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This Week's Essential Comics: 03/20/13

Brace yourself! New comic book day is coming!

This week comes as quite a double-edged sword. Plenty of new and great issues is always a thrilling experience, but it literally comes at a heavy price. Odds are your wallets are going to really feel this one when you exit your local shop or checkout online. It was very tough narrowing down the titles, but we love the following and think they're worthy of a purchase. Because there were just so darn many, there's a massive honorable mentions section, too.

Don't forget to sound off below with your own list of essential comics this week!

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #10

Every Tuesday shall now be known as "Injustice Day." Digital comics sometimes come with the stigma of not being as good as the titles on the stands every Wednesday. Not only is that hugely false, but this digital comic happens to be without question one of the best stories DC is currently offering. Writer Tom Taylor has been doing a brilliant job crafting the video game's prequel. This comic has run a gauntlet of emotions -- shocking yet hilarious, dark yet fun -- and this short read never fails to impress. For just $0.99 per issue, there's really no reason not to give this an honest chance.

IGN has a 3 page preview of the comic.

== TEASER ==

JUDGE DREDD YEAR ONE

IDW and 2000 AD are teaming-up to bring us an all-new story for Judge Dredd's earlier days. Written by 2000 AD Editor-in-Chief Matt Smith and illustrated by Simon Coleby, this mini-series dives into Dredd when he was fresh out of the academy at 18 years-old. Even if you've fallen behind on IDW's series, this has gotta be incredibly tempting for anyone who watched the recent Dredd 3D. I don't know about you, but the impressive film has absolutely sparked my interest in the character.

CBR has the remainder of the preview.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2

Geoff Johns has revealed why Waller has created this team, and color me interested. In this second chapter, the team will continue to grow and we'll see what they want in exchange for their service. Claiming to have a huge impact on the rest of The New 52, it's safe to say this book needs to be on your radar if you want to know what's going down in DC's universe. Plus, Martian Manhunter gets his own back-up series. How awesome is that?

There isn't a preview available at the moment, but if one does pop up we'll be sure to add it.

NEW AVENGERS #4

Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Steve Epting are during a superb job with the return of Marvel's Illuminati. As expected with Hickman, the scope here is huge, already involving the Infinity Gauntlet, and as yoiu can clearly see on the cover to the right, will include the return of the world eater, Galactus. If you're looking for a complex science fiction plot in Marvel's universe, this should be your go to title.

Head on over to CBR for more preview pages.

TMNT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN #4

I cannot praise this mini-series enough. Simply put: it's a must read if you even remotely like the Heroes in a Half Shell. Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham have been creating nothing short of magic with this book and this is the final chapter. Diving into the history of the IDW reboot, this series has been doing brilliant work expanding on the story we're all familiar with. If you really love the franchise, you'll do more than complain on the internet about the upcoming movie -- you'll read the comics.

Visit Comics Alliance for the rest of the preview.

SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT

X-O MANOWAR #11

'Planet Death' starts here! If you're a regular Viner, then odds are you know Mat ' Inferiorego' Elfring and I praise Valiant more than enough. So much, in fact, that you're probably sick of hearing it from us by now. While our rankings of their titles differ, we agree on one thing: X-O MANOWAR is nothing short of amazing. If you haven't been following along, then you'll be happy to know this serves as the perfect jumping on point. Upcoming GREEN LANTERN writer Robert Venditti has been killing it on this book and I have no reservation in calling it the best sci fi title out there.

Enjoy a preview below and then do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You can thank me and Mat later.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • ACTION COMICS #18
  • ALL-NEW X-MEN #9
  • AVENGERS #8
  • CONSTANTINE #1
  • DAREDEVIL #24
  • DEADPOOL #6
  • HARBINGER #10
  • INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5
  • INVINCIBLE #101
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #18
  • NIGHTWING #18
  • NOVA #2
  • SAGA #11
  • SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6
  • TMNT #20
  • WONDER WOMAN #18

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Posted by akbogert

@DonFelipe: Well I think the key is the word "essential." In theory the list is supposed to cover books that are almost guaranteed to be good or worth picking up; the controversy suggests that Constantine may not meet that criteria (certainly not the "guarantee" -- though of course the list is subjective). Injustice (which, by the way, while related to the game isn't actually an adaptation or even really a prequel, as it's planned to continue well beyond the game and in fact already has had things in it which contradict the game) has been consistently good for its whole run, so it's a safe bet.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Avengers, New Avengers, Superior Spider-Man, Action Comics, Justice League, Justice League of America,

Posted by VictorVonDoom_1

All New X-Men #9

Avengers #8

Deadpool #6

Indestructible Hulk #5

Justice League of America #2

Nova #2

Superior Spider-Ma #6

TMNT Secret History of the Foot Clan #4

Posted by Meteorite

On X-O Manowar... I picked up the first trade on your recommendations, ComicVine, and you know what? By no means is it a bad story, but at the same time I don't see what all of the fuss is about. It's certainly enjoyable enough and I'm not saying it's bad, but I think that it is a tad overrated.

