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Posted by erik_norris (191 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.

Astonishing X-Men #51

After all the hullabaloo surrounding Northstar’s proposal to Kyle Jinadu, it’s finally time to get to the actual wedding itself. However, before that can happen, Northstar is going to have to rescue his boyfriend, who was kidnapped at the conclusion of issue #50.

Marjorie Liu and artist Mike Perkins have their work cut out for them this issue. Not only do they have to show the X-Men find and rescue Kyle, but they also have to jam the actual wedding in there somewhere as well. It’s a lot to pack into a single issue, but we’re excited to see how it all goes down.

Avengers vs. X-Men #6

It’s the start of Act Two. After the twist in last month’s issue revealing the Phoenix Force wasn’t after Hope at all, but instead a bunch of extremist mutants who are now endowed with the power of a planet crusher, things have taken a grim turn for the Avengers. How can Iron Man, Captain America and even Thor hope to compete against such force? Pick up this issue written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Olivier Coipel to find out.

All hail Cy-wing!

Before Watchmen: Comedian #1

So far, we’re two for two with the Before Watchmen titles; Minutemen was incredible, and Silk Spectre provided a solid start. Now it’s time for the Comedian to step up to bat (get it?!).

Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones kick off their series spotlighting the Comedian this week, and you can bet your bottom dollar it’s going to be dark and cynical. You know, perfectly Watchmen. Here’s hoping it has just as good of a start as the previous two series.

Daredevil #14

Daredevil has found himself between a rock and a hard place, that hard place being Latveria, the home of Doctor Doom. Mark Waid and artist Khoi Pham continue “Megacrime and Punishment” in one of the best series currently hitting shelves.

With Matt stuck in the house that Doom built, Foggy continues to dig deeper into Matt’s psychological fragile mindset. What he discovers will make him further realize Matt is far from fine. Those skeletons are still trying to claw their way out of Matt’s closet.

Grim Leaper #2

Lou has been struck with Cupid’s arrow. There’s only one problem: Lou has to find his true love’s next host body before he himself gets murdered in sure-to-be-gruesome fashion.

It’s a race against the clock for Lou as he sets out to track down Ella. However, there’s an evil force hiding behind the shadows trying to stop love at first sight from blossoming. By any means necessary.

Nightwing #10

It’s the start of a new arc in Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows’ Nightwing. Welcome to “The Republic of Tomorrow, Today.” While investigating a double murder in Old Gotham, Nightwing discovers a piece of his costume is being considered as evidence. Oh, snap! Nightwing #10 will also introduce a new villain – Paragon.

Judging by the book’s cover, things are going to go so well for Bruce’s oldest ward.

Punisher #12

Advertised as the perfect jumping-on point for new readers, Punisher #12 will present a Punisher world post “The Omega Effect” crossover. Frank catches up with Rachel Colve-Alves and things don’t go so well. Frank Castle might be a murderous vigilante, but he still has a code; a code that Rachel stabbed in the back. Now it’s time to get down to the bottom of why that was, Punisher style.

Saga #4

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue their sci-fi epic with a trip to Sextillion, the one place in the universe where a freelance bounty hunter can find love. Or, well, something that resembles it. (Lying)

Saga has been one of our favorite creator-owned series coming out, and there is a lot of competition to speak of, especially from Image. Vaughan and Staples are creating some truly remarkable characters amidst a universe where literally anything and everything is possible.

If you haven’t bought into the hype yet, stop being a total comics hipster and sip the Kool-Aid. It’s totally tasty.

Walking Dead #99

We’re so close to issue #100 we can taste it. For their 99 issue, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard plan to hit us with the unexpected. But for a series like The Walking Dead, that’s exactly what we expect. Especially as we inch closer to the landmark 100 issue. Expect major plot developments -- and some deaths, probably -- in this week’s issue.

Wonder Woman #10

It’s a Brian Azzarello double feature this week. Azzarello is joined by artist Tony Akins for Wonder Woman #10, featuring Diana trapped in hell. After being shot through the heart, Diana is transported to the underworld, and it’s up to her half-brother, Lennox, to rescue her.

If you haven’t been reading Azzarello’s take on the Wonder Woman mythos, you’ve made a huge mistake. Get caught up and pick up issue #10 this Wednesday.

Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.

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#1 Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope (2388 posts) - - Show Bio

Aww, no Hulk? The Mayan Rule thing is jamming to be more epic than the whole of AVX combined.

#2 Posted by jinxuandi (595 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list, Daredevil and Astonishing.

