Essential Comics for 5/20/15

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We live in an age of amazing story telling featuring top talent writers and artists. This leads everyone to a problem: What comics are some of the top books to pick up? Well, we have that answer for you. The staff of Comic Vine picks out their personal essential books, every week, and lets you know what you should keep your eye out for.

Tony's Picks

A-FORCE 1

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In last week’s SECRET WARS #2, we got a glimpse into the new Battleworld and some of the regions. This week we get to explore some of these areas more closely. With A-FORCE, it’s a clear reminder of just how many great female characters exist with Marvel. Too often they are overlooked, mixed in books jam-packed with other characters, or simply forgotten. The idea of a book highlighting these characters in their own “world” is fascinating. With G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett at the helm, I cannot wait to see what they have planned.

From the previews, we’ve seen what Jorge Molina has coming. His art captures the feel of each character despite this not being a typical Marvel story. We’re seeing different versions of the characters from different time periods and that makes the story even more interesting.

Click here for the solicit. The preview is below.

WYTCHES 6

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It’s the conclusion to the first arc. Scott Snyder has cranked up the suspense as we see the life of Sailor Rook and her father are on the line. Charlie entered the heart of the Wytches territory and even though he was somewhat prepared, this is a Scott Snyder story we’re talking about. Also with this being the end of the arc, you can only imagine how explosive things are going to get. Who knows how far Snyder is willing to go and how at risk the characters are.

With the art by Jock and colors by Matt Hollingsworth, each issue has been a creep-fest with many horrific moments. This is the stuff that’s ripe for your nightmares. Between the visuals and the situations that come up, you’ll feel a big sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.

STAR WARS 5

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This issue may just have the moment I’ve been long waiting for. I always found it a little brash of Luke to feel he was practically a Jedi in Empire Strikes Back based on his tiny amount of time training with Ben. We know there’s a period of three years in between that movie and A New Hope so the question is, what sort of further training or guidance was Luke able to get? Having him go back to Ben’s old place is something I’ve always imagined. There’s a lot of possibilities with what could be hidden and waiting for Luke. Of course there’ll be trouble waiting too.

Speaking of trouble, Han and Leia are supposed to be going on some secret mission as well. Yeah, that’s going to be choke full of trouble and good times for us.

Jason Aaron has been doing a great job capturing the essence of the Star Wars universe. You can’t help but get excited with each issue.

Click here for the solicit. The preview is below.

ARCHIE VS PREDATOR #2

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The first issue was a little unexpected.

With a mix of the traditional ARCHIE comics and the more serious nature of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, ARCHIE VS PREDATOR gives us a little of both worlds. It has the look of the original comics but the subject matter is obviously more mature. This is a comic where these classic characters are going to come face to face with a Predator. It’s going to be nuts.

The first issue did show us that there will be deaths and there will be plenty of blood. Having glanced at the first few pages of this second issue, all I will say is…oh my goodness.

MAD MAX FURY ROAD NUX & IMMORTAL JOE #1

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Have you seen Mad Max: Fury Road this past weekend? If so, you’re probably hungry, heck, you’re probably starving for more. Vertigo released the INSPIRED ARTISTS book last week but this week we’re getting some prequel comics focusing on some of the different characters.

First up is Nux and Immortan Joe. Yeah, we did see plenty of them in the movie but, as I said, I just want more. I want as much more as possible. Movie-related comics are sometimes iffy but this is one you’ll want to look for, unless you haven’t seen the movie or just didn’t care for it, for whatever reason.

Honorable Mention: DEADPOOL SECRET SECRET WARS #1, DONALD DUCK #1

Mat's Picks

ULTIMATE END #1

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If you've been a regular to this site for more than 5 seconds, then you know I'm a Ultimate Universe guy and I was insanely hearthbroken with the announcement of this book. Ultimate END? You're killing me, Marvel!

Anyway, the 1610 survived Ultimatum, survived Cataclysm, so maybe there's a chance it will survive its end? Anyway, that's not what I'm recommending this. You need to read Ultimate End because chances are it's going to be incredibly awesome. The two creators who brought the Ultimate universe to Marvel are returning. Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley are doing this book and I can't be more excited.

This may be the last time I get to see a lot of my favorite Ultimate characters, but that's fine. Now.... where's Machine Man?

Click here for the solicit. The preview is below.

CONVERGENCE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2

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Once again, CONVERGENCE, as whole, has been a mixed back and it's hard to find something that really stands out because everything melds together under this specific formula.

