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Posted by erik_norris (194 posts) - - Show Bio

Welcome back to 10 Comics to Buy This Week. As you're probably well aware, there are a metric crap-ton of comic books hitting shelves every single week. And for the common consumer, it's financially impossible to pick up everything. That's where this column steps in like your superhero savior, drawing your attention to 10 books worth your hard-earned dollars during any given week.

We not only going to spotlight tights and capes books, but also some indie titles off the beaten path, which, if all goes well, will broaden your reading horizons.

Amazing Spider-Man #688

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The Lizard returns, and just in time for release of The Amazing Spider-Man film. Look how that worked out. Probably wasn't planned at all...

Film/comic synergy notwithstanding, we're really pumped for the return of one of Spider-Man's greatest foes, courtesy of Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli. But Lizard isn't the only one Spidey has to deal with. Spidey also has to watch out for Morbius the Living Vampire. Pete just can't catch a break, can he?

American Vampire #28

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It's the start of a brand new story arc in the pages of American Vampire. Welcome to the "The Blacklist."

We're still in the 1950s, but the focus has shifted back to Pearl and Skinner Sweet, who return to where it all began -- Hollywood. Vertigo is promising major revelations in this arc, the kind of stuff that drastically shifts the direction of a series. Here's hoping Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque deliver.

Batman: The Dark Knight #10

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That's right, we're choosing to spotlight an issue of Batman: The Dark Knight over something like Batman Incorporated this week. Blasphemy! But before you grab your pitchfork and torch and start b-lining it towards the ComicVine office, we have a legitimate reason for doing so, so hear us out: this issue marks the debut of Gregg Hurwitz writing the series.

Hurwitz blew us away with his work on Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, so we're obviously expecting great things from his run on The Dark Knight. It also doesn't hurt that artist David Finch is sticking around to pencil Hurwitz's tale. Fingers crossed Batman: The Dark Knight finally becomes tolerable.

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1

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Outside the stumble that was Comedian #1, things have been pretty solid for DC's venture back into the world of Watchmen. This week sees the release of J. Michael Straczynski and Andy Kubert's Nite Owl. Nite Owl was one of the most fascinating characters from Watchmen, so hopefully Straczynski and Kubert can do the character justice while simultaneously peeling back some new layers.

If nothing else, the book will at least look pretty with artwork by the father/son duo of Joe and Andy Kubert.

Fatale #6

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The start of Fatale's second arc has arrived. In present day, Nicolas hunts for more information about the mysterious Josephine. Meanwhile, in the mid 1970s, Josephine tries to establish a new life.

If you haven't picked up an issue of Fatale yet now's the time. Or, you can be smart and pick up all five of the back issues and this week's #6 to be caught up on one of the best series currently hitting stands.

Hit-Girl #1

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Hit-Girl gets her own spin-off series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Taking place between the events of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl follows Mindy McCready as she tries to settle into a normal life with her mother and step-father.

Unfortunately, being "normal" isn't something that comes easy to Mindy. So when her parents go to sleep, she sneaks out to deliver sweet justice to the thugs of New York City and train Kick-Ass to be a better warrior.

Justice League Dark #10

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It's time for Jeff Lemire and Mikel Janin to continue their adventure with the DCU's best team for tackling magic and the unexplainable.

We loved the first issue of Justice League Dark, and we expect the same reaction to Lemire's second issue on the title. Because let's be honest, Lemire is firing on all cylinders right now.

Mind the Gap #2

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The mystery behind Elle's accident continues to build in issue #2. We'll get some answers to questions posed by the first issue, but don't expect everything to be made clear. In fact, expect to have a lot more questions after reading this week's installment.

Jim McCann and artist Rodin Esquejo's new series had one hell of a first issue, introducing a slew of great characters and an interesting yarn to keep us coming back month-to-month. If you didn't pick up the first issue of Mind the Gap, make sure to snag it this week along with issue #2.

Scalped #59

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The end of Scalped is right around the corner and we are very sad about it. We plan to cherish these final two issues like it's no one's business.

We don't know much about this issue other than it features an epic Mexican standoff, but that's honestly all we need to hear. Bring it on, then!

Spider-Men #2

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The first issue of Spider-Men really surprised us -- it didn't feel like a cheap crossover in the slightest. We also got Brian Michael Bendis writing the main 616 universe Spidey outside an Avengers book. That's a win right there.

Now that the setup is out of the way, it's time to get to the real meat of this story. We're ready for hijinks to ensue now that Peter Parker has run into Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.

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#1 Posted by blindisaac (92 posts) - - Show Bio

American Vampire and JLD for sure. On the fence about getting ASM.

