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This Week's Essential Comics: 06/03/13

These are the comics that should be on your radar this Wednesday!

Narrowing down your pull list is a real pain, isn't it? We here at Comic Vine understand the weekly struggle you face and we want to help. Every week we'll check out the new releases and each staffer will pick two comics we're really, really stoked for. Hopefully something here will catch your eye and you'll end up loving the series, too. Or, maybe you already dig it and we're on the same page. When all is said and done, be sure to sound off with your own "essential comics" below!

Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero's picks


No pressure here.

It is now time to prepare for a new direction in all the Green Lantern titles. After the massive GREEN LANTERN #20, this issue marks Robert Venditti's first.

Wrath of the First Lantern caused a lot of shake ups in the GL Universe. With the decisions the Guardians made and their fate, the big question is who can lead the Green Lantern Corps now? Why not Hal Jordan. This will clearly not be the best job you could ask for. The universe won't forget the recent events and the havoc the Guardians caused. Hal's going to have his hands full.

Besides Venditti, this issue also marks Billy Tan's debut as the new series artist. If you've been looking for a jumping on point in GREEN LANTERN, this could be the one you've been looking for.



For the past seven issues, we've been wondering the meaning of the word and why Daredevil uttered it moments before he died. We've been seeing a lot of the 'future' Marvel Universe as Ben Urich has been on a mission to unlock all the secrets and clues Daredevil left behind. It hasn't been easy and his life has come close ending as well.

If you've ever enjoyed a Daredevil comic, you should have been all over this series. Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack have been giving us a dark and compelling series that hooks you from the beginning.

The art has been beautifully handled by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack. This was one of those series I knew I would have to re-purchase in hardcover (which comes out in July).

There's been plenty of crazy and shocking moments and there's no telling how it will all end. It's definitely not an issue to be missed.

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks


A new arc starts with this issue! This is going to be a fantastic jumping-on point for new readers! The battle with The Sect continues and Archer and Armstrong are going to end up at Area 51. If you've been looking for something a bit different and something a bit funny, then this is a book you'll want to get. Fred Van Lente provides a great story every month and some witty dialogue. This is a book you'll fall in love with, and if you don't, then you're reading it wrong.


The first issue of this series was spectacular. Essentially, if HELLBLAZER met up with the FBI, it would be this book. What really got me on board with this series wasn't just the fact it's an Image book, which I've found myself gravitating more towards the past couple of years, but it's because Ben Templesmith (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) was on the art. It didn't disappoint. It's creepy, which is the way I like it. This is a series you're going to want to jump on as soon as possible.

Check out CBR for the rest of the preview.

Sara 'Babs' Lima's picks


The final of a this three part series, ABE SAPIEN #3: DARK AND TERRIBLE will likely continue to explore the identity of Abe and where he came from as well as the relationship he has with this town that has essentially been "cut off from the world by rampaging monsters." I am a huge fan of the Hellboy universe and I really have been digging this short series, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing what else Mike Mignola has in store for our hero. The last two issues were a fantastic introduction to Abe's character for those unfamiliar with him, and I bet this issue will continue be written in that same vein.

CBR has the final preview pages.


Hickman's current AVENGERS series has been one heck of a ride so far: you never know what you're going to get when you pick up an issue of this comic. This month's AVENGERS #13 features the art of Mike Deodato and it is, as usual, really lovely to look at. Pair these sweet aesthetics with the story by Hickman and Nick Spencer that just keeps getting more interesting, and chances are you are going to have another solid issue of this series. It's the Avengers versus the High Evolutionary: but will these heroes be equipped to fight Gods? It will definitely be interesting to see how Hickman and Spencer utilize these characters to combat the creator of an entire universe.

Gregg Katzman's picks


Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino have taken a book many of us have given up on and not only managed to redeem it, but they've turned it into one of DC's must read titles, too. It's no secret they're trying to lure in some of the TV crowd by shifting focus to the island once again, but who cares when the end result is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and terrific story arc?

