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This Week's Essential Comics: 3/24/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

New comic book day is something we can't wait for, but our wallets absolutely fear it. Dozens of new issues will go on sale, and sticking to your budget will likely become a difficult feat as more and more issues hit our eyes with very tempting covers. Luckily for you, Comic Vine has your back and wants to help you narrow down the options. We've reviewed the list of this week's new releases and we've each selected a couple or more new comics that we believe will likely be worthy of your time and cash. Once you're done seeing what we recommend, don't forget to sound off with your own list of "essential comics."

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

SILVER SURFER #1

Is there anything that really needs to be said here? I mean, come on. I’m a huge fan of Dan Slott. Talking to him about SILVER SURFER back at New York Comic Con, he said some pretty mind-blowing things. And we’re talking the Silver Surfer. How cool is this character? It’s been way too long since he’s had his own series.

Of course there’s also Mike Allred. He is up there as one of my all time favorite artists. I would buy any title he was working on. The fact that it’s a Silver Surfer title with Slott writing, I am beyond exciting.

The POINT ONE issue was pretty rad as well.

THE WAKE #7

This is another example where the creators could give us a book about working in a grocery store and it would be crazy exciting. Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy have given us an interesting and bizarre story dealing with creatures from below.

Last issue we saw the main story jump forward 200 years. Murphy has created a pretty detailed new world to examine and hopefully we’ll get to see more of the intricate details.

This is one of those series where you have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen next and you don’t even want to try to guess. You just sit back and enjoy it all as it happens.

Check out IGN for an extra page.

THE BUNKER #2

Josh Fialkov and Joe Infurnari are also going us a pretty far out story. When a group of friends were about to bury a time capsule, they discovered a buried bunker. Inside were letters from their future selves detailing pretty much the end of the world and how they were responsible. There’s some twists and turns popping in and Fialkov’s story is graced with Infurnari’s hauntingly beautiful art and colors.

If you’ve read the first issue, hopefully you had a chance to listen to the commentary podcast with Fialkov and Infurnari where they discussed where the story came from and different aspects of what happened.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30

It’s almost here. The end of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. We all know what has to happen. We know Peter Parker is somehow coming back. But there are still a lot of questions (specifically, where did SpOck go when he disappeared in time a few issues ago when Horizon Labs blew up?). Dan Slott has managed to throw curve balls at us even when we’ve been prepared for them.

Now we are in the midst of the Goblin Nation story. Word is, something big will happen here and once it happens, “it CANNOT be undone.” What the heck does that mean?

Honorable Mention: DEADLY CLASS #3

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #6

Dear Brian Buccellato,

Can you please write and possibly draw an on-going Rogues series? I know that asking for this means you'd have to stop working on other books, but you really have the Rogues down. This mini-series has been a ton of fun.

Sincerely, Mat

Ok, now that my begging for an on-going is out of the way, I can tell you what I really think. This book is a ton of fun (I feel like I've said that already). This issue is where the Rogues will be taking on another one of Flash's enemies, Gorilla Grodd. This is by far the best of any of the Forever Evil tie-ins, and really worth the buy.

AQUAMAN #29

It's first appearance time! We haven't see the New 52 version of Atlas yet; however, this issue of AQUAMAN marks the his first appearance! Ok, maybe that's not the best sell, but it is cool to see this character make his way over to the book. More importantly, Jeff Parker has established this as a very fun book that also takes a look at Arthur Curry's land-loving past. Paul Pelletier continues to be a fantastic artist for this series as well, and I can't wait to see what he brings to the table this week. Plus, it looks like there's going to be crossover with Swamp Thing. I'm prepared, are you?

Visit Ain't It Cool News for one more page.

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

DEADPOOL #26

If you could go back in time, would you kill Adolf Hitler? It's a common discussion people have had over the years, but what if the person failed and Hitler got his evil hands on the technology? That's right, ladies and gentlemen, DEADPOOL #26 will have time-traveling Hitler.

The flashback issues crammed between every new arc in Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn's series have been all kinds of absurd and hilarious. From Deadpool with an afro to "the white man" to the sheer randomness of the Wakandan Vacation issue, these leaps into previous decades have consistently delivered an amazing amount of laughs and fun on every single page. And considering the premise for this one, it definitely seems to be every bit as crazy as the previous flashbacks. Plus, it's almost guaranteed we'll get a Cap inspired panel of Hitler getting punched in the face by Wade. And honestly, who doesn't want to see that?

