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Posted by erik_norris (194 posts) - - Show Bio

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 #27

The concluding chapter of “The Nocturnes” is here. Calvin Poole has found himself in quite the pickle, stuck between a town that hates him and a new, vicious species of blood sucker. It’s going to be interesting to see how Poole evades death in this issue – if he manages to accomplish that in the first place. American Vampire #27 also features the return of a major character.

America’s Got Powers #2

The first issue of America’s Got Powers definitely surprised us; not only was the book well written by Jonathan Ross and expertly drawn by Bryan Hitch, but the story took a turn we didn’t expect. That’s why we’re excited to crack into the book’s second issue this week. Will Tommy Watt’s dreams of being a super-powered celebrity come true? Or will the world’s most famous reality show be cancelled before Tommy has a chance to make his mark?

Animal Man Annual #1

Jeff Lemire is joined by artist Timothy Green for a special one-shot, detailing the history of The Red, The Green and The Rot. This issue ties into both Lemire’s ongoing Animal Saga, as well as Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing series. Fans of either/both series should not miss this issue.

Batman Annual #1

The second major annual coming out this week centers on Batman and ties into the current “Night of the Owls” event. Written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Jason Fabok, Batman Annual #1 introduces Mister Freeze into the New 52 DCU. What role does he have to play in the Night of the Owls crossover? Tune in to this special issue to find out!

Batman: Death by Design HC

Writer Chip Kidd and artist Dave Taylor bring you this breathtakingly beautiful Batman story that merges the world of the Dark Knight with classic Hollywood cinema. Death by Design has been three years in the making, so it’s exciting to finally be able to get our hands on the book this week. Here’s hoping all the time spent making it has been worthwhile.

FF #18

The Future Foundation takes their first field trip – to the Negative Zone. What will happen when the group brings Annihilus home? This issue will also feature the return of Future Franklin and Val. Oh, and bugs. Lots, and lots of bugs.

Grim Leaper #1

Here’s another new ongoing series coming from Image. Grim Leaper is written by Kurtis Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust) and drawn by Aluisio Santos, telling the story of Lou Collins, a man caught in a cyclical curse of gruesome deaths, who meets a girl named Ella suffering the same fate. As Image puts it, Grim Leaper is a love story to die for. How cute.

Additionally, every issue of Grim Leaper comes with a back-up story playing off the theme of “love at first sight.” The first back-up is actually written by IGN’s comic editor and our good friend, Joey Esposito.

New Deadwardians #3

The best book to come out of Vertigo’s newest wave of original series, New Deadwardians continues with its third issue this week. Inspector Suttle continues his investigation into the murder of a vampire by visiting Zone-B, the last refuge of the living.

If the cover is any indication, Suttle is in quite the pounding…

Peter Panzerfaust #4

It’s a Wiebe party this week! The fourth issue of Peter Panzerfaust hits stands, as Peter and the boys continue their journey to Paris. However, the group will come face to face with their great obstacle yet. If you haven’t bought into it already, Peter Panzerfaust is an imaginative take on the Peter Pan mythos you fondly remember, only with a Nazi twist. Meaning: it’s definitely worth checking out!

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #11

The torch passing begins with Ultimates #11. Writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by up-and-coming writer Sam Humphries, and artist Luke Ross to begin a new era for the Ultimates following “the People vs. the Children.”

Ultimates has been a pretty solid book these last few months, so if you looking for a book to jump aboard at the start of something new, this is it. It always feels good to be on the ground floor of something, right?

#1 Posted by Monarch_Chronicle (916 posts) - - Show Bio

Only Batman annual for me!

#2 Posted by CombatSpoon86 (957 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man and Batman Annual, American Vampire and FF. Good way to finish off May.

#3 Posted by viin (842 posts) - - Show Bio


#4 Posted by DarthShap (880 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Snyder week!

#5 Posted by Pbott (217 posts) - - Show Bio

All great picks, and I agree that the New Deadwardians is the best new Vertigo book. Its a shame that it is not an ongoing.

#6 Posted by Nefilim927 (449 posts) - - Show Bio

C'mon get some The Walking Dead #98 love in there!

#7 Posted by zexion_armando (104 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman Annual for sure.

And is America's Got Powers really good? lol I need something new to wrong

#8 Edited by OptimusCline (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Really hoping Ultimates doesn't start sucking. I always get nervous when writers change like that.

#9 Posted by Ganthetsward20 (724 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking forward to the annuals

#10 Posted by The Stegman (28053 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Animal Man annuals out of this list, but a bunch of others unlisted. 

#11 Posted by longbowhunter (8453 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man and Batman Annuals. I'd like to get Death By Design too.

#12 Posted by -The Renegade- (149 posts) - - Show Bio

The ultimates has been really good, but I'm not sure it's the best way to start the series. There's too much going on, people will get confused.

#13 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (10305 posts) - - Show Bio

I read America's got Powers #2 and I have to say it is worth the buy

#14 Posted by blindisaac (92 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman, Animal Man, American Vampire, and America's Got Powers for me. I might pick up Death By Design alter on down the road. Im getting ready to start buying Morrison's run before I buy any other Batman graphic novels.

#15 Posted by Cyborg6971 (195 posts) - - Show Bio

Bman annual for me. And the others I have yet to pick up on my pull, like nightwing #9 batman and robin #9 allstar western #9. I wish I didn't have to drive an hour one way to my nearest comic shop. BOO.

#16 Posted by Bobzenub (125 posts) - - Show Bio

Dem Image titles. Dem DC annuals

Sucks to be a Marvel fan these days when it comes to actual comic books I guess.

