Comic Vine News

35 Comments

Essential Comics for 1-20-16

These are the comics you're looking for.

Each week, a massive amount of comics are released. Determining which titles are worth checking out can be a daunting task, especially if you're trying to keep your spending under a certain limit. We've gone through the list to help you decide which books you need to read on Wednesday, January 20.

BATMAN #48

No Caption Provided

Publisher: DC COMICS

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Greg Capullo, Danny Miki

Remember how last issue ended? Bruce Wayne went to sit on that park bench where he was found after the events of Endgame. Remember that "Holy crap!" moment when we saw who was sitting on that bench? This little aspect of the Superheavy arc really makes you wonder what Scott Snyder has planned for that character and for Bruce Wayne. Bruce has no memories of being Batman. He doesn't have amnesia. Parts of his brain were rewritten so the memories just don’t exist. Throw in the fact that Mister Bloom's scheme is escalating and Jim Gordon may not be prepared for the horrors Bloom is about to unleash, it’s another typical crazy Batman issue for us to enjoy.

Snyder and Greg Capullo have been doing wonders on this series from the beginning. I hate to bring it up but we know Capullo's days (or issues) are numbered as he’ll soon be taking a break from the title. There's plenty of action and storytelling in this issue and the series is getting closer to the big fiftieth issue milestone.

STAR WARS #15

No Caption Provided

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Mike Mayhew

The series is taking a slight detour with another visit to a handful of years earlier to see Ben Kenobi on Tatooine. You could call these "From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi" stories filler issues, but we call them fun and exciting. We don't know a lot about Ben's time during his exile on Tatooine. He was forced into hiding and tried to look over Luke Skywalker even though Owen Lars didn't want Ben anywhere near them. This issue fleshes out some of the details that are missing and we could find out exactly what Owen’s problem with Ben is.

We’re just coming off the Vader Down arc which had some pretty spectacular art. This issue is drawn by Mike Mayhew. Readers of Dark Horse's The Star Wars may recall just how amazing Mayhew's art is. This issue is going to be a gorgeous treat.

TOKYO GHOST #5

No Caption Provided

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS

(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Sean Murphy

Debbie Decay and Led Dent thought they escaped the horrors of their lives when they reached the paradise found in Tokyo. Unfortunately, they ran into some trouble from their past, things got real ugly pretty quickly. With the way the issue left off, there's no telling what will happen to them next. If things don’t work out for them here, where else can they go?

Rick Remender and Sean Murphy have created a bizarre and gorgeous world in this series. The feeling of not knowing what’s coming up next is great when reading each issue. I can’t wait to see where they take us next.

AMERICAN MONSTER #1

No Caption Provided

Publisher: AFTERSHOCK COMICS

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Juan Doe

There’s a new comic publisher in town and they go by the name of AfterShock Comics. It's always a blast to try a brand new series in a new universe. There’s that feeling of not knowing what’s going to happen. When reading books from the Big Two, you usually have a good idea what might happen or where characters have to end up. In a new series, anything goes.

This new series is written by Brian Azzarello. That alone is the only reason you’d need to check this out. If you've read the description of this issue, you know it sounds a little heavy. With art by Juan Doe, we’re definitely intrigued by this title.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

No Caption Provided

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

(W) Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas (A/CA) Kris Anka

In some ways it feels like it’s been so long since we’ve had a regular issue of Captain Marvel. With Secret Wars, we saw other versions of Carol in a couple different series. Since the launch of the All-New, All-Different Marvel titles, we have seen a bit of Carol in the pages of Spider-Woman, Ultimates, and A-Force. We know she's the leader of Alpha Flight, but we don't exactly know a whole lot about what Alpha Flight is these days. Alpha Flight has apparently evolved into a space program with the mission of defending Earth against extraterrestrial threats. Sounds like S.W.O.R.D. to us but we’re not complaining.

This series also brings Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas to the comic world. These two gave us the Agent Carter series on TV. Carol is definitely in safe hands with them. As a big Kris Anka fan, this is going to be a series we won’t want to miss.

BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #16

No Caption Provided

Publisher: DC COMICS

(W) Scott Snyder & Various (A) Andrea Mutti (CA) David Finch, Jonathan Glapion

Last week's issue gave readers a deeper look into the personality of the new Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley. We also learned a bit more about the relationship between Mother and Scarecrow. Everything is building together really nicely, but where is this book going? What can fans expect next from this epic, weekly series which explores the outcomes of a few of Batman's decisions from his early days of crime fighting.

According to the solicit. Cassandra has gone rogue and it's up to everyone else to bring her back into the fold. There's also something else going on with Dick Grayson as well, and if you've been keeping up with the news, he already has a lot on his plate. The series continues to be intriguing and fun and engaging.

JUDGE DREDD #2

No Caption Provided

Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING

(W) Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas (A) Dan McDaid (CA) Ulises Farinas

The first issue of this book was a bit nutty. Judge Dredd found himself in the future of Mega-City One and it's essentially gone back to the Stone Age. This is an incredible twist on what has been done with Dredd in the past. IDW has done a really nice job with this character in the past and this new volume is offering something very different.

This week, Dredd continues his quest to figure out just what's going on with the world he's found himself in and writers Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas are really delivering something new and special. Plus, the art of Dan McDaid really makes this story feel like it's coming straight out of a 2000 AD book.

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #4

No Caption Provided

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) David Nakayama

This newest series starring Scott Lang continues to be humorous and contain some high-quality storytelling. The Power Broker, which is probably one of the funnier names in comics, pushes his Hench app forward, which allows users to have villains attack heroes. Meanwhile, Ant-Man continues with his life, trying to be a father, and getting his life back on track.

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas have been doing a stellar job on this series. It has the same feel as Spencer's Superior Foes of Spider-Man with a little bit more of a serious tone. Rosanas' art style is completely fitting for the book and makes a limited amount of humor in this book really pop up.

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #3

No Caption Provided

Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Raul Allen (CA) David LaFuente

Valiant Comics has done some unbelievable things since their resurgence a few years back. They're taking the super-hero genre and really spending a lot of time developing the characters and making them relatable and human, even if their powers are out of this world.

That's what Wrath of the Eternal Warrior has done. They've taken the immortal Gilad and given him a family and a life, which is something tough to do when you never die and age extremely slowly. Writer Robert Venditti has done a phenomenal job with X-O Manowar at the company and this newest series really lets the reader get into Gilad's head. On top of that, artist Raul Allen is just killing it on the art. This feels very much like an indie book and makes it a stand-out series at Valiant.

Honorable Mention: SILVER SURFER #1

That's our list for this week. Let us know what's on your list.

35 Comments

Avatar image for cap10nate
Cap10nate

3629

Forum Posts

164

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 2

Edited By Cap10nate

Really cutting back on my weekly pulls until I catch up on my backlog from all the Comixology sales over the past few months.

My essential for the week is Imperium.

Also picking up Eternal Warrior and Uncanny Inhumans this week.

Avatar image for dankhan6
dan12456

3006

Forum Posts

602

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Grayson trade paperbacks (for some reason they always come out a week later at Canadian bookstores, but I'll mention it now anyway), Martian Manhunter 8, Robin son of Batman 8, Uncanny Inhumans 4, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior 3.

American Monster also seems intriguing but I'll wait on reviews.

Avatar image for kevinwalsh
kevinwalsh

135

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Is Tokyo Ghost any good? I read the first issue but it was very deadpool in its "lol yolo" dialogue.

Avatar image for deactivated-5c901e667a76c
deactivated-5c901e667a76c

36557

Forum Posts

10681

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

TMNT and Thunderbolts Classic volume 1.

Avatar image for dman1366
Dman1366

1328

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

  1. SuperZero
  2. American Monster
  3. Clean Room
  4. I Hate Fairyland
  5. Star Wars
  6. Imperium
  7. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior
Avatar image for benwoodtweet
benwoodtweet

48

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Captain Marvel and Warrior is all I need right know.

Avatar image for rac_shade
rac_shade

128

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By rac_shade

My Pull this week...

• Clean Room #4

• Devolution #1

• I Hate Fairyland #4

• Tokyo Ghost #5

• Wolf #5

• Punisher MAX The Complete Collection Volume 1 TP

• Revival Deluxe Collection Volume 3 HC

Avatar image for batarangbamz
batarangbamz

167

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By batarangbamz

@kevinwalsh: it gets better about that in the second issue. #1 and #2 should be read like an oversized first issue.

