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This Week's Essential Comics: 5/19/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

New comic book day is almost here and we here at Comic Vine want to make sure you're prepared for the big day. This Wednesday, dozens of new issues will go on sale and choosing which ones are worthy of your attention can be a huge challenge, especially if you're working with a limited budget. We've reviewed the latest list of new releases and each of us have picked some issues that we're really excited to check out. We'll explain why we're looking forward to them and we hope that'll make narrowing down the choices a little easier for you this Wednesday. After you've seen what we selected, feel free to share your own list of "essential" comics.

*Some previews may be in reverse order*

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

ORIGINAL SIN #2

It might be another comic book event but this one definitely had us hooked from the beginning. It also appears you won’t have to read the various tie-in issues since they will contain separate stories about the characters in the title they appear in.

It’s crazy to think of someone killing the Watcher. It’s pretty gross to think they took his eyes. The fact that possessing his eyes will reveal the biggest secrets in the Marvel Universe is pretty crazy as well. We all love a good mystery and we can’t wait for more clues as to who the heck could have pulled off a murder like this. Jason Aaron has assembled some extremely interesting teams to take on different parts of the investigation and with Mike Deodato Jr drawing it all, it’s going to be a blast to see.

ELEKTRA #2

Elektra is a great and complex character. We’ve seen many different versions of her over the years as some writers have struggled a little with her. Haden Blackman appears to have a great grasp on her so far.

With Elektra being an assassin, how do you feature her going on a mission without making readers realize they’re rooting for a killer? You have her go after another deadly killer. Who is this Cape Crow fella? We’re going to find out as Elektra travels to freakin’ Monster Island. You know that’s going to be insane. Especially with Michael Del Mundo’s insanely beautiful artwork.

HARLEY QUINN #6

With some comics, you can expect the face of their comic book universe to be deeply impacted but the events in the issue. Let’s be honest, HARLEY QUINN isn’t going to shake up the DC Universe. The honest truth is, when you read HARLEY QUINN, you don’t care about the rest of the DC Universe. Month after month, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have delivered a funny and entertaining comic. This is the type of comic we need more of. It’s wacky but not over-the-top wacky that can pull you out of the comic. Harley is not the nicest or most innocent character around but you can’t help but find her adorable.

Every month, I’m loving Chad Hardin’s art more and more. He makes a perfect fit on the book with Conner and Palmiotti. What it comes down to is, if you’re looking for a great comic that you will enjoy reading and have a good time, this is the series for you.

Newsarama has an exclusive preview.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

Peter Parker is back. It’s not just a matter of switching the adjective on the cover. Doc Ock’s time as the SUPERIOR Spider-Man is still being felt. Peter has a lot of adjusting to do and a lot of people he’ll have to answer to. Spider-Man’s been in some tricky situations before but not like this. He’ll need to figure out how to proceed in certain areas while still try to catch up on everything that’s been going on since he’s been gone. Having an over-powered Electro show up won’t make things any easier.

If you read the last issue, you know Dan Slott is getting ready to throw a lot more than just Electro at Spider-Man. There’s been a bunch of story threads set up and Peter just might wish he was still away for a little bit longer.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #30

The latest issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE is finally here. With FOREVER EVIL just coming to an end, it’s time to see how that will change the League. The League has gone up against evil versions of themselves and found some strange new allies in Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, and other villains. Now it appears some of those villains will somehow be joining the Justice League? This is a team that was super-strict about letting anyone join for the first five years they were together. And it sounds like there’s a new threat coming their way because letting them sit back, rest, and recuperate would make a kind of boring issue.

What it comes down to is this is where we start to see the payout from FOREVER EVIL. Geoff Johns had a story mapped out and it’s always fun to see the aftermath from a big event rather than have it swept under the rug. It’ll be fun seeing what Joe Prado and Ivan Reis are cooking up with the new team.

Honorable Mention: VELVET #5

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

WONDER WOMAN #31

Why aren't you reading this?! Azzarello's WONDER WOMAN is the best Wonder Woman run I've ever read, and I'm saying that before it concludes. He and artist Cliff Chiang have really put their stamp on this book and the past few issues have really been building to something awesome. Diana has finally accepted her mantle as the God of War and she is on a collision course with First Born, who recently killed Apollo. The Battle of Olympus is coming! You're going to want to read this book!

