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This Week's Essential Comics: 7/21/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

It's time to embrace new comic book day! The Comic Vine staff has reviewed the latest list of upcoming releases and we've each selected some comics that we can't wait to read. If you're surprised to see a certain comic didn't make the cut, go ahead and tell the world why it's worth checking out in the comments below. Now, let's take a look at what the staff recommends!

*Some previews may be in reverse order*

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

BATMAN #33

This is it. Batman vs Riddler in order to win back Gotham City. Can Batman defeat the Riddler? Of course. But this arc has been a blast. Seeing Batman in his early days has been a fascinating journey. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and the others have done an incredible job on this series and this oversized issue is one you’ll want to devour right away.

Besides Batman trying to stop Riddler’s crazy scheme, there are also some other big questions we’ll want answers to. Snyder has been giving us glimpses to other moments in Bruce’s life and it just goes to show that despite how many different Batman adventures and origin stories we’ve seen, Snyder keeps throwing curve balls our way.

It’s a little sad to have to say goodbye to this time period but it’s going to be great to see how the story ends.

STORM #1

Storm is finally getting her own ongoing series. Like some of the other X-Men, she has had some limited series but never an ongoing. Storm has gone through many changes. She’s proven how formidable she can be, even when she lost her powers. She’s had many different roles throughout her life but now, hopefully, we’ll get a chance to dive deeper into who she really is inside.

Greg Pak is taking Storm on a new mission, away from the X-Men. At C2E2, we asked Greg Pak how he sees the character. That made us even more excited.

Victor Ibanez’s art is incredible. This will be a series to keep an eye on.

SUPERMAN #33

We saw the first issue of Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr’s take on Superman in the New 52. We also saw a new character introduced. What this character’s connection to Superman is something we’re waiting to find out.

Geoff Johns delivered some really great Superman stories in the past and it’s hard not to get excited over what he has planned for us now. Romita Jr does a great job at depicting action and mayhem. We’ve seen some slight changes in Superman’s world already in the first issue so who knows what else we’ll see happen.

Visit A.V. Club for one more preview page.

Honorable Mentions: BATMAN AND ROBIN #33, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

SAGA #21

As soon as you feel you have a grasp on what's coming next from SAGA, everything gets flipped on its head. With the start of this new arc, Hazel tells the reader that Marko and Alana are breaking up, which, as a fan, was super hard to read. Now, things have gotten a bit crazy with Prince Robot IV's family and how we're seeing Marko and Alana move away from each other. If you're not reading this, then you're most likely insane.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #22

American Wasteland has been a pretty weird but pretty dang entertaining story line so far. The previous story line lost me a bit, but since American Wasteland started, I'm back on board! Fred Van Lente has been providing an incredibly fun story and Pere Perez's art is sensational. This is still a top-tier book and while it's not a great place to jump on, you should be reading this.

STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES: GI ZOMBIE #1

ALL STAR WESTERN is pretty awesome, and one of my favorite books from the New 52 was the Unknown Soldier story from G.I. Combat. What do both of those books have in common? The writing of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. It's nice to see DC trying a third time to push a war book. G.I. COMBAT was a pretty awesome book, so I'm excited to see what Gray and Palmiotti have in store, but honestly, I'll buy anything those two write.

Check out USA Today for additional preview pages.

Honorable Mention: WONDER WOMAN #33

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

DEADPOOL #32

This issue has such a great amount of potential, especially if you've been reading along since The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Look, I'll admit I'm left with pretty mixed feelings on John Lucas' artwork (great for action and comedy, oddly over the top with basically everything else), but the last issue put the narrative in such an appealing and gripping direction. Agent Preston's tale is finally taking center stage and now Deadpool has been reeled into it. It looks like co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are finally going to address a topic we've been wondering about -- Deadpool's daughter -- and based on their history with this series, you can bet I'm excited to see how it's handled. Here's hoping this story takes a compelling direction with this issue!

TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME #2

TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME had a massively amusing and now it's up to Erik Burnham, Charles Paul Wilson III, and David Petersen to bring the fun in an all-new era: Feudal Japan! Considering Burham's history with the heroes in a half shell (SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN, micro issues), I have nothing but faith in his abilities to produce an enjoyable, lighthearted, and exciting chapter. Plus, considering the time period, this is sure to have some very interesting connections to the Turtles' new origin story. It's unlikely they'll bring about any drastic change in the issue, but the premise is definitely interesting!

ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1

Bloodshot has recently joined Valiant's big team, Unity, but so far, his role has basically been limited to standing around and looking cool. He does that well enough, but we all want to see more of him and obviously, the publisher understands this. Joe Harris and Trevor Hairsine's upcoming issue promises to throw the enhanced soldier into the events of Armor Hunters and give us a whole lot of action, too. A heavily armed Bloodshot playing a role in the latest big event and with art by Hairsine? Come on, what's not to love?

