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This Week's Essential Comics: 03/27/13

Not sure what to buy this Wednesday? We've got a few recommendations for ya!

Unless you're Scrooge McDuck, odds are you're working with a limited budget when it comes to your hobbies. Collecting comics is particularly pricey and makes narrowing down your selection come Wednesday quite a chore, doesn't it? Well, we're here to help you decide what's worth your cash this week. We've been enjoying these following books and believe the newest chapters will be money well spent.

What are your essential comics this week?


We've been bombarded with quite a few big events and a fair share have been all kinds of "meh," so going into this one with some hesitation was understandable. Thankfully,Brian Michael Bendis has made more than enough changes to help make this event feel fresh -- despite drawing strong parallels to Age of Apocalypse. We're tossed right into the middle of the chaos and have the pleasure of seeing how this harsh world has changed the characters we know and love. Plus, Captain America finally overcomes his heavy dose of emoness and has a plan. Based on this cover and the preview, it definitely appears to be a unique one.

Visit CBR for the final preview page.


In case you haven't heard by now, Geoff Johns is doing quite an awesome job with AQUAMAN. While the series started off with a strong comedic vibe, it quickly transformed into a far more complex and serious as it dove deeper and deeper intoArthur's life. Now we're in the aftermath of 'Throne of Atlantis' (which I absolutely recommend) and it's clearly taking a very interesting toll on our hero. Additionally, Merawill have her own adventure and, according to the solicit, it involves a "long-forgotten adversary of Aquaman." Any guesses, Viners?

Go to CBR for the last preview page.


This is without question going to be a must read for any Batman fan. Picking up right after Damian's death (oh come on, the spoiler's over a month old now), well see Batman's immediate response and how things will unfold with the Heretic. Additionally, writer Grant Morrison is apparently framing Batman for murder... over whose death, though?

Here's a preview thanks to Buzzfeed.


Last month Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero asked me to review FIVE WEAPONS #1. I never heard of the series before, but naturally, I agreed to check it out. Man, I can now say with full confidence that I'm grateful he asked me to give it a read. This limited-series by Image is massively entertaining, refreshing and plenty of fun. It's about a school for the children of assassins and they each choose to specialize in a specific weapon type -- as you probably guessed, there's five options. Don't let the violent concept fool you though, so far there hasn't been any gore and the book is rated T for teen!

There's no preview but you're welcome to check out my review of issue 1.


I can't be the only one who was shocked by the amount of feels and epicness Brian Michael Bendis stuffed into the point one issue for this series. Already providing us with Star-Lord's quick origin story (though I still have no idea how he technically bumped into the team...), we're now prepared to dive face first into this team's new adventures. Expect Bendis to bring his A game since the weight of the upcoming film is also resting on this one.

Honorable Mentions

  • CLONE #5
  • FF #5
  • GAMBIT #10
  • HACK/SLASH #25
  • TALON #6

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Posted by doomsilver
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Young Avengers #3, Uncanny Avengers #5, Aquaman #18, Batman Inc #9

Posted by Onemoreposter

We officially need a thread just for Bat Kick appreciation. Batman just kicked through a freaking sword.

Yeah, that just happened.

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is definitely a must for me, #0.1 was a great issue and this one looks promising. Can't wait to pick it up.

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We officially need a thread just for Bat Kick appreciation. Batman just kicked through a freaking sword.

Yeah, that just happened.

And to think we feel like dying/lashing out if we step on a toy or something. Batman? He stomps freaking swords in half and doesn't complain.

Posted by iaconpoint

Batman Inc. and Dredd for me please.

Posted by impossibilly

I'm very much looking forward to Age of Ultron #3 and Superior Spider-Man #6. I'm really enjoying Age of Ultron so far. I don't plan on picking up any tie-ins that aren't comics I regularly buy though.

I may pick up Batman Incorporated #9.

I missed out on Five Weapons #1 last month. I almost bought it based on your strong review, but ended up not pulling the trigger. I may buy both #1 and 2 today.

The two comics I'm most excited for today didn't make your list, Vertigo's Time Warp and Image's East of West.

Posted by coolguyr99

Still think East of West should be here. I will be picking up Five Weapons #2 as the first issue impressed me.

Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic

We officially need a thread just for Bat Kick appreciation. Batman just kicked through a freaking sword.

Yeah, that just happened.


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Has anyone noticed that the cover for AoU 3 looks almost exactly like the Superman panel that is on the Answers #36 video?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Red Lanterns #18, Superman #18, Teen Titans #18, and Guardians of the Galaxy #1...the Ghost Variant though (love homage!).

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Yes! The Guardians made it!