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This Week's Essential Comics: 09/30/13

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It's Monday and that can only mean one thing: new comics are approaching! There will be a sea of new material to dive into this Wednesday, but narrowing down the options can be a wee bit tough sometimes -- especially if you're working with a budget. Because of that, we here at Comic Vine will tell you every Monday which brand new comics have us beyond excited and why we're anxious to read them. We've checked out the list of new releases and we've each picked a few we simply can't wait to check out. Once you're done seeing what we're stoked for, be sure to chime in with your own list of essential comics.

Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero's picks


It's only been a month but after a month of Villains Month issues, it feels like it's been a while since we saw the beginning of this series. The Crime Syndicate has begun laying out their plans.

We've seen the story jump forward a little since the end of Trinity War. While some of the Villains Month issues did add some tiny pieces, there's still a lot we have to see and find out. What it comes down to is Geoff Johns and David Finch are ready to shake things up in a big way. We were shocked and even a little outraged over the first issue. That just means there's more to see. We need to find out how it's all going to play out.

This issue will have more shocks and possible outrage as the Teen Titans are up to deal with the Syndicate. Uh oh.


We are now half way through the series. Each part has been a blast mixed with action, humor and now, a pretty big twist. Regardless if you saw the twist in the last part or not, this is changing the direction of the arc in a way.

We've had only hints of what lies in the future. We know Magik ventured there in the beginning and now she's taking young Iceman and Beast. We'll definitely need to see what's going there. This issue opens up a new can of worms and we can expect plenty more X-Men craziness.

Leave it to Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen to make a complicated time-travel mess even messier. But in a good way.


So you think you know all there is to know about Star Wars, huh? That means you haven't seen THE Star Wars. Based on the original rough-draft screenplay by George Lucas, this series will take you to that galaxy far, far away only it will feel completely different.

This is a great way of experiencing Star Wars for the first time once again. There may be some confusion at first if you are determined to hold onto what you know about the characters and story. Names have changed and characters have swapped places. That's what makes this such a crazy and fun ride.

You'll want to read this comic and then read it once more, just to be sure you got everything straight. Do you remember the first time you saw or read Star Wars? Now you can do it again by reading THE Star Wars.

Check out CBR's final preview page here.

Honorable Mention: GREEN LANTERN #24 marks the beginning of a month long event across all the Lantern titles. If you're a fan of any of the series, you won't want to miss out. Things will definitely get shaken up and we'll see some major changes in the status quo.

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks


If it's a series at Vertigo, I'm going to try it out. Some of my favorite comic series and graphic novels are Vertigo books, so when I saw a new series by an artist and writer I wasn't familiar with, I signed up because this imprint usually puts out some really dynamite stuff, especially recently with great series like THE WAKE, AMERICAN VAMPIRE, UNWRITTEN, TRILLIUM, and F.B.P. AKA COLLIDER.

From the looks of the solicit, HINTERKIND will take on the age old Man vs Nature theme, which seems like it will be an incredibly intriguing book. Writer Ian Edginton is no stranger to the comic industry though. He's appeared in over 250 issues of 2000 A.D. (link to appearances) as well as some issues of X-FORCE (link to appearances) and STORMWATCH P.H.D. (link to appearances). It sounds like an interesting series. I'm pretty excited.


I'm going to be honest with you, but just with you. Everyone else, look away for a minute... Ok. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN is my favorite non-Ultimate book at Marvel. This is a really fun, team book, which just happens to be all about villains. This series really humanizes these B-List villains. We get to see their day-to-day lifestyle, even if a lot of the time is spent arguing with teammates in a basement somewhere.

Steve Lieber's art really gives this book a fun feel, and I don't think it could really work with any other style. Spencer's goofy story and Lieber's more animated art are the best part of this book. If you're looking for something that's more along the lines of HAWKEYE, then this is the book for you. Plus, who doesn't love the idea of super-villains having parole officers, whom are also super-villains. This books is so awesome/ridiculous/makes me warm inside.

Gregg 'k4tz' Katzman's picks


A gang war in Seattle with Richard Dragon? Shado's by Green Arrow's side? More of Count Vertigo with Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo's artwork? Still written by Jeff Lemire? Oliver's New 52 universe continues to expand and it has all of the ingredients it requires to be so very awesome. Plus, Lemire has stated this is all leading up the 'The Outsider War,' a story with a whole lot of potential based on all of the mythos building he's been doing.

Month after month, GREEN ARROW proves it's one of DC's best books. It just can't be stressed enough how much excellent work the team is doing here. Lemire clearly has ginormous plans for Oliver's world and Sorrentino/Maiolo continue to provide some truly standout art. Do yourself a favor and give this book an honest chance.

You can find the final preview page at Hero Complex.


Wrath's debut story in the New 52 comes to what will hopefully be an epic and action-packed conclusion. John Layman's Wrath has given Batman ample reasons to focus on him and now the villain has even kidnapped Alfred (not cool, Wrath. Not cool at all). The villain took down Batman with a surprise electric attack in the last chapter, and seeing as Wrath has so much technology at his disposal, it'll be interesting to see what other tricks he has up his armored sleeve. Plus, the preview and cover reveals the two will engage in an aerial battle and, if handled well, that holds the potential to be really, really exciting.

This story has been building and building to a huge confrontation between these two, so hopefully it'll be one for the ages and we can see why Wrath deserves being called the anti-Batman. Additionally, Jason Fabok is illustrating and the man has done remarkable work on both the characters and environments in this dark and grim storyline. Seriously, the artwork is solid and does a superb job bringing Layman's story to life.



Does anything else really need to be said to sell this issue? The last story in SAVAGE WOLVERINE was pumping with an overwhelming amount of adrenaline thanks to Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira, and now the book is going in a whole new direction as Jock takes the wheel and drives us into the unknown. This time around, the book is going for a sci-fi vibe as Wolverine finds himself on an alien planet which is full of danger and secrets. It'll be great to see a story which thrives on Wolverine's personality and building a whole new world for him to explore and survive. SAVAGE WOLVERINE #9, you've definitely captured my attention.

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's picks


In the first two issues of TRILLIUM, Jeff Lemire experimented with different narrative styles, but consistently kept us aware of two things: (1) Nika and William are VERY different, and (2) they're also VERY connected to each other. Finally able to communicate, the two are now rocketed apart to their various corners of space-time, and we get to look forward to their eventual reconnection. After two incredible issues, I can't wait to see the next installment, and this book is an essential for romantics, time-travel aficionados, and fans of clever, impactful storytelling.


Last month? Forever and Joacquim got blown up, presumably by the twins and their agents. This month? If they're alive (they're probably alive) they're going to be pretty angry. And by pretty angry, I mean explosively angry, and genetically equipped/enhanced to do something serious about it. Greg Rucka has built an incredibly robust world with interesting and scary people in it, and LAZARUS is a must-pull comic right now.

You can read CBR's full preview here.


The series concludes! (No, not Breaking Bad....MARA!) If you've been following along with this short but spectacular series, you've probably been on the edge of your seat wondering what happens to Mara after -- well, everything. Grab the first five issues and catch up on this unique, brilliant series by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle, then pick up the finale this Wednesday. It's an essential pull for fans of super-strong ladies, sports, and dystopian future stories that are a little bit off the beaten path.

Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder's picks

EARTH 2 #16

James Robinson and Nicola Scott charge forward to the end of the first major story arc of one of New 52's most outstanding series. After last issue's absolutely nail-biting cliffhanger, and a month of waiting, I am ecstatic to see how the title develops and how this all comes to an end, particularly as this is Robinson's final issue on the title. That in mind, there's absolutely no reason for him to hold back, and having the woman who helped shape Earth 2 into the breakout hit that it has become is the best way to send him off.


Joshua Hale Fialkov has certainly made a giant splash in his ultimate comics debut! In the wake of Age of Ultron, 616 Galactus has not only found his way to the Ultimate Universe, but assimilated the Gah Lak Tus swarm and begun striking fear across the Ultimate U. Meanwhile Leonard Kirk continues his amazingly detailed, vivid imagery. Another reason I'm excited for this is to see what future, if any, the Ultimate Universe has. Many are declaring this the end, but I have a hard time believing it as even Previews solicitations don't go beyond the Cataclysm event that is imminent.


As our own Mat Rorie would say: PUPPY! PUPPY! PUUUUPPYPUPPYPUPPY!!! Maybe it's because I'm a dog person, but I love superpowered teams that feature a dog as a member and to get an issue from the consistently fantastic, regular creative team of Phil Hester and Todd Nauck that focuses on the most diminutive member of the team should be an absolute treat. See what I did there? Like a dog treat...

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Posted by Supreme Marvel

Jock just gets me.

Edited by MatKrenz

Mara's last issue is this week ? Finally.

Posted by Master_Thief

So Galactus is finally going to eat Earth huh?

Posted by Provehito

It's so good to see Green Arrow has improved a long way since the last teams. Lemire and Sorrentino have given Ollie a book that is worth reading. It's fun and the art is fantastic.

Edited by Toa_Manaia

I love Earth 2, Just cause I am a big JSA mark...

And Forever Evil...Bring it On the Evil Baby...

Still feel sorry for Nightwing though, he's my favorite comic book character, I am so torn by his predicament... Come on Dick find a way out of this please...

Posted by Cakeman3000

Vertigo is doing an awesome job as a publisher. Lemire's storytelling in Trillium is breath-taking.

Edited by MannEffest

Mara!! Thank God! I've been waiting forever to find out what happens!

Edited by EvilPenguin543

Love that Green Arrow cover. It looks like a poster that would be for an old movie.

Posted by jwalser3
  • Forever Evil 2
  • Savage Wolverine 9
  • The Star Wars 2

Posted by The Stegman

Bout time Forever Evil 2 comes out.

Edited by longbowhunter

Man this week is going to be awesome. From the list I'm getting.

Green Arrow



Superior Foes


Lots of other good stuff too. Batman/Superman #4, Swamp Thing #24 and Vertigo's Witching Hour anthology. May pick up Fantomex Max #1.

Edited by darkrider

not cool Atomica not cool to enter someone's mouth

Posted by ComicKing7

@toa_manaia: Well there is a batman in a different costume on the cover. Maybe thats his solution

Edited by TheFirstLantern
Posted by AllStarSuperman

This week:

EARTH 2 #16 $2.99


Pick up old stuff:

Doomsday 23.1 $3.99

DEADPOOL 16 and 17 $2.99 (I got issue 15 and thought i could trade wait, but since the reviews are so good i cant wait!)

Posted by Ando123

Green arrow, Superior Foes, Trillium, Forever evil 2.

Posted by PeppeyHare

Forever Evil, Savage Wolverine, and BoTA look good. Anyone know what's up with the long wait for SSM?

Posted by Wolverine08

Savage Wolverine is looking beastly! (pun intended).

Edited by CaptainHoopla

Lazarus 4!!!, Quantum and Woody 4, All-New X-Men 17, may check out Hinterkind. Very light week.

Edited by BattheMan008

Forever Evil #2, Batman/Superman #4, Lazarus #4, All New X-Men #17, and...I think that's it. Really light week.

Edited by BattheMan008

Wait, Batman/Superman #4 DOESN'T come out this week?! Then it's a REALLY light week for me.

Posted by CheeseSticks

Green Arrow is probably the best on-going that DC has.

Posted by mdamasco

dat savage wolverine cover!

Edited by fil123

superior foes

green arrow


forever evil

still need to pickup deadpool, gotg and tmnt from last week... damn an expensive week but worth it

Edited by longbowhunter
Edited by jstndmnd

Earth 2, and maybe The Star Wars

Edited by dagmar_merrill

Forever Evil 2 and that new Spiderman thing.

Posted by SavageDragon




Posted by dagmar_merrill

Oh and maybe Fantomex if I see it.

Edited by Dabee

I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but I'm judging Hinterkind by it's cover. Hinterkind is awesome.

Posted by nappystr8

Hinterkind looks really cool, but I can't afford it. Going to continue with The Star Wars and Trillium, but still haven't committed to either for the long haul.

Edited by Sleepbutnodream15

The art alone on detective comics makes it worth buying. Can't wait. I think I'm gonna start reading Green Arrow soon too. It only started getting good when Lemire took over right?

Posted by Knightfall225

Detective comics and forever evil

Posted by PeppeyHare
Edited by MadeinBangladesh


Awesome week!!!


Forever Evil






Quantum and Woody

The Movement

Swamp Thing


Dropped Earth 2 and Superior Foes... got pretty bored reading them.

@cheesesticks said:

Green Arrow is probably the best on-going that DC has.

It turned from the worst book to best. Shows how much a writer makes a difference.

Edited by Caladorcp

I'm picking up Lazarus and Swamp Thing.

Posted by CheeseSticks
Posted by CitizenJP

Hinterkind #1 looks pretty cool. Diggin that cover.

Posted by Avengers_4everXX

Trying really hard not to think about the fact that it's JR's last issue on Earth 2.... so far not successful. Currently in a fetal position crying bc it was perfect and didn't last nearly long enough and DARN YOU DC EDITORIAL TEAM AND YOUR DISRESPECT TOWARDS ACTUAL COMIC BOOK CREATORS

Posted by PrinceNamor

All new x-men and green arrow

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

I am looking forward to the release of Green Arrow. Love the cover too! I want to hang up in my room soooo bad! To bad my friend's comic money is going towards that series.

Green Arrow has been great! Everyone should give the book a chance.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

Green Arrow

Green Lantern

Swamp Thing

Forever Evil


All New X-Men

I think that is it for me this week. Oh I almost forgot, The Walking Dead reprinted issue 1 in color. I shall see how I like it and then decide if it is worthy of trade purchasing. I am torn between getting my pull-list for this week or Earth-2 by morrison.

Edited by vPuik

All New X-Men, Anx-m Special, The Star Wars, He-Man and last weeks King Conan for me

Edited by Grey56

@g_man : Tony, sir - those 'New' X-Men? They aren't new, sir. I understand your desire to spread good work; but it's truly a travesty that these characters are allowed to be used in this manner.

Instead of putting good talent to use on a flagship title; we get re-hashes of something which will be ret-conned at best and at worst become a temporal absurdity. It's the same, trite routine Marvel has pulled with the X titles for almost two decades. The last great X story wasn't told in any book called 'Uncanny'.

I acknowledge your doing your due diligence to bring folks the good word on books which captivate; but it's a question of principle on this one. At least Whedon had the cojones to tell Marvel how his story would be told. They gave him his own title to do it. What they should've done was let him take over Uncanny.

Until we force Marvel to start making good stories that challenge the existing characters with the cannon that they themselves have crafted - we will continue to get this cheap-shod prattle. Time-displaced original Xavier students? I mean what will they do next, have a Spidey villain take over Peter's mind in his own body? Oh, right.

Posted by jaybefre

Fantomex Max!!!

Edited by Cavemold

Tec and MA and maybe the Star Wars


Detective Comics and Forever Evil are definitely my top picks

Posted by JairamGanpat

@jaybefre said:

Fantomex Max!!!

This guy knows what it is! lol

Posted by SwampPing

Trying really hard not to think about the fact that it's JR's last issue on Earth 2.... so far not successful. Currently in a fetal position crying bc it was perfect and didn't last nearly long enough and DARN YOU DC EDITORIAL TEAM AND YOUR DISRESPECT TOWARDS ACTUAL COMIC BOOK CREATORS

Lol this exactly, this is the first DC editorial dispute to really hit home, the e2 won't be the same without James :(

But I'm getting Black Bat, Earth 2, Trillium, Hunger and Green Arrow

Posted by BattheMan008

Green Arrow

Green Lantern

Swamp Thing

Forever Evil


All New X-Men

I think that is it for me this week. Oh I almost forgot, The Walking Dead reprinted issue 1 in color. I shall see how I like it and then decide if it is worthy of trade purchasing. I am torn between getting my pull-list for this week or Earth-2 by morrison.


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