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 #11
After nonchalantly "killing off" Clark Kent last issue, Grant Morrison and artist Rick Bryant are prepared to reveal Kal-El’s new secret identity this week. Meanwhile, Lois Lane continues to hunt down leads on the identity of earth’s first Superman.
We don’t really know what that means exactly, but seeing as how this is Grant Morrison, anything is possible. We’re still waiting for the moment where Action Comics becomes the Superman series we all deserve (issue #9 brought it pretty darn close though). Hopefully this is the one.
Amazing Spider-Man #689
The return of the Lizard continues with Amazing Spider-Man #689. Spidey and Morbius think they’ve calmed the beast and cured Curt Connors of his Lizard affliction. However, we know that isn’t quite the case. There’s still something evil lurking in the dark recesses of Connors’ mind, and it’s likely that Spidey and Morbius will come to realize this very soon.
Animal Man #11
We’ve arrived at the conclusion to “Extinction is Forever.” DC is promising big things for the Baker family in this issue. This is the start of something massive, probably tying Jeff Lemire’s work in Animal Man even closer to Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing.
The build-up to the war between the Red, Green and Rot has been fantastic thus far, and we can’t see this series faltering any time soon. Bring on more Animal Man, we say.
Avengers vs. X-Men #7
Say what you will about the first five issues of Avengers vs. X-Men. But let’s be honest: the sixth issue rocked something fierce and really sent this series off in a new and exciting direction.
Now it’s time for writer Matt Fraction to pick up the pieces and run with them, with the help of artist Olivier Coipel of course. Cyclops has declared “No More Avengers,” so let’s see if he can deliver on his promises.
Batman: Earth One HC
Yes! Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Batman: Earth One graphic novel is finally hitting store shelves. It’s been an incredibly long wait, but here’s hoping Johns and Frank can tell an original origin story that doesn’t just feel like a retread of Frank Miller’s seminal Batman: Year One.
At the very least, though, Batman: Earth One will be a gorgeous contemporary retelling of Master Bruce’s rise from scared child to predator of the night.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1
Len Wein and artist Jae Lee peel back the layers of one of Watchmen’s most infamous characters – Ozymandias. We don’t really know what to expect from this series, but we imagine it will in some fashion set in motion the eventual decisions Ozy makes in Watchmen proper. You know, how he choices to condemn millions to save billions.
So far the Before Watchmen titles have been rather good – although I personally wasn’t a fan of Nite Owl. Here’s hopefully Ozymandias #1 is a solid start for the series. But at least we know the art by Jae Lee will be gorgeous.
Cape 1969 #1
Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella’s original Cape mini-series was a surprise hit last year, even earning the team an Eisner nomination. Now we’re flashing back to 1969 to get the true origin story by Hill, Ciaramella and artist Nelson Daniel.
This series takes place in Vietnam in 1969 and focuses on Captain Chase, a Medevac helicopter pilot for the US Army who is shot down over enemy territory. It becomes as deadly game of cat and mouse as Chase and his crew fight for their lives against the Vietcong. But they’re not even the worst thing out in the jungle…
Creator-Owned Heroes #2
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Phil Noto’s sci-fi epic, “Triggergirl 6,” continues with its second chapter. This issue picks up with Triggergirl fighting her way through the White House to assassinate the President of the United States.
Meanwhile, in part two of “American Muscle” by Steve Niles and Kevin Mellon, Gil takes matters into his own hands by venturing out into mutant-infested territory. He’ll come to regret that decision.
This issue also comes with an interview with Paul Pope, a Phil Noto art gallery and original articles celebrating creator-owned comics.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1
Oh man, He-Man is returning in a new mini-series thanks to writer James Robinson and artist Philip Tan. Growing up, I was a huge He-Man fan (I literally threw tantrums if my parents didn’t let me wear my He-Man sword on my back into town), so getting a new comic series with a darker, edgier tone sounds fantastic.
In typical He-Man fashion, Skeletor has devised a plan to rule Eternia and it’s up to He-Man and the rest of the Masters of the Universe to stop him before it’s too late. I have my fingers crossed there will be plenty of Battle Cat action in this issue. Man, I love me some Battle Cat.
Invincible Iron Man #520
This is it, the big showdown between Tony Stark and Mandarin. Writer Matt Fraction and artist Salvador Larroca wrap up their “Long Way Down” arc in Invincible Iron Man.
This series has been building to this moment for the better part of a year. Will Stark Resilient come out of this alright? Who will live? Who will die? The answers to those questions will be found in this issue.
Erik Norris is a freelance writer for sites such as ComicVine, IGN and CraveOnline.com. You can stalk him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.