Self-Contained Stories

Dive into comics with some of these self-contained starter stories perfect for new fans and classic readers!


Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.

Elsa Bloodstone leads a monster hunting combat crew in this bonkers series by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen.

The Runaways

Never read a comic in your life? Look no further than this wholly original series starring six teens who discover their parents are supervillains.

Vision’s Perfect Family

The Avenging Android creates his own family in this ‘Best Limited Series’ Eisner winner.

Space Noir

This cosmic caper starring the rascally raccoon is a perfect interstellar mystery.

Agent Mockingbird

S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Bobbi Morse shows her leading lady potential in this espionage meets slice-of-life book!

The Midnight King

An exceptional Eisner-winner. The Inhuman king’s trapped in a maze-like space prison where he forms an unlikely friendship with the Absorbing Man. Dazzling art.

Daredevil: Born Again

Try this arc’s Reading List or read through #233! Matt Murdock (and Daredevil) have their lives destroyed by the Kingpin in this redemptive, defining story.

Elektra: Bloodlines

Feverish and stylized, this fully painted quest is a perfect introduction to Marvel’s greatest assassin.

Detective Doctor

Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career. If you’ve read no other Strange story, start here.

‘Welcome Back, Frank’

Dynamically deranged duo Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon present a 12-issue limited run that meshes gore with dark comedy.

The Myth of Lies

Spun in the spirit of a Norse fable, this painted mini-series delves into the origin of the Trickster God…and presents an alternate future.


Street-level super heroics get a fresh spin in this hit by Matt Fraction and David Aja. Think you know Clint Barton, Hawkeye? Read this!

Fantastic Four: Origin Retold

James Sturm and Guy Davis’ Eisner winner reimagines the Fantastic Four during the height of 1950s America – without super powers or cosmic exploration!

The Misunderstood Foes of Spider-Man

Boomerang and some of Spidey's deadliest baddies prove that with terrible powers come terrible life choices!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

The maniacal Merc goes full metal murder in this alt-universe tale.

Jason Aaron’s Thor

We love this acclaimed run that weaves a thread between Thors of the past, present and future.

Kraven’s Last Hunt

Try this arc’s Reading List! An obsession with Spider-Man pushes Kraven the Hunter to his breaking point in this famed arc. And it’ll push you over the edge too…

Jessica Jones: Blind Spot

Try the Marvel Digital Original Reading List for more self-contained arcs! A fumbled case leads to Marvel’s premiere P.I. becoming a prime murder suspect!

Whatever Knows Fear…

The shambling Man-Thing is a knockout in our horror canon. Try this praised series about the swampy muck monster, or for a more modern take read MAN-THING (2017)!

Earth-Bound Inhumans

This Eisner-winner by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee is a great one-and-done that pulls the Inhumans into the human spotlight.

Marvel 1602

Novelist Neil Gaiman is joined by artist Andy Kubert for this imaginative mini-series that places the Marvel Universe at the turn of the 17th Century. Continue with our Marvel 1602 Reading List!

Multiple Man’s X-Factor

Looking to get swept up in a binge? Try this noir-ish detective series starring Multiple Man and his mutant staff. No previous X-Men knowledge required.

Lean, Green, Law-Practicing Machine

Unfamiliar with Bruce Banner’s irradiated cousin? Start here for She-Hulk’s solo series that juggles her superhuman law firm with butt-kicking.

Nick Fury’s Ultimates

If this cinematic series piques your interest, continue with ULTIMATES 2 & 3. Nick Fury assembles a modernized version of the Avengers with far more baggage.

Planet Hulk

Try this arc’s Reading List, or read through #105! When Hulk crash-lands on a savage alien planet, he rises in rank as a gladiator to overthrow Sakaar’s Emperor.

X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

Poignant and always timely, this Original Graphic Novel depicts the X-Men’s struggle with faith in the midst of radical attacks from hate group the Purifiers.

Avengers Academy

This series introduces an all-new cast of next generation Avengers. Teen soap opera meets super heroics.


It doesn’t get more irreverent than X-Statix. ‘Celebrity’ mutant heroes live together reality-TV style and perform public service for stardom.