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

These are the comics you're looking for.

It's Monday and that means it's time to prepare for this week's new comics! Every Wednesday, a daunting amount of new issues are released and deciding what's worth your money isn't always the easiest decision to make. Well, we here at Comic Vine want to help you out. We've reviewed the full list of new releases and we've each picked a couple or so comics that we're excited to check out. We'll go ahead and tell you why you should consider picking them up, too. Once you're done seeing what we suggest, feel free to chime in with your own top picks!

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

MOON KNIGHT #1

From the moment I started collecting comics, there was something about Moon Knight that immediately captured my interest. Over the years we've seen different series and stories involving Moon Knight and Marc Spector. While the series have come and gone, Moon Knight continues to return. With an All-New Marvel NOW! series beginning and with a creative team of Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire, there is plenty to be excited about.

What has Moon Knight been up to since his last series? That's the big question. He was recently in LA but it appears he's back in New York and he's returning with style. We'll be keeping a close eye on this series to find out what's next for him.

FOREVER EVIL #6

The series is quickly approaching its ending. In the very first issue was witnessed a big change for Nightwing. This is the issue that apparently tells us what's in store for Dick Grayson. Besides that, we're also supposed to find out who the mysterious hooded man the Crime Syndicate brought with them from Earth 3 is.

Geoff Johns often releases seeds to long term story lines and it's a safe bet that this issue and series will be paving the way for characters for the foreseeable future.

Check out Newsarama to see the third preview page.

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla have turned the world of Archie upside down. When it was first announced that we'd get an Archie series with zombies, many immediately assumed it was a joke or a gimmick. Each issue has proven that is not the case.

This isn't the type of Archie Comics story you would expect. Robert Aquirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla are taking these characters to dark places and there's no telling who will perish next. This isn't just another zombie comic. There is plenty of emotion and hardship included as well.

Honorable Mention: VELVET #4

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

CLONE #15

At this point, me asking you to pick up CLONE is common knowledge, right? The last issue really changed everything going on in this book, as we find a whole island of female clones, who want their male counterparts to come with them. There's a catch with that proposal though, and no one is going to be on board with it. This is one of Image's most interesting and coolest books and you should be reading it.

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #2

I think I may slowly be turning on the Asgardian part of Marvel Comics. I put THOR: GOD OF THUNDER on my Top of the Pile list and now LOKI is on my essentials list. I love the direction writer Al Ewing is taking this book, especially with that reveal page in the last issue, and while some folks say this book is just forcing Loki, an incredibly popular character in the movie franchises, down our throats, I think this book has an extreme amount of potential and can't wait to see what happens next.

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 20

You know how hard it is to trade-wait on this book, knowing that "All Out War" is happening in the single issues? I know there's tons of you folks out there that do the same thing, seeing as WALKING DEAD is one of the highest selling trades, consistently. We were left in the last trade with Ezekiel opening up about his true past to Michonne, while a war boils to the surface featuring Negan and his crew vs... well, everyone. I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next as this series has been fantastic at developing characters and stories in a horrible, zombie apocalypse.

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

GREEN ARROW #29

Komodo has made his move and you can bet this is going to spell even more trouble for Green Arrow, Shado, and Robert Queen. As Oliver and his allies struggle with the conflict between clans, Diggle has joined forces with Fyff and Naomi back in Seattle as Richard Dragon makes systematically takes control of the city. A hell of a lot of is going on to expand Oliver's world and the characters that surround him, and Jeff Lemire has been doing a stellar job every step of the way. Throw Andrea Sorrentino's always gorgeous artwork into the mix and you have yet another must buy issue of GREEN ARROW. Seriously, I can't stress enough how good this book is.

Go to Newsarama to read the final preview page.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #4

We're now shuffling towards the end of Cullen Bunn's twisted limited series. Deadpool wandering around during the zombie apocalypse has been quite a ride, offering both laughs and disturbingly bleak moments. Based on all that has occurred, I wouldn't be surprised if Bunn hits us with a dark and thoroughly depressing conclusion. Is Deadpool destined to be forever alone in this new world? Unfortunately for him, that seems to be the case. At any rate, Bunn's delivered big time with this series so I'm legitimately anxious to see how he plans to wrap it all up. Plus, more of Ramon Rosanas' artwork is always a good thing.