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope: I was somewhat disappointed by the first issue of that arc personally, although there's still plenty of time for it to redeem itself.

#3 Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope (2388 posts) - - Show Bio

@jinxuandi:

I'll admit it was a bit tricky to wrap around, but part of it because Eaglesham treated Rulk like a regular Hulk (even he himself admitted he goofed on a few panels when he was interviewed for Hulk Week on Marvel.com), but one thing Jeff Parker proves is that a combined arc from him kicks major booty, even if single issues are sometimes strange.

I personally can't wait for the issue where Rulk takes on Quetzalcoatl (Mayan/Aztec serpent God).

#4 Posted by _Zombie_ (10323 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to strangle the idiot that came up with the idea of a 'Phoenix Corps'.

#5 Posted by cosmo111687 (1489 posts) - - Show Bio

Is Cyclops Nightwing now?

#6 Posted by HempKnight757 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

@ZombieBigfoot: Really their doing Phoenix Corps now? The Phoenix was so played out forever ago.

#7 Posted by odysseyuwrf (73 posts) - - Show Bio

Watchmen only for me. AvX is about the last thing I want to ever read. Punisher looks interesting though.

#8 Posted by HempKnight757 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

From the list Grim Leaper & Wonder Woman. Never would expect that I would be interesting in this two types of comics or stories, but I am very much enjoying both of them.

I was thinking about picking up the Before Watchmen: Comedian. How important is it for me to read the rest of the Before Watchmen or could I just read this series?

Not on the list Green Lantern Corps.

#9 Posted by CombatSpoon86 (831 posts) - - Show Bio

Daredevil, Punisher, Saga and Wonder Woman. Good wk

#10 Posted by odysseyuwrf (73 posts) - - Show Bio

@HempKnight757 said:

From the list Grim Leaper & Wonder Woman. Never would expect that I would be interesting in this two types of comics or stories, but I am very much enjoying both of them.

I was thinking about picking up the Before Watchmen: Comedian. How important is it for me to read the rest of the Before Watchmen or could I just read this series?

Not on the list Green Lantern Corps.

The Before Watchmen series are not together. You can read 1, 2, 3, none, it makes no difference.

#11 Posted by Suprman (442 posts) - - Show Bio

Nightwing for me! Plus Cyclops, while you are wearing a copy of Nightwing's uniform, you are nowhere near as awesome as him so stop pretending you are.

#12 Posted by cc1738 (358 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm only getting Nightwing. Week three used to be my biggest week of the month, now I only getting one series.

#13 Posted by buttersdaman000 (9494 posts) - - Show Bio

Wonder Woman, Saga, and Nightwing for me 

#14 Posted by ApatheticAvenger (1636 posts) - - Show Bio

All hail Cy-wing indeed. Looking forward to Saga the most.

#15 Posted by WWAJfan (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Venom # 19

Not to Whine like a fanboy, but since the Venom book started the Savage Six arc comicvine hasn't included none of it's issues in their 10 comics to buy this week, I hope they at least get to review it cause the Savage Six arc has been really Awesome. Sorry if anyone got bugged out by my rant.

#16 Posted by audiszayd (54 posts) - - Show Bio

SAGA!!!! Love the art work and great story line. Creative characters. I'll be stalking that comic app. lol

#17 Posted by Paragon (7293 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope the bad guy in Nightwing #10 isn't me, because I don't remember doing it.

#18 Posted by SpitfireINK (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Added Wonder Woman to my already abundant list - definitely looks worth taking a second look.

Picked up the first issue and didn't think much about it - perhaps I gave up too soon?

Most of these books are already on my pull list - never been a Punisher fan - lost interest in Nightwing (Red Hood is better as well as most of the other BAT Books) - Grim Leaper picked up the first issue and ...eh....

#19 Posted by DrewHLMW (53 posts) - - Show Bio

avengers vs. x-men, nightwing and wonder woman for me

#20 Posted by CircularLogic (282 posts) - - Show Bio

Saga, Daredevil, Wonder Woman are on my list, plus X-factor for good measure.

I hate how every time I see a comics to buy list on any website, it always includes an AvX issue, as if it hasn't been critically trashed by all the same people/websites now recommending it. Take it off the list for something better, no one wants to see it there.

#21 Posted by Danial79 (2335 posts) - - Show Bio

20% for me this week. Only Daredevil and AvX are in my pull list. The rest I've tried, but they just never grabbed me.

#22 Posted by GhostRider29 (2673 posts) - - Show Bio

X-men now have the phoenix force? WOW. I am picking up that title.

