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Each week we gather up a few titles that we strongly feel will satiate your comic book reading appetite. We recently switched the format from our "10 Comics to Buy This Week."

Now, we’re not trying to tell anyone how to spend their hard-earned money, but our goal for this updated weekly column is for it to be something people can look to for near 100% accuracy when pointing out quality titles. Because as we all know, the problem isn’t finding comics to read, it’s reading the ones that make the most of your limited budget.

Firstly, you’ll notice our typical ten titles have been cut down to five (or there about). But we’re sticking with the old adage: quality over quantity. Lastly, outside further expansion on why we recommend each book, we’re also going to provide preview pages for each title (when available) to give you an idea how the book reads and looks. You can click each image to enlarge.

A PLUS X #1

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN may not have given the conclusion that everyone wanted but it did pave the way for a slightly different direction. There is the return of the outlook against mutants and Captain America is hoping he can use the Avengers' influence and recognition to smooth over the public outcry against them.

A PLUS X may seem similar to the recent AVX: VS series but rather than pit character against character, we're returning to the MARVEL TEAM-UP notion.

Each month, we'll see two separate stories by the "industry's top creators" featuring team-ups between an Avenger and a mutant. It might seem a little forced but part of the beauty of the Marvel Universe is the cohesion between characters and titles. It only makes sense that different characters would run into each other in trying to stop the 'bad guys. This is the perfect opportunity for creators to cut loose and give us fun and exciting stories pairing up unlikely heroes.

The first issue will consist of a Wolverine/Hulk story by Jeph Loeb and veteran INCREDIBLE HULK artist, Dale Keown. How these two will work together along with Keown's art will be something to see.

There will also be a Captain America/Cable story by Dan Slott and Ron Garney. The last time these two faced each other, it was during AVENGERS: X-SANCTION.

BEDLAM #1

Who doesn't like number 1 issues? Readers are always looking for new jumping on points and Image Comics has had a great track record lately with their new titles.

What you should notice is who is working on this title. Nick Spencer, Riley Rossmo and Frazer Irving. Those three names alone should make your ears perk up.

What is the comic about?

Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who terrorized the town of Bedlam for years. Then he got better. This is what happens next.

I've had some people ask me recently about horror comics. We don't see them often and when we do, they're often hit or miss. With Spencer and Rossmo working on this, it could be just what the doctor ordered. It also looks to give you a nice change of pace in case you were looking for something non-superhero related.

Note: This is for Mature Readers.

GHOSTS #1

You can tell that Halloween falls on new comics day this year.

Vertigo is another publisher that when they put out a new series, it's a good idea to pay attention to what they're doing. GHOSTS is an anthology featuring some of the "biggest talents in the industry."

Who does that include?

Geoff Johns is making his Vertigo debut on a story with art by Jeff Lemire.

Neil Gaiman's "DeadBoy Detectives" returns in a story written by Toby Litt, featuring art by Mark Buckingham.

There will also be stories by Neil Kleid with art by John McCrea, a story with art by Paul Pope and script by David Lapham, a story by Al Ewing with art by Rufus Dayglo and a story written and drawn by Gilbert Hernandez.

This will have a cover price of $7.99 but because it's an anthology, there will be plenty of comic material to make it worth the price. Plus when you look at all the talent behind this issue, there's definitely going to be plenty to enjoy.

Note: This is for Mature Readers.

Happy #2

The second issue of the four-issue miniseries by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson hits shelves this week.

Trapped in a mob hospital at the mercy of the cold-eyed torture expert Smoothie and his team of dedicated sadists, the only hope for Nick Sax is Happy the Horse! With three days to Black Christmas, can our unlikely duo stay together long enough to stop Pedo-Santa's rampage?

If you read the first issue, you know Grant and Darick aren't holding back on the content. Throw in the fact that our main character, Nick Sax is seeing and talking to a blue flying horse...you know things are going to get even crazier than you could imagine.

Once again, this is for Mature Readers (really, not trying to corrupt any younger readers with these picks).

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1

Both SWAMP THING and ANIMAL MAN are going through the "Rotworld" story. The crossover started out together but each title veers into a separate direction until the end of the arc. How the world fell to the Rot will be revealed in the pages of the Swamp Thing annual. It looks like Scott Snyder will join forces with his SEVERED co-writer, Scott Tuft to tell the tale along with Becky Cloonan and Marco Rudy handling the art.

The annual will focus on the first meeting and rivalry between Alec Holland and Anton Arcane. This will also show the first meeting between Alec and Abby. To add a twist, there appears to be a reason Alec and Abby don't recall the meeting or the fact that Alec fell in love with her back then.

