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This Week's Essential Comics: 09/23/13

These are the comics you're looking for.

You know what's not fun? Trying to actually stick to your weekly comic budget. It's a tough task when so many tempting issues come out every week. However, we here at Comic Vine want to help you narrow down the choices. We, the staff, each have our own preferences and want to tell you what we're really pumped to pick up every week and why. Maybe some will catch your eye and you'll give 'em a shot, or maybe you were already planning on picking them up anyway. Regardless, we've each selected a handful we can't wait to check out. Once you're doing seeing what we're stoked about, but sure to chime in with your own list of essential comics, too.

Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero's picks


Hey, take a look at that, it's a new Image comic. I can say for a fact this is a really really good comic since I have already read it (and the second issue). Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have come up with something pretty interesting (you can read a transcript of a 'press conference' here)

Despite the name, this comic most likely is not what you think it's about. It is a mature comic. It's not something for the little kids. What it involves is a young woman that discovers when she reaches a certain point during "whoopee" (as Fraction has jokingly put it), she can stop time. Soon she discovers there is a guy that can do the same. So they end up robbing banks.

Obviously the story is much more involved in that. The book is part sex-comedy as well as a coming of age story. There are some heavy themes aside from sex. The art and color are something. Look for an early review before the Wednesday release.


I kind of wanted to steer clear of the Villains Month titles this week but it was hard to avoid this one. First of all, it's written by Greg Pak with art by Brett Booth. That's a good reason right there to check the book out. Pak has been doing some cool things in the regular stories of BATMAN/SUPERMAN and seeing what he'll do with Doomsday will be interesting. As a fan of Booth, he always adds a great deal of enthusiasm to the action in the stories he draws.

With the issue focusing on Doomsday, it's a little hard to image exactly what it will entail. Grant Morrison did make a reference to Doomsday and Superman dying towards the end of his run in ACTION COMICS. If you've seen the preview pages for this issue, the fact that it appears to focus on the past on Krypton with Superman's parents and Zod along with Doomsday immediately grabs my attention. I don't see this as being a simple retelling of Doomsday's origin. I am intrigued.

Check out Comics Xaminer for 2 more pages.

FF #12

Alas Matt Fraction has departed the series due to the other titles he is working on. He has passed along his notes and plot ideas. The nice thing is Lee Allred is taking over the writing with Mike and Laura still doing the art and colors. You can definitely feel the party atmosphere they will be creating.

Perhaps "party" is the wrong word. The cover and solicit promises an epic clash between Hulk and Thing. Or at least She-Hulk and Miss Thing. If you check out the preview pages, you'll see a continuation of the darker undertone that Fraction has been squeezing in between the hilarious moments. There is such a great mix of emotions in this series and if you combine it with Mike and Laura Allred's art, you get a book that stands apart from the rest.


It's another Villains Month book. This time the focus is on the Secret Society. This title should have a closer tie to FOREVER EVIL rather than just focus on the different villains in the DCU. With the Outsider running the Secret Society in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and the reveal of his identity at the end of Trinity War, there are quite a few questions we all have. This issue just may give us some.

Written by Geoff Johns and Sterling Gates with art by Szymon Kudranski, this issue looks to be one we've been waiting for all month. It's fitting that it comes out at the end of Villains Month. We need to know what the Secret Society's plan is. What will they do next. Taking a look at the Outsider will help us prepare to what's to come.

Visit IGN for the final preview page.

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks


If you've been reading AQUAMAN and read the BLACK MANTA villains month issue, then you know Orm is getting "released" from Belle Reve. Since the Aquaman reboot, Orm has become a stand out character in the series. He's incredibly compelling and a pretty awesome villain. I can't wait to see what he does when he finds out Aquaman is "dead."

What makes this an essential book is that Aquaman writer Geoff Johns is also writing this Villains Month book. Overall, the Villains Month books have been hit and miss, with the majority falling right in between. Aside from Johns writing this, this issue looks like it will have a strong tie to the main AQUAMAN story line.

Uproxx has the final preview page.

SAGA #14

SAGA is fantastic. It's a book I get excited to read every single month. It's the perfect mix of science fiction and fantasy. In the past few issues, this book has really grown a lot, meaning it's split into two factions: Marko, Alana, Hazel, Izabel, and Klara, and Slave Girl, The Will, and Gwendolyn. I'm falling in love with both these groups. They both have their pros and cons, but this secondary group made up of Marko's ex, Gwendolyn, Slave Girl AKA Sophie, and The Will are incredibly interesting characters, and it seems like this latest issue will be centered around them.