#23 Posted by Falconer (150 posts) - - Show Bio

Nightwing 10 and I'm gonna go back and get Red Hood 9 since I saw that tied in with the Freeze story while catching up this weekend.

@Paragon said:

I really hope the bad guy in Nightwing #10 isn't me, because I don't remember doing it.

Hahaha, oh man, that's too good.

#24 Edited by NyxEquitis (401 posts) - - Show Bio

Uh..none of these are really that far off the beaten path...Saga and Grim Leaper are, I suppose, but considering how well received they've been its not like they are unknown to plenty of people.

Sorry, I suppose I might be acting too strict and unnecessarily complicated about it...

#25 Posted by SavageDragon (2248 posts) - - Show Bio

@WWAJfan said:

Venom # 19

Not to Whine like a fanboy, but since the Venom book started the Savage Six arc comicvine hasn't included none of it's issues in their 10 comics to buy this week, I hope they at least get to review it cause the Savage Six arc has been really Awesome. Sorry if anyone got bugged out by my rant.

Im not bugged at all. Infact I agree. Give Venom some love comic vine its a great book. Oh and Saga is amazing cant wait for Wednesday.

#26 Posted by Sleepbutnodream15 (570 posts) - - Show Bio

f*ck all you guys hating on AvX. And that write up on AvX was completely wrong. First of all, they aren't mutant "extremists". That was Magneto a long time ago. Second, the phoenix didn't chose them, it's power ended up splitting into 5 after Iron Man used his new suit on it. It was meant for Hope, but it didn't work out that way. Oh, and I can't believe that stupid Astonishing X-Men wedding didn't happen yet. I've read the first 2 issues of Astonishing, and all they could focus on was that gay couple. Who reads comic books for that sh*t? Why would anyone want to pay $5 for a wedding comic book? Find something else to right about Majorie Liu. Damn.

#27 Posted by GalacticPunt (77 posts) - - Show Bio

I recommend everyone get into "Saga." It merges the best qualities of a Vertigo book with "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." And don't wait for the trade either. Brian K. Vaughan is running a hilarious five-page letter column in the individual issues, reminding me how much those are missed. Put on your ironic scarf, and drink the Kool-Aid with the rest of us.

Also picking up Wonder Woman 10, the last couple of issues took an odd turn but in the parlance of our times, it mitebcool.

#28 Posted by blindisaac (89 posts) - - Show Bio

Saga, Hulk, Dark Avengers, and I am trying out New Mutants for an arc or two to see if it grabs me after the Exiled crossover with Journey Into Mystery.

#29 Posted by zachkastner (188 posts) - - Show Bio

Saga, Wonder Woman, Nightwing, Red Hood (not mentioned on list) and Comedian.

#30 Edited by moywar700 (2775 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sleepbutnodream15 said:

f*ck all you guys hating on AvX. And that write up on AvX was completely wrong. First of all, they aren't mutant "extremists". That was Magneto a long time ago. Second, the phoenix didn't chose them, it's power ended up splitting into 5 after Iron Man used his new suit on it. It was meant for Hope, but it didn't work out that way. Oh, and I can't believe that stupid Astonishing X-Men wedding didn't happen yet. I've read the first 2 issues of Astonishing, and all they could focus on was that gay couple. Who reads comic books for that sh*t? Why would anyone want to pay $5 for a wedding comic book? Find something else to right about Majorie Liu. Damn.

this is why the event is bad.

Take note of the phrase "phoenix-killer armor."

The last time I check, if you had the power of the phoenix, you are pretty much all-powerful. It would be like having Jesus on your basketball team. wtf phoenix killing armor?omg that is so funny.

#31 Posted by smuff100 (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Grim Leaper looks interesting. I think I will give it a shot.

#32 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

@WWAJfan said:

Venom # 19

This.

#33 Posted by erik_norris (191 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sleepbutnodream15 said:

f*ck all you guys hating on AvX. And that write up on AvX was completely wrong. First of all, they aren't mutant "extremists". That was Magneto a long time ago. Second, the phoenix didn't chose them, it's power ended up splitting into 5 after Iron Man used his new suit on it. It was meant for Hope, but it didn't work out that way. Oh, and I can't believe that stupid Astonishing X-Men wedding didn't happen yet. I've read the first 2 issues of Astonishing, and all they could focus on was that gay couple. Who reads comic books for that sh*t? Why would anyone want to pay $5 for a wedding comic book? Find something else to right about Majorie Liu. Damn.