Buzzfeed has two more preview pages.

FOREVER EVIL #7

I've been a very big critic of FOREVER EVIL since the start for a plethora of reasons I won't repeat here because said reasons would fill a large book; however, this is still an important book to pick up because we're finally going to get some answers. The rest of the DCU is past FE, at this point, so it would be nice to see what actually happened with Dick Grayson, Lex Luthor, and a whole slew of other characters.

GHOSTED #10

I think, within my reviews, I've called like three different books from Image "my favorite Image books." It's really hard to choose, but it's easy for me to say that GHOSTED has my favorite concept, with NAILBITER following closely behind it. The second arc of this book has been quite a thrill featuring deadly cults, ghost animals, and books made of human skin. This book reminds me a lot of Scooby Doo, without all the zaniness. It's an adventure the characters have little control over. The story really drags them along whether they like it or not. That's what makes this a great series.

Honorable Mention: SAGA #19

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

TMNT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

IDW's celebrating TMNT's 30th anniversary in a very big way. Not only will this special issue gently grab your hand and take you on a stroll down memory lane, but it'll also have new stories that are based on the styles of each classic TMNT series we've seen over the years.

Yes, the price tag is scarier than Shredder's wrist blades, but we're talking about 48 pages of reflecting on the franchise's history and all-new stories by Kevin Eastman and others. The dose of nostalgia this will deliver is sure to be priceless, too. This is looking like it'll be a mandatory purchase for TMNT fans and I can't wait to see what it'll offer us.

DARTH MAUL: SON OF DATHOMIR #1

The Clone Wars did a solid job bringing Darth Maul back, but it left us on a note that made his story feel incomplete. Now, Dark Horse is revealing more of this tale and I'm beyond excited to see where it'll go. If Darth Maul commanding Mandalorians doesn't pique your interest, then I just don't know what would.

Last but most definitely not least, how could anyone possibly resist checking out this issue after getting a glimpse of Chris Scalf's awesome cover?! It's good to have you back, Maul.

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #22

Jason Aaron's time with Thor has been -- get ready for it -- magical. Terrible, terrible wordplay aside, Aaron's run has seriously turned me into a Thor fan and honestly, I didn't care all that much for the character before giving this volume a shot.

The writer's time with the God of Thunder continues to be delightfully clever, filling each issue with laughs, a sense of awe, and glorious action. Then there's Esad Ribic's art which serves as the best possible compliment to Aaron's script. There's some epic panels that your eyes will want to gaze at for quite some time and his work is consistently impressive. Oh, and did I mention this issue also implies there's a big fight with Ulik the troll? This is one of Marvel's best books, so do yourself a favor and pick it up.

DEADPOOL ANNUAL #2

The latest Deadpool series has yet to disappoint and the last annual issue had me laughing hysterically. With this issue, Christopher Hastings is tasked with bringing the funny, and while I haven't read his other work, the preview makes it clear this will be a thoroughly entertaining read. The premise alone has my interest and whenever Deadpool "teams up" with Spider-Man, you know you're in for a good time. Plus, Jacopo Camagni's artwork looks like it's a stellar fit for the book's lighthearted tone.

Honorable Mention: UNITY #7

Jen "MissJ" Aprahamian's picks

TRANSLUCID #2

The first issue of TRANSLUCID, the brainchild of Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert, took us on a weird, wild trip to corners of the superhero genre that we don't always see. The core of the story -- the long-running relationship between superhero and supervillain -- is something we've seen before, but it's being examined in new and exciting ways, and the firs issue was loaded with possibilities. With stunning illustrations by Daniel Bayliss, TRANSLUCID was one of my very favorite books to look at, and the story is curious and compelling enough to lock this one onto my pull list.

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UNDERTOW #4

Six-issue miniseries are my jam right now, and UNDERTOW is near the top of that list. It's so different and so interesting, and I'm really enjoying this take on Atlantis. It's pulpy, it's rich in lore, and the world is just really, really cool. Artyom Trakhanov's art is mesmerizingly beautiful; it's a fantastic blend of rough and crafted, and I love looking at every page. UNDERTOW brings a very different flavor of action and adventure to the medium, and it's worth picking up in single issues (I know I can't wait for the trade!).

