A new week has begun and that can mean only one thing: it's almost time for brand new comics. There's a lot of new issues coming out this Wednesday, so deciding what is worth picking up most definitely isn't easy. Well, we here at Comic Vine want to help you out. We've reviewed this week's list of new comics and we've each selected a couple or so that we recommend picking up. Once you're done seeing what we suggest, you're more than welcome to chime in with your own list of "essential" comics.
*Some previews are in reverse order*
Tony "G-Man" Guerrero's picks
We may be deep into Zero Year but in order to allow Greg Capullo a chance to wonderfully draw the next issue (which will be a little bigger than usual), we get this special look into the future of Batman. In some ways, it makes sense. We're looking at his past in Zero Year so why not jump forward a bit as well?
We may not have Capullo here but we get art by Dustin Nguyen. It's great and will be a little weird (since we're so used to his art from LI'L GOTHAM). He's been doing a couple pages in SUPERMAN UNCHAINED but this will give us a chance to see a full issue by him. Scott Snyder teased before an image of a newly designed character. It appears it could be Harper Row and the preview does feature her as well.
What could the future of BATMAN and BATMAN ETERNAL hold for us? This issue is not one that should be missed.
It's been too long since She-Hulk's had her own series. She's always been a fun and interesting character, despite having her roots spin out of the Hulk. While she's more than capable of holding her own in a fight and being a serious character, Dan Slott, Matt Fraction and Lee Allred have shown us she works perfectly as a character in a more humorous book as well.
Charles Soule has wowed us with many titles already. The fact that he's a practicing lawyer as well adds a nice twist to the title. Javier Pulido's art and Muntsa Vicente's colors look like they'll make this comic a joy to read as well.
WINTER SOLDIER: BITTER MARCH #1
Have I mentioned lately how much I loved Ed Brubaker'sThe Winter Soldier story? It's amazing what he was able to do with the character. With Rick Remender currently writing CAPTAIN AMERICA, it makes sense that he would also take on this Winter Soldier miniseries.
THE BUNKER #1
The series is about a group of friends who set out to bury a time capsel only discover a Bunker buried. What they find inside are clues that could either save or doom the world. Oh yeah, the bunker and letters inside are from themselves…in the future.
Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring's picks
MANIFEST DESTINY #4
How many comics, this week, will feature Sacagawea fighting hordes of buffalotaur? Only one: MANIFEST DESTINY. This book is another triumph from Image comics. Writer Chris Dingess took the historical tale of Lewis and Clark and turned it into one amazing adventure, featuring a ton of mythology that is strange, unusual, and utterly brilliant. I may sound like a broken record when it comes to books from Image, but they're nailing it out of the park right now with these books. This was originally a series I didn't really care for, from the original solicit, but I picked it up on a whim, and I've been loving it ever since and you will too.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27.NOW
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN may be coming to a close (who knows though), but it's heading out with a bang as this issue truly starts the "Goblin Nation" story line. Is Norman Osborne behind the Green Goblin mask or is something else going on? When will the true Hobgoblin return to the fight? How is Peter Parker's spirit or essence still around? All these questions are going to be answered in this upcoming arc and this is the place to jump on! This series has been a blast and I can't wait to see how it ends! Dan Slott has been nothing but stellar on this entire series.
Gregg "k4tz" Katzman's picks
Deadpool as a Xenomorph on the cover and in the issue he's managed to sneak into a helicarrier? Part of me is hoping co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn will give this one a bit of an Alien vibe and the cover isn't just for laughs. You know, a deadly and fearsome creature is onboard the vessel, slowly killing everyone it encounters. But instead of being an actual alien, it's just Deadpool slaughtering some bad guys and making the ones who are still alive very, very afraid. Sounds awesome, right? Of course it does and, based on the preview and the way the story has been going, it seems safe to assume we're going to see quite a lot of that.
Mayhem aside, this book is worth checking out because Duggan and Posehn have been doing terrific work with Wade Wilson. The series began with a strong focus on comedy and over-the-top violence, but that's now being balanced with a legitimately gripping plot and some truly compelling developments with Wade. Throw in Mike Hawthorne's strong artwork and yeah, this should be another must buy for my fellow Deadpool fans.
Check out the Preview Theatre for this issue here.