DEAD BODY ROAD #4

If you enjoy R-rated heist/action movies -- and somehow I think many of you do -- then Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera's Image book is most definitely worthy of your attention. Now, jumping on with this chapter probably isn't the best idea around, but you should totally catch up.

Jordan's plot is simplistic yet still remains gripping and has a pace that absolutely refuses to slow down. These characters and the story are something we've seen a gazillion times before (so far, at least), but it's all presented very well and always leaves me waiting to see what he'll hit us with next. In the script, he creates plenty of high-speed and intense moments for Scalera to tackle and the artist does so with extreme talent. Together, these two are creating one hell of an enjoyable book.

ETERNAL WARRIOR #7

Greg Pak's story of the Eternal Warrior Emperor in the future continues! If you've read some of Pak's other work (e.g. PLANET HULK), then you know the guy is immensely talented when it comes to setting brand new and completely fascinating stages. Well, this is yet another one of them. Humanity's future in the Valiant-verse is a familiar scenario, yet Pak's putting just enough change here and there to keep things interesting. To top it all off, the core of this story revolves around Gilad's heartwarming connection to his granddaughter. Yeah, I bet that wasn't a dynamic you'd expect in a book called "Eternal Warrior" right? The relationship is adorable and makes for a powerful element in this otherwise brutal and character-driven title.

Honorable: TMNT: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #9

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

RED LANTERNS #29

And so the saga of #FiveStarMustache continues unabated! Last issue might have been some weird, inverted, double-issue, but its events still counted and now we get to see Kara Zor-El written by Charles Soule, which fills me with hope. He's proven his ability to take super-serious topics and make them hilarious (see: the book you're reading about), but still maintain an amazing level of drama. Alessandro Vitti keeps knocking it out of the park with the visuals of this book, and I'm absolutely ready to get onboard with anything he's planning.

Go to Man Cave Daily to read more.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #13

The Trial of Jean Grey comes to a close. This has been a fun, low-impact arc that affected only two titles, which, to some, may be one too many and I generally agree that crossovers aren't great as they exclude the reader that is interested in only one title. But this actually had a fairly firm line of delineation and while the last two issues played off each other very, very significantly, Brian Bendis still played it fairly standalone. This issue also features Sara Pichelli on art which...I mean that's enough, isn't it? I know this book will spin off into at least one title, but I'm not entirely sure what will happen at the end of this one, and that, as always, has me excited.

ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #5

Oh All-New X-Factor, who loves you as I do? No one, that's who! After the last two somewhat standalone arcs, I am ready for a third, particularly as the roster still isn't fully filled. Peter David will have his hands full juggling these characters, particularly another establishment-needing Danger after last issue. He'll have the incomparable Carmine Di Giandomenico still holding it down on art, making sure all the faces are EXACTLY as expressive as they need to be. From where I've heard this book is heading, I'm absolutely thrilled to follow it along. Even IF this write-up is brought to you by Serval Industries.

THE X-FILES: CONSPIRACY #2

You know what I absolutely adore about IDW? Their willingness to let all of their franchises play together with little-to-no explanation. Sure, they had a zombie plague sweep through some of their biggest titles followed by the Great Old Ones of Lovecrafian lore, but then they lost their minds in the best way possible: having Mars attack the likes of Popeye, Judge Dredd and more. With X-Files: Conspiracy, they've actually been fairly serious, the Lone Gunmen under the watchful eye of Paul Crilley's writing trying to prevent a plague that makes The Stand look like Chicken Pox. Having visited some amateur ghostbusters, a group of mutant turtles, a collection of vehicular transforming robots and an avian spirit of vengeance, they are, hopefully, prepared to put the pieces together and save the world along with Mulder and Scully. Not that anyone will thank them for it!

Honorable Mentions: KRAMPUS #4; AVENGERS #27

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Edited by Crimsonlord53

I really hoped marvel would have kept the phoenix and jean apart a little longer.

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  1. Deadpool
  2. Spider-Ock
  3. Spider-Ock Team Up
  4. Whatever Peter David's writing.
Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

for aquaman it not atlas it Hercules

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Hey @inferiorego the Aquaman solicit was changed, it's not Atlas any more it's Hercules

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Edited by CaptainHoopla

The Wake, Deadpool, Hawkeye, Superior Spider-Man, and maybe Silver Surfer, I'm financially on the fence with this one.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Looks like a lot of good books are coming out this week, can't wait to see the full list.