Honorable Mention: FLASH GORDON #2

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Deadpool annual 2 for me.

Where is the forever evil preview?

Online
Posted by Xwraith

TMNT 30th Anniversary, X-O Manowar #25, and Unity #7

Posted by The Stegman

Forever Evil...finally!

Online
Posted by k4tzm4n

Deadpool annual 2 for me.

Where is the forever evil preview?

Couldn't locate one while writing this. If one does exist and a link is provided, I'll update the article with it.

Staff
Posted by AllStarSuperman

Unity 7 is all I can remember atm

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Amazing #2

TMNT 30th

Posted by darkrider

spider man mayor of rooftops this need to be in the best stuff in comics

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Great week.

Velvet, Batman Eternal, Unity, X-O Manowar, Amazing Spider-man, Deadpool Annual, Original Sin, and Thor: GoT. I'd like to pick up Elektra, but it's just not in the budget.

Posted by TobenRacicot

wow no invincible or east of west? goodness me.

Edited by CantDance93

Forever mother F****** Evil #7!!!! Cannot wait!

Posted by PunyParker

Amazing Spider-Man #2

Deadpool

Original Sin

Online
Posted by zodac
  • X-O Manowar
  • Unity
  • Flash Gordon
  • Solar - Man of the Atom
  • Magnus - Robot Fighter
  • B.P.R.D.
  • Brain Boy
  • Saga
  • Ultimate FF
  • American Vampire

So many books this week, but they all look awesome

Posted by UltimateSMfan

Finally forever evil 7!!! Man that took....Forever! hehehe ;)

Posted by Black_Arrow

If Invincible isn't there this people are doing something wrong.

Edited by timelord

DC Comics

  • Batman and Robin #31 - Batman and Frankenstein did not end well last time
  • Batman Eternal #7 - A bit of a slow down last week hopefully it picks up.
  • Batman/Superman #11 - Doomed part 4!
  • Forever Evil #7 - Finally the end the delays have really killed my enthusiasm for this event.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #31 - Looking forward to this after the Annual.
  • Justice League #30 - Really looking forward to Luthor being on the Leauge interested in seeing where the book goes from here.
  • Justice League of America #14 - Final issue it felt like we never got a chance to know this team ah well at least there is JLU.
  • The New 52: Futures End #3 - Who will survive this event that is the question?
  • Sinestro #2 - Loved everything about the first issue so I'm still on board.
  • Supergirl #31 - More Red Daughter of Krypton! my favorite storyline going at the moment.
  • Wonder Woman #31 - Diana Vs the first born only five issues to go.

Trades

  • Aquaman Vol. 4: Death of a King HC
Posted by xAnimosity

Matt I hope you do a write up on Forever Evil once its over. I want to hear what you did and didnt like about it, because so far I have loved the whole TW/FE event.

Posted by staypuffed

Forever Evil #7
Justice League #30
Original Sin #2
Hulk #3 (maybe, if the reviews are good)
Deadpool Annual #2

Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Forever Evil took way too long for a mediocre event to end.

Edited by Jayc1324

My wallet is going to suffer this week. Batman eternal, batman and Frankenstein, batman/superman, amazing spiderman, Thor, forever evil 7, original sin 2, Darth maul: son of dathomir... Ouch. Hope its worth it!

Edited by micah
  • Ultimate FF
  • Original Sin
  • Avengers World
  • Futures End
  • X-O Manowar
  • Justice League Beyond
  • Forever Evil (debating whether to get this issue. I'm already disappointed with Forever Evil with the pacing and delay issues.)
Edited by VanderSEXXX

Finally Forever Evil #7

Also Original Sin #2, and Translucid #2 for me.

Posted by Knightfall225

Looking forward to:

Batman Eternal

JUSTICE League

Forever evil

Futures end

Sinestro

Edited by fables87

Diggin the Wonder Woman cover :D

Posted by MannEffest

Dang... Lot's for me this week.

Posted by longbowhunter

I'd like to check out Translucid. Good stuff this week.

