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.
Amazing Spider-Man #692
It’s the official 50th anniversary issue of Amazing Spider-Man! This over-sized issue features a new story by series regular writer Dan Slott with artist Humberto Ramos, as well as new, original stories by Dean Haspiel, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Nuno Plati.
Batman Incorporated #3
The third issue of Batman, Inc. finally sees release after its month-long delay following the events in Aurora, Colorado. This issue revives Bruce Wayne’s other alter ego, Matches Malone, as he continues to dig deeper into Leviathan’s plot.
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1
Last week was the first issue of Rorschach, and this week is the first issue of Dr. Manhattan, by J. Michael Straczynski and Adam Hughes. Straczynski has been hit and miss with his Nite Owl mini-series, so hopefully he can deliver a solid book all the way through with Dr. Manhattan. At the very least we know Dr. Manhattan will be a pretty title with Hughes’ beautiful pencils.
Brian Buccellato stretches his legs from DC’s Fastest Man Alive to create a brand new, creator-owned series with artist Noel Tauzon, called Foster. The series follows a man aptly named Foster, who sets out to protect a six-year-old boy from a race of supernatural monsters in a city stuck in the analog ‘70s.
Invisibles Omnibus HC
If you got some spare change to spend – okay, a lot of spare change – you can pick up the entirety of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles in one hell of a hardcover tome. This massive book collects Invisibles #1-25, Invisibles vol. 2 #1-22, Invisibles vol. 3 #12-1, and stories from Absolute Vertigo #1 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1. All for $150.
If you’ve never read Invisibles before, all you need to know is that you’re in for one hell of a trippy ride. Morrison has repeatedly said a large portion of Invisibles is inspired by the writer’s real-life alien abduction. Yup, classic Morrison. But even when things get weird – and trust us, they get weird – Invisibles still stands as one of Vertigo’s best series ever.
I, Vampire #12
One of DC’s best books continues with Andrew Bennett and the rest of the vampires holding off a horde of vampire hunting vampire zombies. Yup, you read that right. Joshua Hale Fialkov has been killing it on I, Vampire, delivering awesome characters and some of the best action found in the New 52 DC universe. And with Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork, I, Vampire is a slam dunk of awesomeness.
Justice League Dark #12
Ever since Jeff Lemire took over writing Justice League Dark, the series has been amazing. The team’s interaction is always entertaining, and the series’ plot, which has introduced a much scarier version of Felix Faus, has been engaging. If you haven’t yet bought into Justice League Dark, run out and pick up issues #9-11 and this week’s #12.
How sad is it that Greg Rucka’s amazing Punisher series is coming to an end soon? That’s why we have to do our part to show Marvel we want more series like this by picking up at least 12 copies each of every new issue that hits stands, starting this week with #14. I’m putting my trust in you, dear readers, to do your part. Don’t let me down!
Oh, and about this issue: Rachel apparently surrenders…to be coming a Punisher. Sign us up.
Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1
The creative team behind Daredevil, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, head to IDW for a new Rocketeer mini-series called “Cargo of Doom.” That’s pretty much all you need to know in order to be excited for this new series. Rocketeer? Check. Mark Waid? Check. Chris Samnee? Check. Sold.
This is it. Scalped finally come to an end. How will it all end for Dash, Red Crow and Catcher? Throughout its 60 issue run, Jason Aaron’s Scalped has been one hell of a dark and gritty ride. It’s going to be sad to see it come to a close, but at least it’s going out naturally and with a bang. Literally.
Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.