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This Week's Essential Comics: 6/16/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

New comic book day is nigh! This Wednesday, dozens of new comics will go on sale and we want to help you narrow down your options. The Comic Vine staff has checked out the latest list of new releases and we've each picked our favorites. Once you're done seeing what we strongly recommend, go ahead and chime in with your own list of "essential" comics.

*Some previews may be in reverse order*

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

ORIGINAL SIN #4

Most of us have accepted comic book events as something that will continue to happen. Big stories are great but we’re often left a little disappointed after we’re fed all the hype over the big things that are supposed to happen. ORIGINAL SIN feels a little different. With the core of the story taking place just in the main series, readers aren’t necessarily forced to follow every single tie in just to follow the story. But with the nature of the revelations, chances are they will want to read the others.

Jason Aaron is giving us a nice juicy murder mystery set in the Marvel Universe. What makes it a little different is the big cosmic nature of the crime. Killing someone like the Watcher is not something an ordinary thug or villain could accomplish. While we get clues as to who could have done it, we’re also getting revelations about other characters as well. Last issue had a crazy ending and while we’re not so quick to simply accept what appears to have happened, we can’t help but wonder where the story will go next from this point.

Mike Deodato’s art has been fantastic. One of the joys is getting to see him draw all the different characters this story involves. And Frank Martin’s colors have a way of making everything shadowy and mysterious, even when characters are standing in plain site.

ELEKTRA #3

Elektra has often been a misused character in the Marvel Universe. Finally we’re getting to see a series where care and caution are being used. Haden Blackman has a great take on the character and the story of her hunting Cape Crow has been fun to watch. Too many times see stories take place in the same familiar areas of the Marvel Universe but this one is taking us to different places.

Michael Del Mundo has been knocking our socks off with his amazing and gorgeous artwork. Despite only two issues having been released, we’re now at that point where it’d be hard to imagine someone else doing the art on this series.

Both Blackman and Del Mundo are depicting Elektra with a deadly but graceful nature. This is who she should be and it’s been a blast seeing her able to cut loose and show us what she’s capable of.

BATMAN & RA'S AL GHUL #32

It’s part of the “Hunt for Robin” storyline. How could we not be ready to devour this issue as soon as it’s released. We all know that both Damian and Talia were killed. We also know that Ra’s al Ghul had their bodies exhumed and taken. Batman’s been trying to track him down to prevent his crazy shenanigans but he might be too late. Of course this is all leading into the ROBIN RISES: OMEGA one-shot coming on July 16.

What is coming? Will we see the return of Damian or will someone else become Robin? Peter Tomasi did say “…we are most definitely bringing back a Robin for Batman’s 75th anniversary.” We’ll be glued to every page for the clues as to which Robin it will be.

IGN has an extra preview page.

Honorable Mention: SILVER SURFER #3

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

NOVA #18

It's an Original Sin tie-in you're going to want to read! Nova and Uatu have had an odd friendship, as seen in ORIGINAL SIN #0, and it seems this newest issue of NOVA will let Sam Alexander see what happened to Uatu. Spoilers, he was shot and his eyes were stolen. Apparently, there may also be some Original Sin secret coming out in this issue as well, so expect some shocking revelations or may find out what happened to Jesse Alexander, Sam's dad who was once Nova. Regardless, this book is a ton of fun and quickly becoming one of my favorite "fun" Marvel titles. Writer Gerry Duggan really knows how to grab the reader's attention, tell a fantastic and engaging story and never let go.

WONDER WOMAN #32

The cover of this issue features Wonder Woman about to cut down Minotaur. Well, I'm sold. WONDER WOMAN has been quite the amazing series and something everyone should be reading, but alas, I am a broken record when it comes to this book. I can tell you that this is building to an unforgettable war though and it's something you're going to want to jump onto before it's too late. Azzarello's WONDER WOMAN really defines this character and provides a worthwhile story.

Honorable Mention: GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #32

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks.

TMNT #35

The turtle power is strong with this series. IDW's current run has been consistently lovable and refuses to dip at all in quality. This City Fall/Northampton follow-up has focused on fleshing out the human cast, and seeing as the mutants have had time to grow over 30+ issues, I'd say that's totally fair. Honestly, who doesn't love seeing more of Casey Jones? Besides, it looks like the reemergence of Old Hob and Slash will once again put a little bit of focus on two of the heroes in a half shell: Mikey and Raph. Last but most definitely not least, you just can't go wrong with Mateus Santolouco and Ronda Pattison handling the visuals!

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #23

Writer Jason Aaron has proven he can turn anyone into a Thor fan. This run has been nothing short of epic and I'm beyond excited to see how this latest storyline will conclude. Every issue has been sprinkled with humor, intriguing, and loaded with massive displays of action. Aaron's giving a clear message with this one, but thanks to a sharp and thrilling script, it's not heavy-handed and doesn't hinder the plot at all. It's a phenomenal book and everyone needs to give it an honest shot. And yes, I say that as someone who wasn't a Thor fan before diving into this title. Oh, and how could I possible forget Esad Ribic's glorious artwork? Come on, this book more than deserves your attention!

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL -SON OF DATHOMIR #2

Seeing Darth Maul return in The Clone Wars was fantastic. His story ending a a total cliffhanger, though? Not so fantastic. Luckily for us, Dark Horse is continuing his side of the adventure! The first issue was action-heavy and wasted no time establishing the basics while also incorporating a lot of villains. Now it's time to see where they go with all of this. I really don't see how any Star Wars fan -- especially one that watched The Clone Wars -- could pass on this. Sure, we already know the fate of some of these characters, but that hardly means we'll know each and every development along the way! Plus, this will reveal whether Maul has a future in the Star Wars universe or if he'll once again be removed from the picture. Fingers crossed we get to see round two of Darth Maul vs. General Grievous!

UNITY #8

Valiant's twisted version of the Avengers/Justice League has been consistently exciting and entertaining. I'll admit I'd like to see a character or two get a little more focus (here's lookin' at you, Eternal Warrior), but despite that, Matt Kindt has been doing a great job making sure each and every issue has felt like a thrill ride. The stakes are always high and the relationships between these characters continues to develop. Seeing as they're about to enter Valiant's latest big event, Armor Hunters, and Bloodshot is joining the roster, something tells me neither the excitement or entertainment will die down any time soon.

TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME #1

Two TMNT books on the same day? You're too good to us, IDW. Any longtime fan of the franchise can't help but smile at the title of this limited series and the premise has the potential to be ridiculously enjoyable. Paul Allor proved he has an interest in expanding the new mythos and its cast (see UTROM EMPIRE), so I'm curious to see what he'll bring to the universe with this tale. Additionally, this means more TMNT goodness from Ross Campbell! His character work is a real delight to look at and, based on the preview, this looks like an issue that'll keep me smiling the entire time.

Honorable Mention: PUNISHER #7

Jen "MissJ" Aprahamian's picks

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1

Science might be the new rock 'n roll, but divinity is the new pop. PHONOGRAM (and YOUNG AVENGERS) duo Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie promise to bend our minds and knock our socks off with this brand new Image offering about ephemeral gods that walk among us. I'm picking up notes of American Gods mixed with a little bit of Almost Famous and, of course, Gillen and McKelvie's own signature brand of cool. Oh yeah, and there's a playlist.

SEX CRIMINALS #6

Brimpers! Did you miss giggling shamelessly over walking out of the comic shop with a book called SEX CRIMINALS in your dirty little hands (and knowing that it's a really well-written and charming book along with all of those giggles)? Miss no more -- Matt Fraction' and Chip Zdarsky's irreverent and sexy adventure-comedy series is back, and now it's time to see whether the honeymoon is over for Jon and Suzie. If you skipped Volume 1, there's a handy trade available -- you totally have time to catch up before Wednesday -- just in time to find out what happens after our heroes escape the Sex Police.