#17 Posted by aidanphantom (28 posts) - - Show Bio

No love for Doctor Who/Star Trek: TNG? :(

#18 Posted by ThexX (1605 posts) - - Show Bio

The Ultimates all the way. People really need to check this book out. It has been second only to Uncanny X-Force in my opinion. I will also be getting Batman Annual.

#19 Posted by Mandrewgora (301 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man and Batman Annuals, fer sure.

#20 Posted by fabo_puertorican (20 posts) - - Show Bio

@ThexX: Agreed. Ultimates is a really great series, but people have not given it the shot it deserves. Only problem right now is that it's changing writers... let's see how that goes.

#21 Posted by ssj2DeadPool (227 posts) - - Show Bio

has there ever been a good annual?

#22 Posted by primepower53 (6064 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking forward to The Ultimates.

#23 Posted by ClawFist (384 posts) - - Show Bio


#24 Posted by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

@Cyborg6971: where do u live?

#25 Posted by Twentyfive (2918 posts) - - Show Bio

Going to buy Animal Man, FF and finally catch up on some issues I previously missed.

#26 Posted by Cyborg6971 (195 posts) - - Show Bio


Thief River Falls MN. So far in the middle of no where the theory of evolution just reached us five years ago. It was quite a shook to the bible beaters.

#27 Posted by nicholai441 (40 posts) - - Show Bio

none of the comics i have plans of getting this week are in this list:

1. Batman beyond unlimited 4

2. Star Trek The Next Generation Doctor Who Assimilation2 1

#28 Posted by knighthood (1813 posts) - - Show Bio

The annuals and Rachel Rising which wasn't mentioned above.

#29 Posted by Funrush (1409 posts) - - Show Bio

@Bobzenub said:

Dem Image titles. Dem DC annuals

Sucks to be a Marvel fan these days when it comes to actual comic books I guess.

Yep. Only Marvel book I'm currently getting is Amazing Spider-Man, and I may look into fantastic Four or Daredevil.

Totally looking forward to Batman annual. That's pretty much it this week except for maybe Ravagers.

#30 Posted by Queso6p4 (1543 posts) - - Show Bio

@haydenclaireheroes said:

I read America's got Powers #2 and I have to say it is worth the buy

Hmmm. I have played around with the idea of reading this series. Perhaps I'll check it out.

None of these except for Batman Annual were on my radar. This may have to be rectified.

#31 Posted by StarKiller809 (1727 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm only getting the Animal Man Annual as well as the Batman Annual.

I love America Vampire but I've been reading them in trades so I won't be getting it but I wish I was if I had more money.

#32 Posted by flip_nosis (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Spider-Man annuals. America's Got Powers, New Deadwaurdians, and TMNT.

#33 Posted by Loki2u (270 posts) - - Show Bio

Its easy to pick a top ten list when there's only about 10 comics coming out this week anyways. LOL

Batman Annual ftw.

Incredible Hulk #8 could be on this list.

#34 Posted by jrock85 (2882 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man and Batman for me.

#35 Posted by Deadcool (6895 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man, Batman and FF

In one week, I love this week...

#36 Posted by htb106 (1724 posts) - - Show Bio

And The Ravagers #1. Batman annual should be good!

#37 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6959 posts) - - Show Bio

Crap, another week where none of the ones listed above are in my hold list :( I'm starting to sense a very limited pattern here...

#38 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2467 posts) - - Show Bio

I checked Diamond.com, Marvel.com, and DC comics.com, and none of the comics are the same. One website (Diamond or DC) mentions Earth 2 and Action Comics and the other doesn't. So I am unsure what issues come out Wednesday,

#39 Posted by revbucky (321 posts) - - Show Bio

This would not be my top ten for the week, although I will get the Batman annual.

#40 Posted by deadpool25mm (662 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman Annual and America’s Got Powers for me.

#41 Posted by Novemberx2 (501 posts) - - Show Bio

@OptimusCline: im with you on this one, I have hope but im worried, especially because its suddenly going to some cross over story soon. I remember last time The Ultimate Marvel Editors gave a new writer an event... Ultimatum urgh Jeph Loeb you useless man

#42 Posted by Green ankh (1077 posts) - - Show Bio

Peter Panzerfaust #4 is a must !! its too bad this isnt a ongoing

#43 Posted by kennybaese (1199 posts) - - Show Bio

I think I'll probably end up picking up Death by Design. Since I'm reading Batman in trade, I'll probably hold off on the Batman Annual, but the Animal Man Annual should be showing up in my pull.

#44 Posted by Jodez (157 posts) - - Show Bio

Why does the Batman anuall say it introduces MR Freeze to DCnU, he was already introduced in Red Hood and the outlaws...

#45 Posted by erik_norris (194 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jodez said:

Why does the Batman anuall say it introduces MR Freeze to DCnU, he was already introduced in Red Hood and the outlaws...

That I did not know (I'm not reading Red Hood). I was under the impression the Bats annual would be his first appearance. Whoops.

#46 Posted by HempKnight757 (132 posts) - - Show Bio

@ArtisticNeedham: Action Comics & Earth 2 (I read both) come out next week. I can't wait! Along with those titles Batwing, Dial H, & JLI. The first of the month is always the best Wednesday for myself.

#48 Posted by CaptainMarvell (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Issue 11 probably isn't the best jumping on point as there is a TON of stuff that has happened already, but it sure it good to see Ultimates finally get mentioned as one of the top 10 comics to buy for the week. Also Humphries helped write #10 too. I'm not too worried about changing the writer. I love Hickman, but its the concept that keeps me buying it. Ultimates is an Avengers story where anything can and does happen and as long as that remains and the focus remains on the core group, it'll be good.

#49 Posted by theconman1876 (38 posts) - - Show Bio

Do you guys think the Spider-Man annual will be worth it?

#50 Posted by yo_yo_fun (654 posts) - - Show Bio

Must get Batman Annual! :)