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This Week's Essential Comics: 11/21/2012

There's a lot of comics coming out this week. Here's some of our top picks.

Each week we take a look at the huge list of comics that are coming out and try to narrow it down to some of books we have a pretty good idea will be worth your money. We used to select ten comics but have been trying to narrow it down to five or so. We're not trying to tell you what to buy, just pointing out what we feel will be really great so you won't overlook them when you visit your local comic shop.

We’re also going to provide preview pages for each title (when available) to give you an idea how the book reads and looks. You can click each image to enlarge.


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This is the big one. Dan Slott has made it clear that something big is going to happen here. He's also made it clear that he will forever shun anyone that spoils what happens here (as some were able to read this last week).

We know the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is coming but what could that have to do with Doc Ock and events going as far back as issue 600?

This is going to be an issue everyone will be talking about.

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What's on THE TAPE? You'll have to read this week's HAWKEYE #4 to find out.

According to the solicit, we won't believe what's on there. It's pretty important that Hawkeye gets this tape otherwise he's going to become the most wanted man in the world...and not in a good way.

Sadly, David Aja will not be doing the interiors on this issue but Javier Pulido will be jumping on this one. You can check out a super brief preview over at CBR.


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Judge Dredd is coming to the U.S. courtesy of IDW Publishing and writer Duane Swierczynski.

It might sound crazy, the idea of JUDGE DREDD put out by an American publishing company may seem unnecessary and an insult to the original source material but having read the first story, it's looking good. Even though 2000 A.D. is available in the United States, weekly anthologies can be a tougher sell to US readers. Having it available in this format could be what some readers and those that watched and enjoyed Dredd 3D want.

Just be warned there are a lot of variant covers for this issue. You can check out an exclusive preview over at CBR.


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It's part two of "The Secret of the Cheetah."

Last issue we saw some great characterization as we're finally seeing the team come together. We're starting to see the team actually want to be there for each other and not just during the big major attacks against the world.

We also had some more on the famous 'kiss' between Superman and Wonder Woman. To make it worse, Superman has been infected by Cheetah and it's now up to the entire team to stop him and try to save him as well. Tony Daniel continues his guest stint on art AND we also get more on Shazam!

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Marvel NOW! Titles

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This week we have three new #1s...sort of. CAPTAIN AMERICA and INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK debut but we're also seeing Sif's first issue in JOUNEY INTO MYSTERY #646.

Along with those issues, we're also getting the second issues for DEADPOOL and IRON MAN. They've all been good jumping on points. If you haven't yet, you might want to check them out.

You can find reviews for CAPTAIN AMERICA, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY on the reviews page.

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If you've been reading MIND THE GAP, you know it's a book full of mysteries. The lead character is in a bit of a coma except she's in a sort of in between state and is trying to figure out what happened to her. She can see her body and her supposed loved ones yet one of them is responsible. For every answer we get from writer Jim McCann, new ones arise.

Issue #6 is the beginning of a new arc as well as a good jumping on point. You can find a trade of the first issues but you should be able to come into this issue and pick up on what's been going on. Each issue gives a nice recap and summary.

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It's been a fun ride Rick Remender. We have one more issue to go and then it's all over. Chances are you've been reading the Final Execution story arc. This is what it's all been leading up to. X-Force hasn't been doing too well against this new Brotherhood. With Genesis creeping closer to the dark side, it could mean even worse things for the entire Marvel Universe.

What will Remender do to wrap all this story arc up? What sort of crazy things is he going to throw at us. You'll want to check out what happens here.

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So many good titles this week!

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Posted By thenexusrebound

This weeks pulls is pretty extensive. X-force is on it though.

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Posted By cc1738

This is an expensive week for me. I'm seriously going to go broke. I'm getting:


Justice League

Red Hood and the Outlaws

Captain America

GL: New Guardians


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Posted By Cavemold

no xo-manowar!!! get it people! also getting the last issue of Minunum Carnage!

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Posted By saoakden

From this Justice League, Spider-Man, Possibly Judge Dredd, the Marvel Now titles being released release and Uncanny X-Force. Shame its going to be ending soon. I'll miss Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender.