Honorable Mention: TRANSLUCID #3

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

THE WITCHER #4

The Witcher, both novels and games, strikes an interesting tonal balance between high and low fantasy. More mystical than Song of Ice and Fire, grim and grittier than Lord of the Rings and with a strong, amazingly developed central protagonist with tons of room for apocryphal side stories. None of this means that Paul Tobin had an easy job in front of him, writing Gerlat and the world he inhabits is an incredible balancing act, but he has, so far, done a fantastic job and I see no reason for him to falter now. Joe Querio's muddy, dark visuals interpret are always worth showing up for, balancing the horror with the beauty.

DAREDEVIL #4

Mark Waid's streak of reinterpreting dusty, forgotten characters as newly formed badasses continues unabated not only with the Shroud but the Owl. While the Owl may've seen a recent reinterpretation, I'm still interested in seeing what Waid does with the him. Apparently we're also finding out what happened with Foggy and that's definitely one of the bigger mysteries floating over the series. Chris Samnee back on art is fantastic and I hope it continues for as long as possible.

UNCANNY X-MEN #22

The ducks are all getting in a row as Cyclops' school squares off against S.H.I.E.L.D. in a possible war that's being touched off by a third party. Brian Bendis has brought some of the most interesting new characters in mainstream comics into the fold and has done nothing but fantastic work developing them into characters worth watching. The fact that this is one of my most highly anticipated books of the month this consistently with THIS large of a cast is a testament to that. Chris Bachalo's cartoonish, kinetic visuals have established a tone of wild, unpredictable energy where anything can happen. With Magneto still acting as the ultimate wildcard, it likely will.

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49 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Really enjoying The Witcher comic

Posted by fables87

SEX CRIMINALS! Love the WW cover too.

Posted by SpitfirePanda

The TMNT cover with Slash and Mikey looks awesome :P

Posted by timelord

DC Comics

  • Batman and Robin #32 - The hunt for Robin concludes.
  • Batman Eternal #11 - Batgirl and Jason Todd should be fun.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #32 - Psions? Because the Green Lanterns need more shape shifting doubles of course
  • The New 52: Futures End #7 -
  • Supergirl #32 - More Red Daughter! Kara vs World killer one should be fun.
  • Wonder Woman #32 - 5 issues to go of this creative team.



Trades

  • Larfleeze Vol. 1: Revolt of the Orange Lanterns TP -

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Elektra and the Larfleeze trade.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Two TMNT?! Must be Christmas.

Posted by MannEffest

SOOOO excited for the next installment of Original Sin! If it continues down this path, I'm all on board!

Posted by Xwraith

Both TMNT books, Unity, and Regular Show Annual (after a month of delays).

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

lol baby zeke taking a nap during a battle

Edited by CaptainHoopla

Thor: GoT, Punisher, Original Sin, Batman Eternal, & Unity.

Oh, and that Thor cover...Wow!

Posted by micah
  • Futures End
  • Samurai Jack
  • Thunderbolts
  • Ultimate FF
  • Original Sin
  • Justice League Beyond
  • Unity
  • TMNT
Posted by powerflux

is there anyone willing to spoil what has happened in original sin for me? I'm broke, and don't even have a comic shop to go to, and I'm desperate to know what has happened. Especially with Winter Soldier having decapitated Nick Fury in the image above!

Posted by LyraFay

Wicked and Divine looks amazing!!

Edited by Twix_Right_Side

@powerflux said:

is there anyone willing to spoil what has happened in original sin for me? I'm broke, and don't even have a comic shop to go to, and I'm desperate to know what has happened. Especially with Winter Soldier having decapitated Nick Fury in the image above!

After leaving Gamora and Moon Knight stranded on a dead planet,he teleported back to Earth and killed Nick Fury while saying "No more secrets,Nick".

Anyway,

Elektra

Thor

Uncanny X-men

Hopefully Wonder Woman

Original Sin

Edited by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Batman and Ra's Al Ghul #32

2. Batman Eternal #11

3. Futures End #7

4. Green Lantern New Guardians #32

5. Harley Quinn #7

6. Supergirl #32

7. Star Wars Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #2

8. The Witcher #4

9. The Wicked + The Divine #1

Posted by Jayc1324

Batman and Ra's al Ghul

Batman Eternal

Original Sin

Daredevil

Thor God of Thunder

Online
Posted by ZbvmX

Got the A& B covers for Wicked & the Divine #1 :D

Posted by VanderSEXXX

Futures End, Original Sin, and Punisher #7 for me.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Elektra!! (That cover is so good!)

