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10 Comics to Buy This Week: 6/13/2012

New American Vampire and Batman, more Before Watchmen and the Spider-Men of two worlds collide!

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.

Amazing Spider-Man #687

It’s part 6 of the latest Spider-Man epic. Doctor Octopus is still wreaking havoc on Spidey's life, this time coming after ol’ webhead with a new Sinister Six – the Avengers!

Spidey will have to face the ultimate test in this issue – does he sacrifice one life to save millions?

American Vampire: Lords of Nightmare #1

Oh happy day! Scott Snyder begins a brand-new American Vampire mini-series, entitled “Lords of Nightmare.” Dustin Nguyen will be drawing this new series, which will continue to shed light on the Vassals of the Morning Star and, more specifically, Felicia Book.

If you’re a new reader to American Vampire (seriously?!), then you’ll be happy to learn Lords of Nightmare can be read without any prior knowledge of the American Vampire mythos. However, if you’re a regular AV reader, this series will further expand upon the brilliant universe Scott Snyder has meticulously crafted.

Batman #10

The penultimate chapter of Night of the Owls has arrived. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo ratchet things up to 11 with this issue.

Pick up Batman #10 if you want some answers to who runs the Court of Owls and what they’re intentions truly are. The book’s cliffhanger will also leave you gasping for air. Promise.

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1

Darwyn Cooke, with the help of artist Amanda Connor, continues the Before Watchmen train with Silk Spectre #1 this week.

We got a chance to check out the first issue of Silk Spectre at the DC offices in mid May and came away impressed. Expect a lot of insight into the mother/daughter relationship between two generations of Silk Spectre. It's also worth nothing that Amanda Connor’s artwork is fantastic.

Additionally, this issue comes with the second chapter of Len Wein’s Crimson Corsair backup.

Here’s hoping Silk Spectre #1 is as solid as Minutemen #1.

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #10

New writer Matt Kindt takes over for Jeff Lemire with Frankenstein, kicking off a new storyline called “Satan’s Ring.”

Kindt is joined by series regular artist Alberto Ponticelli for a tale that seems perfectly fitting for this series – Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos investigate potential double agents within SHADE by visiting “Untropolis,” an exact copy of Metropolis that floats upside down above Smallville, Kansas.

It’s ideas like that that make us love this series.

The Massive #1

Brian Wood and artist Kristian Donaldson introduce a series centered on the search for a missing ship, The Massive. In a lot of ways, Massive feels like a spiritual sequel to Wood’s DMZ, with a heavy emphasis on environmental consciousness.

Specifically, Massive takes place in a “post-everything world” as the environmental-action trawler Kapital sets out to find its sister ship, The Massive. The Kapital’s captain, Callum Israel, will have to ask himself the hard questions, like what’s it mean to be an environmentalist when the whole world has already gone to hell in a hand basket.

Planetoid #1

Written and drawn by Ken Garing, Planetoid follows an ex-soldier-turned-space-pirate, named Silas, as he attempts to escape an alien world full of dangerous mechanical creatures, cyborg militias and a bounty on his head.

Image Comics has been on a roll lately, so we’re willing to give any new series they pump out a shot. Planetoid looks like something interesting, so let’s hope it’s worth our hard-earned duckets this week.

Shade #9

James Robinson is joined by artist Fraver Irving for the beginning of the end for this series. The Shade returns to his hometown of London to investigate who tried to have him whacked.

The Shade, as a series, has been great thus far, so we see no reason why you shouldn’t pick up this issue.

Spider-Men #1

The Marvel 616 and Ultimate universes collide for the first time. Peter Parker of Earth 616 will meet Miles Morales of the Ultimate universe for a little Spidey team-up action.

We were understandably nervous about this crossover, wondering if it would feel forced or not, but we’re happy to say Brian Michael Bendis provides a plausible and entertaining reason for this tale to happen. And with the help of artist Sara Pichelli, Spider-Men #1 is a beautiful book.

Lay those fears to rest; Spider-Men is a crossover definitely worth checking out.

Uncanny X-Force #26

Wolverine, AoA Nightcrawler and Deadpool square off against the Omegas. Meanwhile, Psylocke heads to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to visit her amnesia-suffering boy toy, Angel. You know this isn’t going to turn out well for anyone involved.

Get pumped for more black ops X-Men action courtesy of Rick Remender and artist Mike McKone.

