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Posted by k4tzm4n (48701 posts) - - Show Bio

Wednesday, your never ending piles of new comics are sure to make our bank accounts cry. Seeing as most of us out there don't have access to Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark's funds, deciding how to make use of a limited budget is no easy task. We here at Comic Vine want to help you out. We all have completely different taste, so hopefully a few of these recommendations will tickle your fancy. Don't forget to sound off with your own "essential comics" in the comments section below.

Gregg Katzman's Picks


If you even remotely like the Ninja Turtles, you're obligated to give this an honest chance. IDW has been doing tremendous work expanding the classic franchise and the future looks stunning with City Fall. Shredder is about the invade the city and, believe it or not, he has Leo on his side!

But for now, they're shining the spotlight on assorted villains, and this week we get an issue dedicated solely to Baxter Stockman. With Erik Burnham -- the co-writer of THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN -- writing this one, you can bet my expectations are high! Plus, it seems like we'll get an update on the status of the Technodrome.

Check out IDW's extensive preview here.


Easily my favorite Spider-related book out there, this issue marks a brand new direction for Kaine. After a hilarious encounter with a drunk Armadillo, our anti-hero was hit with an epiphany and is finally open to a relationship. The only problem is he has about a thousand obstacles heading in his direction. To make matters even worse one of those obstacles is an X-Man with 6 adamantium claws. That's right, it's time for Scarlet Spider vs. Wolverine. Come on, who honestly doesn't want to see these two go at it?!

Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero's Picks


Despite what the solicits say, this is supposed to be an issue written by Chris Burnham with art by Jorge Lucas. We may be in the midst of Batman's war against Talia but this issue gives us a little detour as we catch up with the Batman of Japan. Last seen in BATMAN INCORPORATED #0 (which was also co-written by Burnham), we'll get to see what Jiro has been up to as well as his attempt at a date with Lolita Canary.

The idea of skipping an issue of the main story might be bothersome but it's great to see an actual focus on other members of Batman Incorporated. This seems more what the intention of the series should have been. Batman helped set up allies in other nations to fight their own crime and assist him when needed. Yet we rarely got any updates as to what they were doing or how things were going.

Visit IGN for the final preview page.


We may have seen the epilogue and aftermath of Wrath of the First Lantern already but this was intended to be the final part to the battle. The overall story had some hit or miss moments but this is what the story was building towards. The bigger reason to pick up this issues is because it marks the end of Geoff Johns incredible nine year run. With everything he's added to Hal Jordan's mythos, you know he won't leave the series in a whimper.

What you'll want to note is this is one of those $7.99 issue we've seen a few times lately. It is an oversized issue set at 64 pages. We can also assume this is why Doug Mahnke has been missing the last couple issues. At WonderCon he mentioned having to do close to 60 pages. It's going to be an exciting issue for GL fans but also bittersweet as we say goodbye to an era.


This is a series with all of DC's big guns. It's supposed to be big on action and storytelling. Lately there has been a feeling that Geoff Johns is slowly amping up the excitement and with this being a prologue to Trinity War, we'll want to pay close attention to what goes down.

Last issue saw the set up of several different things. There are new members but who knows if they'll be able to survive this issue. We also saw a surprise attack at the Batcave which raised some questions. With a certain item that was acquired at the cave, it could change the relationship between Batman and Superman.

For those enjoying the Billy Batson back ups by Johns and Gary Frank, we'll get the penultimate chapter with Billy versus Black Adam.

Go to CBR for the last preview page.

Mat 'InferiorEgo' Elfring's Picks


What I'm going to say is going to sound crazy, but BATMAN: LIL' GOTHAM isn't just a book I buy monthly in a digital format, it's also a physical book on my pull list. Yes, I double dip with this book for good reason.

It's just such a light-hearted, fun book with solid writing from Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. Also, Nguyen draws the book, and his art is amazing in this series. It's one of my favorite series, and it's a fantastic book for all ages.

