Sadly, we only have two comic book movies left this year, Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange. One could argue that superhero fatigue is actually a real thing, or, X-Men: Apocalypse simply did not live up to expectations. Also, I'm quite sad that I'll have to wait until October to see how badly Barry messed everything up on The Flash.
Don't fret (I'm assuming you're fretting), there are so many excellent comic books out now to satiate our needs. Plus, you might have heard of this Marvel's Civil War II, and you're worried that every comic will deal with the fallout, and you'll be lost if you miss one issue (you might be). It's a lot, I mean, it's a sh*t-ton of money to spend on comics to keep up-to-date with everything.
You should totally check out Civil War II, but if not, here are five Marvel Comics that'd make you look super-cool reading them at any beach! Enjoy!
Moon Knight (2016)
Hopefully, you know a little something about a certain mercenary named, Marc Spector. He hear voices, specifically, an Egyptian God named, Khonshu -- he uses Marc as a totem for his fists (seriously, kinda). I cannot praise this comic enough. I don't want to get spoiler-y, but it's a psychological mind f*ck as the story progresses. He's locked up in an insane asylum and just let the mayhem ensue! It's perfect for someone who has never read a Moon Knight comic before; and it's also perfect for the die-hard fans.
OLD MAN LOGAN (2016)
This version of Old Man Logan comes from last year's, Secret Wars, and it's a beautifully crafted comic! It starts out with him in the present-day Marvel Universe, trying to stop his future from happening -- the only way Wolverine knows how (a lot of stabby-stabby and bubs). Luckily, Steve Rogers is there to knock a little sense into him. Y'see, Wolvie's dead in the present universe, and that made what happened to him in his timeline: well, impossible.
Jeff Lemire (Writer), does an excellent job diving into Wolverine's head and exploring all-aspects of his personality. It's jarring to see him try to decapitate himself, via train, because of what he did to his fellow X-Men. Also, he's much wiser than previous versions and this makes his exploits more compelling, since he's on the verge of meeting the great deli slicer in the sky! Lastly, his re-generative capabilities are also diminishing, but remember, he's still WOLVERINE!
Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of Parker Industries and how Peter is being portrayed in the comics currently. Some people say that Miles Morales is just a publicity stunt by Marvel to have a more diverse lineup. Those people are so friggin' wrong. Miles Morales currently has one of the most interesting character-arcs in all of Marvel Comics. Personally, I love how he's struggling being hero and the thought that he might be tainted, due to his Uncle's criminal background.
Plus, he and Kam Khan has one of the most awesome (cutest!) friendships in all of comics. He's sorta slacking in school and it's totally understandable with him being a superhero. So, his mom invites grandma over to the house. She gives him some tough love and takes away his phone. Ms. Marvel shrieks and talks to Miles in his room. It's just a great to see Miles have someone that he can relate to -- as a fellow Avenger and a teenager -- that makes it one of the loveliest friendships (no, I'm not shipping them together, but I wouldn't mind)
Also, I love how he still has both of his parents in his life. It creates a different dynamic than Peter's and there's so many stories you can tell. Lastly, with the recent casting of Donald Glover, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a lot of people are saying that he might be playing, Miles Morales. I'd love to see this, but this would totally neglect his origin story, which was easily one of the best comics I've ever read. And it'd be weird that there were no previous mentions of Spidey in the MCU.
Seriously, how awesome was Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War? With somewhat limited screen time, T'Challa was easily the second best part of that movie (Spidey was the best, right?) and we're all extremely excited to see his solo film in 2018!
Ta-Nehishi Coates' Black Panther, had blockbuster numbers in its debut issue. I don't want to spoiler anything about this comic, so, if you loved T'Challa in Civil War, then you should totally run out of your house and buy a paperback copy!
Lastly, Coates is literally a genius, seriously: He's one of most sought after writers in the world and you really need to check out his Wikipedia page to fully comprehend his awesomeness!
As much as I dislike the current status quo for Spider-Man, this is a must-read comic for any fans of both, Spidey and Deadpool! I almost find how much Deadpool hates Peter Parker worth the price of the comic alone. Honestly, it balances Wade's shenanigans extremely well compared to his solo book.
I was shocked in the fourth issue, trust me, I didn't see that coming! Most of the time you can always guess how things will go down, but this book tries to be somewhat different, and oftentimes succeeds.
Yes, you should totally read Civil War II and any other title that you see fit! These are just my current favorite comics at Marvel. I would have put Vision on this list, but the phenomenal, Tom King, signed an exclusive deal with DC (he's taking over for Scott Snyder on Batman) and I'm not sure if that would have damper your resolve since he's finished writing the comic.
If you love the movies, then you really should give reading the comics a shot! Comics offer a unique view into characters that oftentimes escape television or the movies. Y'see, their are usually about four or five people that bring a comic book to fruition (not including editors). It makes the experience far more intimate reading with something that a handful people crafted. Plus, there are a lot of comics to choose from, so if you don't like one, there's always another!