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Posted by erik_norris (191 posts) - - Show Bio

Welcome to our new weekly feature -- 10 Comics to Buy This Week. There are a metric crap-ton of comic books hitting shelves every single week. And for the common consumer, it's financially impossible to pick up everything. That's where this column steps in like your superhero savior, drawing your attention to 10 books worth your hard-earned dollars during any given week.

We intend to not only spotlight tights and capes books, but also some indie titles off the beaten path, which, if all goes well, will help broaden your reading horizons in the process.

American Vampire #24

Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque conclude "Death Race" with a sworn enemy's identity revealed and a lot of blood spilled. Thus far, we've been loving this look at 1950s Americana with a vampiric twist through the lens of Snyder and Albuquerque. We can't wait for more. And we get just that this week.

Aquaman #6

For this issue of Aquaman, writer Geoff Johns focuses on Aquaman's main squeeze, Mera, as she investigates the sinking of Atlantis. But going further down the rabbit hole will lead Mera to some intriguing revelations about her own dark past. If you haven't been following Aquaman yet, now's the time to jump on the bandwagon. Seriously, Aquaman is awesome.

Fantastic Four #603

It all comes down to this -- Galactus versus the Celestials, the return of the Future Foundation and the last stand of the Fantastic Four. This latest arc in Fantastic Four, "Forever," has been epic as all get out, and we can wait to see how it all plays out this week.

Flash #6

Following the climatic events of last issue, Barry must come to terms with how his battle with Mob Rule turned out. Meanwhile, there's a murder mystery to solve that dates back 150 years, which will reveal the true origins of Central and Keystone City.

I, Vampire #6

The Queen of Blood has taken over Gotham City with her army of vampires, and it's up to Andrew, with the help of Batman, to stop her. In addition, Mary will lose something/someone dear to her in the process. If you haven't been reading I, Vampire yet, please remedy that mistake by picking up the previous five issues along with this week's issue #6. You won't regret it.

Ray #3

Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti continue their interesting revision of The Ray character. In this issue, Lucien sets out to juggle saving his girl, Chanti, from the clutches of the Isopods while also trying to rescue her parents from the evil Director. This mini-series might not be perfect, but this new take on The Ray has proven itself entertaining, delivering a superhero story where the super heroics come easy when compared to every day life problems.

Secret Avengers #23

Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman continue their run on Secret Avengers, introducing Venom to the team as they journey into the center of the earth to find the one known as "Father." We're expecting more off-the-walls concepts and hilariously witty characterization from Remender and company with this new issue of Secret Avengers.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7

In this month's installment, Scorpion comes to New York City and Uncle Aaron discovers a secret about his nephew, Miles. While Peter Parker might be missing from the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man, it's still a fantastic read that's both immensely entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable.

Venom #13.3

Writer Jeff Parker and artist Julian Tedesco jump aboard to continue this awesome mini event starring Venom, Red Hulk, X-23 and Ghost Rider. After succumbing to their Antitheses, it looks like our heroes are down and out with Hell quickly spreading across earth. What hope do us mere mortals now have? We're not exactly sure, but we're excited to find out in Venom #13.3.

Wolverine And The X-Men #6

Woo! A new issue of Wolverine and the X-Men so soon after the last one! According to Marvel, this is the issue where things get worse, with Wolverine and Kid Omega traveling to an intergalactic casino to win some cash to keep the Jean Grey School open. Yea, we can't see this going smoothly either.

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#1 Posted by CrimsonTempest (307 posts) - - Show Bio

I, Vampire, Flash, Aquaman are my picks.

#2 Posted by KainScion (2973 posts) - - Show Bio

MMmmMMM hit me with some venom cuz its GOOOOOD!!! and wolverine, bats and flash. rest maybe never.

#3 Posted by longbowhunter (7082 posts) - - Show Bio

Venom, Secret Avengers, Flash and Aquaman. I read American Vampire in trade.

Looking forward to Prophet #22 as well.

#4 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman, Flash and Ultimate Spiderman are definite pick-ups.

Even though it's not on the list, I have to pick up Superman as well.

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#5 Posted by RoboShark (1271 posts) - - Show Bio

Secret Avengersssah!

#6 Posted by zombietag (1494 posts) - - Show Bio

oops wrong USM cover

#7 Posted by Mandrewgora (296 posts) - - Show Bio

yes. american vampire.

#8 Posted by erik_norris (191 posts) - - Show Bio

@zombietag said:

oops wrong USM cover

Good catch. It's fixed now with what I'm HOPING is the right cover ;)

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#9 Posted by kingjoeg (693 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait to read wolverine and the x-mem.