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Posted By DanialCarroll

I would add Red Hood to this list (Superman cameos) as well as New Guardians (Kyle learning all of the different Lantern powers).

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Posted By lifeboy
Shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!!!
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Posted By Cavemold

none from your list this week

XO-Manowar is must buy for me

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Posted By blur1528

Uncanny X-Force ends with #35 not #34.

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Posted By CircularLogic

I thought X-force still had two issues to go... :'(

So far Marvel has been killing it with the NOW! books (other than Greg Land), but right now I'm picking up Indestructible Hulk and Journey into mystery, though with the size of my list I'll probably have to drop at least one

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Posted By VictorVonDoom_1

Hulk and Deadpool for me. Debating whether picking up Hawkeye.

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Posted By ArtisticNeedham

If I had to pick and choose from this list below, which do you think I wouldn't have to pick up this week? Which could I leave behind?

1. WONDER WOMAN #14 ..............................$2.99

2. IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #4 [DIG]............. $2.99 (already missed last issue)

3. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698 ...................$3.99

4. CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 NOW ....................$3.99

5. CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 ..............................$2.99(already missed last issue)

6. DAREDEVIL #20 ......................................$2.99

7. HAWKEYE #4 .........................................$2.99

8. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 NOW ...........$3.99

9. WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #21 .................$3.99

10. X-FACTOR #247.................................... $2.99

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Posted By KennyQuick

Just need Wonder Woman and Daredevil on this list and its complete $$!!

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Pretty much every book I'm getting is on this week's essentials list. Justice League, Sword of Sorcery, Hawkeye, Deadpool, and Indestructible Hulk. A good week! Is it Wednesday yet?

Can I also say that the Justice League variant by Fabok looks amazing? I'm starting to really like that guy.

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Posted By ME24601

Just a warning: Spoilers for ASM #698 have been leaked. Be careful.

Anyway, I'm getting:

  • Wolverine and the X-Men #21
  • Uncanny X-Force #34
  • Hawkeye #4
  • Amazing Spider-Man #698
  • Daredevil #20
  • Sword of Sorcery #2
  • Justice league #14
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #14
  • Nightwing #14
  • Wonder Woman
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Edited By Hancock89

My pull list this week: 

1. X-O Manowar 
2. Harbinger 
3. Uncanny X-Force 
4. Indestructible Hulk 
5. Captain Marvel 
6. The Amazing Spider-man
 @Cavemold: YES!

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Posted By Reignmaker

@VictorVonDoom_1 said:

Hulk and Deadpool for me. Debating whether picking up Hawkeye.

Been reading the back issues of Hawkeye. Very fun. Definitely worth it imo.

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Posted By Baberaham_Lincoln

JUSTICE LEAAAGGUUUEEE!!! indestructible Hulk, Dredd, Transformers more than meets the eye (seriously more people should be reviewing and reading this) and Hawkeye.

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Posted By Fantasgasmic

@G-Man said:

We also had some more on the famous 'kiss' between Superman and Wonder Man.

Typo totally changes the context of that scene. Very progressive, but I don't think either DC or Marvel is looking to do crossovers with other publishers at this time.

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Justice League



GL: New Guardians


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Posted By TheGardener

Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Daredevil and Hawkeye for me

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Posted By judasnixon

Who gave Doc Ock Aids?!? I'm blaming Aunt May, that old dirty hussie!!!

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh


I might have to pick up Hawkeye tooo I love this book

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Posted By zackattack529

Uncanny X-force is a MUST for me. I know people will call me crazy, but i like this arc more than Dark Angel saga. yes i said it guys!!

And I might pick up Deadpool 2. I don't plan to stay long for deadpool,maybe just until the first arc ends. it depends.

Green lantern: new guardians is a must for me

Hawkeye has been good, but like Deadpool i can see myself getting tired of it.

Nightwing is another must since it leads into Death of the Family, then we get Kyle Higgins back! :D

you should have added Minimum Carnage: Omega!!!!