While the story has played out in a fairly safe manner so far, it has been nothing short of topnotch the entire ride. Sure, we know how some of the events will play out from time to time, but that has never stopped the moments from feeling gripping and even cheer-worthy. Throw in Sorrentino's absurdly stellar art and you've got a phenomenal Green Arrow tale. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Komodo and his deadly daughter, but right now Ollie's heading back to the island and it seems safe to say the team is going to bring some key changes to post-Flashpoint Oliver's history. I know many of you said, "goodbye!" to this book long ago, but I assure you it's back on track and all kinds of awesome.

Visit Nerdist for the remainder of the preview.


Writer Mark Millar did one helluva job with the recent HIT-GIRL series. Truth be told, my interest had mostly faded in the franchise but the latest limited-series revitalized my passion and then some. Teaming up with John Romita Jr. yet again, it's now time to see if he can win me over once again and produce the same level of greatness. With another feature film coming out this year, you can bet there's a lot of weight resting on the third volume's shoulders. I'm sure this is something Millar is more than aware of and because of that I'm sincerely hoping he makes this a must read experience.

Once again, CBR has the rest of the preview.

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's picks


Last month, we met the 2013 version of Dynamite's Black Bat, a revival of the pulp hero from the 30s. He's raw, he's still getting his bearings, and he operates in a total moral grey area. With introductions out of the way in Issue #1, I'm excited to see where Brian Buccellato and Ronan Cliquet take Tony Quinn's story. Pulp is hot right now, and done right, it's a must-pull.


At the risk of typecasting myself as "the girl who will read literally everything Image is publishing right now," I'm going to throw down a heavy endorsement for EAST OF WEST. It's inventive, it's smart, and it's paced to move -- Hickman and Dragotta have established a complex, gigantic world, and wasted no time introducing us to their Biblically-infused alt-history dystopia. Grab the first two issues if you're not already hooked, and jump onto this crazy ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Go to CBR for the other preview page.

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Posted by FlashDamn

All Awesome Picks

Edited by batmannflash

I'm interested seeing how Green Lantern #21 would do. And I can't wait to see if Green Arrow continues to be great with the new creative team!

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Green Lantern and Detective Comics for me.

Posted by Zeeguy91

Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Detective Comics, Winter Soldier, Swamp Thing, Abe Sapien, and All New X-Men for me this week.

Posted by longbowhunter

Grabbing Ten Grand and Green Arrow. Glad to see End of Days wrap up. I've been trade waiting on that thing forever. Shouldn't be long now.

Edited by DH69

AoU, spidey, defenders, thanos, and x-factor for this guy

Posted by Z3RO180

Can't wait till next week Superman unchained and superman/batman. I hope Forbidian planet sells the jim lee variant.

Posted by SoA

except for kickass , i have been reading almost everything else and will continue to do so. abe sapien and black bat i will check out and i did not know east of west 2 came out let alone 3! .

Posted by Overlander

The consistent lack of All-New X-Men is troubling. It used to be Comic Vine's darling, but now is rarely mentioned. It'll probably be the only book I pick up this week.

Edited by bob808

The Phantom Stranger

Earth 2

Detective Comics

Green Lantern

The Movement

Black Bat

Miss Fury

Kick Ass 3

Cable and X-Force

Fearless Defenders

Ten Grand

Posted by SavageDragon

Earth 2, Savage Dragon maybe Ten Grand but most importantly...


Edited by kilomac29

Ten Grand #2- I concur on Templesmith's art. Outstanding!

East of West #3- I feel like I've been waiting for this issue almost as long as the next issue of Saga, almost.

tangentially- When the next issue of Saga does finally come out, I will explode.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

Can not wait for kickass 3!!!!!!!

Edited by Xwraith

I now refer to the first Wednesday of the month as "Green Arrow Day".

Posted by SandMan_

Wasn't Batman/Superman supposed to come out this week?

Posted by Cavemold

For me

Astro city

Archer &Armstrong


East of West

Posted by Cavemold
Posted by monsterduc

Daredevil Dark Nights!

