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This Week's Essential Comics: 02/27/13

Not sure what to buy this week? We've got a few suggestions for you!

I don't know about you, but last week delivered one helluva punch to my wallet. It was an insanely busy week, so thankfully there isn't as much going on this Wednesday. Just in case you're still trying to decide which titles are worth your cash, here are the new ones coming out this week that we think are worth checking out.

In case you missed it, here's a full list of this week's new issues. Remember, you can expand the preview images by clicking on them.

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #8

Grant Morrison's entire run with Bruce and Damian has been leading up to this one issue. Something huge is about to happen and it's sure to be a can't miss for fans of either character. NY Post has a preview, but I'd recommend avoiding it if you've somehow managed to avoid spoilers thus far (which would be a Herculean feat).

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #0.1

The cosmic team is finally back! The usual cast is here (Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot) but now they'll be joined by Iron Man. Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Steve McNiven, this point one issue is all about Star-Lord and how he became the leader of this unique team. Additionally, they have a movie right around the corner, so this is the perfect time to become an expert on these characters.

Check out a preview below.

HAWKEYE #8

It's time to see how our favorite Marvel archer will spend Valentine's Day! This issue will also see the return of Cherry and once again she's up to no good. It should be obvious by now, but writer Matt Fraction has been doing tremendous work with this title and it's absolutely hilarious stuff.

Visit CBR for the rest of the preview.

PUNISHER WAR ZONE #5

This is the final issue of Greg Rucka's run with Frank Castle! Shouldn't that be more than enough to sell you on it? Well, just in case it isn't, I'll also mention this will be the conclusion of the Avengers' search for Frank. Will he elude them once more or will they bring him in? We'll find out Wednesday, but I'm rooting for Castle.

Get a look at the first three pages below.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN #3

This is without question a must read for any Ninja Turtles fan. Diving into the history of the IDW reboot, this series has left me speechless. It's ridiculously fun, filled with intrigue and sporting fantastic artwork. I can't recommend this one enough.

Go to the official Ninja Turtles Facebook page for the remainder of the preview.

Honorable Mentions

  • AQUAMAN
  • FF
  • INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
  • JOURNEY INTO MYSTYERY
  • TALON
  • UNCANNY X-FORCE
  • YOUNG AVENGERS

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Posted by knightofthechronicle

Can't wait for Batman Inc.

Edited by cc1738

F**k you Grant Morrison. Your writing sucks. You're just as bad as Rob Liefield and Tom Defalco. DC is just as dumb for spoiling it with a stupid pop up. I have no interest in reading Batman Inc. Its concept is retarded and now it ruins Batman and Robin.

Posted by Z3RO180

@cc1738 you sir are a very angry person so be quit and keep your ner rage to yourself the Internet has way to many users like that

Posted by wessaari

TALON!!!!

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Gonna pick up TMNT, The Dark Knight, and Batman inc. anyone know how many issues Batman Inc is gonna last?

Posted by JakeN7

DC

  • Batman Incorporated #8 :(
  • Talon #5
  • Teen Titans #17 (for DotF aftermath)

Marvel

  • Avenging Spider-Man #17
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1
  • Hawkeye #8
  • Uncanny Avengers #4
  • Uncanny X-Men #2

Medium sized week for me (but one that will be overshadowed by sadness and grief...poor Damian)

Posted by kingjoeg

Not sure whether to buy Guardians of the galaxy or not.

Posted by Master_Thief

 
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Posted by Xwraith

Secret History of the Foot Clan #3 and Uncanny X-Force #2

I would read GotG, but I don't trust Bendis with it.

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Posted by CitizenJP

That cover for Hawkeye is pretty cool. That's some James Bond art there.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@cc1738 said:

F**k you Grant Morrison. Your writing sucks. You're just as bad as Rob Liefield and Tom Defalco. DC is just as dumb for spoiling it with a stupid pop up. I have no interest in reading Batman Inc. Its concept is retarded and now it ruins Batman and Robin.

Okay, a little over the top, but I feel kind of the same way. Except for the fact that Grant Morrison has written great stuff in the past, but the current state of his writing is just really sad. Batman Inc has been better than his Action Comics run, but its still nothing to write home about. At least for me it isn't. I don't know why its on this list, though, especially when there's so many better titles at DC right now, especially of the titles coming out this week. Aquaman, The Flash, I, Vampire, and JLD are all coming out this week.

Posted by Fenderxx

So Excited for Hawkeye !

also looking forward to the Deadpool Killstration, I enjoyed the first issue alot.

Posted by Trevel8182

Exited for Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1 but man those new costumes suck

oh and I'll see you hell Damian you little piece of trash.

My excitement to see Damian is well expressed through this song.

