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Posted by erik_norris (194 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

America's Got Powers #1

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Writer Jonathan Ross and superstar artist Bryan Hitch begin a new series playing off America's obsession with talent (or lack thereof). Welcome to America's Got Powers, the biggest TV show on earth, where fortune and fame are dangling in front of the faces of the latest generation of super-powered teenagers. But young Tommy Watt's hopes of becoming the latest William Hung with super powers might be dashed when the dark heart of America's Got Powers begins to reveal itself.

Avenging Spider-Man #6

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The Omega Effect event taking place in the pages of Avenging Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher kicks off this week with Avenging Spider-Man #6.

Writers Mark Waid and Greg Rucka team up, with artist Marco Checchetto in tow, to finally tell the story behind Matt Murdock's mystery disk drive with the power to take down every criminal organization in the Marvel universe. Expect a lot of head-butting between Punisher and Daredevil, while Spider-Man watches from a safe distance with popcorn in hand.

Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1

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You liked the Batman: Arkham City video game, right? OK, let's be serious: every Batman fan on the planet loved that game, and rightfully so. Now you're all jonesing for more bat-action set in Rocksteady's dark universe. That's where Batman: Arkham Unhinged comes in.

Writer Derek Fridolfs and artist Mark S. Miller plan to highlight the various heroes and villains of the Arkham world with this series. This first issue actually acts as a prequel to the Arkham City game, exploring the relationship between Catwoman and Two-Face and how they got wrapped up in Hugo Strange's plot to overtake Gotham.

Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1 Deluxe HC

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Finally! Grant Morrison's entire "first season" of Batman, Inc. is collected in this beautiful oversized hardcover. This book contains every issue of Batman, Incorporated to date, including the extra-sized one-shot, "Leviathan Strikes!," that rounded out Morrison's first season of Batman, Inc.

Joining Morrison along for the ride are artists Yanick Paquette, Chris Burham, Cameron Stewart. If you want to get yourself primed for the next volume of Morrison's whacky, globe-trotting Batman adventure starting later this year, then this hardcover is a must.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series #1

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Have you been digging the new Green Lantern animated series? If so, then why don't you jump aboard this new comic series spinning out of said cartoon. Green Lantern: The Animated Series #1 is written by Art Baltazar and drawn by Dario Brizuela and pits Hal Jordan against a captured Red Lantern and his mentor, Kilowog. There's about to be a epic rumble in the (space) jungle, if you catch my drift.

Northlanders #50

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All great stories must come to an end. Northlanders #50 represents the final chapter in the epic "Icelandic Trilogy," wrapping up the centuries-spanning tale of the Haukssons, Iceland's notorious organized crime family, while also acting as the final issue for the entire series. Join writer Brian Wood and artist Paul Azaceta as they send this fantastic Vertigo series off in style.

Saga #2

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It's the second issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga. Woo!

Deserters Marko and Alana continue to try and outrun their past lives to protect their newborn baby. But with so many enemies, will this sci-fi version of Romeo and Juliet be able to escape and start a new life free of war? Pick up this book to find out.

Secret #1

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Jonathan Hickman can not be stopped. This week he kicks off another new series for Image entitled "Secret," with artist Ryan Bodenheim.

Secret is a new ongoing espionage thriller that tells the story of "the shadow world existing between the government and private security firms" and the effect it has on the world when two of the largest governments in the world (US and UK) get systematically taken down.

Secret Service #1

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Mark Millar joins forces with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons for a completely new series called Secret Service. According to Millar, Secret Service is the "ramifications of how America is struggling on the world stage." In addition, Millar thinks the characters of Secret Service are the best he's ever written. Could that be hyperbole? Sure. But with such a creative force working on this title, we would be stupid not to check it out.

Shade #7

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James Robinson and artist Javier Pulido continue their series starring The Shade. With the help of his new allies La Sangre and Montpelier, The Shade must stop The Inquisitor from accomplishing this doomsday plan to literally bring Hell to earth. Additionally, issue #7 will give readers their first glimpse at the men responsible for creating The Shade.

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#1 Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln (960 posts) - - Show Bio

Most excited for Saga # 2 and Grant Morrison's Batman Inc HC

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#2 Posted by Icarusflies (13013 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh wow, I wasn't planning on getting any of these. :P

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#3 Posted by The Impersonator (8041 posts) - - Show Bio

Secret and Secret Service. Anything similar between the two? =P

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#4 Posted by feargalr (1245 posts) - - Show Bio

Shade + Saga = Whoop

Green Lantern is out this week too I think, and Ultimate Comics X-men.. which has gotten kinda lackluster :/ Hopefully this week will bring it back to form

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#5 Posted by Mandrewgora (304 posts) - - Show Bio

I missed the first issue of Saga but it sounds cool, also I love Shade.

