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This Week's Essential Comics: 12/02/13

These are the comics you're looking for.

Monday is here and that can only mean one thing: it's time to prepare for new comics! This Wednesday, a whole stack of fresh issues will drop and narrowing down your options isn't always an easy task. There's a lot of very promising material coming out this week, so we're here to help you out. We've looked at the list of this week's new releases and we've each picked a few that we're really excited to dive into. Hopefully after reading this feature, you'll be tempted to give a couple of them a chance, too.

Are you buying any of the comics we've listed or does your list of essential comics look a bit different? Don't be shy, let us know below.

Some previews may be in reverse order.

Tony's picks

INHUMANITY #1

It's time for the Inhumans to take the spotlight. If you've read INFINITY (yes, I finally got caught up), there's no way you'll want to miss this. As a result from INFINITY, we're seeing some big changes for the fate of the Inhumans. This will set the tone for the Marvel Universe for the foreseeable future.

If that wasn't enough, this issue is written by Matt Fraction and has art by Olivier Coipel. Those two are more than enough of a reason to check this out. With these big changes coming to the Marvel Universe, this issue will play a big role in keeping up with everything.

VELVET #2

Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser introduced us to a new and great comic universe in the first issue. Brubaker is no stranger to the world of espionage. It's great seeing the twist on the genre by not having your typical male secret agent character.

What we have is our lead character on the run and a murder mystery on her hands. In the first issue, we just caught a tiny glimpse into who Velvet is. Seeing these secrets unfold along with the fast paced action is what makes this an exciting read.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #6

Last issue with Brett Booth joining Greg Pak, we were treated to an interesting, and sort of weird story, told in a different format. Batman wasn't in the best situation and it looks like things are only going to get worse as Mongul is ready to cause major problems on Earth.

This is the charm of the series, seeing Batman and Superman team up against each other foes. The idea of Batman going up against Mongul is not something we'd immediately think of. Pak has been doing some interesting things in fleshing out the relationship between the two and having Booth's art on this arc will make the action that much better.

Visit UPROXX for a couple more previews pages.

Honorables: GREEN LANTERN #26, MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #3

Mat's picks

CATACLYSM ULTIMATES LAST STAND #2

The first month of Cataclysm was really awesome. As a huge fan of the Ultimate universe, I was a bit worried about everything that was going to happen and a little bit about the treatment of the characters. I was presently surprised with how great this event turned out with the main story, as well as the tie ins. This upcoming issue is the main story of this event, and it's the battle of the Ultimate heroes against Galactus. What I really love about the first issue, as a whole, was that is had Bendis writing and Bagley on art, the team that started the Ultimate line. This first issue was a complete blast and the creative team has me roped in. If this book continues to deliver, then you'll see each issue on this list, every week.

GHOSTED Volume 1

Can an essential be a trade? I'd say so. Listen, there's a ton of great issues coming out this week, and the rest of the Comic Vine staff has that covered. However, the first volume of GHOSTED is a book you seriously consider picking up. It's the first story arc of this new series by writer Josh Williamson and Goran Sudzuka. It's one of my favorite new series. It's one part Oceans 11 and one part supernatural horror.This is a story that you could easily be read in one sitting. There's lots of mystery here and you'll be sucked in. At least for me, it was a bit harder to come across the single issues for this puppy, and although I eventually got to read them all, this is a book worth of my shelf. If you pick up any trade this month, make sure it's GHOSTED Vol 1.

Gregg's picks

GREEN ARROW #26

Now that Count Vertigo is out of the picture, it's time to see what The Outsiders War is all about. Jeff Lemire's been doing awesome work creating a whole new mythos for Oliver and, now that many of the key components have been introduced, we're moving full speed ahead with it.

Lemire's solid and thoroughly entertaining writing is always worth checking out, but as if that wasn't enough, the book also has some of the best visuals you're going to find. Artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo have been doing exceptional work here, delivering a consistently phenomenal set of pages. When Lemire gets the action going, these two make sure it's always a real treat for your eyes and tend to lay it out in a creative manner. And seeing as the title has "war" in it and involves groups who specialize in different types of weaponry, it seems pretty safe to say there's going to be quite a bit of fighting.

Oh, and seeing this is the beginning of a new story, it's an ideal jumping on point. So, if you've been meaning to check out this book -- and you absolutely should -- then this is an issue you'll definitely want to pick up this Wednesday.

