The Top 20 Comics That You Should Be Looking Out For On 5 June 2013

Green Arrow #21

Bane of Kings has a rundown of the Top 20 Comics That You Should Be Looking Out For on 5 June 2013.

As usual, there’s a lot of comics coming out on the first week of the month, and we have some issues that look set to be absolutely epic.  A projected pick of the week for me is currently a tie between All New X-Men #12 and Green Arrow #21, both of which rank in my Top 10 favourite ongoing comic series,  of which I posted Sunday this week on my blog. If you’re interested in the full list of Comics coming out this week, then you can check out ComicList, however – if you want something more visual and prefer to create your own pullist as well, iFanboy is the place for you. And of course, there’s Comixology. But you’re probably interested in what the Top 20 Comics are that I think you should be looking out for today, and here they are: 


Star Wars: Dark Times Fire Carrier #5 (of #5)

Star Wars - Dark Times, Fire Carrier #5

Story by Randy Stradley | Art by Gabriel Guzman | Colours by Garry Henderson | Cover by Douglas Wheatley

Jedi Master K’Kruhk’s fight with militia soldiers comes to an abrupt end—with the appearance of not one, but two unexpected allies. The refuge he and his Padawans have sought may be in sight . . .

But a shadow from within their own ranks bodes a perilous future.


Action Comics #21

Action Comics #21

Story by Andy Diggle & Scott Lobdell | Art by Tony S. Daniel, Batt, & Philip Tan | Cover by Tony S. Daniel

• Superman is betrayed by his own DNA!

• And in the backup story, learn The New 52 origin of The Parasite!

Batwing #21

Batwing #21

Story by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti | Art by Eduardo Pansica & Julio Ferreira | Cover by Ken Lashley

• Caught in the jaws of Lion-Mane—who is the NEW Batwing?

Detective Comics #21

Detective Comics #21

Story by John Layman | Art by Scott Eaton & Andy Clarke | Cover by Jason Fabok

• Harper Row joins Batman on a case that leads all the way back to DETECTIVE COMICS #0, but will The Dark Knight be willing to accept her help?

• Illustrated by guest-artist Scot Eaton!

Earth 2 #13

Earth 2 #13

Story by James Robinson | Art by Yildiray Cinar & Rob Hunter | Cover by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund

• Captain Steel debuts as the World Army sends the hero into the Fire Pits left over from the war with Apocalypse, but even Earth 2’s newest hero isn’t ready for what is hidden within the burning reminders of the conflict that killed Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Green Arrow #21

Green Arrow #21

Story by Jeff Lemire | Art by Andrea Sorrentino | Cover by Andrea Sorrentino

• Ollie returns to the island where he first became Green Arrow and learns some hard truths about his father and the mysterious Outsiders!

Green Lantern #21

Green Lantern #21

Story by Robert Venditti | Art by Billy Tan | Cover by Billy Tan | Variant Cover by Rags Morales

• Hal Jordan becomes the leader of the most feared and hated group in the universe: The Green Lantern Corps!

• New faces, new threats and a new beginning for the GREEN LANTERN monthlies!

The Movement #2

The Movement #2

Story by Gail Simone | Art by Freddie E Williams II | Cover by Amanda Conner

• The unrest in Coral City heats up as citizens clash with the police.

• Which side stands to gain when super powered protestors enter the fray?

Swamp Thing #21

Swamp Thing #21

Story by Charles Soule | Art by Jesus Saiz | Colours by Matthew Wilson | Letters by Travis Lanham | Cover by Jock

• Who is Capucine, and what is the Sanctuary of the Green Leaves?

• Mysteries plague Swamp Thing as he rushes to find the answers to these questions and finds much more than he expected, and see a Swamp Thing from the past unlike any you’ve ever imagined!


Black Bat #2

The-Black-The Black Bat #2

Story by Brian Buccellato | Art by Ronan Cliquet | Cover by Jae Lee

The redemptive quest of The Black Bat continues! As the cloaked hero launches his campaign against his criminal former clients, he must save the police from a mysterious captor. What darkness from Tony’s past threatens his newfound war on crime?


Locke and Key: Omega #5 (of #7)

Locke & Key Omega #5

Story by Joe Hill | Art by Gabriel Rodriguez | Cover by Gabriel Rodriguez

In the Drowning Cave, the black door is open at last, and for the kids trapped down there, the choice is simple: resist and die, or pass through the door and be lost forever. In the hole beneath Keyhouse the stones run with blood, the living shadows run riot, and time runs out… as Locke & Key enters its final chapters.


