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This Week's Essential Comics: 10/21/13

These are the comics you're looking for.

For quite a few people out there, Mondays are a bit of a downer. However, here on our corner of the internet, it's a day worth celebrating because it can only mean one thing: preparing for glorious new comics! Every week, we here at Comic Vine will gaze upon the mighty list of new releases and we'll each pick the ones that we're really, really, reaaaaaally excited to check out.

As always, there's more than a handful of promising titles coming out, so once you're done seeing what we've selected, be sure to chime in with your own list of "essential comics."

Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero's picks

FLASH #24

It's the final battle between the Flash and the new Reverse Flash.

It's not often we get to see someone with powers on the same level as the Flash. This foe has proven he's willing to go to any means in order to accomplish his goals, including murder. With the reveal as to what his true identity is, this story is bound to have a big affect on the Flash and Barry Allen's life. With a more personal connection, this isn't a battle Barry will simply be able to walk away from unscathed.

With the art by Francis Manapul and colors by Brian Buccellato, you know this is going to be an epic and beautiful battle. This also marks the final full issue with Manapul and Buccellato's art. The two have written 25 and it will feature some art by them (and Buccellato will return to write a few issues after 26), but this is their big finale, in a way.

Visit Nerdist for the final page.

FF #13

Whenever there's a new issue of FF, I know I am in for a treat. Lee Allred has seamlessly picked up the reigns from Matt Fraction and the art by Mike Allred and colors by Laura Allred makes this such an amazing comic on so many levels.

With the approach of Doom the Annihilating Conqueror, our team of misfits just might be in over their heads. Things often get incredibly wacky but there is always that deep and dark undertone lurking in the shadows of the comic. This is a comic where I don't need to read the solicit information to know there are great things coming. As the series sadly approaches its end with issue #16, there's no telling what might happen next. I wouldn't want to miss a single bit of it.

SEX CRIMINALS #2

It's easy to dismiss this series as being crude and full of sex and nudity. There is much more to this. Billed as more of a "sex comedy," we saw, in the first issue, things weren't exactly completely upbeat and cheerful as we were introduced to Suzie.

In the second issue, we find out what Jon's story is (spoiler: I've already read the issue). It clearly takes a different approach than Suzie's. We also find out there's more to the bigger picture as we see a glimpse into their decision to start robbing banks. There's much more to the story.

This is absolutely not a comic for children or those that might be offended by the topic of sex in comics. It's not gratuitous but there are some definitely inappropriate scenes contained.

Check out the rest of our preview here (NSFW).

Honorable Mention: JUSTICE LEAGUE #24

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks

CLONE #11

Another one of my personal favorite Image books is out this week! It's like a mini-Christmas, minus the forced family time. It's better than Christmas! In the last issue, the new Vice-President announced to the world that clones exist and they all need to be brought to justice for being all Cloney and whatnot. It's a big change in the book that's going to change the world these guys live in.

The writing and art have been fantastic on this series. It has quite a few people attached as writers, but it never feels like it. Each issue flows incredibly well. A huge selling point is the art of Jose Juan Ryp. He does a fantastic job at visually telling these stories and his detail in every panel is amazing.

AQUAMAN #24

In the last issue, (spoiler alert) Aquaman died! Well, he actually was knocked out or sleeping for 6 months, while Forever Evil was going down. What's more important here is that Aquaman has a beard. A bearded Aquaman is a righteous Aquaman. Now that he's back, he may have to deal with the fact that both Orm and Black Manta have escaped from Belle Reve. Or not... The solicit doesn't give much away.

However, what did happen to the Dead King and those months of missing time? There's lots of open questions that need some closure. Once again, writer Geoff Johns has made what many [crazy] people considered to be a "lame" character into a someone really awesome with some amazing stories. I'm super-pumped to for this new issue.

Newsarama has two more preview pages.

Gregg 'k4tz' Katzman's picks

VENOM #42

The last issue of VENOM is finally here. Take a moment to yell "NOOOOO" like Darth Vader if you need to.

Okay, got that out of your system? Good. Writer Cullen Bunn's final chapter has a lot to address. What'll happen with Andi and her symbiote? The demon? Flash's status? Crossbones and Daimon Hellstorm? Could we even see Brock reappear out of the blue, sporting that oh-so-powerful Toxin symbiote? Okay, probably not, but that would rule, yeah?

I may not be the biggest fan around of the demon aspect of VENOM's story, but this is looking like it could be a massive issue for Mr. Thompson. Plus, who knows what Flash's situation will be after "Darkest Hours" over in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN (we speculate about that here), so here's to hoping Venom's longest book leaves on a great note instead of a forgettable one. It's been a great ride, but all good things must come to an end, right?

Go to CBR for a look at one more page.

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #14

You're missing out on some quality entertainment if you haven't been reading Mark Waid's INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK. Consistently sharp, engrossing and wildly fun, Hulk going through time has made the absolute best of a lackluster event's conclusion (AGE OF ULTRON). I know Waid's work on DAREDEVIL tends to get a lot of attention, but you're seriously doing yourself a disservice if you don't give his run here a chance, too. Virtually every issue in this series leaves me impressed and always delivers a good time. This isn't an ideal jumping on point, so do the right thing and pick up the previous "Agent of T.I.M.E." issues with this one.

LARFLEEZE #4

Nothing else in the New 52 makes me smile and laugh quite like Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis' latest story revolving around everyone's favorite Orange Lantern, Larfleeze. The tight script keeps a strong grip on my attention and with every issue I find myself lost in this wacky and ridiculously enthralling universe.

Now that other Orange Lanterns are seemingly back and want Larfleeze 6 feet under, it'll be interesting to see how he gets out of this one. More orange axe, perhaps? This is sci-fi fun at its finest, folks.

TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #4

More of the Nick Turtles? YES, PLEASE! This series has done an excellent job duplicating the lighthearted vibe of the cartoon and each issue successfully comes off feeling like another episode of the program. I see no reason whatsoever to believe this upcoming chapter will be an exception. Writer Erik Burnham did a superb job co-writing THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN and his Free Comic Book Day issue for this series was a joyous treat.

In this issue, the Foot Clan gets the better of Raph and poisons him and now it's up to his brothers to save him. What makes this especially appealing is it's breaking the "insert mutation/villain, find a way to win" formula and implementing a far more emotional stake in the narrative. There's always a heavy focus on comedy -- and there's nothing wrong with that-- but Raph's situation could bring about far more compelling material.

Feast your eyes on the rest of our exclusive preview here.

Honorable Mentions: ZOMBIE WAR #1, SAVAGE WOLVERINE #10, BEWARE THE BATMAN #1

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's picks

VELVET #1

Ed Brubaker is teaming up with his FATALE colorist (Bettie Breitweiser) and CAPTAIN AMERICA penciller (Steve Epting) to bring us a new twist on the spy genre (without skimping on the action or mystery that spy aficionados love!). We'll get to meet Velvet Templeton and follow her adventures as she's whisked back into the field and into a tailspin of intrigue. This one's an essential for genre buffs and fans of Brubaker's existing creator-owned properties (FATALE, CRIMINAL, INCOGNITO, etc).

You can see more preview pages here.

PRETTY DEADLY #1

The first creator-owned collaboration between Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios (with colors by Jordie Bellaire), PRETTY DEADLY is a pretty essential pull this week. Follow Death's daughter, meet a narrator who's a dead rabbit, and jump headfirst into the intoxicatingly unique world that DeConnick, Rios, and Bellaire have dreamed up. Inspired by spaghetti Westerns, powered by talented creators, and driven by a revenge plot, PRETTY DEADLY promises to bring something fantastic and new to the table. I'm excited to see this team embark on their first Image collaboration, and -- well, just look at those preview pages.

See the rest of our preview here.

Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder's picks

DAREDEVIL #32

First off, let me absolutely clear the air on the topic at the forefront of EVERYone's mind: there's no way this book will be the same without the smoky, soothing baritone of one Vinny Caravella. Whew, okay, got that out of the way so moving on, I'm absolutely ECSTATIC to see Mark Waid tackle what looks like a new incarnation of the Midnight Sons (or with Satanna there the Midnight Children?) Something I love about Waid is his ability to not so much reinvent, but look from a completely different look at underused, or C-list characters (remember Spot? Remember the screaming that followed that?). And of course, series regular Chris Samnee is always a joy on this book and one of the artists who absolutely nails the strange, surreal, unique take that Mark Waid has on him.

