BOOK RIOT

One reason to be grateful for bad comic film adaptations? They can lead you to the comics. Here are some great reads, despite the bad movies.

Marvel Unlimited’s made their digital catalog really inexpensive this month. But where do you start? If you’re a newbie to comics or the Marvel universe, here are some suggested starting points. Comics for everyone!

I’m a pretty recent engager of comics. When the first movie trailer for Iron Man came out in late 2007, I was vaguely aware that it was based on a comic book character. I know a lot of people who, like me, were turned onto comics by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But when Marvel decided to revamp its universe with Marvel NOW, they opened us to a whole new world of diverse characters spearheaded by some awesome writers.
from Marvel NOW is Rocking Diversity by Jessica Pryde
I know comics are valid literature. I know they can be just as smart and deep and interesting as any other book that exists. And yet, when I stay up till 1 to finish a Michael Chabon book (or, honestly, even a John Green novel), I don’t feel nearly as guilty as I do when I’m reading about Peter Parker and Kraven’s Grim Hunt. For the most part, I’m a very open-minded reader. I grew up on fantasy and sci-fi novels, on epic adventures, and formulaic series. I didn’t think twice when all I did was read the A Song of Ice and Fire books for a month while I was a sophomore in college. But comics? I feel guilty every time I open the Marvel app on my phone when I could be picking up a novel.
from Making Peace with Comics by Preeti Chhibber
Ever been intimidated to enter a comic store? Don’t know where to begin? 
We’ve got a look at a Rioter’s first time in a comic shop and how she handled it.
Verdict? “It was very pleasant!”

Ever been intimidated to enter a comic store? Don’t know where to begin?

We’ve got a look at a Rioter’s first time in a comic shop and how she handled it.

Verdict? “It was very pleasant!”

One of our Rioters wants to get into graphic novels. What should she be reading?

One of our Rioters wants to get into graphic novels. What should she be reading?