Posted by DonFelipe

@akbogert said:

@DonFelipe: Well I think the key is the word "essential." In theory the list is supposed to cover books that are almost guaranteed to be good or worth picking up; the controversy suggests that Constantine may not meet that criteria (certainly not the "guarantee" -- though of course the list is subjective). Injustice (which, by the way, while related to the game isn't actually an adaptation or even really a prequel, as it's planned to continue well beyond the game and in fact already has had things in it which contradict the game) has been consistently good for its whole run, so it's a safe bet.

You're right, controversy suggests it may not be a guaranteed/safe bet, and there's nothing wrong with Constantine being listed as honorable mention only.

Posted by sethysquare

Gregg is pretty awesome.

Posted by DrellAssassin

Just Deadpool and Superior Spidey for me this week.

Posted by DrellAssassin

@dondave: SWEET JESUS. What is your job that you can afford that many comics in one week?

Posted by Cafeterialoca

-Green Lanterns: New Guardians

-Wonder Woman

-X-Factor

-Daredevil

-Dark Avengers

Posted by jwalser3

JLA or Justice League???

Posted by Exia009

No Batwoman? For shame..

Picking up:

Batwoman

Justice League

JLA

Avengers

New Avengers

Nightwing

Red Hood

All-New X-men

maybe Constantine

Posted by k4tzm4n

@sethysquare said:

Gregg is pretty awesome.

Eh, I'm alright.

Posted by sethysquare

@k4tzm4n said:

@sethysquare said:

Gregg is pretty awesome.

Eh, I'm alright.

u know you're awesome. lol.

Edited by G_Money_Christmas
  • Daredevil
  • All New X-Men
  • TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan
  • TMNT

I also want JLA, New Avengers, and Action Comics but I'm short on cash so they'll have to wait until next Friday. I chose to get the ones that would most likely be sold out by next Friday (except Daredevil, he's just my main man)... Hopefully I chose wisely.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

*wallet suffered critical strike*

Posted by carnivalofsins00

That's funny. "HONORABLE MENTIONS: EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S COMING OUT THIS WEEK!!!"

Posted by SNascimento

Injustice delivered. Let's see the other ones.

Posted by dondave

@DrellAssassin: I'm very spoilt

Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic

Constantine, Nightwing and Injustice..

There goes my money.

Posted by Grey56

- Appreciate your being even handed in the diversity which represents the books this week. Seeing only titles from the big two gets tiresome. Props to you, sir.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Grey56: Thank you kindly.

Posted by kid Apollo

books im loving: Indestructible Hulk, Thor, Uncanny X-men and X-force, New Avengers, Avengers, and Captain America

Posted by GammaGirl

hmm.. nobody cares about the new Star Wars Legacy comic?

Posted by Grey56

- If you're not reading this, you should give it a try sir. It's more than worth of this list.

http://www.hipflask.com/issues/elephantmen47/

Posted by saoakden

On this list: Injustice, Judge Dredd (maybe), Justice League of America, New Avengers, TMNT Secret of the Foot Clan (maybe), Action Comics, All-New X-Men, Avengers, Constantine, Daredevil, Deadpool, Indestructible Hulk, Invincible (maybe), Justice League, Nightwing, Superior Spider-Man, TMNT, Wonder Woman.

Man my pull list is ridiculously huge. Makes me sad that I can't afford most of these comics. *sigh*

Posted by Mowgli22

Soo, better week for me. definitely hitting up X-0, Avengers, Dpool, and JLA. does anyone know when the Judge Dredd #5 comes out?

Edited by darkwingdan

For me, this week it's:

  • Saga
  • Nightwing
  • Wonder Woman
  • Action Comics
  • Deadpool

I'm probably dropping Deadpool after this week. I don't the story has been very high quality, but I'm intrigued enough to see how the dead presidents arc finishes. Saga, on the other hand, is probably the most creative, well written book out there right now.

Posted by sinestro_GL

Goodbye money.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

From this list I'm getting: Action Comics #18 ( :/ ) and Wonder Woman #18. And maybe, Justice League of America #2 and Nightwing #18.

I'm also getting Birds of Prey #18 (Christy Marx takes over the writing beginning w/ this issue:) and Sword of Sorcery #6.