Daredevil

Uncanny X-Men

Thomas Alsop

Punisher

Batman Eternal

Sex Criminals

Thunderbolts

TMNT

Minimum Wage

Harley Quinn

Harbinger

Posted by ScrappyDont27

Two TMNT books and DD looks like a great week

Posted by davidgrantlloyd

Sex Criminals #6

Wonder Woman #32

Elektra #3

The Twilight Zone Annual

Powerpuff Girls #10

Posted by MachoMustachio

@powerflux:


Sam Alexander begins to reflect on his superhero career. Sam goes for another day of training with Uatu the Watcher at the Watcher's moon base. Stumbling around the place, he ends up finding Uatu's weapons storage. Sam asks about some of them and Uatu gives him the origin story of the Watchers. He even shows Sam what he watches in the Multiverse all of it using his Nova helmet. Sam also learns that Uatu's father was the Watcher who originally gave nuclear technology to the Prosilicans with Uatu's search of parallel universes being motivated by the desire to find the one world where his father's act of charity was proved to be the right thing to do. Then Uatu reveals something else; Jesse Alexander is alive. Sam promptly leaves.[2]

On the Moon, Uatu the Watcher continues to watch from his base. He realizes something big is going to happen to him. While he is scared, Uatu the Watcher confronts it head on meeting his soon-to-be-killer and telling him "I see you." With that, his base explodes. On Earth, Captain America, Wolverine, Black Widow, and Nick Fury talk over different steaks they've had, with Wolverine ribbing Captain America over his figure and Black Widow declaring that bear steaks are the best. However, the more jovial tone is pulled out as a panicked Thor calls them. Captain America asks Nick Fury to join him. Even though Nick Fury declares himself retired, Captain America insists he come along anyway. Reaching the Moon, they find Thor who explains what he saw before finally discovering Uatu the Watcher's dead body. They realize the killer was a professional and that they took a lot of the gear he had. Again, Captain America asks Nick Fury to help them. Despite Nick Fury warning them that Uatu the Watcher's murderer may be a hero, Captain America just wants the truth. In The Necropolis, Black Panther is confronted by a mysterious man who gives him various data about possible leads. While the man knows that Black Panther can't investigate them all, he reveals three teams he's gathered to investigate those leads. Emma Frost and Scott Lang go with Black Panther to the center of the Earth, Moon Knight, Winter Soldier, and Gamora head into deep space while Doctor Strange and Punisher investigate elsewhere. On the Moon, Nick Fury gives his report to someone when Captain America walks in. Nick Fury is reassured that no one knows he's around as Captain America gives him pieces of what may be a bullet. However, things get worse when there's a call from the Fantastic Four: a Mindless One is wrecking New York and smacking the Thing around. Spider-Man shows up to give Thing a hand. Spider-Man recognizes the Mindless and realizes that they're not supposed to be telepathic. The Mindless One screams in agony over the things he's seen and the things he's done. Thing realizes he's welding the Ultimate Nullifier and tries to talk the Mindless One down. However, it doesn't work and the Mindless shoots himself with it. By this time, Nick Fury and the Avengers arrive. Captain America wants the Ultimate Nullifier left alone until it is contained and Fury declares the battle zone a murder scene. Elsewhere, Orb II and Exterminatrix realize the other Mindless Ones are evolving and they are too. However, Orb II notes this, but doesn't care - he wants to know what's inside the Eye of the Watcher.[3]

The three-way investigation into Uatu's death has begun. The Avengers and Nick Fury are on one investigation. Black Panther, Punisher, and some cronies are on another investigation. Winter Soldier, Moon Knight, and Gamora are on the last investigation. Eventually the heroes separately trace the evolved Mindless One back to Orb and Exterminatrix, only to end up fighting them. Upon being pinned down by the heroes with Exterminatrix, Orb ended up activating Uatu's eye which starts to reveal the secrets within it. And no one will like what they see.[4]

While the use of the eye distracts several heroes, the Orb is still captured and interrogated by Nick Fury. Orb revealed that he was hired by Doctor Midas to break into Uatu the Watcher's home, but he did not commit the murder. The space team finds the murdered body of a living planet, but Winter Soldier maroons his comrades there while he teleports back to Earth and kills Nick Fury.