Got to CBR for two more preview pages.

TMNT VILLAIN MICRO-SERIES #8 - SHREDDER

City Fall has come to an end and now it's time to take what could possibly be the most detailed look yet into the bad guy behind it all: Shredder. The Micro-Series issues are tasked with expanding our interest in the growing cast of IDW TMNT characters and showing us there's far more depth to each of these individuals. So far, I'd absolutely say they've succeeded. Here, we're going to take a trip inside Shredder's mind and that's sure to be fascinating. We've seen his origin story (read SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN if you haven't already done so) and know about the 3 lives he's had, but he's always come off as a callous and power hungry man. This will presumably take away the armor (so to speak) and reveal his true colors.

The publisher has been doing stellar work recreating these familiar and classic characters, so hopefully this will show us why Saki's hardly a one-dimensional character and there's still much to learn about him.

DEADPOOL #20

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is over and it was the first time Deadpool's newest volume hit us with a truly dark and completely absorbing plot. It was a gripping ride, but let's be honest, it took a toll major toll on the emotions. So, before we get to really see how Wade's handling the aftermath of his latest story, we're being treated to one of the "lost" issues. So far they've all been a huge amount of fun and, seeing as this one promises Deadpool causing "havoc on a cosmic level," it's sure to be absurd in the best way possible. I'm definitely looking forward to all of the laughs this issue's sure to bring on Wednesday.

Honorable Mentions: BURN THE ORPHANAGE #2, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23

Jen's picks

TRILLIUM #5

The fifth installment of Jeff Lemire's love story across time and space is called "Starcrossed," and its solicit invites us to "indulge in the romance and discover how the fabric of the universe will never be the same." Indulge away -- this essential pick is one of Vertigo's best titles right now (and its imminent conclusion makes us want to savor every remaining issue!). Lemire is a master of unconventional visual storytelling, and TRILLIUM gets more exciting with every turn.

Visit Comicosity for one more preview page.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1

Peter Parker is...back? Spidey fans get the best of both worlds this week, as AMAZING SPIDER-MAN tacks a .1 onto its lengthy run and begins a flashback mini-series starring a pre-ASM #700 Peter. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN also has an issue out this week, reminding us that Doc Ock is still very much a fixture in the current Marvel Universe, but fans nostalgic for the Amazing flavor of the series will find ASM #700.1's wintry flashback to be an absolute essential this week.

Corey's picks

INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #8

It's fairly common knowledge that Invincible is the greatest superhero comic book in the universe. And I'm not just saying that because it's the book's tagline, it's also a well-known, physical law to be put into physics textbooks the MOMENT I buy that textbook printing facility. Any day now. It's so great that it couldn't be contained to a single title and Invincible Universe is everything a spin-off should be. Phil Hester and Todd Nauck are writing a title that can be enjoyed on its own, but also enriches and is enriched by the core title. I also love the standalone nature of the issues, allowing new readers to easily jump on in mid-stride.

AMAZING X-MEN #2

After a great first outing, I am ready to jump onto another X-Men title. Something that Marvel's been doing an amazing job at is not just differentiating the roster of their various X-titles but the tone and setting (compare Uncanny X-Force to All-New X-Men to see what I mean) and so far Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness are on-track to keep that up. With McGuinness' exaggerated, cartoonish visuals and Aaron's first notion to take his mutant cast to the gates of the Afterlife definitely takes them to some unexplored territory (seeing as how Limbo is more of a demonic realm as opposed to an actual, mortal spirit plane), and while it's only issue 2, these are creators with a very solid track record.

EARTH 2 #18

Tom Taylor proved himself capable of taking up the torch on this title to the point that I'm actually highly anticipating how this arc ends. It also looks to take on the well-worn territory of Superman VS Batman from the different perspective of a more hard-edged Batman and a flat-out villainous Superman in the service of interdimensional warlord Darkseid. The story of how this all came together seems like an entire arc in and of itself, but first we need to take care of this whole "all-out conflict against an unstoppable force." Nicola Scott continues bringing her signature look to the series she defined is always worth looking forward to as well.

Visit Newsarama for their exclusive preview.

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Posted by Psycho_Soldier

what an awful book they made out of Batman/Superman, loved the 1rst arc, but this,...

can't wait for the next Earth 2's issue

Edited by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Only getting DEADPOOL #20, but I might consider getting INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #8 for the Astounding Wolf-Man appearance.