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From this list I am getting:

Amazing Spider-man

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

Spider-men

Posted by jrock85

Batman and maybe Silk Spectre for me.

Posted by Mega_spidey01

spider-men for me in tpb.

Posted by Johnnyjavavee

Fantastic Four, ASM and Batman! YES! I really hope more things happen in number 10 than number 9 though..

Posted by Adnan

Frankenstein
Demon Knights
Shade
Planetoid

Posted by DrewHLMW

Amazing Spider-Man, Batman and Spider-Men for me

Posted by Cavemold

Batman, scarlet spider, maybe B

Posted by Wildblue3

I would have put Green Lantern in there as well. It's the last chaper of the Indigo saga

Edited by Bobzenub

This is the first time I heard about Brian Wood starting a new series at Dark Horse - definitely gonna check it out.

@Wildblue3 said:

I would have put Green Lantern in there as well. It's the last chaper of the Indigo saga

+1 x 1000

F*ck the Geoff Johns haters, seriously... The series is epic.

Posted by badaboop

-Spider-Men

-Uncanny X-Force

-Batman

For some reason, the Silk Spectre comic doesn't appeal to me as much as Minutemen did. Don't think it'll be as good.

Posted by GrandHarrier

@badaboop: Main draw would be Amanda Connors art. Because her art so sexseh.

Posted by blindisaac

I am getting Batman, Uncanny X-Force, and possibly American Vampire. I might just wait until its collected to get it because I will eventually just get the trades even though I buy the singles. I am waiting for all of Before Watchmen to get collected which will probably be in the spring and I just ordered the ASM Big Time Ultimate Collection TPB to jump into ASM. I might pick up the singles with the next arc and just get the other trades of Slotts run.

Posted by ravisher

ill try to find time for all

Posted by SavageDragon

Amazing Spiderman, Batman, Dancer #2, Demon Knights. Maybe Mind the Gap if the letter I wrote in is in the back of the book.

Posted by Bestostero

I think Batman is the only one I'm getting for sure on this list, I want the Watchmen one, but we'll see how much funds i have left after my usual purchases.

Posted by erik_norris

@Johnnyjavavee: @Johnnyjavavee said:

Fantastic Four, ASM and Batman! YES! I really hope more things happen in number 10 than number 9 though..

Make sure to have a diaper on when reading Batman #10. ;)

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Posted by erik_norris

@badaboop said:

-Spider-Men

-Uncanny X-Force

-Batman

For some reason, the Silk Spectre comic doesn't appeal to me as much as Minutemen did. Don't think it'll be as good.

I think it's going to be hard to top Minutemen in general, factoring in all the Before Watchmen titles. Darwyn Cooke is not easily topped, at least in my humble opinion.

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Posted by edtie97

This batman looks pretty good.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Really tempted to get Frankenstein (since I hear Jeff Lemire's work is the bomb). Should I go for it or is the comic over hyped?

Posted by Illuminatus

Spider Men #1? Seriously?

Posted by Nudeviking

@erik_norris said:

@badaboop said:

-Spider-Men

-Uncanny X-Force

-Batman

For some reason, the Silk Spectre comic doesn't appeal to me as much as Minutemen did. Don't think it'll be as good.

I think it's going to be hard to top Minutemen in general, factoring in all the Before Watchmen titles. Darwyn Cooke is not easily topped, at least in my humble opinion.

Cooke is indeed a hard act to beat, but he also has the distinct advantage of writing about the least clearly defined characters from Watchmen.

Edited by SpidermanWins

ASM, Batman, and X-Force issues are on my list. Spider-Men too but I'm skeptical about that one... nah I'll end up reading it anyhow.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

All of these look so good, sadly I don't think I'm getting a one of em this week :/

Posted by saoakden

From this list: Spider-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Force, Batman.

American Vampire I'm not to sure though. Looks interesting though.

Posted by Apothecary2

@Illuminatus said:

Spider Men #1? Seriously?

Yes seriously. It is obviously a very notable comic.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope said:

Really tempted to get Frankenstein (since I hear Jeff Lemire's work is the bomb). Should I go for it or is the comic over hyped?

Give it a shot. It's no Animal Man, but it's got such a badass sense of bizarre fun that I think many would enjoy.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@Bobzenub said:

This is the first time I heard about Brian Wood starting a new series at Dark Horse - definitely gonna check it out.

@Wildblue3 said:

I would have put Green Lantern in there as well. It's the last chaper of the Indigo saga

+1 x 1000

F*ck the Geoff Johns haters, seriously... The series is epic.

Geoff Johns' Green Lantern is definitely epic.

But his current Justice League has been almost entirely absolute crap.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

@The Mighty Monarch:

I'll definitely check it out next time I'm at the shop. I love me some bizarre comic tales (would explain my love for EC horror)

Posted by longbowhunter

Batman, Batman & Robin, Green Lantern, Saucer Country, Shade, and Uncanny X-Force. May checkout Frankenstein. "Untropolis" sounds interesting.

Posted by broo1232

Uncanny X-force

Avx vs

Posted by longbowhunter

Anybody know for sure if Mind the Gap is coming out this week?

Posted by SavageDragon
Posted by broo1232

i thought Phil Noto was doing Uncanny X-force?

Posted by BST

F yeah, Frazer Irving!

Posted by James_Jnr

Yeah @Necrotic, Lemire isn't writing Frankenstein anymore. Pretty much buying all these except for ASM. This arc has been fairly poor. I'm buying most books Image put out at the moment, they're really killing it. Hopefully Planetoid is another win.I was doubtful about Before Watchmen, but after Minutemen I am all over it. And Batman...Well that's just been brilliant. Bow down before the mighty Snyder.

Posted by oraclefyre

Uncanny X-Force for me, definitely.

Posted by RedOwl_1

Not much to me this week: Batman (duh of course) Batman And Robin (I'm particularly excited by this one :D) Superboy and Spider-Men

Posted by Sharkey

Yes Batman #10 and Shade #9! 
 
I especially can't wait for the latter, I adore Frazer Irving's work. :)

Posted by RedOwl_1

@The Mighty Monarch said:

@Bobzenub said:

This is the first time I heard about Brian Wood starting a new series at Dark Horse - definitely gonna check it out.

@Wildblue3 said:

I would have put Green Lantern in there as well. It's the last chaper of the Indigo saga

+1 x 1000

F*ck the Geoff Johns haters, seriously... The series is epic.

Geoff Johns' Green Lantern is definitely epic.

But his current Justice League has been almost entirely absolute crap.

Also his Aquaman run has been amazing :D, and IMO Justice League isn't the best out here but isn't that bad either..... some 6 or 7/10 you approve a subject with that :D

Edited by feargalr

This is such a great week for comics. Gonna be a lean weekend

Posted by blacksuperman4eva

Okay so this week I can't wait to get Batman #10 which looks awesome and then Spider-Men #1 which is gonna be great to read and be exciting series!

Posted by Twentyfive

Of these, the only one I'm getting is Spider-Men. Wow.

Posted by PrototypeEnchanced

Gotta get Spider-Men # 1 and Batman #10

Posted by Remi

Thumbs up for the Massive

Posted by NEEK_03

BATMAN 10 and AMS forsure.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Dancer 2 and batman obviously haha

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I'm definitly getting BATMAN.
I'm also getting Avengers #27 and Deadpool #56.

Posted by badaboop

@Nudeviking said:

@erik_norris said:

@badaboop said:

-Spider-Men

-Uncanny X-Force

-Batman

For some reason, the Silk Spectre comic doesn't appeal to me as much as Minutemen did. Don't think it'll be as good.

I think it's going to be hard to top Minutemen in general, factoring in all the Before Watchmen titles. Darwyn Cooke is not easily topped, at least in my humble opinion.

Cooke is indeed a hard act to beat, but he also has the distinct advantage of writing about the least clearly defined characters from Watchmen.

Very true, I hadn't thought of that. I mean, all of these writers and artists are unfortunately working against peoples' expectations and trying to pay homage to the original work with these established characters, but Cooke does definitely have an advantage. He does have to tie the knots in the end and make sure he connects all the dots, though, by sticking to the history as well as creating his own.

Posted by TaylorKr

might pick up spidermen. but def buying batman

Posted by Nudeviking

@broo1232 said:

i thought Phil Noto was doing Uncanny X-force?

Unfortunately he just did the art for issue 24. McKone did the art for 25, and while it's no Phil Noto, it's way better than the Greg Tocchini stuff from the last arc.

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