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This Week's Essential Comics: 05/01/13

It's a good week for archers, Valiant's crossover event continues, and there's some huge moments on the horizon for Tony Stark and Spider-Man.

Welcome to the latest Essential Comics. This is where we take a look at this week's list of new releases and narrow it down to the ones we're incredibly excited for. Sure, there's titles like ANIMAL MAN and AQUAMAN which are steadily awesome and a new chapter of Marvel's AGE OF ULTRON, yet we can't help but be overly stoked for the following five. Don't forget to post your own essential comics in the comments below!

In an effort to give you all more variety in our recommendations, next week you'll see a brand new take on the feature. Usually it's just me and Tony making the selections, but starting next week, each writer (if they have time, of course) will provide their own top 3 suggestions! In the meantime, here's some very promising comics coming out this Wednesday.


The brilliantly engrossing new take on the character continues and once again dives deeper into Ollie's history. Written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino, the creative team has massively redeemed the Emerald Archer in The New 52, providing a title Arrow fans can be proud of. This issue will yet again reveal how Komodo is destroying the hero's life and what secrets the island holds (only makes sense to lure in the TV crowd too, right?).

Visit MTV Geek for a preview.


Having already read this issue (I was lucky enough to check it out when I visited their office for an interview), I can say with full confidence that it's epic. Last issue laid the groundwork and now we're treated to something quite awesome: Toyo Harada versus Bloodshot. It seems like a totally one-sided fight, yes? Trust me, it's not and you're probably going to love seeing why.

Feast your eyes on an extensive preview below.


And the award for the most obvious essential comic this week goes to...

Matt Fraction has struck gold with HAWKEYE, crafting a story that consistently generates ginormous laughs and a fresh and welcoming approach to the Avenger's life. There's been plenty of chaos along the way, but despite that, this book has mostly been an uplifting experience. Based on last issue's shocking cliffhanger and below's preview, it's clear that's all about to change.

Check out CBR for the final preview page.


This is a book that has definitely been all over the place. The last story showed promise, but then suffered a lackluster conclusion (at least IMHO). Issue #9, however, is claiming to be a must read issue for "the biggest Tony Stark story of the year." Pretty bold statement, but seeing as it claims to dive into his origin and includes a team-up with Death's Head (so, I guess he didn't die in the explosion?), this issue definitely has our interest piqued.

Now, I know quite a few of you avoid this book because of Greg Land, so you'll be happy to know he's not on art duties with this one. Instead, Dale Eaglesham illustrates this one and Guru-eFX is still on colors. Get a look at the preview below.


I know my fellow staffers are loving SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, but truthfully, I haven't been enjoying it nearly as much as Marvel's other top titles (THOR, for example). That said, I simply have to pick up this issue. Why, you ask? Because it's a must read experience for any Parker fan. Dubbed "SUPERIOR NO MORE," this issue claims to be a huge turning point for the Otto/Peter dilemma. The outcome seems obvious (especially since we've seen solicits for future issues), but I'm still hugely curious to see how Dan Slott will play his hand. If you're even remotely interested in Spider-Man's struggle, this is definitely an issue you'll want to pick up.

Have a peek at four pages below.

New and on our radar

  • TEN GRAND #1

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Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Black Bat and Hawkeye for me.

Edited by Dernman

I'm skipping the pre history bull like I did with First X-Men, Avengers 1959, pre history S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted by Raw_Material

Essential - Aquaman #19

Edited by Fenderxx

This is going to be a big week, think I have like 6 books coming out.

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

No Aquaman #19? :'(

Posted by jwalser3

Black Bat & Green Arrow!

Essential - Aquaman #19

That as well!

Posted by Cavemold

Harbingers wars


Is shadowman coming out? That too

Posted by longbowhunter

Definitely grabbing Green Arrow and Hawkeye. Had Freddie Williams do a Daredevil piece for me at C2E2 over the weekend. Told him I'd checkout the Movement. Hope Gail Simone brings some of that magic she put into Secret Six.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Marvel; Hawkeye, Superior Spidey, Iron Man, Thanos Rising, Age of Ultron, All New Xmen, Indestructible Hulk, A+X. DC; Animal Man, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Earth 2 and Detective Comics. Image; Ten Grand, Invincible Universe and Spawn. Harbinger Wars, Shadowman, Black Bat.

Posted by jaybefre

I'll tune into Iron Man again once the Stark Seven starts up because as the author tried to put it nicely it's been terrible since Kieron Gillen picked it up. His Young Avengers stuff is great but this Iron Man is stale.

Posted by Cavemold

Wheres shadowman at greg!

Edited by bladewolf

Shadowman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Hawkeye, Detective, and Action for me.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From the list I am getting Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Superior Spider-man, and the Movement

Posted by CitizenJP

That cover for Superior Spider-Man is pretty sweet.

Posted by lifeboy

Oh damn! That GA cover is awesome! Komodo and ollie are really going at it. That's the best action scene I've seen in a long time..