STARLIGHT #1

As someone who liked Flash Gordon and such as a kid, how could I possibly hope to resist a book that's being called "a swashbuckling space adventure"? Teaming up with artist Goran Parlov, Mark Millar's new Image series will revolve around the life of a man who has retired from his cosmic adventures yet he's now being pulled back into his previous lifestyle. So, it basically sounds like The Incredibles but with a sci-fi twist, and that's something that absolutely has my attention.

Honorable Mention: FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #6

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

NOVA #14

We've now come to a place where Gerry Duggan is comfortably in the driver's seat of Sam Alexander's story and we're now bringing in the Scarlet Spider alum David Baldeon. But enough about the "creators" who will be "supplying the talent to make this book entertaining," BETA RAY BILL'S HERE! He's and Nova are going to fight giant robots, PROBABLY FROM SPACE! I love this title. I love its whimsical, wonderful tone, it's beautiful staging and art and the storytelling that's all-ages without being condescending. It's not shying away from some fairly heady issues, but it's ultimately an uplifting, bright and shiny book.

UNCANNY X-MEN #18

Cyclops is in someone's crosshairs on the cover of this title (or... I mean not even "in" the crosshairs, he's directly at barrelpoint), and while I can't wait to see whether or not that happens, or even happens literally or in metaphor, but when we last checked in with Bendis' title, Scott Summers had drummed one of his students out and another one had faced trauma she wasn't ready to discuss. With Marcus Rudy taking over artistic duties, I'm excited as I've ever been to see where my favorite X-roster team is going, particularly as we sink our teeth into this newest storyline.

SHE-HULK #2

I'm not sure it's possible for me to leave Charles Soule off my weekly essential list, but his ubiquity along with the quality of his writing justifies that just fine, as far as I'm concerned. His debut of She-Hulk #1, along with Javier Pulido, got the character back to her lawyering roots, but made it clear that it wouldn't shy away from whizz-bang superhero action either, creating an excellent middle ground that lets Shulkie seek out her own tone while not treading too far into unknown territory. And that tone, so far, is definitely one of humor and wit, a trend I hope to see continue.

Honorable Mentions: INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #11, GREEN LANTERN#29

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Posted by iaconpoint

Thank Primus Jen didn't review anything this week. I can't afford to add anything right now.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Might call my store tomorrow to hold me a starlight, I need to catch up on GA, and I can wait until Night of Living Deadpool comes to trade.

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Swamp Thing

Fatale

Captain America

Moon Knight

Punisher

No Valiant for me this week as I have decided to drop both Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Eoody.

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Posted by Dark_Guyver

Uncanny X Men and Mega Man 34 (with a mega man X backup!!!!) for me.

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Posted by Xwraith

Just Green Arrow for me this week. I'd love to read Moon Knight, but I can't fit it into my budget.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by Ultron345

Is Marvel really dominating the industry to a level that almost half of the books on this list are distributed by them? That's crazy. Excited about Nova and Forever Evil personally.

Posted by XescapetheliesX

Finally Jupiter's Legacy 4...

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Very excited for Moon Knight. Green Arrow as well. And Uncanny X-Men. And Nova. And Loki. And Forever Evil. And I really want to start reading Clone.

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Green Arrow

Phantom Stranger

Batman /Superman Annual

Detective Comics

Forever Evil

MISS FURY 9! :D

ROGUE TROOPER 1 :D

Posted by viin

Green Arrow...

Posted by jstndmnd

Earth-2

Loki

and maybe just maybe Moon Knight

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

Essential Comics You must pick up

Or else

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

MOON KNIGHT

WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN

CLONE

PUNISHER

EARTH 2

GREEN ARROW

FOREVER EVIL

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Moon Knight!!!

Night of the Living Deadpool

Punisher

Quantum and Woody

Velvet

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Posted by McBig

I think you all forgot about the best one this week. Scooby Doo Team up.

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Posted by SavageDragon

Turok

Starlight

Forever Evil

Posted by Teerack

Can't wait for Moon Knight. :3

Posted by miilkshake

Afterlife with Archie #4
Detective Comics #29
Green Arrow #29
Night of the Living Deadpool #4
Trillium #7

And maybe I'll pick up Moon Knight #1 as well.

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@jonny_anonymous: Revival is one of the best books every month and it's criminal the lack of attention it gets here and on other sites.

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Action Comics #29

Revival #18

Velvet #4

All definite buys for me. Also going to be picking up Green Arrow #29 and Forever Evil #6.