#10 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

Not to be nit-picky but all of this week's pics were Marvel/DC, last month these books fell into the following brackets in terms of sales:

  • #01-10: Flash, Aquaman
  • #11-20: Wolverine and the X-Men
  • #21-30: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
  • #30-40: Fantastic Four
  • #41-50: Secret Avengers
  • #60-70: Venom
  • #111-120: I, Vampire
  • #121-130: American Vampire
  • #131-140: Ray

Everyone one of these books outsold Chew, Lobster Johnson, Vampirella, The Unwritten, Morning Glories, iZombie, Sweet Tooth, Irredeemable, Tiny Titans, Hack/Slash, Scalped, Usagi Yojimbo, Avengelyne, PIGS and a number of other great books

I'm not saying they aren't the best, I love two of those books (and thought one of the others I dropped was good, just not my thing) but last week there was at least two Dark Horse and an Image release...I think either this feature should up the amount of comics or go out of its way to not spotlight the ones everyone's reading already (like reserve three spots for non Marvel/DC books)

Maybe recommend stuff like RASL #13, Too Much Coffee Man or Lil Depressed Boy #9? (I've never read any of those but the desire has existed at various points)

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#11 Posted by feargalr (1163 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman and Ultimate Spiderman

#12 Posted by erik_norris (191 posts) - - Show Bio

@aztek_the_lost said:

Not to be nit-picky but all of this week's pics were Marvel/DC, last month these books fell into the following brackets in terms of sales:

  • #01-10: Flash, Aquaman
  • #11-20: Wolverine and the X-Men
  • #21-30: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
  • #30-40: Fantastic Four
  • #41-50: Secret Avengers
  • #60-70: Venom
  • #111-120: I, Vampire
  • #121-130: American Vampire
  • #131-140: Ray

Everyone one of these books outsold Chew, Lobster Johnson, Vampirella, The Unwritten, Morning Glories, iZombie, Sweet Tooth, Irredeemable, Tiny Titans, Hack/Slash, Scalped, Usagi Yojimbo, Avengelyne, PIGS and a number of other great books

I'm not saying they aren't the best, I love two of those books (and thought one of the others I dropped was good, just not my thing) but last week there was at least two Dark Horse and an Image release...I think either this feature should up the amount of comics or go out of its way to not spotlight the ones everyone's reading already (like reserve three spots for non Marvel/DC books)

Maybe recommend stuff like RASL #13, Too Much Coffee Man or Lil Depressed Boy #9? (I've never read any of those but the desire has existed at various points)

I think you make fair points. It's honestly going to fluctuate each and every week. Like you mentioned, last week saw a few great indies starting up or coming out. This week is a little light on that end, so we stuck mostly with the solid tights and capes books that you should be picking up. As this column ages we'll be doing more with independents and spotlighting things off the beaten path. At least that's our hope.

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#13 Posted by chalkshark (1189 posts) - - Show Bio

Already regularly buying 7 of the 10. No intentions of picking up the other three.

#14 Posted by LeonardEugenius (7 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely picking up Aquaman, Secret Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Wolverine & the X Men. I wish Children's Crusade 9 wouldn't have gotten delayed again. Also looking forward to Uncanny X Force, Justice League Dark, New Mutants, Mighty Thor, Avenger's Academy, Teen Titans, & Magneto: Not a Hero.

#15 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33367 posts) - - Show Bio

I wont be going near Fantastic Four, W&TXM or Secret Avengers but the rest are good

#16 Posted by Trodorne (2588 posts) - - Show Bio

This list is all Big 2 and only 2 titles on this list are worth picking up.

#17 Posted by Pbott (210 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

I wont be going near Fantastic Four, W&TXM or Secret Avengers but the rest are good

Wow seriously? all the book up there are good but along with American Vampire and Venom (if remender was scripting it) Secret Avengers and Fantastic Four are the two best by far imo, if not the two best books at marvel.

#18 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33367 posts) - - Show Bio
@Pbott said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I wont be going near Fantastic Four, W&TXM or Secret Avengers but the rest are good

Wow seriously? all the book up there are good but along with American Vampire and Venom (if remender was scripting it) Secret Avengers and Fantastic Four are the two best by far imo, if not the two best books at marvel.

my taste in books lay else where, their is much better books that are not from Marvel.
#19 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2238 posts) - - Show Bio

This list suffers heavily from a lack of Morning Glories.

