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Post by markh » Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:57 pm

If someone dersired to start reading comics around the Nightcrawler character, which are good comics to purchase?

I notice there is a Nightcrawler series, is this the best place?

Does this comic series adequately present the character of Nightcrawler as he is across the other comics he features in?.

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Post by NachtcGleiskette » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:14 pm

I would say starting with the recent solo series is a good bet. It's a good way to get a handle not just on the character, but also how he's being written currently...

Otherwise? Check out some of the Esstential Xmen stuff, the first Excalibur run...hmm...there's just SO much
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Post by idsunki » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:37 pm

I would also recommend the original four issue series from the eighties. He's not written quite like that anymore (or drawn that way, either), but it's a really fun Nightcrawler story/adventure.

I believe Kurt will be featured prominently in the next arc of Uncanny X-Men, so that may be something to watch out for as well. I will second the old school Excalibur back issues, which for the most part aren't too expensive.
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Post by Saint Kurt » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:46 pm

Giant XMen #1, which is reprinted now is Nightcrawler's now famous introduction (and first meeting of Professor Charles Xavier). It certainly is old school, but old school can be good.

For a whole comic book series, with a whole lot of Nightcrawler though, I would recommend the original Excalibur books. They are a fantastic mix of humor and good story telling. I think that some of Nightcrawler's best moments are in that series. And the good news is that after a very long wait they are putting it out into trade paperbacks! (Before you would have had to search for old issues.)

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Post by Angelique » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:38 pm

Aw, Yeah! (starts saving my pennies!)
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Post by BAMFCentral » Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:47 pm

The Essential X-men trade paper backs are really the way to go lots of story for a cheap price.

Best written Nightcrawler, would be the Excalibur books with Claremont and Davis. They are in tradepaper back now aswell.

While I do like the most recent Nightcrawler series it does assume you know alot about the character, prob the better series to pick up for intro is the First Nightcrawler Series, written by Dave Cockrum.

Also one that is a personal favorite of mine X-Men Unlimited #49 .


For a listing of Nightcrawler stories try here (a bit of a plug sorry) http://bamfcentral.com/nc_stories.asp
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Post by Blue_Demon94 » Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:28 pm

Make sure you don't get the second Nightcrawler limited series (when he was a priest).. it wasn't all that interesting and the art didn't do him justice in my opinion. I say the best place to start would be the Essential X-Men volume that includes Giant Size X-Men #1 (which was one of the first comics I bought :D) and just work your way up from there. Once you've familiarized yourself with him, the Solo would be a great addition to further your newly gained habit:LOL Happy reading!:bamf
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Post by Crawler » Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:12 am

The series that made me a Nightcrawler fan doesn't really portray the "usual" Nightcrawler: X-Calibre. It's part of the Age of Apocalypse series and if you can find the "X-Calibre Ultimate Edition", which is the collection of the series, I highly recommend it.

It's a more "bad-ass" version of everyone's favorite blue elf, written by Warren Ellis. Very good.
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Post by HoodedMan » Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:24 pm

You could also do what I do and try to catch up on Ultimate; I quite liked him in there. I just bought Volumes 1 and 2 in a combined book and I'm trying very hard not to read it until I'm on the plane back (I'm not sure of my willpower, so I stapled the bag shut and had someone hide it. Now I just have to make sure I don't go looking for it.)
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