Chris Redfield appears in the best Resident Evil comic available in the US, which isn’t even made by the US lol! It’s the Hong Kong comic based on Resident Evil Code Veronica. Yeah I know, when most of us think of Hong Kong comics those crazy HK SF comics come to mind where Ryu and Chun-Li are married, Master Bison is Chun-Li’s dad, Blanka’s her brother and Ken is an alien (oh I am not making this stuff up…) but they actually do pay attention to Resident Evil’s actual story and it’s extremely close to the game. Chris of course has a minor role as he did in Code Veronica, but there’s an excellent flashback scene that shows the end of RE1.
Unfortunately, this series is really hard to find and the prices are jacked up at some places. I found volume 4 up on Amazon.
Amazon.com: Resident Evil: Code Veronica - Book Four (Resident Evil (DC Comics)) (9781563899218): Lee Chung Hing: Books
You’ll have a much easier time with the DC / Wildstorm stuff. Nothing great, pretty forgetable but nothing horrible either. I’m a little fuzzy on if Wesker shows up in either this or the Code Veronica books, but he probably does. Hard to remember. Oh and note that all of this is before Resident Evil 5, IE before Chris started taking steroids… :wonder: Anyway pretty much all of the older DC RE stuff is collected in the Fire and Ice book.
Amazon.com: Resident Evil: Fire and Ice (Resident Evil (Wildstorm)) (9781401223816): Ted Adams, Kris Oprisko, Lee Bermejo: Books
There’s one story I liked that had to do with cactuses carrying a virus. I just dig it because that’s my own little fan fiction story that exists in my head of how MvC2 Amingo came to life. :looney:
DC / Wildstorm did put out a new-er Resident Evil comic to coincide with RE5. It’s a side story with new characters, so no Chris or Wesker. Capcom confirms on the back of the first page of the single issues that the story is NOT OFFICIAL. See Capcom is very territorial with Resident Evil, it’s their baby / cash cow. They don’t really care if you think SF, DS and Mega Man comics are official or not. I still don’t know how they let all of those horrible Hollywood RE movies get made though… but they make a lot of $$$. Eh I liked the last one because of 3D blood splatter at least. :chainsaw:
Amazon.com: Resident Evil Vol. 1 (9781401226022): Ricardo Sanchez, Kevin Sharpe: Books
It’s a fun story and there’s some pretty violent images in there.
Not really a War Machine fan. My favorite James Rhodes story is probably Secret Wars, where he was wearing Iron Man’s suit! An oldie but a goodie. The cover for the MvC3 comic that came with the pre-order of the game is a mock up of the original Secret Wars cover, so there’s that. Anyway lots of Galactus, Doom and X-Men. This Marvel’s first big intercompany-wide crossover (their response to DC’s original Infinite Crisis) and it paved the way for all of the other crossovers. NEVER read Secret Wars II though.
Amazon.com: Secret Wars Omnibus (9780785131106): Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck: Books
Capcom made the Harvey Birdman game for the PSP and Wii and Harvey Birdman is connected to the Super Friends versions of the characters, at least in a joking way. So yeah at least Super Friends Joker is vaguely connected to Capcom… :looney:
The greatest Joker story is Killing Joke by Alan Moore. For reasons I can’t get into without spoiling.
Amazon.com: Batman: The Killing Joke (9781401216672): Alan Moore, Brian Bolland: Books
And if you want to sample around other Joker stories pick up this book. It has his origin story and the classic tale of the smiling fish.
Amazon.com: Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (DC Comics) (9780930289362): DC Comics: Books
For Cable I’d stick to the more recent stuff. Messiah Complex, Messiah War and Second Coming. Note that Cable is one of the players in these major story arcs but aside from the Cable / Deadpool series already mentioned I think this is some of the best Cable material out there. The trade for Second Coming isn’t out yet so you may have to wait until at least June or so.
