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This Week's Essential Comics: 09/16/13

These are the comics you're looking for.

Brace your wallets! A flood of tempting comics is coming! Yet another Wednesday approaches where there's a whole lot of issues we can't wait to check out. We here at Comic Vine have reviewed the list of new comics coming out this week and we've each highlighted a few that we're really, really, reaaaally excited for. Once you're done seeing what we can't wait to read, be sure to share your own list of essential comics, too.

Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero's picks

BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3 RA'S AL GHUL

Villains Month continues and of course Ra's al Ghul is deserving of his own issue. Some may question the need for an origin story for the character but it appears we will be getting more than that from James Tynion IV.

Ra's ah Ghul hasn't been overly active in the New 52. Part of that has been due to the carry over of Talia's scheme against Batman and Damian with her Leviathan project. We have seen some glimpses and with Tynion turning his focus on the League of Assassins in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, Ra's is reclaiming his place in the Batman universe.

For a man like Ra's, it will be extremely interesting to see what his take on the Secret Society of Super Villains would be as well as the Crime Syndicate. That gives more reason to play close attention to this issue in order to try to get an idea what might be set up for future stories involving Ra's.

Jorge Lucas did a great job on the COURT OF OWLS book last week and it'll be a treat to see what he's done for this story.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #18

Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman delivered a great issue bringing Spider-Man 2099 into the present. We've seen time travel stories often but the how and why made sense in this context and the fact that Slott managed to sneak in a more personal reason for the trip caught me off guard.

Besides the two Spider-characters having some similar powers, it will also be interesting to see if either will use their claws, something Slott used to play a joke in leading readers to believe Miguel would become the SUPERIOR Spider-Man. Although, some have question whether or not we will see a changing of the guard in future issues. Yet another reason to check this issue out.

The solicit also teases "secrets uncovered in time." Sounds like one more reason to pick this issue up.

DAREDEVIL #31

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee is pretty much all the reason you need to pick up this issue. We've been getting fascinating Daredevil stories during Waid's run and it's great to see that even though the stories have taken a smaller scope compared to the huge ongoing arc in the first twenty-something issues, we are seeing Waid using these stories to build another big story. Seeing tiny repercussions carry into subsequent issues shows how thought out the stories can be.

With the Jester returning in an apparently more serious fashion along with more Hank Pym, we're bound to have another fun and exciting issue. Exactly what we've come to expect from this volume of DAREDEVIL.

ZERO #1

Ales Kot and Michael Walsh team up to deliver a new spy story at Image. This is far from your typical spy story. Put away your preconceived notions. This isn't about a fancy-dressed guy using a bunch of gadgets to get the job done.

With a different artist for each mission (something that will be interesting to see how it all fits together), Kot starts up the action and intrigue from the very first page. There is no shortage of action or storytelling and you'll want to see what happens next.

Check out Tony's early review HERE.

Honorable Mentions: THE FLASH #23.3 THE ROGUES, GREEN LANTERN #23.3 BLACK HAND, THE X-FILES SEASON 10 #4

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks

X-O MANOWAR #17

I'm getting so pumped for UNITY. I can't wait to see Aric take on the rest of the Valiant Universe. Better yet, I'm loving the build-up to UNITY here in X-O MANOWAR. In the last issue, things between Aric and Gilad got a bit physical as the one-time student seemingly became the teacher. Now that Gilad knows there's no way to reason with him and the rest of the Visigoths, tensions are going to get higher and things are going to get a bit more messy.

It may not be a great place for brand new readers to jump on, but if you're interested in the upcoming event, UNITY, you should probably jump on now. Robert Venditti is doing some fantastic stuff with this character. I never really cared for X-O Manowar as a character or a series before the relaunch but Venditti has put together a solid run with a character I enjoy reading. It's really cool to not agree with what the main character of a series is doing. It's a first for me, and it's an interesting direction to take the book. I have one more thing to say about this book that will make you want to read it...

PAFF PAFF

UNWRITTEN: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE SHIP THAT SANK TWICE

If you've been listening to the Comic Vine podcast, then you know I'm a fan of this book; however, I stopped reading around issue 16, but continued to buy it because I wanted to read the series all in one sitting. Well, I jumped back on UNWRITTEN, from the beginning, last weekend, and I still love it, and that's what makes me so excited for this original graphic novel coming out this week. The series is this great blend of classic (and contemporary) literature and Vertigo-style storytelling. And now, UNWRITTEN gets its own original graphic novel.

What's really cool about this OGN is that it seems like a great place for new readers to jump on. This book goes over Tommy Taylor as a young lad and is said to be both a prequel and a parallel story to the main series, which is currently involved in a crossover with FABLES. I've really been enjoying Peter Gross' art on this series, and Mike Carey is stellar at putting together some brilliant and sometimes, overly bizarre stories, like the Choose Your Own Adventure issue. It's a really interesting series, and it's good to see that there's an OGN which will be very new reader accessible.

Honorable Mention: ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #31

Gregg 'k4tz' Katzman's picks

VENOM #41

I can't believe the penultimate issue of VENOM is almost here. This has been Venom's longest series and the ride has been consistently solid. It's depressing to see it go, but on the other hand, it looks like writer Cullen Bunn is going to leave the symbiote's series with a rather massive story revolving around Mania.

Mania has her (massive and clawed) hands full with her assault against Lord Ogre and his forces. Up until now, she hasn't been able to lay a pointy finger on the villain. However, it finally looks like Ogre will step up to the plate instead of fading into the shadows once again. So far the big bad has been a whole lot of talk and no action, so it'll be interesting to see if he's anywhere near as intimidating as he appears. Meanwhile, Mania's oblivious to the fact that Crossbones is hunting her and she could very well become the next Devil. Throw in Flash's discovery with Damon Hellstrom and there's a heck of a lot going on in this final arc. You can definitely feel the pressure building up to the finale with this one. I just hope the end of this series won't mean the end (for now, at least) of these characters.

BLOODSHOT & THE H.A.R.D. CORPS #14

It's an all-new adventure for Bloodshot, so why not kick it off with an all-new creative team, too? Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart will co-write and Emanuela Lupacchino will illustrate the dangerous Valiant character's brand new direction.

After the crazy events in HARBINGER WARS, Bloodshot will join forces with the Harbinger Active Resistance Division -- aka H.A.R.D. Corps. This new premise is loaded with potential when it comes to delivering both a smart and action-packed story. Plus, it serves as an ideal jumping on point, so if you've ever considered giving the character a chance, this is it. If you really need something else to sell you on it, Gage describe the book as, "imagine Wolverine leading the Suicide Squad."

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #13

When it comes to Jason Aaron's time with Thor, the theme is definitely "go big or go home." His first lengthy story with the God Butcher was a brilliant epic and before jumping into this new adventure, Aaron treated us to a rather touching intermission with the last issue. But now it's time to dive into a brand new story and this time around it'll focus on Malekith the Accursed.

Yes, it definitely seems like this character is being reintroduced to match with the release of Thor's next film, but really, who cares when it's Aaron writing it? After his God Butcher story and the last issue, I have the utmost confidence in his ability to craft a superb and grand adventure with the God of Thunder. I've never considered myself a big Thor fan, but man, Aaron does amazing work with the guy.

Honorable Mentions: HARBINGER #16, SAVAGE WOLVERINE #8, TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #3

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's picks

CAPTAIN MARVEL #16

Captain Marvel doesn't need rescuing -- but that doesn't mean that her book isn't full of action and adventure! In this INFINITY tie-in, Carol reaches for her Binary power set, showing off some range and also showing us how serious the threat is. Carol is, of course, at the center, but we'll see how things turn out for Hawkeye, Widow, and Spider-Woman, too.

ALL NEW EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #1

It's a fresh start for Executive Assistant Iris -- the most professional of assassins is trying to move on from her past, and finding that the future is equally dangerous. The fresh start also brings with it a new creative team, including writer Brian Buccellato, penciler Pasquale Qualano, and colorist John Starr. This one's an essential for fans of powerful and deadly leading ladies, and the all-new-ness of it means it's a great jump-on point for new readers.