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#2 Posted by doordoor123 (3810 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm actually excited for Batman: The Dark Knight. I bought the book before because i thought it was ridiculous in the best of ways. I'm not Finch fan, but that cover is awesome. I think he draws the best blood in the business -- he needs to be on a horror book. And Hurwitz is great.

Now its time to get Joshua Hale Faikov on another DCU BOOK!

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#3 Posted by th3jok3r (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah I have to say, I am hesitantly looking forward to Batman: The Dark Knight. Hurwitz was fantastic in that Penguin mini. If he is going to bring quality like that, then it looks like I may be picking yet another Bat-book.

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#4 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (11226 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list I am getting:

The Amazing Spider man

Hit Girl

Spider men

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#5 Posted by Skaddix (3111 posts) - - Show Bio

JLD, ASM, Spider-men

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#6 Posted by RoboShark (2637 posts) - - Show Bio
These books deserve a mention too I think.
Manhattan Projects
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#7 Posted by cc1738 (371 posts) - - Show Bio

Only Aquaman for me.

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#8 Posted by jsphsmth (1254 posts) - - Show Bio

Very excited to see that Gregg Hurwitz finally takes over BatmanTDK this week. Seems like forever since the announcement in February. Cannot wait to see if he can write Scarecrow as badass as he wrote the Penguin.

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#9 Posted by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

Fatale, Savage Dragon #180, Mind the Gap, maybe American Vampire.

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#10 Posted by MatKrenz (1520 posts) - - Show Bio

Is there anybody out there that got Mind the Gap 2 weeks ago ? Cause I think theres a mistake in the shipping list.

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#11 Posted by Bigwalt (65 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman Inc and Nite Owl for me

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#12 Posted by Mega_spidey01 (3080 posts) - - Show Bio

asm, spider-men

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#13 Posted by CainPanell (23760 posts) - - Show Bio

Before Watchmen.

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#14 Posted by Nuec_Sol (214 posts) - - Show Bio

@MatKrenz: Yes there is a mix up, I got Mind the Gap #2 on the 13th. Maybe there is a 2nd printing coming out.

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#15 Posted by davidgrantlloyd (544 posts) - - Show Bio

'Hit Girl' and 'Mind The Gap' for me. One of these days I gotta check out 'Scalped', I've heard good things.

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#16 Posted by notquitevarsity (158 posts) - - Show Bio

So excited for spider-men. Also the flash and shazam.

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#17 Posted by CombatSpoon86 (962 posts) - - Show Bio

Good week to be a comic fan. American vampire, Batman Inc, Fatale, FF, Manhattan Projects plus AmazingS Digitally. Also getting Morning Glories Vol 3 for the Joe Eisma signing at my shop this Saturday.

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#18 Posted by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

@CombatSpoon86: Wheres your shop at?

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#19 Posted by Queso6p4 (1557 posts) - - Show Bio

@jsphsmth: Hear, hear.

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#20 Edited by Dresden10589 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I met Jeff Lemire this weekend at HeroesCon... He is such a cool dude! At first I was skeptical when he took over my beloved Justice League Dark, but he really blew me away. I'm loving what he's done with the series, and we're only one issue in... Cant wait for Wednesday to see what he comes up with next!

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#21 Posted by zackattack529 (1408 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice league Dark- this issue will mark if i will continue this series or not. i like the characters and the concept but the fact that this is being tied closer to Geoff Johns Justice league is kind of a turn off for me. i liked how this title was in the DCU but still had its own thing going on while other would show up. we'll see though. if not ill drop this and read secret avengers.

Flash- new 52 appearance of weather wizard. should be cool, this is a really Fun series that i cant stop reading.

amazing spiderman- first Amazing spider-man issue im ever going to read. i hope that i like it because i like spider-man :)

aquaman- in this issue whats left of the others are supposed to gather again, should be interesting to see more about these characters aquaman used to roll with back in the day and more black manta action!

new guardians- ill never stop reading this series...EVER...my favorite series, nuff said

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#22 Posted by Scott757 (63 posts) - - Show Bio

Before Watchmen: Night Owl #1, Spider-Men #2, and Hit GIrl #1

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#23 Posted by k4tzm4n (40071 posts) - - Show Bio

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#24 Posted by Jodez (157 posts) - - Show Bio

Isn't Justice League coming out this week? Surprising it doesn't make the list

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#25 Posted by Hatutzeraze (282 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list, I will be getting Amazing Spidey, Nite Owl, Fatale, JLDark, and Scalped.

Personally, it would never occur to me to get excited about a new comic by Mark Millar or Brian Bendis, so Hit Girl and Spider-Men aren't making my cut.

I am getting 12 other comics that aren't on this list, like Batman Inc., Manhattan Projects, Prophet, New Deadwardians, Spaceman, and Aquaman, as well as a few others.

