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This Week's Essential Comics: 10/7/13

These are the comics you're looking for.

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

BATMAN #24

It's hard to believe this is only the fourth part. Perhaps Villains Month taking over in September has made it feel longer. We've also been hanging onto every tiny bit of detail that Scott Snyder has been giving us on this look at Bruce Wayne's early days after returning to Gotham.

This has been far from your typical Batman story. Heck, Batman has actually really appeared. We're seeing Bruce Wayne as he evolves into the crime fighter we all know. He's making mistakes and acting pretty brashly at times. But knowing where this will go along with the new mysteries and plots makes this a fascinating read. Greg Capullo and the rest of the team are making sure this is visually an epic as well.

It should be noted this issue will have a slightly higher cover price but that is due to the issue being oversized. This makes up for the lack of a chapter in the story last month. Getting more from Snyder and Capullo is well worth the price.

You can check out the full preview over at USA Today.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1

There may be some questioning whether or not we need a title focusing on just Superman and Wonder Woman. From what we've seen of the two together, this will be something cool.

It's safe to say this won't just be a series about a couple of superheroes dating. The couple instances we have seen these two together in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE, it's been really interesting. In the New 52, these two haven't had a chance to really bond with others. They have discovered they do share some similarities. That has driven them closer together. Throw in the fact that if you combine their might along with their rogues galleries, there are so many possibilities.

Charles Soule has stated there will be a mix in terms of the storytelling. We'll get some big action along with furthering who these two are. Tony Daniel has been a little vocal as well on how he feels about his current work. You can tell that he is truly proud of what he is doing. It's always great when an artist enjoys what they're working on and truly dive into their work.

There will likely be a lot of eyes on this title. Soule and Daniel are bringing their A game to this and if this gives both characters another chance to jump into the spotlight, that will be great for fans.

THE WALKING DEAD #115

It's crazy to believe we've been reading THE WALKING DEAD for ten years now. Robert Kirkman has taken the simple idea of zombie survival and turned it on its side. Month after month we've seen crazy stories and situations. It's almost impossible to imagine what Kirkman will have planned for the new storyline.

With a war breaking out between different factions of humans, this multi-part story takes us into a slightly new territory in the world or Rick Grimes. He may have had to fight the Governor before but this is on a different scale. With the series celebrating its ten year anniversary, you have to assume we'll be seeing some insane events unfold. Charlie Adlard will have his hands full and it's going to be a great time to be a WALKING DEAD fan.

You'll also have some choices in terms of a cover! There will be twelve different ones with ten forming the image up above.

Honorable Mentions:

GREEN LANTERN CORPS. Part One of Lights Out had an interesting cliffhanger. Trust me, you won't want to miss this issue.

NIGHTWING vs the Prankster. Will he work with Tony Zucco, the guy that murdered his parents, in order to stop Prankster? (You can check out a preview HERE).

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I totally have to add AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 after reading an advanced copy.

You can read an early review HERE.

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks

COFFIN HILL #1

It's yet another new Vertigo series! Last week, HINTERKIND debuted, and it was a lot of fun. This week, Vertigo has a new book called COFFIN HILL coming out, and while thinking everything a company puts out is going to be brilliant or amazing is a terrible thought process to have, with Vertigo, I know these series will be a bit more up my alley.

COFFIN HILL seems like the perfect book for October and Halloween. From the looks of the solicit, it deals with curses, darkness, and witchcraft. Plus, it opens up with someone covered in blood!

This is the first go at comics for Caitlin Kittredge, but she's a notable author of the NOCTURNE CITY series and BLACK LONDON, so it should be a well pieced together story.

There's a ton of books I'm looking forward to this week, but COFFIN HILL jumps ahead because I want to read something spooky.

Check out our interview with Caitlin HERE.

GHOSTED #4

Speaking of spooky, it's time to read a whole comic about spooks/ghosts/specters/ghastly visages because issue #4 of GHOSTED is here! Image is another company putting out some dynamite series of a wide variety of genres. Again, it's October, and Halloween is coming up, so I'm in the mood to read something with a horrific twist. That's one of the reasons GHOSTED made the list this week. The other reason it's here is because I love this series.

Issue #3 of this series was pretty awesome. The ghosts finally came out to "play," and by play, I mean scare the poop out of people and maybe get a tad violent. We also get more and more into the history of the Trask Mansion as well. This series has been a blast thanks to the creative team of writer Joshua Williamson and artist Goran Sudzuka. Every issue, so far, has made my Top of the Pile list. Try this book out, not only because Halloween is coming up but because it's spooktacular! See what I did there? Nailed it!

