Welcome back to 10 Comics to Buy This Week. As you're probably well aware, 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 not only going to spotlight tights and capes books, but also some indie titles off the beaten path, which, if all goes well, will broaden your reading horizons.
Avengers vs. X-Men #2
This summer's biggest event continues under the pen of Jason Aaron and artist John Romita Jr. After the Avengers came looking for Hope, the X-Men struck the first blow and now it's Hell on Utopia. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Force continues to barrel down on earth.
After two rather slow issues (counting issue #0), we're hoping Avengers vs. X-Men #2 really kicks things into high gear.
It should come as no surprise that we're featuring Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman on this list. Issue #8 serves as the official prelude to the upcoming "Night of the Owls" event, taking over a large number of the Bat-titles.
Broken and beaten, Bruce has retreated to Wayne Manor, but he soon finds out no place is safe from the reach of the Court. Will Bruce and the rest of the Bat-family be able to battle their way out of a corner and reclaim Gotham as their own? Pick up Batman #8 to find out.
Justice League #8
Everyone, say hi to the League's newest member: Green Arrow. However, the introduction doesn't go over smoothly. This is mostly due to Aquaman not really being a fan of the Emerald Archer. It probably has something to do with Ollie loving the taste of fish, or something...
Additionally, the Shazam back-up story continues with Billy meeting his new siblings and the old wizard. Will their combined power be able to turn Billy from a little brat to a respectable do-gooder?
Manhattan Projects #2
Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra continue to reveal their vision of the history behind the Manhattan Projects. In this issue we learn the secret role the super scientists of the Manhattan Projects played in the fall of Germany in World War II. We also get to meet Werner Von Braun, the "rocket god of Deutschland" who was the only guy before 1950 to have a badass robot arm. Yup, this sounds like a Hickman comic, and it sounds awesome to boot.
It's part two of the "Omega Effect" crossover in the pages of Avenging Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher. Spidey, Daredevil, Frank and Rachel have formed an alliance to take down the Marvel universe's largest criminal empires, and now is the time to strike. Will this rag-tag group of heroes and anti-heroes be able to put aside their differences in order to take down nearly every crime syndicate in one fell swoop? Or will their differing motivations be their undoing?
Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2
It's always a good week when a new issue of Rocketeer Adventures releases. This issue contains three stories -- one focusing on a grim battle and a race to save a soldier's life, the next spotlights a jealous Cliff keeping tabs on Betty, and the final story features a Hollywood icon in trouble.
Rocketeer Adventures 2 offers 25 pages of stories and art for the price of a regular 22-page comic. Win!
Written by Eric Trautmann and Brandon Jerwa, with art by Steve Lieber, Shooters tells the story of Terry Glass, a soldier whose spirit and soul has been hardened in countless battles. But when a horrible accident shatters his world, Glass finds himself waging a war for his career, marriage and faith.
It's rare when an original graphic novel from Vertigo doesn't live up to the hype, and we think Shooters has all the trappings of a classic war story. We have faith that Trautmann, Jerwa and Lieber can deliver the goods. So if you have some extra change to spare this week, pick up Shooters.
Uncanny X-Force #24
Rick Remender kicks off a new storyline with Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler on a quest to kill Age of Apocalypse Iceman. This group got the snot kicked out of them by evil Bobby last time, so what's going to change now to give our favorite group of anti-heroes the edge? We're guessing white-hot rage and a insatiable appetite for revenge is a good place to start.
The Walking Dead #96
We are four issues away from issue #100, and what better way to celebrate that than by wrapping up the current storyline, "A Larger World." Will Rick and the gang join the network and live in peace and prosperity for the rest of their days, or will they turn down the offer and make even more enemies? The answers to those questions and more lie in wait with The Walking Dead #96.
Wolverine and the X-Men #9
This is the issue where Wolverine and the X-Men starts to tie in with Avengers vs. X-Men. Now that Wolverine is caught in the middle of a war between friends and family, which side will he choose to align himself with? Whatever his decision may be, it's sure to ruffle some feathers, both in the Avengers community and at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Man, Wolvie just can't ever catch a break.