Edited by Xwraith

"Change out of that outfit right now... it reminds me too much of your mother."

I think we can expect another New 52 debut soon.

Posted by gotwillpower

How about Indestructible Hulk? I'm getting that book.

Edited by Raw_Material

@jwalser3 said:

Black Bat & Green Arrow!

@raw_material said:

Essential - Aquaman #19

That as well!

You're right too..definitely Green Arrow..Let's see what Jeff Lemire's Ollie is made of!

Posted by Zeeguy91

Definitely grabbing Green Arrow and Hawkeye. Had Freddie Williams do a Daredevil piece for me at C2E2 over the weekend. Told him I'd checkout the Movement. Hope Gail Simone brings some of that magic she put into Secret Six.

I read the preview and it definitely has a Secret Six vibe to it. I'm pumped.

Edited by Dm225

Aquaman #19

Age of Ultron #7

Indestructible Hulk #7

Superior Spider-Man #9

Thanos Rising #2

Posted by thebluedragon07

Finally we get to see Black Bat come back. I wonder what they did with Cassandra Cain in this one, I hope she is still adopted by Bruce, and still part of the Bat family.

Posted by Reignmaker

Indestructible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Shadowman. Should be fun.

Edited by Yung ANcient One

I think the Parker memory fragment will be transferred somewhere and Doc Ock will have full control until the Parker Memory Fragment gets a new host (Kaine*wink*wink) to try yet again to gain control of his own body.

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Posted by kilomac29

Hawkeye for me, and maybe Aquaman.

On an unrelated note, but because I'm late to the party, its new to me. I just read issue #1 of East of West. MIND BLOWN! (definitely hooked)

Edited by Dark_Guyver

Just Detective Comics for me this week.

Posted by knightofthechronicle

@xwraith: I almost jumped out of my chair when I read that.

So anyway, Detective Comics and Aquaman are going to be great too.

Edited by OutlawRenegade


Edited by MrShway88

Why do the Iron Man issues always make the list? They always suck and have bad reviews.

Posted by AustinHasten


Posted by Hawkguy

Oh yes, another issue of Hawkeye, that basically makes the week!

Posted by RedX9

Action Comics

Green Arrow


Swamp Thing

Animal Man

All New X-men


Posted by Bigross123

Age of Ultron #7 (wish I would have never started this mini series)

All-New X-Men #11

Aquaman #19

Detective Comics #20

Green Arrow #20

Movement #1

Superior Spider-Man #9 (I still hate that I love this series)

Ten Grand #1

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

Hawkeye and Superior Spidey this week from this list.

Posted by jstndmnd

Aquaman and Earth-2, both of which didn't make the list. Man, my comics never seem to make this list!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

im behind and i think im gonna wait to go in until FCBD, which then i will get:

Justice League 18, 19

Superman 19

Action Comics 20

Earth 2 12

Posted by Rixec
Posted by MadeinBangladesh

DAMn I love the first week of the month.



Animal Man

Swamp Thing

All New XMEN

Edited by HempKnight757

Action Comics - Wasn't planning on sticking around, but 19 was good enough to come back.

Essential - Aquaman like Raw_Material said.

Earth 2


On the fence - Batwing

Posted by nappystr8

Even though I've been bracing for it since it was announced, I am not terribly happy to see Francovilla's art in Hawkeye. Maybe with Fraction giving him interesting design elements to play with, his art might start to grow on me.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Why do the Iron Man issues always make the list? They always suck and have bad reviews.

They always make the list? That's news to me.

No Aquaman #19? :'(

It gets a nod in the intro!

@cavemold said:

Harbingers wars


Is shadowman coming out? That too

Can't spam the feature with all Valiant, man.

Edited by Waddly_Hobbins

Green Arrow #20 for me.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Animal Man, Green Arrow and Hawkeye this week for me.

Edited by SavageDragon

Harbinger Wars

Earth 2

Savage Dragon

Posted by DonFelipe

I'm really looking forward to Ten Grand. It's got an intriguing premise and story: "Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn't most people."

Plus Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Shadowman, Thanos Rising, and the final issues of Snapshot and Son of Merlin, and of course Animal Man & Swamp Thing. I may also check out The Movement.

Oh, and I can't believe you, Gregg, didn't mention Shadowman #0 at all - well no "honorable mentions" but "new and on our radar" this week. o.O

What a great week for comics!

Edited by ThorBoy

Solid week for comics:

Action comics

Indestructible hulk

Iron man

Superior spider-man

Age of ultron

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Action Comics

Detective Comics

Superior Spider-Man

possibly Ten Grand

and the two Manhattan Projects trades if my LCS got them in.

Edited by Overlander

I find the lack of All-New X-Men disturbing.

Posted by JamesKM716

TEN GRAND COMES OUT TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm now excited.

Posted by saoakden

From here: Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Superior Spider-Man. Maybe The Black Bat.

Posted by BoyWander

What about The Wake by Scott Snyder!?

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