Sorry, there's no preview. But trust us, it's adorable.


If you've ever been interested in Judge Dredd and his adventures in Mega City One, then you should be reading this series. Duane Swierczynski is putting together this great over-arcing story with some fantastic artwork from Nelson Daniel.

Every issue has a back-up story, like many series do, but the difference here is that these ones are all great back-ups and all of them are relevant to what is going on in the main story.

There's no preview, but if you're a Dredd fan, it's your duty to pick this up.

Sara 'Babs' Lima's Picks


Lobster Johnson is by far one of my absolute favorite Dark Horse/Hellboy characters which is why I am so looking forward to reading Lobster Johnson Satan Smells A Rat this week.

The issue is a single, self contained story starring Lobster and it is one reason why I would recommend it to anyone who is not familiar with the character or with the B.P.R.D. Universe.

Apologies, Hellboy fans, but there isn't a preview for this one.


We last left Daredevil in a pretty sticky situation and it seems he may have finally met his match. To make matters worse for Matt, his best friend is in dire straights.

This month's issue will feature a special appearance from iron man who may very likely be the one guy that can help Foggy beat cancer.

The last few issues have demonstrate not only some great story telling, but also some really pretty art which is why I definitely can't wait to check out this issue.

Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian's Picks


Poised as the counterpoint to Gail Simone's THE MOVEMENT, GREEN TEAM shows us how the other half lives in the superhero scene. A kitschy 1970s one-shot gets blasted into 2013, swapping flightsuited "Boy Millionaires" for a set of teen trillionaires who more closely resemble the "Rich Kids of Instagram," and I can't wait to see the excess. Bruce Wayne's money (or more, even?) + teenage immaturity and angst = strong potential for a wild joyride of a story.

Art and Franco have some of the biggest imaginations in comics, and I'm anxious to see how the unbounded creativity they brought to DC's all-ages titles (TINY TITANS, SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES) plays out in GREEN TEAM. I feel like this book's motto is "Go big or go home!" and I'm banking on it going big. Ok, so I was sold as soon as I heard "famous actress with a cybernetic arm." That can only be awesome.

There's no preview, but here's Tony's interview about the series!


REVIVAL has been steadily convincing me that I am, in fact, a fan of the horror genre. Its Midwestern sensibility and clever take on zombies has been charming me since issue #1. Seeley and Norton have brought the town of Wausau, WI to life -- pun intended -- and I'm enjoying the breadth of the series. There's a Twin Peaks sort of feel to it; everyone in the series has a story, and it keeps getting more complex and interesting.

Apologies, but Image hasn't released a preview for this one.

#1 Edited by Chewish (38 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like a pretty good week for comics.

I'm probably going to pick up Green Team, but does anyone know if it'll be drawn in Art Baltazar's trademark style, or is the book going to have a more detailed look?

#2 Posted by Z3RO180 (6618 posts) - - Show Bio

Never knew JL 20 was out this week but it looks awesome. Here hopping for a full on powerhouse battle with Supes as well as the rest of the JL because we haven't really had a big show down since issue six.

#3 Edited by RaFonaRaFona (76 posts) - - Show Bio

The guy on the TMNT cover looks like Jeffrey Wright.

#4 Edited by Brownghost (47 posts) - - Show Bio

I've missed Mahnke drawing green lantern.

#5 Posted by Queso6p4 (1450 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny and accurate intro and some solid recommendations. Didn't know that Green Team was coming out this week but it could be interesting. Also might check out Batman: Lil' Gotham #2. Thanks for your input everyone.

#6 Edited by Trevel8182 (751 posts) - - Show Bio

"God" Scarlet Spider is so much better than the main Spidey book.

#7 Posted by longbowhunter (7283 posts) - - Show Bio

Lots of good stuff here. Definitely getting Batman Inc, Lil Gotham and Daredevil. Read the first issue of Revival recently. Gotta pick this series up in trade.