It's well established the stories and characters here are great and that's because of the writing from Brian K Vaughan and the art of Fiona Staples. BKV is great at expanding this very new and different world filled with incredibly interesting concepts and ideas. Fiona puts those ideas into something visually stunning. These creators work together so well. This is something you need to read.

CBR has more preview pages.

Gregg 'k4tz' Katzman's picks


My favorite Marvel book is coming to an end, but at least it's departing with a story that is full of pure awesomeness so far. Remember how Kraven was abruptly brought back to life through Kaine's "death" back in Grim Hunt (which you should totally read if you haven't, by the way)? Well, he's not too happy about it and his elaborate plan for revenge has kicked off.

The people Kaine has grown to care about have been kidnapped and now -- after apparently getting whooped by Sergei -- the anti-hero has woken up in the Houston Zoo. What will happen to his supporting cast? Is this all one big trick by Kraven to have Kaine kill him? What will this mean for his daughter, Ana? WHAT. WILL. HAPPEN? I have a few theories, but truthfully, I'm sure they all pale in comparison to what co-writers Christopher Yost and Erik Burnham have in store for us. It's been an excellent ride thus far and I'm sure they're going to go out with one helluva bang,

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #26

City Fall. If you've been reading along, then you know it's astounding and a dream come true for any TMNT fan. The scope is massive, the cast is layered, and its pacing has been superb. This week, Master Splinter continues his uneasy alliance with Old Hob (for the greater good) and Shredder and Dark Leo wage war against the Savate gang! Did I mention the last issue ended with BEBOP AND FREAKING ROCKSTEADY?! Because it did. That cliffhanger alone should have you counting down the seconds until you can read this issue. With the Shredder/TMNT conflict front and center, it'll be interesting to see when and where Karai will make her big move. And if you REALLY need another reason: Mateus Santolouco.

I've said it countless times already and I'll continue to say it until I run out of breath: this is a must read for TMNT fans.


Co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn aren't just creating what is easily their best Deadpool story yet -- they're creating what could possibly go down as one of the best Deadpool stories to date. The two have proven over and over again they can bring huge laughs and super fun action, but this tale is shockingly rich and loaded with emotion.

In the event you haven't read the last two chapters, I'm going to avoid talking about what's gone down and instead STRONGLY recommend you read #15 and #16. I know some of you out there haven't dug their work because you thought Wade wasn't competent enough or you weren't feeling the humor, but if you consider yourself a fan of Wade AT ALL, you're doing yourself a terrible disservice by not reading 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.' Oh, and then there's the always excellent Declan Shalvey on pencils. Seriously, this is must read stuff.


There's a more than wealthy amount of bad people in the DC universe who deserve their own Villains Month issue, but Bane? He's by far the one I'm most excited to read. Far too often he's misunderstood as being nothing more than a mere brute, when in fact his mind is disputably one of the most dangerous things about him. Not only is my favorite DC villain getting an issue all to himself, but it's illustrated by 'Knightfall' artist Graham Nolan, too. So yeah, needless to say that's quite rad.

Throw in Peter J. Tomasi's writing (BATMAN & ROBIN) and the fact this will most likely serve as an ARKHAM WAR prelude and you bet I'm absurdly stoked. Prepare for breaking, friends.

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's picks


Brubaker and Phillips have mastered the art of storytelling via variations on a theme. By now, we know how Jo (the titular femme fatale) operates, but her interactions with every man are different. Their reactions to her -- all extreme -- are unique. It's the theater of watching Jo entangle another man that keeps us coming back, the inevitable fallout that we need to see every month. This month, FATALE gives us some delayed gratification on that fallout, as we see someone catching up to Jo after a lengthy history. Call this one an essential if you're into classic noir, or beautiful mystery ladies. Or if you're a glutton for witnessing notes on the same punishment over and over.

Get a look at more preview pages over at Paste.

East Of West #6

Hickman and Dragotta are delivering a tale of (alt) Biblical proportions, and if you haven't been keeping up, go pick up the newly-released TPB of Volume 1 (issues #1 - #5), and dive into the next issue immediately. In case EAST OF WEST hasn't been on your map, the general idea is that three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have turned on Death, because he's been up to some un-Death-like things, and is compromising the fate of the world. This one's an essential if you like alternate-histories and what-ifs, Westerns, epic wars, and well-developed worlds laden with history and myth.

Comics Alliance has the final page.

Itty Bitty Hellboy #2

Essential if you're a fan of all-ages comics, BPRD, or both, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY brings the adorable to the Mignolaverse. Don't let the cuteness fool you -- you're in for some bona fide Hellboy action (in a family-friendly style). New to HELLBOY? Pick this one up as a fun introduction to the world -- and share it with your kids/nieces/nephews as a great intro to comics!

Head over to CBR for another page.

Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder's picks


NEIL GAIMAN, BRIAN BENDIS, SARA PICHELLI! BOOM! WE OUT! Three of the absolute best creators in comics on a book that is one of the most unusual in terms of style and substance. Marvel's cosmic titles have been gaining nothing but momentum since a complete overhaul in 2003 and, in many was, Guardians is the culmination of that, and not just because of the upcoming film, but because of Marvel's willingness to put a character-driven title that takes place mostly in space and stars mostly aliens front-and-center. I may have trepidation about the character of Angela, but part of the anticipation can see an idea you don't necessarily agree with succeed.


Scott Snyder's story combining sci-fi and Lovecraftian monsters (Lovecraft WAS a fairly science-fictiony writer for the time) that...somehow trigger an oceanic apocalypse has flown, somewhat, under the radar particularly compared with his other titles. This is definitely a slow burn of a book, but most good horror is and last issue definitely began to ramp up the intensity and horror, so I am definitely chomping at the bit for this tale to develop. Sean Murphy was, I thought at first, an unusual choice, but his style on this book has proven absolutely pitch-perfect, balancing vivid violence with blurry, indistinct moments that leave the reader's imagination to fill in the blanks. I have no idea where this book is going, and frankly I can't wait to find out.


Ahhh, the little Ultimate Book That Could. Brian Bendis' pet project continues to get better with every jaw-dropping issue, maintaining a pace that vacillates effortlessly between quiet, introspective moments and absolute, breakneck action and always, ALWAYS with a powerful, emotional core to make the stakes exactly as high as they need to be, regardless of how big or small the conflict is. David Marquez is certainly no stranger to having to draw characters of extreme athletic dexterity balanced with emotive expressions and he has, time and again, fulfilled that role with aplomb. It's certainly not the biggest, most significant book on the shelf, but it's one I hotly anticipate ever month.

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Posted by batmannflash

The Wake!!!! 'Nuff said

And probably Bane, Doomsday, Secret Society, TMNT, Ocean Master, and Scarlet Spider

Edited by Wolverine08

TMNT is going to be awesome!

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Man Brett Booth's art looks especially nice there.

Edited by Bloxxeh

Will Sarah Pichelli return to Ultimate? (She's my favorite artist and I love her so much)

Posted by Ando123

scarlet spider, ultimate spidey, FF, doomsday, green lantern: sinestro

Edited by AllStarSuperman

does Deadpool come out like evry 2 weeks?

Ill be getting Doomsday this week, i think thats it.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

boy doesnt that TMNT cover look great

Posted by Jake Fury

Secret Society

Ocean Master



Infinity: Heist #1

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

Justice League #23.4: Secret Society

Justice League of America #23.4: Black Adam

Batman/Superman #3.1: Doomsday

Avengers #20

Posted by dauntes_patron

I wish more people read Scarlet Spider they are truly missing out

Posted by longbowhunter

From the list I'm grabbing:




The Wake

I think Uncanny Avengers comes out this week so that too. Maybe last week's issue of Powers Bureau.

Edited by saoakden

For me these are the books I'm interested in getting

From DC: Doomsday, Bane, Sinestro, Secret Society, Black Adam, First Born, Injustice: Gods Among Us

Maybe From DC: Metallo, Parasite, Killer Croc

From Marvel: Uncanny Avengers, Gambit, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, Avengers, Wolverine and the X-Men, Punisher The Trail of Punisher

Maybe from Marvel: A+X, Avengers Assemble, Deadpool, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted by RoninD

What about Rat Queens? Been looking forward to that comic for months.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

The Wake, Bane, Doomsday, Secret Society, TMNT, Ocean Master,and killer croc

Posted by Wilbertus

I am so stoked to get my hands on the Bane edition for Villains Month!

Combine Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy and you have a must-read book. I look forward to reading the Wake!

Posted by dagmar_merrill
Edited by SuperiorScarletSpider

I really need to read the wake.

Pick up anything infinity and battle of the atom. Scarlet spider and aquaman.

Posted by Perfect 10

finally guardians of the galaxy its been like forever! and saga, east of west and ooh turtles which is really gettin better with each issue. will check out sex criminals only based on your recommendation, was going to skip it based on the title and cover but got to AT LEAST give a female led book a try so hope its not too much for my delicate heart

Posted by AllStarSuperman
Posted by dagmar_merrill
Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse

More Villain's Month! Yeah!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@dagmar_merrill: oh okay, i thought you meant 2 issues a month, then a moth break, then 2 more issues. I was like WHY?

