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This Week's Essential Comics: 4/28/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

This Wednesday, a flood of new comic book issues will be available for purchase. If you're trying to stick to a weekly budget -- there's no shame in that, it's a pricey hobby! -- then narrowing down the options each and every week can become pretty difficult. Luckily for you, Comic Vine has your back. Every week, we'll check out the full list of new releases and each of us will highlight a couple or so new issues that have us excited. Once you're done seeing what we can't wait to get our hands on, we totally encourage you to chime in with your own list of "essential" comics!

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

Peter Parker is back. For many, this is a moment they’ve been waiting for. Others will be missing SpOck but Peter is back where he belongs. Now that he’s made his return, what’s next for Spider-Man. This is an issue readers won’t want to miss.

This is the next stage for Spider-Man. Will we return to the same old stories we have before? Spider-fans have loved those stories but SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN gave us something different. It was Dan Slott who engineered the rise and fall of Otto Octavius. He threw plenty of curveballs at us and we can’t help but expect more coming our way.

If you checked out the preview pages, you know that a new development due to Original Sin is coming. We were already curious about how Peter would re-adapt to being in the land of the living but now that there is another Spider-person coming, who knows what will happen next or where she’s been since being bitten.

THE FLASH ANNUAL #3

Things are getting a little crazy in Flash’s world. People have already been talking about the appearance of a certain character in last week’s THE FLASH #30. This annual was labeled as the New 52 debut of Wally West but we did get a glimpse of him last week. Aside from the physical changes, the big question is what will his character be like? There’s also the fact that something kind of bad happens to him in the issue. It was also shown that something happens to Flash in the future and he’s determined to try to fix things.

Venditti and Jensen are taking Flash in a new direction and this will be an issue to keep an eye because it may spell out who is Wally West now.

IGN has the exclusive preview, so go there for two more pages.

SILVER SURFER #2

Dan Slott, Mike Allred, and the Silver Surfer. That’s more than enough of a reason to look forward to this issue.

In the first issue, we saw a new section of space that Silver Surfer wasn’t aware of. We also saw a new character we all know will be joining the Surfer on his adventures. Slott has some interesting things planned for the series and character. The first issue gave us just a taste of what’s to come and things are just heating up.

Honorable Mention: DEADLY CLASS #4, BLACK SCIENCE #6

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

VERTIGO QUARTERLY #1

Vertigo is one of my favorite comic book companies. It's a fantastic imprint of DC that really takes chances on comics and storytelling. This upcoming book may cost $7.99, but you're getting 80 pages of stories from amazing creators like James Tynion IV, Fabio Moon, and Jock. The theme of this quarterly is "cool," so except all the stories to stick to that area.Yeah, expecting folks to pick up an $8 book, on a whim, can be a longshot, but Vertigo is dedicated to high quality books that give readers a new look into how comic book story telling can be told.

RAI #1

I'm a Valiant fan. I like the idea of a connected universe where I'm actually caught up on continuity. This isn't a universe filled with super-heroes though. There are super-powered beings, but each story feels more set in reality, when compared to Marvel and DC's books.

The biggest reason I want to check this one out is because of the artwork from Clayton Crain, who is a beast with his art. On top of that, this is a futuristic story taking place in the Valiant universe. This book seems like it's going to be a big win and pretty exciting, so that's why it's one I'm looking forward to this week.

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS BANE #1

Okay, so it's a little weird that this is coming out before the conclusion of FOREVER EVIL, but whatever, it's a chance to see the Dark Knight battle one of his most physically formidable rogues! I wasn't the biggest fan of ARKHAM WAR, but I do enjoy much of Peter J. Tomasi's writing and, truth be told, it did offer some amount of mindless fun. It's looking like this chapter will deliver more of the same as it apparently focuses on one big brawl between Batman and Bane. Throw in Scot Eaton's pencils and, as a huge fan of both characters, how could I possibly resist such an issue? Bring on the slugfest, Tomasi!

GHOSTBUSTERS #15

It's part 3 of Mass Hysteria! Why should you care, you ask? Because if you love the classic movies -- and that better apply to many of you or I want off this planet -- then you'll be happy to know this latest tale has a VERY strong connection to what went down in the films. Without blatantly giving anything away, let's just say a relative of Gozer has arrived and this is once again spelling all kinds of trouble for Dana Barrett. Jeez, she can't catch a break, can she? And now the book is throwing Rick Moranis' character, Louis Tully, back into the madness!

Writer Erik Burnham continues to make this a seriously lovable book. The characters are on point and the series is full of moments that'll make you burst into laughter. Plus, Dan Schoening's artwork is wonderfully animated and gives the book a ridiculously fun atmosphere.

This universe is on this book's side, and you don't want to go against the universe, do you? Yeah, that's what I thought. If you dug the films, you owe it to yourself to give this series a shot.

Honorable Mention: SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1,V-WARS #1

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1

I have a confession to make, loyal Viners, but I've always loved Mojo and the Mojoverse. Or at the very least I've loved the IDEA of it: an entire dimension of slothful, spiteful entertainment junkies looking for their next big hit. If this had been introduced ten years ago, it'd be hailed as one of the most trenchant, effective satires in comics, but as it is, it's one of the most polarizing locations, characters and storylines. Rick Remender is a writer I have faith in to bring an interesting storyline to the fore, especially involving a group of "supernatural" superheroes taking on supernatural villains. I'm predicting some trope skewering of the recent rise of supernatural pop-culture. Paul Renaud's got the perfect, pulpy style to compliment a story like this one, whether it skews more humorous or more dramatic.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #26

Speaking of polarizing storylines, Battle of the Atom split X-Men fandom down the middle as well, but one thing I enjoyed from beginning to end was the Future Brotherhood. The idea of mutants that were especially young in the current universe seeing their hopes and dreams crushed for the "last" time and deciding to take up with the more extreme Brotherhood idealogy seemed 100% plausible to me, even if some people didn't like seeing "cute" mutants like Molly Hayes become angry and bitter, but it felt earned. Bendis bringing them back for an All-New X-Men-only storyline sounds like a great idea and I can't wait to see more from them without the protracted deception that was needed for them to work the first time around. I'm not sure anything else needs to be said about Stuart Immonen, the artist who has defined the looks of any title he's been on.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #2

As much as I love Marvel, there's something beautiful and novel about getting to a SECOND annual over in DC. I've always liked annuals and their ability to set the tone for the next year of a title as well as being a great jumping-on point, and it's time for Justin Jordan to set up the next big thing involving Kyle Rayner. From the man who helped define him in the new tone and tenor of the Lantern books, I cannot wait to see what is in store, even if it means a temporary cessation of the "exploration" storylines that have come to define Jordan's run on the character. Stephen Segovia is definitely a name I've heard, but not one I'm experienced with, but a cursory look over some of his past work makes me extremely excited. I'm always a fan of jagged, stylized art for weird, out-there titles and this seems like a perfect fit.

Honorable Mention: INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO #4

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Posted by timelord
  • Batgirl Annual #2 I have been really enjoying Batgirl latley let's see where the new arc goes.
  • Batman Eternal #4 Batman VS Batgirl should be fun.
  • The Flash Annual #3 Wally West! I am fully prepared for it's not my Wally chants.
  • Green Lantern New Guardians Annual #2 Finally we will learn whats beyond the source wall.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year Two #4 Superman VS The Green Lantern Corps need I say more.

The calm before the storm it seems

@g_man this feels like the first time in months you havent had a Batman title what gives you sick or something :)

Posted by Wolverine08

I'm excited for All New X-Men.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Pretty Calm Week for me.

ALL NEW AMAZING SPIDERMAN #1

RAI #1

Southern Bastards #1

All New X-Men

Silver Surfer

BATMAN Eternal

Deadly Class

Posted by HumanRocket

Amazing Spider-Man :D

Posted by Knightfall225

Batman Eternal 3 and the Flash Annual

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

I have one essential for this week, I believe. That would be Amazing Spider-Man #1.

Edited by lifeofvibe

ill first read the flash annual in the store then ill think about buying it

Posted by Kal'smahboi

Batgirl Annual 2

The Flash Annual 4

Slow week.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Black Science, Amazing Spider-man, Batman Eternal, maybe Southern Bastards.

Image is releasing/re-releasing several #1 issues of their new books from last year for only $1 each. Great opportunity to try some of their amazing books if you haven't already. I'm reading most except Rat Queens. I definitely want to try it out.

Posted by fables87

I want to read Silver Surfer cause of the art! And is Vertigo Quarterly at all like Solo?

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A Remender heavy week.

Black Science #6

Deadly Class #4

Uncanny Avengers Annual #1

Probably grab Southern Bastards and the Vertigo Quarterly book. Jeff Lemire claims Rai is Matt Kindt's best non-creator owned work to date.

Posted by The Stegman

The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Batman Eternal #4

The Flash Annual #3

Batman vs Bane #1

GL:New Guardians Annual # 2

I would add Batgirl annual, but I had to drop the series due to picking up Black Widow.

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@punyparker i wonder what your getting out of this list?

Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Batman Eternal #4

2. Batgirl Annual #2

3. Forever Evil Aftermath Batman vs. Bane #1

4. Green Lanterns New Guardians Annual #2

5. Injustice Year Two #4

6. The Flash Annual #3

7. Star Wars Rebel Heist #1

8. Captain Midnight #10

9. Uber #12

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Amazing Spider-Man hellz yez

Posted by micah

Here's hoping Amazing Spider-Man won't give us the same old, run of the mill story arcs. And actually give us something new. But anyways here's my pull list

  • Batman vs Bane
  • Avengers
  • New Avengers
  • Uncanny Avengers
  • Luther Strode
  • Batman Beyond
Posted by Xwraith

As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not getting any new books this week.

