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Welcome back to 10 Comics to Buy This Week. As you're probably well aware, there are a metric crap-ton of comic books hitting shelves every single week. And for the common consumer, it's financially impossible to pick up everything. That's where this column steps in like your superhero savior, drawing your attention to 10 books worth your hard-earned dollars during any given week.

We not only going to spotlight tights and capes books, but also some indie titles off the beaten path, which, if all goes well, will broaden your reading horizons.

Action Comics #7

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We finally get back to the Brainiac story in Action Comics #7. Metropolis has been captured and to save it, Superman must push himself like never before. Meanwhile, Steel continues to aid the cause from the ground floor, helping citizens stuck in the danger zone in a back-up story written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Brad Walker.

Now that we're back to the present and not retreading Kal-El's first run-in with the Legion of Superheroes (as uniquely different as it many have been), Morrison can get back to building his epic introduction to the New 52 version of Brainiac.

Age of Apocalypse #1

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The first issue of Age of Apocalypse, spinning out of the Dark Angel Saga in the pages of Uncanny X-Force, hits store shelves this week. Written by David Lapham and drawn by Roberto De La Torre, Age of Apocalypse looks to follow Jean Grey and Sabretooth as they continue to wage war against Weapon X.

Also, who are the X-Terminated? I imagine we'll be finding out in this hotly anticipated debut issue.

Animal Man #7

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It's the start of a new arc in the pages of Animal Man. Welcome to "Animal vs. Man, part 1." With the Rot still hot on the Baker family's trail, Buddy and his son, Cliff, decide to share some quality father-son time.

Furthermore, Buddy also has a terrifying vision of things to come. To date, Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman have been blowing us away with Animal Man, and we have no reason to believe this issue will be any different.

Fairest #1

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The latest Fables spin-off series kicks off with Fairest #1. Fairest sets out to spotlight the female Fables of Bill Willingham's fantastical universe. The series plans to balance horror, humor and adventure, exploring the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, the Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red, and more.

For starters, the first story arc (six issues) follows the misadventures of Briar Rose and will be drawn by Phil Jimenez. If you consider yourself a fan of Fables, this is a series that you shouldn't miss.

Fatale #3

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Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue their latest crime saga wrapped in Cthulhu mythology. Thus far, this series has felt like home for Brubaker and Phillips, with touches of horror to make sure we aren't retreading the exact same ground that we'd find in Criminal.

We're still waiting for the kid gloves to come off and for Brubaker and Phillips to really cut loose with this series' horror elements. Hopefully that happens in issue #3, where Detective Walt Booker makes a significant sacrifice…

Hell Yeah #1

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Eisner award-winning writer Joe Keatinge and artist Andre Szymanowicz tackle a series focusing on the next-generation super heroes of the Image universe. It was 20 years ago that super heroes first appeared and shook the very foundation of humanity. Now their offspring are running amok, fighting to claim their place in a world that's evolved beyond them.

Hell Yeah is set to "combine the over-the-top excitement of the original Image Comics launch with modern, innovative storytelling." The series kicks off with a giant-sized first issue to boot, featuring thirty-two pages of story without a single ad. All for $2.99.

Manhattan Projects #1

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Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Pitarra reunite after working together on The Red Wing to start a brand new monthly series at Image called Manhattan Projects. This new series looks to shed light on certain aspects of history through a much darker, stranger lens.

For instance, what if the development of the first atomic bomb was just a cover-up for something even more sinister and foreboding? That's the kind of out-there thinking you can expect from Jonathan Hickman on this series. And if Hickman and Pitarra's work on The Red Wing is any indication, prepare for a mind 'splosion.

Swamp Thing #7

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It's always a good week when an issue of Swamp Thing releases. Scott Snyder reteams with Yanick Paquette to continue the adventures of Alec Holland accepting his fate as the Swamp Thing. But while Alec struggles to accept his destiny with the Green, a new champion is rising to take the throne of the Bone Kingdom by Sethe's side.

Swamp Thing has yet to disappoint, and we fully expect that trend to continue with this week's issue #7. Things are just going to get darker and darker, and that's one of the reasons we love this series. Man, we are some sadistic S.O.B.s.

