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This Week's Essential Comics: 4/2/14

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


A lot of people like Batman. There's a lot of different Batman titles. It makes sense. But what makes this particular issue different is we have a new creative team. Coming off their recent run on THE FLASH, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have packed their bags and moved to Gotham City.

We did talk to Brian at Emerald City Comicon. You can watch the video interview HERE. I straight out asked how this title would be different from other Bat-titles. He mentioned they want to focus more on the detecting part and try to be more self-contained.

He also Instagramed a picture of his advanced copies last week. I'm not saying he did or didn't have any copies at the show.

USA Today has the full preview.


Any week there's a new Moon Knight comic is a good week for me. Any week there's a Moon Knight comic by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire, it's a great week.

The first issue was everything I could've wanted, as a long time fan. Others loved it as well. It's an exciting time. I got to talk to Declan at Emerald City briefly.

Some have been intrigued by his new suit-look from the first issue. If you've seen the preview for the second, you know he does wear something closer to his traditional costume. But the cool thing is, even that's been tweaked a little. I'm pretty sure this is another self-contained story. It's kind of refreshing to get issues like that.


I don't often buy hardcover graphic novels with my weekly comic purchases. On occasion I'm compelled to. Usually it's a separate purchase at another time. An original graphic novel with Spider-Man could be really cool or it could be just okay, especially if it's geared towards non-regular comic readers that buy books at regular bookstores.

This one is a little different. It's written by Mark Waid and James Robinson. If that wasn't enough, it has art by Gabriel Dell'otto. That right there is enough of a reason to get it.

The book was announced LAST JUNE. It is Peter Parker/Spider-Man and a little out of continuity. There was mention of Peter possibly having a sister in it. The big question is, will this sister coming into play in the regular Marvel Universe? Will this be part of Original Sin later? Or is this just going to be a nice crazy self-contained Spider-Man adventure. Either way, it sounds and looks cool.

Here's the first look from last year.

Honorable Mention: STARLIGHT #2, BLACK SCIENCE #5

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks


Not only was this week's ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN the 400,000th issue added to our wiki section here at Comic Vine, but it's also an issue you're going to want to pick up because it's the 200th issue of the series, kinda.

The issue, featuring various artists, but all written by Brian Michael Bendis, is the anniversary of Peter Parker's death, so expect a bit of an emotional roller coaster when reading this one. On top of that, this is the first issue of the series since Cataclysm, so it's gonna be a tough run for the characters in this book. Can they have no peace and justice?

Understandably, this may not appeal to everyone because it is a landmark issue, but rest assure, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is a dynamite series and Miles Morales is the best Spider-Man. Yep, I just said that.


The first issue of this series really blew me away. It's very different from the wide selection of books Marvel is putting out. It's a bit disturbing and a whole lot of awesome. Magneto isn't your typical hero in his on-going series, he has no problem replacing the fillings in your teeth with road signs. Yes, that happened, and yes, that will for sure kill you.

Writer Cullen Bunn really surprised me on the first issue and I'm completely invested in the story after only one issue. Gabriel Walta's art fit the tone and story so well. It's a darker book featuring one of Marvel's coolest villains/heroes. This is a train you need to jump on now before it's too late!

Honorable Mention: AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #1

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

Deadpool vs. Carnage #1

Cullen Bunn, thank you for blessing our planet with this upcoming limited series. Only time will tell whether it's as awesome as I hope it'll be, but as a battles junkie and a huge fan of these two characters, this is a series I simply can't resist. Sure, it seems like a bit of an unfair fight since Carnage is way stronger and more durable than Deadpool (bullets and blades won't cut it with this symbiote), but who cares as long as the fights are fun and eventually creative, right?

Bunn has more than a fair amount of experience with symbiotes and Wade Wilson -- I absolutely loved NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL -- so that gives me hope he'll give each character a proper amount of love and respect. Whoever wins... we will, too, because this is definitely looking like it'll be a blast and totally entertaining. Bring on the madness!