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#6 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (11366 posts) - - Show Bio

Great list this week guys!

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#7 Posted by Mercy_ (94572 posts) - - Show Bio


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#8 Posted by Johnnyjavavee (91 posts) - - Show Bio

are you kidding me? DAMNIT HICKMAN!!!

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

Interesting, because I'm not getting a single one of these, but I should!

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#11 Posted by carnivalofsins00 (1224 posts) - - Show Bio

Shade <3

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

Secret and Secret Service for sure, Batman cover looks sick. Where the hell is WInter Soldier?

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#13 Posted by erik_norris (194 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Interesting, because I'm not getting a single one of these, but I should!

Truth. A lot of great stuff here in my humble opinion ;)

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#14 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

Shade, Saga and Avenging Spider-Man. Maybe Secret too. I've been wanting to see Ryan Bodenheim on something else since Halcyon.

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#15 Posted by greenenvy (637 posts) - - Show Bio

I cant believe I am seeing a cartoon comic on a must buy list or to buy list where most of us are adults and would rather see the green lantern indigo tribe part 2 issue on the list which it should. If I am going to dig the cartoon than I would watch it on TV not get the tie in comic which is really for kids and not waste money on it you know what I mean. Just saying not complaining : )

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#16 Edited by zackattack529 (1408 posts) - - Show Bio

the only one i plan to buy from these is avenging spiderman and then


green lantern

ultimate xmen

suicide squad

uncanny xmen


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

Great wk this wk. Avenging Spider-man, F4, Shade, Saga, Secret and Winter Soldier.

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

Loving the Shade book by James! I just read issue 5 and it was great.

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#19 Posted by barryallen (34 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anyone know whether animated series will be aimed towards kids? I'd like to get it for my little brother

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#20 Posted by stormtrance1618 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

how does green lantern animated series get on this list but NOT green lantern!? im a green lantern fan boy but the animated series is AWFUL!

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

The thing I'm really waiting is Batman and Robin, I know the issue is kinda extra ,because the villain is already beaten (no much action then), but in this kind of issues always come the juicy, in this case: Father/Son BIG issues, they are going to face those problems, for good or for bad. (Ooooooh I love psychology on comics, and like both have comported like b*tches, I can't wait to see how they quit that proud of them and talk well )

Avenging Spiderman is gonna be SO AWESOME!!!

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#22 Posted by bladewolf (1153 posts) - - Show Bio

@Icarusflies said:

Oh wow, I wasn't planning on getting any of these. :P


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#23 Posted by htb106 (1724 posts) - - Show Bio

isn't johnathon ross british so this is bassically mega britain's got talent.

simon cowell with heat vision. brilliant.

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#24 Posted by lvenger (30782 posts) - - Show Bio

Jonathan Ross is a funny guy and a great chatshow host over here in Britain but even though I heard he likes comic books, I don't know how he'll be as a writer. It should be interesting to see the panel show euphoria crossed over into a comic book style format.

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#25 Posted by DanteTheRedKnight (120 posts) - - Show Bio

@Icarusflies: same here :P

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#26 Posted by primepower53 (6064 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Unhinged is what I'm most excited for.

GL Animated I'm getting just to compare it with the show.

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#27 Posted by Billy Batson (59772 posts) - - Show Bio

that's actually a decent list.

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#28 Posted by Green ankh (1104 posts) - - Show Bio

John Ross is awsome..still ill be getting none of these books.

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

Secret Avengers and Scarlet Spider!

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#30 Posted by Baron_Emo (3609 posts) - - Show Bio

Excited about Saga for certain.

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#31 Edited by thanosrules (886 posts) - - Show Bio

Another epic pull week. Now I have to add Secret to my list...

  • Adventure Time #3
  • Artifacts #16
  • Avengers Assemble #2
  • Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adventures #1
  • Carnage USA #5
  • Deathstroke #8
  • Fantastic Four #605
  • Green Lantern #8
  • Green Lantern the Animated Series #1
  • The Mighty Thor #12.1
  • New Avengers #24
  • Saga #2
  • Scarlet Spider #4
  • Secret Avengers #25
  • The Shade #7
  • Winter Soldier #4
  • Wolverine #304
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#32 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1763 posts) - - Show Bio

Yay Shade!!!

