This week, the Best Comics to Buy list features exclusively #1’s! From Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung’s Justice League to Skottie Young’s Deadpool, there are a number of exciting books coming out this Wednesday.
This week, the Best Comics to Buy list features a new issue of this years best comic: Gideon Falls, a new #1 from Scott Snyder and some lasagna fueled Garfield hi-jinx.
This week, the best comics to buy list features a new Venom series, the start of Justice League: No Justice, and the trade paperback My Boyfriend is a Bear.
Hey everyone, another week has another batch of comics ready to be read. This week has alien trees, teenage assassins, a purple tyrant, someone who doesn’t shut up after learning about his past, and a jungle Batman.
This week has the next chapter in Snyder and Capullo’s Zero Year story.
Last month we had a glimpse into what The Riddler had done to Gotham City, and now it’s time for Batman to take it back, but how will a younger and inexperienced Bruce do so with limited resources?
Zero Year was the origin story that most Batman fans didn’t know that they wanted. Snyder and Capullo have told a massive untold story of Bruce’s slow ascension into becoming the iconic Dark Knight that is paced incredibly well.
The next issue of one of the most underrated titles available comes out this week.
Deadly Class tells the story of Markus, an orphaned, homeless teenager who is offered a scholarship to an underground school that teaches teenagers to be assassins.
Last issue had Markus’ friends breaking him out of solitary confinement so they could go on a road trip to kill his friend’s father in Las Vegas. On the way, Markus takes too many hits of acid thinking they are duds and begins to freak out. He’ll have to get his head back soon as the killer who’s been tracking him for the last few issues is nearly at his door.
Original Sin has only just begun, but its effects are already affecting the Marvel Universe.
This week’s issue of Deadpool has everyone’s favourite Merc With a Mouth discovering his past. When he was taken for the Weapon X Project, the board members had his entire past erased. What will happen when Wade uncovers the mysteries of his past, and what was his Original Sin? Writer Gerry Dugan promises that both sins won’t be pretty. Then again, when are things ever pretty with Deadpool?
A brand new title from the famous Warren Ellis releases today.
Trees is a sci-fi story about a race of aliens that came to earth ten years ago and acted as trees. Ten years have passed since we found out that there is intelligent life on other planets. Unfortunately, they do not see us as intelligent, or alive.
Everyone’s favourite purple immortal goliath gets an annual this week.
Thanos fights huge Marvel forces such as Mephesto, The Avengers, a future version of himself and much more. This issue will show how one of his past defeats set in motion a chain of events that will soon affect the entire Marvel Universe.
This issue is also the beginning to a Thanos graphic novel that is coming soon.
Other Titles Out This Week:
Bravest Warriors #20
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #1
Evil Empire #2
Midas Flesh #6
Dark Horse Comics
Captain Midnight #11
Conan The Avenger #2
ElfQuest The Final Quest #3
Halo Escalation #6
King Conan The Conqueror #4
Mass Effect Foundation #11
Mind MGMT #22
Serenity Leaves On The Wind #5
Star Wars #8
Star Wars Legacy II #15
Star Wars Rebel Heist #2
Tomb Raider #4
Adventures Of Superman #13
All-Star Western #31
Batman Eternal #8
Dead Boy Detectives #6
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #13
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two #5
Justice League Dark #31
New 52 Futures End #4
Red Lanterns #31
Secret Origins #2
Suicide Squad #30
City The Mind In The Machine #4
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #12
Monster And Madman #1
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #19
Samurai Jack #8
Star Trek #33
Transformers Robots In Disguise #29
X-Files Season 10 #12
Chew Revival #1
Dead Body Road #6
Southern Bastards #1
Southern Bastards #2
Thief Of Thieves #21
All-New Invaders #5
Dexter Down Under #4
Fantastic Four #5
Giant-Size Spider-Man #1
Guardians Of The Galaxy #15
Iron Man #26
Iron Patriot #3
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude #2
Mighty Avengers #10
Ms. Marvel #4
Uncanny Avengers #20
Winter Soldier The Bitter March #4
Shadowman End Times #2
This August sees the third anniversary of DC Comic’s New 52 reboot. It was used to “soft relaunch” on their titles for newer readers who found it too hard to catch up on current titles, while not completely getting rid of everything for long time readers.
The New 52 has had its share of good and bad titles, as well as numerous cancels and relaunches. Here are our Top 5 New 52 Titles that everyone should check out.
Green Arrow has had a rough time since the New 52 launched. The original teams that worked on the title provided dull action and dialogue that came off as cheesy at best, and just was boring at worst. Oliver just felt like a vanilla Tony Stark, only with a bow.
Starting with issue #17, the team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino took over and made Green Arrow one of the best current running titles DC currently has. Introducing a new villain that tested every skill Oliver has learned, as well as exploring his time stranded on the island made Green Arrow a more noteworthy title and added depth the originally boring character.
#4 Swamp Thing
One of the lesser-known characters in DC’s universe was one of the original New 52 titles, and quickly became one of the best monthly titles they have. Written by Scott Snyder (who may or may not appear later on this list) Swamp Thing has reverted back to his human form and only has vague memories of being the monster. He soon gets involved in a struggle between The Red, and The Rot, life forces that represent living things and death and decay. This forces him to become Swamp Thing again to become the avatar for The Green, the life force that represents plant life.
