Here’s a thing we were talking about in another thread and it’s so odd as pretty much no character has a great intro book. By intro book I mean a graphic novel for around 15 bucks you can hand to a civilian to see if they like the character.
Batman has a few from Killing Joke to Dark Knight Returns to the most perfect of the lot in Year One. Superman has Red Son, but very few with mainstream simplicity where you don’t need prior knowledge of the character or comic-books. Wonder Woman possibly has the Perez post-Crisis revamp, but I’m not sure if it’s still in print. Are there any others that you could literally hand as a complete volume as an introduction for a newbie? Kingdom Come does require some prior knowledge, but I think it’s so brilliant and beautifully conceived that you understand it all pretty easily so it’s a great introduction to the Justice League.
Any others? I’m astonished there’s so few and always like to buy comic gifts for friends. Marvel Civil War I think is Marvel’s best selling collection ever, followed by Old Man Logan and Ultimate Spidey Vol 1, which are all great intros. Any other good Marvel books that could just be bought as a gift? A classic Captain America collection? A great Thor hardcover? I love the idea of this, but struggling a bit for pals who have asked. Is there a great Blade collection? A great Ghost Rider for newbies?
What do you reckon?