Lets Learn Kanji
Mitamura, (Kondansha International)
This book takes a more scholarly approach to kanji. The first half of the book concentrates on components, radicals and strokes, with an emphasis on reading and deriving meanings by educated guesses from the structure. The second half teaches writing introducing 250 kanji in order of their stroke counts.
Not as immediate as Basic kanji but it probably gives a more solid foundation to learning and understanding kanji.