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10. Batman #13 – DC Comics

Written by: Scott Snyder

Drawn by: Greg Capullo

• The Joker returns in “DEATH OF THE FAMILY”!

• He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will The Joker do now that he’s returned to Gotham City?

• What must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him?

My Thoughts

Oh man, this one is going to be so good. The Joker finally shows up in the New 52 Universe, with his face stapled on (it was cut off in the 1st issue of Detective Comics last year)  and is ready to leave his mark on the Bat Family. I’ve read some previews of this issue and holy shit I can’t wait to read the whole thing. Snyder looks to continue his winning streak with the “Death in the Family” story arc (which runs through all the Bat books). DO. NOT. MISS. THIS.

9. Uncanny Avengers #1 – Marvel Comics

Written by: Rick Remender

Drawn by: John Cassaday

• ALL NEW ONGOING!

• THIS IS IT! The greatest era of the Marvel Universe starts here! From the ashes of AvX an all-new, all-different Avengers assemble!

• Captain America begins his quest to create a sanctioned Avengers unit comprised of Avengers and X-Men, humans and mutants working together – so why is Professor Xavier’s dream more at risk than ever?

• The first attack of the most loathsome villain in history will quake the Marvel Universe forever!

• The funeral of one of Marvel’s greatest heroes!

My Thoughts

I got turned on to Remender with his stint on Uncanny X-Force – a stellar run. I got turned on to Cassaday with his run on Astonishing X-Men back in the days – unfortunately his work since then seems to have gone downhill, so here’s hoping he gets back to his former glory with this much anticipated comic.

8. Wolverine and the X-Men #18 – Marvel Comics

Written by: Jason Aaron

Drawn by: Jorge Molina

• The second year of the most talked-about new X-Book starts here!

• One of the students is on death’s door and the faculty must 1) try to keep them alive and 2) find who did it!

• With one of the teachers on the outs, a new one must be hired. Who will it be?

• Who is the new student at the school?

My Thoughts

This title has been one of the most consistently good comics out there. Since issue 1 I’ve been a fan of the Jean Grey School and all the high-jinks that ensue. I do however miss Chris Bachalo’s art – he made reading a comic book fun.

7. Batman & Robin #13 – DC Comics

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi

Drawn by: Patrick Gleason

• Gotham City is being devoured by zombies!

• Learn the dangerous secrets of the 2-Club!

My Thoughts

Another solid title month after month. Tomasi and Gleason are quietly building a classic run, while Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo get all the glory. If you are a Batman fan you really should be reading this title. Oh, and Gleason’s art is some of the best to look at these days. Dude kills it.

6. AVX: Consequences #1 – Marvel Comics

Written by: Kieron Gillen

Drawn by: Tom Raney

CLASSIFIED!

My Thoughts

Here’s Marvel stretching out AVX for even more issues – like that shit wasn’t long enough.

5. Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #2 – DC Comics

Written by: J. Michael Straczynski

Drawn by: Adam Hughes

“Lightning never strikes the same place twice, remember?”

My Thoughts

Straczynski is really fucking with Alan Moore’s original story here more then any other Before Watchmen series. After reading interviews and other shit on the internets, I get the feeling that J. Michael isn’t the biggest fan of Alan Moore – at least of the man and not necessarily of his work. There have been multiple jabs at Moore’s expense in Before Watchmen so far, most coming from Mr. Straczynski. But hey, we get incredible artwork by Adam Hughes!

4. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E #13 – DC Comics

Written by: Matt Kindt

Drawn by: Alberto Ponticelli

• Animal Man and Swamp Thing fans take note: “ROTWORLD: SECRETS OF THE DEAD” starts here!

My Thoughts

Getting this one only because of the tie-in to Swamp Thing and Animal Man. Way to go DC, you got an extra 2.99 out of me. Fuckers.

3. Saga Trade Paperback VOL 1 – Image Comics

Written by: Brian K. Vaughan

Drawn by: Fiona Staples

From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults.

This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”

My Thoughts

I’ve read these first 6 issues of Saga and loved it. Fucking crazy ass Sci-Fi that makes reading comics fun as hell. Occasionally Vaughan’s voice comes through a little too hard at times, but overall the dude can write comics like nobody’s business. Staples art serves the comic well and she does a fantastic job of translating Vaughan’s twisted words into beautifully rendered images – even people with TV heads having sex looks great!

2. Bloodshot #4 – Valiant Comics

Written by: Duane Swierczynski

Drawn by: Manuel Garcia

What top-secret cataclysm did Project Rising Spirit unleash years ago on Atlee, Nevada? And what role did the nanite-enhanced commando known as Bloodshot play in scratching an entire city off the map? With his false memories now wiped away, Bloodshot and the PRS escapee codenamed Pulse are about to bring one hell of a reckoning to the black ops butchers that made them into walking weapons. But will the truth that lies beneath Atlee leave Bloodshot bloodied – or with blood on his hands?

The book that Newsarama calls a “solid suspense comic” with a “lightning-fast pace” hurdles toward the brain-rattling climax of its first campaign into the darkest reaches of the Valiant Universe on October 10th in Bloodshot #4! And go inside the process that revamped and rebuilt the Valiant heroes for a new generation with the Bloodshot #4 Character Design Cover – featuring exclusive Bloodshot art and concept designs by superstar artist David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist)!

My Thoughts

I’ve really been enjoying the reboot of the Valiant Universe. X-Man-o-War, Archer and Armstrong, and this one. Bloodshot is a great read and is weaving a story that makes you count the days till the next issue comes out. That’s what comics should do.

1. Legends of The Dark Knight – Alan Davis HC – DC Comics

Written by: Mike Barr

Drawn by: Alan Davis

• Batman stories from legendary artist ALAN DAVIS collected at last!

• Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #569-575, BATMAN: FULL CIRCLE #1 and a story from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25.

My Thoughts

When I first got into Batman back in the 1980’s it was THIS run that hooked me. I remember buying Detective Comics # 572 at the local market and riding home to soak in Alan Davis’ artwork – which is some of the best Batman comics to ever be drawn. This run here is the reason that Batman is my #1 super hero.

Writer Scott Snyder with his Joker Face!

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