made me want to re-read this graphic novel. This graphic novel is made up of 9 issues (+one free issue from free comic book day) and can be found for around £17
So there you have it, four comics ready for you to read after the emotional rollercoaster that was Avengers: Endgame.
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