MORNING GLORIES #31

Last month's issue left us with some serious revelations on the who's-secretly-related-to-whom front; this one is starkly titled "Say Goodbye." I'm expecting the usual MGA fare -- inasmuch as "usual" means more plot twists, layers of connectivity, and deepening mysteries. I'm into MORNING GLORIES the way I was into LOST -- the big story is so compelling and puzzling that I can't stop, and this feeling just gets reinforced every month.

Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder's picks

NEW AVENGERS #10

Hey, have I mentioned lately how much I'm enjoying Hickman's run on Marvel's titles in this event? Because I don't think I have, oh no...Mike Deodato has changed, or evolved depending on how you look at it, his style into a much sharper, more defined one that suits the darker, harder science fiction that New Avengers focuses on. The idea of both Thanos' motivations being explored, particularly after the shocking revelation of two weeks ago, AND of course it would REALLY suck if an incursion were to happen about now...so of course, that's EXACTLY what's going to happen! No one juggles multiple plot threads like Hickman, so I can't wait to see how this all plays out.

Visit CBR for one more preview page.

INFINITY #3

Jonathan Hickman's sci-fi epic continues and with art continuing under the more-than-able Jerome Opena, who's already proven himself more than capable, and on far more than this title. As someone who's keeping up with all the tie-ins and side-issues, it's been quite surprising to see how well these issues stand alone, and I'm anxious to see how this continues to play out, though with a certain amount of trepidation. When something is going THIS well with standards THIS high, there's a certain degree of tension over whether or not the bar can continued to be leaped over. It's likely no cause for alarm as both these creators have proven, and continue to prove, their mastery over the subject matter.

Check out one more preview page over at CBR.

CABLE & X-FORCE #14

This book is something of a sleeper hit for me, and much like the recent Carnage and Venom titles, if you'd told me ten years ago that Cable would not only be leading a team, but have his name on the cover, of a title that I'd read as much for its story and character development as I do for its breakneck, guns-blazing action, I'd have called you a liar and a madman, traveler from the future! But thanks to the team of Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca, that's exactly what we've got. Cable's never been more compelling (even in the much-beloved, including by me, Cable & Deadpool) and rarely looked better. Larroca's coming off an amazing run on Iron Man, and this is further cementing him as the go-to guy when you need emotion, action, and razor-sharp linework in one neat little package. The fact that the title finally makes good on its Cable VS Uncanny Avengers (including his own nephew-by-way-of-another-dimension) teasing is just icing.

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Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

Can't wait for more villain's month!

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

I so pumped for this week.

Posted by Wolverine08

New Avengers last month was so epic. Especially with Black Panther's beat down of Black Dwarf! Excited for New Avengers #10, Infinity #3, Thor: God of Thunder #13, Daredevil #31, and picking up the Wolverine: Return of Weapon X tpb by Frank Tierri.

Posted by Wolverine08

Does anyone know Black Dwarf's strength class?

Posted by Octeclops

Batman 23.3

Batman and Robin 23.3

Justice League 23.3

for me this week.

Posted by Cap10nate

Pretty excited for all three Valiant titles this week .

Also picking up 4 Marvel books. Going to be a good Wednesday for me.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

BLOODSHOT & HARD CORPS #14 $3.99 (trying this out)

ACTION COMICS #23.3 LEX LUTHOR $3.99

SUPERMAN #23.3 HEL $3.99

and I forgot to get Deadpool 16 last week

Posted by Smallville2106

Looking forward to more Villain's month this week.

I can't manage to find a copy of Zero #1 anywhere though. Only found out about it this week from this site so didn't have it pre ordered. :(

Posted by theTimeStreamer

so many spider-men running around.

Posted by BattheMan008

Uncanny X-Men #12

Daredevil #31

Superior Spider-Man #18

Infinity #3

Zero #1

Lex Luthor #1

Clayface #1

Edited by saoakden

From DC: H'el, Lex Luthor, Ra's Ah Ghul, Black Hand, Rouges, Deathstroke, Arrow, Batman Beyond Universe

Maybe from DC: Scarecrow, Eclipso, Cheetah

From Marvel: Superior Spider-Man, Venom, Infinity, New Avengers, Thor: God of Thunder, Uncanny X-Men, Cable and X-Force, Ultimate Comics X-Men, Daredevil, Savage Wolverine, Superior Carnage

Maybe from Marvel: Captain Marvel

Man so many comics I want to read this week. My wallet is going to hate me.