Of this though I'm getting:

  • Silver Surfer
  • Superior
  • Forever Evil Rogues
  • Aquaman
  • Deadpool
  • Eternal Warrior
  • GotG
  • X-Factor
  • Red Lanterns
Posted by dagmar_merrill

Deadpool. Wish Slott wasn't writing Silver Surfer.

Posted by Mandrewgora

Aww man, Allred's got a new book out. I'll be there.

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I can't believe we're really at issue 30. I'm so beyond excited to see how this ends.

Edited by JakeN7

Why are they putting Black Widow #1 in the Superior Spider-Man finale? That's weird. I already own Black Widow #1. They couldn't have done some sort of retrospective or cover gallery instead?

Edited by longbowhunter

Is Black Science out this week? I'm looking at.

Deadly Class #3

Fatale #21

Uncanny Avengers #18

The Wake #7

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Posted by The Stegman

This Week I'm grabbing:

Aquaman

Flash

FE: Rogues Rebellion

FE: A.R.G.U.S

Red Lanterns

World's Finest

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Woo Silver Surfer Bunker and Hawkeye!

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Nice!!! My list for the week.

Flash #29

Goodbye Brian Buccellato, u will be missed. Thank you for an amazing run.(Pun intended)

Superman #29

Almost goodbye Scott Lodbell,u will not be missed.

Aquaman #29

How do u guys know its Hercules? I know he comes in the next issue but all the places I see it says its Atlas.

Superior Spider-man #30 (Maybe)

So far this finale has been kinda disappointing. Hopefully it gets better.

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No Sandman?

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

WAKE #7!!!!

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Posted by micah

Avengers, New Avenges, Survive, Uncanny Avenges, Red Lanterns, Injustice, Justice League Beyond, maybe Iron Patriot, although Aquaman fighting Herc interests me.

Edited by Theformermarionettegeist

No Sandman?

Holy crap, how long is this going to be delayed! It's been so long I'd forgotten about it.

Posted by judasnixon

@judasnixon said:

No Sandman?

Holy crap, how long is this going to be delayed! It's been so long I'd forgotten about it.

Oh $#!% it's Chicken_Chokergeist.......... Your name proves there is no god!

Posted by Ashr

Batman The Dark Knight #29 - Last issue for the series

Sandman Overture #2 (Of 6) - Time between issues is too long. Might wait for TPB

Wake #7 (Of 10) - Series remains top notch for story

Avengers #27

New Avengers #16.NOW

Origin II #4 (Of 5)

Silver Surfer #1 - I'll give it a shot but my expectations are low

Superior Spider-Man #30

Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW

Bunker #2 - My only Indie title for the week. Last issue was great.

Posted by kriminal

spider man!!!!!!!

Posted by dreamfall31

Thinking on picking up Aquaman this week! I enjoyed the first two trades and "Throne of Atlantis" was alright too. Been looking for more DC titles to add as I'm down to just Batman and Wonder Woman. Seeing as the brilliant WW team is leaving soon, I figured I'd check Aquaman out as a possible replacement if WW ends up going downhill!

Posted by HumanRocket

Hawkeye

Superior Spider Man

Posted by Theformermarionettegeist

@chicken_chokergeist said:

@judasnixon said:

No Sandman?

Holy crap, how long is this going to be delayed! It's been so long I'd forgotten about it.

Oh $#!% it's Chicken_Chokergeist.......... Your name proves there is no god!

:) That made me happy. But what do you have against chickens and geists? :(

Posted by DrellAssassin

I really, really want Ock to be able to continue as Superior Spider-Man in some way. I'm not really looking forward to the return of Peter, Ock's story still has so much potential.

Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Aquaman #29

2. Batman The Dark Knight #29

3. Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #6

4. Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion #6

5. Injustice Year Two #3

6. Larfleeze #9

7. Red Lantern #29

8. Suicide Squad Amanda Waller #1

9. Superman #29

10. The Flash #29

11. Worlds Finest #21

12. Star Wars Legacy #13

13. Captain Midnight #9

14. The Walking Dead #124

15. Uber Special #1

16. The Wake #7

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All New X-Factor

Aquaman

And my last issue of the Flash

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Posted by Fastestmanalive

@dreamfall31

If I might suggest something if your looking for more DC titles, pick up Superman/Wonder woman definitely, especially if your a Wonder woman fan. Seriously, best series out there right now. Soule is an amazing writer and you have Tony Daniels on art. Definitely check it out.

