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Essential Comics for 5-11-16

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Every Wednesday, hundreds of new comic books are released, and figuring out what books are worth reading can be a daunting task. Luckily, we're here to help you figure out which books are worth your time and money. Here are seven upcoming issues, in no particular order, you should consider buying on Wednesday, May 11.

Batman #52

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Published by DC Comics

Written by James Tynion IV

Art by Rafael Albuquerque

This volume of Batman comes to an end this week, with Tynion and Albuquerque closing the book out. While Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's run ended last month, Tynion will be bringing this character into a post-Rebirth world, which starts this month. We're excited to see how this new series will transition into the new era.

Action Comics #52

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Published by DC Comics

Written by Peter Tomasi

Art by Dale Eaglesham, Scot Eaton

Speaking of books transitioning into the new era, Action Comics will finally have Superman meet Superman from the Pre-52 universe. If you've been following DC, then you know the Pre-52 Superman has been in hiding and trying to stay out of trouble. The big question most fans have is "How will Superman react to his counterpart from a previous universe?"

Black Panther #2

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Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Art by Brian Stelfreeze

The new Black Panther series kicked off with a bang last month, as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze took Black Panther in a whole new direction. A revolt in Wakanda is happening, led by two mysterious women. It's cool to see a Black Panther series that takes place in his home country and deals with his country politics. This is a series to keep your eye on.

Ultimates #7

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Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Al Ewing

Art by Kenneth Rocafort

Civil War II is coming up, and the heroes in the Marvel universe will have to decide how to deal with a large-scale threat. The Ultimates do this every day. Their job is to stop major threats before they hurt anyone, across the universe. How will they fit into this larger event? Regardless, this is a book to keep your eye on as it's one of the two best series currently at Marvel.

Vision #7

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Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Tom King

Art by Michael Walsh

If The Ultimates is one of the two best series at Marvel, which other book shares that title? It's Vision. This dark and horrific book takes Vision down one intriguing direction. Michael Walsh joins this issue, as the artist, to explore Vision's past relationship with Scarlet Witch. Fans of these characters know that this relationship sure is a screwed up one.

Powers #6

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Published by Icon/Marvel Comics

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Michael Oeming

Powersis getting a second season on the PlayStation Network at the end of May, and the comic series has returned to Icon Comics, an imprint of Marvel. This is a great jumping-on point as a new story starts here that has Walker and Pilgrim discovering a huge secret which could change everything.

Fix #2

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Published by Image Comics

Written by Nick Spencer

Art by Steve Lieber

The creative team of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber debuted their new series from Image Comics last month, after working on the critically acclaimed Marvel series Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Their new crime series deals with crime and corruption in Los Angeles, and it has that same, irreverent humor that fans fell in love with in Superior Foes.

Looking for more to read? Check out these other books coming out this week:


  • All-New, All-Different Avengers #9


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #58

Image Comics:

  • Birthright Volume 3
  • Chew Volume 11

That's it for this week. Let us know what comics you're looking forward to on new comic day this Wednesday.