It's once again time for the Comic Vine staff to tell you which upcoming comics are on their radars! We've reviewed the full list of this week's new releases and each of us have picked some comics that we're very excited to check out. Once you're done seeing what we can't wait to read, be sure to chime in with your own list of "essential comics" and tell the world why you're anxious to read them!
Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32
Remember in issue #19 when we all the time stuff was going down and Spider-Man 2099 got stuck in the present? We saw SpOck disappear for a bit. He returned in mid-sentence and you could see he must have had quite a fight. Where the heck did he go? The cover of this coming issue shows us he went into the future. Will this just be a fun final SpOck story or could it possibly reveal some sort of other contingency plan for more of SpOck after this? And how does this tie into SPIDER-VERSE???
MOON KNIGHT #6
Aw man. It’s the “conclusion” of Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire. They’ve done wonders on this series and made me so happy as a Moon Knight fan. But as it was always intended for Ellis and Shalvey to only do six issues, this is their finale and we can’t wait to see how they’re going to exit the series. There is mention of a “threat” from the first issue returning. We haven’t seen any connections between issues so it’ll be interesting to see what specifically happens here.
It might be the end of this creative team’s run but not the end of the series. There’s no way we’ll miss this issue.
Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson have been giving us a creepy story about a small town that has generated a lot of serial killers. Why that is isn’t the only mystery in this comic. As the hunt continues for answers, someone has been masquerading as past serial killers. Why is someone trying to prevent answers being found? And with a trip to the “serial killer graveyard,” there just might be more answers to find than they imagined.
Williamson and Henderson don’t hold back on this one. The end literally made me say “Dang!” out loud.
ROCKET RACCOON #2
In case you didn’t get enough of Rocket Raccoon over the weekend, the second issue of his solo series, by Skottie Young, goes on sale this week. Rocket has quickly become a character we can all love and Skottie Young’s style and storytelling was a blast in the first issue.
Rocket has been framed and the big questions is by who? We got some glimpses as to what’s going on but there’s still more of the story to be told. And you never know who else might show up.
Honorable Mention: LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #2
Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks
MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #4
Spider-Man versus Spider-Man? What is going on? Is Peter Parker a clone or is he really back? Well, my money is heavily on clone, considering there's also two spider-crooks bouncing around NYC as well. Bendis and Marquez have been killing it since they teamed-up on the last volume, so if you're an Ultimate Spidey fan, there's no reason not to be reading this. This new arc shows a ton of promise and aside from Peter coming back, the last issue left us with Miles and Green Goblin face-to-face. How can you not be excited for that?
THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #14
I'm in a bit of a Spider-Man mood, this week, obviously. SUPERIOR FOES, if you've had your head stuck in the sand and haven't heard about it, which is insanity, is quite the opposite, in tone, compared to MILES MORALES. It's very out there and hilarious and just a ton of fun. When part of the plot is all about hiding the head of Silvermane, then you know the book is out there. However, it's not just the wackiness that makes the series awesome. It's a group of D-List villains that are lovable and can carry their own series. Spencer and Lieber make a tremendous creative team and this is one of the most underrated books at Marvel, by far.
Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks
GREEN ARROW #34
Since joining the series with issue #17, writer Jeff Lemire, artist Andrea Sorrentino, and colorist Marcelo Maiolo have created a memorable adventure for Oliver Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow. We can always rely on Sorrentino and Maiolo to make sure the book looks phenomenal. Whether it's creatively presented action or gorgeous and clever layouts, each and every single issue has been a great visual ride.
The book is hardly just eye candy, though. Lemire's been doing major work to expand Oliver's mythos, and, with this latest story arc, he's focusing on the Emerald Archer's supporting characters and villains. The hero's still front and center, but considering he's had so much time to shine, this journey truly is about the characters around him and it's well earned. It's been a stellar ride so far and I can't wait to see what happens next in Seattle.
