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10 Comics to Buy This Week: 5/9/2012

Suggestions for spending your money right this week.

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.

Batman #9

After last month’s prelude chapter to the "Night of the Owls" crossover, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue the siege of Wayne Manor by the Court of Owls. Will Bruce be able to protect Alfred and the Batcave from an army of Talons?

Plus: the back-up story by Snyder and James Tynion IV, with art by Rafael Albuquerque, reveals hidden secrets of the Pennyworth family that could shake Bruce to his very core.

Batman and Robin #9

Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason get involved in the “Night of the Owls” crossover event sweeping through the majority of the New 52’s Bat-titles.

In this issue, Robin goes one on one with a Talon. Will the Boy Wonder be man enough to take on one of these assassins alone? If Damian’s past adventures are anything to go by, we’re going to say yes.

Captain America #11

Ed Brubaker and artist Patrick Zircher kick off a new story arc called “System Failure.” When ex-super villains in witness protection are systemically murdered, it’s up to Cap to figure out what is going on. This issue marks the return of an old villain and an old lover. Get pumped for a little star-spangled Three’s Company, y’all.

Fatale #5

We inch ever closer to the conclusion of Fatale’s first arc. As the solicit reads, all the pieces are in place, Josephine and her lover are prepared to execute their plan, but only one of them know what they’re truly dealing with. Plans will go awry, and there will be blood, apparently.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Fatale has been a healthy dose of pulp crime fiction and horror. Every issue of the series has delivered thus far, so we see no reason why Fatale #5 won’t live up to expectations.

Green Lantern #9

Welcome to part three of “The Secret of the Indigo Tribe.” In this issue, Hal and Sinestro learn the “horrific” truth behind the members of the Indigo Tribe and their connection to Abin Sur. Furthermore, the Guardians continue to push to replace the Green Lantern Corps, by any means necessary.

Higher Earth #1

Written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Francesco Biagini, Higher Earth follows Heidi, a girl born in garbage, and Rex, a soldier gone rogue, who get caught up in a sci-fi epic that spans hundreds of earth and hundreds of timelines.

For fans of Humphries, Higher Earth is a pseudo follow-up to last year’s indie hit, “Our Love is Real.” If you like your comics with infinite possibilities, Higher Earth #1 is definitely worth checking out. Oh, and at $1, the investment isn’t very hard to justify.

Marvel’s Avengers: The Avengers Initiative

Like you, we’re still obsessing over Marvel’s Avengers. The movie rocked, and we want more. That’s why we’re excited to check out this special issue that acts as a prequel to the Avengers film, made for readers of all ages.

Written by Fred Van Lente and drawn by Ron Lim, Marvel’s Avengers: The Avengers Initiative should be a fun book with which we can continue our love affair with Joss Whedon’s version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Hopefully we also get more of that SHIELD agent who loves Galaga…

Mystery in Space #1

This over-sized, one-shot anthology issue features the work of Michael Allred, Paul Pope and more, as they set out to tell some of the wackiest stories set in space that your mind can possibly comprehend. Get excited for tales of broken hearts cryogenically frozen, a zero-gravity ménage a trois compromised by aliens, and solar systems spinning out of control.

While the $7.99 price tag is a little steep, we fully believe the work found within Mystery in Space will be well worth the price of admission.

Punisher #11

Matt Murdock got over the Omega Effect crossover by going out on a date. Frank Castle gets over recent events by going on a killing spree. Priorities, priorities.

Additionally, Frank finally opens up to Rachel Cole, and she might not like what she hears. Is there still a chance for her to live a normal life, and will the Punisher push her towards it?

Uncanny X-Force #25

Uncanny X-Force celebrates its 25 issue with the start of “The Final Execution.” Join Rick Remender and artist Mike McKone as they introduce “The Omegas,” and explain why the X-Force must hunt them down.

In addition to the main story found in this issue, we also get a special tale by Remender and Jerome Opena starring Wolverine and Deadpool, the best bromance in the Marvel Universe.

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Posted by longbowhunter

Super excited for the new Uncanny X-Force arc.

Posted by Icarusflies


Green Lantern

and I might try Mystery in Space.

Posted by Red_Robin212

Batman, Batman & Robin & Green Lantern in the same week


Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From this list I a getting Green Lantern issue 9, but Higher Earth issue 1 sounds pretty cool.

Posted by Johnnyjavavee

fatale batman and uncanny x force. yesss

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

Again, no Morning Glories?

And no Demon Knights? New arc is beginning, great time to jump on.

Posted by kimjoshu

no walking dead....what is this.

Posted by feargalr

A great week for comics

Posted by Cafeterialoca
Posted by Bestostero

my must buy is Grifter...Batman and Batgirl! but im so excited for Grifter! one of my favorite character's first appearance in the new 52 will be in it :)

Posted by TheHeat

I'll be getting The Mighty Thor and Deadpool this week.

Posted by Baron_Emo

Wolverine and the X-Men I think is a AVX cross over.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Another Light wk but good wk. Uncanny X-force (Double Sized Issue) and Batman is what I'm looking forward too. Punisher and Fatale round out the wk.

Posted by ClawFist


Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Shucks, this isn't a one of my pulls this week :( They all look so wonderful too...

