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.
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?