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This Week’s Essential Comics: 10/17/2012

The Walking Dead becomes new reader friendly, Hawkeye returns and we finally meet Dracula.

It’s okay, change happens. It’s not the end of the world, we promise. As you may have noticed, we’re bringing a slight format change to what used to be “10 Comics to Buy This Week.”

Now, we’re not trying to tell anyone how to spend their hard-earned money, but our goal for this updated weekly column is for it to be something people can look to for near 100% accuracy when pointing out quality titles. Because as we all know, the problem isn’t finding comics to read, it’s reading the ones that make the most of your limited budget.

Firstly, you’ll notice our typical ten titles have been cut down to five (or there about). But we’re sticking with the old adage: quality over quantity. Lastly, outside further expansion on why we recommend each book, we’re also going to provide preview pages for each title (when available) to give you an idea how the book reads and looks. You can click each image to enlarge.

American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5

We’ve come to the final issue in Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen’s AMERICAN VAMPIRE spin-off series. It’s about high time Agent Hobbes and Felicia Book run into the Lord of Nightmares himself, Dracula. We’ve yet to see Dracula in this series, with Snyder building up to the reveal something fierce, but odds are it will happen in this finale issue (it better!).

With the sad news coming out of NYCC that AMERICAN VAMPIRE is going on a year hiatus in a couple of months, it’s now time to cherish everything AMERICAN VAMPIRE related that releases before it’s gone for an extended break. That starts this week with LORD OF NIGHTMARES #5. We honestly can’t see this issue letting us down considering Snyder is rolling with his overall AV narrative and Dustin Nguyen’s art fits this series like a glove.

Daredevil #19

The ongoing saga of “Is Daredevil insane or not?” continues here with DAREDEVIL #19. With Matt’s mind still reeling, the Coyote strikes while the iron is hot.

As we’ve said time and time again, DAREDEVIL is arguably the best thing Marvel is pumping out at the moment. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are firing on all cylinders and it doesn’t appear as though they can do any wrong. At least, we have yet to see it.

DAREDEVIL is a series that should be on everyone’s “must buy” list. There really is no excuse that you could come up with to explain why you are not picking this title up. That is unless you hate fun. And if that’s the case, we feel sorry for you.

Hawkeye #3

It feels like it’s been forever since the last issue of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s amazing HAWKEYE series. Thankfully, we finally get our fix with this week’s issue #3.

This month we learn what the Vagabond code is as Clint and Kate get caught up in a deadly chase that, according to Marvel, will blow not only our minds, but our ancestors’ minds too. Hopefully we can get an appearance by Pizza Dog and Landlord Bro while we are at it.

HAWKEYE is the type of series where the creators have been allowed completely off their leash, resulting in one of the most striking comics to hit shelves in quite some time. HAWKEYE constantly surprises and entertains with some of the most imaginative writing and artwork currently found in the business. You need to be reading this book. No questions asked, bro.

Walking Dead #103

I think it’s safe to say everyone has THE WALKING DEAD fever right now, considering the show just returned to AMC (it was awesome too!). With THE WALKING DEAD #103, Kirkman offers a perfect jumping-on point for Walking Dead fans interested in checking out what the comic has to offer.

I’m going to be honest with you; I’m a bit behind in my WALKING DEAD reading. So I’m not entirely sure what is happening in the series right now. With that said, however, issue #103 apparently picks up with a new leader of the pack calling the shots, leaving Rick to shut up and take orders for once. This is definitely a change of pace for this series, considering Rick has led our merry group of survivors for nearly 100 issues.

So if you’re intrigued to check out THE WALKING DEAD comic, now’s a pretty good time to see what all the fuss is about.

Wonder Woman #13

After a slight, but awesome detour to cover Princess Diana’s early years in issue #0, we’re now back to the present for the continuation of Brian Azzarello’s WONDER WOMAN. As we said last time an issue dropped, Wonder Woman is easily one of the best New 52 titles releasing. And after the amazing cliffhanger to issue #12 -- teasing the appearance of a certain grumpy New God -- we can’t wait to tear into this week’s issue #13.

Joining Azzarello for this month’s issue is artist Tony Akins. While it’s sad to see Cliff Chiang taking another break from the book, Akins’ style complements this series’ tone nicely.

If you haven’t yet dabbled in WONDER WOMAN, you best correct that. Rush out to your local comic shop and pick up the first hardcover and the rest of the issues to catch you up for this week’s #13. You won’t regret it.

Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From the list I am getting Hawkeye

Edited by k4tzm4n

Based on this list, I'm by far the most excited for HAWKEYE. 
Also, two Valiant comics this week is always a good thing (X-O MANOWAR & HARBINGER).

Posted by Duke_Nasty

DD and WW

Posted by ccraft

Im surprised not to see the Justice League 13... Cheetah coming back! And plus art by Tony Daniel

Posted by zackattack529

YES! Hawkeye!

i remember when i used to hate Hawkeye, because he wwas such a D-BAG. but this series past 2 issues have kept me interested in a character i do not care for. and i actually like Kate Bishop, she a pretty cool character.

the artwork is really cool! this series has a 70's feel to it and now a car chase! MAJOR 70'S NOSTALGIA lol

i will be picking that up!

I cancelled Dardevil 2 months ago for this title, and i am not dissapointed.

ALSO Hawkeye isnt ending in marvek now! YAY! :D

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Good wk this wk. I'm getting Lord of Nightmares, Batwoman, Daredevil, Hawkeye, Wonder Woman

Posted by jwalser3

Should I pick up Hawkeye? I've gotten mixed reviews for it.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

3 syllables: Drac. u. La.

Posted by jstndmnd


I think Hawkeye is just an absolutely great read. It is fun, the art work is unique and fits perfectly with the pace and atmosphere of the stories. I've look ahead and the story seems like it will be picking up.

To help you know my comic choices: Aquaman, Superboy, Flash, and Earth-2. Hawkeye is completely different style than those however. I hope this helps.

Posted by xAnimosity

This is pretty much my whole list this week. Awesome choices.

Posted by kingdomenic

@haydenclaireheroes: thats funny cuz Hawkeye is the only one I am not getting. We can swap reviews.

Posted by thveej

@Duke_Nasty said:

DD and WW

Can not wait for those 2 titles. Just caught up with DD so timing could not be more perfect.@ccraft said:

Im surprised not to see the Justice League 13... Cheetah coming back! And plus art by Tony Daniel

Really Interested in JL #13 , #12 and #0 were great but I haven't been overly impressed by the series as a whole to be honest (a lot of wasted potential). Art by Tony Daniel is a huge plus though!

Posted by Nova`Prime`

You can count me as someone who doesn't have Walking Dead fever.

Posted by SmashBrawler

From this list: Daredevil and Wonder Woman.

The rest:

  • DC Universe Presents
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians
  • Justice League
  • Sword of Sorcery
Posted by Cavemold

From the list I'm getting hawkeye and not from the list venom as the crossover of minimum carnage continues.

Posted by Reignmaker

Sword of Sorcery and Justice League.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Justice league Daredevil and Walking Dead!!!!

I really wanna buy hawkeye but I gotta limit my number of comics

Posted by fables87

Love seeing Wonder Woman on the must read lists now :)

Posted by MisterKetch

The Black Lightning and Blue Devil arc starts in Presents this week, I've been excited about that since it was announced

Posted by cc1738

I'm getting Nightwing, New Guardians, Planetoid, Justice League and Cyberforce.

Posted by GamerGeek360

From the list: Hawkeye. The rest: Batwoman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Justice League, Red Hood, and Sword of Sorcery.

Posted by RazzaTazz

Wonder Woman looks good.  

Posted by longbowhunter

Hawkeye, Daredevil and Walking Dead. I read American Vampire in trade.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I WAS interested in Wonder Woman, but the sample pages here have crossed a line for me. EEEWWWWW>

Posted by Professorreid

Justice League #13 and Ultimate Comics Spider-man #16

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

All of these look simply awesome, but as such I'm still on my regimen of picking up my books at the end of the month. Still, these look wonderful :)

Posted by blur1528

Uncanny X-Men #20!!!

Posted by Mezmero

I'm hoping to see more of Jesus in Walking Dead. Kirkman knows how to keep making new and interesting characters. Wonder Woman should be good too.

Posted by Ralnakor

My buys this week are Walking Dead and Hawkeye from the list, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Venom, X-O Manowar, Uncanny X-Men and the Skullkickers Volume 3 TP.

Posted by Mokey

All good picks. WW & AV should be great.

Posted by Bobzenub

No love for Cyber Force? -_-,

Posted by TheGardener

Going to be an awesome week.

Posted by GillaDro

@Bobzenub said:

No love for Cyber Force? -_-,


Posted by Utandi

Wow, Brian Azzarello's art is so great.

Posted by Zeeguy91
@Duke_Nasty said:

DD and WW

This. Plus Hawkeye, GL: New Guardians, Blue Beetle (BB), Birds of Prey, DCU Presents, Justice League, and Nightwing.
Posted by Lvenger

Damn I miss another month of WW. Ah well I can get 14 onwards.

Posted by Alch21

@Utandi: ..

Posted by Planewalker

Nothing good here... I don't care for any of this characters! No matter how good they are written

Posted by sinestro_GL

Definitely gonna pick up WW after seeing the Dog of Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar

Posted by Mandrewgora


Posted by Agent_Prince

Wonder Woman has been poor. At least #12 offered hope for the future. I sorely miss the Greg Rucka days

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Based on this list, I'm by far the most excited for HAWKEYE. 
Also, two Valiant comics this week is always a good thing (X-O MANOWAR & HARBINGER).
I thing Harbinger is my favorite
Posted by Billy Batson

@Utandi said:

Wow, Brian Azzarello's art is so great.

Azzarello is a writer...

Posted by HollowPrince665

@jwalser3: Its a treat. Some people aren't a fan of seeing Hawkeye not run around with the Avengers and doing the really big extravagant fights. This series focuses on his exploits outside of The Avengers and SHIELD. Its a nice change of pace. Its funny, exciting, and really cool. I strongly recommend it.

Posted by HollowPrince665

DD, Hawkeye, UCSM, And The Rocketeer. I'm not sure if Rocketeer is coming out this week though :/ some say yes some say next week. Oh and that Venom though. Minimum Carnage is getting good and its only two issues into it.

Posted by kennybaese

Just Justice League for me. I'm reading Wonder Woman and American Vampire in trade. I'm glad to hear that AV is only going on hiatus and not ending entirely. I'm assuming it's to free up time in Snyder's schedule for the new Superman book. As great as AV is, I'm kind of glad he's dropping it and not Swamp Thing.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Out of this list, I'm only excited for Hawkeye #3

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Jonny_Anonymous said:
Based on this list, I'm by far the most excited for HAWKEYE. 
Also, two Valiant comics this week is always a good thing (X-O MANOWAR & HARBINGER).
I thing Harbinger is my favorite
Keep an eye out for a review tomorrow!
Posted by Baconbot

Hawkeye. Hawkeye. Hawkeye.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Jonny_Anonymous said:
Based on this list, I'm by far the most excited for HAWKEYE. 
Also, two Valiant comics this week is always a good thing (X-O MANOWAR & HARBINGER).
I thing Harbinger is my favorite
Keep an eye out for a review tomorrow!
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