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Actually good new-school "mainstream" superhero comics

P. Saltfleet "napalmthecat"
 
X-Force Volume 1: New Beginning TPB
X-Force Volume 1: New Beginning TPB
"Peter Milligan's superhero media-saturation satire thrusts a group of young supers into a glamourous "pop group" setting where they could die on any mission. Cynical, but has a lot of heart."
Nextwave: This Is What They Want v. 1
Nextwave: This Is What They Want v. 1
"Warren Ellis gives 90's superheroics the respectful homage they deserve. Ellis' sense of humour clicks well with me, so I love this."
Supreme Power Volume 1: Contact TPB: Contact v. 1
Supreme Power Volume 1: Contact TPB: Contact v. 1
"A Kansas couple see a rocket land on Earth, rush to the impact site and find a baby... only to have it possessed by the US military. A great reimagining of Superman and the JLA in the real world."
Fantastic Four: Unthinkable v. 1
Fantastic Four: Unthinkable v. 1
"I used to find it hard to care about any of the Fantastic Four apart from maybe the Thing. Mark Waid breathes new life into the family simply by writing them well."
Punisher Volume 1: Welcome Back, Frank TPB: Welcome Back, Frank v. 1
Punisher Volume 1: Welcome Back, Frank TPB: Welcome Back, Frank v. 1
"Garth Ennis took on the Punisher years ago, and transformed a lame duck title into a pitch-black, slightly absurd organised crime-fighting comic. My favourite's the original miniseries."
New X-Men Volume 1: E Is For Extinction TPB: E Is for Extinction v. 1 (Graphic Novel Pb)
New X-Men Volume 1: E Is For Extinction TPB: E Is for Extinction v. 1 (Graphic Novel Pb)
"A few years back, Grant Morrison took the X-Men and turned them on their collective head. Too bad the changes were too radical for Marvel: once Morrison left the title, the changes were all reverted!"
Wolverine Weapon X TPB (Wolverine (Mass))
Wolverine Weapon X TPB (Wolverine (Mass))
"A man called Logan is drugged and used as a test specimen by a mysterious corporation on account of his strange healing abilities. The origin of Wolverine, told by a master."
Wolverine Volume 1: Brotherhood TPB: Brotherhood v. 1 (Wolverine (Mass))
Wolverine Volume 1: Brotherhood TPB: Brotherhood v. 1 (Wolverine (Mass))
"Greg Rucka's Wolverine comics are fun pulp; my only complaint is they're a bit shallow, but oh well. Also worth reading: "Wolverine: Meltdown" by Walter Simonson (limited space, can't list it)"
Iron Man: Extremis TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
Iron Man: Extremis TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
"Hyper-modern computer-assisted artwork joins forces with Warren Ellis for this Iron Man story. Excellent."
Black Panther: Client TPB
Black Panther: Client TPB
"Chris Priest takes the Avengers second-stringer and makes him into a badass African, technophiliac version of Batman. Great!"
Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1: Power and Responsibility: Power and Responsibility v. 1
Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1: Power and Responsibility: Power and Responsibility v. 1
"IMO, the Ultimate comics line has sort of lost its way amidst mediocre titles, unnecessary crossovers and fanservice. The first eight volumes of Ultimate Spider-Man are still pretty fun though."
Batman: Long Halloween
Batman: Long Halloween
"All of Loeb's collaborations with Tim Sale are worth reading, here's the quintessential "Batman's early years" murder-mystery yarn, telling the origin of Two-Face. Also, the sequel "Dark Victory"."
All Star Batman & Robin Vol 1
All Star Batman & Robin Vol 1
"Superhero fanatics HATE this book, but get real. Miller's Batman was always a ridiculous noir satire and this takes that to its conclusion. That it's played straight by Jim Lee just makes it funnier."
Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street
Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street
"Catwoman was always a T&A character you'd be embarrassed to admit to reading in mixed company; one Cooke/Brubaker rehaul later, and she's one of the best, coolest Gotham City characters. Start here!"
Batman: Harley and Ivy (Batman)
Batman: Harley and Ivy (Batman)
"Those nostalgic for the old Batman cartoon can do worse than this collection, the main meat of which is a Bruce Timm-drawn anti-heroine adventure. Too bad the Winick story in the middle kind of sucks."
Superman: Secret Identity TP
Superman: Secret Identity TP
"Clark Kent one day discovers he has superpowers. However, he's not from Krypton; he's a boy in our own world, and he has to learn to grow up as Superman in a world where superheroes are fiction."
Superman: It's a Bird
Superman: It's a Bird
"I know, I know: "Why should I read Superman comics? He's boring, he always wins, he's too powerful", right? This book might not allay your misgivings, but it'll give you a new perspective on Superman."
Superman Birthright TP (Superman (DC Comics))
Superman Birthright TP (Superman (DC Comics))
"A noughties retelling of Superman's earliest adventures, his first meeting with Lex Luthor, and Luthor's first attempt to discredit him. Really good, and actually believable!"
JLA/Avengers (Justice League of America)
JLA/Avengers (Justice League of America)
"You need a little understanding of superhero continuity for some of this, but don't sweat it too much; just enjoy the zillions of heroes running around and fighting, and you'll be fine."
Batman: Year 100 (Batman)
Batman: Year 100 (Batman)
"Mysterious "new(?)" Batman, dystopian futuristic Gotham, Commissioner Gordon's grandson... what you'd expect from a story called "Batman: Year 100", really. Pope's artwork rules, though."
All Star Superman TP Vol 01 (All Star Superman (Quality Paper))
All Star Superman TP Vol 01 (All Star Superman (Quality Paper))
"Finding himself more powerful than ever, but also dying after a mission to the Sun, Superman finds himself up against the only adversary left worthy of him; himself, repeatedly, in myriad guises..."
Seven Soldiers of Victory, Vol. 1
Seven Soldiers of Victory, Vol. 1
"Seven heroes must work together to stop the insidious Sheeda from laying waste to Earth - but without ever actually interacting with one another! Seven interwoven tales collected in four books."
Planet Hulk Omnibus
Planet Hulk Omnibus
"The best Incredible Hulk story I've read. Greg Pak "gets" the Hulk; strong and simple without being written as an idiot. Here he's sent to an alien planet and forced to play Spartacus. It's great!"
Omega: The Unknown Premiere HC
Omega: The Unknown Premiere HC
"Between you and me, most "real" book authors who write for the superheroes suck at it. Not so here; Lethem turns Steve Gerber's old character into a clever and charming study on social alienation."
Bizarro Comics SC
Bizarro Comics SC
"Kinda funny how a bunch of "edgy" indie writers and artists wrote two books' worth of the most kid-friendly superhero comics to come out of DC in the past twenty years!"