There are more Marvel heroes than you can shake a vibranium shield at in Captain America: Civil War, and many fans are dying to read more about the ones that weren’t as central to the plot. Here’s a quick shotgun blast of recommended reading for some of the other Avengers:
War Machine: Rhodey could certainly use some love after the events of the film, so if you’d like to dig in to some great War Machine comics, I suggest picking up War Machine, Vol. 1: Iron Heart, which collects the first five issues of the 2008 series by Greg Pak (Action Comics) and Leonardo Manco (Lobo). This series sees a largely-cybernetic Rhodey dispatched from his personal satellite-base to hotspots across the globe, where he puts a stop to evildoers with lots and lots of increasingly large guns. If you’ve ever wanted to see what happens when War Machine grafts his armor onto a tank and fights Ares, God of War, then you’ve found your next favorite comic book.
Ant-Man: Scott Lang doesn’t tend to make as big of an impression in the comics as he did onscreen, but if you’re wanting some more of his irresistible underdog earnestness, then you can’t go wrong with last year’s Ant-Man Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man by Nick Spencer (The Fix) and Ramon Rosanas (Night of the Living Deadpool). This series perfectly captures the down-on-his-luck family man vibe that works so well in the live action version, as Scott moves to Miami to try and be closer to his daughter, and decides to make a living by starting a security company staffed by ex-supervillains. What could possibly go wrong?
The Vision: The android Avenger made a big impression with a relatively small role in the film, but if you are ready to be blown away by the Vision, head to your comic shop and get Tom King (Grayson) and Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s (Magneto) current Vision series, which is scheduled to be collected as Vision, Vol. 1: Little Worse than a Man this July. In this utterly haunting series, the Vision moves to Washington, D.C. for his new job, and decides to make himself a new android family for the occasion. Disturbing, thought-provoking, and compelling, this series asks what it means to be human, and the Vision and his artificial family may not like the answer.
Black Widow: In addition to the aforementioned Winter Soldier series featuring her, you can’t miss Nathan Edmondson (The Activity) and Phil Noto’s (Chewbacca) 2014 run on Black Widow. The real highlight here is Noto’s jaw-droppingly beautiful and surreal artwork, which showcases Natasha’s enigmatic elegance and deadly decisiveness in flawless fashion. Black Widow, Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread shows readers what Black Widow does when she’s not with the Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D., as she attempts to right wrongs from her past as a Russian assassin.