Posted by blkson

Daredevil, New Avengers, Infinity, Secret Avengers

Does anyone know Black Dwarf's strength class?

I don't know his strength class, but previous issue of Infinity classified him as the strongest of all of the Cull Obsidian.

Posted by Wolverine08

Oh yeah! I'm also getting Savage Wolverine #8! Zeb Wells has been awesome on the book!

Posted by longbowhunter

This week I'm grabbing:

Batman Beyond Universe #2

Daredevil #31

Zero #1

Also picking up the Arcane and Dial E Villains Month books.

Edited by Cavemold

Infinity

Superior Spider man

New Avengers

Posted by Wolverine08

@blkson:

Sweet! Makes the feat even better! Panther has been a complete beast ever since he got his King of the Dead enhancements!

Posted by Cavemold

East of west

Posted by WWAJfan

Venom 41

Posted by Dernman

Wonder what Crossbones with the Venom symbiote would be like.

Edited by Ashr

Beyond a few Villian's Month titles, I'm looking forward to:

X-Files Season 10 #4

Infinity #3 (Of 6)

New Avengers #10

Superior Spider-Man #18

Thor God Of Thunder #13

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

Um...Not sure if anyone noticed that the words for Corey's picks of New Avengers and Infinity are swapped. He's talking about Infinity for his New Avengers pick and New Avengers for Infinity pick. Just wanted to point that out. xD

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

Action Comics #23.3: Lex Luthor

Infinity #3

New Avengers #10

Thor God of Thunder #13

Does anyone know Black Dwarf's strength class?

It's around Hulk and Thor level.

Edited by jwalser3

R.I.P Wallet....

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Clayface 23.3
  • Teen Titans Deathstroke 23.2
  • Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps 14
  • Savage Wolverine 8
  • Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth 4
Posted by spinningbirdcake

Infinity

New Avengers

Superior Spider-Man.

Pretty light week.

Posted by Hawkguy

I've got like 10 books this week and I'm excited for all of them! Especially Zero #1, I love Ales Kot and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Edited by lifeboy

Eclipso and Batwoman vol3 trade (it features WonderWoman!)

I'm most excited about next week though, The Jokers Daughter gets her Villians month (shes freakin awesome)! Does anyone know if she was around pre new52, or is this going to be her second apearance (1st being Catwoman 23)?

Posted by SavageDragon

New Avengers and Infinity for sure.

Posted by Xwraith

I'm only getting Manowar this week.

Posted by longbowhunter

@lifeboy: Pre New 52 there was Duela Dent who went by Joker's Daughter among other aliases.

Posted by HollowPrince65

  1. Daredevil #31- The Jester comes back to the pages of Daredevil. Kirsten is back in the pages as well, and that makes me extremely happy! I hope we get some news on Foggy. What really has me excited is seeing Hank Pym. I love the relationship that Hank and Matt have. DD is easily my favorite book in Marvel and I pray that we get yet another Irredeemable Ant-Man comic.
  2. Superior Carnage #3- Looks like Cassidy isn’t Carnage anymore. I think Wizard has lost his damn mind thinking he can control something as erratic as Carnage. I am loving this and with Venom coming to Superior Spider-man I hope to see him bleed in over there as well.
  3. Superior Spider-man #18- 2099 Spider-man has his mission and it seems like Spidey-Ock is in the way. No Miguel…sic ‘em! I’d love to see Peter get his ass handed to him just this once. I hope he can see that there is something not quite right here, but then again they never really were close soooooo….I doubt it. Still excited to get my hands on this :)
  4. Venom #41- ONE MORE ISSUE *sobs* This is the penultimate issue. I can’t wait to see where all this going. Flash’s adventure is drawing to a close and Mania is still young. Can they get rid of Ogre and fight the forces of hell? We’ll have to see. (RIP Venom)
  5. Supurbia #11- Another amazing series is drawing to a close. Good thing is that this is only the end of the volume and not the series. Helen Heart has remained my favorite character and I hope that everyone will realize that she isn’t the villain here and is actually trying to save Zari. I’m still rooting for Paul and his wife to reconnect but I know that won’t happen. For now, I’ll have to wait and see what will come of things.
  6. Flash 23.3 (Rogues)- I love this series and The Rogues have easily become my favorite band of outlaws. What will this Forever Evil event hold for this band of roughnecks? We will have to find out. Seriously excited see these last few issues of their run on this amazing series.
Posted by MadeinBangladesh

What the Hell? I thoought Hawkeye is coming out this week? It been 2 months and still no HAWKGUY!! This is B.S!!!!

DareDevil

Supe Spiderman

Daredevil

HARBINGER!!

Venom!

Cable&Xforce

ThunderBOLTS.

Uncanny Xmen!

Zero.

Posted by HollowPrince65

@madeinbangladesh: http://www.comiclist.com/index.php/lists/marvel-comics-extended-forecast-for-09-18-2013 Comes out October 16th

Edited by lifeboy

@longbowhunter: oh, I thought it was just some Joker fangirl that found his face and put it on. Its a good costume design though. Hopefully she sticks around for a long while.

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

I'm going to wait for reviews before I get any Villain's Month issues...

I do know for certain I'm picking up Daredevil #31 and maybe Zero #1.

Online
Posted by TheFirstLantern

Batman Beyond Universe #2

Daredevil #31

Green Lantern 23.3 Black Hand

Infinity 3

New Avengers 10

Superior Spider-Man 18

Swamp Thing 23.1 Arcane

Uncanny X-Men 12

Wonder Woman 23.1 Cheetah

X-Files Season 10 #4

X-O Manowar #17

I might get the past two Avengers issues just because my OCD won't let me not have them, No 3-D cover this week, but I am getting Saga Volume 2 and Batman Hush the big collection. Around $80 for me this week. RIP wallet.

Posted by JamDamage

Opena' on Infinity. this guy is the shit right now. I can just look at his art for hours. Seems I have too. I want more work from this guy.

Posted by BattheMan008

@madeinbangladesh:

Seriously!! I want Hawkeye! Hey, did you watch Breaking Bad last night?

Posted by TheFirstLantern

Why does Saga keep getting pushed back? :(((( I need my saga.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Gotta get Zero, Superior Spider-Man, Thor: God of Thunder, Infinity, New Avengers, Daredevil, Savage Wolverine, and Uncanny X-Men.

Just don't really care for villains month but may check out some of the bat-centric titles :/ oh well

Edited by Perfect 10

yes! infinity 3 the series is getting so good. wish they would have it be weekly and double up on mighty avengers

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Really psyched for Batman '66 and more of Villain's Month!

Posted by Meteorite

Is it weird that I'm pumped for the return of the Jester?

Also, urgh, X-O Manowar. I've been picking up in trade and finding it oddly dissatisfying, and after reading Planet Death I've finally realised why: Aric really doesn't have much of a personality other than "ALL OF MY ENEMIES MUST DIE!" The few moments when he's actually shown with emotion other than pride or anger are few and far between, and when it's coupled with the fact that he's pretty much invincible (other than being knocked out by Ninjak and during Planet Death, has he actually been seriously injured?) the whole thing just comes off as boring. Fix these problems and I'll keep picking it up in trade, but for now, I'm keeping away from X-O Manowar.

Posted by Bokkie

I really hate to see Venom go.... :(

Posted by WriterOfEpics

I'm a huge Superior Spiderman fan so I know this will be a pretty interesting issue.

Posted by sinestro_GL

No love for 'The Rogues' or 'Anton Arcane'?

Posted by Z3RO180

Thor God of Thunder has my vote for best Marvel Now title :P

Edited by Maddpanda531

So. Many. Great. Titles.

I'm so sorry, wallet...I'm so sorry.

Posted by Wilbertus

I have been really enjoying Villains Month so far and it looks like I will again this week!

Edited by Mrgreenlantern

@thetimestreamer: allow me to correct this statement "not enough spider-men running around" there all fixed

Posted by impossibilly

I'm very excited for Zero.

None of the Villains Month issues are really jumping out at me this week. I might pick up Ras Al Ghul, Clayface or Rouges, but I'm not sure yet.

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