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Posted by ColaNicole

Some sites say JL 25 is out this week. Can anyone confirm?

Posted by longbowhunter

Really excited for The Outsiders War arc in Green Arrow. The themed cover treatments for each clan look great. Velvet is another book I'm anxious to read. I've been on a big spy kick lately. Along with Trillium and Swamp Thing it should be a good week.

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

Action Comics #26

Batman/Superman #6

Justice League #25

Posted by SandMan_

No Action Comics?

Posted by G-Man

@sandman_: I got an early copy. It's pretty good.

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Posted by Dabee

This is going to be another big week...

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

@colanicole, I think JL 25 got pushed to next week (12/11). I've been wondering about this delay too because JL 26 is still solicited for the end of this month and I'm wondering if other Forever Evil event books will be delayed if JL 26 is pushed back as well.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Anything I need to know if I want to read Outsider war? I know nothing about green arrow besides he trained on some island and Count Vertigo is awesome. (I have the villains month issue)

Edited by Samuel_Simmons

batman superman got real bad real fast with this new arc, and the next one crosses over with world's finest which is already terrible.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Velvet #2, Deadpool #20, & Quantum and Woody #6 for me.

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Edited by AllStarSuperman

I haven't got to the store in a while, so Wednesday is gonna be HUGE:

  1. Eternal Warrior 3
  2. Bloodshot and HARD Corps 16
  3. Superboy 25
  4. Supergirl 25
  5. Superman 25
  6. Ben 10 1
  7. Captain America Living legend 2 and 3
  8. Earth 2 18
  9. Action Comics 25
  10. The Star Wars 4
  11. Kick-Ass 3 5

Total = $44.53

I am glad I dropped Batman/Superman. I liked Brett Booth on Nightwing, but is Superman is terrible. Not to mention the stupid sideways format of the book. That was also a reason to drop. Then next arc is a crossover already. I am glad I stopped.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Amazing Spider-Man 700.1, GL, Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, SSM, SSM Team up, Trillium.

And can someone clarify something for me? Is Inhumanity a one shot, or an ongoing? Because I can't find an issue 2 solicit anywhere.

Posted by TheUnN4med

Velvet 2
Trillium 5
Hellboy 5

Awesome week!! Image and Vertigo and Dark Horse can turn all my weeks awesome haha

Posted by BeautifulTemptress

EARTH 2 #18 and Action Comics #26.

Posted by RedhoodFlashLantern

Small Week For Me....

Action Comics #26

Batman/Superman #6

Detective Comics #26

Earth 2 #18

Green Arrow #26 ---(Outsiders War So Pumped For This)

Green Lantern #26

Trinity Of Sin Phantom Stranger #14

Swamp Thing #26

Hinterkind #3

Trillium #5

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Great week

Batman/Superman

DC vs HEMAN

EARTH 2

GREEN ARROW

SWAMP THING

Amazing X-Men

Inhumanity

Superior Spiderman

Quantum and Woody

Trillium

Posted by jasonakaslv

What i will be getting this week! I think ill need a 3rd job to keep my pull list alive. (I collect 20 tittles a month)

  1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 700.1
  2. AMAZING X-MEN # 2
  3. ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS # 2
  4. BATMAN / SUPERMAN # 6
  5. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY # 9 - -INFINITY TIE IN
  6. INHUMANITY # 1
  7. MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN # 3 OF 5
  8. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN # 23
  9. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP # 7
Posted by ElenaGilbert
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  • Green Lantern #26
  • Amazing Spider-man #700.1
  • Superior Spider-man #23
  • Amazing X-Men #2
Posted by GraniteSoldier

Amazing Spider-Man 700.1

Superior Spider-Man 23

Been thinking about trying out Earth 2...

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Posted by Hawkguy

I am glad I dropped Batman/Superman. I liked Brett Booth on Nightwing, but is Superman is terrible. Not to mention the stupid sideways format of the book. That was also a reason to drop. Then next arc is a crossover already. I am glad I stopped.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the same. A crossover arc with Rocafort on art duties... not for me on any level. If Action Comics is good I'm going to drop B/S and invest in that.