And I'm sorry, but The Flash is not as good as everyone likes to boast. Oh sure the artwork is outstanding and the presentation of the artwork is even better, but the storytelling is really awkward with clunky pacing. I have no dispute with anything else on this list. I, Vampire needs more recognition. I came into this article expecting to need to be ashamed at the lack of its presence, but was pleasantly surprised to see it was indeed included. Kudos on that.

#20 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2238 posts) - - Show Bio

Also, that's the wrong cover for I, Vampire. It was the one DC originally solicited, but they recently replaced it with a much better one that's actually drawn by the interior artist and thus better represents the tone of the series.

#21 Posted by Pbott (210 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

@Pbott said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I wont be going near Fantastic Four, W&TXM or Secret Avengers but the rest are good

Wow seriously? all the book up there are good but along with American Vampire and Venom (if remender was scripting it) Secret Avengers and Fantastic Four are the two best by far imo, if not the two best books at marvel.

my taste in books lay else where, their is much better books that are not from Marvel.

Im not saying Marvel puts out the best books , all im saying is that those two books are two of the best at marvel.

#22 Posted by Pbott (210 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Mighty Monarch said:

This list suffers heavily from a lack of Morning Glories.

And I'm sorry, but The Flash is not as good as everyone likes to boast. Oh sure the artwork is outstanding and the presentation of the artwork is even better, but the storytelling is really awkward with clunky pacing. I have no dispute with anything else on this list. I, Vampire needs more recognition. I came into this article expecting to need to be ashamed at the lack of its presence, but was pleasantly surprised to see it was indeed included. Kudos on that.

Yes Morning Glories is AWSOME!!! And I agree with everything you said about Flash, sure its good, but far from great. As for I, Vampire I feel like i am starting to like it more after each Issue, however i would not say its much better than Flash.

#23 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33367 posts) - - Show Bio
@Pbott said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Pbott said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I wont be going near Fantastic Four, W&TXM or Secret Avengers but the rest are good

Wow seriously? all the book up there are good but along with American Vampire and Venom (if remender was scripting it) Secret Avengers and Fantastic Four are the two best by far imo, if not the two best books at marvel.

my taste in books lay else where, their is much better books that are not from Marvel.

Im not saying Marvel puts out the best books , all im saying is that those two books are two of the best at marvel.

and all I'm saying is I would rather get the much better books
#24 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2238 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pbott: I'm biased, to an extent. I am a big vampire fan, and its been a while since I've encountered a vampire series that so perfectly represents my personal ideal of vampires. Although overall I do find it of high quality aside from that. With I, Vampire I say, to each their own, I LOVE love it, and think its still good enough to be all around great. Flash seems to have people hypnotized by the art. Each scene is perfectly well put together, but the flow is really bad in terms of stitching the scenes together into a proper story. It's not bad, it just isn't nearly worthy of "10 Comics to Buy This Week," especially when Morning Glories isn't on the list.

#25 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

@erik_norris said:

@aztek_the_lost said:

Not to be nit-picky but all of this week's pics were Marvel/DC, last month these books fell into the following brackets in terms of sales:

  • #01-10: Flash, Aquaman
  • #11-20: Wolverine and the X-Men
  • #21-30: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
  • #30-40: Fantastic Four
  • #41-50: Secret Avengers
  • #60-70: Venom
  • #111-120: I, Vampire
  • #121-130: American Vampire
  • #131-140: Ray

Everyone one of these books outsold Chew, Lobster Johnson, Vampirella, The Unwritten, Morning Glories, iZombie, Sweet Tooth, Irredeemable, Tiny Titans, Hack/Slash, Scalped, Usagi Yojimbo, Avengelyne, PIGS and a number of other great books

I'm not saying they aren't the best, I love two of those books (and thought one of the others I dropped was good, just not my thing) but last week there was at least two Dark Horse and an Image release...I think either this feature should up the amount of comics or go out of its way to not spotlight the ones everyone's reading already (like reserve three spots for non Marvel/DC books)

Maybe recommend stuff like RASL #13, Too Much Coffee Man or Lil Depressed Boy #9? (I've never read any of those but the desire has existed at various points)

I think you make fair points. It's honestly going to fluctuate each and every week. Like you mentioned, last week saw a few great indies starting up or coming out. This week is a little light on that end, so we stuck mostly with the solid tights and capes books that you should be picking up. As this column ages we'll be doing more with independents and spotlighting things off the beaten path. At least that's our hope.

Fair enough, it is too early into the run of this feature for me to go judging it to harshly but I'm just trying to make sure it's heading in a good and unique direction and not just more of the same.