East of West #3

East of West #3

Story by Jonathan Hickman | Art by Nick Dragotta


Death’s reign of terror over THOSE WHO RULE continues, as the forces of the END TIMES continue to work to bring about the Apocalypse.

It’s the END OF THE WORLD: Someone dies, someone lives, and someone falls in love.

Ten Grand #2

Ten Grand #2

Story by J. Michael Straczynski | Art by Ben Templesmith


FDA (Federal Demon Association) Advisory.  Contents contain: one cult church where incantations are encoded into the playlist; one flesh-dwelling, food-obsessed demon; one seer capable of perceiving the spirit world but blinded to this one; one missing woman; one murder; one angel with an agenda of his own;  and one rendezvous between supernatural investigator Joe Fitzgerald and the woman he loves, now deceased, in what may or may not be heaven.

Warning: do not operate heavy equipment while reading.


Age of Ultron #9 (of #10) 

Age of Ultron #9

Story by Brian Michael Bendis | Art by Brandon Peterson & Carlos Pacheco | Cover by Carlos Pacheco, Jorge Molina, & Rock-he Kim

• To save the planet Earth – and maybe the entire galaxy! – the heroes of the Marvel Universe made the most controversial decision of their lives. The results have brought disaster the likes of which they have never seen before.

• And now, with one final chance…can they make it right?

All New X-Men #12

All New X-Men #12

Story by Brian Michael Bendis  | Art by Stuart Immonen & Wade von Grawbadger | Cover by Stuart Immonen & Leinil Yu

• Young Cyclops meets the adult version of the little brother he thought he may never see again.

Avengers #13

Avengers #13

Story by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Spencer | Art by Mike Deodato |  Colours by Frank Martin |  Letters by Cory Petit | Cover by Leinil Yu & Sunny Gho


• The High Evolutionary stakes his claim on the Children of the Sun.

• Hyperion learns the true cost of the decisions he’s made at the Origin Site in the Savage Land.

• The Return of techno-titan Terminus.

Avengers Arena #10

Avengers Arena #10

Story by Dennis Hopeless |  Art by Riccardo Burchielli |  Colours by Jean-Francois Beaulieu


• Issue #10 = Nico’s valiant stand…against Sentinel?

Daredevil Dark Nights #1 (of #8)

Daredevil Dark Nights #1

Story by Lee Weeks | Art by Lee Weeks | Colours by Lee Loughridge | Cover by Lee Weeks

• A gorgeous new series featuring the greatest talents in comics brings you the rest of the Man Without Fear’s story

• Legendary artist Lee Weeks returns to his favorite hero for “Angels Unaware!”

• A blizzard brings New York to a stand still — and a young patient lies on death’s door unless Daredevil can get to him in time!

Kick-Ass 3 #1 (of #8)

Kick Ass 3 #1

Story by Mark Millar | Art by John Romita Jr. | Cover by John Romita Jr., Adam Hughes, Pasqual Ferry, Marc Silvestri, Cully Hamner, & Adam Kubert

Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl’s blockbuster return for the LAST EVER story arc of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s mega-selling series.

Hit-Girl’s in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the superhero team of Justice Forever. Their first mission: Bust Hit-Girl out of the clink. But superheroes have now been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops AND criminals. For the first time since donning the costume, Kick-Ass is beginning to have his doubts. Is he now in too deep to get out?

The phenomenal follow-up to the Kick-Ass 2 movie coming this June. Issue #1 features six different covers by the industry’s biggest artists, all available for order. Each cover will feature a different character, and when all six covers are linked, a special message will be revealed.

Superior Spider-Man #11

Superior Spiderman #11

Story by Dan Slott & Christos Gage | Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & John Dell | Colours by Edgar Delgado | Letters by Chris Eliopoulos | Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Edgar Delgado

• “No Escape” Part 1 of 3

• The Spider-Slayer is scheduled for execution and Mayor J. Jonah Jameson is leaving nothing to chance. To ensure that everything goes according to plan, Jameson’s called in the one man he can trust to oversee everything—the Superior Spider-Man.

• Since the startling events of The Superior Spider-Man #9, will anyone realize that things have changed…?


Milo, aka Bane of Kings, is a SFF/Comic reader, and watches a lot of TV. His favourite authors are Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson & Iain M. Banks, whilst his favourite TV shows are Battlestar Galactica (2003), Person Of Interest, Firefly, Game of Thrones, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer