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This Week's Essential Comics: 12/1/14

These are the comics you're looking for!

Wednesday is approaching and that means only one thing to comic book fans: new issues are almost here! Dozens upon dozens of very tempting comic books will go on sale and deciding how to use your budget can sometimes be pretty tough. Well, we're here to help you out! The Comic Vine staff has reviewed the latest list of new releases and we're going to tell you which comics we're looking forward to reading the most. Once you're finished seeing what we recommend, go ahead and share your own list of essential comics that are going on sale this Wednesday.

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks

DETECTIVE COMICS #37

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Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are back. They’re not coming alone. They’re bringing Anarky with them.

We have seen Anarky in GREEN LANTERN CORPS, in the John Stewart Zero Year story. Will this be the same person? We don’t know much about the character that appeared there. Anarky wasn’t necessarily one of my favorite Bat-villains but this is one of the good things about the New 52. There are still some characters that haven’t re-appeared yet. Manapul and Buccellato have the chance to pretty much reinvent the character. We can also hope to see more Harvey Bullock in this series.

Visit CBR for an extra preview page.

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ANGELA ASGARD'S ASSASSIN #1

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Angela’s journey to the Marvel Universe has been interesting. When first announced, many of us were scratching our heads wondering what was going on. Angela hooking up with the Guardians of the Galaxy was another peculiar move. But the more we’ve seen of her at Marvel, we’ve become more and more curious about what’s next.

Through the events of Original Sin, we discovered Angela’s true history. Now that she knows, it changes everything she’s ever known. With a hatred for Asgard, there’s no telling what she’ll be doing next. The title, along with the creative team has ensured we will be checking this issue out first thing on Wednesday.

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NAILBITER #8

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Bees for everyone!

The town of Buckaroo is full of secrets. So many serial killers have come from there. Another ongoing mystery has been the bees. There’s something about the bees in the town. How could bees have anything to do with birthing serial killers? I have no idea. But they have been there and this issue is going to focus on them.

Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson have been keeping us on the edge of our seat month after month. We’re getting a compelling story that really leaves a sinking feeling in your gut.

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GOTHAM ACADEMY #3

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GOTHAM ACADEMY is just one of DC’s new titles that has been a breath of fresh air. This isn’t to say that what we’ve had before wasn’t good. It’s just great to have something a little different. GOTHAM ACADEMY has had a different feel from the very beginning. It’s not easy to introduce new characters and locations to an existing universe. We have to find a reason to care about the new characters right away with so many other titles that fight for our interest and comic spending dollars.

With Olive Silverlock, not only do we have a new character, we have a character with a mystery. We’re learning who she is along with the other students at the school but knowing that something happened to her over the summer has piqued our interest. This might be rooted in the Batman Universe but there’s an appeal that non-regular Bat-readers will enjoy.

Go to Batman News for one more preview page.

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Honorable Mention: INHUMAN #9

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks

SECRET SIX #1

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NA na na na na na na na CATMAN! One of my favorite DC team books, pre-Flashpoint was Secret Six, written by Gail Simone. It was such a hodge-podge of cool, c-list characters coming together for one hell of a book. Her run, got me interested in Catman and shined a whole new light on Bane. So, color me excited when I found out she's working with this team in the New 52 world. Aside from Catman, I don't even know who is on the team. I'm trying to keep it a mystery so I can be surprised on every page. Oh yeah, you should buy this book because Gail Simone is writing Secret Six.

Check out Hitfix for more.

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GREEN LANTERN #37

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It's the start of the third act of Godhead! The story has been a ton of fun, so far, and while I feel like a broken record talking about how mixing the lanterns with the New Gods is pure genius, it's true every single time. There's a few developments from the last issue of GREEN LANTERN that make this issue really exciting. I can't wait to see Hal Jordan and Black Hand working together more than anything else. That's going to be nutso. How is Black Hand, one of Hal's most sinister and demented going to not only work with Hal but deal with the New Gods? I'm stoked!

Head to Man Cave Daily for an additional preview page.

