I like all kinds of stuff from all over the place. I love comics from Golden, Silver, Bronze, “Adamantium”, Dark, and modern ages. I’ve written a thesis paper about comics since they began and the dawn of the superhero in the Atomic Age all the way through the “Event Age” up to now. I just love comics in general. Even when they’re bad I still love them because I live for comics.
Now, there is a lot of shit out there. Pardon the language, I usually try to stay professional on here, but it’s frankly true. The New 52 started out as a pretty interesting, and often successful, experiment that allowed a lot of creators to play with original ideas, and it lead to the returns of a lot of interesting and awesome characters like Animal Man and Swamp Thing. However, then DC started interfering too much editorially, not allowing but a handful of creators to really spread their wings and do original things, and worrying too much about the number of books on the shelves rather than the quality of the books themselves. It got worse and worse until semi-recently when they seem to have started to allow more creators to have more freedom. They still lend too much focus to Batman, but eh, it’s been that way since the early 90’s. There’s more more dreck than quality coming from DC right now, but the few books that ARE good are DAMN good.
If you prefer the Silver Age, though, then I have to say that Marvel is offering up a lot of stuff that has kind of emulated that era of comics. Focus more on character rather than the big, eventful stories that have kind of plagued the past two decades of comics, which leads to comics generally feeling more fun. Also lots of artists are working for Marvel who have that stylized Silver-Age-y look to their work. It’s a lot of fun.
On the Ultimate Universe- You’re likely talking about Mark Millar’s The Ultimates. Check out Ultimate Spider-Man. Great representation of a young teen getting powers and being stuck with all the responsibility. Bendis is doing wonders still on the series with Miles Morales. It’s awesome. Also you mentioned Kick-Ass. Also by Millar. If you don’t like gore, violence, rape, all that stuff, then don’t read Millar stuff. He often goes for shock value rather than great character or deep story. It works every once in a while, but more often than not it’s just transparent and lackluster.
If you only started to read comics about a year ago then my biggest word of advice is to never discredit anything. You’ll find yourself a year from now being more open to stuff you didn’t think you’d touch. Read everything and anything and then decide what you think. Judge based on creators and not on publisher or what era they’re from. Don’t be dissuaded from everything published right now because you aren’t digging a few things. I can tell you 100% for fact that not even near everything being published right now is about murder, rape, and realism because 1) you’d see a lot more people complaining about the state of the comics industry, and 2) you’d see sales be a lot more dismal than they are. Also, because I read every book published my Marvel and most of what DC’s doing at the moment so I can speak from firsthand experience.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun, because that’s what comics are all about.
My intense comic love was glowing and showing last night before bed… oops.