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This Week's Essential Comics: 8/4/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

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

Guess who’s back. Sort of. It’s the return of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. Doc Ock may be dead…again…for now, but here’s our chance to see him, once again, as the SUPERIOR Spider-Man.

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.

NAILBITER #4

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.

Check out A.V. Club for more.

SPREAD #2

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.

ROBOCOP #2

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...

CBR has more preview pages.

Honorable Mention: PUNISHER #9

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

SHE-HULK #7

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.

Visit IGN for more.

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

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Posted by Teerack

Oh man... this week has so much big things happening... /swoon.

Posted by Xwraith

Rocket Raccoon and, for the (presumably) last time, Green Arrow.

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Rocket Raccoon and Green Arrow! ♥

Posted by timelord

DC Comics

  • Action Comics Annual #3 - Doomed! Part 10
  • Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 - Dooomed!! Part 11
  • Action Comics #34 - Doooomed!!! Part 12
  • Batman Eternal #18 - More of the Bat Family teaming up.
  • Batwing #34 - Final issue :(
  • Detective Comics #34 - The final to the Icarus storyline really great arc.
  • Grayson #2 - Loved the hell out of the first issue really interested to see where Dick goes from here.
  • Aquaman and the Others #5 - Behind on this book need to catch up.
  • Earth 2 #26 - Superman VS Val should be a fun fight.
  • Green Arrow #34 - I love Ekimo side kicks are sorely lacking at the moment hopefully she fills a bit of that void.
  • Green Lantern #34 - More of Simon Bazz its about dam time.
  • Justice League 3000 #9 - All the team know how they where made now what will they do with this information?
  • The New 52: Futures End #14 - Earth 2 break out should be explosive.
  • The Phantom Stranger #22 - Final Issue :(
  • Swamp Thing #34 - I love me some Soule :)

Trades

  • Superman Vol. 4: Psi-war HC
  • Constantine Vol. 2: Blight TP
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Some goodies for me

Nail biter

Hack/ Slash:Son of Samhain

Angel & Faith

Earth 2

Green Arrow

Grayson

Black Widow

Punisher

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Posted by micah
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Futures End
  • New Avengers
  • Superior Spider-Man
  • Earth 2
  • Justice League 3000
  • Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Justice League Beyond 2.0
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Posted by MarcosVergara14

Really gonna miss Sorrentino in Green Arrow

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Superior Spider-Man

Detective Comics

And, of course, Rocket Raccoon

Posted by Lee_Everett

Superior, how I've missed you. <3

Posted by TyranniumOpus

Definitely getting Superior Spider-Man. I'm intrigued about this "Edge of Spider-Verse" thing

Posted by MrMazz

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man

Earth 2

and Genuis from Top Cow for me this week. Genuis was apprently part of Top Cow's pilot season in 2008, I only know about it because co-writer Marc Bernardin was on Nerdist Writers Panel: Comics Edition last week. Bought the pilot issue I liked it am really interested in where this goes.

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Posted by CaptainHoopla

This should be an epic week of great comics.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Rocket Raccoon, Black Widow, Punisher, Superior Spider-Man, Batman Eternal, Detective Comics, & Lazarus for me.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

For me this week: She-Hulk #7, Aquaman & the Others #5, Lazarus #10 and Madame Frankenstein #4.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I am so pumped for Kick-Ass' finale. Quite worried at the same time. If Hit-Girl goes down she better have some astounding feats. The preview is simply amazing.

Posted by CantDance93

All duh Superman stuff

Green Arrow

Swamp Thing

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Is the writing of She-Hulk worth it? Like not a fan of the art so much, but the comic does look promising.

Posted by G-Man
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That Moon Knight cover is a great Batman cover. Seriously why Dc never published a cover like that?

Posted by Superhoodie

DC:

  • Action Comics, Action Comics Annual, Detective Comics, Earth 2, Grayson, Green Arrow, Lanterna Verde e Superman / Mulher Maravilha Anual.

Marvel:

  • Black Widow, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon, Legendary Star-Lord, Miracleman, Moon Knight, Shulkie, New Avengers, Superior Spider-Man, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Rocket Raccoon.
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@xwraith: I believe Lemire and Sorrentino will be doing the Green Arrow Futures End one shot. They are credited for it, but that kind of stuff always changes. They were the creative team behind last year's Count Vertigo (23.1) one shot, so I'd expect their last issue to be Futures End.

