totaltrekker said: What are good places to start reading Kieron Gillen?
Well, WicDiv, for one. Past that…
Phonogram. Gillen asserts Volume 2, the Singles Club, is the better starting place. He’s right that it’s the better book, but I think something is lost by not knowing the characters from Rue Britannia, which is hardly a bad book, so assuming you’re willing to give something more than six issues before you come to a solid conclusion on it, I’d say start with Volume 1.
Journey into Mystery. The trade order is a little wonky here, at least in digital - it ends with The Mighty Thor/Journey into Mystery: Everything Burns, and there’s a volume called Exiled that isn’t labeled as Journey into Mystery at all. There’s also a one-shot called Siege: Loki that’s a prequel and is fairly important. The reading order is Siege: Loki, Fear Itself, Fear Itself Fallout, The Terrorism Myth, Exiled, The Manchester Gods, Everything Burns, I believe. But it’s a phenomenal little run.
Young Avengers. If you pick both this and JiM, read JiM first, for God’s sake, as this will spoil the fuck out of the ending. But is excellent, and a strange midpoint between Phonogram and JiM - ultimately a very optimistic book about teen superheroes.
Uber is ultra-disturbing and intense and button-pushing, but if you like Garth Ennis or Alan Moore in the Watchmen/Neonomicon/Marvelman/V for Vendetta vein, it’s very, very good.
Just adding a note that JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY has a Volume 1 Complete Collection out, and the second Volume is out shortly - I believe in September. Between the two, that’ll be the whole run.