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This Week's Essential Comics: 01/30/13

Come find out what we think this week's best comics will be!

There's dozens of new comics coming out this Wednesday and working with a limited budget can be tough. Seriously, take a second to look at the full list for a moment. That's quite a few options, right? Well, we're here to help you sift through the list and narrow down the select few that are definitely worth your cash. Here's this week's essential comics.  

Remember, you can click on the preview images to expand them.

BATMAN INCORPORATED #7

Batman's defeated and falling to his demise. Batman Inc is in ruins and has suffered casualties. Damian now needs to step up to the plate and face Heretic... and if he loses, Gotham dies. There isn't a preview, but I imagine that's because it would spoil how Batman totally doesn't die.

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #16 

Don't groan yet, there's a reason we have another Batman title in here! You see, this issue welcomes artist Ethan Van Sciver to the title (although I think David Finch rocks with street level titles). Additionally, this will be the first big Mad Hatter story in The New 52. According to the solicit, this will be "unlike any Mad Hatter case" we've seen before.  
 
Check out Newsarama for the rest of the preview. 

HAWKEYE #7 

Hawkbro's regular adventure is being cast aside for a month to focus on the devastating effects of Hurricane  Sandy.  I imagine Matt Fraction's script will once again be filled with laughs and lighthearted fun, but also help many realize just how bad the storm really was. Also, Steve Lieber and Jesse  Hamm will step in to provide pencils.  
 
Get a first look below.
 

INVINCIBLE #100 

This is it, Viners. It's time for the conclusion of 'The Death of Everyone' and writer Robert Kirkman is well known for making sure that no one is safe. This is an extra-sized issue you absolutely won't want to miss.  
 
Because the last issue ended on a cliffhanger, no leaked preview pages will be provided here. Please use spoiler tags properly if you're going to discuss the issue below.
 

STAR WARS OMNIBUS INFINITES TPB 

Whether or not you want to, odds are you know all of the key twists and turns in the epic original trilogy. However, this Omnibus collects three stories where things unfold differently. This is a whole new adventure  for Luke, Leia, Han and Vader. Think of it as a "What If?" for the Star Wars universe. 
 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2

Love it or hate it, you're probably at least curious to see what writer Dan Slott has in store for us. In this second issue,  Spider-Ock will face off against yet another new Sinister Six and he'll apparently get... reunited... with Mary Jane . Warning: a barf bag might be required!    Go to CBR for the rest of the preview. 



Honorable Mentions

  • AQUAMAN #16  
  • BATMAN & ROBIN ANNUAL #1
  • PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #4
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Posted by GothamRed

Yay Hawkeye

Posted by Cavemold

greg shadowman doesnt come out until the 6th of next week

just checked the main site.

also getting hawkeye and talon

Posted by Decoy Elite

SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! 
*Shakes fist*

Posted by kid Apollo

beware Invincible spoilers below...

i havent read the last 2 issues of Invincible

Posted by Mini_Bat

Batman Inc., Batman & Robin Annual, and Superior Spider-man, cant wait till Wednesday.

Posted by junu

OH YEAH! JLD!

Posted by Reignmaker

Feels like forever since I read a Hawkeye issue!

On the pull-list this week (in order of anticipation):
Hawkeye #7
Aquaman #16
Flash #16
All Star Western #16

Shadowman #4 would be at the top of my list if it was actually coming out this week. Curse you, Katz, you made me double-check!

Edited by knightofthechronicle

Uh, that's an entirely different Batman Inc. 7, cover and link. That issue came out almost two years ago.

Posted by Reignmaker

One more thing...Batman TDK has done nothing to show it deserves to be on this list. Mad Hatter hype shouldn't be enough either.

Posted by ME24601

I'm picking up

  1. Aquaman #16
  2. Avenger #4
  3. Batman and Robin Annual #1
  4. Batman Inc #7
  5. The Dark Knight 16
  6. Hawkeye 7
  7. I, Vampire 16
  8. Justice League Dark #16
  9. Talon #4
  10. Teen Titans #16
  11. X-Men Legacy #5
Posted by Onemoreposter

Batman Inc looks awesome. Can't wait for Invincible. Been with this one since issue one. They better not kill Mark....

Posted by DaemonTheDemon

i hate you slott

Posted by Cavemold

the batman& robin annual is coming out to

Posted by akbogert

Well, that Superior Spider-Man cover isn't going to win Slott many (any?) fans.

Posted by Cavemold

@akbogert said:

Well, that Superior Spider-Man cover isn't going to win Slott many (any?) fans.

the interiors are worse. hes doing everything people dont wanna see.

Posted by Mandrewgora

Spider-Ock and Hawkguy.