Gregg 'k4tz' Katzman's picks

DEADPOOL #18

This isn't just one of the best Deadpool stories I've read... it's one of the best stories I'm currently reading. This book has had no problem making me laugh time and time again, but now it's doing something truly special: it's bringing serious Deadpool and doing it with so much talent. Sure, co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn still sprinkle lines here and there that make me smirk or even burst into laughter, but this story is doing a phenomenal job with its pacing and hitting us with all kinds of emotions.

'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly' is now three for three, and I have no reason at all to believe this fourth chapter will be a letdown.

Oh, if for some reason beyond me you need an additional reason: Declan Shalvey is illustrating and his rough style makes this narrative even more immersive and powerful.

Check out the full preview in our PREVIEWS FORUM.

ETERNAL WARRIOR #2

Valiant has added yet another superb book to its catalog? Color me not surprised at all.

On the surface, ETERNAL WARRIOR seems like something we've seen a gazillion times before. "Oh look, it's an immortal badass being badass." But trust me, it's more than that.

Writer Greg Pak is clearly aiming to make the title character-driven and illustrate why Gilad's not a total cliche. Gilad's bloodlusted yet an honorable and a selfless leader who's had quite an adventure over the years. Don't get me wrong, Pak's obviously including plenty of bloodshed along the way, but the premiere issue had me hooked and I'm totally anxious to see the path he has planned for Valiant's character.

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #14

I never thought I'd see the day where a Thor book was one of my absolute favorites from Marvel, but here we are and it's all thanks to one man: Jason Aaron.

The amount of wonder and epicness crammed into this series is unparalleled. This latest story may not have the same scale as the last one (it's really not possible to top that), but it's a totally different kind of threat and it'll be fascinating to see how Thor is tested along the way.

Plus, this latest challenge will take us to all of the realms and that's sure to be enthralling -- even if it isn't for the locals in each one. You're really missing out if you're not reading this one, people.

Check out the full preview in our PREVIEWS FORUM.

SUICIDE SQUAD #24

So begins Matt Kindt's SUICIDE SQUAD run. Sure, I wasn't exactly the biggest fan of his Harley Quinn Villains Month issue, but his Deadshot issue was great and I've really enjoyed some of his other work.

It'll be particularly interesting to see who's on the new team and how they'll tie into the bigger events playing out in FOREVER EVIL. We've all seen Kindt has no problem delivering a more dark and tragic tone, but it'll be critical to see how he juggles all of the characters and whether he still can manage to incorporate a fun vibe into the mix as well.

Moreover, this issue sees the return of Patrick Zircher, an incredibly talented artist who has a style that's just perfect for this kind of book. Ales Kot put this title back on my radar... hopefully now Kindt will be able to keep it there.

You can check out the full preview over at UPROXX.

Honorable Mention: ARKHAM WAR #1

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's picks

THREE #1

THREE is an epic Spartan tale, but not the one we're used to. Penned with the assistance of a historical consultant, this new series from Kieron Gillen approaches the bloody history of that era from an oft-ignored vantage point: that of the slaves who bore the weight of Sparta's society.

THREE is going to tackle the subjects of freedom, politics, and humanity from a fresh angle, and should definitely be on your new-series-to-watch radar.

Check out the full preview over at CBR.

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #4

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (formerly COLLIDER) is quirky, fun, and full of SCIENCE!

I've been enjoying the pushing and pulling of scientific laws, boundaries, and theories, and loving the ride that Oliver and Rodriguez have been taking us on.

If you're a science geek, love what-ifs and pocket universes, or are a fan of Vertigo's latest offerings, this one is a must-pull.

Sadly, there is no preview for this issue just yet.

ROCKET GIRL #1

From Kickstarter success to full-fledged Image series, ROCKET GIRL is taking us back to the future in its debut this week.

Strap on your jetpack, and get ready for this original series by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, with a sassy teenage heroine and an alternate timeline situation that promises plenty of adventure.

Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder's picks

MARS ATTACKS JUDGE DREDD #2

The last issue surpassed my already high expectations, not only perfectly integrating the Mars Attacks universe into Judge Dredd through an organic storyline, but even providing its own take on the narrative trading cards that brought the ultra-violent 1950s send-up into pop culture consciousness. And if there's anything that gels well with ultra-violence, it's obviously Judge Dredd.

With Al Ewing and John McCrea still on the book, there's no reason to believe the screams, and cackles, will stop anytime soon.

Check out our exclusive preview right HERE.

AVENGERS ARENA #16

I've evangelized this book since issue #1. Some have come around to my way of thinking, others haven't, but through thick and thin, this book has remained engaging and interesting to read, mixing savage intensity with nail-biting suspense.