#8 Posted by ccraft (5384 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait for TMNT issue

#9 Edited by monsterduc (87 posts) - - Show Bio

What about The Bounce? I'm surprised a new indie book from Joe Casey doesn't make the list...

#10 Edited by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow (1394 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: Me too! but I'm not a big fan of baxter, but it is TMNT so you know... Also how come Deadpool #10 didnt make it!

#11 Posted by MissJ (463 posts) - - Show Bio

@chewish: Art and Franco are co-writing, but neither is on art (that's Ig Guara). The style is different from their trademark all-ages look, and is closer to DC "house" art.

#12 Posted by davidgrantlloyd (356 posts) - - Show Bio

JL #20 is a definite must buy for me.

#13 Posted by MuyJingo (1792 posts) - - Show Bio

Surprised there was no Aquaman on here. Or Superman, considering he fights Orion.

For me:

  • Aquaman
  • Green Lantern
  • The Dark Knight
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians
  • The Flash
  • Superman
#14 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (7355 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty big week after two slow weeks.

Im getting:


All STar Western!!!

Justice League!!

Justice Lewague Dark!

BOunce #1!!!

Super Spiderman!

Uncanny Xmen !!!

and Sex.......

#15 Edited by G_Money_Christmas (883 posts) - - Show Bio

Daredevil, Scarlet Spider, Uncanny X-Men, Judge Dredd, the Bounce, TMNT micro series, maybe Lobster Johnson, Half Past Danger

#16 Edited by DanteTheRedKnight (114 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow...Green Team looks gooood and relevant!

#17 Edited by thejman251 (435 posts) - - Show Bio

- It will be hilarious if Despero can't even beat Clark with a kryptonite ring.

#19 Posted by Cavemold (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

Nothing this week

#20 Posted by Ashr (89 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll pick up Dark Knight and Superman most likely and maybe give Green Team a shot but my Top 3 this week are:

  • Green Lantern
  • Justice League
  • Superior Spider-Man
#21 Posted by WWAJfan (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Scarlet SPider 17

#22 Edited by CitizenJP (600 posts) - - Show Bio

Been loving Green Lantern's run. The last couple of issues have been pretty awesome and I'm liking Simon Baz more and more. Although I feel like the whole Third Army/First Lantern thing is taking forever to play out. Regardless, it's pretty epic so far.

#23 Posted by Deranged Midget (17714 posts) - - Show Bio

Scarlet Spider, TMNT Micro-series, Green Lantern and Justice League are my picks from this list.

#24 Posted by ptigrusmagus (494 posts) - - Show Bio

Couldn't be any less interested in Green Team.

#25 Posted by TheImmortalBeaver (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Scarlet Spider, Superior Spider-Man and Deadpool for me. It's gonna be a good week!

#26 Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub (5125 posts) - - Show Bio

Superior Spidey, Scarlet, Spidey, Daredevil, Uncanny Xmen, A+X, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Aquaman, JL, GL, New Guardians, Flash, Red Lanterns, JLD, Talon, Revival, Sex, Judge Dredd for me.

#27 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

Fun Fact: The new Batman of Japan design was based off of Kamen Rider!

(I asked Burnham, and he verified it)

#28 Edited by JairamGanpat (957 posts) - - Show Bio

Nowhere Men #5

Best Book on the stands and nobody's reading it :(

Maybe Lobster Johnson, I love one shots :)

A part of me wants to get GL #20 because I know Geoff Johns is gonna go nuts.

#29 Posted by MissJ (463 posts) - - Show Bio

@jairamganpat: Nowhere Men is awesome! We only get to make 2 picks each, though :)

#30 Edited by spinningbirdcake (1430 posts) - - Show Bio


Fantastic Four

Green Lantern

Journey Into Mystery

Justice League

Superior Spider-Man

TMNT Villian Micro Series

I might check our Bounce. I'm undecided as of now.