Posted by Billy_Cobb

@marcosvergara14: I believe Lemire and Sorrentino will be doing the Green Arrow Futures End one shot. They are credited for it, but that kind of stuff always changes. They were the creative team behind last year's Count Vertigo (23.1) one shot, so I'd expect their last issue to be Futures End.

Posted by VanderSEXXX

Futures End #14, Punisher #9, Iron Fist #5, and possibly Black Widow #9 (due to the Punisher crossover) for me.

Posted by iceman228433

man again a week with nothing I want.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

man again a week with nothing I want.

Read Kick-Ass. Its amazing.

Posted by RageEx2

There is a severe lack of Moon Knight in the comments

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Thor & Loki #3

New Warriors--So glad I dropped Earth 2 and picked up this comic. More people should give it a try.

Posted by Deathstroke52

Wait, is this Jeff's last Green Arrow issue??

Posted by Xwraith

@billy_cobb: I know that, but I don't plan on picking that one up because I'm not following Future's End.

Posted by davidgrantlloyd

Big Trouble in Little China #3

Action Comics #34

Action Comics Annual #3

Superman Wonder Woman Annual #1

Vampirella #3

Miracleman #9

Posted by Black_Arrow

INVINCIBLE

Posted by micah

@iceman228433 said:

man again a week with nothing I want.

Read Kick-Ass. Its amazing.

You should also check out New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Earth 2 ;)

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Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Action Comics #34

2. Action Comics Annual #3

3. Aquaman and The Others #5

4. Batman Eternal #18

5. Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #3

6. Detective Comics #34

7. Earth 2 #26

8. Futures End #14

9. Grayson #2

10. Green Arrow #34

11. Green Lantern #34

12. Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1

13. Nailbiter #4

14. Spread #2

15. Uber #16

16. Big Trouble In Little China #3

17. Suicide Risk #16

Posted by Asgaror

ORIGINAL SIN 5.3

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Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

I'm surprised you brought up Earth 2, that series has been going down hill so much. I love Tom Taylor but I absolutely hate what he did to Earth 2.

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Posted by micah

I'm surprised you brought up Earth 2, that series has been going down hill so much. I love Tom Taylor but I absolutely hate what he did to Earth 2.

I would encourage you to check out this issue, if simply to see the long awaited Val vs Superman smackdown. You know it's going to be epic!!!!!!!!!!!

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I've heard nothing but good things about Nailbiter, i'm going to have to check out the trade.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever
@micah said:

@captainmarvel4ever said:

I'm surprised you brought up Earth 2, that series has been going down hill so much. I love Tom Taylor but I absolutely hate what he did to Earth 2.

I would encourage you to check out this issue, if simply to see the long awaited Val vs Superman smackdown. You know it's going to be epic!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what I don't want, Earth 2 was meant to be about characters other then Superman and Batman, and now what is Earth 2 about? Superman and Batman :(

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@micah said:

@captainmarvel4ever said:

I'm surprised you brought up Earth 2, that series has been going down hill so much. I love Tom Taylor but I absolutely hate what he did to Earth 2.

I would encourage you to check out this issue, if simply to see the long awaited Val vs Superman smackdown. You know it's going to be epic!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what I don't want, Earth 2 was meant to be about characters other then Superman and Batman, and now what is Earth 2 about? Superman and Batman :(

I know, but take it for what it's worth a "Superman smackdown" hopefully with the new weekly series the focus should shift back to the original premise, at least that's what I've heard will happen.

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Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@micah: I can see a big Superman Esq fight in any comic, I wanted Earth 2 to give me a story about a world without the big three, instead focusing on the Golden Age heroes. Now the Golden Age heroes are being thrown under the bus for Bats and Supes.

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SpOck is back!!!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

FINAL ISSUES of GREEN ARROW AND MOON KNIGHT!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@madeinbangladesh said:

FINAL ISSUES of GREEN ARROW AND MOON KNIGHT!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neither book is canceled.

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

I'm so sad that Lemire and Sorrentino's run is coming to an end. It's easily been one of DC's best titles.

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Earth 2 and Avengers out of that list.

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Just Green Arrow, Nailbiter, and Moon Knight for me this week... and some books from the last couple of weeks cause I've missed about a couple of weeks so I can catch up

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