Edited by Black_Arrow

KICK ASS 3 the preview is great

Posted by Mercy_

Oh, East of West looks really good O_O

Posted by Dud317

Hope Ten Grand has the audio file again. That was an excellent addition.

Edited by TheUnN4med

Ten Grand!
East of West!
Green Arrow!

Posted by Mandrewgora

Big week for me.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

Green Arrow and Age of Ultron

Posted by Dabee

I haven't heard anything at all, not even one thing, bad about Black Bat and East of West... maybe I'll check it out.

Posted by Hawkguy

@dabee said:

I haven't heard anything at all, not even one thing, bad about Black Bat and East of West... maybe I'll check it out.

And rightfully not, they're both promising books!

HUGE week for me, 9 books in total, and I'm SO pumped to read them all! (I lied, AoU is purely OCD satisfaction)

Posted by MissJ

@dabee: That's why they're my picks this week :) Both amazing titles.

Edited by Queso6p4

Great choices this week. I'm definitely looking forward to GL and Daredevil: End of Days. Not sure how I feel about Kick-Ass 3 as I thought 2 sucked, and Avengers has kinda dragged. All that being said, we already have some contenders for Comic Book Covers of the week-Ten Grand, Green Arrow, and Black Bat. Love those!

Posted by G_Money_Christmas
  • Daredevil: End of Days
  • Daredevil: Dark Nights
  • All New X-Men
  • Victories
  • Action Comics
  • Winter Soldier
Posted by Deranged Midget

I always forget titles and then I hit my LCS and realize "OH, this is on sale this week". So it's more of a go with the flow type of thing.

Posted by inferiorego

@amutant said:


It's retankulous!

Ten Grand #2- I concur on Templesmith's art. Outstanding!

Plus, he's a Chicago guy, so that will always win me over.

Posted by HollowPrince65
  1. Daredevil: End of Days #8
  2. Daredevil: Dark Nights #1
  3. Superior Spider-man #11
Posted by kriminal

winter soldier 19 (might be droping)

thanos rising 3

indestructible hulk 8 (didnt have the cash last week)

action comics 21

green lantern 21

age of ultron 9

all-new x-men 12

superior spider-man 11

Posted by SavageDragon

@cavemold: Yeah man, always been a huge fan of Astro City, very excited for its return. WIth Astro returning and Valiant and Image kicking butt I see myself totally dropping Marvel books from my pull list.

Posted by ccraft

I'm definitely gonna pick up Abe Sapien Dark and Terrible 1-3

I'd like to know more of this character, glad to see it's recommend by Sara, thats a bonus.

Posted by Dernman

Is Archer and Armstrong 10 a good jumping on point?

Posted by TeamUnitedNerds

That Green Lantern is going to be great

Posted by Billy Batson

List is invalid without Astro City.


Edited by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow

Cool beans

Edited by broo1232

Massive week for me.

Daredevil End of Days

Daredevil Dark Knights

All new X-men


Age of Ultron

Swamp Thing

Detective Comics

Action Comics

Posted by TDK_1997

Where's Astro City?

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From the list I am getting Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Kick Ass 3

Posted by CombatSpoon86

looking at East of West, Green Arrow, Avengers and maybe Ten Grand.

Posted by sinestro_GL

No love for Action Comics?

Posted by The_Tree

I'm most looking forward to Venditti's Green Lantern. It's time for some new blood.

Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Daredevil End of Days, Superior Spidey, Avengers, Hawkeye, Age of Ultron, Daredevil Dark Knights, All New Xmen, Iron Man, Thunderbolts, Scarlet Spidey, Thanos Rising, Kick Ass 3, Earth 2, Detective Comics, Green Arrow, Ten Grand, East of West, Bedlam, Spawn, Shadowman, Black Bat.

Posted by DonFelipe


East West, Shadowman, Son of Merlin, Locke & Key: Omega, Thanos Rising, Fearless Def, and maybe Cable. Oh and I still have to read last week's comics, too.

Posted by soumya

Detective comics,Shadowman,Swamp Thing,Green Lantern and Green Arrow for me.

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