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Batwoman Reading Order: What to read with Kate Kane?

Meet the new super-heroine of the Arrowverse…

Who is Batwoman?

Remember Kathy Kane from the ’50s? Well, we’re not talking about her, but about Kate Kane, the modern incarnation of Batwoman. She is younger, as she makes her first appearance in 2006, when Batman is absent.

She’s also Bruce Wayne’s cousin and one badass super-heroine, making her a worthy member of the Bat-family. Like everyone in this family, she will make mistakes and will take bad decisions.

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Artemis Fowl Books in Order: How to read Eoin Colfer series?

Artemis Fowl is not another Harry Potter, but more a twelve-year-old James Bond villain in a modern fantasy setting.

Who is Artemis Fowl?

Artemis Fowl is a twelve-year-old mischievous Irish mastermind, member of a dysfunctional family with a rich history of crime. He can easily hatch complicated and brilliant plan and it is exactly what he does to rebuild the Fawl Fortune after his father’s capture and his mother’s descent into madness.

Artemis Fowl is intelligent, cold and ruthless, but with an evolving moral compass as he grows up and goes on multiples dangerous adventures.

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Spider-Gwen Reading Order: How to read the adventures of Gwen Stacy, The Spider-Woman?

Don’t call her Spider-Gwen, she’s Spider-Woman… or Spider-Ghost!

Who is Spider-Gwen?

Like her friend Silk (see the reading order), Spider-Gwen first appeared with the first Spider-verse event. Conceptualized by long-time Spider-Man writer Dan Slott (more about him), but really created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, this Spider-Woman is not from the main Marvel universe.

Spider-Gwen is really the Gwen Stacy of Earth-65. Like the Peter Parker we know and love, she was a high school student when she was bitten by a radioactive spider. Now, with super spider powers, she became the superhero known as Spider-Woman. She fights crime on her Earth with enemies like Matt Murdock and Frank Castle.

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Captain America by Ed Brubaker Reading Order: How to read the most celebrated adventures of Steve Rogers and the Winter Soldier

I started reading Captain America by Ed Brubaker thinking it was pretty straightforward, but it was not… because Marvel!

What Captain America by Ed Brubaker is about?

Everybody knows Captain America. But if you were in a coma during most of your life, he is a Marvel Superhero and the alter ego of Steve Rogers. As a young man, Steve wanted to fight for his country against the Nazis, but couldn’t … until he participated in an experiment that transformed him in a super-soldier. Near the end of the war, he and his sidekick Busty were left for dead. Trapped in ice and saved by the serum that changed him, he later came back to fight evil everywhere.

Ed Brubaker started to write the Captain America ongoing series with the fifth volume—publication began in January 2005. The Criminal author wrote 100 issues, bring back Bucky as the Winter Soldier, delt with Cap death and resurrection and more. It’s the most celebrated run on the Captain America modern series.

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Buffyverse Comics Reading Order: How to read Buffy/Angel comics?

In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.

Who is Buffy Summers ?

She made a first appearance in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before becoming the badass heroine of her own television show and comic books.  Presented as a shallow high school cheerleader, Buffy is the Chosen One. She is gifted with the strength and skills to fight vampires, demons and other supernatural creatures.

As Buffy grows up, she must face the challenge of every teenager (and after, adult) life and also the darkness. She is surrounded by friends and family who help her in her mission.

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Hellblazer: John Constantine Reading Order: How to read the stories of the antihero of the DC universe

Need an exorcist, call John Constantine. He is not nice, but he gets results.

Who is John Constantine?

Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben in 1984 in the Saga of Swamp Thing, John Constantine is a working class occult detective and con man from London. He is the antihero of the DC universe.

Known for his cynicism, his deadpan snarking, his ruthless cunning and his constant chain smoking, John Constantine wants to help save lives, but his technic can be deadly if it’s for the greater good.

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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Reading Order: How to read the most ambitious run in Green Lantern history?

When I started this blog, this reading order was one of the first on my to-do list. I pushed it away, but I finally came back to it when I read that there’ll be a new reprint next year.

What about Green Lantern by Geoff Johns?

I didn’t really know a lot about Green Lantern, but when I started digging into what is considered must read, the Geoff Johns run on the famous DC Comics series was often named.

It’s a great way to enter the Green Lantern world. Johns created a new start and expanded it in a big way that still defined it to this day. It’s full of great characters, well-thought storylines and a lot of ambitions.

If you don’t know what the Green Lantern Corps is, it’s like the space cops of the universe. Hal Jordan became a Green Lantern when an alien crashed on Earth and gave him his ring of power (that is the simple way of telling the story).

Hal joined the corps, but things got complicated and he became the vehicle for the incarnation of Fear itself. When the story began, Hal is back and dark times lie ahead.

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Rivers of London Books in Order: How to read Ben Aaronovitch Series?

If you like urban fantasy stories with wizards solving crimes, like The Dresden Files, you should give a try to Rivers of London.

What is the Rivers of London series about?

Also known as The Peter Grant series, the Rivers of London series is written by English author Ben Aaronovitch. It’s composed of novels, short stories, audiobooks and graphic novels (written by Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, illustrated by Lee Sullivan).

This urban fantasy story is about Probationary Constable Peter Grant who, in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. His supernatural ability brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic. Now, Peter investigates crimes who took him into a world where gods and other supernatural creatures mingle with mortals.

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Watchmen Reading Order: How to read Alan Moore books and more?

Soon, there will be a Watchmen TV show on HBO that will have some connexions with the original comics. It’s not new, DC writers don’t seem capable of stopping expending the world created by Alan Moore. Here is a guide.

What is Watchmen about?

Published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, Watchmen is a science fiction comic book limited series by the British writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins.

The original Watchmen series is considered as one of the most important books ever published in the comic book world. It certainly is one of the best.

The story takes place in an alternate reality, in the 1980s. The primary difference is the presence of superheroes. The all-powerful Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the rest of the world. But, by 1977, superheroes became unpopular and they were outlawed by the passage of the Keene Act made.

In October 1985, costumed vigilante Rorschach discovered that Edward Blake, also known as The Comedian, a costumed hero employed by the U.S. government, has been murdered. Rorschach uncovered a plot to eliminate costumed heroes and warned some of his old friends. Something bigger is cooking, but the retired heroes have to first discovered what it is.

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Thor by Jason Aaron Reading Order: How to read Asgard’s mightiest heroes stories?

In 2012, after Kieron Gillen and Matt Fraction wrote Thor stories for a few years, Jason Aaron picked up where they left off and he will not stop until, at least, the War of Realms.

Thor by Jason Aaron, the road to the War of Realms

Not as big as Dan slott’s run on Spider-Man, Jason Aaron’s one on Thor is still big, still ongoing, and nobody can say it’s not an Epic One.

With the Original Sin event, the now famous female Thor and the War of Realms, Jason Aaron saw big and wrote some surprising and huge stories.

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