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#26 Posted by redwingx (822 posts) - - Show Bio

Very Excited for The Ray #3, tho it feels like im the only one:(

#27 Posted by charlieboy (7160 posts) - - Show Bio

the books i will pick up are ff, wolvie and the x-men, secret avengers, and venom (reading this storyline because x-23 is in it).

#28 Posted by TDK_1997 (14892 posts) - - Show Bio

All of them except I,Vampire and The Ray are must buys for me.

#29 Posted by nightlock (37 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely looking forward for uncanny x force, new guardians, and teen titans!

#30 Posted by KidSupreme (829 posts) - - Show Bio

they should all be DC comics picks :D LoL

#31 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9057 posts) - - Show Bio

I am going to get Flash, Ultimate Spider-man, and Wolverine and the X-men

#32 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

I will continue buying Aquaman and Flash until they start to suck, which I doubt will happen anytime soon. ;)

#33 Posted by CBattles6 (24 posts) - - Show Bio

FYI, the Flash this month is different than the current solicitation. They're pushing this one-shot issue back and moving up the beginning of the Captain Cold storyline.

#34 Posted by ElCapitan (209 posts) - - Show Bio

Love this feature!

@The Mighty Monarch: Yeah, where's the Morning Glories love? Flash is pretty overrated, but I've only ever read last month's issue, so my opinion isn't valid.

#35 Posted by Ganthetsward20 (687 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine and the X-men has been outstanding and thats why its on my pull list, everything else im either waiting for trades or not really interested

#36 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Shucks, I need to add some of these to my list from week to week. These look great.

#37 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

im getting 3/10 of what you guys listed...lol

#38 Posted by zackattack529 (1404 posts) - - Show Bio

i know fersur im getting flash, aquaman, venom, and ult. spiderman from that list

and im also getting new guardians and justice league dark. and if ult xmen happens to come out tommoro then that as well :)

#39 Posted by The Impersonator (5483 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mandrewgora said:

yes. american vampire.

#40 Posted by WildValentine (289 posts) - - Show Bio

ROFL at Wolverine and the X-Men's plot. You can't accuse Aaron of recycling old ideas. I think I might even pick it up, just because it sounds so bizarre.

#41 Edited by RedOwl_1 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

@Deranged Midget said:

Aquaman, Flash and Ultimate Spiderman are definite pick-ups.

Even though it's not on the list, I have to pick up Superman as well.

Exactly, they're my favourites of the week and also have GL: New Guardians, Hawkman and of course Teen Titans and if was a month with 4 weeks I'll have Tiny Titans :D but not this month till the next week

#42 Posted by The Stegman (24373 posts) - - Show Bio

I, Vampire, Flash, Aquaman are my picks.

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#43 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedOwl_1 said:

@Deranged Midget said:

Aquaman, Flash and Ultimate Spiderman are definite pick-ups.

Even though it's not on the list, I have to pick up Superman as well.

Exactly, they're my favourites of the week and also have GL: New Guardians, Hawkman and of course Teen Titans and if was a month with 4 weeks I'll have Tiny Titans :D but not this month till the next week

Solid picks, I disliked New Guardians though. Didn't appeal to me for some odd reason.

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#44 Posted by shawn87 (2095 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Mighty Monarch said:

This list suffers heavily from a lack of Morning Glories.

And I'm sorry, but The Flash is not as good as everyone likes to boast. Oh sure the artwork is outstanding and the presentation of the artwork is even better, but the storytelling is really awkward with clunky pacing. I have no dispute with anything else on this list. I, Vampire needs more recognition. I came into this article expecting to need to be ashamed at the lack of its presence, but was pleasantly surprised to see it was indeed included. Kudos on that.

I thought I was the only one who felt that way towards Flash.
#45 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7837 posts) - - Show Bio

Cant freakin wait for Flash 6.

#46 Edited by n8hobbs (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait for Flash #6 too. My Pull-list this week consists of Flash, Aquaman, GL: New Guardians, Teen Titans, and I'm trying two new comics out, Peter Panzerfaust and something I've never brought, a Star Wars comic, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi. Oh, and the freaky comic Morning Glories.

#47 Posted by Shichoo (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Dying to pick up Flash #6.

#48 Posted by jrock85 (2874 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman and Flash for me.

#49 Posted by FTomato (8 posts) - - Show Bio

@erik_norris: Please continue this feature, it's very very helpful :)

#50 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@KidSupreme said:

they should all be DC comics picks :D LoL

Yes!!!!!!!!!