We're coming to the end of the first "season" of Murderworld, and the plot is going in some very interesting directions, but there's still clearly plenty of story left to tell and I can't think of anyone better than series regulars Dennis Hopeless and Karl Moline to take us to the finale.

Check out the full preview on our PREVIEWS FORUM.

CHEW #37

It's a hard thing for a comedy book to turn so sharply into intense drama and not feel like an undeserved shift. But John Layman and Rob Guillory have done just that without sacrificing either.

This is still one of the funniest books on the shelf, but the storylines have getting very subtly and gradually darker as they've progressed until we've arrived here. A lot of seemingly divergent storylines and threads are coming back together in absolutely fascinating ways, and it's always nice to see seemingly forgotten plot points paid off.

What comics are on your list? Let us know in the comments below.

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

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Posted by Ashr

Looking forward to seeing Tony S. Daniel's art in Superman Wonder Woman. Here's my Top 5 for the week:

Superman Wonder Woman #1

Batman #24

Ghosted #4

Star Wars #10

Green Lantern Corps #24

X-Men #6

Posted by AllStarSuperman

BATMAN #24

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1

DEADPOOL #18

ETERNAL WARRIOR #2

Smallville 18

Nightwing 24

Posted by deadshot1

Deadpool #18

Infinity #4

X-men #6

Uncanny x-force 12

Guess that's it for me

Posted by EvilPenguin543

Just Superman/Wonder Woman #1 and Deadpool #18 for me this week.

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Superman/ WonderWoman

Suicide Squad

Coffin Hill

Catwoman 24

for me!

Thanks for including a complete 'new comics list' gman!

Edited by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

Infinity #4

Thor God of Thunder #14

Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Posted by BIGALWILLIAMS

Even double sized that $6.99 price tag on Batman is ridiculous.Plus all the Zero issue tie-ins are increasing to $3.99 along with a $4.99 price on the next issue of Batman.It may be time to start dropping titles if the prices remain that way.

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Posted by jwalser3

Suicide Squad

Forever Evil Arkham War

Posted by MatKrenz

Oh Arena is out this week. WOO !

Posted by SWagner017

FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics is definitely on the top of my list! Might check out Coffin Hill...you know get in the Halloween spirit.

Posted by saoakden

From DC: Batman, Forever Evil: Arkham War, Smallville, Nightwing, Batgirl, Superboy, Green Lantern Corps, Superman/Wonder Woman, look I don't care what people say about this series, I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Maybe From DC: Constantine

From Marvel: Infinity, Wolverine, X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, Captain America, Thor: God of Thunder, Ultimate Comics X-Men, Astonishing X-Men

Maybe From Marvel: Deadpool, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up, Avengers A.I.

Maybe: Eternal Warrior

Posted by Xwraith

Just Eternal Warrior for me... but that Thor cover makes me want to pick it up.

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Posted by Perfect 10

oooh steel is in the house! and he is with powergirl!! a future romance maybe? we know she likes the chocolate. but who is that wannabe crossbones with them?

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Only books off the list I'm getting are Batman and Ghosted. Lots of #1's coming out this week I might try out. Afterlife with Archie, Rocketgirl and Three.

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Posted by herrweis

Superman/wonder woman is all I'm really looking forward to.

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Batman

Nightwing

Superman/Wonder Woman

Deadpool

I'm also thinking of getting suicide squad only cause we finally get to see "steel" and they are also fighting powergirl.

But i will never forgive them for what they did to harley, her old look was great, they just change it so that they could show of her boobs, that's pretty annoying...

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

BATMAN ( Just not enjoying zero year that much :()

WALKING DEAD

COFFIN HILL

GHOSTED

X-MEN

BATGIRL

Posted by judasnixon

Image please stop putting so many great comics, I can't keep up any more..... You have all my money Image..... I can't pay my rent..... But that Rocket Girl Cover is so pretty....... I hate you Image.......

Posted by longbowhunter

@judasnixon: I hear ya man. But I fell in love with Amy Reeder on Madame Xanadu. I gotta give issue one a shot.

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Posted by longbowhunter

@perfect_10: if I'm not mistaken I believe that is Wild Dog.

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Posted by CaptainHoopla

Great week. Deadpool, Thor, Batman, Eternal Warrior, and Captain America for me.

Posted by Green ankh

Nothing on the list looks good to me..

Posted by noj

@bigalwilliams: If there are more pages of story its logical that it costs more. According to Scott Snyder theres going to be around 53 pages of Greg Capullo art and around 12 pages of Rafael Albaqurque art. Thats a TON of goodness for 7 dollars. Issue 25 will also be oversized so once again it makes sense. Its not a permanent thing, these will just be 2 HUGE issues of the storyline so they wanted to make each issue longer.