However, there were two books that really stood out because they told compelling and brilliant stories about the characters from a specific time period. The first book was THE QUESTION, which stands far and above everything else. The second book was GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

While the second issue isn't out, the first issue really gave readers a look into the mind of Guy Gardner during a very specific time period. David Gallaher did an awesome job at giving readers just a wonderful story about quite the under-rated member of the Green Lantern Corps. Check this issue out for sure.

GHOSTED #20

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What the hell happened in issue #19? Is Jackson Winters dead? Well, yes.... that's what the letter section says. The cover of issue #20 pretty much confirms it. So writer Joshua Williamson kills of Trick and now Jackson? He's trying to break our hearts, right?

Anyway, I've been a huge supporter of this book and loved the twists and turns the series took. Williamson was always 3 steps ahead of the reader, which made this book great to reread over and over again, so I can't wait to see what's in store here.

Laci's art has been different, but it fits the tone of this arc and Mrva has been doing some fantastic colors as well, so I can't wait to see how this story will end.

The preview is below.

BLOODSHOT REBORN #2

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I said this last time and I'll say it again. As a character, I have never been a fan of Bloodshot. Frankly, I found the character a little silly. However, the first issue of BLOODSHOT REBORN was one of the best books I've recently read. It was nutty-awesome.

Jeff Lemire, Mico Suayan, and David Baron have done something special: They've gained a reader to a book about a character they don't like, and that's saying a ton. We get a lot of insight to the man who was once Bloodshot and more importantly, this book was extremely new-reader friendly.

What about all that "Bloodsquirt" jazz? It's pretty weird, but I enjoy weird and this is another hit from Valiant. Plus, look at the quote on the cover. I bet the person who wrote that is a really cool to grab a beer and a burger with...

The preview is below.

Honorable Mention: SECRET WARS BATTLEWORLD #1

Corey's Picks

PLANET HULK #1

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Now that Secret Wars has kicked off fully, it's finally time to take a look at some of the locations, and people, of Battleworld. And why not start with the forbidden land where Hulks run wild.

PLANET HULK was one of my favorite surprise hits of the last several years and seeing Greg Pak return to the themes of that series, alongside Sam Humphries sounds like an amazing match.

I wasn't familiar with Marc Laming's work before seeing his name on this issue, but a quick search makes him look like a great artist to take on this series, alongside the ever-dynamic Takeshi Miyagawa.

Click here for the solicit.

The preview is below.

SPIDER-VERSE #1

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Fresh off their trip through the Multiverse, six Spider-Folk find themselves flung back together on a world desperately trying to make their own ways. The destruction of the Multiverse, particularly in the wake of having so many new and exciting characters newly introduced, felt especially sudden and tragic, so it's good to see that not all those characters are tossed aside.

Mike Costa's not done much in the ways of writing for Marvel, but his resume is impressive enough to have a good handle on a major side-story and Andre Araujo's artistic style should lend a sense of weird whimsy to the issue.

Click here for the solicit. The preview is below.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #27

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While The Black Vortex may have left me wanting, it's difficult to say no to a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY finale written by Brian Bendis and drawn by Valerio Schiti. The team is on the rocks and with SECRET WARS looming for them, it seems like as good a place as any for a little bit of closure.

Even when an event is a letdown, the follow-ups and results of said event can bring satisfaction, and that's what I'm hoping for here as the dynamic of the team has been thrown into complete disarray, with people realizing their consciences AND priorities may be completely out of whack with one another.

Click here for the solicit. The preview is below.

Honorable Mention to CONVERGENCE: BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #2

That's it for this week's edition of Essential Comics. Let us know what your books you're super-duper excited for this week in the comment section below!

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Part 2 of Batman and the Outsiders comes out this week. That has been my favourite Convergence book so far

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#2  Edited By MK5

Deadpool Secret Secret Wars

A-Force

Archie vs Predator

Jem & the Holograms

:)

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#3  Edited By deactivated-5c901e667a76c  Moderator

Ninjak and Bloodshot Reborn.

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Just Planet Hulk, The Fade Out, and Wytches for me this week.

Wytches really needs to surprise me and some how sink a hook in me or at least give me a reason to care about anybody in the series, otherwise I'll likely be dropping it after this issue.

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Just Ninjak this week, weird.

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Small week for me.

Hawkman #2

Adventures of Superman #2

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Prolly just A-Force and Jem this week

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I don't want to see/read/ know anything else that has to do with mad max.

"life gets snuffed when we try to pin it down, to diagram it, to dissect it and examine it from every angle inside and out. The Doof Warrior is the 21st century Boba Fett - he looks awesome, he gets involved with the story just enough, and that's all we need. It's the desire to focus on Boba Fett, to give him a backstory and a tragic history, that watered him down..............Yes, we want to know more, but sometimes knowing more leads us to experiencing it less. What had been an exercise in the imagination turns into a rote recital of facts and figures. What had been mythic becomes mundane."

I want the movie to stand on its own, it implies enough of backstories and history for me to enjoy. I can imagine the gaps, I don't need the world to be filled in with comic stories or this quote from this person. Let the movie live.

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Tithe

the Fade Out

Ghosted

Trees

Wytches

Star Wars

Powers

Moon Knight

Uncanny X-Men

Convergence #7

Letter 44

and Bloodshot Reborn.

pretty heavy week. im glad.

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People actually pay attention to Bendis' atrocious Guardians run?
Bleck.

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#11 the_stegman  Moderator

@captainhoopla: Yeah, I dropped Wytches. The story wasn't grabbing me, and the art was too disorienting.

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I do wish you guys would look at more indy titles.

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#14  Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

I'm grabbing:

Mad Max Fury Road (didn't even know this was a thing)

Convergence

Star Wars

Maybe A Force

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#15  Edited By UltimatePower6

So is Ghosted ending, or is it just a character death issue?

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#16  Edited By RaggedScarecrow

Convergence #7

Master of Kung-Fu #1

Uncanny X-Men #34

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Superior Iron Man #9 and maybe Planet Hulk #1.

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Yes! Bloodshot Reborn #2 at long last!

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Hope AFOrce and Battleworkd are good

~MIB

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Ninjak and AvP

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nope

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#22  Edited By Aliltron

Ultimate End, Convergence, A-Force and Planet Hulk

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People actually pay attention to Bendis' atrocious Guardians run?

Bleck.

Lol that's what I was thinking too xD

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Let's see.

Secret Identities #4.

Ninjak #3.

Ultimate End #1.

Bloodshot Reborn #2.

Spawn #252.

Everything else can eat it.

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#25  Edited By GalacticFork

Anyway, the 1610 survived Ultimatum, survived Cataclysm, so maybe there's a chance it will survive its end?

Maybe if it was called Penultimate End...

Aaaanyway, of these:

  • Convergence Green Lantern Corps
  • A-Force
  • Spiderverse
  • Still debating on Archie Vs Predator.

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A-Force - can't wait

Spider-Verse - love all the Spidys

Star Wars - could it get any better?

Battleworld - giving it a try

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Planet Hulk better not suck...

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thought ultimate end was coming in june...I AM NOT READY!!! only way this could be better is if angela came out this week as well. a-force, ultimate end and secret wars!!!!

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Bloodshot Reborn #2

Donald Duck #1

Jem and the Holograms #3

Satellite Sam #14

Weird Love #7

GFT Little Mermaid #4

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Bloodshot Reborn, Ninjak, Planet Hulk, and Avengers World for me this week. Light week, but I have a bunch of previous week issues yet to read.

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  • A-Force #1
  • Daredevil #15.1
  • Secret Wars: Battleworld #1
  • Convergence #7
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Really sad to see GHOSTED end. Been there since the beginning; championing that book as much as possible. Loved the way he stuck the landing, so to speak.

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#34  Edited By rac_shade

My Pull this week :

• EI8HT #4

• Fade Out #6

• Kaptara #2

• Secret Identities #4

• Shutter #12

• Trees #9

• Wytches #6

• Ex Machina Volume 5 TPB

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planet hulk and ultimate end for me

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#36  Edited By Diannah

A-Force - can't wait

Spider-Verse - love all the Spidys

Star Wars - could it get any better?

Battleworld - giving it a try

You nailed my list, except for Star Wars. Don't get me wrong, I love the Star Wars movies. I'll just wait and get it on my Marvel Unlimited subscription closer to when the movie will be coming out. Don't want to get too psyched, too soon. ;-)

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DC:

  • Convergence Superboy And The Legion Of Super-Heroes #2
  • Convergence Swamp Thing #2
  • Convergence The Flash #2

Marvel:

  • A-Force #1
  • Daredevil #15.1
  • Loki #14
  • Master of Kung-Fu #1
  • Moon Knight #15
  • Planet Hulk #1
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Star Wars #5

Valiant:

  • Ninjak #3
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Star Wars #5

Avengers World #21

Archie vs Predator #2 (my brother is a huge AvP fan, so all 4 issues for his b day in late summer is a perfect gag gift)

Aforce #1

Master of Kung Fu #1

Planet Hulk #1

Secret Wars Battleworld #1 (maybe)

Spider-Verse #1

Ultimate End #1

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Anyone know where the entire list of this week's books is posted? Couldn't find it in the usual place

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Awe, no Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina mention...

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#42  Edited By Darling_Luna

Awe, no Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina mention...