Snyder and Cloonan recently collaborated in BATMAN #12 so this marks all sorts of reunions.

It's a double-sized issue. Just the thing you'll want as you sit back and enjoy all the Halloween candy you got (or had left over from the trick-or-treaters).

Here's a preview courtesy of DC's blog.

#1 Posted by Loki2u (211 posts) - - Show Bio

Missed the boat on ordering Bedlam.

Is this an ongoing series or a mini?

Was really impressed with Happy#1....can't wait for this months installment.

This is my favorite segment at CV....thank you!

#2 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

Swamp Thing is cool.

#3 Posted by xAnimosity (183 posts) - - Show Bio

Cant believe Aquaman #13 was not on this list. It finally wraps up the first major arc and is Ivan Reis's last issue.

#4 Edited by zackattack529 (1404 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice League Dark Should probably be on this list because it is the conclusion to the first arc of Lemires run

also Superman Earth one vol 2!

and it introduces Amethyst and Frankenstein to the team.

also im going to get Happy! when it is all collected

i will also be getting Aquaman! :)

#5 Posted by dcfox (159 posts) - - Show Bio

So is the official title "A Plus X"? That seems like a weird way to write it out.

#6 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9183 posts) - - Show Bio

From the list I am getting A+X

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

nothing this week for me . next shadowman bettter be up here

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

Aquaman, Fatale. He Man Skeletor Origin,

#9 Posted by Mandrewgora (299 posts) - - Show Bio

Neat, I want to check out Ghosts.

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

I'm only getting Aquaman this week.

#11 Edited by SmashBrawler (5955 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list I'm only getting the Swamp Thing Annual. The rest would be:

  • Action Comics Annual
  • Aquaman
  • Justice League Dark Annual

I'll buy Superman: Earth One Vol. 2, but not this week. No Marvel for me this week :/

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

I've been meaning to check out other comics, mainly from Image, besides Marvel, and now I think I will possibly get Bedlam. The art is amazing and the story behind it already has me wanting to get it.

#13 Posted by jinxuandi (595 posts) - - Show Bio

Not getting anything on this list, but I will be getting Aquaman, Winter Soldier and maybe Captain Marvel.

#14 Posted by jwalser3 (5171 posts) - - Show Bio

@mr.obvious said:

Swamp Thing is cool.

Your username fits the comment.

#15 Edited by DonFelipe (1124 posts) - - Show Bio

@Loki2u said:

Missed the boat on ordering Bedlam.

Is this an ongoing series or a mini?

It's planned to be an ongoing series!

There's a 22-page preview/prologue on comixologyof the first issue that will be double-sized.

Love the art!

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

only if nick spencer wasnt writing bedlam

#17 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

@jwalser3 said:

@mr.obvious said:

Swamp Thing is cool.

Your username fits the comment.

That's cool.

#18 Edited by Deadknight (645 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see that Bedlam is getting some recognition. I was very intrigued by it when I first stumbled across a preview for it. The concept and art are just two great aspects that merge in a superb way. I definitely hope to get my hands on some of the issues.

#19 Posted by Duke_Nasty (1017 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll try to get Bedlam but it will be hard to find.

Aquaman and Ultimate X-Men.

#20 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

The A + X series. Is that entire new series right after AvX event? I haven't read a single issue of it but did pre-ordered Hardcover book (500+ pages) and it comes out on Nov. 7. Can't wait! I don't know if I should wait for A + X hardcover collection or suck it up and buy each issue monthly. Hm, still thinking...

#21 Posted by G-Man (36770 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny how there's often complaints we only review Marvel and DC books yet when we spotlight other great titles as well...

The thing to keep in mind is we try to shoot for five. Others like Aquaman, JLD Annual, Wolverine and the X-Men, etc are all comics to look forward to. These are ones that stand out and ones you might not be thinking about. At least, that's how I looked at it.

#22 Edited by judasnixon (6653 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey Guys Jeph Loeb is writing a story about the Hulk, and Wolverine fighting over cake! 

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

@G-Man said:

Funny how there's often complaints we only review Marvel and DC books yet when we spotlight other great titles as well...

The thing to keep in mind is we try to shoot for five. Others like Aquaman, JLD Annual, Wolverine and the X-Men, etc are all comics to look forward to. These are ones that stand out and ones you might not be thinking about. At least, that's how I looked at it.

@G-Man said:

Funny how there's often complaints we only review Marvel and DC books yet when we spotlight other great titles as well...