Edited by ZbvmX

OT:

Foes still not cancelled! Foes still not cancelled! Foes still not cancelled!

Awww

Yissssss

Posted by Deathstroke52

Batman and Ra's al Ghul

Posted by NukeA6

Sais and minotaur fights for me.

Posted by WheatStalker

Don't go in there, Elektra, it's a set-up! He'll never be taken alive! *covers eyes*

Posted by Winter_Kills

Can't wait to see what happens with Bucky in Original Sin. And Thor: God of Thunder is always a must-grab.

Posted by The Impersonator

Sex Criminals sounds sexy. =P

Posted by Overlander

Glad to see Corey repping Uncanny X-Men. Bendis has been doing a magnificent job on the series...in addition to All-New X-Men.

Posted by HumanNumber

Corey, you disrespect The Witcher by callin him gerlat. :|

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

WonderWoman and Thor are are both fighting a Minotaur. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!!!

That baby on Diana's back is blond, and so is Thor! Coincidence??? NOPE!!!

Diana fights more humanish Minotaur, While Thor is fighting an evolved version of it.

Fact is, diana will die in this issue. The baby will be given to Odina and raised as Thor. Thor will have his revenge.

Posted by Knightfall225

I'm trying to get into the WW series but I really don't like the art and the way certain characters look. It's sad because I've been hearing how great the story is .

Posted by Owie

So has Chiang ended up being more consistent in doing the art on Wonder Woman these days? It was a great series and I really enjoyed picking it up for a while there, but there were so many fill-in artists, and they were so terrible, that I had to drop it.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Smaller pile for me this week...

BATMAN AND RAS AL GHUL #32

BATMAN ETERNAL #11

NEW 52 FUTURES END #7

ORIGINAL SIN #4

WINTER WORLD #1

Posted by longbowhunter

Daredevil #4

Fatale #23

Wonder Woman #32

Since it's such a light week I think I'll grab Thomas Alsop and The Wicked & The Divine too.

Posted by Fallschirmjager
  • Batwoman 32
  • Fables 141
  • Wonder Woman 32
  • Sex Criminals 6
  • Daredevil 4
  • Elektra 3
  • Thor God of Thunder 23
  • Harbinger 24
  • Unity 8
Posted by Lvenger
  • Thor: God of Thunder 23
  • Wonder Woman 32
  • TMNT 35

A short but sweet week for me with 3 damn good comics coming out.

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

Of the listed, I'm grabbing:

  • Batman and Ra's al Ghul #32
  • Uncanny X-Men #22
  • The Wicked + The Divine #1

plus X-Men #15.

Posted by Experio

Too much to choose from

Edited by rac_shade

● Auteur #4

● Drumhellar #6

● Daredevil #4

● Elektra #3

● MPH #2

● Silver Surfer #3

● Thor God Of Thunder #23

Posted by mogo1

Tmnt art is amazing with the new artist. Loved him in History of the foot

But ill pick up Thor and GL new guarduans.

I love the future thor story and NG has had a really good past few issues. I really liked the Oblivion battle and the last issue with a new living planet I loved

Posted by powerflux

@twix_right_side: Interesting. That one line there, has me thinking he may be the one who killed Uatu

Posted by manwithoutshame

Really looking forward to Fatale 23 tomorrow

Posted by lurock
  • Twilight Zone Annual 1
  • Elektra 3
  • Sex Criminals 6
  • Original Sin 4
  • Minimum Wage 6
  • The Last Broadcast 2
  • MPH 2
  • Eternal 11
Edited by bored_and_agitated

Adventure Time, Silver Surfer and imma try out Wicked + Divine, see what happens. I really wanna pick up Sex Criminals too but i would really rather buy the trade. If all yall could please buy a bunch of copies so it doesn't get cancelled that would be great.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

Just The Wicked + The Divine #1 for me this week.