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#26 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio



JLD or Spiderman

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#27 Posted by jrock85 (2882 posts) - - Show Bio

TDK and JLD for me.

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#28 Posted by RoboShark (2637 posts) - - Show Bio

That American Vampire cover is sexy.

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#29 Posted by EvanTheMexiJew (117 posts) - - Show Bio

Prolly gonna get the 1st & 2nd Spider-Men, maybe ASM, TDK, Nite-Owl, and definetaly Batman inc. Also I hope the new JL is good because I've been rooting for it, but I'll drop it if it gets worse. Finally that Spider-Men #2 cover is AMAZING (pun intended).

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#30 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1743 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-Men, Aquaman, Teen Titans, Justice League, Batman Inc. (like I could miss it..... dang it Morrinson) aaaaaaand The Flash (Gosh I luv it's art <3)

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#31 Posted by DrewHLMW (60 posts) - - Show Bio

Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, JLD and Spider-Men for me. might get Nite owl

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#32 Posted by broo1232 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider men

Wolverine and the X-men

X-men legacy

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#33 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

I wanna get that Hit-Girl miniseries...but need to get the Kick-Ass 2 TP first :/

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#34 Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope (2501 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope the return of The Lizard turns out to be a solid and cohesive story. Last time there was a Spidey villain with this much hype *Doc Ock* we had over 3-4 titles in a span of a year, with only one being any good.

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#35 Posted by Deadcool (6940 posts) - - Show Bio

@haydenclaireheroes said:

From this list I am getting:

The Amazing Spider man

Hit Girl

Spider men

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#36 Posted by Kinglypack (7 posts) - - Show Bio

Been pledged to dark knight since before new 52... even having to wait weeks for late releases of the golden dawn arc in the UK... dammit DC you owe me! Make this arc a good one!

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#37 Posted by thechessclub (516 posts) - - Show Bio

"Because let's be honest, Lemire is firing on all cylinders right now."

Truer words were never spoken=]

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#38 Posted by thenexusrebound (266 posts) - - Show Bio

No I, Vampire love? For shame. At least American Vampire made the list.

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#39 Posted by longbowhunter (9414 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list; Fatale, Hit Girl, JLD and Mind The Gap. Also Batman Inc., Aquaman, Manhattan Projects, Prophet and Whispers. Fingers crossed all Image books actually release this week.

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#40 Posted by Outside_85 (16555 posts) - - Show Bio

Super excited for the JLD

Pinching my nose shut and using only one eye on TT

Getting angry in a good way for Incredible Hulk

Waiting in excitement for the glass sky scraper the Phoenix Five are building to collapse under its own weight.

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#41 Posted by MilosRadmilac092 (25 posts) - - Show Bio

Just one thing Stefano Caselli isn't penciling this issue... That honor goes to Giuseppe Camuncoli... :))

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#42 Posted by lvenger (29517 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

My first copy of the new TMNT still hasn't arrived yet. Damn the monthly wait! And I need to do a major catch up on the previous 10 issues. I take it the series is still going strong?

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#43 Posted by Green ankh (1104 posts) - - Show Bio

SPidey and damn it i have enjoyed Dark Knight all along !!!

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#44 Posted by Darkpanther (37 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-men and Batman,Inc for me

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#45 Posted by erik_norris (194 posts) - - Show Bio

@MilosRadmilac092 said:

Just one thing Stefano Caselli isn't penciling this issue... That honor goes to Giuseppe Camuncoli... :))

Good catch. Fixed.

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#46 Edited by Billy Batson (59636 posts) - - Show Bio

Thumbs up for Scalped and now for the complains:
Mind the Gap came out two weeks ago.
You could have mentioned the Fatale trade that's coming out this week in the Fatale section.
and Hit-Girl? Really? Millar's creator-owned series are horrible and Kick Ass was terrible. Even the art sucks, JRJR is awful.

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#47 Posted by edtie97 (81 posts) - - Show Bio

What about justice league 10?

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#48 Posted by MagnaInferno (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #12 - The final co-written Hickman issue, and the conclusion to the Reed Richards story (for now). Really interested to see how the Reed Richards thing is resolved in the best superhero comic being made.

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#49 Posted by Billy Batson (59636 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

forgot Aquaman #10 :p

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#50 Edited by Zeeguy91 (1618 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list I'm only getting Justice League Dark. But overall, I'm also getting Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern New Guardians, Fury of Firestorm, Justice League, and Superman. I have to say that I'm shocked that neither Flash nor Aquaman are on here. Between the reveal in last month's Aquaman and the appearance of Weather Wizard in this month's Flash, I'd think at least one of them would be on here.