Edited by John Valentine

Green Lantern, WaTXM, X-Men Legacy, Ultimates, Ultimate X-Men and Uncanny for me.

Posted by Gregomasta

I love this feature already. keep it up.

Posted by Mandrewgora

Michael Allred and Paul Pope, Heck yeah I'll get that.

Posted by CircularLogic

Distinct lack of Demon Knights on this list makes me sad. Why must you all hate wonderful things?

Posted by JamDamage

WOW, for some reason it feels like Batman 8 was just out. oh well. happy happy. even more happy for X-Force now that that awful Captain Britain story is over. The last issue was great. I'm not expecting less this issue, but Opena doing Wolvering and Deadpool. I wish it was Wed already.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@Icarusflies said:


Green Lantern

and I might try Mystery in Space.

Same here. So excited for Batman and GL. The writing on both titles has been stellar. And I can definitely say that Mystery in Space has me intrigued. I am definitely going to pick it up.

Posted by webling

Batman, Walking Dead, and Invincible for me. I'll pick up Fatale and Green Lantern digitally next month. Also Batman and Robin when they have a sale, I love it but my pull is stuffed.

Posted by blur1528

Get pumped for a little star-spangled Three’s Company, y’all.

Best line ever. Can't wait for that issue.

Posted by jrock85

Batman and Batman and Robin for me.

Posted by SzechuanSteve

Really excited for Uncanny X-Force and Batman this week!!!

Also picking up Batman and Robin, Captain America, Punisher, and a handful of others that didn't make this list.

Posted by IronHerc

Batman #9 and Green Lantern #9 I'm sold. One is going all out with the night of owls and green lantern is building up for a new crossover which I really can't wait.....just hope it's better than war of the green lanterns

Posted by Mokey

@JamDamage: "WOW, for some reason it feels like Batman 8 was just out"

Haha, me too! I saw Batman #9 on the list and I was like "It's been a month already?!"

Posted by Meteorite

Loving that Punisher cover!

Posted by Mildor

Batman, Batman & R, X-Force and maybe Marvel Avengers

Posted by Zeeguy91

Batman, Batgirl, Green Lantern, Demon Knights, Legion Lost, Mystery in Space, and Superboy for me this week.

Posted by revbucky

Mystery in Space #1 looks interesting.

Posted by TheOptimist

Of these, I'm picking up Batman, Batman & Robin, Green Lantern, Mystery in Space and Uncanny X-Force... although if this issue of Uncanny X-Force does not improve substantially over the last arc, I'm out.

Posted by erik_norris

@aztek_the_lost said:

Is 7.99 really that steep when you consider it's got the content of more then three comics priced at 2.99?

And no Fairest #3? :O

Some might see it as a turn-off, but you're absolutely right: for the amount of content, $7.99 is kind of a steal for that book, going off the assumption it's all worthwhile, that is.

Posted by SupremeHyperion

sounds like skourge is coming back to kill all of caps unused villains again, just like the 90's

Posted by bladewolf

Nope, not buying any of these. This week it's time for Demon Knights and Suicide Squad!

Posted by yo_yo_fun

So Captain America #11 is a good starting point if you want to jump in on the series?

Posted by yo_yo_fun

This week for me is Batman #9 (though I don't like that they move it a week:/), Batgirl #9, Batman & Robin #9 and last But not least, Demon Knights #9. :)

Posted by Mucklefluga

Batman definitely, Higher Earth sounds good for $1 and maybe Uncanny X-Force, i dunno if i wanna pay an extra dollar

Posted by DATNIGGA

Im happy that awful captin Britain story is over cant wait to read x force

Posted by zackattack529

hey guys help me out...ima big DC guy, which one of marvels books are better

captain america or punisher?

i wanna start only one of these but which is the better????

Posted by zackattack529

@bladewolf: youll probably wanna also get resurrection man. for the sake of the crossover between sucide squad.

Edited by mosnterduc1000

@ zackattack529

I get both and I am enjoying Punisher way more than Cap. Check out Daredevil as well. Great story going on there and it is probably a bit better than Punisher on the writing side, Punisher has the better art though.

Edited by CombatSpoon86

@zackattack529: Depends who you like. Both Punisher and Cap are written by good writers. If you prefer Cap and Brubaker, go with Cap but it's a 4 dollar book. If you like Rucka and Punisher more go with Punisher which is a dollar cheaper. Same pg count on both books. Any book would be great since they don't tie in to anything. Personally I go with the chepaer books like Punisher (Rucka), Winter Soldier(Brubaker), or Daredevil(Waid) more bang for the 2.99 books.

Posted by HempKnight757

Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad (just because Resurrection Man crossover), & I will more than likely check out Mystery in Space.

Posted by BiggieSmalls

Did this Batman #9 story arc begin at #1 or later?

Posted by TheOptimist

@BiggieSmalls said:

Did this Batman #9 story arc begin at #1 or later?

Well, it is built off of what was established in #1... but this actual arc really began with #8. Everything before it contributes wonderfully, but if you can't assemble 1-7, you would be at a perfectly comfortable point beginning with #8.

Posted by Delphic

Probably going to wait till next week. I would like to pick up Batman, and Fatale out of this list though.

Posted by htb106

definetely batman and robin, it looks amazing.

Posted by Funrush

Getting Batman, and Batman and Robin.

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