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#33 Posted by deadheaddave (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Oy vey...I just got back into comics about a year ago and was reading about 10 books monthly...now I keep finding myself with too many good books I want to get each week thanks to seeing everyone's comments and reccomendations, to the tune of about 10 books or so weekly. I guess its a double positive, as I'm getting to read some great stuff, and I should be losing some weight, as I now have way less to spend on junk food. :-)

This Week: Green Lantern, Suicide Squad, Batman & Robin, Frankenstein, Superboy, Batgirl, Scarlet Spider, Saga, Saucer Country, Avenging Spider Man, and (hopefully, if it makes it out) Manhattan Projects.

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#34 Posted by Trodorne (2772 posts) - - Show Bio

NOOOOOOOO! Northlanders....WHY?! you will be missed.

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#36 Posted by Technicolorville (72 posts) - - Show Bio

America's Got Powers #1

It sounds pretty interesting. On a side note, I met William Hung. I went to Cal State Northridge a few years back, which is where I met him. I played ping pong with him a few times no jokes. Also Northridge has a huge library read a few comics in there, back in the day.

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#37 Posted by a_man_a_plan_a_canal_panama (13 posts) - - Show Bio

From this list I will be getting Avenging Spider-Man #6 and Saga #2.

Secret seems interesting so I'll have to check it out and the Batman Incorporated hardcover looks pretty awesome too.

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

@thanosrules: this wks pull tops last wk definitely

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#39 Posted by TenEyedMen (261 posts) - - Show Bio

@greenenvy said:

I cant believe I am seeing a cartoon comic on a must buy list or to buy list where most of us are adults and would rather see the green lantern indigo tribe part 2 issue on the list which it should. If I am going to dig the cartoon than I would watch it on TV not get the tie in comic which is really for kids and not waste money on it you know what I mean. Just saying not complaining : )

Comic books based on animated series are legitimate comics and are written as such. They also tend to be better than some of the stuff out there that's supposed to be for "adults".

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#40 Posted by deactivated-579fe0ae58107 (1318 posts) - - Show Bio

I have to choose between America's Got Powers, Green Lantern, and the new animated Avengers book. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

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#41 Posted by nickydaewoo (13 posts) - - Show Bio

Had to add Secret and Secret Service to the list, already going to get America's Got Powers and Batman & Robin.

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

Good list, forgot Americas Got Powers, Secret, and Secret Service were starting this week.

I will be picking up Green Lantern(regular), Scarlet Spider, Avenging Spider Man, Carnage U.S.A, and probably just Secret. Ill have to wait and see on Americas Got Powers and Secret Service.

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#43 Posted by CrackedVersion00 (37 posts) - - Show Bio

No love for Hickman's Fantastic Four this week? oh well, still excited for the conclusion of Carnage USA #5 and Americas Got Powers is interesting along with Secret Service

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#44 Posted by deactivated-579156ff11b09 (1234 posts) - - Show Bio

- Saga does look very promising based on the first issue

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#45 Posted by Alton (169 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ganthetsward20 said:

Loving the Shade book by James! I just read issue 5 and it was great.

This is the only one I'm getting on this list.Good book so far.

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

its all good

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#47 Posted by SpitfireINK (245 posts) - - Show Bio

Well since I already have the Batman Incorporated single issues - I guess the only 2 books I didn't pick-up were the Northlanders and Shade (although I do have the first issues of both of these titles)

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#48 Posted by Hatutzeraze (369 posts) - - Show Bio

Good choices. Personally my top 10 would be different. I'd exclude Batman Inc because I already have all the individual issues. I'd exclude Northlanders for me personally because I am only just starting to read this series in the trades. I'd leave out Secret Service because I don't usually enjoy Mark Millar comics. Also, my enthusiasm for the video game comic and the animated series comic is nil.

My top 10 for the week would be (in no particular order):

1. Shade #7

- Love that series

2. Saga #2

- So far, so great

3. Secret #1

- Hickman's weird minis are consistently a blast.

4. Thief of Thieves #3

- Continuation of a really great crime comic

5. Adventure Time #3

- So far, ever issue of this has been good fun.

6. Journey Into Mystery #636

- Conclusion of the Terrorism Myth

7. Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #4

- Pulp horror adventure at its best

8. Demon Knights #8

- Canterbury tales with a Demon

9. Avenging Spider-Man #6

- Ooops! Almost forgot to agree with the OP on this. Waid + Rucka = guaranteed good stuff

10. Fantastic Four #605

- Fantastic Four of the year 3030

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#49 Posted by Darkchild (42451 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mercy_ said:


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#50 Posted by Th3DarkKn1ght24 (103 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah where is Green Lantern #8? I like the Green Lantern and the show isn't that terrible but really? You would put that on there instead of GL #8? just saying for next time lol