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With over 700 first issues available for free, it'll take you ages just to read the list, let alone download them all. So here's a quick guide to the best and most interesting selections.

Marvel Now

  • Avengers Vol. 5 #1: Hickman's taking it over and making it biweekly and cosmic in a big way.
  • New Avengers Vol. 3 #1: More Hickman, doing Black Panther and the Illuminati.
  • Young Avengers Vol. 2 #1: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie of Phonogram fame. 'Nuff said.
  • Thor: God of Thunder #1: I'm not reading this myself, but I've heard fantastic things.
  • Marvel Now! Point One: A one-shot full of prequels for Marvel Now books, including Young Avengers and FF (which is my next recommendation).
  • FF Vol. 2 #1: Fraction and Allred. A replacement Fantastic Four take over when the originals go missing.

The Best Recent Books

  • Daredevil Vol. 3 #1: Eisner Award winner for best continuing series of 2012. Mark Waid being Mark Waid.
  • Hawkeye #1: It's the best new series of last year, and I've got money on it racking up a bunch of Eisner Awards. Fraction and Aja are at the top of their game.
  • Captain Marvel #1. Kelly Sue DeConnick gives Carol Danvers a long overdue promotion. Jamie McKelvie gives her a brilliant costume. Dexter Soy illustrates.

The Classics

  • Avengers #1: Stan and Jack. Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Amazing Fantasy #15: The debut of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! They counted this as a #1 because it's a reprint.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #1: Spidey gets his own book!
  • Uncanny X-Men #1: The strangest super-heroes of all!
  • I could go on for a while in this category, but you know what you want.


  • Wolverine and the X-Men #1: Logan reopens the school. This book is fun.
  • Uncanny X-Force #1: This volume about the X-Men's black ops squad does
  • New X-Men Annual #1: Part of Grant Morrison's acclaimed run on New X-Men.

Noteworthy Miscellany

  • Silver Surfer: Parable #1: The first of a two-issue miniseries drawn by the legendary Moebius.
  • Siege: Loki: This one-shot by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is a prequel of sorts for Gillen's phenomenal run on Journey Into Mystery.
  • Earth X #1: I'm a big fan of this look at a potentially dystopian Marvel future.

This is a pretty small slice of what's available, but I don't exactly have all day. Comixology's servers are still getting hammered, so you may have some trouble getting through, but they're working hard to get things back up. What have you picked up?

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