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This Week's Essential Comics: 7/28/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone and yes, we're totally exhausted, but that won't stop us from helping you out with the next new comic book day. As always, we've reviewed the latest list of upcoming releases and picked the issues that we're looking forward to the most. Once you're all set seeing what we recommend, be awesome and share your own picks with the world below. Don't be shy, go support what you love.

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

THE WAKE #10

All good things must come to an end. This has been a great series, but what else would you expect from Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy. It’s been an incredible ride with some interesting twists along the way. That makes you really wonder what might possibly happen in this final issue.

While it’s unfortunate that the story is coming to a close, there is something refreshing about creators having a specific story in mind with a beginning, middle, and end. The truth is, we’re selfish and greedy and just want more. This is definitely a must-read issue and series.

DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3

We’ve been digging the current story arc in DETECTIVE COMICS. Now Brian Buccellato is filling more of the story on the Icarus drug that’s made it’s way into Gotham City. If you saw our interview with Brian at SDCC, he mentioned doing the story in a non-linear way. It’s a bit of an experiment and with seventy-five years of Batman stories, why not try something different once in a while?

Scott Hepburn handles the art duties so that means we’ll have some cool visuals to go along with this story. Annuals are sometimes hit or miss but this should be an exciting time, especially if you’re enjoying the current Icarus arc.

HAWKEYE #19

Tell your friends and neighbors, there’s a new issue of HAWKEYE this week! Yes, we’ve been waiting but I just want to focus on the fact that we’ll soon have another issue in our hands to devour. Perhaps in my years of reading and the fact we have so many great comics these days, I’m willing to be patient for this series.

The solicit for this issue mentions Kate’s part of the story but if you’ve seen the preview, you know that Hawkeye and his current predicament is being shown. Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Hawkeye. Sounds good to me.

Honorable Mention: BLACK SCIENCE #7, SECRET AVENGERS #6

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring

CHEW WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO #1

I'm going to be extremely honest with you. I have no clue what this book is about, other than the assumptions I can make from the title. I know John Layman and Rob Guillory are working on it and it deals with Poyo, the kick ass chicken detective from CHEW. Frankly, that's all I need. It's CHEW.... You should be reading CHEW. You should be reading all its tie-ins. You should eat people to see who they murdered. EAT PEOPLE! BUY POYO!

X-O MANOWAR #27

Armor Hunters is the jam. Do kids still say "the jam" or am I horribly dating myself as an out-of-touch wannabe? Regardless, Robert Venditti is providing a summer event that lives up to the hype, and while I may sound like a broken record saying that, events tend to falter or feel like recycled stories. Armor Hunters is giving us something really cool that puts Aric up against some cool new villains. This issue will explore the history off these hunters, and I couldn't be more excited.

X-MEN: MAGNETO TESTAMENT TP

Jokes aside, MAGNETO TESTAMENT is a much read not just from Marvel, but comics in general. This is a new printing of the series, and it is a haunting piece which truly humanizes Magneto. He may be one of the worst villains (or at least he was) in the Marvel U, but this book puts it all into perspective. This is Greg Pak's best work to date, even better than Planet Hulk. The last time this was printed was 2009, so this is a must have book for Marvel fans, Pak fans, and Magneto fans. It's a truly moving piece of art.

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

GHOSTBUSTERS #18

Just like countless others, the Ghostbusters played a big part of my childhood. From the movies to the cartoon to the toys, it's a franchise that has left me with nothing but positive and joyous memories. That franchise is now in Erik Burnham's more than capable hands and his latest story, Mass Hysteria!, reminds me why I once loved this franchise so much. Between the consistently sharp banter and the highly entertaining and fun plot that's full of ghouls and craziness, this storyline feels like the perfect follow-up to the original movies and I've been loving every panel of it. Dan Schoening's lively and animated style is the perfect compliment to the tone Burnham creates, too. If you enjoyed the classic movie, you really need to read this.