Green Arrow #30

Honestly, who out there wouldn't pick this issue up after reading #29's cliffhanger? I'm almost certain I know how writer Jeff Lemire plans to explain the shocking conclusion, but I'm still beyond stoked to see how it'll play out and what'll follow. This book has been exceptional issue after issue. Lemire's making some big expansions to Green Arrow's world and he always makes sure each issue has tight pacing and gripping developments.

Then there's Andrea Sorrentino and Marcel Maiolo's consistently stellar artwork. I'm always anxious to see how these two will fill my eyes with joy and they've managed to do so with each and every chapter so far.

GREEN ARROW is without question one of my favorite books from DC and I'll continue to recommend it until you decide to give it an honest shot.

CBR has the preview.

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks


Charles Soule is is rapidly defining his style as one of equal parts humor and action-infused character development. It's a tough balancing act to keep, but so far he's done an incredible job at it with two great issues of She-Hulk under his belt (among many others from different titles across both major publishers).

I legitimately have no idea what's next for this title, but unlike UNCANNY AVENGERS' sense of dread and suspense, this lack of knowledge is much more of a delightful curiosity as the title also drips with strange, visual surrealism thanks to Javier Pulido's throwback-yet-modern visuals.

Latverian legalese appears to be on the horizon and anytime my favorite villain gets involved, the action is always more dire and the comedy always more hilarious.


While I was reading STARLIGHT #1, I kept waiting for the ultraviolence, the pornographic levels of sex or the string of expletives that would make Sam Jackson himself blush. Any of the hallmarks of a usual Mark Millar story. What I got instead was a thoughtful, deeply introspective story about getting old, losing the person who means the most to you in the world, and being adrift in a place you no longer understand. FROM MARK MILLAR!

I've always been a fan of Millar's bombastic work, but I've always accepted there's little depth to be found in it, but that is absolutely NOT the case here. Goran Parlov, an artist I've come to appreciate over the last several years, provides the visuals who murky, dark cartoonish look underscore the characters' pathos extraordinarily. They laid down an amazing foundation, let's see the house they build atop it!


As Hawkeye's solo title is what he's up to when he's not Avenger-ing (gotta be a better way to say that...but HOW?!), so too does Black Widow's. But rather than show her having delightful adventures with pizza-loving dogs and hilariously violent Russian mobsters, Widow is running dangerous covert-ops while trying desperately to hold together some semblance of an apartment life.

Nate Edmondson has given more of a unique, interesting voice to Natasha Romanov than she often gets. Phil Noto's art has reached new peaks with this title as well, with his jagged, harsh linework perfectly setting the tone.

Last issue gave us a glimpse at a bizarre, uniquely Russian foe as well as what appears to be our first recurring villain, meaning after some excellent establishing issues, we get a nice, meaty ongoing story.

Honorable Mention: Invincible Universe #12

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Posted by fallbrigade

Absolutely cannot wait for the new Detective team! Got a great feeling about this run.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous


Green Arrow

Black Widow

Ult Spidey

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Sigh...Either neither of them will win or DP will win due to a plot device.

Theirs no way he can take Carnage in a straight fight

Edited by longbowhunter

This is my heaviest week in a while.

Black Science #5

Black Widow #5

Green Arrow #30

Moon Knight #2

Punisher #4

Swamp Thing #30

Trillium #8

Posted by Squalleon

No Action Comics 30 :-(

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Black Widow.

Posted by BlazingNova

Back in September I was excited about the release of Inhuman. They pushed it back so much that I'm conflicted about getting it now because my pull list is good right now and I don't want to add another comics series especially one that I've already lost interest in. But I'll see how I feel on Weds. If I'm up for it I'll pick it up.