It's going to be awesome! and very much essential to both Scarlett spider AND Venom. SO it should definitley be on this list. But other than that good list.

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Posted By blindisaac

I might pick up judge dredd if I hear good things about it. I am picking up about a month and half worth of comics this coming Wednesday. My break is going to be fun.

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Posted By andmurdock

I'll be getting Deadpool and Judge Dredd off of this list. Also picking up Clone #1.

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Posted By longbowhunter

Hawkeye, Justice League and Uncanny X-Force is what I'm grabbing from this list. Perhaps I should listen to Dan Slott and get Spidey too.

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Posted By Metric_Outlaw

This week looks awesome. Also you guys totally forgot Little Gotham.

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Posted By sora_thekey

4 out of the 9 titles listed are on my pull list... I am still wondering if I should get Journey to the Mystery and the new Marvel NOW! Thor title.

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Posted By Miss_Garrick

Justice League looks really interesting. But then, Geoff Johns has rarely failed me in terms of cool stories!

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Posted By Ironhawk22

Of the ones on the list; Hulk, Hawkeye, Judge Dredd, and maybe Journey Into Mystery. I fell off X-Force and am just going to get the trade.

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Posted By secondfallen616


YES and DOUBLE YES, both are awesome if you're at all into the Thor mythos

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Posted By SmoothJammin

Justice League


New Guardians

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

Oh so many great titles! Especially wanting JL #14 and Judge Dredd #1...but will look to Captain America too. And others!

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Posted By k4tzm4n

My bank account shall cry this week.

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Posted By SavageDragon

Savage Dragon #183, Glory, Gambit, X Force

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Posted By Mandrewgora

Aw man, Hawkeye and Spiderman is where it's at.

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Posted By GothamRed

Hawkeye baby, why must you come to me so late in the month? Quit tantalizing me with you wit and charm, Fraction.

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Posted By feebadger

Can i just say; Judge Dredd. Hope IDW handle it right as it's long over due for Dredd to have some great exposure over there (especially after the Movie, which is awesome!)

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Posted By Zeeguy91

Amazing Spider-Man, Indestructible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Justice League from the list for this week I'm also picking up Nightwing (only if its Higgins and not Defalco, though), Wonder Woman, GL: New Guardians, Daredevil, Birds of Prey, Blue Beetle, and DCU Presents. Wow…my wallets gonna get so much lighter

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Posted By RedQueen

Now that I haven't heard about...Superman kissing Wonder Man ! *gasp*

:P heheheeee

Anyway, getting all of these - they look awesome :D

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Posted By gmanfromheck

@Metric_Outlaw: Lil Gotham came out last week. On Thursday.

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Posted By tomlikesfries

Justice League #14

GL: NG #14

Nightwing #14

Wonder Woman #14

Supergirl #14

Judge Dredd #1

ASM #698

Captain America #1

Daredevil #20

Deadpool #2

Hawkeye #4

Indestructible Hulk #1

Iron Man #2

Uncanny X-Force #34

Ultimate Comics Spidey #17

Wolvie and the X-men #21

JIM #646

I swear I've never had such a big pull list in my entire life. Mother of God...

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Minimum Carnage Omega, AMZ spiderman 698, Uncanny X-force looks amazing

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Posted By haydenclaireheroes

From this list I am getting Hawkeye, Justice League, and The Amazing Spider-man. I am very excited to read The Amazing Spider-man since Dan Slott has been hyping it for months

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Posted By lifeboy
I know its not out but im going to grab the worlds finest trade. Powergirl is the most beautiful woman in comics universe to me and even with this current costume she still has that beauty that shines thru. However, i want to be there when she comes roaring back to her old ways which is eminent.
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Posted By RazzaTazz

Mind the Gap has been pretty good

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One comment on spidey cover: ARACHNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sure do miss Spectacular Spiderman.

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Posted By broo1232



Uncanny X-force

Wonder Woman

Captain America


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Posted By yo_yo_fun

From this list I'm picking up Captain America #1.

I'm also getting Wonder Woman #14 and Sword of Sorcery #2.

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Posted By broo1232

@tomlikesfries: Nice pull list :D

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