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I'm so ready to jump back into SPREAD's twisted and frightening world. The debut chapter was heavy on worldbuilding and swiftly pulled us into this horrific version of our planet. A variety of monsters that draw similarities to John Carpenter's The Thing have, well, spread across the planet and now humanity is struggling to survive. Obviously, not everyone is an optimist and some survivors have turned to a life of stealing and worse.
Writer Justin Jordan, artist Kyle Strahm and colorist Felipe Sobreiro really won me over with the first chapter. They showed us they can more than handle the horror genre and managed to implement quite a few interesting plot points. I'm absolutely interested in seeing more of the lead and what the big development means for this narrative. Now it's just a matter of seeing how much more they'll flesh out the humans and what this world has to offer! If you're cool with rated R horror, this Image book is definitely worth considering.
A comic that properly duplicates the tone of the original film? Yeah, I'd buy that for $3.99. As a big fan of the classic movie, I'm happy to say that writer Joshua Williamson and artist Carlos Magno's debut issue left me thoroughly impressed. It feels like a natural follow-up to the first movie and wastes no time setting up the new plot, showing us a bit of sweet RoboCop action, and tossed us right back into the bleak and crime-infested city. We've received an ugly look at RoboCop's world, and now it's time to see how the plot will expand and whether this will bring any additional depth to the iconic movie character. If you love the first film, this is a series you definitely need to pick up.
KICK-ASS 3 #8
It's been nice knowing you, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, but it's time to finally say "goodbye." Unfortunately, it looks like this finale will also mean the death of one of these characters. Part of me is hoping we're being trolled and Mark Millar will find a way to give both Dave and Mindy a remotely happy ending, but sadly, it looks like we're more than likely going to lose one of these characters.
If you've been following along, then you know there's no way you can miss out on this one because it all ends here. It has been one heck of a ride and now it's time to see how it all wraps up. Will both heroes fall and we're hit with the harsh reality that crime often wins in the real world? Or will the writer find a way to craft a more optimistic ending? We'll find out this Wednesday! Fingers crossed Hit-Girl makes it out of this issue in one piece...
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Honorable Mention: PUNISHER #9
Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks
Javier Pulido is BACK in the artist's seat! The artist may have polarized the comic community, but his style informed so much of the tone, tenor and humor of She-Hulk that I'd be hard-pressed to think of anyone who could take his place, so seeing his name back on the credits is reason enough to stand up and take notice. Charles Soule's offbeat, strange tale of Jen Walters' life both in and out of her legal office apparently goes miniature as Hank Pym shows up, apparently carrying some baggage of his own. Pulido's visuals have always tended toward the bizarre, but hearing that he's now also going to get to fool with things like scale and perspective is too good to pass up.
EARTH 2 #26
I'm not sure how many issues are left in this arc, but it's looking increasingly like Tom Taylor is going to be sticking the landing. After Earth's forces have regrouped and launched a counter-offensive against the seemingly unstoppable Superman and his legion of parademons, the forces of Darkseid have been all but stymied and the throwdown we've been waiting months for is about to jump off and with Nicola and Trevor Scott on visuals, I have no doubt it will be worth seeing. I'm not sure how it's going to end or what the new status quo will be after the dust settles, but there's a definite thrill to in that unpredictability.
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NEW AVENGERS #22
Hot on the heels of last issue's startling conclusion, we get the issue that deals with the fallout and consequences. Jonathan Hickman stands to wrap up the best arc of New Avengers since the title came into being almost ten years ago with stakes both great and small. The title's also picking up a new artist, AVENGERS UNDERCOVER'S own Kev Walker and that's a match I'm interested in seeing the results of. I haven't seen Walker attempt anything as grandiose as the subject matter that this title regularly tackles, but I have seen plenty of his amazing character work, the other pillar that elevates this title, so I'm sure the two talents will compliment each other well.
Honorable Mention: BLACK WIDOW #9