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 #30
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque bring us the next chapter of “The Blacklist.” Pearl and Skinner continue to hunt down dangerous vamps, while Pearl’s husband, Henry’s life hangs in the balance. So far, this storyline has felt like it’s leading to a game-changing revelation that will send this series off in a new direction. Consider us excited.
It’s the end of “The Others” to cap off the first year of Aquaman’s solo title. Expect to find out who the traitor amongst the Others is, as well as who Black Manta is working for. Basically, expect some revelations to kick-start the second year of this glorious title.
Captain Marvel #3
The time-traveling adventures of Carol Danvers continue this week with Captain Marvel #3. I’ll be honest, I was never much of a Danvers fan before Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy got their hands on the character. Now, she’s one of the most interesting characters currently at Marvel. Also, I just want to see more of those badass WWII fighters, the Banshee Squadron.
Kurtis J. Wiebe’s latest Image series, Debris, is one fascinating beast. The book’s got an interesting lead protagonist, an engaging plot and a world I want to know more about. Coupled with the artwork by Riley Rossmo, and Debris is a beautiful book that deserves your attention. Sadly, this book is only a mini-series, so you got to love it while it lasts.
Green Lantern Annual #1
It’s the start of the next big thing for the Green Lantern franchise: the rise of the Third Army. Geoff Johns’ longtime collaborator, Ethan Van Sciver, joins Johns to provide the prologue to the upcoming mini event taking over the Green Lantern books in the coming months. Much like the Sinestro Corps War prologue before it, expect a lot of jaw-dropping moments within this issue to set the stage for epic things to come.
Justice League #12
We all know damn well why we’re picking this one up: Superman and Wonder Woman getting’ it on. It’s all anyone can talk about (OK, not really). But that’s not all this issue provides; we can also expect the League to continue their battle with Graves. There’s supposedly also going to be one hell of a cliffhanger that will have the world buzzing – even more than the Supes/Wondy relationship does.
Locke & Key: Grindhouse One-Shot
This is the first issue of Locke & Key we’ve spotlighted here, so we figured why not start with one that pays tribute to the gore-tastic grindhouse cinema era. If you haven’t checked out Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, this is the perfect issue to start with, providing a standalone story that’s new reader friendly. This issue also comes with a “Guide to Keyhouse” map that reveals every dark corner and secret room in America’s most frightening mansion.
New Deadwardians #6
Inspector Suttle inches ever closer to sussing out who killed a man once thought immortal. The beauty of New Deadwardians is that it’s a new and exciting take on the played out vampire/zombie dynamic. Writer Dan Abnett and artist I.N.J. Culbard are doing some great things with this series, providing an engaging murder mystery wrapped in some sharp and witty dialogue. If you haven’t checked out New Deadwardians yet, why not pick up the previous five issues and this week’s #6? You won’t regret it.
Uncanny X-Force #30
The storyline “Final Execution” enters its final act. As we’ve said previously, this story is grim. People are kicking the bucket left and right. Yet, we can’t turn away. Everything’s been building to this moment, and Rick Remender has not let us down yet. For fans that have been reading Uncanny X-Force to date, this issue will be high on the priorities list, no doubt.
X-O Manowar #4
After escaping the clutches of the evil Vine, Aric finds himself in present day Rome, which was not exactly what he was expecting. Now, Aric has some new problems he’ll be dealing with, namely how not to start World War III.
If you haven’t given X-O Manowar a shot yet, pick up all the issues to date – there are only four – and start reading. The book is great.
Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.