Posted by Zeeguy91
  • Hawkeye
  • Flash
  • Aquaman
  • Green Lantern Corps Annual
  • I, Vampire
  • Justice League Dark
  • Avengers (?)

And that's about it for me this week

Posted by AltyAce

I think this is the Batman Inc. 7 you were after. Anyway, this issue looks good can't wait.

Posted by akbogert

@Cavemold said:

@akbogert said:

Well, that Superior Spider-Man cover isn't going to win Slott many (any?) fans.

the interiors are worse. hes doing everything people dont wanna see.

And yet, Comic Vine calls it cream of the crop, "definitely worth your cash." I must say, my faith in the official positions this site takes is struggling, as of late.

Posted by dreamfall31

Hawkeye and Talon for me this week!

Posted by Cavemold

@akbogert said:

@Cavemold said:

@akbogert said:

Well, that Superior Spider-Man cover isn't going to win Slott many (any?) fans.

the interiors are worse. hes doing everything people dont wanna see.

And yet, Comic Vine calls it cream of the crop, "definitely worth your cash." I must say, my faith in the official positions this site takes is struggling, as of late.

Gman is fan fav so its obvious hes going help promote it. hes done way before issue one came out of superior spider man

Posted by akbogert

@Cavemold: That may be so, but his name's not the one on this list (though it is on Deapool Killustrated, which was hated by pretty much every other person I've talked to about it but got a good review from G-Man). And to clarify, I'm in no way slamming the staff -- they have a hard job and they provide something wonderful here. Just saying over the last couple weeks I've been adding the salt to my reading, grain by grain.

Posted by cc1738

I'm getting Superior Spider-man, Aquaman, Green Lantern Corp annual, Batman The Dark Knight and Superman. I'm really tempted not to get Superman though. I'm not into the He'l on Earth crossover. I really like some parts, but there are others that are unreadable. I'm looking at you Tom Defalco.

Posted by Cavemold

@akbogert said:

@Cavemold: That may be so, but his name's not the one on this list (though it is on Deapool Killustrated, which was hated by pretty much every other person I've talked to about it but got a good review from G-Man). And to clarify, I'm in no way slamming the staff -- they have a hard job and they provide something wonderful here. Just saying over the last couple weeks I've been adding the salt to my reading, grain by grain.

i liked killustrated and to be fair them it is hot book sales wise and the convo on that book go on forever by the fans mostly.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

INVINCIBLE #100 CVR A OTTLEY [DIG]

$3.99

AVENGERS #4 NOW2

$3.99

HAWKEYE #7

$2.99

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2 NOW

$3.99

AQUAMAN #16

$2.99

FLASH #16

$2.99

Posted by KnightRise

@junu: I love the way Rockafort draws Diana

Posted by sora_thekey

Superior Spider-Man and Hawkeye for me...

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Posted by spinningbirdcake

Aquaman

Avengers

Justice League Dark

Superior Spider-Man (I'm gonna give it a little more time. Those interiors are not making me fall in love though.)

Posted by StMichalofWilson

@AltyAce said:

I think this is the Batman Inc. 7 you were after. Anyway, this issue looks good can't wait.

These kids are crying for revolution!!!

Posted by akbogert

@Cavemold: Oh, that's fine. I guess I just don't think a list of books that are "worth your money" should care whether a book is popular or not. Best/essential lists should, ideally, drive people to pick up books they otherwise might not have. What's the use in telling people they'll buy a book they were already planning to buy?

I don't mind if CV functions more as an industry mouthpiece than an objective news/review site (they certainly wouldn't be unique in that respect); I just am not sure which they are going for/believe themselves to be. Balancing fandom and criticism is a very difficult act, and it's just a matter of principle that a lot of people fail at striking it.

Posted by jstndmnd

It is a good week for me! Superman, Aquaman ( love this series!) and have to pick up the Masks #3

Edited by Cavemold

@akbogert said:

@Cavemold: Oh, that's fine. I guess I just don't think a list of books that are "worth your money" should care whether a book is popular or not. Best/essential lists should, ideally, drive people to pick up books they otherwise might not have. What's the use in telling people they'll buy a book they were already planning to buy?

I don't mind if CV functions more as an industry mouthpiece than an objective news/review site (they certainly wouldn't be unique in that respect); I just am not sure which they are going for/believe themselves to be. Balancing fandom and criticism is a very difficult act, and it's just a matter of principle that a lot of people fail at striking it.

i seee what you mean and they do show indie books here. to be fair this is the last week of comic boom month . so slim pickings??? also its their opnion on what they think you should buy. the beauty of this all we can dicuss thier picks

Posted by akbogert

@Cavemold: Indeed, indeed. I guess given the overt nature of the controversy over Ock/MJ, I'm disappointed that the book is openly embraced here without a hint of the great potential (or is it simply confirmed fact) of something most people would consider horrible not only occurring, but being the focus of the cover.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From the list I am getting Hawkeye, Invincible, Superior Spider-man, and Aquaman

Posted by Cavemold

@akbogert said:

@Cavemold: Indeed, indeed. I guess given the overt nature of the controversy over Ock/MJ, I'm disappointed that the book is openly embraced here without a hint of the great potential (or is it simply confirmed fact) of something most people would consider horrible not only occurring, but being the focus of the cover.