Amazon.com: X-Men: Messiah Complex (9780785123200): Ed Brubaker, Mike Carey, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Peter David, Marc Silvestri, Billy Tan, Chris Bachalo, Humberto Ramos, Scot Eaton: Books
Amazon.com: X-Force/Cable: Messiah War (9780785131731): Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Duane Swierczynski, Ariel Olivetti, Clayton Crain, Mike Choi: Books
Amazon.com: X-Men: Second Coming (9780785157052): Mike Carey: Books
Spider-Man… From an MvC3 standpoint it’s a little tricky because he hasn’t been the guy in the game that’s working for the Daily Bugle for quite some time. Chris Baker confirmed he’s married in MvC3, but there’s not much ingame evidence of this in the game except for one line he says in the game about him being late and MJ’s going to kill him. He’s no longer married to MJ in the comics (long stupid story/retcon…) so for now, I’m going to stretch a little bit back in time, but still sticking to stuff that came out after 2000 so not too far back.
If you have nothing against prose books (all words and no pictures) Jim Butcher’s The Darkest Hours is one of the best Spider-Man stories I’ve ever read, hell one of the best BOOKS I’ve ever read. Spidey’s still married to MJ here, but teaching and not working for the Daily Bugle. It’s still a great read.
Amazon.com: Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours (Spider-Man (Pocket Star)) (9781416594765): Jim Butcher: Books
The above story does flow out of JMS’ (writer of the Thor comic and movie, all of the good Real Ghostbusters cartoon episodes and Babylon 5) ASM run but it’s not necessary for you to read his run first because it’s self explanatory. Still one of the greatest runs on ASM ever, even if it was plagued by a lot of editorial scrutiny. There’s five books in his ultimate collection. Here’s the first -
Amazon.com: Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 1 (9780785138938): J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr.: Books
Just me I liked Peter David’s run on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man a lot more, but he was much more free to do whatever he wanted to do unlike JMS. I’m heavily biased because PAD’s my favorite writer though heh! Here’s the first volume, there’s 4 in total.
Amazon.com: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Derailed (v. 1) (9780785122166): Peter David, Roger Cruz, Michael Weiringo: Books
A fun one if you want a crossover MvC3 type of story is Spider-Man / Red Sonja. It’s one of the last romantic stories dealing with Spider-Man’s marriage before it goes bye bye. Covers by the late Mike Turner too (RIP). The TPB even features the original Spider-Man / Red Sonja crossover story from a Marvel Team-Up issue, back when Marvel had the Red Sonja license.
Amazon.com: Spider-Man / Red Sonja (9780785132103): Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi: Books
Oh and if you just go by the alt costumes Spider-Man has in MvC3 then this becomes much easier. Read Civil War for his Spider-Armor suit. Awesome story besides. And if you read this you’ll understand what Captain America means in MvC3 when he beats up Iron Man and says “That’s for Civil War!”
Amazon.com: Civil War (9780785121787): Mark Millar, Steve McNiven: Books
Back in Black!
Amazon.com: Spider-Man: Back in Black (9780785129042): J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David, Ron Cliquet, Colleen Doran, Ron Garney, Todd Nauck: Books
The last alt suit he has is from the much newer Big Time arc. Here he’s way beyond married and he’s not working for the Bugle anymore, but it’s still a fun read and a good jumping on point for the newer incarnation of Spidey.
Amazon.com: Spider-Man: Big Time, Vol. 1 (9780785146247): Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos: Books
Of course if you just want to say TO HELL WITH ALL OF THESE CONFUSING ASS CHANGES lol check out Ultimate Spider-Man by Bendis, which is a reboot of the series and treats things like as if Spider-Man got his powers today and not in 1960 whatever. Only thing is that both the new cartoon and the new movies are going to based on Ultimate Spidey, but it seems that both will still be very different from the source material. Anyway MvC3 doesn’t seem anti-Ultimate-verse or anything given that -
one of the endings
The Ultimate version of Nick Fury shows up in Crimson Viper’s ending. It’s probably more of a nod to the movies but still
- so maybe you can just treat Ultimate Spidey as an extremely early prequel of sorts to everything Spidey related in MvC3 or something like that… Available in single volumes but if you can go for the bigger book that covers more ground.
Amazon.com: Ultimate Spider-Man Collection - Barnes & Noble Edition (9780760761335): Marvel Comics: Books