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This Week's Essential Comics: 8/25/14

These are the comics you're looking for.

Can you hear that? That's the sound of new comic books quickly approaching. A whole bunch of them will go on sale this Wednesday and we understand choosing which ones are worthy of your time and money isn't an easy decision. Well, luckily for you the Comic Vine staff is here to help you out. We reviewed the latest list of new releases and each of us picked some new issues that we believe are worth considering and we'll even tell you why. Once you finished seeing what we recommend, travel to the comments section and let the world know what you suggest picking up this Wednesday.

Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks


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BLACK SCIENCE has been and amazing adventure issue after issue. The basic idea is we’re seeing a group traveling through different realities. Due to possible sabotage, we’ve seen lots of risk and death as the worlds hold extreme levels of danger. What pushes the story over the top is the fact that you never really know what’s going to happen next or who is going to die next. If you think someone has a crucial role to the story, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. I’m still in disbelief over the death the of a character in the first arc and we might have seen a couple more last issue.

Rick Remender is on a roll at Image. His story along with Matteo Scalera’s art and Dean White’s colors will blow you away. As soon as you read an issue you find yourself eagerly awaiting the next. If you haven’t read this yet, pick up the first trade along with issues 7 & 8. This is good stuff.

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Speaking of Rick Remender at Image, there is another title out this week. LOW is another journey to a new world, courtesy of Remender and Greg Tocchini. In this futuristic world, the surface of Earth is no longer inhabitable. We’ve seen some of the residents of an underwater world along with the dangers that lurk in the depths.

This is another case of being on the edge of your seat. I found myself immediately interested and concerned for the safety of the characters we just met. Tocchinnni’s art and colors will dazzle you for sure.

If you missed the first issue, there is a second printing available this week as well. Or you can buy a digital version. It’s always fun to read a new series with a new world.

Just keep in mind, LOW and BLACK SCIENCE are not all-ages titles.


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Oh man. This is the moment many of us have long been waiting for. What the heck happened to Richard Rider? How come Star-Lord and Thanos returned front the Cancerverse but Nova didn’t? Sam Alexander, the current Nova, may be growing on us more and more but that doesn’t mean we can’t have Richard Rider return, right? Unless this issue is the final nail in his coffin.

Brian Michael Bendis has the task to tell the story we’ve been waiting for. It’s been going on for too long with no explanation and a lot of dancing around the truth. Ed McGuinness will handle the art. This is an issue I’m both anticipating and fearing at the same time. While we can’t guarantee we’ll all be happy with the results of the “truth,” it’s definitely an issue we can’t miss.

You can also read our early review here.

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Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks


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OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA is incredibly interesting. Originally, I picked it up because Kirkman (of Kirckman & Azaceta) was writing it and he's the guy that got me back into comic books (Thanks BATTLE POPE and Funk-O-Tron!). This is a haunting book, and I'm addicted. This issue seems to deal more with Kyle's past. The work with characters and this world is fantastic. Azaceta has some dark and gritty art that really fits this series and as a team, I can't wait to see where they are taking this book.

SAGA #22

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I call this current arc of SAGA "The mission to break all of our hearts." As you may or may not know (I hope you know), this is going to end with Marko and Alana splitting up. None of us are happy about this, but this book is such a fabulous epic that it doesn't matter. The solicit gives nothing to readers because the book speaks for itself and you know you're going to get it anyway. BKV and Fiona Staples are magical and if you don't believe me, then you're not reading SAGA correctly.


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That's right... toys are essential too. I'm a lover of the comic book style of Walking Dead figures. Now, normally, I only collect the color versions of these figures. I have a few B&W ones, but I have all of the colored ones, including a handful of exclusives. While I'm totally stoked for a Rick figure with his hand cut off, with a sweet beard, I'm more excited about FINALLY getting an Andrea figure. Now, can we have a Dale figure so I can have them hugging in my display already?

Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. pirates. That alone is enough to make you want to read this, right? Writer Erik Burnham has earned my faith and then some with his TMNT work (SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN and micro issues) and his last chapter of this limited series did an impressive job balancing humor, heart, and a serious narrative very well. Now, the heroes in a half shell are taking on pirates and, like stated above, how could I possibly resist seeing that?! We've had two incredibly enjoyable issues in a row and it's looking like this third one will be a very good time, too. As if that wasn't tempting enough, it also brings back former TMNT ongoing artist Ben Bates. TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME is a delight.