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Spider-Man

Batman vs Bane

Rai

Hulk

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Posted by KaliboooStew

Just Silver Surfer for me :)

Posted by Captain13

Flash Annual #3

Amazing Spider-man #1

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Silver Surfer
Amazing Spider Man
New Avengers
Avengers

Flash Annual

Green Lantern New Guardians Annual

Might get the quarterly,

SO UNSURE ABOUT ANXM i WANT BUT I DONT WANT.

Edited by LCazT1996

@g_man pretty much summarized my pull list this week. Well, that and All-New X-Men.

And Batman: Eternal, of course.

Posted by Krypton-115

Batman vs. Bane looks cool as sh*t, hopefully we'll get at least one brawl every issue.

Posted by HushoftheWind

Forever Evil is a damn joke. It should ended a month ago. DC has so many books moving forward already and they already revealed the outcome of Dick Grayson so i've lost all interest any to do with Forever Evil.

Posted by micah

@krypton-115: Can't wait to see how he deals with the Talons

Edited by SavageDragon

Vertigo Quarterly! Very excited for this.

Posted by bored_and_agitated

Silver surfer, spiderman, adventure time annual, and I think imma try that vertigo quarterly

Is moon knight and detective comics next week?

Posted by feedonatreefrog

Batman vs Bat-Bane? C'mon. Yes.

Batman Eternal

Flash Annual

Posted by Farkam

Going to pick up Silver Surfer 2 for sure.

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Week after week ComicVine's "Essential Comics" list often differs from mine greatly, and I fully understand that others have different tastes and opinions than my own. Yet for the first time ever this week, I truly lost quite a bit of respect for everyone that writes for this site and have to call into question their knowledgeably of the field they work in and their capabilities as comic industry professionals.

Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery is being released in trade paperback at last. This is the magnum opus of the greatest writer in the history of the medium. More over, this is the greatest story ever put down in the medium of sequential art. The only reason that it doesn't belong in the Bible is because it's better than the Bible.

Get this comic book.

Edited by scouts1998

As i have nothing on my pull list this week i might buy ASM and Vertigo quarterly

Posted by feedonatreefrog

Someone convince me to stick with All New X-Men. What's interesting about these characters?

Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

Probbably more comics i'm forgetting because their not on the list but of what i remembers coming out thise week and on this list

Batman Eternal

Batman Vs Bane

I think normal Avengers might have one this week.

May hop on Wolverine

X-Force

Spider-Man

I read someone said Hulk is this week?

Maybe Flash annual depends on how many comics i'm forgetting come out this week.

And aslo i have a GL book behind the counter.

Posted by Maddpanda531

@krypton-115: It's a One-Shot

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Posted by longbowhunter

@captainhoopla: I've already read most of the issues that Image First is offering. I think I'm going to buy a bunch and give em to a friend of mine. Try to convert a non reader.

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Forever Evil is a damn joke. It should ended a month ago. DC has so many books moving forward already and they already revealed the outcome of Dick Grayson so i've lost all interest any to do with Forever Evil.

I agree the story arc seems to be just one never ending saga, it should have ended sooner with some actual resolution :/

I have only 1 this week, might pick up others later... ASM#1 obv

Posted by patrat18

Baneeee!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

@longbowhunter: There's good variety there, something should stick with anybody even remotely interested.

Have you read or have an opinion on Rat Queens? It slipped through my radar when it started, but I've seen nothing but glowing reviews on it. I'm trying to decide between dropping a buck on the first issue or just getting the first trade for $10. I never feel like I'm judging a book fairly with just the first issue.

Posted by longbowhunter

@captainhoopla: Rat Queens is the one book I haven't read. You're right though, one issue doesn't really do a book justice.

Posted by Jayc1324

Batman vs bane, batman eternal, bat girl annual, spiderman.

Edited by MannEffest

Amazing Spider-Man comes out this week?!

Posted by Transformers1024

$5.99 for Amazing Spiderman?!?! Whaaaat??!!??!!

Please tell me there's going to be a cheaper version without all the stupid gimmicks in it...

Posted by KnightofSteel

More Dark Horse issues than I usually get...

King Conan The Conqueror #3 (Of 6)

Serenity Leaves On The Wind #4 (Of 6)

Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 (Of 4)

And let's see what else...

Batman Eternal #4

Flash Annual #3

Forever Evil Aftermath Batman Vs Bane #1

Battlestar Galactica #10

Origin II #5 (Of 5)

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Edited by Godzilla_BK

This week is just gonna be Amazing Spider-man and Silver Surfer issue 2 for me. Possibly the Rai issue if I have the extra cash, but probably not

Posted by G-Man
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I'll be picking up Batman Eternal and Southern Bastards.

Edited by Denn979

Batman Eternal #4

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Batman vs. Bane

Teen Titans Annual #3

Flash Annual #3

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

AMS & Batman vs Bane

Posted by PapiNacho

The Flash Annual, Batman Eternal, Injustice, Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers Annual, Rebel Heist.

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