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This Week's Essential Comics: 9/1/14

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New comic book day is just around the corner and we want to make sure you're prepared for all of the glorious new issues it'll offer. We've reviewed the latest list of new releases and we'll tell you which ones stood out to us and why we're excited to check 'em out. Once you're done seeing what we recommend, be sure to chime in with your own list of essential comics.

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks


It’s “season 2” of MOON KNIGHT. While pretty much all of us loved the first six issues by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, it’s time to accept when a creative team moves on. The truth is, Moon Knight is a great character. I’ve always loved the layers to the character. Now we have Brian Wood stepping up to continue his adventures.

Brian Wood is no rookie when it comes to writing. It’s going to be exciting to see this next chapter for Mr. Knight. Joining Wood is Greg Smallwood handling the art duties. From the preview, we can see we have something to look forward to. Having Jordie Bellaire stay on as colorist will help make the transition a smooth one.

If you’ve been digging the series and are a Moon Knight fan, there really isn’t any way you miss this one.


It’s time for things to get a little crazy. Hawkeye and Deadpool are two characters with an…interesting way of looking at things. This will be, as writer Gerry Duggan put it in an interview, “…like Lethal Weapon with two Riggs.” Duggan’s been doing a great job on the ongoing DEADPOOL series and Fraction has cranked up the humor in HAWKEYE. Duggan should be able to handle the humor and action this series will require with no problem.

We seem to have had a taste of these two together recently in the pages of SECRET AVENGERS #7. Hopefully this will pick up on that and give us exactly what we’d want.


How long has Wolverine been dying? If we’re being honest, it feels like it’s been going on and on for much too long. Wolverine lost his healing factor and that has thrown a monkey wrench into the way he operates. As a fighter, he’s had no problem jumping straight into the thick of the action with no need to worry about any damage he might receive. That isn’t the case any more. The recent series had some interesting aspects but didn’t really hit the mark with what we were expecting. Now that the the end is truly in sight, Charles Soule is cranking things up.

With the opportunity to read the issue before it goes on sale, it can be said this issue exceeds our expectations. Soule brings in some aspects that felt like were purposely avoided in the last twelve issue series. Now, we get to see Wolverine deal with the actual consequences of his missing healing factor on different levels. This will also much more than just a much too long fight between Wolverine and Sabretooth.

It should also be worth noting that this issue includes a lot of "special features" to justify the cover price. We get to see sketches and Steve McNiven's penciled work along with some commentary. There's also an interview with Wolverine creator, Len Wein.

Check out our early review here.

Honorable Mention: UNCANNY X-MEN #25

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks


My heart is still broken because this book is cancelled and we're winding down to the finale. The pain is only made worse by the solicit which says "Still not CANCELLED! " Well, it is the start of a new arc, which I'm really excited about, since every arc prior has been a giant blast. Spencer and Lieber have done a phenomenal job with the series and not only does it look great because of Lieber's awesome art, but it's a downright hilarious book. Join in on the fun before it's too late and you live a life of regret.


How about that last page from issue #4? Pretty amazing, right? Seriously, this book is disturbing and one hell of a read. Writer Joshua Williamson has crafted this fantastic story and world that merges horror and a mystery. All of the characters within this story, even the ones that are murderous, are incredibly intriguing. Easily, this is one of the most engaging series at Image. Plus, the artwork from Mike Henderson is fantastic.


Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks


Ladies and gentlemen, this issue unfortunately marks the end of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino's time with Green Arrow's series. Even if you're not following FUTURES END -- and let's face it, many of us aren't current with it -- this is still something fans of Lemire/Sorrentino's run just can't miss. Come on, it's their last piece of work with the Emerald Archer... or at least his mantle! Still, I'm beyond anxious to see how they'll say goodbye to DC's most famous archer and what the future has in store for the legacy of Green Arrow. Will Emiko or Diggle carry on the Green Arrow name? Or will it be someone else? It's a sad, sad moment for fans of the excellent run, but at least they've left us with so many good memories and hopefully this wraps everything up on a very strong note.


BOOM! Studios' new series reintroduced us to RoboCop's gritty world in the first issue and the second one gave us a good look at the new antagonist, so now it's time to see how this story will unfold! Writer Joshua Williamson's had just two chapters with the iconic movie character and he's already won me over and then some. The writer's proved he's a great fit for this violent, dark, and morally twisted city and this feels like a true follow-up to the original movie. Throw in Carlos Magno's more than fitting artwork and you can bet I'm really looking forward to the next issue.

Honorable Mention: DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #4

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks


Last issue resulted in a startling reveal that has re-energized my interest in this weekly title. Though the quality may vary (as is natural for such a frequent release schedule from so many different creators), it's been generally, some might say surprisingly, high. There's one reveal last issue that's getting the lion's share of attention, and rightly so, but there were a couple of others that are just about as intriguing and interesting and this issue looks to capitalize on at least one of them. There are too creators to list (and the solicitation doesn't list them all) but as long as it's the same names we've been seeing, it'll be some of the minds behind the creation of this character, and it's those minds that should bring him back into the fold.


