New comic book day is almost here! This Wednesday, dozens of new issues will become available and it can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, especially if you're working with a budget. Luckily for you, the Comic Vine staff is here to help. We've reviewed the list of new comics and each of us picked some comics that we're very excited to check out. Once you're done seeing what we can't wait to read, feel free to chime in with your own picks.
*Some previews may be in reverse order*
Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks
ROCKET RACCOON #1
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to resist the charm of Rocket Raccoon. With all the buzz and excitement over the Guardians of the Galaxy, it makes perfect sense to see the characters venture out into their own series. Who better to chronicle the solo adventures of Rocket Raccoon than Skottie Young?
It should be an interesting mix. Skottie Young’s art is appealing to all ages but this is a T+ book and is set in continuity. That means if you’re following the Guardians’ adventures, you won’t want to miss out on this. Plus, with Skottie and Rocket, how could you not want to check this out.
CLICK HERE to check out our early review.
LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #1
Hey, look at this. It’s another Guardians of the Galaxy spin off series. Star-Lord on his own, just as Rocket on his own, makes sense. The Guardians don’t spend all their time together so why not let us see what happens during those times. As great as team books are, the characters don’t always get a chance to fully shine or develop when sharing the limelight with others. If seeds are planted here and explored in the GUARDIANS series or vice versa, fans of the characters win.
CLICK HERE to read our early review.
MOON KNIGHT #5
Moon Knight is a character I deeply love. I would look forward to an issue with him no matter what. Having the current creative team has been extraordinary. Warren Ellis’ single story approach in each issues might feel a little jarring but it’s a great way for us to see mission after mission that Moon Knight is going on. It’s been allowing us to see more action with him as each issue needs to jump into things quickly.
Declan Shalvey’s art and Jordie Bellaire’s colors have elevated each story to a new level. From the few preview pages we get with this issue, you can already tell this is going to be another stellar issue.
ORIGINAL SIN #5
What’s this? Another new issue of ORIGINAL SIN? This is truly a case where I am excited for the rapid shipping. This is the type of story where you don’t want to have to sit and wait 30 days for the next installment.
We’re passed the halfway point. We’ve already seen some crazy things but it sounds like we’ll be getting some answers in this issue. After the revelations already revealed, you have to wonder what Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato will throw at us next.
Honorable Mention: TINY TITANS RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #2
Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks
Surprisingly enough, I really enjoyed the first issue of this kid-friendly mini-series based off of a ride at Epcot featuring a robotic, purple dragon. The idea is a bit silly, but after giving it a go, I found that it was a pretty fun concept filled with a delightful story. Normally, I'm not a fan of the whole steampunk culture, but FIGMENT didn't overdo it. There's a lot of familiar elements within the book, and it makes you feel like a kid again. If you're looking for something a little light-hearted with a very solid creative team behind it, then this is something you may want to pick up.
Ok, let's talk serial killers. What a transition! If you're looking for a book a bit more on the adult side, you may want to check out NAILBITER. You may want to pick up the first two issues, but it'll be worth it. Writer Josh Williamson is setting up one hell of a story and some extremely interesting characters. There are very few horror comics out there that get the creepy feeling across, on the page, without trying to rely on maximum guts and gore. NAILBITER accomplishes that incredibly well, and it's easily one of the best horror books currently on-going, even though it's just 3 issues in.
Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks
GREEN ARROW #33
GREEN ARROW has been a blast since the new creative team jumped on with #17. Writer Jeff Lemire has taken big steps to expand Oliver Queen's mythos and supporting cast. We've seen everything from Oliver's origin story to his family tree get a new level of attention, but now it's time for the Emerald Archer's villains to shine! Lemire has brought Green Arrow back to Seattle and the incredibly skilled Richard Dragon has taken over the city. The martial artist has formed his own personal army of fiends and the villainous team made an explosive debut in the last chapter. Now it's time to see what'll happen next.
Not only are the villains being put front and center, but a key character from The Outsiders War has come to the city (will this be the new person under the hood?) and, of course, John Diggle will get more focus, too!
And then there's artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo's pages. These two are immensely talented and produce some gorgeous and creative visuals with each and every issue. This series will always leave your eyes very, very pleased.