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@hawkguy said:

@allstarsuperman said:

I am glad I dropped Batman/Superman. I liked Brett Booth on Nightwing, but is Superman is terrible. Not to mention the stupid sideways format of the book. That was also a reason to drop. Then next arc is a crossover already. I am glad I stopped.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the same. A crossover arc with Rocafort on art duties... not for me on any level. If Action Comics is good I'm going to drop B/S and invest in that.

Actually i love Rocaforts art, but i could care less for worlds finest. Also i am already spending a bunch of money. though nowheres near some of the people on here... I havent read Action Comics 25 and 26 is coming out tomorrow but i heard its good. Truth be told i absolutely hate Aaron Kruders art though. its just baaaaaaaaaaaad. IMO

Posted by lifeboy

@madeinbangladesh: I'm getting dc vs masters also. I'm going to be pissed off once the mini-series ends and we only have one MotU title...

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Batman/Superman: Favorite team of all; last issue wasn't the best but I loved the concept of fighting Mongul and the voices Pak gave Jimmy and Toymanster. Lets be real thought, this book could be crap and I still would get; hopefully it keeps up the first act's quality level thought that was great. Excited for the crossover.

Action Comics: Loved the zero year; one shot. Straight up awesome Superman action, hopefully that won't change this issue. Intrigued for the storyline.

Detective Comics: Loved the zero year; rest of Layman's arcs were just good but i did love his Man Bat subplot and i am intrigued to see how it pays off in this issue.

Green Arrow: Not much to say, Jeff Lemire.

Earth 2: Not much to say, Tom Taylor. Plus: Zombie Batman?

Phantom Stranger: Just for the crossover, but I have read previous issues in store and have liked were this book is going. Who knows maybe Blight will convince me to pick it up.

Green Lantern: Moderately intrigued. Loved the last issue of Lights Out but 25 was meh.

Swamp Thing: Been pretty entertaining; plus Charles Soule. Wonder how Swampy will come back.

Inhumanity: Marvel's event, I don't have a record of enjoying Fractions work (his Fantastic Four didn't do it for me) but I'll give it a shot.

Amazing X-men: An X book I can enjoy. Pretty amazing.

Superior Spider-man: Spidey vs Venom; except their not Peter or Eddie. Super pumped.

@redhoodflashlantern,@madeinbangladesh: I like your styles.

Posted by jwalser3

Nothing.

Edited by MatKrenz

So Earth 2, Swamp Thing, Trillium, Great Pacific, Avengers Annual, Indestructible Hulk Annual and X-Men Legacy. Kinda small week for me.

Edited by longbowhunter

@dagmar_merrill: Lemire has set up a whole new mythology for Ollie with his run. I think this arc would be a bad place to jump in. Maybe try and read up on what's going on on Wikipedia or somewhere else online first. Maybe even this site could be help with that.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
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Okay um, at what point did Galactus become a Universe Ending threat?

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@hawkguy: thanks for that. Shame Inhuman got bumped so far.

Posted by timelord

After Infinity I have decided to trade wait for Marvel

  • Action Comics #26 - We have an amazing writer on Superman man again yes! Action Comics #25 was my favorite of the Zero Year tie in and I hope Gregg Pak can keep it up lets make Superman fun again.
  • Batman/Superman #6 - A fun issue last month but not as strong as the last arc. But I am hopefully Gregg Pak can keep it up.
  • Green Lantern #26 - More of Hal Jordan leading the Corps. Am I the only one who thinks having Hal in charge is going to lead to disaster?
  • Justice League #25- A Forever: Evil tie in. What is happening to Nightwing I must know?
  • Green Arrow #25- Having only recently gotten into Green Arrow it is probably one of my favorite books I am really looking forward to War of the Outsiders Arc.
  • The Phantom Stranger #14 - Blight Part 3 my first time in the magic side of DCU and I am loving it so far.

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Earth 2

Posted by patrat18

Earth 2 is my book.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@dagmar_merrill: Lemire has set up a whole new mythology for Ollie with his run. I think this arc would be a bad place to jump in. Maybe try and read up on what's going on on Wikipedia or somewhere else online first. Maybe even this site could be help with that.

I could have sworn I saw online that someone behind the book (Lemire or Sorrentino, I believe) stated this would be a good jumping on spot. It's likely designed as one, although I agree new readers should really begin with #17 and play catch up.

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Green Arrow #26, Batman/Superman #6 and maybe Spider-Man #700.1.