B&R Eternal

Batman

Tokyo Ghost

Star Wars

The Clay Mann's and Amy Chu's Poison Ivy miniseries starts this week. I previously said I'd purchase for the art alone, but at $2.99 it's an even easier choice.

Avatar image for granitesoldier
GraniteSoldier

12746

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 42

User Lists: 0

Going to try Captain Marvel, hope Carol sees a bit more action than she did under DeConnick.

Also TMNT of course.

Avatar image for combatkung
CombatKung

144

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By CombatKung

@kevinwalsh: The only facet of Tokyo Ghost that was like that was the hipster hacker (who, as you know, is no longer around as of that first issue). It is a beautifully heavy book.

Avatar image for drellassassin
DrellAssassin

1028

Forum Posts

81

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

Really cutting back on my weekly pulls until I catch up on my backlog from all the Comixology sales over the past few months.

My essential for the week is Imperium.

Also picking up Eternal Warrior and Uncanny Inhumans this week.

I just did the same thing. I probably have 500 comics that I haven't read yet, so it doesn't make any sense to keep buying weeklies. Plus my opinion of the idea of buying a comic once a month has soured of late. I think I'm going to just buy singles on Comixology after an arc is finished (singles are usually cheaper than trades there).

Avatar image for 51stpresidentofplanetneutral
51stPresidentofPlanetNeutral

380

Forum Posts

15

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 9

BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #16:Hasn't disappointed yet, and I want to see where this goes. Also: Cassandra Cain.

DOCTOR FATE #8:I do get a little tired of Khalid complaining all the time, but it's nice to see a protagonist who doesn't automatically take to the supernatural, and things that he is not properly equipped to deal with (yet) like a fish to water *COUGHCOUGHREYCOUGHCOUGH*.

BPRD: HELL ON EARTH#139: I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP. Holy hell. Mignola knows how to tell a story.

POISON IVY: CIRCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #1:She's never been my favorite Batman villain, but Ivy's been getting snubbed real hard since the New 52 took off. Glad to see she's getting more recognition, and I hope this series really takes off.

HERCUHLEES HERCUHLEES #3:Hands down the best new series that Marvel has to offer in the All New, All Different department.

AMERICAN MONSTER#1: Looks interesting.

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR#3: Gilad chopping up some demon fools. There's literally nothing better.

Avatar image for fastestmanalive
Fastestmanalive

232

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Good week for me.

Batman and Robin #16

Wonder Woman #48

Martian Manhunter #8

Sinestro #19

Titans Hunt #4

Avatar image for deactivated-6078d92bc3efb
deactivated-6078d92bc3efb

158

Forum Posts

1376

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

Imperium #12

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #3

Batman and Robin Eternal #16

Usagi Yojimbo #151

Avatar image for ando123
Ando123

388

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Eternal warrior¡¡

Avatar image for ethan_ricks
Ethan_Ricks

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I really want to get into DC books but they're all interconnected in the weirdest ways, like all of the Bat-books, including Grayson.

Avatar image for child_of_the_past
Child_of_the_Past

397

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Uncanny Inhumans #4

Silver Surfer #1

Captain Marvel #1

Avatar image for comicsrhealthy
ComicsRHealthy

20

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I actually went to this through gamespot,but it's my favorite part about comicvine. Win,Win :p

Avatar image for cap10nate
Cap10nate

3629

Forum Posts

164

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 2

@drellassassin: Comixology does so many sales now that I have just been waiting and picking everything up that I want to read at $0.99 an issue. Really removing my motivation to buy at full price. Also, now that Secret Wars is finished, I don't feel compelled to keep up with anything from Marvel monthly. I really enjoy Uncanny Inhumans but might stop purchasing it at the end of this arc just because I have so much to read and it doesn't matter if I fall behind. I've really wanted to read Marvel's new Star Wars books but plan on waiting until the next BOGO sale.

Avatar image for zeeguy91
Zeeguy91

1625

Forum Posts

16

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

Edited By Zeeguy91

@ethan_ricks: they're really not, though. You could literally read this entire volume of Batman without reading any of the other titles in the Batman line. Even when it was event heavy, the other titles simply did tie ins, they weren't actual crossovers.