Daredevil #3

Magneto #4

Saga #19

Velvet #5

Wonder Woman #31

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

WW

Batman Eternal

Reading ForEver Evil in Full

Original Sin

DeadPool Annual 2#

Ghosted

Amazing Spidey

Translucid...

My wallet is hurting big

@danslott WHY DO YOU HAVE TO WRITE ENJOYABLE READS?!

WHY DO YOU HATE MY WALLET (:P)

(By the way my local comic store has a sign up forbidding people to buy more than one copy of Amazing Spidey 1# out of fear there aren't enough to go around. I tried buying a second copy in disguise (Fake mustache and glasses) and was told no.)

Posted by derf_jenkins

X-O Manowar should be on any must read list. If it isn't, I have a hard time taking your list seriously.

Posted by eldestrisk

Invincible 111. Really excited.

Posted by Lee_Everett

Yay! Forever Evil is finally over!

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

Finally Johns.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Aeternum Malum

Posted by Denn979

http://www.newsarama.com/21162-preview-forever-evil-comes-to-a-conclusion-as-lex-saves-dick.html

forever evil preview

Posted by yo_yo_fun

Just Rocket Girl #5 for me this week.

Posted by Wolverine08

TMNT looks awesome.

Posted by derekvang

Forever Evil #7

East of West #12

Future's End #3

The Amazing Spider-Man #2

and I'm deciding whether or not to drop Batman Eternal or not, just haven't been feeling it lately

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Big week. A lot of issues that we've been waiting forever for.

Forever evil #7

Finally. The conclusion. Was a pretty good event but it was ruined by taking forever to lift off and the delays killed it for me.

Justice League #30

Another delayed book. I love this series and can't wait to see the league post forever evil.

JLA #14

Yet another delayed book. This team had so much potential but was wasted. Can't wait to just end this already.

Sinestro #2

Loved the first issue.

Batman/Superman #11(Maybe)

I'm loving Doomed so far but haven't been too crazy over this title. I'll see.

Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Batman Eternal #7

2. Batman and Frankenstein #31

3. Batman/Superman #11

4. Forever Evil #7

5. Futures End #3

6. Green Lantern New Guardians #31

7. Harley Quinn #6

8. Justice League #30

9. Justice League of America #14

10. Sinestro #2

11. Supergirl # 31

12. Star Wars Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #1

13. The Witcher #3

Posted by JTHood

STAR WARS DARTH MAUL SON OF DATHOMIR #1

NEW 52 FUTURES END #3

DAREDEVIL #3

TMNT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Posted by TheUnN4med

SAGA
Invincible
East of West
Velvet
Undertow
Harley Quinn

Posted by NukeA6

1. Batman & Frankenstein
2. Forever Evil #7 (I just want to see how it ends)
3. Harley Quinn #6
4. Futures End #3
5. Wonder Woman #31
6. Elektra #2
7. Miracleman #6
8. Nova #17
9. Original Sin #2
10. Thor #22
11. Rocket Girl #5
(finally! This gets such long delays that I forget it exists)
12. Velvet #5

Posted by Vaeternus
Posted by HumanRocket

Amazing Spider Man 2

Original Sin 2

Posted by kivatt

Oh God, I forgot Forever Evil was still as thing. Can this be known as the worst event ever? It's worse than Ultimatum for me

Posted by Emperormeister734

Forever Evil #7, it all comes to an end.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Original Sin is soooo good, anyways let's see what I have coming my way...

Batman Eternal #7

Futures End #3

Justice League #30

Forever Evil #7

Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #3

Amazing Spider-Man #2

Original Sin #2

Posted by Jphu8414

Oh boy this is an expensive week for me...

Posted by Zeeguy91

@kivatt said:

Oh God, I forgot Forever Evil was still as thing. Can this be known as the worst event ever? It's worse than Ultimatum for me

Eh...Fear Itself comes to mind. That thing just devolved into a series of random fist fighting through the streets of Manhattan. At least FE is still trying to tell a story.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Finally FOREVER EVIL #7!!!

ANd other 15 comics!!!!

Posted by 2cool4fun

FOREVER EVIL IS OUT? What year is it?

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