Dan slott is terffic car salesmen and part of selling books is creating a moraless plot line. cheap trick and why i dont buy his book. its one of those things that has to be promoted... it increaeses hype and chatter. plus both dan and ryan have been on the podcasts.

Posted by sparty-dbq

Avengers

Dark Avengers

Hawkeye

Punisher: War Zone

Thank God for 5th Wednesday. It's like a cool-down lap.

Posted by jwalser3

Aquaman #16

Superior Spiderman #2

Batman: The Dark Knight #16 FTW Mad Hatter!

Posted by BlueHope

Batman comics look amazing this week

Posted by saoakden

From here: Batman Inc, Batman The Dark Knight, Hawkeye, and Superior Spider-man

From DC: Aquaman for the Throne of Atlantis Crossover, Batman and Robin Annual, Green Lantern Corps Annual, I, Vampire, Justice League Dark, Superman, Teen Titans, Flash, Talon, and maybe Red Lanterns

From Marvel: Avengers, Dark Avengers, Journey into Mystery, Punisher: War Zone. I haven't been reading Punisher: Nightmare sounds interesting. Idk about X-Treme X-Men looks interesting as well.

Sad part is that I listed at least 17 comics I'm intersted in but I can't buy all the issues. & it sucks that some of these series are ending or being cancelled. Poor I, Vampire and X-Treme X-Men.

Is it me or does the Batman on the cover on Batman and Robin Annual look like Damain's possible future Batman outfit?

Posted by MuyJingo

How are the honorable mentions, honorable mentions and not essential comics?

Aquaman ties into the Throne of Atlantis story arc, Batman and Robin annual is going to have death of the family stuff, and Punisher War Zone has been fantastic so far. Not to mention Before Watchmen.

For me it's Flash, Aquaman, Batman and Robin Annual, Before Watchman Dollar Bill and Ozzymandias, Batman TDK, Green Lantern Corps Annual, Injustice Gods Among Us and Superman

Posted by Cavemold

damain is wearing 666 outfit if that new suit ill put it on my pull list

Posted by Trodorne

Im calling it to be one of the top covers of this week right now.

Rare Wraparound cover.
Posted by CircularLogic

Really, Comicvine? That's the joke you come up with? A very possible rape scenario, and you pass it off as silly? Shame on you.

Posted by Cavemold

@Trodorne said:

Im calling it to be one of the top covers of this week right now.

Rare Wraparound cover.

yup

Posted by JakeN7

DC Comics

  • Batman and Robin Annual #1
  • Batman Incorporated #7
  • Teen Titans #16
  • Talon #4

Marvel Comics

  • All New X-Men #4 - 2nd Printing (I missed out on this when it first came out)
  • Avengers #4
  • Hawkeye #7
  • Superior Spider-Man #2

Bolded ones are mentioned above.

That's it for me this week. I also might cave and get Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 just to see the conclusion to the lackluster Rise of the Third Army (I've only been reading Green Lantern and New Guardians so far.)

@Reignmaker said:

Shadowman #4 would be at the top of my list if it was actually coming out this week. Curse you, Katz, you made me double-check!

Me too man. I feel your pain. I need more Jack Boniface in my life!

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

I'm loving Invincible.

Posted by SmashBrawler
  • Aquaman
  • Batman Incorporated
  • Green Lantern Corps Annual
  • Invincible
  • I, Vampire
  • Justice League Dark
  • Punisher: War Zone
  • Red Lanterns
  • Superior Spider-Man
  • The Flash
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@CircularLogic said:

Really, Comicvine? That's the joke you come up with? A very possible rape scenario, and you pass it off as silly? Shame on you.

Please get away from the internet.

Posted by cacarl

Of this list: War Zone #4 (maybe). I didn't find a copy of #3 because I didn't know what day it came out (thank you, Marvel).

At this point is better to wait for the trade. Even when Vol 3 of the fist series is coming out in 2 months, si I'm pretty sure I'll have to wait 4 or 5 months to read the whole story.

Posted by akbogert

@Floronic_Man said:

@CircularLogic said:

Really, Comicvine? That's the joke you come up with? A very possible rape scenario, and you pass it off as silly? Shame on you.

Please get away from the internet.

Normally when I see a low post count I say "welcome," but you're not exactly making a good impression here.

you pretty much summed up my thoughts on it as well.

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