The thing to keep in mind is we try to shoot for five. Others like Aquaman, JLD Annual, Wolverine and the X-Men, etc are all comics to look forward to. These are ones that stand out and ones you might not be thinking about. At least, that's how I looked at it.

i like you coverage of comics. would you say its slower week than normal?
#24 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (7385 posts) - - Show Bio

Not getting anything this week.. oh wait WvsX comin out might get that.

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

Why no Superman: Earth One Vol. 2 HC? :(

#26 Posted by longbowhunter (7291 posts) - - Show Bio

May grab Bedlam, Swamp Thing is a must. I'd love to buy Ghosts for the Johns & Lemire story but $8 is steep.

#27 Posted by broo1232 (1520 posts) - - Show Bio

Swamp-thing annual

Winter soldier

X-men Legacy

#28 Posted by save.me.now (207 posts) - - Show Bio

The Wolverine and Hulk team up looks kind of cool. One problem, wolverine's an Avenger. It's just hard to count him or Beast as X men at this point. Also "the outlook" wasn't especially pro - mutant before. Schism showed that many countries still had active sentinel programs that had to be forcefully shut down. So if those countries had their way they would have still had sentinels up to and during AvsX. Aside from Wakanda and the U.S. it doesn't seem like things have gotten that much worse.

#29 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33918 posts) - - Show Bio

GHOSTS

Online
#30 Posted by Billy Batson (58152 posts) - - Show Bio

Did you kidnap Norris, G-Man?
BB

#31 Posted by MrArrogant (149 posts) - - Show Bio

now that I've started earning some money I can finally pick up some image comics I also want to try but miss the boat on :D Bedlam has grabbed my interest from the list, will definitely pick it up.

#32 Posted by G-Man (36770 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson: We always discuss the list. He was unfortunately dealing with Hurricane Sandy so I picked the comics and did the write up.

@RedheadedAtrocitus: I don't know if I'd say Superman Earth One is essential. I still haven't decided if I'm buying it. I did like the first but I can't say I loved it. And if people think GHOSTS at 7.99 is a lot, a Superman HC will be even more $$

@Cavemold: It's a 'fifth week.' Less comics than usual. But I do stand behind these. I mentioned some other great titles coming in a previous comic. I just felt these stood out from the rest.

#33 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (883 posts) - - Show Bio

From the list I'm getting Swamp Thing Annual and maybe A+X... I've been waiting for Swamp Thing for months, though

#34 Posted by Agent_Prince (139 posts) - - Show Bio

I admit i complained a little last week when this article was reduced from 10 comics to 5. However, when I actually thought about it, a column highlighting 5 must buys is at least £15 a week, if i bought them all. That's £60 a month, £720 a year, sometimes more, as there are always others to pick up too. I think highlighting 5 is enough.

Also, on the Marvel/DC coverage complaints, these provide the biggest headlines, as they are the biggest companies. Comic Vine is a comic site, not an 'Indie' comic site. I read a hell of a lot of comics from any publisher, mostly based on the superlative information and reviews Comic Vine has to offer.

Sometimes the critical world of 'the internet' needs to have a lie down.

#35 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2267 posts) - - Show Bio

There was an early release of Bedlam last Friday near me, got my #1 signed by Spencer AND Rossmo. It's absolutely incredible.

#36 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2274 posts) - - Show Bio

AQUAMAN #13 (maybe)

$2.99

A PLUS X #1 NOW

$3.99

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 (maybe)

$4.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 (maybe)

$2.99

#37 Posted by yo_yo_fun (643 posts) - - Show Bio

Ghosts #1 sounds really interesting, I might have to check that out. Thanks!:)

I'm also getting this week, Aquaman #13, Batgirl Annual #1 and maybe Action Comics Annual #1.

#38 Posted by Queso6p4 (1451 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice. I'd forgotten about Bedlam. Hopefully my lcs will have it in stock tomorrow. I'm definitely looking forward to Happy #2 as well..

#39 Posted by kennybaese (1134 posts) - - Show Bio

The art in the Swamp Thing Annual reminds me of Mike Allred. I dig it.

#40 Posted by inferiorego (26854 posts) - - Show Bio

@zackattack529 said:

Justice League Dark Should probably be on this list because it is the conclusion to the first arc of Lemires run

agreed

Staff
#41 Posted by Jawshco (244 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm adding Avenging Spidey & Ulty Spidey to my list as well.

I'm excited to see where they're going with happy #2.

#42 Posted by davidcraig123 (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Not getting any comics this week :/