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 #29
It’s always a great week when we get a new issue of American Vampire. This issue is part two of the “Blacklist” story arc, which feels like a climax to Scott Snyder’s American Vampire work. By that I don’t mean the series is coming to an end, but rather that this story feels like Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque are pulling together all the pieces of the series to date to create their biggest story arc yet. The scope here is huge and you should absolutely be reading this.
Batman Incorporated #3
Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham return for another issue of Batman Incorporated following the Talia al Ghul refresher in issue #2. Best of all, this issue features Bruce once again donning the mantle of Matches Malone! It’s been too long since we’ve seen Bruce's Wayne backup persona with the sick mustache in use. So thank you, Grant Morrison, you’ve once again mined an old concept and made it new again.
Update: This issue has been delayed a month due to the recent events in Aurora, Colorado.
Batman: The Dark Knight #11
It’s the second issue of Gregg Hurwitz’s run on The Dark Knight. Issue #10 was a solid start that introduced a very creepy version of Scarecrow. Hopefully Hurwitz can keep up the good work and deliver a Batman story that deserves to exist alongside all the other solid Bat-titles. Let’s also get some more scenes like the one from issue #10 with Batman consoling the little girl. That scene was perfectly touching.
It’s another new Image series from writer Kurtis Wiebe and artist Riley Rossmo, the same creative team that worked on Green Wake. Debris is set in the far future where humanity has let the world go to hell in a handbasket (typical). And in this rotting world, ancient spirits called “Colossals” have risen up to attack the remaining survivors. It becomes the job of one warrior woman named Maya to set out on a quest to find the last source of water left on the planet and put a stop to the Colossals’ destruction.
Green Lantern #11
If you’re a digital reader like myself, you might have been lucky enough to snag this issue a week early through Comixology before they realized they prematurely made it available and pulled it down. But if you’re a brick-and-mortar shopper, then Green Lantern #11 ships this week and delivers the first part of Black Hand’s quest for revenge.
Having read the issue, I can say that it’s incredibly creepy. Remember the Black Hand that blew his brains out before Blackest Night started? Yea, I think he tops himself here. I won’t dare spoil what happens, but let me just say it’s quite sick. Prepare yourself.
It’s time for me to come clean: I just started reading I, Vampire. I know we’ve featured it a few times on this list, but I just recently picked up the previously ten issues and caught up myself. This can’t be understated: I, Vampire is easily one of the best books of DC’s New 52. The writing by Joshua Hale Fialkov is fantastic, and the art by Andrea Sorrentino is pitch perfect for this series. I blew through all ten issues in one sitting. And now it’s time for issue #11 and Andrew Bennett to face down the Van Helsing horde!
If you haven’t yet dabbled in I, Vampire, please do so. This book is crazy good.
Manhattan Projects #5
This series by Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Pitarra has been one zany ride. Last issue, we discovered that the Albert Einstein of our world was in fact an evil doppelganger from an alternate universe who is definitely up to no good because he started making trouble in our neighborhood.
Now we pick up with chapter five, titled “Horizon,” where we get a glimpse at the new future thanks to the breakthroughs of the Manhattan Projects. But is it a future that’s better or worse for humanity?
National Comics Eternity #1
DC is reviving National Comics for a new ongoing series where each issue is a standalone story spotlighting long lost classic characters. First up: Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner tackle Kid Eternity.
Will Kid Eternity be able to solve a deadly cirme in less than 24 hours? Pick up this issue to find out.
Uncanny X-Force #28
Last issue ended with the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants making their presence known to the X-Force, to deadly results. With the X-Force shaken and their morale broken, will the team be able to mount a counterstrike against a force that tore them down in a matter of seconds? With Wolverine leading the charge, you know damn well they're going to try.
It’s the Savage Six finale. Venom has been defeated. The Crime-Master stands victorious. And Flash Thompson and Betty Brants’ love life will never be the same.
It’s been a while since we spotlighted Venom on this list, so we’re finally doing so as Rick Remender prepares to take his final bow on the book with issue #22. He’s had an amazing run on the title, so it’s about time we gave the man his due.
Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.