Inventory: Starter stories: 5 comic-book store employees tell newbies where to begin

On Monday, we suggested where to get started with comics for those who haven’t yet sunk their teeth into the meaty medium. Today, we’re letting people who work in comic-book shops stump for their favorites. The only parameters are that the comics be widely available, so there’s nothing rare or hard to find on this list—just some of the best comics sitting on the shelves of your local comic-book store.

1. John Robinson, co-owner, Chicago’s Graham Crackers Comic Books

Archie (Mark Waid and Fiona Staples): After 74 years of storytelling, Archie has gotten a modern face-lift, resulting in one of the best comic reboots we’ve ever read. With perfect modern artwork from Saga‘s Fiona Staples, and masterfully written by one of the best writers in comics, Mark Waid, this new incarnation of Archie doesn’t talk down to its readers, and has been …

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