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #19.NOW
Jason Aaron has yet to disappoint with this one and seeing as this is a jumping on spot, it seems like the perfect chance for you to see why so many of us love this book, yes? With this issue, Aaron is getting a tad political as modern Thor takes on an infamous energy company, so that should be an interesting departure from the usual conflicts we've seen him face. Although, with a CEO named "The Minotaur" it seems safe to assume there will be plenty of magic and fantasy to enjoy. Future Thor, however, is facing a far more familiar threat: GALACTUS! Plus, Esad Ribic is back! If you want to know why that's exciting, take a look to the right and feast your eyes on that cover.
ETERNAL WARRIOR #6
With ETERNAL WARRIOR #5, writer Greg Pak set this book on a whole new course. Gone are the heavy fantasy elements and jumping between the past and the modern eras. Now, Pak's sent us two-thousand years into the future and is doing plenty of work to offer us an engrossing new world to explore. With the last issue's cliffhanger, he's also promised quite a bit of action, and that's something this book obviously handles particularly well (it is called Eternal Warrior, after all). He's also trimmed the cast of characters big time, allowing for a much stronger focus on Gilad and giving us a more meaningful connection to him. This is absolutely the Valiant book you should check out if you want a character-driven action title with a side dose of fantasy.
Honorable: SUICIDE SQUAD #28
Jen "MissJ" Aprahamian's picks
THE FUSE #1
Space. Murder. I'm already into this. Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood spark up a new Image series that gives us a familiar crime procedural format in a wholly unfamiliar setting -- an orbiting power station. THE FUSE seems geared up to deliver Wild West attitude and a healthy dose of hostility towards the law, all wrapped in a space-age package. Crime and science are two things Image is doing very well right now, and I love seeing books that combine the two -- count THE FUSE #1 as an essential debut this week.
COFFIN HILL #5
Tension has been building (and building!) throughout the first four issues of COFFIN HILL, and two issues out from the end of the first arc, we're about to get a peek at something horrible. Issue #5 promises to pull back the veil on the scary happenings from 2003, and if it's anything like the previous issues, Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda are going to drop some beautiful, scary story bombs. COFFIN HILL is an essential for lovers of scary stories that read like super-solid YA fiction; it's an engaging blend of horror, angst, and small-town drama.
Visit Bloody Disgusting to read the final preview page.
Honorable: NIGHTWING #28
Corey "Undeadpool" Schroeder's picks
ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #3
Kitten cover! Kitten cover! Kitten cover!!! Look at those kittens! Look at how silly and funny they are! Look how well Gambit is getting along with them! SO MANY KITTIES!...okay, got that out of my system, so now I can talk like an adult about this iss-LOOK HOW HAPPY THAT ONE GAMBIT'S HOLDING IS! He's having an absolute BLAST!!...Peter David hasn't missed a single step, introducing us to an amazing new cast of mutant misfits that barely cohere as a team in the most entertaining of ways. Carmine Di Giandomenico returning on art means that the illusion of motion and complex expressions will both be top-priorities in this new arc (that looks to be a PERFECT place for anyone late to the party to jump on).
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #3
It's the Superfriends. It's the actual Superfriends...I haven't heard much evidence rebuking this interpretation of Justice League 3000, so I'm running with it! Keith Giffen is known for being something of a trickster god of comic writing, and his previous collaborations with J.M. Matteis are the tricksiest, so I have no reason to disbelieve it. But that doesn't mean there's no drama or compelling narrative, this is the Superfriends as they always SHOULD have been and last issue left off on one heckuva doozy of a cliffhanger, so I can't wait to see how Howard Porter renders the continuation of that storyline, especially with one member of the future Justice League apparently already out of commission.
Stop it, Jonathan Hickman. Stop it. You can't keep redefining superhero and sci-fi comics THIS fundamentally every month with stories that bend the rules on what, exactly, it means to be a "mainstream" comic. All the familiar faces are there, they're behaving exactly as their characters would, but none of them are in their usual situations and with the promise of the New Avengers meeting the Avengers (remember when Cap was in both groups? Uh oh...) has me salivating like a Pavlovian dog. Only with less mutilation. Salvador Larocca leaving Iron Man was heartbreaking, but having him land on this book will do just fine to balm that wound as his inhumanly fast, ultra-detailed output will help keep things clear and concise.
Honorable: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28