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This Week's Essential Comics (04/08/13)

Not certain how to spend your cash this Wednesday? We have a few recommendations.

As much as we'd love to, most of us simply don't have the extra cash to afford picking up every single comic that catches our eye. Because of that, every Monday we here at Comic Vine review this week's new releases and narrow it down to the options that we believe will be quite awesome and worthy of your attention. Naturally, it isn't an easy chore, so expect quite a few in the honorable mentions, too.

Do you agree with these picks or will your "must read" list look different? Sound off in the comments below.

BATMAN AND RED ROBIN #19

When DC said Red Robin would come to Batman's aid in his time of need, it seemed safe to assume said character was Tim Drake. Well, we were dead wrong with that assumption. It turns out writer Peter Tomasi is introducing a New 52 version of a very famous alternate earth Robin... Carrie Kelly! That's right, Frank Miller's version of Robin from the classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS will now step into the main DC universe. In case you're wondering, Tomasi has stated he'll have the character stay close to Miller's version, too.

The NY POST had a preview but it has since been taken down. Instead, here's our review of the last issue.

HAWKEYE #9

At this point you either love Matt Fraction's HAWKEYE and think it's the most amazing thing since chocolate or you're part of the select few who just don't appreciate it. I'm not saying there's something wrong with you if you're part of the latter, but yeah, you should probably see a doctor and get that checked out. Fraction's lovable and sharp script is once again beautifully brought to life by David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth's superb and vibrant artwork. Plus, we'll see the return of tracksuit bros and finally get to see how "serious" the relationship between Clint and Spider-Woman truly is.

Visit IGN for the rest of the preview.

SAGA #12

Writer Brian K.Vaughan's sci-fi tale is consistently deemed the best book out there by CV staffer Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring and pretty much anyone and everyone else reading it. After the last chapter was so exceptionally brilliant, anticipation is at an all-time high for the next issue. Bring it on, Mr. Vaughan.

There's no preview, but here's our review for #11.

STAR WARS #4

It's simple: if you love the original trilogy (and who honestly doesn't?), you need to be reading this series. Sure, it's easy to make a story take place during that era, but that doesn't mean the tale feels legitimate. Brian Wood's script oozes the classic films' vibe and feels like they're moments stripped right outta the classic films. If that's not high praise, I don't know what is.

Dark Horse hasn't released a preview, so here's our review for the last chapter.

THE WALKING DEAD #109

Do I really need to provide reasons for this one? I mean, really? It's all of the usual goodness brought to us by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn. Now, though, there's the potential for Shiva (a pet tiger) to rip apart the undead. Yeah, sounds good, doesn't it? Potential tiger mauling aside, this issue will also introduce a new character as Maggie continues to mourn Glenn. If you're a fan of the show and have yet to dive into the comic, now would be a good time. Though, we all of course recommend reading from the beginning.

Check out The Hollywood Reporter for the rest of the preview.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG #9
  • AVENGERS #9
  • AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #19
  • BATMAN #19
  • COLONIZED #1
  • CONSTANTINE #2
  • HARBINGER #11
  • INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #12
  • INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1
  • ALIENS VS. PARKER #2
  • THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #7

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Google+ and Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

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Posted by Xwraith

Did Dark Horse drop the digital copy code for Star Wars? It's not on the cover.

Edited by Fenderxx

lol I think im the only one, but I still excited about the age of ultron books, but ya Hawkeye for sure!

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Batman and Red Robin 19

Batman 19

And that's it for me this week.

Posted by judasnixon

Prince Robot IV is back....... You better hid your babies!

Posted by wessaari

Tim has been given the shaft in the Bat-fam, I was looking forward to him starring alongside Bats for this issue, but C.K. will definitely take that away

Edited by MuyJingo

Mmmm...for me:

  • Injustice
  • Constantine
  • Batman (surprised this didn't make the list)
  • Batman and Red Robin
  • Green Lantern Corp
  • Superboy
  • Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness
Posted by gotwillpower

Batman and Red Robin 19

Batman 19

And that's it for me this week.

Same, I read too much Batman.

Edited by The Stegman

I have quite a bit this week,

Batman

Batgirl

Batman & Robin

Constantine

Deathstroke

Demon Knights

Suicide Squad

Green Lantern Corps

Superboy

Team 7

Ravagers

Posted by darkwingdan

It's Batman week for me. But more importantly, it's SAGA week!

Posted by Nightwing4

Psyched for Hawkeye, obviously Batman, I'll probably pick up B&R again to see if I like N52 C.K.

Edited by Smurfboy

Wolverine #2!!!!!!!!!!

EDIT: Just found out that Batman Lil Gotham #1 is coming out this week. Is this all-new ongoing series or limited time series? Just wondering. I'm willing to cough up $3 more if it's ongoing series.

Posted by Trevel8182

@wessaari: He's so incredibly different and lesser of a character from the original Tim drake. I wish they would reveal his real name to be Tim John Blake, kill him off and bring in the real Timothy Jackson Drake from lonely place of dying.

Posted by saoakden

From Here: Batman and Red Robin, Hawkeye, Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, Batman, Costantine, Injustice, Thor: God of Thunder.

Posted by dreamfall31

Hawkeye (A whole month without this comic was hell!), Batman, Batman and Robin, Constantine

Edited by longbowhunter

I think this is the first time I'm actually going to buy everything off the essential list.

Edited by kilomac29
  • Constantine
  • Batman
  • Batman & Red Robin
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • Suicide Squad
  • Hawkeye
Edited by Dreadmaster
  • Avengers
  • Batman
  • Harbinger
Posted by CaptainCyke

Uncanny Avengers is just flying under everyone's radars... even when the Dark Angel Saga is returning...

Posted by Twentyfive

Nothing from DC.

I was hoping Carrie would be the permanent Robin, but from future solicits, it looks like she won't.

Edited by Zeeguy91

Batman, Batman & Red Robin, Deathstroke, Demon Knights, Hawkeye, and Threshold.

Edited by New_World_Order

Glenn dies?:0

Posted by bob808

Batman

Batman and Robin

Batgirl

Constantine

Team 7

Threshold

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From the list I am getting Batman and robin, Hawkeye, Batman, Injustice Gods Among Us, and Invincible Universe

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

I am only getting Batman. It has always been a tradition for me to go to the comic book store the weekend right after the new Batman comes out to pick it up with the other comics I buy (Flash, Wonder Woman) along with a back issue.

Edited by DonFelipe

Hawkeye, Saga, Harbinger, Thor, Walking Dead... what a wonderful week ahead!

Colonized seems to be an interesting title as well.

Edited by sora_thekey

Hawkeye!!!! That is all I need in my life.

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Edited by Xanni15

Yes, you do need to provide a reason for TWD. :P

Posted by monsterduc

Umm...Batman l'il Gotham!

Posted by nappystr8

This must be a record low for comic previews in the essential article. It's too bad, but at the same time, means everything will be completely fresh when I pick up these great books on Wednesday.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Star Wars #4 I think of all these listed...but many more by my hold list for sure.

Edited by stetson12

Avenging Spider-man 19

Batman 19

Walking Dead 109

Edited by SwampPing

Batman and SAGA!

Posted by dondave

DC

Batgirl #19

Batman #19

Batman And Red Robin #19

Constantine #2

Deathstroke #19

Demon Knights #19

Green Lantern Corps #19

Ravagers #11

Suicide Squad #19

Superboy #19

Team 7 #7

MARVEL

Age Of Ultron #5

Avengers #9

Avengers Assemble #14

Avenging Spider-Man #19

Fantastic Four #6

Fearless Defenders #3

Secret Avengers #3

Secret Service #6 (Of 6),

Thor God Of Thunder #7

Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #23

Ultron #1AU,

Uncanny Avengers #6

Uncanny X-Men #4

Wolverine #2

X-Treme X-Men #13

Posted by kriminal

nothing of the list. its not that i dont apperiate hawkeye. i got the first 3 issues and it was great but didnt feel like it was needed on my pull list and had to cut some titles. any way getting thor god of thunder 7 and age of ultron 5. i have 14 titles so alight week for me

@fenderxx: me too man lol. i actually like marvels events. fight me

Edited by K3vinkha0S

SAGA, Batman, Hawkguy, The Walking Dead, & Star Wars. Awesome week of books. Oh yea... and if you even have the slightest interest in comics and your not reading SAGA or Hawkguy, yur dumb.

Edited by CitizenJP

Saga Saga Saga.

Edited by RedR0bin

Relatively light week for me:

Batman #19

Age of Ultron #5

Avengers #9

Thor God of Thunder #7

The Ultimates #23

Ultron #4

Uncanny Avengers #6

Uncanny X-Men #4

Star Wars #4

I've been wanting to read SAGA for a while now. This may be the week I start.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Such a great week for comics!

Posted by Mucklefluga

@xwraith said:

Did Dark Horse drop the digital copy code for Star Wars? It's not on the cover.

They have said from the beginning that they were only having a digital code for the first 3 issues.

Edited by bennyq

What's the go with Invincible Universe? Is it replacing Guarding the Globe?

Posted by fullmetaladam

To answer Katzman's query I am one who honestly does not love the original Star Wars trilogy. Same with the Godfather films.Maybe it's because you hear how great these movies are all the time that when you first see them you're like "really? that's what the hype was about?" Saw the movie George Lucas admits was the inspiration for Star Wars, Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" and found it so much better. I love 50's Sci-fi so am not anti against that genre.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

Only Hawkguy, Batman, and Uncanny X-Men for me this week. I'm really narrowing down my pull list. I don't have the money to buy as many as i was. Plus, there are some trades I want to start picking up and I can't with so many books a month.

Posted by jwalser3

CONSTANTINE #2

HARBINGER #11

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

Batman and Red Robin #19!!!

Posted by Projector

Every week I take a look at the Previews World release list that I have bookmarked and I make a list of what I'm picking up (http://www.previewsworld.com/shipping/newreleases.txt)

April 10

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BATMAN #19 $3.99

BATMAN AND RED ROBIN #19 $2.99

CONSTANTINE #2 $2.99

DJANGO UNCHAINED #3 (MR) $4.99

SAGA #12 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

SAGA #12 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

SEX #2 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

WALKING DEAD #109 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

WALKING DEAD #109 BLANK SKETCH CVR (MR) PI

AGE OF ULTRON #5 $3.99

ALPHA BIG TIME #3 $2.99

AVENGERS #9 NOW $3.99

SECRET AVENGERS #3 NOW $3.99

SECRET SERVICE #6 (MR) $4.99

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #23 $3.99

ULTRON #1AU $3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #4 NOW $3.99

Posted by yo_yo_fun

Batman & Red Robin sounds interesting, as well as Star Wars...maybe.

From this list I'm getting Batman #19.

I'm also getting Batgirl #19, Demon Knights #19 and Fearless Defenders #3.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

HAWKEYE HAWKEYE HAWKEYE

batman

Walking Dead

Batman and Robin

Deathstroke

Uncanny XMEn

Saga

Sex

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Avengers

Batman

Batman and Robin

Constantine

Fantastic Four

Saga

Star Wars

Uncanny X-Men

Posted by iSummers

Constantine

uncanny x-men

batman

suicide squad

avenging spider-man

superboy

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