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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.

Avengers vs. X-Men #8

Yup, another issue of Avengers vs. X-Men is getting the spotlight treatment here. What can I say; the series has become quite awesome since it entered its second act (a lot of that has to do with Olivier Coipel taking over art duties).

However, Adam Kubert is actually drawing this issue, as a Phoenixed-out Namor attacks Wakanda in search of Hope (and power no doubt). Marvel is also promising a “shocking truth” that could fracture the X-Men’s alliance. Hmm…

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #2

We’ve come back around again to another issue of Silk Spectre, the Darwyn Cooke written, Amanda Conner drawn series spotlighting Laurie Juzpeczyk and her mother, Sally. The first issue of Silk Spectre is one of the best of the Before Watchmen line to date, so here’s hoping issue #2 delivers the same kind of thrills as Laurie sets off on a cross-country trip with her new main squeeze. But in typical Watchmen fashion, things are probably going to go very, very wrong.

Captain Marvel #1

You can call her the “Captain” now. Not “Ms.” Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy bring back Carol Danvers with a new name and new mission.

Fittingly, this issue also guest stars Captain America himself. It’s probably just so the two of them can argue over who has the cooler name starting with “Captain.” For the record, “Captain Marvel” is much cooler.

Daredevil #15

What better way to cap off Team Daredevil taking home a heaping of Eisner’s than by releasing a new issue of the series a few days later? Well played, Marvel.

Daredevil #15 picks up shortly following the events of issue #14, with Matt experiencing a sudden loss of all his senses. This obviously makes playing superhero a bit difficult. Will Matt be able to escape the clutches of Doctor Doom, or will he forever rot in Latveria without the help of his super senses. Pick up this issue to find out, True Believers!

Justice League #11

The main reason I’m recommending this book this week is because of the Shazam! back-up story. While it’s safe to assume everyone was a little perturbed that Billy Batson was portrayed as such a jerk at the beginning of this story, the pieces are starting to come together to bring everything full circle and reveal the character we all know and love. On top of that, the cliffhanger to last month’s installment probably made every Shazam fan start to drool uncontrollably.

Oh, and there’s also the continuation of the Justice League versus Graves (AKA a white version of Hopper from A Bug’s Life wearing a cape) as the book’s main feature. But seriously, come for the back-up, stay for the actual Justice League delivering justice (maybe).

Saga #5

It’s that time of the month, time for a new issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga. This issue looks to spotlight Prince Robot IV and his hunt for li’l Hazel.

Last month’s installment was quite the emotional roller coaster ride of “Oh Crap!” moments, especially in regards to The Will’s journey to Sextillion (I’m still having nightmares about that). We’ll see if this week’s issue can up the ante once again. Although, I’m not sure my heart can take that kind of brutal punishment.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3

Do you like Star Wars? Do you also like comics (that was kind of rhetorical)? Well, then you should be reading Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison. This series by Haden Blackman and Agustin Alessio is a fantastic examination of Darth Vader through the lens of a young Imperial cadet. Pick up this week’s third issue and the previously released issues as well while you’re at it. Thank me later.

Sunset HC

Minotaur Press presents their first original graphic novel, written by Christos Gage and drawn by Jorge Lucas. Sunset focuses on a retired veteran named Nick Bellamy, who stole a fortune from his former boss, who just so happens to work for the mob. Now the mob is after him in the twilight of his years with the sole intention of taking everything that's precious to him away. In the aftermath, Nick will set out to get his revenge, guns blazing no doubt.

But here’s my favorite part of the book’s pitch: Sunset will “make you forget all about your Prius and organic whole-grain trans-fat-free diet.” I’m not sure what that has to do with anything, but I’m in. Sign. Sealed. Delivered. Sunset, I’m yours.

Wonder Woman #11

It’s the start of a new story, as Apollo makes his play for Zeus’ throne. However, leave it to Wonder Woman to be the last thing standing in his way.

I still stand by the fact that Wonder Woman is one of the best series coming out of DC at the moment. Brian Azzarello’s take on the character and her mythos is inspiring, to say the least. If you haven’t been reading this book to date, please correct that. You can start with this issue, or pick up the previous ten to be totally up to speed with this epic. You won’t regret it.

X-O Manowar #3

It feels like forever since the last issue of X-O Manowar. Thankfully, the gap between issue #2 and #3 is about to close. Now that Aric is finally in control of the X-O armor, will he be able to lead his legion of devoted followers back home and to safety. This issue also promises to feature a standoff between Aric and Commander Trill, the man responsible for his capture. It’s about to go down, one might say.

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 Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain America is a googleplex times cooler!!

#2 Posted by Pbott (210 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only person that thinks waids run on DD is good, but not the best thing ever and think Bendis's run was way better.

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

I'm only getting Nightwing. I'm not really interested in any of the other series you listed. I kinda want to read Saga, but I'll wait to get the trade since I missed the beginning.

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

Definitely Justice League and AvX, Captain Marvel is 2.99 so that's worth a shot.

Captain America is a cooler name than Captain Marvel...

#5 Posted by microwave25 (109 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pbott: You very well could be my friend. I think it's the best "superhero" title out there, and this coming from a DC fanboy.

#6 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
@microwave25 said:

@Pbott: You very well could be my friend. I think it's the best "superhero" title out there, and this coming from a DC fanboy.

I detest it
#7 Posted by microwave25 (109 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: I stand corrected.

#8 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

im cutting back big time this week...sigh

#9 Posted by sentryman555 (765 posts) - - Show Bio

While I'm also really excited for Shazam did you really have to sound so negative about the next Justice League issue -_-. I'm actually enjoying the Graves story arc.

