Welcome back to 10 Comics to Buy This Week. As you're probably well aware, there are a metric crap-ton of comic books hitting shelves every single week. And for the common consumer, it's financially impossible to pick up everything. That's where this column steps in like your superhero savior, drawing your attention to 10 books worth your hard-earned dollars during any given week.
We not only going to spotlight tights and capes books, but also some indie titles off the beaten path, which, if all goes well, will broaden your reading horizons.
Action Comics #9
Now that Brainiac has been disposed off, it’s time for a minor detour to visit the Supermen from parallel earths, as only Grant Morrison can bring you. Morrison is joined by artist Gene Ha to tell the adventures of President Superman and more.
Action Comics has had some great moments thus far, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. We’re still waiting for Morrison to reveal his grand scheme for the series, but we feel we’re closer than ever to that point.
Animal Man #9
Separated from Buddy, the remaining members of the Baker family try to evade horrible danger with the help of John Constantine. Writer Jeff Lemire is joined by now-regular-artist Steve Pugh for part one of “Extinction is Forever.”
The Omega Effect crossover is over, but Daredevil is not out of the woods yet; he still has the Omega Drive and every crime syndicate in the Marvel universe after him. But Matt Murdock is one cool, collected mamma jamma, so I’m sure he’ll be able to handle it.
In fact, Matt’s decided to unwind from recent events with a very hot date with assistant district attorney Kristen McDuffie. Well played, Matt. Well played indeed.
Dial H #1
Award-winning novelist China Meville kicks off a brand-new series as part of DC’s second wave of New 52 titles.
Dial H represents a fresh take on the classic “Dial H for Hero” series from yesteryear, asking the question of what would happen if you discovered an unbelievably powerful artifact that allowed you to turn into a super hero.
Earth Two #1
DC headlines their second wave of New 52 titles with James Robinson and Nicola Scott’s Earth Two. This new ongoing series follows the adventures Alan Scott, Jay Garrick and many more from Earth Two. And trust us, this is not the Earth Two you remember, so who knows what’s going to happen.
Be sure to pick up this oversized debut issue.
Epic Kill #1
You would have to be a fool to not acknowledge that Image Comics is churning out some great comics right now. Enter: Epic Kill, Image’s latest original series, written and drawn by Raffaele Ienco.
Epic Kills follows an 18-year-old super assassin named Song, who has a target placed on her head by the President. Now everyone is gunning for her, literally, and it’s up to Song to turn the tables, which she’ll undoubtedly do in epic style, as the name suggests.
G.I. Combat #1
Join a slew of talented writers and artists as they cast the spotlight on DC’s classic war story franchises. This first issue features the first chapter of “War That Time Forgot,” by writer J.T. Krul and artist Ariel Olivetti, as well as the first installment of “Unknown Soldier,” by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian.
Hopefully G.I. Combat makes a bigger splash with readers than the now-cancelled Men of War.
Mind the Gap #1
After being attacked on a Manhattan subway platform, Elle Peterssen is left in a coma with the only clues capable of pinpointing her attacker buried deep in her mind. This new ongoing thriller series by Jim McCann and artists Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback will hopefully be another check in the win column for Image Comics.
Swamp Thing #9
Break out the champagne; it’s a new issue of Swamp Thing! Sethe has made his play and Abigail stands as a harbinger of darkness. What will Swamp Thing choose to do: destroy Abigail and save the earth, or will his heart take control of the situation, potentially dooming the planet in the process? We will be there to find out!
X-O Manowar #1
Valiant Entertainment revives one of their most popular characters with the help of writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord.
Aric of Dacia has never been a stranger to war, so when captured by a mysterious enemy known as The Vine (not us), he has no choice but to take up arms as the X-O Manowar if he ever wants to return to his home world and see his family again.