Avatar image for samurdock
samurdock

15

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 7

User Lists: 5

Batman

Uncanny X-Men

American Monster

May try Silver Surfer... But probably not.

Avatar image for ethan_ricks
Ethan_Ricks

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@zeeguy91: Oh really? I've heard is that a story arc will hypothetically start in Batman, and then end in a issue of Detective Comics. If they're really not all that connected then I feel like a freaking idiot.

Avatar image for zeeguy91
Zeeguy91

1625

Forum Posts

16

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

@zeeguy91: Oh really? I've heard is that a story arc will hypothetically start in Batman, and then end in a issue of Detective Comics. If they're really not all that connected then I feel like a freaking idiot.

I can't really remember a story starting in the main title and then continuing in another title. The only arc that I can think of that has done that in recent years was Robin War. But, again, that arc didn't even touch the main series. In the first couple years after Flashpoint, the Batfamily titles did tie in to the story arcs in the main Batman series, but those tie ins weren't necessary reading. They were simply meant to complement what was going on in the main title.

Avatar image for zeeguy91
Zeeguy91

1625

Forum Posts

16

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

Edited By Zeeguy91

Isn't Justice League coming out this week? I'm surprised its not on the list. Anyway, for me:

Batgirl

Batman

B&R Eternal

Justice League

Martian Manhunter

Robin: SOB

Sinestro

Uncanny Inhumans

Uncanny X-Men

Avatar image for ethan_ricks
Ethan_Ricks

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By Ethan_Ricks

@zeeguy91: Ah okay, that's probably what I'm thinking of. Thank you so much for the clarification!

Avatar image for neongamewave
NeonGameWave

19333

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I really like all of these titles.

Avatar image for grayzone
Grayzone

200

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Absolute essentials for me:

Tokyo Ghost #5

BPRD Hell on Earth #139

There are some others I want but im trying to cut back for pulls for a while.

Avatar image for bl00dwerk
Bl00dwerK

958

Forum Posts

24

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Edited By Bl00dwerK

1. Uncanny X-Men #2

2. The Blacklist #6

3. G.I. Joe ARAH #224

4. Transformers #49

5. Transformers MTMtE #49

Avatar image for mak13131313
mak13131313

1601

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 7

Batman, Batman and Robin Eternal, Harley Quinn, Injustice Year Five, Martian Manhunter, Robin Son of Batman, Secret Six, Sinestro, Titans Hunt, Star Wars and Big Trouble In Little China

Avatar image for NukeA6
NukeA6

914

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior and Injustice are what I'm looking forward most to. Both are currently the best of their publishers.

Avatar image for dman1366
Dman1366

1328

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@nukea6: No way man, I love me some Eternal Warrior, but Imperium is one of the best in the biz at the moment.

Avatar image for vikhalla
Vikhalla

24

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

My essentials are in bold and then series that I'm following are italicized.

Batman #48

Batman & Robin Eternal #16

Lucifer #2

Red Thorn #3

I Hate Fairyland #4 (Variant)

Symmetry #2

Tokyo Ghost#5

Captain Marvel #1

Deadpool #6

Drax #3

Hercules #3

New Avengers #5

Star Lord #3

Uncanny Inhumans #4

Uncanny X-Men #2

Blood Feud #4

Devolution #1

Imperium #12

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #3

Avatar image for rowdyfromscrubs
RowdyFromScrubs

17

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

-Sinestro #19**A lot of interactions with other DCU characters happening right now**

-Batman #48**this arc started slow, but has been a great slow burn**

-Lucifer #2**solid premise, hopefully will keep getting better**

-AntMan #4**love Spencer's writing, he crushes this style of comics**

-Star Wars #15**the other Ben Kenobi book was good, diggin' these one-shots**

Avatar image for NukeA6
NukeA6

914

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@dman1366 said:

@nukea6: No way man, I love me some Eternal Warrior, but Imperium is one of the best in the biz at the moment.

Well if that's better, then I will add it to my pull list.

Avatar image for mazahs117
MAZAHS117

17953

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Bats #48 & Uncanny InHumans #4 s'all I needs this week