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This Week's Essential Comics: 12/12/12

Are you wondering what to buy this week? Check out the books we highly recommend!

An overwhelming amount of comics come out every Wednesday. Unless you're Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne, odds are your eyes are bigger than your bank account. Narrowing down your pull list is by no measure an easy feat. Luckily for you, we're here to help. We reviewed this week's list of new releases and managed to pick out 5 comics that are likely worth your hard earned cash.

Will you be getting all or these or do you have a different set of essential comics this week?


It's time for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's next chapter in 'Death of the Family.' These two are a match made in Gotham for The Dark Knight and you're severely missing out if you're not following along.

Just look at that first page of the preview! I am legitimately creeped out by how well Capullo can illustrate Joker's twisted new face.

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Easily one of the most promising Marvel NOW! titles, the second issue will dive into Reed Richards trying to keep his true agenda hidden from his family as they leave time and space. Matt Fraction's light hearted and sharp writing makes this a series you've gotta check out.

Check out CBR for the full preview.


It's a brand new start for Slade Wilson as Justin Jordan (TEAM 7, SHADOWMAN) replaces Rob Liefeld. According to the solicit, a "long dead memory" from Deathstroke's past will return looking for revenge. DC's deadliest mercenary sure could use a fresh start, so hopefully Jordan's the man for the job.

Be sure to check out IGN for the complete preview.


Cable's back and leading a whole new X-Force. Unfortunately for them, the Uncanny Avengers wants to bring them down after Cable and his crew are found at the scene of an attack at a corporation... and it just so happens that the company's CEO has strong anti-mutant views.

Be sure to check out the preview to see how it all begins. I'm definitely curious to see how Captain America will respond to Havok after that remark.


IDW presents a brand new series written by Chris Ryall (ZOMBIES vs. ROBOTS) and illustrated by Sam Kieth (THE MAXX). This new comic takes you to a futuristic city in Japan where creatures (the Hollows) consume souls in the city. Above the chaos, a group lives safe and sound in tree-cities, but it sounds like they won't be out of the mess for long.

Visit CBR for the full preview.


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Posted by Cavemold

will be getting bloodshot and batman. i suggest everyone go try bloodshot!

Posted by CircularLogic

Small week for me. Batman and Demon Knights. Cornell, you will be missed.

Posted by jstndmnd

Just Superboy #15 for me this week.

Edited by Twentyfive

Call the Four!

And for once, I am going to buy Batman.

Capullo's Joker looks absolutely horrifying, I cannot miss that!

Posted by bob808

Batman #15

Posted by Stormbox

From this list only batman, but im also getting batman and robin, and iron man (which ill be dropping soon)

Posted by cc1738

I'm only getting Batman and Superboy(As part of H'el on Earth crossover only) this week.

Posted by knightofthechronicle

Just getting Batman out of this list. (and personally I can't wait until Joker starts calling Batman 'Bruce')

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From this list I am getting Batman, Fantastic Four, and Cable and the X-force

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Gonna have to double my load this week, especially since I couldn't pick up my issues last Wednesday. D:

Posted by judasnixon

I looooove Cable with a baby gimp arm! That has to be the funniest thing I've ever seen!

Edited by HollowPrince665

Scarlet Spider #12 and Supurbia #2 this week. After I get some money I'm buying Rocketeer Adventures 2 for me and Batwoman: Hydrology for my fiance.

Posted by SmashBrawler
  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Batman
  • Bloodshot
  • Demon Knights
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  • Green Lantern Corps
Posted by Th3DarkKn1ght24

Yeah I will be getting Batman 15, Fantastic Four 2, Batman and Robin 15, Batgirl 15, Green Lantern Corps 15, Suicide Squad 15, and Amazing Spider-man 699.1.... Dont have the budget for anymore haha

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Getting Batman, Walking Dead, Clone and actually gonna get DEATHSTROKE!!!! thank god Liefeld is gone :D

Posted by arnoldoaad

wait a second



I always knew that the end of the world would be a comic book day

Posted by ccraft

Im getting





Phantom Stranger #2 hopefully...