Posted by Cavemold

Sinestro .1
EAST OF WEST God i missed you!!!!!

Posted by SavageDragon

Fatale arguably is the best Image book. I love it so much.

The Wake and Saga.

Posted by HollowPrince65


Scarlet spider

Trial of the Punisher

Posted by Deranged Midget

Scarlet Spider, TMNT and Ultimate Spider-Man are at the top of my list this week. Bane, Ocean Master, and Doomsday are my DC titles I guess :P

Posted by EvilPenguin543

FF #12 is going to be all red. Sorry, couldn't help it.

Posted by Renchamp

Deadpool! FF!

Posted by Reactor

Doomsday looks freakin awesome! Can't wait to see how Krypton survived him

Posted by SWagner017

Looks like I'm going aquatic this week with Aquaman #23.2 and The Wake #4. Also grabbing the last issue of Gambit

Posted by vPuik

Guardians, Nova, wolverine n X- Men, Doomsday and Bane for me. Maybe Daughter of Joker.

Posted by mattwing87

I am really sad that Ultimate Spider-Man is getting cancelled. He only fought 2 main villains in his short time (Prowler and Venom). He also kicked Omega Red's and Electro's ass but there was no build up to them. I am also sad that rest of the Ultimate universe will be cancelled. Ultimate X-Men was my favorite!


I can't wait until Villain's Month is over so we can go back to regular issues. A lot of the books have been crappy.

Posted by derf_jenkins

This is one amazing week for me! Several of my favorite books come out. Bane, Deadpool, East of West, FF, Fatale, Punisher The Trial of The Punisher, Revival, Saga, Sex Criminals, Wake.

Edited by lifeboy

Jokers Daughter for me! And 5 comic display cases to wall mount my Darkside, Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost and Jokers Daughter hologram covers! Also I'm going to pre-order my Injustice trade hardcover on amazon and swing by walmart for season one of Arrow.

But next week is when things really get intense when the comic expo rolls into town. Im going to get my picture taken with the PowerGirl and Zatanna guest cosplayers to put on my shelf. Peace out :D

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

So much good stuff!!



East of West


Guardians of the Galaxy

Jupiters Legacy



Scarlet Spider

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man

Uncanny Avengers

The Wake

Wolverine and the X-Men

I absolutely loathe villains month -_-

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Scarlet Spider



Good week.

Edited by HahahaTimes

apparently, onli city fall and the beyond comics for me now that injustice is done for the year.... though i maybe should give villains month another shot...

Edited by CQSP_Atty

Batman/Superman, Wake, East of West, Saga... longest month of my life waiting for these

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

cant decide at all.
Secret society is in my list for sure.

Posted by That60sGuy

Didn't Scarlet Spider get delayed till next week?

Posted by sinestro_GL

City Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall!

Posted by Lvenger

Really looking forward to how City Fall's next chapter will play out. Aside from the second part, it's been the best IDW TMNT arc to date and a contender for one of the best TMNT stories as well. Though why no love for Wonder Woman 23.2 - The First Born? I'm interested in what his backstory will be.

Edited by RoninD

What about Rat Queens? Been looking forward to that comic for months.

Posted by That60sGuy

@g_man In Sex Criminals where does time actually freeze? Is it the whole world or just in their vicinity? Cos if it's just in their vicinity I can't wait to see how they rob banks. I mean I don't know if anyone else here has tried to go "whopeee" in a bank but I tell you what man it ain't easy!

Posted by Netshyster

Sex Criminals #1

Saga #14

Revival #14

First Born #23.2

FF #12

Deadpool #17

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #26

Posted by kingdomenic

Bold ones are essential. What are everyone's thoughts on this Joker's Daughter stuff? I feel like the best it could possible do is not piss me off.

Aquaman #23.2 Ocean Master

Batman #23.4 Bane

Batman and Robin #23.4 Killer Croc

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker's Daughter

Batman/Superman #3.1 Doomsday

Fatale #17

Jupiter's Legacy #3

Justice League #23.4 Secret Society

Justice League of America #7.4 Black Adam

Saga #14

Star Wars Legacy #7

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #26

The Wake #4

Wonder Woman #23.2 First Born

Posted by G_Money_Christmas
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers
  • TMNT
  • Deadpool
  • Batman 23.4 Bane
  • Batman/Superman 3.1 Doomsday

I think that's it this week. Don't want to spend too much.

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