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Valiant's RAI continues to pull me into its high tech and totally crazy world. First and foremost, Matt Kindt has been doing some seriously engaging worldbuilding with this look at future Japan. Not only does he continue to flesh out this unique environment, but he's also doing a solid job making Rai's adventure a unique one and has established several interesting plot points. He has me legitimately questioning what'll happen next with Japan's protector.

Then there's Clayton Crain's jaw-dropping pages. This artist does a brilliant job bringing Kindt's script to life and creates some ridiculously immersive and thoroughly cool pages. Whether it's Rai strolling into a new neighborhood or slicing apart some goons, this book has some lovely artwork. RAI has an intriguing story and stunning art, so you can bet I'm picking this one up with high expectations.

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Tom Scioli and John Barber's TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE is a wonderful surprise. Based on the title, some may expect some elaborate plot that's basically an excuse to unleash some slick and cinematic fights between the heroes and villains from these two franchise. Instead, we're given a series that delivers a massive dose of nostalgia and feels like a joyous trip back in time.

With Jack Kirby-esque art and a simplistic yet exciting plot, this book has been pure fun and comes off like a series that was created decades ago but it has only recently discovered and is now getting printed. If you liked the original cartoons and older comics, this huge serving of classic goodness should be a blast for you.

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Honorable Mentions: GHOSTBUSTERS #19, THE LAST FALL #2

Jen "MissJ" Aprahamian's picks

C.O.W.L. #4

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This month, the focus turns to Blaze, whose task of uniting an increasingly-splintered C.O.W.L. gets more difficult at every turn. Last month's table talk is over, and things are very much happening on-the-ground (and behind-the-scenes). Higgins, Siegel, and Reis continue to develop dimensioned characters, exposing flaws and virtues that make even the powered individuals of C.O.W.L. unquestionably human. Essential for Mad Men aficionados and superhero fans alike.


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Last month's debut issue of this new horror-mystery series by John Lees and Iain Laurie might not have made it onto your list -- it's definitely one of those under-the-radar gems -- but it's not too late to immerse yourself in the creepy, surreal world and latch onto this compelling story. Monsters and mysteries aren't exactly rare in comics, but the execution here is so unique and smart that it's worth asking your retailer to order a copy (especially if your local shop doesn't stock a lot outside of the big publishers). Essential for detective and horror fans, and for people who want to be ahead of the trend on spotting great indie talent.

Check out CBR for two more pages.

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Honorable Mention: FANTASTIC FOUR #9

Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks


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The continuing relationship between Warren and Laura deepened last issue, and while neither of them may know exactly what the draw is, they don't really need one at this moment. They both needed a getaway and they got one, both literal and figurative and I can't wait to see Brian Bendis has in store for the two of them in future issues. Meanwhile, there are still plenty of burning questions and last issue teased something having to do with the Ultimate Universe, and whether that will be involving the actual Ultimates line or take on another meaning, it'll be a good one. Mahmud Asrar steps in on art, and I've loved everything I've read of his in the past.

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Everything for over a year has been leading to this: Guy Gardner battles Atrocitus after the two of them have circled each other for the leadership of the Red Lanterns. Dissension and casualties within Gardner's ranks have thinned his numbers and his ranks, but Charles Soule isn't done with the Five Star Mustache (plus goatee). Guy Gardner's never been angrier and that's a dangerous state to face a Red Lantern in. Alessandro Vitti returns on art and I think it's only appropriate we see the man who defined the look of this arc be the one who ends it. The fact that he's incredibly talented is, of course, a great benefit.

Go to Ain't It Cool News for another page.

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After last issue's shocking reveal turned out to not be so shocking, it'll be interesting to see where Greg Rucka takes this father/son bonding trip now that the air is clear on that count. Cyclops and Corsair are still stranded, but that won't become a major problem know, awhile. And just how BIG can space be? In all seriousness, I'm glad that we get some time to focus on more character-building moments between the two of them in what has GOT to be the most surreal tale of father/son bonding in creation. New series artist Carmen Nunez Carnero may not have a ton of credits under her belt, but the ones she does have are impressive bunch and seeing her take on a totally alien world is something I'm very much looking forward to.

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Honorable Mention: SINESTRO #4

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Posted By dagmar_merrill

Rod Reis really changed up his style for COWL #4.. Wrong preview dudes..

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Posted By micah007123
  • Red Lanterns
  • Sinestro
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Batman Beyond 2.0
  • Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War
  • Avengers
  • Uncanny Avengers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Authority
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Posted By KaraZor-el

Hey dc finally made it ! Lol. I thought they wouldnt get one this week. The longerni scrolled i was like...

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

Just Black Science, Batman Eternal, & X-O Manowar for me this week.

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Posted By The Stegman

Image is killing it!

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Posted By Cap10nate

Finding out what happened to Richard Rider is the only essential comic related thing to me this week. Not even sure what other books are on my pull this week.

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Posted By TaxidermyLove

No Superman #34? ah well haha

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All-New Ultimates #7

All-New X-Men #31

Amazing Spider-Man #1.4

Batman/Superman #13

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

Original Sin #8

Superman #34

Thunderbolts #30

Uncanny X-Men #25

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Looks like just GotG for me this week.

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Posted By Mechapod

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

Original Sin #8

Transformers vs G.I. Joe #2

Avengers #34

Groo vs Conan #2

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #4

Fantastic Four #9

This is an exciting week for me.

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Posted By HumanRocket

Shocker! I'm actually going to the comic store and getting a physical copy of GOTG 18. That's how much I'm excited/worried for this issue.

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Posted By Fastestmanalive

Superman #34 - My favorite series these days. Still don't really care for JRJR's art but Johns is killing it on the writing.

Batman Eternal #21 - Fabok is back on art and looks like its focusing on the story I like.

Batman/Superman #13 - This series takes forever to come out. But this story sounds really interesting. Superman with Catwoman and Bats with Lois.

Sinestro #5 (Maybe) - This series has been disappointing but with Hal and Parallax in this issue it might be good.

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Posted By micah007123

Superman #34 - My favorite series these days. Still don't really care for JRJR's art but Johns is killing it on the writing.

Batman Eternal #21 - Fabok is back on art and looks like its focusing on the story I like.

Batman/Superman #13 - This series takes forever to come out. But this story sounds really interesting. Superman with Catwoman and Bats with Lois.

Sinestro #5 (Maybe) - This series has been disappointing but with Hal and Parallax in this issue it might be good.

It's been disappointing to you, but great to me and alot others, Yay for opinions.

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I'm really happy and a little surprised to see And Then Emily Was Gone on this list. I loved the first issue. Looking forward to the second. Other than that I've got.

Black Science #8


Outcast #3

Saga #22

Uncanny Avengers #23

Possibly All Star Western #34. Hard to pass up Darwyn Cooke art.

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Posted By Xwraith

Turtles In Time, X-O Manowar, Regular Show, and Star Wars Legacy (I feel like I should have a copy of the last Expanded Universe story).

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Posted By jstndmnd


Thor & Loki Original Sin

All New Invaders

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Only C.O.W.L. And Outcast for me this week, I may have needed the breather!

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Posted By kingmezidor7

Cyclops #4 ="More Father And Son Bonding"(Corsair/Cyclops)

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Posted By mak13131313

1. Aquaman #34

2. Batman Eternal #21

3. Batman/Superman #13

4. Futures End #17

5. Harley Quinn #10

6. Injustice Year Two #10

7. Red Lanterns #34

8. Secret Origins #5

9. Sinestro #5

10. Star Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #2

11. Superman #34

12. The Flash #34

13. Star Wars Legacy #18

That's it for me.

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Posted By devil-wears-converse

I'm super excited about GOTG this week

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Posted By timelord

DC Comics

  • All-Star Western #34- Final issue :(
  • Aquaman #34 - More Mera please.
  • Batman Eternal #21- It's Spoiler time!
  • Batman/Superman #13- Batman and Lois should be fun.
  • The Flash #34 - More Wally!
  • Harley Quinn #10 - Will stick with this to the Powergirl team up.
  • Justice League Dark #34 - I am loving these mini arcs.
  • Red Lanterns #34 - Guy and Kara vs an Army of Reds take my money!
  • Sinestro #5 - So every Lantern book gets 5 issues before the cross over.
  • Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #2 - One of the greatest first issues that no one bought.
  • Superman #34 - More of Geoff Johns run.
  • The New 52: Futures End #17 - Jump ahead next week.
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My picks this week:

Avengers #34 (Marvel)

Uncanny Avengers #23 (Marvel)

Superman #34 (DC)

The Massive #26 (Dark Horse)

Outcast #3 (Image)

Black Science #8 (Image)

Low #2 (Image)

C.O.W.L. #4 (Image)

Saga #22 (Image)

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Posted By HandOfPrometheus


Is the new 52 wally like good as in character?