FIVE WEAPONS #10

Month after month, this book leaves me with a nice serving of happiness. That's not what you'd expect from a story about kids training to become assassins, right? Well, it is and it just goes to show how well Jimmie Robinson is handling this book. It's consistently sharp, full of bright and delightful visuals, and is overflowing with likable and interesting characters. A whole lot has been building up in this second story and it looks like it'll all come to a head with this chapter. This book has yet to disappoint, so you can bet I'm excited to see what it has in store for us next. If you're interested in checking this book out, I strongly recommend starting from the first chapter. It's been one heck of a journey and joining in on a random spot won't do it proper justice.

Honorable Mention: ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

RED LANTERNS ANNUAL #1

The infighting among the Red Lanterns makes landfall on the planet Guy Gardner most wanted when he demanded Sector 2184: Earth. Atrocitus knows a thing or two about making it personal and with a traitor in their midst and a roster of new (and therefore more-expendable) characters, it's hard to predict what's going to happen. Charles Soule's series may not end with this, but I have every faith it will be a crazy ride, particularly with the extra page count that an annual allows. Veteran series cover artist Miguel Angel Sepulveda returns, but this time on interiors and that's something I can't wait to see as the one-shot nature will allow him to fully showcase his artistic talents.

NEW AVENGERS #21

The Great Society's refrain of hope and life can't seem to stand up to the New Avengers' chant of ruthlessness and death. All that's left is for one side or the other to pull the trigger, destroying an entire world. Jonathan Hickman has never shied away from making the characters in his stories make the hardest of choices and this particular is a doozy. I get the feeling that, even if things go back to "normal," there is going to be massive internal strife both within the team and the individuals. Valerio Schiti continues to show why he's on-track to be one of the best new talents under Marvel's banner and I can't wait to see how he renders this issue in particular.

Honorable Mention: CYCLOPS #3

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Posted by micah
  • Ultimate FF
  • Avengers
  • New Avengers
  • Justice League
  • Uncanny Avengers
  • Futures End
  • Sinestro
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye
  • Batman Beyond
  • Red Lanterns Annual
Posted by Twix_Right_Side

Avengers

New Avengers

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Testament is a fantastic book

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

So Hawkeye finally coming out? Am I seeing this right? Something's not right here.

Posted by Tony_Shark

Iron Man is probably the one who will pull the trigger. That'll lead to his resolve for Superior Iron Man.

Posted by Superguy1591

Only Justice League for me.

Posted by throughthemoondoor

Image:

Black Science #7 !!!

Low #1

Outcast #2

Sovereign #5

Marvel:

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Secret Avengers #6

DC:

Batman Eternal #17

Red Lanterns Annual

Not the biggest week, but a lot of great titles.

Posted by orangedrink888

For me it will be:

  • ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #5
  • BODIES #1
  • CALIBAN #4
  • DEADPOOL DRACULAS GAUNTLET #4
  • GEORGE RR MARTIN IN THE HOUSE O/T WORM #1
  • LOW #1
  • OUTCASE #2
Posted by MissJ

So....I hear C.O.W.L. #3 is out this week ;)

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Edited by longbowhunter

Black Science #7

COWL #3

Fatale #24

Hawkeye #19

Low #1

Outcast #2

Uncanny Avengers #22

The Wake #10

It's a Remender heavy week. Still have to pick up Daredevil from last week and there's a Comixtribe book called And Then Emily Was Gone I really wanna check out.

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

Red LAnterns

Detective Comics

@inferiorego How come you said all jokes aside about Magneto Testament? I haven't read it yet

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Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Aquaman Annual #2

2. Batman Eternal #17

3. Detective Comics Annual #3

4. Futures End #13

5. Harley Quinn #8

6. Justice League #32

7. Red Lanterns Annual #1

8. Sinestro #4

9. The Wake #10

10. Star Wars Rebel Heist #4

Posted by CaptainHoopla

The Wake

Black Science

Outcast

Hawkeye

Batman Eternal

X-O Manowar

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Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

Detective Comics Annual, I think my store will put that in my box since I have Detective on my pull list.