Edited by lifeboy

Green Arrow

Action Comics

Detective Comics


Rogue Trooper

Aquaman and the Others

Phantom Stranger

My Bizzaro and Deathstorm actionfigures

Posted by Xwraith

Just one book this week, but it's a damn good one...

Green Arrow.

Posted by jstndmnd

Earth-2 (I think I'm going to end this series after the evil superman story)

and Loki #3

Posted by KidChipotle

Great list...

My essentials for this week are:

  1. Ultimate Spider-Man #200
  2. Spider-Man: Family Business
  3. Moon Knight #2

Honorable Mentions..

  1. Magneto #2
  2. Loki #3
  3. Green Arrow #30
Posted by CaptainHoopla

Huge week for me.

Black Science

Pretty Deadly

Detective Comics

Black Widow

Moon Knight


Quantum and Woody

And I completely forgot about Deadpool vs. Carnage, might have to trade wait this one.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by saoakden

I haven't done this in a while but here are the titles I'm interested in this week.

DC: Action Comics, Detective Comics (That cover looks amazing), Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Phantom Stranger, Batwing, Earth 2

Marvel: Magneto, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Loki, Agent of Asgard, Black Widow, Captain America, Moon Knight, Punisher, Inhuman, Amazing Spider-Man family Busniess

Other Publishers: Angel & Faith

Posted by timelord
  • Action Comics #30 - A Forever Evil Aftermath issue. Dam it DC why must I wait till May to read this I'm just going to have to wait to read this till it comes out
  • Detective Comics #30 - A New Creative Team so why not? I am not reading Batman while Zero Year is on so this will fill that void.
  • Earth 2 #22 - Green Lantern Returns finally now all we need to do is here from The Flash.
  • Green Arrow #30 - How will Ollie survive? stay tuned more at 11.
  • Green Lantern #30 - This may be the final issue of Green Lantern for me these constant cross overs are just to much.
  • Justice League Vol. 4: The Grid HC - Just for collection purposes.

This could be any period of DC's history.

Edited by The Stegman

Maybe I'll check Detective Comics out, I dropped it awhile ago.

Posted by kennybaese

You guys, we live in a world with two Aquaman ongoings.

Posted by Maddpanda531

@timelord: The crossovers made me drop GL long ago. It's really just too much, which stinks because I really like Green Lantern.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh




EARTH 2 22










Edited by micah
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Earth 2
  • Stormwatch (Final Issue)
  • Batman Beyond
  • Deadpool vs Carnage
  • Archer & Armstrong
Posted by AllStarHit-Girl

Starlight was amazing, I dont even think there was one curse word.

@jstndmnd said:

Earth-2 (I think I'm going to end this series after the evil superman story)


Edited by 2cool4fun

I'm Just happy someone is finally put the "Detective" in Detective Comics to good use, or just to any f-ing batman comic.

Posted by 2cool4fun

@timelord: The crossovers made me drop GL long ago. It's really just too much, which stinks because I really like Green Lantern.

Then you should try New Guardians or Red Lanterns, they're better anyway.

Edited by Jphu8414

Y U NO INCLUDE ACTION COMICS? Not only is it the best Superman title right now, it's a look at the post Forever Evil world AND preview of Superman: Doomed. This is a must buy for me

Anyway here's my list this week

For DC: Action Comics, Aquaman and the Others, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, and Earth-2

Maybe: Detective Comics, Stormwatch

For Marvel: Magneto, Moon Knight, Black Widow, Ultimate Spider-Man

Maybe: Captain America, She-Hulk, Punisher, Age of Ultron What-If

Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Action Comics #30

2. Aquaman and The Others #1

3. Detective Comics #30

4. Earth 2 #22

5. Green Arrow #30

6. Green Lantern #30

7. Captain America #19

8. Suicide Risk #12

Posted by nappystr8

Almost all of those are on my pull list. I'm gonna be poor this week.

Posted by timelord


I wonder who's had more cross overs the Bat Family or the Green Lantern Family?