Posted by Cavemold

@SmashBrawler said:

  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Batman
  • Bloodshot
  • Demon Knights
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  • Green Lantern Corps

i like your taste sir

Posted by JLDoom

Only Batman for me this week

Posted by RedHush1

I think this week for me its Saga, Batman, and Team 7. So small week until March then I get to sixteen titles with all these new titles coming out -_-

Posted by Zeeguy91

From the list I'm only for sure getting Batman, but I might check out Deathstroke and Fantastic Four as well.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@SmashBrawler said:

  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Batman
  • Bloodshot
  • Demon Knights
  • Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  • Green Lantern Corps

Wait my good sir you are meaning to tell me that ASM 700 comes out this week?

Posted by SmashBrawler

@Cavemold: Heh, thanks.

@DarkKnightDetective: Nope, I'll be buying ASM 699.1

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@SmashBrawler: I will still buy that

Posted by cacarl

I normally go to the store and check what is new. I decide, there, what I'll get. I don't really like to do a list or think about what I gotta buy because I just forget what is in my list when I'm at the store.

Posted by bob808

@ccraft: Phantom Stranger #2 came out last month.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

ASM Scarlet Spider Batman TMNT

Posted by MizariSeth

This week for me: Batman, Batgirl and ARTIFACTS. And if I can get Clone #1 I will pick also #2

Posted by Cavemold

@SmashBrawler said:

@Cavemold: Heh, thanks.

@DarkKnightDetective: Nope, I'll be buying ASM 699.1

bloodshot should be good

Posted by SmashBrawler

@Cavemold said:

@SmashBrawler said:

@Cavemold: Heh, thanks.

bloodshot should be good

Yep! It's been a lot of fun so far.

Posted by fables87

What's the story with the Joker's new look? Creepy yet interesting.

Posted by VaizD

@fables87 said:

What's the story with the Joker's new look? Creepy yet interesting.

Short version: He let a dude cut his face off for funsies.

Posted by kid Apollo

cable and X-force! love it!

thats the first thing Havok did that i respected since leading the Starjammers

Posted by ccraft
Posted by CombatSpoon86

Batman of course.

Posted by Almighty1Azel

avengers arena  
dark avengers 
fantastic four   
suicide squad     
the walking dead 
thats a great way to spends onces hard earned money  
if you friqadealme  

Posted by JakeN7

Batman #15

Batman and Robin #15

Batgirl #15

Amazing Spider-Man #699.1

Cable and X-Force #1

That's all for me this week.

Posted by VictorVonDoom_1

No comics for me this week.

Posted by The Stegman

Deathstroke? with no Liefeld?? I might just put him back on my pull list now.

Posted by iaconpoint

Soooo tempted to pick up Fantastic Four, but when Marvel does their next superhugemegaeventcrossover I'll have to drop it again, so I guess it's just Batman for me.

Posted by Loki2u

Batman 15

Dr. Manhattan 3

Rorshach 3

Amazing Spider-man 699.1

Iron Man 4

Posted by mksystem74

Can't wait to read Batman #15 and Snyder can't wait for us to read it either.

Thor got delayed (I think it was suppose to come out this week) so that kind of sucks.

Picking up w/e Before Watchmen comes out this week.

Ultimate X-Men #20 comes out, that's been very good lately.

Posted by Duke_Nasty

Batman and Cable and X-Force

Posted by broo1232


Cable and X-force

Winter soldier.

Posted by RoboShark

Hollows looks like a cool new book.

Posted by jesusdisciple001

finally deathstroke is readable but i still think all books touched by liefeld should be rebooted they haven't come in contact with the DCnU until JLA and scott clark is an artist that would do justice to this series

Posted by namtabmi

Batman -- Everyone should buy this...everyone.


Superboy (H'El on earth only)

Batman and Robin (Death of the family only)

Suicide Squad (dropping after #15...honestly say the only thing I'll miss is Harley)

Posted by namtabmi

@VaizD said:

@fables87 said:

What's the story with the Joker's new look? Creepy yet interesting.

Short version: He let a dude cut his face off for funsies.

Best one sentence description ever!

Posted by Cap10nate

Winter Soldier 13 finally comes out! Also picking up Saga, Batman, and Fantastic Four

Posted by mrwolf710

I had strayed away from Batman for a while but that scene with Joker - wow! That's why I read Batman! Guess i'm back in.

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