Posted by mightypug78

my heart goes out to damien, my fav. robin. Batboy must survive

Edited by cc1738

@Z3RO180: Wouldn't you be mad if one of your favorite series is ruined by a series you have to interest in reading? I don't like Grant Morrison. Everything he does is garbage. I also don't like Batman Inc's art. I can get over what happens. But the fact that it doesn't happen in Batman and Robin really pisses me off.

Edited by CrimsonAlchemist

@cc1738: Feel ya there pal never liked the majority of Morrison's work either, was pissed as hell when Knight got killed off now Damien? hope issue 8 of Batman Incorporated ends like Dark Knight Rises did :/

Posted by monopolyloser

I'm super pissed about the spoiling of Batman Inc #8. I was trying to avoid it and it pop up somewhere I wasn't expecting it to. They seriously couldn't wait till Wednesday to spoil it?!

Posted by longbowhunter

Big week for me. Aquaman, Batman Inc., FF, Hawkeye, I,Vampire, Justice League Dark, Punisher: War Zone, Talon, Witch Doctor, Young Avengers. I've managed to avoid spoilers for Batman Inc #8. With all the media coverage I can make some assumptions though.

Posted by ME24601

God, I hate when comic companies release spoilers before the issue is released. Imagine if movie companies or TV studios did that...

Anyway, I'm getting:

  • Aquaman #17
  • Batman Inc #8
  • Dark Knight #17
  • FF #4
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1
  • Hawkeye #8
  • I, Vampire #17
  • Justice League Dark #17
  • Talon #5
  • Teen Titans #17
  • Uncanny Avengers #4
  • X-Men Legacy #6
  • Young Avengers #2
Edited by havoc1201

@cc1738 said:

@Z3RO180: Wouldn't you be mad if one of your favorite series is ruined by a series you have to interest in reading? I don't like Grant Morrison. Everything he does is garbage. I also don't like Batman Inc's art. I can get over what happens. But the fact that it doesn't happen in Batman and Robin really pisses me off.

totally agree, Morrison is just using the death of Damian to make his horrible and completely (lack of a better word) retarded idea of Batman Inc to end in a epic finale but killing a character just for shock value is lame and shows poor writing skills, and lack of creativity. (like how he killed Batman) Lazy

Posted by powerhouse1122

If StarLord and thanos are back.... How come Richard Rider isn't?

Posted by jsphsmth

@havoc1201 said:

@cc1738 said:

@Z3RO180: Wouldn't you be mad if one of your favorite series is ruined by a series you have to interest in reading? I don't like Grant Morrison. Everything he does is garbage. I also don't like Batman Inc's art. I can get over what happens. But the fact that it doesn't happen in Batman and Robin really pisses me off.

totally agree, Morrison is just using the death of Damian to make his horrible and completely (lack of a better word) retarded idea of Batman Inc to end in a epic finale but killing a character just for shock value is lame and shows poor writing skills, and lack of creativity. (like how he killed Batman) Lazy

this

thankfully Moronison's run is almost complete

Posted by Dark_Guyver

How many issues will batman inc last?

Edited by darkwingdan

@cc1738: You can thank Grant Morrison for creating the character and series you're angry about.

Posted by SynCig

It would appear that it has become the new "cool" thing to hate Grant Morrison. Everyone is entitled to their opinion obviously but I think he has done quite a lot of exceptional work in his career. He is not my favorite because at times his stories get convoluted and borderline nonsensical but the hatred being spewed on the internet today is a little much.

Posted by Smurfboy
Posted by sourcebreaker

wow. No uncanny x-men #2 up there?

Posted by cc1738

@darkwingdan: Yes, he did. But he's still a terrible writer. I read Batman and Robin by him and it was ok. I only read it because Dick was Batman and he's my favorite DC character. It improved dramatically when Tomasi took over. Action comics is terrible. It's unreadable. Batman INC is just as weird with the dumbest concept I've ever seen.

I'm not the only one to think this

Posted by BCreatures16

I'm kind of hoping that Clint gets his butt kicked in this week's Hawkeye. He's a bit of a douche for being a serial cheater. On my list for the week: Batman Inc., FF, The Flash, Hawkeye, and Young Avengers.

Posted by havoc1201

@cc1738 said:

@darkwingdan: Yes, he did. But he's still a terrible writer. I read Batman and Robin by him and it was ok. I only read it because Dick was Batman and he's my favorite DC character. It improved dramatically when Tomasi took over. Action comics is terrible. It's unreadable. Batman INC is just as weird with the dumbest concept I've ever seen.