@2cool4fun said:

@maddpanda531 said:

@timelord: The crossovers made me drop GL long ago. It's really just too much, which stinks because I really like Green Lantern.

Then you should try New Guardians or Red Lanterns, they're better anyway.

Reading them both Red Lanterns is my favorite book from any publisher it just keeps on getting better and better with every issue.

Posted by kriminal

superman doomed starts this week!

Posted by Experio

Green Arrow

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Pretty good week for me. Excited to kick off the month of April as its going to be an awesome month for DC fans.

Green Lantern #30

Last issue for me sadly. I love Hal but Venditti is really not doing it for me and ten issues is enough of a chance to give him. Hope to jump back on with a new writer soon.

Phantom Stranger #18

Solid series and we have Superman and the ghost of Dr.Light in this one so should be interesting.

Aquaman and the Others #1

Part of the new slew of series coming in April. Aquaman is great and its also a bit different. Excited for something new, plus Dan Jurgens is on this. He hasn't been so good lately but he is one of the greats.

Action comics #30 (Maybe)

Always up for adding a new Superman title and this has Doomsday in it so might jump on.

Detective comics #30 (Maybe)

Loved this team on the Flash and like what I'm hearing about the direction on this book. Love watching Batman do his detective thing. Plus haven't picked up a Batman book for a long time.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Plenty of good this week. Can't wait to check out Dell'Otto's art on the Spider-Man: Family Business HC

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

I'm so very tempted to re-add 'Tec to my pull list because of that mind-blowing art, but I'm waiting to see how it reviews. Definitely gonna pick up the trades though.

My pull list:

  • Earth 2 #22
  • New Warriors #3
  • Suicide Risk #12
Posted by manwithoutshame

I love the new Detective Comics logo.

Posted by ZbvmX

Aquaman & The Others #1

Can't pass up on Lan Medina and Ed Tadeo art! Must buy for me this week :D

Posted by SavageDragon

Turok and Detective Comics

Edited by Loki2u

That Detective Comics cover is absolutely beautiful

So is the Starlight cover.

Edited by AlwaysTheBigSpoon

Just Inhuman #1 and Detective Comics #30 for me this week.

Posted by Breadspread

I'm very excited for the new Detective team!

Posted by TheFirstLantern

I don't need another batman book but goodness that cover.

Edited by CantDance93

Aquaman and the others

Action comics

Green Arrow


Detective Comics

Earth 2


I'm gonna be broke

Posted by Hanson724

Action Comics

Detective Comics

Green Arrow




and Black Science

Edited by KnightofSteel

Detective Comics #30: That preview looks pretty good. Manupal's art on the Flash didn't do it for me, but I think he is more suited drawing a bat title just as Booth I think is a better fit for the Flash.

Green Arrow #30

Earth 2 #22

Moon Knight #2

Captain America #19

Punisher #4

Posted by scouts1998

Action Comics #30

Detective Comics #30

Green Arrow #30

Moon Knight #2

She-Hulk #3

Swamp Thing #30

Trillium #8 (of 8)

Posted by DonFelipe

This is my heaviest week in a while.

Black Science #5

Black Widow #5

Green Arrow #30

Moon Knight #2

Punisher #4

Swamp Thing #30

Trillium #8

This... and Turok, Quantum & Woody, plus Caliban.

Posted by PapiNacho

Detective Comics, Action Comics, Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, Loki, She-Hulk, Quantum and Woody

Edited by SanoHibiki

Waiting for Action Comics...

Edited by feedonatreefrog

Is it just me, or does Marvel opt for the lighter tone and cartoony-art too often?

I could use more seriousness and grit in my Black Widow comics. Magneto could use a more detailed art style as well I think. You already basically get this same cartoony Magneto in Uncanny, so why not something different?

Too many hipster books as well.

Posted by comicbookfan93

@humanrocket: that's the same with me I feel as though it's lost all momentum it had

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