Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.” Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein. What are the best comics to hand someone who has either never read a comic book before or never encountered a particular character? Nick and Greg examine that question this month, forging their top five lists of the best “first comics” to hand a friend. From mini-series to multi-decade ongoings and standalone independent titles, it’s a cavalcade of four-color greatness designed to hook new readers!