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This Week's Essential Comics: 01/16/13

You won't want to miss out on these brand new issues.

Having a limited budget can be a real pain. There's a bunch of new issues we want, but we can only afford so many of them. Well, we're here to help you and your wallet. We're not saying you need to read these comics, but we're pretty confident they're going to rock and definitely be worth your money.

This week we've hand picked 6 issues for you. And in case you're not a fan of some, we've also taken the time to select some honorable mentions, too. What are your "essential" comics this week?


Valiant's hilarious team-up series by writer Fred Van Lente introduces a brand new Geomancer and continues with the awesomely epic Eternal Warrior. Plus, the One Percent are up to no good... again. If you're looking for a feel good adventure, this could very well be the title you've been seeking.

Feast your eyes on this extensive six page preview.


It's Marty McFly meets the X-Men! Okay, maybe not, but writer Brian Michael Bendis' Marvel NOW! title focusing on time travel has been surprisingly good. Starting with this issue, artist David Marquez will take over for 3 issues. The interaction between future and past Iceman alone makes this worth a look.

Check out the vibe Marquez will bring to the title with the following preview.


Do I really need to sell you on this one? DC has created a dream team for the Dark Knight: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Snyder's dark mind and Capullo's twisted pencils have made 'Death of the Family' a must read for any bat-fan. What does Joker have waiting for Batman in Arkham Asylum? I can't wait to find out with this issue.

There's no preview, but did you really need one to persuade you anyway?


Only one thing could be powerful enough to interrupt a battle between Superior Spider-Man and Daredevil. No, sir, it's not Galactus... it's Stilt-Man! Mark Waid's great run will debut a new and improved version of the classic foe that we love to laugh at. Remember when he took a RPG to the crotch? That was truly one of Marvel's greatest tragedies.

Enjoy the following preview. Daredevil already suspects Spider-Man is different... how long do you think "Ock" can keep up the ruse?


You know how someone always asks, "What are some must read comics?" Well, anyone that reads this title will always immediately blurt out "SAGA!" Brian K. Vaughan (yes, the dude behind Y: THE LAST MAN ) has presented us with yet another brilliant and extraordinary world plucked straight from his mind. Now is the time to jump on this must read title.

Stroll on over to CBR for the rest of the preview.


Say "hello" to The New 52's space heroes. This series spawns from GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #1 and features Star Hawkins, The Star Rovers, Tom Tomorrow, Space Cabbie, Captain K'Rot and Star Ranger. Larfleeze is going to hog the spotlight with an ongoing set of backup stories, too!

Read G-Man's interview with writer Keith Giffen for more info on the book.

Honorable Mentions

  • BATMAN & ROBIN #16
  • HIGH WAYS #1
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Edited by Hancock89

My pull list this week: 
Conan The Barbarian #12
Bloodshot #7
Archer & Armstrong #6
Demon Knights #16
New Avengers #2 
Indestructible Hulk #3 
Daredevil #22

Posted by jwalser3

BloodShot, Savage Wolverine, and possibly DareDevil

Posted by SwampPing

Deathstroke, Batman and Saga for me.

Posted by InfamousFish


Posted by SmashBrawler
  • Batman
  • Bloodshot
  • Captain America
  • Daredevil
  • Demon Knights
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. (for the last time)
  • Threshold
Posted by CitizenJP

Batman and Saga preeeeeez.

Edited by judasnixon

That Saga cover is creepy as Hell, and yet still keeping it sexy...

Saga #9
Posted by Azrael66

Batman, Saga, Deathstroke, and Threshold.

Edited by DonFelipe

To everyone not reading and enjoying Saga...

Looking forward to High Ways by the way. Great to have it mentioned here.

Posted by Cavemold

batman,Bloodshot, Archer Armstrong and Harbribger trade

Posted by RedOwl_1
  • Batman #16
  • Daredevil #22
  • Batman and Robin #16
  • Superboy #16
  • Captain America #3
Edited by Reignmaker

Indestructible Hulk and Batman for me this week. Some Death of the Family tie-ins for good measure.

If I was made of money, I'd get all these must-reads except Threshold. I'm especially sad that I don't have room for Archer and Armstrong on my pull list.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

All-New X-Men


and Saga

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope


I'm tempted to ask if the weird Spanish Inquisition styled aliens are sticking their tongues out at me, but somehow I know the answer won't e pretty.

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

ALL NEW X-MEN #6 NOW2 $3.99

DAREDEVIL #22 $2.99


X-FACTOR #250 $2.99



New Crusaders #5 $2.99 (if its out) (It said it was out last week, but it wasn't.)

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From this list I am getting All New X-men, Batman, and Indestructible Hulk

Edited by Zeeguy91

For me this week:

  • All New X-Men
  • Batman
  • Daredevil
  • Deathstroke
  • Demon Knights
  • Indestructible Hulk
  • Team 7
  • Threshold
Posted by Twentyfive

Threshold and X-Men.

Word up!!

Posted by DonFelipe

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope said:


I'm tempted to ask if the weird Spanish Inquisition styled aliens are sticking their tongues out at me, but somehow I know the answer won't e pretty.

