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Essential Comics for 11/4/15

Keep your eye out for these books this Wednesday!

This Wednesday is new comic day and there are tons of new comics coming out. What should you pick up though? There are so many choices. Well, the fine folks at Comic Vine are here to the rescue! Each week, we let you know what books we're looking forward to the most and let you know why you should give them a shot! Let's get right down to business and check out this week's essential comics for November 4.

Tony's Picks

MONSTRESS #1

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Written by Marjorie Liu

Art by Sana Takeda

We fell in love with the idea of this series when we first heard about it at Image Expo back in January. Marjorie Liu has great way of fleshing out characters and giving them life. In MONSTRESS, we get to take a journey to an alternate past in Japan. If you’re looking for a new story with some Kaiju action along with elements of steampunk, you won’t want to miss this.

Accompanying the story is the gorgeous art by Sana Takeda. From what we’ve seen so far, you’ll find yourself pausing on each page just to take it all in. If that wasn’t enough, this is also a TRIPLE-SIZED first issue. The price may be $4.99 this one time but you’ll be getting a whopping sixty-six pages with no ads. You’ll be happy to dive in and you won’t want to leave.

PAPER GIRLS #2

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Written by Brian K Vaughan

Art by Cliff Chiang

We could just say “By Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang” and leave it at that. The two created an interesting new story with the debut issue. Set in the 80s, we saw a group of paper girls band together to get their job done. Working in the early hours of the morning, you can imagine what sort of dangers they might face, especially on the day after Halloween. Even so, these girls weren’t quite prepared for what happened when one girl had a run in with some mysterious cloaked figures. Following them gave us quite the cliffhanger as there’s no telling where the series is going now.

Vaughan really captured the essence of the 80s but in subtle ways. With Chiang’s art we saw a lot of familiar elements that really set up this time a few decades ago. Chiang’s art is a joy to see and even though our wallets may grumble, it’s fantastic to have another great new series to add to our pull list.

UNCANNY X-MEN #600

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(Marvel)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Various

What feels like a long time in the making, the 600th issue to UNCANNY X-MEN is here. Yes this is one of those moments we all question the numbering system with the constant new #1s instead of allowing a series to grow naturally. Bottom line is, let’s just focus on the story.

There may have been delays but we’ll finally get to see the conclusion to Brian Michael Bendis’ story with Cyclops and his X-Men. With this being an anniversary-type oversized issue, we can expect a lot of guest appearances and possible conclusions to different story lines. If you’ve been reading X-Men comics lately, you won’t want to miss this one.

DEADPOOL #1

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(Marvel)

Written by Gerry Duggan

Art by Mike Hawthorne

Love him or hate him, there’s no stopping Deadpool. When we heard the last series was ending and with SECRET WARS looming plus the inevitable “All-New, All-Different” relaunch of the series, it was hard to imagine who the creative team would be. We’ve seen a lot of Deadpool comics, especially in recent years. There’s been a lot of different creators taking on the Merc With a Mouth but there was something about the previous volume. Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn really delivered on the humor while also added some serious layers to Deadpool. Thankfully, Duggan is back.

With the Marvel Universe back after Secret Wars, we’re still not entirely sure what that means for everyone. Remember Deadpool died during his last series. Seems like he’s still married. We’ll have to see if other elements from before are carrying over. It also seems Deadpool has seen a rise in his popularity within the pages of UNCANNY AVENGERS, also written by Duggan. We can assume Duggan won’t just pick up where the previous series ended and rehash similar stories. And with Mike Hawthorne doing the art, we’re in for a pretty good time.

JAMES BOND #1

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(Dynamite)

Written by Warren Ellis

Art by Jason Masters

Finally! How long has it been since we’ve had a proper James Bond comic? The last I read was the reprints from the comic strips from the 70s. Who doesn’t love a good spy drama? Who doesn’t love a good spy drama James freakin’ Bond?

The idea of a James Bond comic seems like an easy sell. Thankfully Dynamite Entertainment isn’t just slapping the name on a comic and releasing it. Having Warren Ellis write the series does raise some eyebrows. The first issue has a modern feel and we’re definitely excited to see more. Jason Masters does a fine job setting up the James Bond world in this new series. If you like James Bond, you’ll want to check this out.

STAR WARS #11

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Written by Jason Aaron

Art by Stuart Immonen

The STAR WARS series keeps getting better and better with each issue. We’ve been seeing some separate stories which has been making the universe feel even bigger. Luke continues his hunt for information on being a Jedi and got himself in a bit of trouble. The kid has some skills but he might be in a little over his head. Han and Leia are dealing with the woman claiming to be Han’s wife along with trying to outrun the Imperials on their tale. If that wasn’t enough, looks like Chewbacca’s about to have a run in with Dengar. Dengar is definitely someone I want to see fleshed out more in comics.