I'm not the only one to think this

Batman INC is such a dumb concept with bruce publicly admitting he bank rolls Batman he mine as well just come and say i am Batman these young men behind me were all ROBINS...SO DUMB and out of character plus all the references to the 50s comics which last time i checked those stories are no longer from this earths timeline so they dont make sense either, also the supporting cast are so lame and the art is just horrible so i am ready for it to end and hopefully its a clone of Damian that dies or something, he better be back soon bc i enjoy and subscribe to Batman and Robin.

Posted by darkwingdan

@havoc1201: I was referring to "Batman & Robin," in case you were wondering.

Posted by akbogert

Can someone explain to me the relationship between Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy? Are they both ongoing, or what?

Also, I understand people being upset over characters getting killed (I mean, this is me talking here), but isn't it a little silly to call Morrison a hack when he created the character he's killing? If you're upset with Damian dying, that means Morrison created something you love...so you don't actually believe he's complete crap. Just saying.

Edited by havoc1201

@darkwingdan: as the comic you like correct?, my comment was agreeing with yours about Batman Inc. just adding my input

Posted by CrimsonAlchemist

@SynCig: Yea indeed he's done alot of great things.

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

@akbogert: Nova as in Richard ?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

HAWKEYE AND PUNISHER!!!!!!!!!!! So sad to sse it's over :( Now I'm left with Way's wackass Thunderbolts book :(

Posted by akbogert

@Fuchsia_Nightingale: Nova as in Nova, the new book which features the Guardians. Sorry for the lack of clarity :)

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

@akbogert: I'm sure both are, since they are getting a movie, push them to the moon

Posted by akbogert

@Fuchsia_Nightingale: Hm. It just seemed like Nova would make more sense as a mini leading into Guardians, as it looks like Sam will be working with them? I don't know.

Posted by Cavemold

Hawkguy and unxanny x-men

Posted by Gotham331

I have really enjoyed the Damien character. Damn I hate to see him go!

Posted by frankcmu

"I don't know about you, but last week delivered one helluva punch to my wallet."

This!!!!

Took me a few days to finish the stack... Only looking at 4 or 5 books this week.

Posted by HBKTimHBK

Just heard about Batman Inc...ouch...

Posted by Alton

With the possible exception of Hawkeye (I like it so far but I deal with Marvel on an issue by issue basis these days)and possibly Uncanny X-Men ( issue 1 was great and this week it's not even on this list)there is nothing here that warrants an Essential Reading designation.This is the big 2's standard formula Bantha fodder.Where is the rest of the industry?

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@akbogert: Well both titles feature cosmic characters, and the Guardians might show up more in Nova down the road but I don't think the two titles or intertwined or anything. I think both are supposed to foreshadow what's coming up in the Infinity event Hickman is writing, as is his Avengers and New Avengers.

Posted by akbogert

@spinningbirdcake: Maybe the Infinity event is it, then. I mean, Gamora and Raccoon actually showed up in the very first issue of Nova, so at least for now there's a definite connection.

Posted by dondave
DC
AQUAMAN #17
BATMAN INCORPORATED #8
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #17
FLASH #17
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN #17
I VAMPIRE #17
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #17
RED LANTERNS #17 (WRATH)
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #17
TALON #5
TEEN TITANS #17

MARVEL

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #17

DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #2

PUNISHER WAR ZONE #5

THUNDERBOLTS #5 NOW

UNCANNY AVENGERS #4 NOW

UNCANNY X-FORCE #2 NOW

UNCANNY X-MEN #2 NOW

X-MEN LEGACY #6 NOW

X-TREME X-MEN #11

YOUNG AVENGERS #2 NOW

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@akbogert: Yeah and Nova might pop up in GOtG eventually. I know they are showing up in All New X-Men eventually to ask about Jean and the Phoenix, which makes some sense as Bendis is writing both titles. So it's not like they will be separated from the non cosmic characters, as is often the case with cosmic characters.

Posted by secondfallen616

@akbogert: i'm upset because hes doing it so nonchalantly. Why not let it be done in DOTF? That wouldve been something with more impact. Batman Inc is barely if at all in continuity so killing him in that series makes little to no sense other than to boost sales for his departure. I get it, money is the root but theyre forgeting that WE who buy their comics are the audience that will be alienated when they do this pointless cash-grab crap and Morrisson is the worst of all of the cash-grabbers. C'mon.....isnt it a dick move to know youre thumbing your nose to the fans and then to say "So yeh i'm done with super hero books now, SUCKERS!!!!" ? I think it is........

Posted by sparty-dbq

I actually already have GotG on my pull list, but I think I'm gonna skip the point 1. From the preview pages alone, I can pretty much guess how the entire issue will play out. Plus, why is it 4 dollars? Isn't part of the reason for Point 1 issues that they're always 3 dollars, even for a 4 dollar series?

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