Posted by manwithoutshame

Just Fatale for me this week, can't wait to see how it ends.

Edited by timelord

DC Comics

  • Action Comics Annual #3 Doomed !
  • Aquaman Annual #2 Aquaman team up with Wonder Woman team up take my money !
  • Batman Eternal #17 More Tim and Blue Bird please.
  • Detective Comics Annual #3 More Icarus
  • Harley Quinn #8 My New Guilty pleasure
  • Justice League #32 Power Ring time!
  • The New 52: Futures End #13 Dat ending.
  • Red Lanterns Annual #1 Let the smack down commence!
  • Sinestro #4 Natu is such a great character in this book
  • Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 Doomed !

Trades

  • Batman Dark Knight Vol. 4: Clay HC
  • Batwing Vol. 4: Welcome To the Family TP

Well I'm pulling everything monthly from DC plus trades for collection good job DC taking all my money.

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My pull list for the week.

  • - All New Ghost Rider #5
  • - Aquaman Annual #2
  • - CN : Super Secret Crisis War #2
  • - Cyclops #3
  • - Regular Show #13
  • - UXM #24

Cyclops #3 is the issue I'm most looking forward to and have been looking forward to for awhile (Damn delays!!!). Best Marvel series I've read in awhile. Hopefully, Layman will do a bang up job on the title once Rucka departs.

Posted by The Stegman

Only Justice League for me this week.

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Justice League for sure.

Maybe Aquaman annual, Detective comics annual and Sinestro.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

LOW #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@timelord said:

Well I'm pulling everything monthly from DC plus trades for collection good job DC taking all my money.

Holy buckets of cash Batman!

Seriously dude thats an insane amount of money.

Posted by timelord

@allstarsuperman: I pick up digital first since the mark on single issues is insane here in NZ a 2.99 book becomes 7.99 a 3.99 becomes 10.00 thanks to shipping and import tax.

I pick up trades for my collection through my LCS there is only a $10 mark up which is fine.

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Posted by HumanRocket

Crap I'm dishing out a lot of money this week.

Hawkeye

New Avengers

Avengers

Secret Avengers

Batman Eternal

Uncanny Avengers

Six books is a lot for ME.

Posted by derf_jenkins

I'm pumped about a bunch of books this week! Fatale, X-O Manowar, Red Lanterns, Hawkeye, Detective Comics, Outcast, The Wake, GotG.

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@timelord said:

@allstarsuperman: I pick up digital first since the mark on single issues is insane here in NZ a 2.99 book becomes 7.99 a 3.99 becomes 10.00 thanks to shipping and import tax.

I pick up trades for my collection through my LCS there is only a $10 mark up which is fine.

Note to self: never move to New Zealand

Posted by timelord

@allstarsuperman: NZ is great unless you like to get stuff shipped her other than that no complaints :)

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Posted by akbogert

That The Wake cover isn't going to be winning any awards, but I'm pretty darn excited to see what's inside.

Posted by scouts1998

Detective Comics Annual #3

Justice League #32

The Wake #10

and maybe

Bodies #1

Vertigo Quarterly #1 Magenta

Sandman Overture #3

Posted by jstndmnd

Aquaman

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GotG 17 and GotG 100th.

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Posted by KnightofSteel

Smaller week for me, but some goodies...

Batman Eternal #17

Detective Comics Annual #3

Justice League #32

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

might get Low #1...looks interesting.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

I have one issue of Magneto Testament that i got as a gift but i have never read it.

Posted by TheIndecider
  • Batman Eternal #17
  • Justice League #32
  • Hawkeye #19 (I actually thought this was cancelled with how long the delays have been)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #17 (might drop this and stick with Rocket Raccoon, the plot for GotG has been kind of meandering around lately)
  • Super Secret Crisis War #2
  • The Wake #10 (I'm going to miss this one)
  • Black Science #7
  • Original Sin #3.3
Posted by comicbookfan93

@akbogert: not sure that's the final cover I think it might be a solicitation release cover as the actual cover is spoilery or maybe it is I'm not sure

Edited by Fallschirmjager

HOLD THE PHONE.