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Posted By TheIndecider
  • Batman Eternal #21
  • Batman/Superman #13
  • Superman #34
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #18
  • Amazing Spider-Man #1.4
  • Original Sin #8
  • Thor and Loki #4
  • Black Science #8
  • Saga #22
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Posted By jwalser3

Just Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye.

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Posted By Boynerdgeek

Superman #34

Secret Origins #5 - because of Marv Wolfman writing Cyborg

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Posted By BenStark

Black science

All from Image.

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Posted By derekvang

Just Wayward, Rai, and C.O.W.L. for me this week

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He-man And The Masters Of The Universe #16

Haunted #4

GFT Warlord of Oz #5

Aquaman #34

Megaman #30

Saga #22

Transformers: MTMTE

Knights of the Dinner table #211

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Rai, Low, Black Science, and Saga. Yup. That's a good Wednesday.

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Posted By tparks

Rich Rider. 'Nuff said.

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All-New X-Men 31, Amazing Spider-Man 1.4, Avengers 34, Guardians of the Galaxy 18, Original Sin 5.4, Uncanny Avengers 23.

Aquaman 34, Batman Eternal 21, The Flash 34, Superman 34.

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Posted By mickeymayhew

what was the tease in the previous All New X-Men about the Ultimate Universe?

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  • Aquaman 34
  • Flash 34
  • Sinestro 5
  • Godzilla Rulers of Earth 15
  • Black Science 8
  • COWL 4
  • Saga 22
  • Spider-Man 1.4
  • Rai 4
  • X-O Manowar 28
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Posted By rac_shade

No Comics from DC / Marvel week 7 :-

• Black Science #8

• C.O.W.L. #4

• Low #2

• Saga #22

• Sex #15

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Posted By TDK_1997
  • Sinestro #5
  • Superman #34
  • Saga #22
  • Fantastic Four #9
  • Uncanny Avengers #23
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Posted By johnny_blaze

I don't know why everyone hates Sam Alexander so much.

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Posted By DrellAssassin

@johnny_blaze: I think because 1. He isn't Richard Rider and 2. When the series started people were on a Jeph Loeb hate train, so not only did he catch flak for writing it but also (I can't believe people got upset at this) for naming the character Sam, after his son who died a few years ago.

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Posted By bladewolf

For me this week:

  • All-Star Western 34: Good night, sweet prince.
  • All-New X-Men 31: Back on this series, and digging it
  • Rai 4: Been amazing since day 1, everyone should pick this series up
  • Red Lanterns 34: Looking forward to the conclusion of "Atrocities"
  • Sinestro 5: Keep up the great work, Mr. Bunn!
  • Superman 34: Been a delight to read this series with the new team
  • X-O Manowar 28: Armor Hunters tie-in! What more could I want?
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Posted By Baberaham_Lincoln
  • Guardians 18
  • SAGA 22
  • Black Science
  • LOW
  • Uncanny Avengers
  • All New X-men - ICE ICE BABY... -__-
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Posted By Novemberx2

I wonder how people will drop GOG after this Arc...

if you loved Abnett and Lanning guardians, there's very little reason to stick with bendis inferior version.

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It's true. He is, in fact, the man. (And C.O.W.L. #4 is really goooood!)

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  • Superman #34
  • Turtles in Time #3
  • Red Sonja #14
  • Sinestro #5
  • Rai #4
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Posted By LiveForever

@inferiorego Damn. I'm getting more and more into action figures (Marvel Legends mostly) but that Andrea figure is teeeeeempting to start off my collection. Good looks!

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Posted By Dabee

I like that Klara's on the cover of Saga, hopefully that means that we'll get to see what she's been up to while all of this has been going on.

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Posted By The_Titan_Lord

@mechapod said:

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

Original Sin #8

Transformers vs G.I. Joe #2

Avengers #34

Groo vs Conan #2

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #4

Fantastic Four #9

This is an exciting week for me.

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Seriously, it's Awesome!
Seriously, it's Awesome!
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Posted By Life_Without_Progress

@johnny_blaze: most people would probably just say " He ain't Richard Rider". Sam's actually a good replacement


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