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Action Comics #29

Revival #18

Velvet #4

All definite buys for me. Also going to be picking up Green Arrow #29 and Forever Evil #6.

Edited by dagmar_merrill

Just Forever Evil. Hopefully it goes somewhere..

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Just Forever Evil. Hopefully it goes somewhere..

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My pull list for the week,

1. Batman/Superman Annual #1

2. Detective Comics #29

3. Earth 2 #21

4. Forever Evil #6

5. Forever Evil Arkham War #6

6. Green Arrow #29

7. Green Lantern #29

8. Captain America #18

9. Night of the Living Deadpool #4

10. Afterlife With Archie #4

11. Rover Red Charlie #4

12. Suicide Risk #11

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@mak13131313: I'm trade waiting on rover red charlie. I love dogs! How is that so far?

Posted by longbowhunter

First Wednesday of the month is always my favorite.

Afterlife with Archie #4

Clone #15

Green Arrow #29

Moon Knight #1

Punisher #3

Swamp Thing #28

Trillium #7

Velvet #4

My bank account will surely shed a tear.

Posted by feedonatreefrog

Forever Evil

Arkham War

Batman/Superman Annual

Green Lantern

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@lifeboy: I'm enjoying it very much. It draws you in and makes care for the 3 characters right away. It has a serious tone to it but it has quite a few funny moments too. And it answers what dogs are saying when they are barking! That's worth it right there. Ha! I don't think you will be disappointed in it when you read it.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Man, the weeks fly by, another Wednesday! Okay let's see what I'm getting...

Forever Evil #6

Earth 2 #21

Green Arrow #29

Detective Comics #29

Hawkworld TP

Punisher #3

Captain America #18

Moon Knight #1

Posted by micah

Forever Evil, Arkham War, Stormwatch, Red Hood, Batman Beyond

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Ok week for me.

Forever evil #6

Eager to see the fate of Nightwing and what this thing the Crime syndicate is so afraid of. hope it dosn't disappoint.

Green Lantern #29

Just getting the next issue or so to finish off. I love Hal and all but this series has become dull with no direction.

Phantom Stranger #17

The end of the PS part in this crossover. Also Trigon on the cover and Spectre showing up in the last part should be good.

Batman/Superman annual (Maybe)

This looks to be good but 6 bucks is a hefty price tag so we'll see.

Posted by ZbvmX

Shulkie needs more love!

Posted by DarthAznable

Never read Moon Knight but this looks interesting. Might stop by the store a pick up a copy.

Posted by davidgrantlloyd

Action Comics #29

Forever Evil #6

The Twilight Zone #3

Magneto #1

Rover Red Charlie #4

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Moon Knight, Veil, Evil Empire (new Max Bemis book!!!) and Starlight are my top picks :-)

Yeesh, another big week!

Archie

Afterlife With Archie #4

BOOM! Studios

Day Men #3

Evil Empire #1

Suicide Risk #11

Dark Horse

Veil #1

Image

Jupiters Legacy #4

Saviors #3

Secret #6

Starlight #1

Velvet #4

Marvel

Moon Knight #1

Punisher #3

She-Hulk #2

Uncanny X-Men #18

Vertigo

Trillium #7

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@zbvmx said:

Shulkie needs more love!

What she really needs is better art work!

Posted by asjmooney

Forever Evil

Forever Evil Arkham War

Magneto

Superman/Batman Annual

Swamp Thing

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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pumped for Aeternum Malum

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

12. Suicide Risk #11

*Gasp* Someone else who reads Suicide Risk? I love that book! It's one of my absolute favourite titles. Mike Carey does an amazing job writing the title and I can't wait for each issue.

The rest of my pull list for the week is:

  • Avengers A.I. #10
  • Earth 2 #21
  • Forever Evil #6
  • Forever Evil: Arkham War #6
  • New Warriors #2
  • Suicide Risk #11
  • Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #17
  • Uncanny X-Men #18
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Posted by kivatt

Wow no one is buying Hinterkind. I'm kind of upset about that.

Posted by inferiorego

@kivatt said:

Wow no one is buying Hinterkind. I'm kind of upset about that.

I buy it every month

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Posted by Hanson724

Punisher

Jupiters Legacy

Starlight

Velvet

Saviors

Trillium

Green Arrow

and Action Comics

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For me this week: She-Hulk #2, Moon Knight #1, Veil #1 and The Twilight Zone #3.

Posted by Bezza

Must check out Green Arrow, now I am watching Series one of the TV Show.

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