Am i missing something here?

WHERE IS SANDMAN OVERTURE?

The most beautiful comic being put out this year, bar none.

(also POYO!)

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Posted by Lvenger

@missj said:

So....I hear C.O.W.L. #3 is out this week ;)

That's top of my pull list for this week Jen, can't wait to see more of Radia's personality and powerset myself :)

Edited by dagmar_merrill

HOLD THE PHONE.

Am i missing something here?

WHERE IS SANDMAN OVERTURE?

The most beautiful comic being put out this year, bar none.

(also POYO!)

Posted by Blackshark

These are my top 5 books this week:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy 17
2. Uncanny X-Men 24
3. Justice League 32
4. Avengers 33
5. Captain Midnight 13

Anway, I still have to read a huge stack of comics. So unfortunately I don't know what's currently going on. :( But I give my best to catch up!

And thank you very much for the recommendations, team ComicVine.
I will definitely check out The Wake. I already pre-ordered the hardcover.
I will also take a look at some Valiant titles as soon as the Armor Hunters crossover is finished.

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Hawkguy, Red Lanterns, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy 100th Anniversary for me this week. If I can find Chew Poyo Warrior I'll buy it. Trade waiting for The Wake.

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Big week for us Marvelites, but we all know that Comicvine leans towards the DC side.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Big week for us Marvelites, but we all know that Comicvine leans towards the DC side.

Considering how Marvel sells more comics, Marvel movies are more popular, this site features Marvel comics previews and not DC ones and everyone complains that there are more DC fans (read: A DC fan wouldn't complain about too many DC fans or a Marvel fan wouldn't complain there are too many marvel fans, therefore the complainers are the opposite) - I think its pretty clear there are more Marvel fans both on this site and in general.

Not that it makes a difference either way, but those comments are getting annoying.

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Posted by micah

@triggerleo said:

Big week for us Marvelites, but we all know that Comicvine leans towards the DC side.

Considering how Marvel sells more comics, Marvel movies are more popular, this site features Marvel comics previews and not DC ones and everyone complains that there are more DC fans (read: A DC fan wouldn't complain about too many DC fans or a Marvel fan wouldn't complain there are too many marvel fans, therefore the complainers are the opposite) - I think its pretty clear there are more Marvel fans both on this site and in general.

Not that it makes a difference either way, but those comments are getting annoying.

This

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The 6th Hawkeye issue in 11 months? Wow, what an unexpected treat.

Posted by bobgillinger

I can't believe sandman oveture 3 didn't make the list

Posted by Jasoninthewoods

@triggerleo said:

Big week for us Marvelites, but we all know that Comicvine leans towards the DC side.

Considering how Marvel sells more comics, Marvel movies are more popular, this site features Marvel comics previews and not DC ones and everyone complains that there are more DC fans (read: A DC fan wouldn't complain about too many DC fans or a Marvel fan wouldn't complain there are too many marvel fans, therefore the complainers are the opposite) - I think its pretty clear there are more Marvel fans both on this site and in general.

Not that it makes a difference either way, but those comments are getting annoying.

lol I don't like Marvel at all ,but I just skim over them ,and read the DC reviews.

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@jasoninthewoods: Like I said, it doesn't matter either way but people who constantly complain that the site is dominated by 1 fanbase or another are annoying.

Like...what the hell does it even matter? If anything, I'd probably want to be apart of the biggest fanbase so I have more people to discuss things with. But no, we constantly have to bitch and moan and pretend like being in the minority somehow makes you a superior fan or something.

Way off topic though. Sandman Overture 3 still needs to be on this list.

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Posted by LiveForever

Still wondering what @g_man was hinting at a few podcasts ago when he said Hawkeye wasn't cancelled... because by all accounts, including Fraction's, it is. A relaunch doesn't count. This book will never be the same with a different creative team.

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