Check out Comic Vine's Preview Theatre for an awesome look at the issue!!!

JUDGE DREDD #12

Judge Dredd's cavalcade of madness and carnival of pain cranks forward and upward, testing the limits of Dredd's pain tolerance and willingness to uphold the LAW even in the anarchic hellscape of the world outside the walls of Mega-City 1. Duane Swierczynski has threaded a very fine needle balancing the subtext of humor against the incredible violence (an especially gut-wrenching scene involving the cannibalistic Angel gang and a mutant with eyes all over his body struck the tone of very weird humor and absolute nausea) that inhabits the Dredd universe. This storyline has actually gone on for quite a long time, so it's refreshing to see it take so many natural twists and turns without getting old. Artist Nelson Daniel has a great minimalist style that does a great job evoking the stark, bizarre universe without needing to be fancy about it. He also manages a spectacular amount of character detail, making even the ever-masked judges distinct.

Check out the remainder of our exclusive preview here.

Follow us on Twitter: Tony, Mat, Gregg, Jen, Corey.

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Edited by vPuik

Wolverine and the Xmen

Nova

Indestructible Hulk

THE DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #2

and last week's King's Watch for me.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

I actually not getting anything this week. i save some ca$h!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I'm really excited for Velvet and Pretty Deadly!

Posted by ColaNicole

Was expecting to see Justice League 24.

Posted by ColonelRunAway

Not one vote for Infinity #5?

Posted by QuintisMaximus

So excited for Pretty Deadly! That art looks amazing!

Edited by Falconer

What? No Samurai Jack? Cmooooon.

Edited by Ando123

Superior SPiderman team up , Aquaman,THinderbolts.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@falconer said:

What? No Samurai Jack? Cmooooon.

Ben 10 better!

Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

Just Daredevil and Aquaman this week.

Posted by HahahaTimes

none for this week..... this week is time for arkham origins...!!!

Edited by cyclopes_with_an_e

Samurai Jack #1

Posted by Dm225

Aquaman

Justice League

Red Lanterns

The Flash

Daredevil

Indestructible Hulk

Superior Carnage

Awesome week!

Posted by Knightfall225

Aquaman the flash Red lanterns

Posted by saoakden

From DC: Justice League, Flash, Talon, Superman, Red Lanterns (Lights Out), Teen Titans, Injustice, Arrow

Maybe From DC: JLD, Batman: The Dark Knight, DC vs Masters of the Universe

From Marvel: Uncanny Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Venom, Wolverine and the X-Men, Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk, Iron Man, Secret Avengers, Savage Wolverine, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up, Superior Carnage,

Maybe From Marvel: Thunderbolts

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Posted by evilvegeta74

Aquaman with a beard, not a fan of that!

Posted by Renchamp

FF! Pretty Deadly!

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Posted by Dabee

Is it just me or do the top of the covers to Sex Criminals resemble labia? It would be fitting, I guess.

Also can't wait to read Pretty Deadly...!

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Posted by Xwraith

This is the first week in a long time where there are no new books on my pull list.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

I was worried Velvet wasn't going to pop up considering how busy Jen has apparently been. Glad to see it showed up. That and Pretty Deadly are probably the two I'm looking forward to the most. And any week I can get a new issue of FF is a good week.

Edited by longbowhunter

For once everything I'm buying this week made the list.

Clone #11

Daredevil #32

FF #13

Pretty Deadly #1

Velvet #1

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Posted by TheUnN4med

Pretty Deadly and Velvet for me!! Yesh! and Rat Queens, but it's not in the list haha anyway, great serie.

Posted by Teerack

Oh god. Aquaman's beard, Aquaman's beard, Aquaman's beard! My body isn't ready!

OUTRAGEOUS!

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

I can't wait for the Flash! It has been my favorite comic series. Can't believe they made me wait two months to find what will be of Barry and Iris.

Posted by batmannflash

Yes Flash and Aquaman are going to be awesome!

Posted by Hawkguy

So excited for pretty deadly! Great week in general, I'm excited for Wednesday

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

Corey was thinking Midnight Sons, but the team in Daredevil looks more like The Legion of Monsters.