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

Yay!!! More world-shattering Marvel events, aren't we all excited! It's just what we need more of in this world, right?!?

*Said no one ever.

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@hawkguy said:

@allstarsuperman said:

I am glad I dropped Batman/Superman. I liked Brett Booth on Nightwing, but is Superman is terrible. Not to mention the stupid sideways format of the book. That was also a reason to drop. Then next arc is a crossover already. I am glad I stopped.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the same. A crossover arc with Rocafort on art duties... not for me on any level. If Action Comics is good I'm going to drop B/S and invest in that.

Actually i love Rocaforts art, but i could care less for worlds finest. Also i am already spending a bunch of money. though nowheres near some of the people on here... I havent read Action Comics 25 and 26 is coming out tomorrow but i heard its good. Truth be told i absolutely hate Aaron Kruders art though. its just baaaaaaaaaaaad. IMO

I don't like Rocafort because his panel layout is messy sometimes. That and the fact that every time a female's being drawn (he gets 2 in Batman/Superman!), they're always striking weird overly-sexual poses. Now if that floats your boat then okay, I just find it... awkward.

@spinningbirdcake: No problem! It's odd that it got delayed so much, I wonder what happened. I doubt Joe Mad is already forecasting to Marvel that he's going to need 4 months to get it out.

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How is Venetti's run on Green Lantern? I wanted to check out Geoff Johns last run on GL but I've heard noting but good things on Green Arrow.

Posted by Xwraith

The first Wednesday of the month is "Green Arrow Day" to me.

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Posted by Perfect 10

the week of 2s! velvet 2, earth 2 and amazing x-men 2. also the last issue of fearless defenders (tears fall) and the first issue of inhumanity (smile springs). hopefully ill be done with last week's comics by wednesday lol oh these holiday work hours are killing me

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Big week for me. I think I'll get Amazing X-Men as I really liked the first issue.

Batman/Superman #6

Batwing #6

Detective Comics #26

Earth 2 #18

Green Arrow #26

Triple Helix #3

Amazing X-Men #2

Iron Man #18

Battlestar Galactica #6

Posted by mak13131313

1. Green Arrow #26

2. Detective Comics #26

3. Green Lantern #26

4. Earth 2 #18

5. The Star Wars #4

6. Suicide Risk #8

7. Battlestar Galactica #6

8. Batman/Superman #6

9. Avengers Annual #1

Good week!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@hawkguy said:

@allstarsuperman said:

@hawkguy said:

@allstarsuperman said:

I am glad I dropped Batman/Superman. I liked Brett Booth on Nightwing, but is Superman is terrible. Not to mention the stupid sideways format of the book. That was also a reason to drop. Then next arc is a crossover already. I am glad I stopped.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the same. A crossover arc with Rocafort on art duties... not for me on any level. If Action Comics is good I'm going to drop B/S and invest in that.

Actually i love Rocaforts art, but i could care less for worlds finest. Also i am already spending a bunch of money. though nowheres near some of the people on here... I havent read Action Comics 25 and 26 is coming out tomorrow but i heard its good. Truth be told i absolutely hate Aaron Kruders art though. its just baaaaaaaaaaaad. IMO

I don't like Rocafort because his panel layout is messy sometimes. That and the fact that every time a female's being drawn (he gets 2 in Batman/Superman!), they're always striking weird overly-sexual poses. Now if that floats your boat then okay, I just find it... awkward.

I love his panel lay out, but that's my opinion. I get what you mean about overly sexual poses. Like Supergirl is about 15 or 16, but he draws her like 14 but with massive tits. And the girls are always thrusting out their butts, but oh well. I like the look of his Superman.

Posted by mak13131313

@onyxartist: I'm enjoying his run on Green Lantern. I think it's as good as Johns was.

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@mak13131313 said:

@onyxartist: I'm enjoying his run on Green Lantern. I think it's as good as Johns was.

I think it's better ;-)

And it's very easy to jump on right now.

The Four Corpsmen (Venditti, Jensen, Jordan, and Soule) are all putting out great Lantern books.

Posted by mak13131313

@outlawrenegade: I can see why you think it's better. Geoff Johns' work got a little repetitive toward the end of his run. I think I would agree with you because of that. And you are right about all the Lantern books being great right now. I'm getting all of them and I am enjoying them immensely. And that includes Larfleeze. Hahahaha!

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