...and here is what he read! I know, after the lead you were expecting a joke.

So Tomb: R.O.A.C.H. (what is that an acronym for? Am I supposed to replicate the cute doggy face - is it a doggy face? - at the end? So many questions for our beloved Tomb that I never thought to ask before!) shared a post about the free month of Marvel Unlimited. I signed up.

Luck be had, it is still a promotion!

I’ve been on my wild ride of Marvel digital comics for 1/2 of my free trial month. Here are my “hot” takes on what I’ve read so far.

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Avengers (2012 - 2014), Issues 1- 37 (just saw they added 38 which I’ll after this post)

I’ve always liked the Avengers. I loved the West Coast Avengers back in the day (late 80s to early 90s). I am intrigued by the existence of the Great Lake Avengers (never read one of those comics). This was pure comic pleasure to me. I loved reading it. ‘Nuff said.

Spider-Woman Saga (2009), Issue 1

Like seriously, I have love Jessica Drew since checking out and reading Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. trade I checked out from the library. After reading that (or was it those?) trade(s?), I adored Ms. Drew. I don’t remember anything from reading this. I do remember how her character is wrung through the wringer like dirty, dirty laundry in the New Avengers which I’ll talk about down the line.

Captain Marvel (2014), Issues 1 - 9

I’m not sure there is another Marvel comics character I ADORE more than Colonel Carol Danvers. I read, in slow sips and then went back for seconds.

DeConnick’s 2012 first arc was amazing (see above: BHD read that via the local library trades). This was a continuation by DeConnick that didn’t disappoint. GET Col. Danvers on the screen STAT! Flerkens be damned.

Ms. Marvel (2014), Issues 1 -9

Awesome, fun ride. I never got into Spidey back in the day (late 80’s - early 90’s) when I actually collected comics (still have them). So Kamala is my Peter NOW. Make the TV Show (ABC or ABC Family! STAT!).

House of M (2005), Issues 1 - 8

I’ve read alot about this bit of Marvel history online. I liked reading the comics. I’ve always liked the Scarlet Witch, since I began reading and collecting the West Coast Avengers. Good read.

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Issues 1 -12

OK, I read the first series of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers edition) where I “met” Monica Rambeau. In fact, Mr. Bricken tackled a question about Cap. Marvel two days ago in his weekly column that I missed (thanks grad school!). Monica is just as tough as Carol. She is also the only character in the MU that I know if that has had her super-hero name snatched from under her so (oh, so many) times. Also, this series comes highly recommended by Alliterator. This mini-series was a delight to read.

What If Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers (2004), One Off.

I have always loved the Marvel “What If” comics. I have a deep, dark hankering to read Alias: Jessica Jones because it is about to become my next Netflix MCU show (Holla if you LOVED Daredevil). Actually, I wanted to read this series way before that since ODeck folks have been talking about it. Alas, I can’t get it from the library via a trade nor on Marvel Unlimited. But this “What If”? It was good.

Patsy Walker: Hellcat (2008), Issues 1 - 5

Ok, here is where I cross a couple of series that ran co-currently. This series ran alongside two other series I read. The first was New Avengers, where I witnessed an abbreviated version of Civil War (more on that later when I talk about that series) and Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (UGH, NO. Just Dr. Voodoo will suffice, thanks).

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Anyway, I’m not sure what I was expecting from this series (maybe some Nextwave? Or something?). I’ve always liked Patsy’s character in abstract. Here, it was a bit much. I knew she had been a model. But here she’s rebooted as a teen. A teen I would have disliked 20 year ago when I was one and I don’t like now as a 30 something “adult”. I don’t hate Patsy, but...help me out O-Deckers...I don’t really know what to say.

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009 - 2010), Issues 1 - 5

I really liked this take on Brother Voodoo as the Sorcerer Supreme of the MU. I liked the change in perspective via the deities. My only question is, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO DAMIEN HELLSTROM?

Like seriously? He was rendered as if he is the Ulitmates version. NO.

New Avengers (2006 - 2010), Issues 1 - 64

This was perhaps the thread that tied almost all of the other series together for me. I adore reading Avengers comics. The Avengers will always be “my super-hero” team. Clicking on the “Similar to Brian Michael Bendis then we recommend X” led me to so many great comics (see above, because even though I’m listing the comic here, I read this first. Thanks Marvel Unlimited for putting this near the end of my “You Read” list!

My biggest complaint is how Jessica Drew (AKA Spider-woman) is treated. I mean, DAMN! But I guess it leads back into my love of reading Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., sooo...

Anyway, here’s the thing about reading one series at a time...it makes some things easier (the whole Civil War story line which I read in trade, easy to read when the series you’re reading only devotes...5 issues to it), while it makes somethings more difficult to follow (Siege...which on Marvel Unlimited ended after 4 issues). I LOVED all the Luke Cage and Jessica Jones beats. As well as the Jessica Drew and Peter Parker drama. BUT I kept reading Carol as Ms. Marvel and not seeing the Captain Marvel I adore. The one-piece swimsuit uniform didn’t help. Overall, glad I read those issues though.

Secret Warriors (2008 - 2011), Issues 1 - 15

I just started this series, I have 13 more issues to go but Daisy is now a more rounded character to me. And I began by ‘drudging” through this series (I don’t like spy shows, books, etc.) but it began to gel for me around issue 5. The young folks (I adore both series of the Young Avengers) really started to click. I’m looking forward to what will happen next.

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My O-Deck friends, here is my challenge to you because you are an AWESOME HYDRA of coolness!

1) I have about 2 weeks left (and you can see I read in a voracious way), what should I read next?

2) If you know it isn’t available via Marvel Unlimited BUT is via trade, what should I seek out?

3) Is there a DC comics version of discovering comics like Marvel Unlimited?

I like to end on music (share your own in the comments, please!)

Don’t let Simmons be eaten by a big amorphous rock!