Holy hell, that’s a tall order but we totally get where you’re coming from. New and old readers alike are always faced with the challenge of jumping aboard a speeding train when it comes to catching up on decades old, multi-universe canon of favorite characters. We’ll try our best to make your landing a smooth one by replying with this post and linking our suggestions to online locations where you can purchase specific books.
If you’re looking for some back story for Laura Kinney, X-23: Innocence Lost by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost and illustrated by Billy Tan and X-23: Target X by the same writing duo and illustrated by Mike Choi are great places to start. Afterwards, NYX X-23: Innocence Lost written and illustrated by a host of talent furthers Laura’s dark history before her tie in with the X-Men.
Over the years Psylocke has rarely stolen the spotlight. She’s shared equal billing with members of X-Men, Excalibur and X-Force and it wasn’t until the Dark Angel Saga that Psylocke was given center stage. However, if you’d like to read a story arc specific to Psylocke, Rebecca recommends Psylocke’s 4 issue mini-series written by Chris Yost and illustrated by Harvey Tolibao (2010). Amazon.com offers this story arc plus a reprint of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s Psylocke story from X-Men 256-258 for $54. A bit pricey, but you might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.
Like Psylocke, Gambit is a character with great potential but tends to hit or miss the mark when writers focus on him outside of X-Men comics. I’ve been in a macabre state of mind lately so I liked Gambit in Marvel’s X-Men: Curse of the Mutants by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Paco Medina (July 2010 - May 2011) which had a tie-in one shot called Storm and Gambit. Rebecca, on the other hand, recommends the Gambit Volume One mini-series released in 1993 and Volume Two in 1997. Amazon has other Gambit collections if you do a search for his name.
Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel recently became Captain Marvel in July 2012 and since we’re fans of Kelly Sue DeConnick we recommend picking up Captain Marvel, Vol 1: Pursuit of Flight and moving forward from there.
The Blue Lantern Corps is relatively new as they were first introduced by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver in Green Lantern #25 (2008). However, we loved seeing them play a part in the Blackest Night story arc. If you’ve never read it, it’s an excellent read. Afterwards, you can read more about the Blue Lanterns in Brightest Day.
As for the different Robins in the Batman mythos, we invite you to visit our recent blog post here which discusses the course of events in Gotham City which have transpired over the past twelve (comic) years or so, culminating into the newest canon as depicted in the New 52. From there, we recommend collecting any Gotham related comic offered in the New 52 and running with that. However, if you’d like to read a classic Batman tale, we recommend Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Marv Wolfman which tells the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd. Afterwards, read Batman: Hush, written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee. You won’t regret it.
Take care and happy reading!