Also Superman Unchained if you'r not already. Justice League, Flash and Batman/Superman are also really good.

Posted by Jphu8414

For Sure: Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Rogue's Rebellion, Aquaman, The Wake, Justice League Dark, Hawkeye

Likely: Guardians of The Galaxy, Flash, Argus, Uncanny Avengers, Superior Team Up, Amazing X-Men, Superman

Maybe: X-Factor, Ghost Rider, Injustice: Year Two, Red Lantern

Posted by dreamfall31

@fastestmanalive: I was looking into checking out Superman and Wonder Woman, but I was waiting for the Zod arc to be finished to start it. Thanks for the suggestions!

Posted by iceman228433

wow this week sure is garbage only one, well at least it will be cheap.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@iceman228433: you are garbage retard

Seriously? That person doesn't like the comics coming out this week so you insult them like that? Come on, you know there's no need for remarks like that.

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Posted by InFamous_Wolf

That Superior Spider-man preview really p!ssed me off. So apparently, Miguel O' Hara thinks that trying to save a civilian in enemy hands as fast as possible is something the real spider-man wouldn't do. So, lets say Otto did stay to back him up in the fight and Anna Maria was killed, then what.....whatever -_-

Anyway, really excited to read Dead Body Road, SSM, Aquaman and others this week.

Posted by Fastestmanalive

@jstndmnd

Your last issue of the Flash??

I know Buccellato is leaving but Wally is finally coming back. How can u miss out on that?

Edited by ClawFist

Yup, my essential pick of the week :D

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Dejah Thoris

Ghostbusters

Superman

Amanda Waller oneshot

Worlds Finest

JLD (I get all the JL comics; JLD, JL, JLA, JL3000 :D)

Red Lanterns (cool comic but I'm telling myself im only in until Supergirl leaves)

Masters of the Universe

Aquaman

Sandman

Catwoman! (New arc for the kittykat!)

Posted by munkieKONG

shit..... 10 just from this list.... gonna be an expensive one.

Edited by ThatOneGuy1

@dreamfall31: If you're looking for more DC, definitely check out Lemire's Green Arrow. The first trade for his run just came out last week.

My Pull This Week:

  • Serenity #3
  • Sandman Overture #2
  • Wake #7
  • Fatale #21
  • Avengers Assemble #25
  • Hawkeye #18
  • Silver Surfer #1 - Allred is always awesome.
  • Superior Spider-Man #30
  • Bunker #2
Edited by bladewolf

From this list, just X-Factor and Red Lanterns for me

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@fastestmanalive:

You know I'm just not that interested in hearing about the new wally.

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Posted by jstndmnd

@fastestmanalive:

You know I'm just not that interested in hearing about the new wally.

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Posted by timelord

The Flash #29 - I think this book is on the chopping on the block for me I might stick around once Wally turns up after that we will see.

Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #6 - This book continues to be a pleasant surprise every issue to bad no one is talking about it.

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #6 - The final installment of The Rouges. I hope they get there own book after this they never fail to make me laugh with each issue.

Red Lanterns #29 - More Red Daughter of Krypton ! Kara should be right at home with Guy and The Reds lets see what my favorite writer can bring to my favorite character.

Worlds' Finest #21- I am going to have to wait for part 3 to come out first would it kill you DC to hire artists who can actually work to a monthly schedule.

Batwoman Vol. 4: This Blood Is Thick TP - Does anyone know if this is getting the hard cover treatment or not I have been reading conflicting reports on the matter.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

I think I only have Eternal WarriorS

Posted by Jphu8414

*Sigh*

So many good comics, so little money

Edited by CitizenJP

Whooooaaaa SILVER SURFER!

Posted by Wilbertus

So much goodness this week. I love it!

Edited by G-Man

@judasnixon: I thought about it but it's hard to be excited for a book so delayed. I'd imagine many have decided to wait for the trade. Of course I'll definitely be reading it this week. Guess I should re-read issue #1 just to play it safe.

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Superior Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers, The Wake, Red Lanterns, Injustice, Hawkeye, Silver Surfer. Dat Outrageous Aquaman preview.

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