While not one of the most popular New 52 titles, Swamp Thing is still a great series that gives some much needed attention to other not well-known DC character such as Constantine and Animal Man.
#3 Wonder Woman
She may not be getting her own movie any time soon, But Wonder Woman’s New 52 series is definitely one of the best.
Wonder Woman’s series is based around Greek mythos, and has her protecting a pregnant woman who is carrying the Demigod child of Zeus that may have the power to overthrow other gods.
The series has Wonder Woman fighting many mythological creatures and gods. These action scenes are near perfectly paced and give a great reminder why Diana is one of the best and most capable fighters in the DC Universe.
The first arc of the series ended late last year with an interesting and greatly satisfying ending and never felt too drawn out. Diana is given plenty of time to be characterized and to be represented well and respectfully.
Wonder Woman is a gorgeous to look at and fun to read title that both pays respect to it’s source material while providing new twists to the long running character.
#2 Animal Man
While the New 52 was controversial as it ret-conned many DC characters, it also gave a chance for lesser known B and C-list ones to gain popularity and recognition. Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man was one of those titles.
Animal Man tells the story of Buddy baker, a hero who’s pretty much retired from the hero business to be closer to his family. Soon he becomes dragged into the struggle between The Red, The Green, and The Rot (mentioned earlier in this list) and has to go on the run with his family to save them, and the world.
The tone of Animal Man is incredibly dark. There is a large amount of blood and gore, as well as animals and nightmarish decaying creatures trying to kill Buddy and his family. At times, it feels like Buddy and his family is just delaying their inevitable deaths, as they can’t truly escape or defeat the true nature of death itself.
However, Lemire does a fantastic job of balancing all of the dark with light moments of Buddy interacting with his family. These moments feel incredibly human and make the reader care about the Bakers.
Unfortunately, the series ended earlier this year, but it still remains as one of the absolute best titles ever published in the New 52.
Only one of the twenty Batman titles that have been released during the New 52 has been consistently great, and that’s Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman.
Even from the first issue, the quality and respect they provide to the hugely popular hero is present.
The first arc that they created added not only additional character to Batman, and to a new evil organization, but to Gotham City itself in a way that makes sense in the Batman mythos.
The second arc of Snyder and Capullo’s run incorporated all of the other Batman titles at that time. These titles were a little lagging, but were all elevated in quality when brought into the story that Snyder created.
Currently the series is nearing the end of it’s year long “Zero Year” story, which reimagined Bruce Wayne’s past before he became Batman. Instead of just rehashing the same origin, Snyder brought new elements to it which gradually showed Bruce’s transformation into The Dark Knight.
Batman has been, and still is the best title under the New 52 reboot. There has not been a single issue that has ever been less than great and needs to be picked up by any and every Dark Knight fan.
Hey everyone, we here at CG Magazine are going to be trying something a little different this week. We thought it would be fun to pick a couple of comics coming out today that we’re excited for and share them incase anyone else might be interested in picking them up. Hopefully it will help those of you who might be looking for something to pick up.
By: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
The second arc of Zero Year has ended, but it isn’t over yet. Taking place a few months after Batman #29 sees the result of the shocking finale to The Riddler’s plan. As the Savage City arc starts it will provide a great jumping on point for new readers while moving forward to fans already onboard.
Ever since Otto Dr. Octopus Octavious “killed” Peter Parker and replaced his consciousness with his own, he’s been trying to prove that he’s been the Superior Spider-Man and a better man than Peter Parker ever was. The Green Goblin has proved him wrong. Taking total control of New York and causing mass anarchy, he has brought down everything Otto has worked to achieve. After the shocking ending to Superior Spider-Man #30, see how the real Peter Parker will deal with Otto’s failure as Spider-Man, as well as Peter Parker. The series will return as The Amazing Spider-Man at the end of this month.
By: Mark Waid, Mark Bagely, and Jerome Opena
Taking place after last month’s Indestructible Hulk finale, this title picks up with Bruce Banner nearly dead. Now the Hulk is on a rampage to find out who tried to assassinate Bruce. Will Dr. Banner survive? With Mark Waid writing the series, anything can happen.
Deadpool vs Carnage #2
By: Cullen Bunn and Salvador Espin
It’s part two of Marvel’s two craziest red suited, murdering, psychopaths battling each other. After Carnage was narrowly saved by a friend from Deadpool in the last issue, the two finally start to battle it out in one of the craziest Marvel titles out available.
Ms. Marvel #3
By C. Willow Willowson, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie McKelvie
The critically acclaimed new Ms. Marvel series continues onto it’s third issue. After saving a woman from drowning ,gaining superpowers and getting grounded in the last issue, Kamala Kahn’s life is getting stranger by the day. What gave her the power to shapeshift? How will she use her powers? What will she do if she can’t hangout with her friends?
What’s the difference between gender and sex? How deeply rooted in biology are traditional feminine or masculine roles, if at all? How does culture affect these roles, today and historically? And what does all this have to do with the comics we read?