You can always count on GREEN ARROW for two things: jaw-dropping artwork and entertaining stories.
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #24
The Last Days of Midgard was yet another excellent story in this series. Jason Aaron made sure the tale hit all of the right notes. There was a clear message but it wasn't heavy-handed, the characters were well-written, and the action was very worthy of many "KRAKABOOM!" onomatopoeias. As exciting and as entertaining as the events may have been, there was a very strong underlying message and it offered a surprisingly good focus on who Thor is and what he stands for.
If you've been reading along, then you know it wasn't exactly a happy ending in the modern timeline. This chapter promises to follow-up on the story's aftermath and, considering how stellar Aaron's writing has been with this book, I'm anxious to see how these events will be handled. Plus, have you seen Agustin Alessio's art?! No? Then I command you to look at the preview!
DEADPOOL VS X-FORCE #1
Deadpool first met Cable back in NEW MUTANTS #98... or did he?! According to Duane Swierczynski's new limited series, Wade Wilson bumped into X-Force before that classic issue. The Merc With a Mouth is creating chaos as he goes through the time stream and it's up to Cable's team to stop him. Yeah, this sounds like a ridiculous dose of fun, doesn't it?
Swierczynski's previous work shows he can handle this cast and this kind of story. We know he can thrive with tons of action (BLOODSHOT), and he's worked with both of these leads before, too (CABLE, DEADPOOL: WADE WILSON'S WAR). Here's hoping this debut issue is every bit as enjoyable as it should be!
Honorable Mention: PUNISHER #8
Jen "MissJ" Aprahamian's picks
SOUTHERN BASTARDS #3
The Jasons (Aaron and Latour) are killing it with this series, immersing us in a world that is rich and real and dirty and corrupt and all sorts of other adjectives that come with small towns. Earl Tubb has found his father's legendary stick -- and his father's sense of justice -- and is about to start using it. I'm expecting plenty of violence, plenty of history, and plenty of brisket.
It's Lift Selection time, and as the second volume of LAZARUS comes to a close (Issue #10 is a standalone), everything we've been following hurtles towards resolution. Following the struggles of the Waste has been a truly interesting shift after the tight-knit drama of the first arc, and this latest stretch of narrative has added different dimensions to the Families (and Forever). Rucka and Lark have been delivering issue after issue of fascinating, near-future drama, and the bigger the world gets the more interesting it is -- it's a beautifully-executed book that's just too interesting to trade-wait.
Honorable Mention: WOODS #3
Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks
MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #3
This book is, as the kids are still saying, OFF THE CHAIN. All joking aside, in the three issues after Cataclysm, it's managed to open up an incredible number of seemingly divergent plot lines, from introducing us all to Ultimate Kate Bishop, to not one, but TWO shocking character returns which may or may not stick around. Brian Bendis is famous for screwing with his audience, and this book is no exception, but there's a playful funness to being wound around the way Bendis writes. David Marquez's visuals are nothing short of stunning and the sheer level of detail on every panel and in every character makes this one of the most interesting books to look at as well as read.
BLACK WIDOW #8
Black Widow and Winter Soldier? In the same issue of Nate Edmondson and Phil Noto's masterful title? To paraphrase Stan Lee: That information alone is enough to inform a purchasing decision! And it sounds like it's going to be a present day story to boot! This book has been a model of consistency both of tone and aesthetic and I can't think of a reason that would let up this issue, or any subsequent ones. It does look like last issue's foray to the City by the Bay was a one-off, and this one sounds like it may be as well, but if this book wants to have standalone issues preceding a larger story arc, that's a pattern I would have little trouble supporting.
EARTH 2 #25
The uptick this book's been on has been slow yet steady and with the revelation of the previous issue, I'm ready to ready to hop aboard Tom Taylor and the Scotts' continuing tale of an alternate DC Earth, one becoming more and more different by the issue. Val-Zod's pacifism may have finally reached its limits against the brutal, unstoppable Superman and the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips and I'm hoping for a payoff worthy of the legendary buildup that's been brewing over the last two story arcs. I've had complaints about the issues, but the way it's brought all of its characters together has been organic and the book never wants for excitement.
Honorable Mention: ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #10