cncoyle wrote:[*]Annihilation Conquest (I frickin' loved Annihilation; does the sequel hold up?)
It's definitely not as good as the first but it's still a decent event, ithe main series is a little weak but the prologue and mini's are good imo. Are you thinking about getting the HC's or singles? If you haven't read the Nova series i'd suggest getting the first trade of that too because it ties into Conwuest somewhat and is just brilliant imo.
[*]Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps (I haven't read any of it. I hate Superboy Prime, and I know he's in it, but how much? Does his presence spoil the whole thing?)
He's actually a pretty pointless character to have in it and i kind of found him annoyinh (this was my first experience) but he's pretty much in the background until the last few issues. Also a gppd series overall, not as good as Annihilation but a little better than Conquest.
[*]Death of Captain America Volumes 1 & 2
Nothing to say about it which hasn't already been, one of the best books out there right now.
[*]Thor Volume 1 (I haven't read any of this series, either. Is it pretty much stand-alone stories or tied into Civil War stuff?)
It's very standalone, the only tie-in is Iron Man appearing in issue 3 (which is definitely the worst issue as it's preachy and IM's poorly written as he always is by JMS). It's setting up a new status quo but if you want to know how they got to the point of needing to set it up i'd read Thor: Dissassembled by Oeming, best thing to come out of Dissassembled.
If you have any other suggestions, even non-mainstream stuff, I'm open to good stand-alone stories.[/img]
As already said; Nova Vol 1 and Thor: Dissasembled. Also Books of Doom is a great standalone mini by Brubaker, essential for any fan of Doom. The Ares mini is a good reinvention of the character and great use of mythology by Oeming. As Nieto said Booster Gold is great, i haven't been liking the recent issues as much but the first four or so are superb. And I always suggest Scott Pilgrim but it may not be your thing