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BIRTHRIGHT #3

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If you grew up in the 80s and movies like Willow or Flight of the Navigator make you feel nostalgic, then there's no reason not to read this. That's a confusing double-negative, right? I love the idea that the hero comes back from his fantastic, mystical journey, only to find out that while he got older, the rest of the world didn't. That's awesome, and better yet, something came back with him. I'm really excited mainly because aside from the great concept, the writing and art are so top notch. We're two issues in, and I'm already in love.

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Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks

DEADPOOL #38

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We're about to see the FauX-Men and Zenpool vs. Inverted X-Men, and it's written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn and illustrated by Mike Hawthorne. Is there really anything else that needs to be said, readers?! Wait, there is? Fine. I may not be the biggest fan of Marvel's latest event, but DEADPOOL is having fun with the way it has impacted its characters. As you can tell by the cover alone, this new story is full of fan service (loved the final page in the last issue) and Duggan/Posehn are superb comedy writers. But what makes them even more impressive is how they can always throw in a good amount of heart and depth, too. This isn't just fart jokes and punching, people. As for Hawthorne, check out the preview if you want to see why I'm such a big fan of his animated and fun visuals.

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RAI #5

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Valiant is putting a lot of good titles out there, but RAI holds a special place in my heart. Writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain really are going all-out to make this such a memorable and exciting adventure. Kindt unleashes so much creativity as we look at this brand new and fascinating world and learn more and more about Rai as he goes on his own path of self-discovery. The story alone has me hooked, but then there's Crain's stunning visuals and it brings this series to a whole new level. Technically, this is going to be a jumping on spot, but if you're interested in leaping into this character-driven, sci-fi world, I strongly recommend picking up the first trade.

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ROBOCOP #6

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I'll be totally blunt, I thought the RoboCop reboot was just okay and the RoboCop sequels, well, let's just forget they happened. It's disappointing to have such a terrific movie and then not have a proper follow-up -- someting that's a worthy addition to the mythos. Well, BOOM! Studios is changing that. Josh Williamson and Carlos Magno's new volume feels like the perfect sequel. You can forget about the movies that came out after the first one and treat this as the official follow-up. Everything from the tone to the handling of Detroit is working so well and always leaves me wanting more. The real RoboCop is back and it's awesome.

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Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks

CHEW #45

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After the gorefest, casualty-riddled events of last issue, I think it might be time for something a little lighter-uh oh, that's Poyo on the cover. And if everyone's favorite cyborg lucha-chicken (luchicken?...doesn't quite sound right) is on the cover, it can only mean catastrophic consequences. John Layman found his groove long ago and CHEW'S been a fantastic thrillride of comedy, violence and emotionally resonant drama ever since, but nothing's been more crazy than this arc, and I can't help but expect big, big things from this conclusion. Rob Guillory always brings it with his art, and I'm sure with an advertised in-issue poster that this will be no different.

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HULK #9

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My interest in this book shot up from 0 to 60 in about 2 issues. While I'm a big fan of both of the main creators involved, I've never been the biggest fan of Hulk and the idea of him yet again gaining intelligence of banishing Banner didn't have much appeal to me, until I heard about phase 2: his crusade against other gamma-powered beings. It's an interesting, unique concept and it's not only being pulled off amazingly well but there are plenty of implications and foreshadowing. Gerry Duggan's shown time and again that he knows a thing or two about comedy but this book is great at showing his range for the serious and dramatic as well. Mark Bagley's got a knack for making Hulk and his various foes look from bulky to incredibly, even ridiculously powerful, a must-have for any Hulk book.

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IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #7

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Danny Rand has had a rough couple of issues. While his hands may have been broken, his spirit remains strong and the Iron Fist seems to be mounting quite the comeback. I wasn't sure how to feel about Kaare Andrews' darker, more bleak take on the usually witty, sardonic Rand, but the more I read, the more I became fascinated with the story particularly when I considered how many sarcastic guys are already bumming around the Marvel U, I became more and more okay with the change. Well that and Andrews' bizarre, ultra-stylized art. The more I can learn about this version of K'un Lun, the better I seem to like it, so I say keep it coming.

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Honorable Mention: BATMAN ETERNAL #35

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