Haha. They only want to play with you.

Like all inquisitors they'd know the right punishment for all the heretics who do not enjoy Saga and do not obey the law of Sextillion. But don't be afraid, on Sextillion the preferred method of punishment is death by licking & sucking.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope


Oh God. I just know there's too much of me to be sucked and licked upon.

Posted by EscGamer

Limited pull list for me. That Daredevil reminded me of Lady Stilt-Man lol. I'd love to see her pull a come back. Batman and All-New X-Men are a def for me

Posted by marvelman2099

punisher nightmare #3

wolverine max #3

savage wolverine #1

Posted by DonFelipe

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope said:


Oh God. I just know there's too much of me to be sucked and licked upon.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Indestructible Hulk #3 for certain...Threshold...I don't know. I'll have to look and see what I think.

Posted by SavageDragon

Savage Wolverine #1 (art looks great), Saga, Demon Knights, Batman, Bloodshot

Posted by Manbehindthewires

All-New X-Men #6 - liked the first arc, didn't particularly stand out for me, but was strong enough to keep following, especially now that Jean's decided on staying.

Captain America #3 - been a surprisingly brutal and dark start to this series so far!

Punisher: Nightmare #3 - One of my favourite runs out at the moment.

Ultimate Comics Iron Man #4 - Every issue I say I'm cutting this from my list, and every issue I end up laughing at one of Tony's jokes and they'll give a liiiiittle bit away about the Stark legacy and I end up liking it. The art isn't my kind of style, but the story is holding it together for me, at least for this arc.

Batgirl #16 - DotF has me hooked.

Batman #16 - Scott Snyder is a future-classic writer for Batman, without a doubt. Loving his style.

Batman and Robin #16 - DotF has me hooked.

Superboy #16 - H'el has me hooked

Todd the Ugliest Kid On Earth #1 - Something different :)

The Crow: Skinning the Wolves #2 - O'Barr is back!

Posted by velvetmeds

Batman and All New X-men

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Archer & Armstrong
New Avengers

Posted by ME24601

My pull list for the week:

  • Batman #16
  • Batman and Robin #16
  • Daredevil #22
  • Hawkeye #7
  • Indestructible Hulk #3
  • Justice League Dark #16
  • New Avengers #2
  • Saga #9
Posted by sora_thekey

All-New X-Men has become one of my favorite books... I think that's the only book I'm getting this week.

Posted by impossibilly

I'll be picking up Daredevil for sure. I need to catch up on Batman and Saga. I'm an issue or two behind on both of those.

Once Comixology runs a sale on All-New X-Men, I'll probably dive into that series head first.

Posted by Floronic_Man

How is Hawkeye not on this list? It is generally regarded,along with Saga, as the best new series of last year.

Posted by HollowPrince665

Light week this week. Just Indestructible Hulk and Daredevil

Posted by iancoderre3

Dare Devil 22 baby!

Posted by G_Money_Christmas
  • Daredevil
  • Batman
  • All New X-Men
  • Captain America
  • Superboy
  • X-Men

3 of my favorite books are essentials this week. Can't wait to pick the up tomorrow. I wish Uncanny X-Force was still scheduled for tomorrow, though

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln
  • All New X-men
  • Saga
  • Indestructible Hulk
  • Batman
  • Threshold
  • New Avengers
  • Savage Wolverine
  • Captain America


Posted by k4tzm4n
@Floronic_Man said:

How is Hawkeye not on this list? It is generally regarded,along with Saga, as the best new series of last year.

Because there isn't a new issue of HAWKEYE out this week.
Posted by Mucklefluga

Isn't Uncanny X-Force with PUCK out this week?? :D

Posted by sinestro_GL

Batman, Batman and Robin, Superboy for me :)

Posted by gridlock464

a light week for Me,


All new X-Men

Batman & Robin


Posted by G_Money_Christmas

@Floronic_Man said:

How is Hawkeye not on this list? It is generally regarded,along with Saga, as the best new series of last year.

Because Hawkeye #7 doesn't come out until January 30th.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

I absolutely cannot wait for Batman #16!!!

I'm also getting Batgirl #16, Batman & Robin #16 and Demon Knights #16 this week.

Posted by Overlander

No matter how much I want to not like All-New X-Men, I keep coming back.

BMB writes great conversations. Is it perfect? No. But that's kinda what I love about it. I'm also interested to see how Kitty mentors her mentors.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope


*Assumes the Position*

Posted by Manbehindthewires
Posted by sinestro_GL

@Manbehindthewires said:

no Batgirl #16 to complete the set?

My LCS doesn't regularly have Batgirl :(

Posted by Floronic_Man

Sorry for the Hawkeye comment someone else posted it on their pull list and I assumed they had a clue.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh





Does Anyone know if All new XMEN gonna go from bi weekly to monthly anytime soon?!?!?!

Posted by WWAJfan

Batman n Venom

Posted by Manbehindthewires

@sinestro_GL: oh no! I typically have to jump around a couple of stores to get everything I want. New 52 Batgirl has been so good so far! look out for it just incase :)

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