Hello Comic Book Fandom:
Each week Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, and others release comic books every Wednesday and sometimes fantastic comic books get lost in the shuffle. The goal of this list is to highlight ten comic books that are worth checking out for this week.
This is the way the list works: I tend to add more books that are new reader friendly than those that are not. But usually, it’s just a list of books I’m excited for, and you should be too.
This week, Kevin Eastman‘s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” starts up a brand new arc, “City Fall;” if you liked “Star Trek Into Darkness,” than IDW’s “Star Trek” series might be your jam since it picks up right after the film; the new Batman debuts in “Earth 2” Annual #1; “Adventures of Superman” #1 is a must for any Superman fan; Robert Kirkman’s (creator of The Walking Dead) “Thief of Thieves” starts up a brand new arc with issue #14; Brian Wood’s “X-Men” #1 (aka X-Women) kicks off this week; and lastly, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s vertigo series “The Wake,” finally hits shelves with issue #1.
Also, as you may know, Phoenix Comicon was this past weekend, and I had the privilege of attending this year. I got to meet great creators such as Greg Capullo, Mike Mignola, Brett Booth, Sina Grace, Cory Walker, Peter David and many more. Here is some photos, if you don’t believe me:
Despite some minor stuff that bothered me, I had a great time.
So, how about that list?
10. Star Trek #21
The hit ongoing STAR TREK series picks up right where this year’s blockbuster sequel STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS leaves off! Don’t miss the all-new adventures of the crew as they go boldly into the unknown, in a story overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22
‘CITY FALL’ part 1: A normal night on the town for Raphael and Casey turns deadly when the Foot Clan appears in full force. The resulting chaos is only the first step in Shredder’s master plan! The stakes have never been higher, and lives are on the line. Don’t miss the start of the biggest story arc to hit the TMNT yet!
8. Adventure Time Annual #1
THE FUN WILL NEVER END IN THIS SPECIAL EXPANDED ADVENTURE TIME ANNUAL! Featuring some of the hottest talent in comics today putting their creative spin on the land of Ooo! A great tool for bringing readers into the series and an awesome book for die-hard ADVENTURE TIME FANS! Featuring stories from Roger Langridge, Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen and others!
7. Earth 2 Annual #1
The new Batman of Earth 2 debuts as The Atom begins a mission to lead a new team of heroes-but are any of them prepared for the threat they’re about to face?
6. Injustice: Gods Among Us #5
Based on the upcoming DC fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat! Batman has two allies: Damian and Dick Grayson. One is with him, while the other has joined Superman’s cause. The conflict between The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel is about to turn very personal. Plus: The Flash travels to Australia and ponders his own allegiances.
5. Thief of Thieves #14
story ANDY DIGGLE & ROBERT KIRKMAN art & cover SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & FELIX SERRANO Heist master Andy Diggle joins the THIEF OF THIEVES team for the start of a brand new arc! Meet Lola, the Cartel boss. And what Lola wants, Lola gets – and Conrad’s going to learn that the hard way. Get ready for the most EXPLOSIVE story arc of THIEF OF THIEVES yet!
4. Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1
Author(s): Clive Barker, Mark Miller Artist(s): Haemi Jang Cover Artist(s): A: Goni Montes The first all-new original comic series created and written by Clive Barker is here! Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout — he believes he’s on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself WickÖand claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on a world, but a scar. Clive Barker, with internationally acclaimed artist Haemi Jang (HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW), come together to create the next legendary work in the canon of one of the great writers of our era. Ask your retailer about the ultra-limited edition signed Clive Barker variant cover, painted by the master of horror himself!
3. Adventures of Superman #1
Don’t miss the debut of this all-new, digital-first series starring The Man of Tomorrow, written and illustrated by some of comics’ finest talents! Witness Superman’s first encounter with the work of Lex Luthor, brought to you by Jeff Parker (Hulk) and Chris Samnee (Daredevil)!
2. X-Men #1
Because you demanded it!
The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (X-MEN, ULTIMATE X-MEN, DMZ, The Massive) and Olivier Coipel (AVX, HOUSE OF M, THOR)!
An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth.
Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth’s survival. . . or its destruction.
Against a backdrop of what seems like an alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life on earth!
1. The Wake #1
‘THERE’S SOMETHING DOWN THERE. . .’
When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig where they’ve discovered something miraculous and terrifying. . .
Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS) bring their acclaimed talents to this sci-fi/horror epic that explores the horrors of the deep, probes the origins of human history, and leaps far beyond to a frightening future.
Chuckie is blogger for fine sites such as Geek News Network and Comic Book Therapy. Burrito enthusiast would be the best way to describe him. Follow Chuckie on twitter @dweebofthedead to read just how much he loves Batman, kind of like a man-crush, but not really. Ok — really.