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.
American Vampire #26
Scott Snyder and guest artist Roger Cruz bring you a new saga in the American Vampire universe. Our focus now shifts to Calvin Poole, survivor of the "Ghost War" arc in the Pacific.
Calvin has returned to America with a secret: he's now an American Vampire like Skinner and Pearl before him. And when traveling to Alabama to meet up with his brother, he soon learns his other half has a secret of his own...
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis continue their "Other League" storyline in the pages of Aquaman. With Aquaman and Mera still trying to piece together the clues to figure out who/what sunk Atlantis, an army is gathering against them.
Meanwhile, Black Mantra has returned in a big way, slicing and dicing his way through every Atlantean he comes across on his way to an inevitable confrontation with Arthur.
Captain America and Hawkeye #629
As we inch closer to the release of the Avengers film, it only makes sense that we're seeing more comics starring the film's ensemble cast. Take, for example, Captain America and Hawkeye, which was previously known as Captain American and Bucky.
While it's said to see Cap and Bucky end to make room for Clint Barton's arrival, we're honestly not complaining that much because we get to see Cap and Hawkeye fight dinosaurs in this first issue. That's right, dinosaurs! This should be an entertaining comic if nothing else.
We come to the end of "The Omega Effect" crossover in the pages of Avenging Spider-Man, Punisher and Daredevil. This is for all the marbles. Will Spidey, Punisher and Daredevil be able to take down every crime syndicate in the Marvel universe with the Omega Drive, or will one of them succumb to temptation and keep the drive for themselves (this is mostly directed towards that jokester Punisher)?
To date, this mini event has been spectacular and we can't wait to see how it wraps up. And with the conclusion falling to the pages of Daredevil, we know this finale is in great hands.
Spider-Man's worst nightmare has come true: Johnny Storm has moved in with him. After Johnny's near-death trip to the Negative Zone and beyond, he's returned for some much needed R&R, which he plans to get by crashing at Pete's place.
We can't see this going over so well. But with Jonathan Hickman writing it, you can bet this issue is going to be hilarious.
Flash has been pulled into the Speed Force and he learns he's not alone.
Enter: Turbine, a prisoner of the Speed Force who just wants outs.
Brian Buccellatto and Francis Manapul continue their amazingly poetic run on Flash and we can't wait to see where this all leads.
Our good friend Joey Esposito's first comic series, with fantastically dark artwork by Jonathan Moore, is collected in trade paperback. Footprints follows Bigfoot and his gang of cryptozoological teammates as they investigate the brutal murder of his brother, Yeti.
Featuring the Jersey Devil, Nessy, Megalodon and a few more surprises, Footprints paints these mythological creatures in a completely new, urban light. We've read the book and can tell you it's absolutely worth checking out.
Moon Knight #12
We come with heavy hearts to report that Moon Knight #12 is the final issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's series. But don't cry too hard. Bendis and Maleev plan to wrap up every narrative thread and loose end by the conclusion of this issue. This is the series' natural concluding point. Therefore, you can revisit this latest Moon Knight series as a nice, completed max-series starring our favorite superhero psychopath. We'll miss you, Moony.
New Deadwardians #2
In this writer's humble opinion, New Deadwardians is the brightest of the bunch in Vertigo's stable of newly launched books. It's equal parts hilarious and serious, with all the trappings to be an entertaining, long-form story. Dan Abnett and artist I.N.J. Culbard have crafted a unique vampire/zombie story, and that's saying something when considering how oversaturated pop culture is with both of those monstrous species.
Here in chapter #2, Inspector Suttle's murder investigation continues, leading him to some very interesting/deadly places. Finding the answers he seeks is literally a matter of life and death and could turn Deadwardian society on its zombified head.
The spinach-lovin' sailor with abnormally large forearms returns to the funny books after a 30-year absence.
Eisner Award-winning writer Roger Landridge and artist Bruce Ozella bring us a new take on the classic character that's true to his roots. If you are at all fueled by nostalgia, put Popeye #1 on your pull list this week.