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This Week's Essential Comics: 12/19/12

An overwhelming amount of comics are being released this week and we're here to help you decide what's worth your money.

There's a ridiculous amount of comics coming out this week. Seriously, take a look at this ginormous list. Do you hear that? That was the sound of all our of wallets crying out in pain at once. This is going to be a pricey week for our hobby, but It makes sense since Marvel is only releasing two issues next week (AVENGING SPIDER-MAN & AMAZING SPIDER-MAN).  

Odds are you're in a situation similar to mine. There's a lot of comics you want to buy, but only so many you can actually afford. Well, we've got your back. Every Monday we'll let you know what the must read comics are and since this is such a huge week, we've selected 6. Are you picking these up or do you have other titles set in your sights?  


This is the moment we've been waiting for. The classic X-Men go face to face with modern Cyclops. Will a younger Scott Summers be able to smack some common sense into his future self's head... or will things take an ugly turn?  
According to our early review , the encounter does not disappoint. 


Marvel NOW!'s A-team is bi-monthly and the second issue's already here. Jonathan Hickman is writing, Jerome Opena is providing pencils and Dean White is on colors. Do I seriously need to say anything else to win you over?
If for some reason you still need convincing, take a peek at this preview and be sure to check out our early review


This is without question Marvel's  best title at the moment. Hysterical, gorgeous, fun and frenetic, you should absolutely be reading this title by Matt Fraction . If you're not a Clint Barton  fan, this book will quickly change that. 
Feast your eyes on this preview illustrated by David Aja  and read our early review !


Deemed the "best on-going currently on shelves" by our very own Inferiorego, SAGA's next chapter is here. According to the solicit, Alana's about to go head-to-head with the greatest challenge of them all: in-laws. Hopefully there's less monster balls this time around. 
Visit CBR for the rest of the preview.  


This is an issue New Gods fans simply cannot miss. WONDER WOMAN #15 has the re-introduction of Orion, and he's sent to Earth by the Highfather to scoop out something that could potentially destroy the universe. As you can tell by the cover and the previous solicit, things won't be peaceful between him and Wonder Woman... at least not at first.    
Head over to USA Today for the rest of the preview. 


Valiant, I think I'm in love with you. Not only is X-O MANOWAR disputably their best title, but it's now featuring a team-up between Aric and Ninjak. Seeing them at odds was fun, but watching them slay the Vine together? Oh boy, this is going to be a good time. 
Enjoy this extensive preview.   
Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine & IGN Entertainment.  The Hawkeye preview gives him an urge to play the classic X-Men arcade game. Colossus' special for the win.
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Posted by Twentyfive

ANXM and WW! Word up!!

Posted by doordoor123

Seems like you guys really love Marvel. Every week you have a lot of Marvel up there. I'm assuming that is because they send you their comics early.

Posted by frankcmu

Dislike all this Marvel love lol :(

Posted by VictorVonDoom_1

All New X-Men and Avengers for me.

Posted by ME24601

Giant week for me this week:

  1. Wonder Woman #15
  2. Batwoman #15
  3. Red Hood #15
  4. Nightwing #15
  5. Sword of Sorcery #3
  6. Avengers #2
  7. Sage #8
  8. Daredevil #21
  9. Hawkeye #6
  10. Wolverine and the X-Men 22
  11. FF #2
  12. Indestructible Hulk #2
  13. Uncanny X-Force 35
Posted by Cavemold

yea for xo manowar!! ucanny is ending. also harbinger looks great to!! getting those 2 books

Posted by gotwillpower

lol I looked at this and thought, "I hope they put X-O Manowar on this list! It totally deserves it!" Before I scrolled down, I remembered, "Wait, Uncanny X-Force comes out this week. Final issue. Much more popular than Manowar. It'll definitely be on here before Manowar gets a spot." I guess thumbs up for Valiant getting on the list? Still, X-Force should be there instead of Avengers (final vs second issue, not because of quality).

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

*adds more comics to Christmas list*

Posted by CircularLogic

Daredevil, WatXM, Journey into mystery, X-factor, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, saga, Happy, and a bunch of others I'm not even sure I can adequately recall. Jeeeeeeeeeez.

Posted by Cavemold

my esstianls are




Ucanny X-Force

Wonder Woman

Posted by Twentyfive

@ME24601: SOS comes out this week? I thought that was the last week of the month.

I'm picking that one up as well.

Posted by SmashBrawler
  • Captain America
  • Daredevil
  • DC Universe Presents
  • Green Lantern
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians
  • Nightwing
  • Sword of Sorcery
  • Uncanny X-Force
  • Wonder Woman
Posted by cc1738

I'm getting a lot of comics. I'm going to feel really broke.


-Green Lantern

-Green Lantern: New Guardians


-All New X-Men

-Thor God of Thunder

-Captain America

-Red Hood and the Outlaws

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I lol at the headbutt greeting! That alone makes me interested in this issue.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

From the list I am getting Avengers, All New X-men, and Hawkeye

Posted by knightofthechronicle

If the New Gods are going to be in introduced like this I think I'm going to start picking up Wonder Woman

Posted by JakeN7


  • Green Lantern #15
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #15
  • Nightwing #15
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #15


  • All New X-Men #4
  • Hawkeye #6
  • Indestructible Hulk #2
  • Thunderbolts #2


  • Avengers #2
  • Cable and X-Force #1 and #2
  • Captain America #2

Expensive week for me! I'm glad I got the first issue of the Avengers but I'm pretty sure I'm going to wait for the trades from here on out.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

WHAAAAAAAAAAATT??? How is Uncanny X-Force not here? well I'm getting Hawkeye, UXF, THUNDERBOLTS, and DareDevil.

