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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 01:59 PM

So you want to start reading comics?


A guide to figuring out the best and most cost-effective methods

WandaVisionís first season is just about to end, but Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Loki, Justice League, Suicide Squad, The Batman, GCPD, and Peacemaker are just around the corner ó and that doesnít account for other series outside of the main Marvel and DC Universes like MODOK, Titans, or Harley Quinn.

There are more superhero TV series and films debuting in 2021 than seemingly ever before, and it might have some people wanting to dive into comics. WandaVision has led a few people on staff to dig into past Vision and Wanda Maximoff-centered storylines, for example. Iíve started reading Kieron Gillenís Eternals run leading up to Marvel Studiosí film. Whatever reason people may have for wanting to begin reading comics, there are a few different ways to do so.

Comics can be a costly hobby. New issues are typically $3.99 each, and if someone is reading eight or nine different series at any one time, those fees can add up week after week. Donít think of this guide as a recommendation for which series to dig into. If youíre looking for that, Susana Polo, the comics editor at our sister site, Polygon, runs a weekly rundown of books sheís reading and recommends. (Itís an essential part of my week, and it helps me figure out any single issues I want to pick up or start a series I might enjoy.)

Instead, this is a guide to the different subscription methods that are available for people who want to consume a number of comics at once and do it in a cost-effective manner. These arenít the only options, but theyíre some of the easiest. There are three primary comics subscription services:

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OldBaldy1701E Mar 2021 #1

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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 04:41 PM

1. I have found it is always better

to start with the movie and then go to the printed page. Doing it the other way is just not good for my blood pressure. (Too much of a purist when it comes to 'converting' stories. I don't collect or read hardly any of them anymore, but they were instrumental in helping me get through some trying times in my life.)

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