Each week we gather up a few titles that we strongly feel will satiate your comic book reading appetite. We recently switched the format from our "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.
Daredevil: End of Days #2
The first issue of DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz was emotionally brutal. It also had one hell of a cliffhanger teases Daredevil still being alive. You’d be nuts to think we weren’t excited to see where this all goes.
While we love Mark Waid’s take on The Man Without Fear, we can’t help but be excited to see this creative team – many of whom defined the modern interpretation of Daredevil – working on the character once again. This really does feel like a swan song for Ol’ Hornhead, and we’re going to see this one through to the bitter end. We suggest you grab some popcorn and join us.== TEASER ==
The first of two new Marvel NOW! titles dropping this week, DEADPOOL sees a completely fresh creative team taking a whack at the Merc with a Mouth. Comedians Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are joined by artist Tony Moore to pit Deadpool against a bunch of undead presidents.
We were originally going to feature UNCANNY X-FORCE #33 on this week’s list, but we figured we would show some love for DEADPOOL instead. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge Deadpool fan, but Posehn and Duggan’s take on the character might offer up that light-hearted fun that I have really been digging in my superhero comics as of late (see also: DAREDEVIL and HAWKEYE). And with Tony Moore on art, you know this book is going to look gorgeous. I mean, just look at those preview pages!
Iron Man #1
This is a new beginning for Iron Man, as the techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and up for grabs from the highest bidder. The Iron Avenger must create a new suit of armor and battle this new, unexpected threat.
While the jury is still out on Greg Land handling art duties on Iron Man, at least we know Kieron Gillen rocks. His work on JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY was magnificent, so hopefully he can channel that same energy for Tony Stark.
Manhattan Projects #7
This month’s installment is called “Above and Beyond,” featuring a top-secret meeting in Iceland that pits the Americans and Russians against the “Science Tyrants” of the Manhattan Projects.
If you like your fair share of mad science, zany characters and ridiculous plots, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s MANHATTAN PROJECTS in a title you shouldn’t be missing. It’s equal parts hilarious and horrifying. Good stuff.
Preview courtesy of CBR.
When a mysterious dark force seeks to claim New Orleans, Jack Boniface must embrace his destiny as Shadowman to ward off the evil that threatens his home. But is being the Shadowman a blessing or a curse?
With the talent attached to this book, we can’t see SHADOWMAN not living up to expectations (We even gave the first issue a solid review). And considering Valiant has been knocking all of their new series out of the park, it seems likely that SHADOWMAN will also be quite awesome. We suggest you jump onboard for something great in the making.
Swamp Thing #14
What’s this? Back to back issues of SWAMP THING? Yes please. Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette are once again back together to continue their share of the Rotworld storyline, this time sending Swampy down the river towards Gotham.
At this point in time, is there anything left to say about how awesome SWAMP THING is? Snyder and Paquette have been creating one of the best books on stands, and getting two issues in two weeks is quite the treat.
This preview comes courtesy of IGN.
Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.