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2018 Comic Book Movie
And TV Reading Guide

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With Plenty of Movies And TV Shows Based On Comics Coming Your Way In 2018, There Are Some Great Comic Books You Can Read To Supplement Your Viewing


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 23, 2018 — Comic book movies and TV shows continue to dominate the entertainment landscape in 2018. This has been a trend for some years now, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to reign supreme on the big screen, along with the DC live-action universe and Fox’s X-Men movies making for some of the biggest movies all around the world. On the small screen, The Arrowverse over on The CW and shows like The Walking Dead continue to be must-watch, appointment television for millions.

The best part about these show and movies for many is that you don’t have to be a reader of comic books to enjoy them. That said, if you’re looking to branch out and dig into some of the material that inspires these adaptations, we’ve got you covered.

Comic Book Movie Reading Guide

Black Panther
Marvel’s Black Panther looks to be one of the biggest and most groundbreaking movies of the year. That said, the character isn’t quite as familiar to many in the general public as a figure like Spider-Man or Batman, so there’s a lot to explore. In terms of reading, you can’t go wrong with Christopher Priest's run. He reinvigorated the character during his tenure writing for the king of Wakanda and his run is generally considered to be the definitive take on the character. Your best bet is to get your hands on Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection. I’d also personally recommend the first story arc from the 2005 Marvel Knights Black Panther series titled Who is the Black Panther? It’s a blast.

Avengers: Infinity War
As far as movies go, it doesn’t get much bigger than Avengers: Infinity War and, as such, this is one of the best movies to get hyped for by doing a little research, aka reading some great comic books. While this movie is certainly going to be taking liberties with any of its source material, you can’t go wrong by reading The Infinity Gauntlet storyline, which was first published in 1991. The series is written by the great Jim Starlin and penciled by George Pérez and Ron Lim. If the movie is going to take anything from any one story, it’s this. Not only that, but this is one of the best Marvel events of all time. Even if the movie doesn’t follow the story too closely, it’s a great read. There’s also the 2013 Infinity storyline that introduces Thanos’ Black Order, who are going to appear in the movie.

Deadpool 2
This could be the most highly-anticipated sequel of the year and with good reason. The big thing this time around is that the time-traveling mutant Cable (played by Josh Brolin) is being introduced. That makes this quite easy. Cable & Deadpool, which Marvel Comics began publishing in 2004 and ran for 50 issues through 2008, is your best bet. If you can’t get your hands on the omnibus that was published, at least read the first arc, If Looks Could Kill, which is available as a trade paperback.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Scott Lang is getting back to business and this time, Wasp is along for the ride in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. For this one, it’s best to go back a ways and give Avengers #1 from 1963 a try. Don’t worry about getting your hands on an expensive, original copy or anything like that. It’s available in plenty of trades and digitally as well. Also, even though it doesn’t feature much of what you’re likely to see in the movie, the 2010 miniseries Ant-Man and the Wasp could scratch that itch for you, if you can get into the lesser-known Eric O’Grady version of the Ant-Man character.

Many Spider-Man fans may not be that excited about a Venom movie that doesn’t feature Marvel’s resident webslinger, but this movie is happening. And hey, Tom Hardy is in it! In any case, they’ve made it pretty easy in terms of reading material. It’s been revealed that this movie is primarily taking inspiration from two different comic book storylines; 1993’s Venom: Lethal Protector and The Amazing Spider-Man: Planet of the Symbiotes. At six issues and five issues respectively, both of these runs are very digestible and could provide a very good idea of what we’re in for with this movie.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales is finally getting his day on the big screen. It may be in an animated feature as opposed to a live-action affair, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse looks to be a big deal for Sony and isn’t just going to be some animated cash grab. As far as reading goes, there’s no better place to start than Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. This is where Miles Morales got his true start in the world of Marvel Comics, by way of writer Brian Michael Bendis. The first couple of volumes should be great if you just want to get your toes wet, but this is a run that many people get kind of addicted to, so you may wind up just going down a rabbit hole here.

This is the one and only live-action DC movie hitting theaters this year. After the relative disappointment of Justice League, the on-screen DC universe could use a little boost and it’s up to the hero known best for his ability to talk to fish to provide said boost. It’s pretty unclear what comics directly inspired this movie, but we do know that this isn’t the Super Friends version of Aquaman. This is cool Aquaman. Or as I like to call him, drunk uncle Aquaman. With that in mind, the New 52 run of Aquaman seems like a good place to go. The first volume, The Trench, really helps dispel some of that cheesy image of the DC hero many have in mind, with Geoff Johns, the man largely driving DC these days, having written the first few story arcs in this New 52 run.

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