Toy Story #1

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Everyone loves Toy Story. And if you don't, then you clearly have no soul. This new four-issue mini-series focuses on Woody, Buzz and the gang trying to survive Andy's new puppy, Buster.

Clearly, this series takes place far before the heart-wrenching Toy Story 3, a period in time when the toys' worst fears were being slobbered on by a playful pooch, not sliding to their death inside a molten-hot furnace. Man, Toy Story 3 got dark at times…

Venom #14

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The "Circle of Four" mini event comes to a close with this issue of Venom. Rick Remender is joined by artist Tony Moore once again to wrap up this epic story centered around Venom, Red Hulk, X-23 and Ghost Rider.

The entire "Circle of Four" event has been outstanding so far, with solid characterization and some fantastic art from the series' rotating cast of pencillers. We really hope Remender and Moore can stick the landing to make this one of the best events Marvel has put out in recent memory.

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#1 Posted by The Stegman (38073 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh darn it, I started reading Fables in preparation for "Fairest" and i'm not done yet, is it necessary to be caught up with Fables to read it? or can I just pick it up and jump right in??

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#2 Posted by X35 (6464 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking forward to Fatale :D

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#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

cant wait for MANHATTAN PROJECT 

I would check out Fairest but I think I should catch up on Fables first 

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#4 Posted by Billy Batson (59933 posts) - - Show Bio

so I don't have a soul, mmkay.

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#5 Posted by Turkeysammich (47 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers: The Childrens Crusade #9 definitely.

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#6 Posted by mtrakos (581 posts) - - Show Bio

Manhattan Project looks interesting

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#8 Edited by KainScion (2991 posts) - - Show Bio

only things good on the menu are the marvel issues.

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#10 Posted by DanialCarroll (2540 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think I'll be reading any of those, sorry.

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#11 Posted by thanosrules (886 posts) - - Show Bio

Winter Soldier #3!!

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#12 Posted by MonkeyToe (416 posts) - - Show Bio

Your missing out if you're not picking up Animal Man and Swamp Thing IMO.

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#13 Posted by lmothander (140 posts) - - Show Bio

What do people think about Age of Apocalypse? Good pick up, or Marvel trying to capitalize on another world/dimension? I was originally excited about this but then realized that there is no shared continuity so is it really worth the extra $4...

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#14 Posted by Suprman (458 posts) - - Show Bio

Umm, Why isn't Winter Soldier on this list?

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#15 Posted by Edgeworth_11 (5235 posts) - - Show Bio

Hello, where the X-men titles at?

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#16 Edited by Trodorne (2772 posts) - - Show Bio

Here is my list this week of comics people should get:

BOYS #64 (MR)	$3.99
ADVENTURE TIME #1 (2ND PTG) (PP #1009) $3.99
FERALS #3 (MR) $3.99
NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #41 $3.99 (returned to the original numbering of the old series)
MICE TEMPLAR VOL 3 #8 $3.99 (started reading a couple of issues right now and want to read this one coming up)
30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #5 $3.99 (surprisingly good vampire series. so far......)
Thats all im going to say on that. just dissapointed that Buffy is not coming out this week. LAME!
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#17 Posted by WWAJfan (269 posts) - - Show Bio

Venom # 14 will be Freaking INsane, cant wait for it XD

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#18 Posted by The Stegman (38073 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman said:

Ugh darn it, I started reading Fables in preparation for "Fairest" and i'm not done yet, is it necessary to be caught up with Fables to read it? or can I just pick it up and jump right in??

you shouldn't have to be caught up with Fables (presumably) but there's no way to know until it comes out

however, it's focusing on random characters per arc so I would think each arc is accessible...however, the last time we saw a significant development of Briar Rose was #107 and if the story is picking up from there (which I expect it will), you should probably be caught up on that...although, that story is stand-alone and the events preceding it with her that are relevant are in War in Pieces (#70-75) 

Thanks for the help! Currently I'm on issue 69, and have been reading them like crazy since january to catch up, I'll probably get the first issue to see how it goes and decide whether or not to add it to my pull list (been loving the series so far)
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#19 Posted by foxandwall (52 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal man & Swamp Thing for me...

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#20 Posted by microwave25 (155 posts) - - Show Bio

What a week!