Honorable Mentions: TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE #2, MONSTER MOTORS ONE SHOT

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

RED LANTERNS #33

The war against Atrocitus heats up hotter than...a Red Lantern's blood! Yeah! Nailed it! Charles Soule's been building to this for quite some time, and with how he's handled payoffs in other comics he's written, I think we're in for something great here. Apparently we get the return of a Green Lantern and some heated discussion between the two of them, possibly about this whole "stewardship of Earth" thing. Alessandro Vitti's return on visuals is just another reason to be excited for this book, in my estimation.

See more preview pages at Man Cave Daily.

DAREDEVIL #6

We took a brief trip in time last issue, but now...we apparently go further back for an untold story of Matt Murdock's mother. Original Sin has been something of a retcon-a-palooza to some very mixed results. While most of the stories are good, some of the revelations are straining credibility, but if there's one thing Mark Waid's shown himself capable of: it's taking a concept that shouldn't work and finding a way to make it not just work, but make the reader wonder why NO ONE thought of it before. Javier Rodriguez coming back to the title is more great news for a title I didn't even need another excuse to anticipate.

TREES #3

Full and immediate comprehension is not a prerequisite for enjoyment when the writing or concept are strong enough. Fortuantely: Trees is just such a book. The world being created, in which massive, silent alien ships have landed and are, apparently using Earth as a dumping ground with little-to-no recognition of humans as sentient life, is fascinating enough on its own to carry a book where the bizarre is the norm. Warren Ellis and Jason Howard are definitely onto something with this title and I hope we get some of the mysteries and backstory of the world filled in, because I can't stop reading about it.

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48 Comments
Posted by CaptainHoopla

Velvet, Batman, Batman Eternal, Amazing Spider-Man, & Deadpool.

Posted by Xwraith

Just TMNT.

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Edited by orangedrink888

TMNT, Storm, Trees, Deadpool vs X-force, and Deadpool Dracula for me this week

Posted by Captain13

I love the John/Guy friendship Jensen and Soule cooked up.

Edited by longbowhunter

Avengers 100th Anniversary Special

Batman #33

Daredevil #6

Saga #21

Wonder Woman #33

Posted by DarthAznable

Just Batman.

Edited by micah

Futures End

Red Lanterns

All-New Invaders

Bloodshot

Batman Beyond 2.0

Batman & Robin

Throne of Atlantis Trade

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Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

I can't wait for the last issue of Zero Year!

Posted by ZbvmX

G

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Zom

Bie

:)

Edited by timelord

DC Comics

  • All-Star Western #33 One more issue :(
  • Aquaman #33 I have been loving this swamp thing cross over.
  • Batman #33 The final to Zero Year!
  • Batman and Robin #33 To Apocalypse !
  • Batman Eternal #16 I loving seeing all the Bat Family interact with one another
  • The Flash #33 I am enjoying Barry and Wally
  • The New 52: Futures End #12 This book is a slow burn enjoying Frankenstein though.
  • Harley Quinn #8 My new guilty pleasure
  • Justice League Dark #33 More Zee and nightmare nurse please :)
  • Red Lanterns #33 I will miss Kara being a Red but civil war time!
  • Sinestro #4 I love Natu in this book such a great character
  • Secret Origins #4 Green Arrow Robin and Harley yes to all of thees origins
  • Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #1 I have no idea what to expect
  • Superman #33 I loved Geoff Johns first issue hope it keeps up
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13 Glad Pandora will still have place after her book ends
  • Wonder Woman #33 Diana VS first born!

Trades

  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 4: Hybrid HC
  • Justice League of America's Vibe Vol. 1: Breach TP

Well every New 52 book but Catwoman and I'll pick up that once the writer changes good job DC taking all my money :)

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Posted by The Stegman

Small,but good week for me,

Saga

Batman

Flash

Wonder Woman

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Posted by Justthatkid

Red Lanterns looks like a really great read.

Posted by jstndmnd

AQUAMAN--THIS IS THE BEST COMIC OUT THERE RIGHT NOW!

ALL NEW INVADERS

THOR & LOKI

Edited by VanderSEXXX

Batman #33, Futures End & Flash for me.

Posted by fables87

STORM!

Posted by LCazT1996

Batman, Superman, Red Lanterns, and Flash :)

Edited by GraniteSoldier

Spider-Man and Batman, sounds like a good week to me.

Posted by Mars8254

Looking forward to Batman, zero year has been a blast. Also after Zero year do you have to be updated on Batman Eternal to understand what's going on? I heard they might be connected.

Posted by derf_jenkins

I sure hope I don't need eternal to understand batman moving forward. I'll probably drop it and read detective instead if so.

Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Aquaman #33

2. Batman #33

3. Batman and Robin #33

4. Batman Eternal #16

5. Futures End #12

6. Injustice Year Two #8

7. Red Lanterns #33

8. Secret Origins #4

9. Superman #33

10. The Flash #33

11. Star Wars Legacy #17

12. Afterlife With Archie #6

Edited by Brione

@mars8254 said:

Looking forward to Batman, zero year has been a blast. Also after Zero year do you have to be updated on Batman Eternal to understand what's going on? I heard they might be connected.

I sure hope I don't need eternal to understand batman moving forward. I'll probably drop it and read detective instead if so.

No, you don't need to read Eternal (although I think its been great). Snyder said that the next issue is a one shot that is after Eternal in continuity and after that the new arc End Game starts.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

FINALLY ZERO YEAR IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by feedonatreefrog

SUPERMAN

BATMAN // BATMAN & ROBIN // BATMAN ETERNAL

WONDER WOMAN

THE FLASH

RED LANTERNS

AQUAMAN

nice.

Posted by HolySerpent

Valiant, valiant and more valiant for me

Posted by AquamanIsTheBest

Aquaman!

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Marvel Comics

100th Anniversary Avengers #1

All New Invaders #8

All New Ultimates #5

Amazing Spider-Man #4

Daredevil #6

Deadpool #32

Deadpool vs X-Force #2

Mighty Avengers #12

Original Sin #5.2

Original Sins #4

Storm #1

Wolverine and the X-Men #6

IDW:

TMNT!!!

Posted by lagozzino

Zero Year is ending? Like half a year ago I told myself I'd start picking up Batman monthly as soon as the new storyline started, bur Zero Year just friggin refused to end.

Posted by NukeA6

About time Zero Year ends. Maybe now the main Batman title will be better.

  • All Star Western
  • Aquaman
  • Batman Eternal
  • GI Zombie
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Mighty Avengers
  • Storm (I'm kinda iffy about this one)
  • Saga
Posted by BruceWayne19

No one picked batman and robin? That's gonna be one crazy issue, and I feel like futures end and batman eternal have gotten pushed to the side even though they are churning out great comics weekly.

Posted by KnightofSteel

I'm finally excited to read the main Superman again!

So this week for me...

Superman #33

Batman #33

Batman & Robin #33

Flash #33

Batman Eternal #16

Winter World #2

Alien Legion: Uncivil War #2

Posted by KnightofSteel

I'm finally excited to read the main Superman again!

So this week for me...

Superman #33

Batman #33

Batman & Robin #33

Flash #33

Batman Eternal #16

Winter World #2

Alien Legion: Uncivil War #2

Posted by manwithoutshame

Batman, Daredevil, Zero

Posted by KnightofSteel

So nice to be finally excited about a Superman title!

So this week for me...

Superman

Batman Eternal

Batman

Batman and Robin

Flash

Winter World

Alien Legion Uncivil War

Posted by scouts1998

Amazing Spider-man #4

Batman #33

Daredevil #6

Superman #33

Wonder Woman #33

Posted by derf_jenkins

I'll probably be picking up that superman issue too. I liked the last one quite a bit.

Posted by TheIndecider
  • Batman #33
  • Batman Eternal #16
  • Superman #33
  • Amazing Spider-Man #4
  • Daredevil #6
  • Super Secret Crisis War Johnny Bravo One-shot
  • Saga #21
  • Original Sin #5.2
Edited by Fallschirmjager

Shame on those not reading Velvet.

Posted by Dman1366

Valiant, valiant and more valiant for me

Preach it breh!

Posted by kennybaese

Just Baternal for me, but I'm trade waiting for a bunch of the stuff above in trade.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

@fallschirmjager: no shame for me! I'm excited for the new arc.

If you're interested in a good Ed Brubaker interview, check out the "3 chicks review comics" podcast that just came out. Good stuff on Velvet, Fatale, The Fade Out, working exclusively for Image, as well as his time at DC and Marvel.

Posted by RobotinDisguise

CONAN THE AVENGER #4

STAR WARS LEGACY II #17

AQUAMAN #33

GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #14

TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE #4

Edited by CommanderShiro

All-New Ultimates, Daredevil, and Red Lanterns for me this week. I'm trade waiting for Saga.

Posted by HempKnight757

Batman & Wonder Woman.

Maybe Storm.

Maybe Superman. Wasn't really impressed with the last issue.

Trade waiting for Aquaman cause missed out on first issue of new team.

Trade waiting for Batman Eternal.

Edited by Knightsofdarkness2

Can't wait for the Batman and flash comics!

Posted by yo_yo_fun

For me this week: Batman #33, Aquaman #33 and The Twilight Zone #7.

Maybe: Storm #1 and Star Spangled War Stories: GI Zombie #1.

Posted by asjmooney

Batman

Batman & Robin

Aquaman

Batman Eternal

Future's End

Wonder Woman

Storm

Saga

Edited by davidgrantlloyd

Superman #33

Wonder Woman #33

Aquaman #33

GI Zombie #1

The Twilight Zone #7