Posted by jwalser3
  • Justice League 24
  • Superman 24
  • Red Lanterns 24 (going to be sick!)
  • Savage Wolverine 10

Posted by Star_Boy616

Bearded Aquaman :') I hope this last a looooong time.

Posted by Wolverine08

Yes Flash and Aquaman are going to be awesome!

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Nice compiled list k4tz ;)

Arrow 12

Catwoman 24

Dc U vs MotU 2

Superman 24

JL 24

JLD 24 Whats up with how awesome mr Janin is ;)

Aquaman 24

Pandora action figure

And against my better judgement Vampirella 34

Also, I'm so happy that Arrow wasn't cancelled! It didn't have any solicits for this month on the dc website.

Posted by IronAngelX

This my essential comic for this week.

Posted by monsterduc

@ironangelx said:

This my essential comic for this week.

Next week.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

@ironangelx: um bud, Superman Unchained 4 is like 3 weeks away......

@xwraith said:

This is the first week in a long time where there are no new books on my pull list.

yup, me to

Posted by monsterduc
@xwraith said:

This is the first week in a long time where there are no new books on my pull list.

That's too bad as there are a lot of great books out this week.

Posted by GeekBait

New Ultimate Spider-Man! F'yeah!

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Top Picks!!!

Velvet #1 (Brubaker and Epting!!! A must for me)

Pretty Deadly #1 (I have read only a little of each creators work, but it looks so good I have to give it a shot!)

Numbercruncher #4 (end of a GREAT mini)

The Rest

Batman: The Dark Knight #24 (Maleev art, AMAZING!!! Story is fairly decent so far as well)

Uncanny #4 (Andy Diggle crime story with Aaron Campbell on art. Great so far!)

The Bounce #6 (Glad I stuck with this one. Started off a little weak but has picked up nicely)

Rat Queens #2 (First one was alright, lets see if this one keeps my interest)

Satellite Sam #4 (future cancellation? Pretty weak so story so far. Decent Chaykin art)

Sex Criminals #2 (Great Story, Art will take some getting use to)

Daredevil #32 ( Loving Waid's take on DD!!!)

FF #13 (I'll be very sad when the Allred's leave this book :( But hey, SILVER SURFER!!!)

Indestructible Hulk #14 (It's been good, especially with Scalera on pencils!!!)

Savage Wolverine #10 (I love Jock's art, his story was a little generic though)

Wolverine and the X-Men #37 (BotA started out really strong but has fizzled as of late)

Posted by TheFirstLantern

Aquaman

DC Essentials Sandman

Daredevil

Indestructible Hulk

Infinity

JL

JLD

Larfleeze

Red Lanterns( that cover)

Wolverine and the X-Men

Not sure if Superior Spider Man is this week as well?

From last week :

X-Files

X-O Manowar

Wonder Woman

Avengers

Trades:

Earth-2 by Morrison

Maybe East of West Vol 1 or Chew Vol 1

And I will pre-order my Death of the Family Joker Acetate Cover that releases next week :D

That's a lot.

Edited by fables87

IMAGE COMICS FTW! Velvet looks good!

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Posted by Cap10nate

Secret Avengers

Hulk

Uncanny Avengers

Harbinger

Velvet

Posted by GraniteSoldier

@k4tzm4n:

NOOOOOO!!!!

Still doesn't feel like justice...

  • Venom
  • Hulk
  • Superior Carnage
  • The issues I missed last week (Superior Spider-Man/Hulk mostly)
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Posted by Scarlet_Spider_Forever

Can anyone tell me why Barry looked so old in those previews?

Posted by Ostyo

@teerack: Took the words right out of my mouth. :O

Posted by Perfect 10

oooh pretty deadly and velvet, been waiting all summer for these!! and cant belive im saying this but...looking forward to sex criminals and jon's story

Posted by Darth Coleslaw

Aquaman

Flash

Justice League

Red Lanterns

Posted by kriminal

samurai jack?!?!?!?!?! I didn't hear about this. fudge, guess im dishing out 4 mote bucks this week. super excited for velvet

Edited by CheeseSticks

WHAT? No Harbinger? It's probably better than every comics on this list.

Posted by JonKent
  1. Superman #24
  2. Aquaman #24
  3. Flash #24
  4. Red Lanterns #24
Posted by CitizenJP

Aqua Beard.

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