Action Comics, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Fatale and Manhattan Project #1 which I can't wait to start.

People need to start getting more Image comics. They are honestly releasing the best titles right now and 2012 is going to be a HUGE year for them.

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#21 Posted by CombatSpoon86 (962 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man, Fatale, Manhattan Project, Swamp Thing, Winter Soldier, Venom. And Maybe Hell Yea. Great wk this wk.

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#22 Posted by kingjoeg (711 posts) - - Show Bio

First week of the month is always the best. Theres an Ultimate Spider-man coming out aswell with Pichelli back as the artist.

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#23 Posted by KidSupreme (854 posts) - - Show Bio

Ill go out and buy them right now :D

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#24 Posted by Ganthetsward20 (724 posts) - - Show Bio

I am getting 4/10 this week! Debated on the Toy Story one o=but figured it's be silly to buy it. I will glance it over when I go if my store has it.

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#25 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (11501 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list I am getting Action Comics ,but Hell Yeah looks really interesting.

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I have to get it ASAP!!

And "Age of Apocalypse" #1? They're bringing this story back? Gah, I'm so behind and was already behind, I'm never going to catch up! D:

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#27 Posted by cracker_jack (227 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a Brainiac, Brainiac on the floor, and he's dancing like he's never danced before.

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#28 Posted by NXH (1031 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably check out Age of Apocalypse if I remember.

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#29 Posted by Maniac2312 (1047 posts) - - Show Bio

Only two on there I am interested in are Fairest and Toy Story. Might be able to get Toy Story.....

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#30 Posted by MEATBALLIN (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Really looking forward to more Animal Man and Swamp Thing!

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#31 Posted by RoboShark (2637 posts) - - Show Bio

Better than last weeks list.

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#32 Posted by zackattack529 (1408 posts) - - Show Bio

awesome, i have action comics and venom on my list!

id also like to star mathattan projects. i think ima replace it with a book on my pull. i think ima drop Red lanterns. im a huge green lantern fan, but that book is BORING me. plus i saw a preview of this weeeks red lanterns, and the way peter milligan writes guy gardner is TOTALLY HORRIBLE! not even in character. and i only saw a 3-page preview! aha

i think that DC should cancel that series and give Shazam or Phantom Stranger or anyone in general his own book.

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#33 Posted by PunchDance (22 posts) - - Show Bio

Swamp Thing and Amazing Spider-man for sure. Will probably try Hell Yeah, Manhattan Project, and Toy Story too.

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#34 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1743 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to start picking up Animal Man :D

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#35 Posted by chroinkero (91 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be picking up Hell Yeah and Manhattan Projects. They both look really interesting!

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#36 Posted by The Impersonator (8218 posts) - - Show Bio

@Edgeworth_11 said:

Hello, where the X-men titles at?

They have been X-Terminated. xP

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#37 Posted by davidgrantlloyd (551 posts) - - Show Bio

Excellent list. Gotta love Action Comics!!! Animal Man ... check. Venom ... check.

One of these days I've gotta get into Fables! (one of these days I gotta earn more cash!!!)

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#38 Posted by Mrakbarman (66 posts) - - Show Bio

UCSM anyone...? Pichelli's back....


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#39 Posted by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

@X35: Me too man i really Love brubaker/Phillips combo and loved the first two issues of Fatale.

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#40 Edited by JairamGanpat (1017 posts) - - Show Bio




*Waves hand over here* Me, me!!!

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#41 Posted by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

Swamp thing, Demon Knights, Fatale, Batman,

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#42 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

Action Comics #7 for me :) I'm so excited to get it, as well as all the other stuff I'm getting.

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#43 Posted by TurianAgent (65 posts) - - Show Bio

Just Venom and ASM.

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#44 Posted by kamionero (342 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm very skeptical about Age of Apocalypse #1. A mutant book without mutants... seems boring.

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#45 Posted by ravisher (732 posts) - - Show Bio

lol @ hell yeah

love the name

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#46 Posted by TheWholeDamnShow (769 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell Yeah reminds me of Kingdom Come.

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#47 Posted by gridlock464 (87 posts) - - Show Bio

Manhattan Projects is Mind Blowing!!