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.
Absolute Batman: Dark Victory HC
Finally the second half of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman epic is collected in Absolute format. This tome contains all 14 issues (#0-13) of Dark Victory in a beautiful over-sized format to show off Tim Sale’s striking artwork.
If you have the coin to spend, this hardcover collection should not be missed; especially if you already own the Absolute edition of Dark Victory’s precursor, Batman: The Long Halloween.
All-Star Western #9
All-Star Western ties into “Night of the Owls” with issue #9. This issue will peel back the curtain to reveal what the Court of Owls was up to circa the 1880s.
Additionally, Nighthawk and Cinnamon hunt down a group of killers and fall in love in this issue’s back-up story. How romantic.
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis continue “The Other League” storyline in the pages of Aquaman. More secrets about Aquaman’s past before he was a member of the Justice League are revealed. In addition, Mera learns a startling truth about Aquaman’s past from Shin.
Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #1
Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham revive Batman Incorporated in the “New 52” DCU. Talia has made her play, and now it’s up to Batman and the rest of his Bat-family to strike back. Plus: Batman and Robin face off against Goatboy, an assassin who, as the name implies, looks like a goat. Classic Morrison.
A new era for the G.I. Joes has begun. The Joes have gone underground in order to stop Cobra. The question remains: who is now on the team to carry out the difficult task of taking down Cobra? Those answers, and more will be revealed in Cobra #13.
Fantastic Four #606
Black Panther returns to the pages of Fantastic Four! The Four travel to Wakanda to discuss the planet’s lack of Vibranium. What happens when the world runs out of one of its greatest natural resources? Jonathan Hickman and artist Ron Garney delve into that subject with Fantastic Four #606.
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue to introduce Gorilla Grodd to the new DCU. In this month’s installment, the Flash travels to Gorilla City for the first time ever.
We’ll also learn more details about “The Runners” and their ties to the Flash and the Speed Force.
I, Vampire #9
It’s time for the aftermath to “Rise of the Vampires,” where Andrew Bennett has become the new leader of the blood suckers. Meanwhile, the vampires begin their pilgrimage to their new homeland. Get pumped for a bunch of new characters and storylines to be introduced in this issue of I, Vampire.
Justice League Dark #9
Jeff Lemire becomes the new ongoing writer for Justice League Dark with this issue. Lemire has been killing it on titles like Animal Man and Frankenstein since the “New 52” relaunch; so we fully expect he’ll bring his unique brand of drama and humor to the pages of JLD to make the series something truly special.
Even if you haven’t read any of Justice League Dark before, this issue is a perfect jumping on point for new readers. Remember, kiddies, Lemire equals gold. ‘Nuff said.
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1
Dark Horse kicks off a new mini-series starring Darth Vader, the Emperor and a newly introduced Imperial cadet.
It’s graduation day for the Imperial academy, but the celebration is cut short when a terrorist attack targets the tyrant leader of the galaxy and his right-hand man, Darth Vader. It becomes the duty of one brilliant cadet to put a stop to the attack.