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.
Action Comics #8
Grant Morrison and Rags Morales wrap up this series' first story in style with an oversized, 30-page issue. It's the Man of Steel versus Brainiac, with the fate of Metropolis hanging in the balance.
We're hoping for an epic conclusion to this storyline that has been unfortunately miss or hit to date. With that said, however, last issue was fantastic, so hopefully some of that greatness can rub off on this week's issue #8.
Animal Man #8
It's "Animal vs. Man, part 2." Buddy makes a stand against the Rot-infested animals that have come to consume the Baker family. But not everything goes as planned, leading Maxine right into the hands of the Hunters.
We haven't seen a bad issue of Animal Man yet, and we don't foresee issue #8 being the one to offset that trend. Viva la Animal Man!
Avengers vs. X-Men #1
Last week saw the release of Avengers vs. X-Men #0. This week sees the release of the first official issue of the series. We'll admit, AvX #0 was a little slow; it was essentially just a primer to set the stage for the two teams taking part in this epic throwdown. We're hoping now that that business is out of the way, the gloves with come off with this first issue. The Phoenix Force has arrived, signaling the rebirth of the mutant race or the destruction of earth. Which could it be?!
If you haven't been reading Daredevil, you are a fool. That may seem harsh, but it's a fact. Mark Waid's Daredevil relaunch has been consistently one of the best series coming out on a monthly basis. Now, Marvel, Waid and artist Khoi Pham are giving you the perfect opportunity to see what you've been missing. This issue also acts as the perfect setting stage for the upcoming Daredevil/Punisher/Avenging Spider-Man crossover, "The Omega Effect."
Bill Willingham and artist Phil Jimenez continue the latest Fables offshoot series, Fairest. Sleeping Beauty has been awoken by her true love's kiss -- Ali Baba?! Yea, that doesn't make much sense, considering Baba is basically the Han Solo of fairy tales. He wouldn't know true love from a hole in the ground. Furthermore, the Snow Queen makes her presence known with chilling results. Thus far, Fairest has been one of the better new series to launch out of Vertigo. If you're a fan of whimsical tales, this is a series worth picking up.
The fourth issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' crime saga wrapped in Cthulhu mythology sees release this week as the series steers towards the conclusion of its first arc. All the pieces are in place, Josephine and her lover are ready to execute their plan, but only one of them knows what they're up against. As the solicitation for this issue reads, "there will be blood."
Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery HC
Do our eyes deceive us?! The impossibly hard-to-find series by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely finally gets collected into a gorgeous hardcover collection. Spinning out of Morrison's work on Doom Patrol, Flex Mentallo tells the story of Flex as he investigates the shady dealings of his former friend, The Fact, and a mysterious rock star that may hold the secrets to saving them both. This oversized hardcover collects all four issues of the series, as well as a special sketch section and recolored artwork. Must. Buy.
The current Hulk series celebrates his 50th birthday this week. This issue by Jeff Parker and Carlo Pagulayan acts as a great jumping-on point, delivering an oversized issue that kicks off a new story with plenty of guest appearances, including Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil and more. Jeff Parker has been doing some great things with this series and now seems like the perfect time to jump aboard if you've been missing the party thus far.
Dan Didio and Keith Giffen's OMAC comes to an end this week after only eight issues (*tears*). But this series is making sure it goes out with a bang. It's Checkmate versus Brother Eye, while Maxwell Lord leads a counter attack on Brother Eye and OMAC. This series was one of the New 52's pleasant surprises, making it all the more unfortunate that sales haven't been steady enough to justify its production. But you can do your part and pick up this final issue to tell DC you value good comics, whether they star Batman or Superman or neither.
Swamp Thing #8
More Swamp Thing goodness is on the way from Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette this week. After the absolutely stunning issue #7, it's going to be tough for Snyder and Paquette to live up to expectations with issue #8. However, we have complete faith in this dynamic duo. Alec Holland has finally accepted his fate as the protector of the Green and now he's taking the war to the Rot. Things are about to get all sorts of epic for this fantastic series.