Marvel does a generally great job of keeping their continuity straight, possibly owing to the fact that they've always had their characters share one world. So when a major change befalls a character, say the depowering of Captain America, it's great to see it reflected in other titles. I can't say what legal grievance Cap might have (something tells me suing Arnim Zola for custody of Ian isn't in the cards) but it'll apparently involve the Man Without Fear as well. Charles Soule's sleeper hit has been one of my favorite monthly books since it began and the humor balances so well with the strange, surreal visuals of Javier Pulido that, regardless of what the plot brings, it'll be entertaining.


Black Widow and Hawkeye's books have been sharing some interesting parallels, but been very different overall. This was given a sly wink and nod to when Clint appeared for two panels being hit by a car in one of BLACK WIDOW'S few moments of levity. Nathan Edmondson continues the extremely compact storylines and, apparently, is bringing Hawkeye along for the ride this time. Whether he'll show up as support or as an antagonist (as is the wont of a Marvel team-up) has yet to be seen, but with Phil Noto continuing to provide visuals (have I mentioned that he's ALSO the series cover artist??), there's no reason to think the book will falter now.

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Edited by Teerack

Can't wait for Foes.

I hope Edmondson's Hawkeye is like Fraction's.

I hope when Wolverine is dead they change Wolverine and The X-Men into Kid Omega and the X-Men.

Posted by micah
  • Original Sin
  • Hawkeye vs Deadpool
  • Death of Wolverine
  • Justice League
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Batman Beyond 2.0
  • Smallville: Continuity
  • Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
  • Maybe Robocop
Edited by derf_jenkins

Superior foes!!

Posted by BlueBeetle1

DC had 1 last week and now 2. Lol

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

15 comics to read for me this week.

Posted by noj

I'll be getting a few of the Futures End books, Batman Eternal, and Justice League. I had no idea JL was out this week btw.

Posted by longbowhunter

Black Widow #10

Grayson Futures End #1

Green Arrow Futures End#1

Nailbiter #5

Southern Bastards #4

Swamp Thing Futures End #1

Edited by timelord

DC Comics

Week One of Futures End Month

  • Action Comics: Futures End #1 -
  • Aquaman: Futures End #1 -
  • Batwing: Futures End #1 -
  • Detective Comics: Futures End #1 -
  • Earth 2: Futures End #1 -
  • Grayson: Futures End #1 -
  • Green Lantern: Futures End #1 -
  • Green Arrow: Futures End #1 -
  • The Phantom Stranger: Futures End #1 -
  • Swamp Thing: Futures End #1 -
  • The New 52: Futures End #18 -

Non Futures End

  • Justice League #33 - This book is still behind schedule what gives?
  • Batman Eternal #22 - Hush!


Forever Evil: HC

Edited by staypuffed
  • Death of Wolverine #1
  • Justice League #33
  • Original Sin #8
  • Detective Comics: Futures End #1
  • Black Widow #10
Posted by VanderSEXXX

gonna be painful for my wallet this week:

Death of Wolverine #1

Original Sin #8

Punisher #10

Iron Fist #6

Futures End #18

Edited by Xwraith

I'll definitely be getting Rocket Raccoon, and after reading this, I'll be getting Green Arrow Future's End.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Southern Bastards

Batman Eternal

Superior Foes

Moon Knight


Black Widow

Original Sin

Rocket Raccoon

Posted by mak13131313

My pull list for the week,

1. Action Comics: Futures End #1

2. Aquaman: Futures End #1

3. Batman Eternal #22

4. Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #4

5. Batwing: Futures End #1

6. Detective Comics: Futures End #1

7. Earth 2: Futures End #1

8. Futures End #18

9. Grayson: Futures End #1

10. Green Arrow: Futures End #1

11. Green Lantern: Futures End #1

12. Justice League #33

13. Swamp Thing: Futures End #1

14. Trinity of Sin Phantom Stranger: Futures End #1

15. Nailbiter #5

16. Uber #17

17. Big Trouble in Little China #4

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Justice League finally.

I don't usually like these September breaks especially futures end, which hasn't been that good.

But I think I'll try out


Phantom Stranger.

Action Comics.


Love the Hawkeye deadpool cover.!

Posted by UltimaStarkiller

Action Comics: Future's End #1

Deadpool vs X-Force #4

Hawkguy vs Deadpool #0

Justice League #33

Legendary Star-Lord #3

Moon Knight #7

Original Sin #8

Rocket Raccoon #3

Spider-Man 2099 #3

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15

Uncanny X-Men #25

Posted by TheIndecider

Another September, another DC event that is going to hurt my wallet in so many ways:

  • Action Comics Futures End
  • Green Arrow Futures End (The last Lemire/Sorrentino issue...)
  • Detective Comics Futures End (Riddler as Batman's sidekick = sold)
  • Earth 2 Futures End (Probably the last Earth 2 I'll get, I'm just curious how the whole "war between worlds" event in the near future might turn out)
  • Batman Eternal #22 (HUSH!!! Holy crap he's really back!!!)
  • Justice League #33 (It sucks that Reis is off the book next month, but then again it might mean less delays in the future)
  • Miracleman #10
  • Rocket Raccoon #3 (I'm loving the hell out of this series so far, hope it stays this good)
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15 (Well, at least they made it past the initial 12 issues they were given)
  • Original Sin #8 (I just want this event to end already)
  • Original Sin #5.5 (Really disappointing so far, especially the art, but I'm a completionist...)
Edited by CaptainMarvel4Ever

I think this Future month will be fun. The idea isn't as solid as issues about the villains like last year, but it's still cool. I'm basically playing the entire month by ear, picking up whatever looks cool (I don't even know what comes out this week). One week I may spend little to nothing, the next I may as well burn my wallet.

Posted by KouNurasaka

Batman Eternal and Moon Knight from these picks. I will grab Injustice Year 2 as well. After that, we shall see...

Posted by Boynerdgeek

Justice League #33 come out this week right ? Definitely will check them out. Also Green Arrow Futures End which I think Emiko is involve :)

Posted by impossibilly

@teerack said:

I hope when Wolverine is dead they change Wolverine and The X-Men into Kid Omega and the X-Men.

I like this idea!

Edited by Transformers1024

Sadly I'm getting nothing from DC this month since every September is their "Gimmick Month" where they bump up the prices of their books and interrupt our monthly stories.

From Marvel I'm getting Rocket Raccoon (which everyone should be reading)and Legendary Star-Lord.

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@teerack said:

I hope when Wolverine is dead they change Wolverine and The X-Men into Kid Omega and the X-Men.

I like this idea!

Posted by dreamfall31

Spent too much on dumb villains month covers, so I asked my LCS to get the regular covers only for my pull list!

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

@theindecider: I might be getting Detective. That Batman & Riddler idea sounds too good to pass up. The only other Futures End I'll probably be getting is the Justice League United one since that's pretty much J'onn's book.

I don't know if I'll be getting any books this week. None of the books I usually read come out this week though I might be try She-Hulk since Daredevil will be stopping by. Maybe I'll try Rocket Raccoon and I might pick up Black Widow if I find out her book is bimonthly or not.

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Death of Wolverine and Black Widow are the two I'm getting...

Edited by MarcosVergara14


Posted by Grey56

Still hawking a book featuring the demise of a character that everyone buying and not buying the book knows to be untrue. I suppose it's a matter of principle for some and not others. And given that this site is dedicated to reviewing everything to then assist those of sharing this site - it's a fairly good justification.

Still, I do miss the times where third parties were harsh on these types on money-grabs; regardless as to how well written or how many extras there are in the last few pages. At the end of the day, it's still a farce - and not a new one at that.

Posted by HushoftheWind
Posted by Jayc1324

My wallet is taking a hit this week.

Posted by MarcosVergara14

@hushofthewind: No but it's getting a horrible creative team change from Lemire and Sorrentino to Andrew Kreinsberg and Daniel Sampere. The writter allready stated his version of Ollie is gong to be heavly based on (UGH) Arrow

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@hushofthewind: No but it's getting a horrible creative team change from Lemire and Sorrentino to Andrew Kreinsberg and Daniel Sampere. The writter allready stated his version of Ollie is gong to be heavly based on (UGH) Arrow

So less Green Arrow and more Discount Batman?

Edited by MarcosVergara14

@maddpanda531 said:

@marcosvergara14 said:

@hushofthewind: No but it's getting a horrible creative team change from Lemire and Sorrentino to Andrew Kreinsberg and Daniel Sampere. The writter allready stated his version of Ollie is gong to be heavly based on (UGH) Arrow

So less Green Arrow and more Discount Batman?

Here's a picture to give you a clue. If they make "Olicity" canon I QUIT

Posted by Mrnoital

I'm surprised just about every issue this week is marvel

Posted by kilowog52

@marcosvergara14: The way I understood it was that the Green Arrow comics' version of Oliver Queen would be nothing like Arrow's but instead focus on his political views, which had been an important part of his character fora long time, but seem to have been on the backburner lately. The rumor is that they are bringing in comic book versions of Felicity Smoak and possibly other characters from the show, but I don't think Ollie himself is going to be like Arrow's Ollie.

@transformers1024: Actually the non-3D covers are the standard this year and they're all $2.99. Even the titles that usually have a $3.99 price tag. So essentially, this month is less expensive. Unless you do want the 3D covers, which are all $3.99.

@crazyscarecrow: I'm pretty sure the Justice League and Justice League United Futures End issues are two parts of the same story. I mean, you'd have to read them both for the whole story. A "to be continued" thing. So you may want to either not get either, or get both. I believe Aquaman and Aquaman and the Others are also a two part story, as well as Wonder Woman and Superman/ Wonder Woman.

Edited by Calebwayne

can't wait for death of wolverine and hawkeye/dedadpool :)

Edited by Cavemold

Spider man 2099 and Spider Verse 1

Posted by MarcosVergara14

@kilowog52: Even if that was true the influence of the show (Felicity, Diggle, Malcom Merlyn, etc) doesn't do it for me. I have a strong dislike for what Andrew Kreinsberg did to the Green Arrow mithology on both comics and TV. The Arrow version of some characters like Roy, Mia and Dinah are just reinforcements of what i see wrong in that show the three of them had they origins swapped out for the sake of doing CW drama. Roy Navajo heritage it's never mentioned just like his struggle against drugs (the only thing close to that was Thea helping him to overcome his addiction to something), Mia perhaps the only character pre-new 52 that was HIV positve was changed to a crying little girl who if she didn't had what she wanted said "You and dad where dead, i was alone" to get it, and Dinah god that's a lot of trouble first they cast Katie Cassidy and tell us she is Black Canary durning the whole season 1, by S2 the writters seemed to realese that the fanbase hated her and they created a sister based on the golden age BC that never existed inthe comics, and now on season three when i finally see hope to her character to be redeemed and become a badass vigilante what i got instead, "Olicity" pushed down my throath and a younger version of Wildcat (the men she described in several incarnations as her father figure) that seem to be her new love interest. What i'm trying to say is that i don't have high hopes for this book after Lemire and Sorrentino leave. Andrew Kreisberg has allready disappointed me with two horrible versions of Oliver and i doub that's gonna change in the near future when he takes over this book.

Posted by kilowog52

@marcosvergara14: Yeah! I can appreciate that. I myself however love Arrow. It is quite different from the comics but I think that is an okay thing for another media interpretation to be because it isn't taking place in the mainstream DCU. If the new writers can make the Green Arrow comic as good as the TV show, without taking a dump on what came before, I will really enjoy it. And I really have no reason to believe that they do plan on any retcons or anything. Even if they bring in Felicity and other Arrow characters, they won't be the Arrow characters, they will be changed to fit into the existing comics, like Diggle was. And I wouldn't really have a problem with them bringing them in as long as there aren't any retcons. I men Jax and Naomi first appeared in the New 52. Lemire killed Jax and Emerson and brought in Fyff. I really don't see any difference if they brought in Felicity. On another note, I have no idea what you're talking about when you're saying Wildcat appeared in Season 3 of Arrow because that hasn't started yet. October 8th can't come quick enough!

Edited by MarcosVergara14

@kilowog52: I understabd your points but Arrows till it's not my cup of tea. And on the Ted Grant thing i was talking about the announcment of last month of him being casted as a middle 30's. I have high hopes on The Flash tough. Besides Barry is a wide known character that doesn't need the help of a TV show to boost up sales of his comic.

Posted by Robert_Dent


Posted by XescapetheliesX

What is with marvel and all their 4.99 books this week? Maybe I can understand death of wolverine but Hawkeye v. Deadpool is 4.99 too? And the finale of original sin!?

Marvel is gross sometimes with their greediness. They sucker everyone in for 7 issues with original sin then hit everyone up for an extra dollar if you want to read the final issue? I'll find other ways to read the finale

Edited by UrbanChill

does jen even work for this site anymore ?

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

No, I'm not accepting the change in creative team on Moon Knight! :(

Edited by Fallschirmjager
  • Uber 17
  • Aquaman Futures End 1
  • Aquaman and the Others Future End 1
  • Detective Comics Futures End 1
  • Green Arrow Futures End 1
  • Justice League 33
  • Swamp Thing Futures End 1
  • Dejah of Mars 4
  • All-New X-Factor 13
  • Black Widow 10
  • Moon Knight 7
  • Spider-Man 2099 3
  • Death-Dyfing Dr. Mirage 1


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• No DC / Marvel week 8 :-

• God Hates Astronauts #1

• Nailbiter #5

• Sidekick #8

• Southern Bastards #4

Posted by NICKXH

So no one is going to read Original SIn #8? :/

Edited by GraniteSoldier

No one put Rocket Raccoon on their essentials list? For shame!

Rocky's the only thing I'll be getting this week.

Posted by bladewolf

No one listed Death-Defying Doctor Mirage? I'm a bit surprised, that's #1 on my list this week!

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