Meant no disrespect to the story or X-Men when writing the blurb. I always write with a bit of snark and/or sarcasm. It's just who I am as a writer. It makes things more interesting imo, even at the cost of using more words that maybe blow things out of proportion from time to time.

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#34 Posted by WWAJfan (242 posts) - - Show Bio

@SavageDragon: thnks 4 agreeing ;)

#35 Posted by erik_norris (191 posts) - - Show Bio

@WWAJfan said:

Venom # 19

Not to Whine like a fanboy, but since the Venom book started the Savage Six arc comicvine hasn't included none of it's issues in their 10 comics to buy this week, I hope they at least get to review it cause the Savage Six arc has been really Awesome. Sorry if anyone got bugged out by my rant.

No worries! Venom is def an awesome comic. I'll try to remember to give it some love next go around.

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#36 Posted by WWAJfan (242 posts) - - Show Bio

@erik_norris: thnks, it means a lot. Take care n once again thnks. :)

#37 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1503 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm getting Daredevil, Birds of Prey, Avengers Academy, Dark Avengers, Journey into Mystery and Avenging Spider-Man instead. (I NEED CLOSURE WITH SILVER SABLE!!!)

#38 Posted by omgklown (6 posts) - - Show Bio

No Venom or Winter Soldier? YOU CRAY!

#39 Posted by DATNIGGA (1186 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait wait WAIT Did you just call the x men ''extremist mutants''?

#40 Posted by zackattack529 (1404 posts) - - Show Bio

whoa Venom isnt on this list? the savage six arc has been good for the past two issue(including the prologue)

But yaa my list is:

Venom #19- already mentioned above.

Green lantern corps #10- so the trial of john didnt go so well, im curious to see how guy and the others will react.

Uncanny Xmen #14- i really dont care for the AvX arc but the Tie-ins havnt been too bad. and sinister is on the cover of the next issue so this is a MUST pick up for me

Nightwing #10- who is the republic of tommorow? ill soon find out. im sure alot of people are on the nightwing bandwagon after night of the owls and they were right to do so, but people should still be on this series because it has been great from the start.

Daredevil#14- last issue was kinda unexpected, im still curious to know what nelson found in murdocks desk.

Punisher #12- im new to this series i started reading because of "the omega effect" arc. so dont know too much but its been Ok so far. maybe might drop this series..idk yet.

WinterSoldier #7- i really like the way this series is written. i think what i like best is it doesnt really have that Marvel feel. this is what Brubaker is good at and i hope he doesnt leave this series. so this next issue will being the next arc about the third sleeper agent. look forward to more bucky action :)

#41 Posted by One_Eye (783 posts) - - Show Bio

@ApatheticAvenger said:

All hail Cy-wing indeed. Looking forward to Saga the most.

Cywing does have a nice ring to it.:)

#42 Posted by CODYSF (2053 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is Avengers vs X-Men up there the comic suck so bad

#43 Posted by SoA (4700 posts) - - Show Bio

AvX is the reason i might drop marvel after the last issue and reveal of the "phoenix corp" i dont want anything to deal with avengers or x-men

#44 Posted by DJ1107 (243 posts) - - Show Bio

Because some people (like me) actually Like The story

#45 Posted by FelixStrange (13 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll passon just about anything Marvel these days especially if it begins with an X , I mean seriously a gay wedding ?! Why are gay relationships and female characters being rammed down our throats? Keep the PC/We our the world agenda out of books long enough to tell a great story. On another note I do want to see how the Wonder Woman story pans out

#46 Posted by CODYSF (2053 posts) - - Show Bio

@DJ1107:

I feel bad for you there so many better marvel comics to ge beside that generic comic and really bad written.

#47 Posted by Mypasswordisnotpassword (14 posts) - - Show Bio

My pull list: Before Watchmen Comedian, Justice League, Batman Inc, Nightwing, Green Lantern Corps, and Daredevil

#48 Posted by mattwing87 (426 posts) - - Show Bio

I am getting Justice League 10, Nightwing 10, Red Hood 10, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11, AvX 6, and Astonishing X-Men 51

#49 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

Now that AvX 6 is out, X-Men: Legacy 268 will make sense, that came out last week...

#50 Posted by flame_x (25 posts) - - Show Bio

@pspin said:

Now that AvX 6 is out, X-Men: Legacy 268 will make sense, that came out last week...

haha exactly! i cant wait for X-Men: Legacy 269 to come out so Rogue can beat on Ms. Marvel lol