It's time to embrace new comic book day! The Comic Vine staff has reviewed the latest list of upcoming releases and we've each selected some comics that we can't wait to read. If you're surprised to see a certain comic didn't make the cut, go ahead and tell the world why it's worth checking out in the comments below. Now, let's take a look at what the staff recommends!
*Some previews may be in reverse order*
Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks
This is it. Batman vs Riddler in order to win back Gotham City. Can Batman defeat the Riddler? Of course. But this arc has been a blast. Seeing Batman in his early days has been a fascinating journey. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and the others have done an incredible job on this series and this oversized issue is one you’ll want to devour right away.
Besides Batman trying to stop Riddler’s crazy scheme, there are also some other big questions we’ll want answers to. Snyder has been giving us glimpses to other moments in Bruce’s life and it just goes to show that despite how many different Batman adventures and origin stories we’ve seen, Snyder keeps throwing curve balls our way.
It’s a little sad to have to say goodbye to this time period but it’s going to be great to see how the story ends.
Storm is finally getting her own ongoing series. Like some of the other X-Men, she has had some limited series but never an ongoing. Storm has gone through many changes. She’s proven how formidable she can be, even when she lost her powers. She’s had many different roles throughout her life but now, hopefully, we’ll get a chance to dive deeper into who she really is inside.
Victor Ibanez’s art is incredible. This will be a series to keep an eye on.
We saw the first issue of Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr’s take on Superman in the New 52. We also saw a new character introduced. What this character’s connection to Superman is something we’re waiting to find out.
Geoff Johns delivered some really great Superman stories in the past and it’s hard not to get excited over what he has planned for us now. Romita Jr does a great job at depicting action and mayhem. We’ve seen some slight changes in Superman’s world already in the first issue so who knows what else we’ll see happen.
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Honorable Mentions: BATMAN AND ROBIN #33, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4
Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks
As soon as you feel you have a grasp on what's coming next from SAGA, everything gets flipped on its head. With the start of this new arc, Hazel tells the reader that Marko and Alana are breaking up, which, as a fan, was super hard to read. Now, things have gotten a bit crazy with Prince Robot IV's family and how we're seeing Marko and Alana move away from each other. If you're not reading this, then you're most likely insane.
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #22
American Wasteland has been a pretty weird but pretty dang entertaining story line so far. The previous story line lost me a bit, but since American Wasteland started, I'm back on board! Fred Van Lente has been providing an incredibly fun story and Pere Perez's art is sensational. This is still a top-tier book and while it's not a great place to jump on, you should be reading this.
STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES: GI ZOMBIE #1
ALL STAR WESTERN is pretty awesome, and one of my favorite books from the New 52 was the Unknown Soldier story from G.I. Combat. What do both of those books have in common? The writing of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. It's nice to see DC trying a third time to push a war book. G.I. COMBAT was a pretty awesome book, so I'm excited to see what Gray and Palmiotti have in store, but honestly, I'll buy anything those two write.
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Honorable Mention: WONDER WOMAN #33
Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks
This issue has such a great amount of potential, especially if you've been reading along since The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Look, I'll admit I'm left with pretty mixed feelings on John Lucas' artwork (great for action and comedy, oddly over the top with basically everything else), but the last issue put the narrative in such an appealing and gripping direction. Agent Preston's tale is finally taking center stage and now Deadpool has been reeled into it. It looks like co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are finally going to address a topic we've been wondering about -- Deadpool's daughter -- and based on their history with this series, you can bet I'm excited to see how it's handled. Here's hoping this story takes a compelling direction with this issue!
TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME #2
TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME had a massively amusing and now it's up to Erik Burnham, Charles Paul Wilson III, and David Petersen to bring the fun in an all-new era: Feudal Japan! Considering Burham's history with the heroes in a half shell (SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN, micro issues), I have nothing but faith in his abilities to produce an enjoyable, lighthearted, and exciting chapter. Plus, considering the time period, this is sure to have some very interesting connections to the Turtles' new origin story. It's unlikely they'll bring about any drastic change in the issue, but the premise is definitely interesting!
ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1
Bloodshot has recently joined Valiant's big team, Unity, but so far, his role has basically been limited to standing around and looking cool. He does that well enough, but we all want to see more of him and obviously, the publisher understands this. Joe Harris and Trevor Hairsine's upcoming issue promises to throw the enhanced soldier into the events of Armor Hunters and give us a whole lot of action, too. A heavily armed Bloodshot playing a role in the latest big event and with art by Hairsine? Come on, what's not to love?
Honorable Mentions: TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE #2, MONSTER MOTORS ONE SHOT
Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks
RED LANTERNS #33
The war against Atrocitus heats up hotter than...a Red Lantern's blood! Yeah! Nailed it! Charles Soule's been building to this for quite some time, and with how he's handled payoffs in other comics he's written, I think we're in for something great here. Apparently we get the return of a Green Lantern and some heated discussion between the two of them, possibly about this whole "stewardship of Earth" thing. Alessandro Vitti's return on visuals is just another reason to be excited for this book, in my estimation.
See more preview pages at Man Cave Daily.
We took a brief trip in time last issue, but now...we apparently go further back for an untold story of Matt Murdock's mother. Original Sin has been something of a retcon-a-palooza to some very mixed results. While most of the stories are good, some of the revelations are straining credibility, but if there's one thing Mark Waid's shown himself capable of: it's taking a concept that shouldn't work and finding a way to make it not just work, but make the reader wonder why NO ONE thought of it before. Javier Rodriguez coming back to the title is more great news for a title I didn't even need another excuse to anticipate.
Full and immediate comprehension is not a prerequisite for enjoyment when the writing or concept are strong enough. Fortuantely: Trees is just such a book. The world being created, in which massive, silent alien ships have landed and are, apparently using Earth as a dumping ground with little-to-no recognition of humans as sentient life, is fascinating enough on its own to carry a book where the bizarre is the norm. Warren Ellis and Jason Howard are definitely onto something with this title and I hope we get some of the mysteries and backstory of the world filled in, because I can't stop reading about it.