Posted by quatro_briefs

Gambit is also out this week... but Marvel is not doing a good job pushing his series... they only care about Avengers...

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Trying to make it as affordable as I can for these new titles and relaunches of DC and Marvel Comics. Here's my pull-list this week:

  • Green Lantern #15
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #15
  • Justice League #15
  • Avengers #2
  • Captain America #2
  • Indestructible Hulk #2

@doordoor123 said:

  • Seems like you guys really love Marvel. Every week you have a lot of Marvel up there. I'm assuming that is because they send you their comics early.

    I fully agree with this guy^. Where's the DC lovin' !
Posted by StarKiller809
  • Wonder Woman #15
  • Justice League #15
  • Legion of Super-Heroes #15
  • Batwoman #15
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #15
  • Birds of Prey #15
  • Nightwing #15

It's a great week.

Posted by JLDoom

Green Lantern

Wonder Woman

Posted by Spideycap


Justice League

Green Lantern

Red Hood


Captain America


Yeah...thats a lot of comic goodness for one week, Merry Christmas! Actually will someone buy all of these for me as a gift please? lol


I got 20 damn titles to pick up Wednesday. $70 easy.Is what it is-dammit.

Posted by dreamfall31

Third week is always the big one for me.

Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Hawkeye, Daredevil, Captain Marvel, FF, Red Hood

Posted by Mandrewgora

dang, kinda a big list for me this week.

Edited by HollowPrince665

I cannot wait! Scarlet Spider and DD this week...because I am poor and can't buy Hawkeye, Venom, UCSM, or Indestructible Hulk....

Posted by DonFelipe

A Saga week is a good week! Love it...

Plus Azzarello's Wonder Woman makes it perfect. It must be Christmas!

Posted by longbowhunter

@Miss_Garrick: HOLY COW!!! Why is Wesley Willis is in a Wonder Woman comic?

Posted by thenexusrebound

I have a pretty big pull this week 11 in total. At least next week there is nothing to pick up for me next week after a big one like this.

Posted by zackattack529

How is Uncanny Xforce #35 not on this list? it is VERY essential!? FINAL REMENDER ISSUE!?



Alright now that i got that out of the way.

My list this week:


- Green Lantern

- New guardians

- Nightwing

- Venom

- Thunderbolts

- Cable and the X-force


Posted by nappystr8

Wow, these really are some BEST comics! There is only one of these issues I won't be picking up (X-O Manowar). Usually I only have about two picks in common with this article.

Posted by saoakden

Man this sucks Uncanny X-Force is ending. I love Rick Remender's run on X-Force. Its a shame to see it end. I'll pick that up, Avengers, X-Men, The Death of The Family Tie-Ins, Rise of the Third Army, H'el on Earth & Wonder Woman. There are more but the more I list, the sadder it is. So many good comics to read & so little time & money. *sigh*

Posted by OutlawRenegade
Posted by Deranged Midget

Must... have... more... HAWKEYE!


Posted by CitizenJP

SAGA #8 please!

Posted by Gritterr


Posted by dmkicksballs13

Cap America, Nightwing, Saga

Posted by zackattack529

@OutlawRenegade: I thought this was out dec 26? o.0

Posted by OutlawRenegade

@zackattack529 said:

@OutlawRenegade: I thought this was out dec 26? o.0

I was also surprised

Posted by Tyrannotaur
  • Batwoman
  • Catwoman
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • Supergirl
  • Avengers
  • Cable and the X-Force
  • Captain Marvel
  • Thunderbolts
  • Venom
  • FF
  • All-New X-men
  • Hawkeye
  • Scarlet Spider
  • Avengers Arena

It's Marvel's mission to bankrupt me it seems.

Also I may check out the Borderlands comics...

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Not getting a one of these, but I want to so bad, especially Manowar. Gosh I so need to get into that title and know I will once I try the first volume TP. ^_^

Posted by bamfamf

Where the hell is Nightwing?

Posted by SavageDragon

Thunderbolts, Saga and All New X Men

Posted by Stormbox

Avengers, captain america, hawkeye, indestructible hulk, nightwing, thor god of thunder, wonder woman

Posted by Stormbox

@bamfamf said:

Where the hell is Nightwing?

I dont remember anything really important happening in nightwing this week (other than being a dotf tie-in) so thats probably the reason its not up there

Posted by KnightofSteel

I was quite impressed with Avengers #1 .... am gonna get #2. Opena's art is awesome. Of course that won't last as soon as they bring onboard a different artist sooner or later. Unless Opena doesn't sleep ? so he can keep up with the double shipping.

Posted by Target_X

I'm getting:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Avengers
  • X-Factor
  • Uncanny X-Force

Definitely not getting:

  • Avengers Arena

If you want to get Avengers Arena, that's your prerogative, but for those of you who care about these characters please speak with your money on this. It may not be much, it may not do anything, but it's worth the try to defend these characters we've grown to love from being needlessly killed off (even if it might be a simulation) to ride the coattails of The Hunger Games recent success.

Posted by broo1232

My pull list is huge!

  1. Wonder woman #15
  2. Indestructible Hulk #2
  3. Uncanny X-force #35
  4. All new X-men #4
  5. Avengers #2
  6. Captain America #2
  7. Cable and X-force #2
  8. Daredevil #21
  9. Wolverine and the X-men #22
Posted by CombatSpoon86

avengers, batwoman, hawkeye, daredevil, uncanny xforce, saga, wonder woman.

free digital codes: Captain America, Indestructible Hulk, All New Xmen, Wolverine and Xmen

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