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #4

Avengers Arena #16

Posted by fables87

Can't wait for Coffin Hill!

Posted by wisesonAC

honestly DC made a smart move with their superman/wonder woman tittle. Wish marvel would have gave us a n Black Panther/ Storm tittle.

Posted by Renchamp

Deadpool! Uncanny X-Force! Maybe something new!

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Posted by Cap10nate

Eternal Warrior

Thor

Infinity

Captain America

Archer and Armstrong

Maybe Batman. This may be the month that I finally drop it.

Posted by jstndmnd

Superboy

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Infinity

Astro City

Coffin Hill on Ipad (The way horror comics should be read!)

Posted by Anthonior

This is easy...JUST superman and Wonder woman...

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Am I the only one who is interested in Three?

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Batman, Captain America, and Superior Foes that I missed last week!

Posted by TheUnN4med

Rocket Girl

Batman

Coffin Hill

Posted by JuliusTakalua

gahhh. too many. BUt i'm really excited for THree. sounds really good

Posted by TheWalkingDeadpool

Essentials in BOLD buying on release, others mostly trade-wait or borrow from friends:

Abstract: Rachel Rising

Archie: Afterlife With Archie

Avatar: Skin Trade

Boom: 3 Guns, Deathmatch, Sons Of Anarchy

Dark Horse: Abe Sapien, Shaolin Cowboy, Star Wars, X

DC: Astro City, Batman, Batman '66 digital, Coffin Hill, FBP, Green Lantern Corps, Nightwing, Superman/Wonder Woman, Worlds' Finest

Dynamite: Cryptozoic Man, Owl, Red Sonja

IDW: G.I. Joe Special Missions, Triple Helix

Image: America's Got Powers, Bushido, Chew, Ghosted, Hoax Hunters, Manhattan Projects, Miniature Jesus, Multiple Warheads, Peter Panzerfaust, Rocket Girl, Sidekick, Think Tank, Three, Walking Dead 1, Walking Dead 115

Marvel: Avengers Arena, Captain America, Deadpool, Infinity, Superior Spider-Man Team Up, Thor, Ultimate X-Men, X-Men

Titan: A1

Valiant: Archer & Armstrong, Eternal Warrior

Posted by Mbecks14

I would be interested in Superman/Wonder Woman if they weren't a couple.

Posted by evilvegeta74

Thor!

Posted by patrat18

Batman and Thor for me.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Whenever @inferiorego recommends a Vertigo title, I listen. I have yet to be disappointed! Will be checking out Coffin Hill. (Also -- the preview shown in the back of Hinterkind was good enough to consider it anyway).

Out of this weeks essential comics, I'm picking up...

  • Batman #24
  • Superman/Wonder Woman #1
  • Coffin Hill #1
  • Deadpool #18
  • Eternal Warrior #2
  • Thor: God of Thunder #14
  • Suicide Squad #24

Considering adding Three #1 and Rocket Girl #1. Both seem interesting.

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I just added Thor to my pull list. And Zircher back on Suicide Squad...hmmm may have to get that. Having a Superman Wonder Woman title wouldn't be ridiculous if they just weren't a couple.

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  • Coffin Hill #1
  • Suicide Squad #24
  • Superman/Wonder Woman #1
  • Infinity #4
  • Thor #14
  • X-Men #4
  • Owl #4

I'm unsure about Rocket Girl and I hope Suicide Squad doesn't suck after the loss of the previous writer. And I really got to check out Rachel Rising some time.

EDIT: I notice the comics I'm interested in are all 1s and 4s.

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X-Men #6

Batman #24

Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Forever Evil: Arkham Wars #1

Infinity #4

Star Wars #10

Manhattan Projects #15

Three looks interesting as well...and Archie? Excellent? Intriguing.

Posted by vPuik

Just the battle of the atom issue for me.

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

This week I am getting Batman, Nightwing, and Batgirl. I believe my friend is getting Superman Unchained. That new Suicide Squad looks and sounds great! Happy to see Patrick Zircher having DC comic after I first saw his work in the Captain Cold Villain's Month though I was hoping he'd be on Flash soon.

Also is this going to be the first appearance of Steel in the New 52? I haven't seen or heard of him around the New 52 universe yet.

Posted by manwithoutshame

I'm most looking forward to Batman 24, anytime you get a double-sized issue full of Greg Capullo's glorious artwork should be treated as a celebration.

Posted by AWeekInGeekdom

DC:

Batman

Batgirl

SM/WW

Marvel: Infinity

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