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Posted by k4tzm4n (40219 posts) - - Show Bio

This week is sure to make our wallets cry. Most of us are working with a limited budget and that makes this hobby an incredibly difficult one. So many titles, so little cash. Narrowing down the options from an overwhelming amount of new comics definitely isn't easy, so we'll do our best to help you out every week. We've picked five comics that we think we'll enjoy, and hopefully, you will as well. And because there's a gargantuan amount of comics this week, we've provided a rather lengthy honorable mentions list, too. 

Click here for a full list of this week's new issues.

AGE OF ULTRON #2

You had my curiosity, Brian Michael Bendis. But now you have my attention. Despite being hugely similar to previous event *cough* Age of Apocalypse *cough* Bendis did a solid job with the first issue. Instead of taking our hands and walking us through the traditional course of events, we were tossed right into the middle of this dark world. Focusing on a new take on classic characters and plenty of action, AGE OF ULTRON is something we're definitely looking forward to.   

 Enjoy an extended preview below.

BATMAN #18

Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert. Do I really need to say anything else? Oh, I do? Okay, then how about this creative team tackling the aftermath of BATMAN INCORPORATED #8? It'll also include a backup story where Harper Row tries to comfort Batman. 

Head on over to TODAY News for the rest of the preview.  

 

BATMAN AND ROBIN #18

Peter J. Tomasi warmed our hearts with his Damian stories... now it's time for him to crush them. Grant Morrison has killed the little dude, and now this series will dedicate itself to how Batman is coping. This silent issue is sure to be a tearjerker, so have a box of tissues on standby. 

Go to USA Today for a preview of the silent issue.  

 

BLOODSHOT #9 

If you like action (you do, don't you?) then there's really no reason to not give this title an honest chance. It really is the quintessential shoot 'em up title. But what helps set this apart from a '90s Arnold movie is there's a legitimately interesting plot here, too. Plus, the publisher's first crossover event, 'Harbinger Wars' is right around the corner. While this isn't mandatory reading for it, it'll certainly help immerse you in the world and appreciate the upcoming chaos much more.
 
Feast your eyes on a preview below. 

STAR WARS #3

Before the classic characters return to the big screen, you can enjoy their latest adventures right here in the panels. Written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Carlos D'Anda, this issue will focus on the Empire coming after Han Solo. Plus, it's a good jumping on point, so no need to worry if you haven't read issues 1 and 2 yet!
 
Visit Dark Horse's site for the final preview page. 


Honorable Mentions

 
  • ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #8
  • AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #18
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #5
  • FEARLESS DEFENDERS #2
  • GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18
  • DEATHSTROKE #18  
  • THE WALKING DEAD #108  
  • THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #3  
  • SECRET AVENGERS #2
  • ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #1
  • WOLVERINE #1

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.  

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

I'm getting Batman, Green Lantern Corp, and Thor God of Thunder. I'm tempted to pick up Wolverine. But I probably won't get it.

#2 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (14594 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait for Age of Ultron!

#3 Edited by Dark_Guyver (2309 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Batman and Robin for me this week. Cant wait to see the outcome from Robins death. Although I see Batman 18 is unfortunately gonna be Harper Row focused :-/

#4 Posted by SmashBrawler (5624 posts) - - Show Bio

One of the worst parts of Damian's death is that it got me into reading Batman & Robin again.

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

SOOOO gonna get Fearless Defenders 2!

Though, you listed it as issue 8...

#6 Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom (89 posts) - - Show Bio

Harper Row focused? Ugh, why do I have a feeling that'll lead to her becoming Robin....

#7 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2309 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jacobin_Wisdom said:

Harper Row focused? Ugh, why do I have a feeling that'll lead to her becoming Robin....

My thoughts exactly

#8 Posted by ccraft (5201 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman #18

Batman and Robin #18

Deathstroke #18

Team 7 #6

@Dark_Guyver said:

@Jacobin_Wisdom said:

Harper Row focused? Ugh, why do I have a feeling that'll lead to her becoming Robin....

My thoughts exactly

At least it's Andy Kubert on art!

@SmashBrawler said:

One of the worst parts of Damian's death is that it got me into reading Batman & Robin again.

woah woah WOAH! You don't like B&R?

#9 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dark_Guyver said:

@Jacobin_Wisdom said:

Harper Row focused? Ugh, why do I have a feeling that'll lead to her becoming Robin....

My thoughts exactly

It won't. Snyder and Tomasi both talked about it in interviews. They each said that Batman was going to be alone for a while. I think Higgins said the same. I could be mixing up some people, but it was Bat-people.

Anyhow, I am surprised to see Harper in the solicits for Detective rather then Batman.