Jason Aaron has kept our excitement going since the series debuted. With Stuart Immonen on art, we’re dazzled each month as the story continues to unfold. The characters and Star Wars universe looks so great in his hands. It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan.

Honorable Mention: DARKSEID WAR SUPERMAN, DOCTOR STRANGE #2

Mat's Picks

UNFOLLOW #1

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Written by Rob Williams

Art by Mike Dowling

Colors by Quinton Winter

I've been loving what Vertigo has been doing in the past month with their new series. SURVIVOR'S CLUB, ART OPS, CLEAN ROOM, and THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN are all fantastic starts to new books. Now, UNFOLLOW is coming out. I've been waiting eagerly for this issue.

UNFOLLOW is the story of a creator of a Twitter-like social network who is dying. He leaves his fortune to 140 unknowing people. Where does it go from there? I don't know but I really like the idea of the story.

Rob Williams has been killing it on MARTIAN MANHUNTER, so I'm really pumped to see what he's going to do with this book. In addition, I really enjoyed Mike Dowling's work on DEATH SENTENCE, so this is a creative team and story I'm really excited for.

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #5

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Written by Steve Orlando, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder

Art by Scot Eaton, Ronan Cliquet, Steve Pugh

Last week, we got to see Duke and the rest of We Are Robin and Batgirl get added into the mix of BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL, as they tried to save Bruce Wayne from a group of assassins, adding a much-needed assist to Dick Grayson's efforts.

I'm loving the direction of the book and I'm super-pleased with how the story is going. The pacing is really nice, thus far, for a weekly series and grabs me enough, every week, to want more. I've read quite a few weekly series in the past, and this is the only one I've ever been fully on board for, with BATMAN ETERNAL coming in second.

The only thing I'm a little worried about is the fact there's three different pencilers and three different inkers on the issue. We don't know how these different artists will play into this, but that can be a red flag. However, I'm really interested to see what Steve Pugh is going to bring to the table since I really loved his work on ANIMAL MAN.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1

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Written by Jeff Lemire

Art by Humberto Ramos

This is the "chance of the week." What that means is that I really don't know what this book is about, but there are quite a few reasons why I think it's something folks should pick up.

First and foremost, I'm really interested in seeing how Jeff Lemire is going to tackle and X-Men book. The guy is a phenomenal writer and I've loved his work in the past on SWEET TOOTH and GREEN ARROW. I haven't gotten around to HAWKEYE, but I'm excited to see him take on this iconic team, especially with Humberto Ramos providing art. I'm also a big fan of his work as well.

From the looks of the cover, we got Storm leading a team which has Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, and Old Man Logan. I'm sold. I'll shut up and give my money to Marvel this week for EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN.

RASPUTIN #10

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Written by Alex Grecian

Art by Riley Rossmo

The second volume of this book has been a bit all over the place. We were in present day, then we went back in time to the last moments of Rasputin's life. Regardless, it's still one of my favorite month-to-month books.

I have a pretty deep love for historical fiction right now and between RASPUTIN and MANIFEST DESTINY, it's a good time to be a comic book reader with those particular tastes.

Alex Grecian is doing a wonderful job and building this character and letting the reader get inside the head of Rasputin. In addition, Riley Rossmo's art is utterly wonderful and again, as I've said before, I'm a huge fan of how he draws the ghosts and how Ivan Plascencia colors them as well. If you've been missing out, you should really check out the first trade of this book.

CITIZEN JACK #1

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Written by Sam Humphries

Art by Tommy Patterson

Politics are silly, right? It's a bunch of people all yelling that they know what's best for the country, when, in reality, no one knows what's best for the country, but at least there's tons of American flag pins to look at, right? Luckily, CITIZEN JACK is here to save the day... Actually, wait.... he's not really here to save the day at all. He's working with a demon.

We talked to writer Sam Humphries about the series recently and full disclosure, we got an early look at the book and it is a ton of fun and pretty weird in all the best ways possible.

If you're looking for something that pokes fun at the election system in America, with a great sense of humor, that also finds a way to throw demons into the mix, then CITIZEN JACK is right up your alley.

Honorable Mention: SURVIVOR'S CLUB #2

That's it for this week's Essential Comics! Let us know what books you're looking forward to in the comment section below!