#31 Posted by JairamGanpat (957 posts) - - Show Bio

@missj said:

@jairamganpat: Nowhere Men is awesome! We only get to make 2 picks each, though :)

Of course you do lol
You've only been here for a short amount of time and it's already extremely obvious how much of an Image fan you are. :)

Image and Monkeybrain are the FUTURE!!!

#32 Edited by G-Man (36654 posts) - - Show Bio

@missj said:

@chewish: Art and Franco are co-writing, but neither is on art (that's Ig Guara). The style is different from their trademark all-ages look, and is closer to DC "house" art.

Is "house" art like "House Party"?

#33 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9174 posts) - - Show Bio

From the list I am getting:

Scarlet Spider

Green Lantern

Justice League

Green Team

#34 Posted by lifeboy (1675 posts) - - Show Bio

That green team is going to kick the $H!t out of gail simones movement. I know I have an uncontrolable loating of her but she made me waste my money buying a batgirl trade. She sucks snail ass!

#35 Edited by dreamfall31 (573 posts) - - Show Bio

Now that Pham is off of Scarlet Spider, I'm gonna start picking it up!

#36 Edited by Fenderxx (437 posts) - - Show Bio

Really excited for Daredevil , Deadpool , and Scarlet

Aquaman as well ... im going to pick it up, but im a little behind.

#37 Posted by adamcrouch (24 posts) - - Show Bio

this will be a big week for me

im getting

green lantern

the flash


batman incorporated

the green team

justice league

#38 Posted by KnightofSteel (263 posts) - - Show Bio

This seems like a great week! Looking forward to seeing Sepulveda's art on Talon.

#39 Posted by sentryman555 (783 posts) - - Show Bio

I know that everyone complains about too many bat books but just from that preview I would love a Batman of Japan ongoing! It could have that right mix of serious and humor that others lack. Also definitely checking out Scarlet Spider.

#40 Posted by Mucklefluga (2588 posts) - - Show Bio

Green Lantern - final issue of Johns Run

Green Team - First issue of Art and Francos New 52 book!

The Flash - First appearance of 'Reverse Flash'

#42 Posted by soumya (149 posts) - - Show Bio
#43 Edited by ScumDestroy (46 posts) - - Show Bio

Stoked for all the post-green lantern fallout and guy as a red lantern. Plus I can finally read that GLC epilogue that has been rotting in my room for two weeks, teasing and haunting me. Nail in the coffin, this will be.

Spiderman is always an absolute joy, sex #3 should be forming some semblance of a conflict by this issue, Deadpool has been better with each issue, Daredevil - excellent always and hopefully Avengers drops some prologue to infiniti!! A pretty beautiful week for DC and Marvel.

#44 Posted by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio


#45 Posted by manwithoutshame (654 posts) - - Show Bio

For Me: Aquaman 20, Batman Inc. 11, Justice League 20, TMNT - Baxter 2, The Bounce 1, Nowhere Men 5, Sex 3, and Daredevil 26.

#46 Edited by saoakden (1066 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm bummed out. Don't think I'll be able to buy comics this week. Not enough money. Although there is from titles from here I really want to buy. Green Lantern (Real bummer Geoff Johns is leaving the book. One of my favorite DC Titles because of him and his stories), Justice League (Another of my favorites), Daredevil, Scarlet Spider, Batman Inc., and Judge Dredd.

#47 Posted by The Stegman (25015 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm still kinda annoyed by GLC coming out two weeks before GL, but my list is:


-Batman Inc

-Green Lantern

-GL: New Guardians

-Justice League

-Justice League Dark


-The Flash

-Teen Titans

Maybe Green Team

#48 Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

GL and JL #20 as well as Green Team #1 I definitely look forward to this week.

#49 Posted by sinestro_GL (3248 posts) - - Show Bio


#50 Posted by iaconpoint (1363 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman Inc., All-Star Western, Dredd and F4 this week.