#10 Posted by ME24601 (118 posts) - - Show Bio

My usual large week:

  1. Age of Ultron #2
  2. Alpha: Big Time #2
  3. Batman #18
  4. Batman and Robin #18
  5. Fantastic Four #5
  6. Scarlet Spider #15
  7. Secret Avengers #2
  8. Thor:God of Thunder #6
  9. Walking Dead #108
  10. X-Men Legacy #7
#11 Posted by longbowhunter (7044 posts) - - Show Bio

Age of Ultron feels very similar to Age of Apocalypse. That's not a bad thing in my opinion though. I know I'm getting Batman, Batman & Robin and Star Wars off the list here. Plus Walking Dead and Clone.

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#12 Edited by dondave (36408 posts) - - Show Bio

DC

BATGIRL #18 BATMAN #18 BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #6 DEATHSTROKE #18 DEMON KNIGHTS #18 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18 KATANA #2 RAVAGERS #10 SUICIDE SQUAD #18 SUPERBOY #18 TEAM 7 #6 MARVEL
AGE OF ULTRON #2 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #13 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #1 FANTASTIC FOUR #5 NOW FEARLESS DEFENDERS #2 SECRET AVENGERS #2 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #6 THUNDERBOLTS #6 ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #1 UNCANNY X-MEN #3 WOLVERINE #1 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #26 X-MEN LEGACY #7 X-TREME X-MEN #12

IMAGE

DARKNESS #111

#13 Posted by saoakden (1037 posts) - - Show Bio

From here: Age of Ultron, Batman, Batman and Robin, possibly Bloodshot, Avenging Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern Corps, Deathstroke, Thor: God of Thunder, Uncanny X-Men, Secret Avengers, Wolverine, Ultimate Comics Wolverine.

#14 Posted by slade_wilson (448 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman #18

Deathstroke #18

.....and that's all folks!

#15 Posted by jstndmnd (1008 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy #18

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

Thor god of thunder

Bloodshot

Uncanny.x men

#17 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6620 posts) - - Show Bio

WALKING DEAD

BATMAN

DEATHSTROKE

UNCANNY XMEN

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

At least there's some diversity in this choices.

#19 Posted by VictorVonDoom_1 (142 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor, Uncanny X-Men, and AU.

Maybe the Hawkeye TPB, too.

#20 Edited by SmashBrawler (5624 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft said:

@SmashBrawler said:

One of the worst parts of Damian's death is that it got me into reading Batman & Robin again.

woah woah WOAH! You don't like B&R?

Not exactly. I dropped B&R some time before Death of the Family. The title was ridiculously boring after the great first issues it had so I decided to read Layman's Detective Comics instead. However, I kept hearing that the series got better and better but I didn't have the money to see it by myself. I did read the Annual, but that's about it. So now they've suckered me in again, and not only am I going to buy this issue, I'm going to buy all the stuff I missed and will probably keep reading this series. Which sucks, because I don't have enough money for this. I'll probably just drop Nightwing.

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

Getting archer and armstrong too

#22 Posted by TimeLordScience (892 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dark_Guyver said:

Batman and Batman and Robin for me this week. Cant wait to see the outcome from Robins death. Although I see Batman 18 is unfortunately gonna be Harper Row focused :-/

Only the backup homie.

#23 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one who has been affected in the opposite manner of most people, in that Damian's death has caused me to become less interested in reading Batman?

Age of Ultron 2

Avenging Spider-Man 18

Fantastic Four 5

Uncanny X-Men

Wolverine 1 (maybe)

Batman 18 (maybe)

Batman and Robin 18 (maybe)

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

From the list I am getting Age of Ultron, Batman, Batman and Robin, Fantastic Four, Ultimate Comics Wolverine, and Wolverine

#25 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2309 posts) - - Show Bio

@TimeLordScience: I didn't know it was just the backup story. Thanks!

#26 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3758 posts) - - Show Bio

Age of Ultron, both Batman issues, and Star Wars are my pics!

#27 Posted by MuyJingo (1647 posts) - - Show Bio

Gee, 2 Batman comics this week. One written with Harper Row, and one written by the guy behind the amazing B&R Annual....

For me:

  • Probably Batman
  • B&R
  • Before Watchmen
  • Green Lantern Corp
  • Superboy
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#28 Posted by dreamfall31 (547 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Batman & Robin for me. Didn't read B&R before this, but in wake of recent events I'm interested in seeing what happens in that series!

#29 Posted by Turkeysammich (47 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Avengers Arena
  • Clone
  • Comeback
  • Uncanny X-Men
#30 Posted by Owie (3690 posts) - - Show Bio

*cough* Age of Apocalypse *cough* is exactly right.  But, I like me some Ultron so I'll give it another chance.

#31 Posted by jrjoanes (7 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't understand this hate for Harper Row, of everything i read about her she seems fine. She's smart, clever and strong willed. If there were to be another Robin I personally would choose her or she could make a good Oracle. So can someone please explain to me why everyone pretty much hates Harper Row?

#32 Posted by sora_thekey (8161 posts) - - Show Bio

Ultimate Comics Wolverine???? What's that about?