#10 Posted by Katie24 (488 posts) - - Show Bio

All the comics that I look forward to the most are coming out this week (Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Saga and The Spider). I have also been really looking forward to Captain Marvel #1. Can hardly wait till Wednesday!

#11 Posted by RoboShark (1208 posts) - - Show Bio

Silk Spectre 02 already? BLAST

#12 Posted by CitizenJP (596 posts) - - Show Bio

JLA all day.

#13 Posted by warpgirl (52 posts) - - Show Bio

I've skipped out on most of the Marvel titles but can anyone tell me is there a moment I should see that leads up to Carol becoming Captain Marvel?

#14 Posted by Katie24 (488 posts) - - Show Bio

@warpgirl: You might want to check out the latest issue of Avenging Spiderman, it has Carols first appearance as Captain Marvel, but its not necessary, you should be able to read Captain Marvel without reading previous books as long as you are aware of her history as Ms.Marvel.

#15 Posted by sagejonathan (1932 posts) - - Show Bio

X-O Manowar is epic.

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

@sentryman555 said:

While I'm also really excited for Shazam did you really have to sound so negative about the next Justice League issue -_-. I'm actually enjoying the Graves story arc.

Hey, you like what you like. And honestly, I like the main feature in JL too. I was just being overly sarcastic in the write-up.

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#17 Posted by Duke_Nasty (1017 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain Marvel, DD, Saga and for me off this list.

#18 Posted by moywar700 (2775 posts) - - Show Bio

awwww yea wonder woman

BB

#19 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9001 posts) - - Show Bio

From the list I am getting Captain Marvel, AVX, Silk Spectre, and Justice League

#20 Posted by Cavemold (1679 posts) - - Show Bio

Only getting nightwing And F4

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

@Miss_Garrick said:

Captain America is a googleplex times cooler!!

I like your use of googleplex. Point made!

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

AVX

#23 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (11376 posts) - - Show Bio

How am I supposed to know what comics to buy when G-man has yet to post the comics list for this week!?

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

Green Lantern corps , Nightwing

xmen and dardevil for me.

#25 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1504 posts) - - Show Bio

The only part of AvX I'm caring about is Transonic. God, I hope she doesn't die! Don't you drown her Namor! You're recklessly destroying everything!

#26 Posted by Aph8825 (59 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice League & Saga for me

#27 Posted by The Stegman (23918 posts) - - Show Bio

Not the "Captain Marvel #1" I wanted...

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

@ArturoCalaKayVee said:

How am I supposed to know what comics to buy when G-man has yet to post the comics list for this week!?

He'll be bak soon. He's currently recovering from SDCC.

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#29 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (11376 posts) - - Show Bio

@erik_norris said:

@ArturoCalaKayVee said:

How am I supposed to know what comics to buy when G-man has yet to post the comics list for this week!?

He'll be bak soon. He's currently recovering from SDCC.

Hahaha, very understandable. Can't blame him for being in Heaven!

#30 Posted by Grey56 (748 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman: This. Why Marvel killed David's series (beyond monetary) is a story I'd like to hear one day. I miss Genis-Vell . And Marlo. Oh and what the hell - Rick.

#31 Posted by The Stegman (23918 posts) - - Show Bio
@Grey56:  
 
...I actually meant...this guy... 
 
#32 Posted by Grey56 (748 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman: Fair enough....fair enough...

#33 Posted by Glitch_Spawn (17132 posts) - - Show Bio

Picking up Captain Marvel from this list

#34 Posted by RoboShark (1208 posts) - - Show Bio

This might be my favorite AVX moment yet.

#35 Posted by SocialBat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like I need to be reading Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison asap. Definitely will pick this up and of course Nightwing.

#36 Posted by broo1232 (1520 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain Marvel

Daredevil

Avx

Uncanny X-men

#37 Posted by SavageDragon (2250 posts) - - Show Bio

Bank account so drained from SDCC....

#38 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll give captain marvel 35 issues.

#39 Posted by Glitch_Spawn (17132 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

I'll give captain marvel 35 issues.

The reality is, that's probably optimistic...

#40 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@Glitch_Spawn said:

@sethysquare said:

I'll give captain marvel 35 issues.

The reality is, that's probably optimistic...

That is true. I really hope Captain Marvel does well, but I just don't think it will. Sadly. Hopefully it'll last as long as X23

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

Still not sold on Ms-now Captain Marvel. Maybe because the only real Captain Marvel IMO is Shazam.

#42 Posted by longbowhunter (7046 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking forward to Daredevil and Saga this week.

#43 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice League #11 for me...though if I had more funds I'd so get ALL of these listed.

#44 Posted by Planewalker (325 posts) - - Show Bio

After Avenging Spider Man I wished Dobson was doing Captain Marvel art... well going to check it out anyway.

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#45 Posted by Outside_85 (8675 posts) - - Show Bio

Sorry to say that Captain Marvel looks terrible beyond the cover.

#46 Posted by NXH (1031 posts) - - Show Bio

Getting the hardcover for spiderman: ends of the earth. heard not very good things about it but might read better in a collected format.

#47 Posted by CMSAM (4 posts) - - Show Bio

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#48 Edited by jcbart (341 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pbott: I agree. I mean, it's very fun, sure, but it's nothing compared to Bendis and Miller.

Come on everyone, buy Captain Marvel and prove to them that a female can head a comic. That'll teach 'em for cancelling X-23.

#49 Posted by RedQueen (1171 posts) - - Show Bio

Getting Avengers vs X-men, Silk Spectre, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and Justice League..... high hopes for all of them.

#50 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@Outside_85 said:

Sorry to say that Captain Marvel looks terrible beyond the cover.

Its not the worst. You have not seen Marvel's Man Thing. *smh