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#33 Posted by DJ1107 (244 posts) - - Show Bio

@Owie:

That plus Ultron is generally a bigger threat in this event then Apocalypse was in that event (seriously he gets punked by Magneto)

#34 Posted by Mrfuzzynutz (1027 posts) - - Show Bio

I have to add my two cents, I like the idea of this article, but I wouls focus my attention on the books that flying below the radar, "best books your not buying"? This could very easy slip into a " hot-list" type of list. But if your goal is to provide spotlight on books that are high quality and worth our money to invest in, I don't think you have to twist anyone's arm to by Batman 18, but maybe mention indie books or small press books instead?

#35 Posted by Mezmero (919 posts) - - Show Bio

Slow week in comics for me. It's just going to be Avenging Superior and (regular ass) Batman. Sort of want to read Batman and Robin to see more of the aftermath. I only read The Walking Dead in trades. I want Katana to be good but have no interest in reading it.

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

Among those listed, Star Wars #3 for sure!

#37 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

So, according to Age of Ultron, Washington D.C. is gone as in reduced to nothing.

WHAT?!? THE?!?! HELL?!?! This SCREAMS alternate reality cop out!

Also, where's Spider-Man getting 7,000 heroes? Marvel has never had that many heroes in their entire history and did they seriously expect us to believe they counted? And all 7,000 in New York? SERIOUSLY?!?

I just really don't understand what Marvel's deal is anymore.

#38 Posted by Queso6p4 (1436 posts) - - Show Bio

Well these are already on my pull so that's good. Look forward to reading them.

#39 Posted by SexualLobster (995 posts) - - Show Bio

@Miss_Garrick said:

So, according to Age of Ultron, Washington D.C. is gone as in reduced to nothing.

WHAT?!? THE?!?! HELL?!?! This SCREAMS alternate reality cop out!

Also, where's Spider-Man getting 7,000 heroes? Marvel has never had that many heroes in their entire history and did they seriously expect us to believe they counted? And all 7,000 in New York? SERIOUSLY?!?

I just really don't understand what Marvel's deal is anymore.

It's caalled dialogue, he's exaggurating. He's saying there's a lot. It's what normal people do hen they speak, jesus..

#40 Posted by Ramier (80 posts) - - Show Bio

uncanny xmen should have been one of the headlines CKYE VS CAP PART II

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

The fact that DC gives the previews to mainstream rags rather than actual comic sites reeks of desperation and makes Damian's death all the more ridiculous.

#42 Posted by DonFelipe (1096 posts) - - Show Bio
@longbowhunter said:
Age of Ultron feels very similar to Age of Apocalypse. That's not a bad thing in my opinion though. I know I'm getting Batman, Batman & Robin and Star Wars off the list here. Plus Walking Dead and Clone.
@Turkeysammich said:
  • Avengers Arena
  • Clone
  • Comeback
  • Uncanny X-Men
Comeback #5 (of 5) and Clone #5 are scheduled for March 20 and 27 respectively.
#43 Posted by EscGamer (113 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait so which Spidey is this, Parker-Parker or Ock-Parker? Because Age of Ultron implies Parker-Parker while Superior Spider-Man impiles Ock-Parker. This is probably another reality

#44 Posted by TDK_1997 (14684 posts) - - Show Bio

Even though I was disappointed with issue 1 I want to read Age of Ultron #2 already.

#45 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4750 posts) - - Show Bio
I honestly can't see Harper as Robin. I'm quite sure she will be Oracle II. It makes more sense as Bruce needing a partner, but not wanting to endanger someone's life since Damian is gone.... I think A.U. is the Avengers AoA, and AoA was the X-Mens uhhh AoA XP. Plus I'm hoping this "not a alternate reality" deal will create interesting changes in Marvel after the event is solved. Lastly I think SpOCK is the most interesting concept. (+)
#46 Posted by DonFelipe (1096 posts) - - Show Bio

Getting the End Times of Bram and Ben #3 and the High Ways #3 and some other stuff but these two I'm most excited about. Bram & Ben is hilarious and High Ways is quite intriguing and like the solicit says I really need to know just what IS the relationship between Cagney and Megan? 
 
Age of Ultron will get another chance, too, but just one more chance! Issue #2 has got be more exciting than issue #1.

#47 Posted by DJ1107 (244 posts) - - Show Bio

@SexualLobster:

THANK YOU! It's nice to see SOME people keep there head straight during an event comic. (A rarity on this site when it comes to it.)

#48 Posted by Mucklefluga (2545 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a feeling i wont make it through the whole of B & R 18. Even the preview alone almost got me.

#49 Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln (926 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Batman #18
  2. Uncanny X-men #3 (is bachalo leaving uncanny?? or will he return after irving? or later?)
  3. X-men Legacy #7

I'm poor, that's it

#50 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (882 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Batman
  • Age of Ultron
  • Uncanny X-Men

I was going to pick up TMNT Secret History of the Foot also, but they pushed it back a week: /