The Top 20 Comics That You Should Be Looking Out For On 26 June 2013

Lazarus #1

Bane of Kings runs down the Top 20 Comics That You Should Be Looking Out For On 26 June 2013 from various publishers.

It’s a massive week this week, with both DC and Marvel deciding that it would be best for everybody’s budget if they released loads of incredibly awesome series in one go. Sadly though, the budget has become too big for me, and I’ve had to limit myself to 10 comics – a staggering amount matched only by last week (and FCBD, which doesn’t count), which really doesn’t help my desire to cut down on my pull list. You can find the books that I’m picking up this week here, and view the entire list (as I couldn’t possibly include all comics in the Top 20) here, or, with less pictures, here. So without further ado, let’s get this bumper show on the road:


Aquaman #21

Aquaman #21

Story: Geoff Johns | Art: Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons | Cover: Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons

DEATH OF A KING CONTINUES as Aquaman uncovers a shocking secret—and a potential ally—that could change everything Arthur’s ever known about the Seven Seas! Meanwhile, the armies of the Dead King continue to amass as turmoil within Atlantis mounts threatening Arthur’s leadership.

Plus, whose side are Murk, Tula and Swatt on? Arthur’s…or Orm’s?

Batman / Superman #1

Batman & Superman #1

Story: Greg Pak | Art: Jae Lee | Cover: Jae Lee, Kenneth Rocafort, & Guillem March

A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series!

Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!

The Flash #21

The Flash #21

Story: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato | Art: Francis Manapul | Cover: Francis Manapul

While on his path to finding the Speed Force Killer, Barry must contend with The Teen Titans!

Plus, The Flash meets Kid Flash for the first time!

Justice League #21

Justice League #21

Story: Geoff Johns |  Art: Gary Frank | Cover: Gary Frank & Doug Mahnke


This is it! Shazam’s origin story concludes in an extra sized extravaganza!

As Black Adam threatens to gain control of all magic, Billy Batson learns that in order to stop him, he’ll need help from the unlikeliest of people. But what greater role awaits Shazam in the larger DC universe? And what does the Justice League have to do with it?

Justice League of America #5

Justice League of America #5

Story: Geoff Johns & Matt Kindt | Art: David Finch & Manuel Garcia | Cover: David Finch

Reeling from the traumatic death following issue #4’s cliffhanger, the “world’s most dangerous team” discovers what the Secret Society is ultimately after—and who they are. But can Steve Trevor get this uncontrollable team under control before it’s too late?

Plus, a revelation about Stargirl leaves one of her team members out for blood.

Red Lanterns #21

Red Lanterns #21

Story: Charles Soule | Art: Alessandro Vitti | Cover: Alessandro Vitti & Rags Morales

It’s recruitment time for the Red Lanterns, and no one in the universe is safe…especially with the most volatile Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, suddenly in their corner! But why has Guy turned his back on his own Corps?

Talon #9

Talon #9

Story: James: Tynion IV | Art:  Miguel Sepulveda | Cover: Miguel Sepulveda

In the aftermath of his encounter with Strix and the Birds of Prey (continuing from this month’s BIRDS OF PREY #21), Calvin is sent on his deadliest mission yet: Retrieve one man from the deadliest island on Earth, Santa Prisca, the home of Bane!


Battlestar Galactica #2

Battlestar Galactica #2

Story: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning | Art: Cezar Razek | Cover: Alex Ross

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, by the industry’s premiere cosmic writers, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Legion, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy)!

After a brutal Cylon attack, Apollo and Starbuck are lost in time and space, and the Battlestar Galactica has been erased from existence! In a reality without the Galactica… the Cylons rule supreme! How will the legendary Viper pilots get back?



Judge Dredd #8

Judge Dredd #8

Story: Duane Swierczynski | Art: Nelson Daniel | Letters: Tom B. Long | Cover: Nelson Daniel, Howard Chaykin, & Aburtov

Are you sitting down? Do you have any food or liquid in your mouth? We’re not trying to get personal. We just don’t want you to fall over or choke when we tell you about the shocking conclusion to “The Long Fail”—an arc that will change Dredd and Mega-City One forever!

The criminal masterminds behind the technology glitches have been unmasked, but they’ve already made their getaway with MC-1’s most vital resources into the one place that’s out of Dredd’s jurisdiction. A literal hell on Earth that doesn’t care about no steenkin’ judges’ badges…


Jupiter’s Legacy #2

Jupiter's Legacy #2

Story: Mark Millar | Art: Frank Quitely | Cover: Frank Quitely

The comic book event of 2013 continues as the schism between the superheroes widens and a plot to unseat the greatest hero of them all emerges.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Superman this month by buying this frankly much-more interesting book by superstar creators MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY.

Lazarus #1

Lazarus #1

Story: Greg Rucka | Art: Michael Lark

“FAMILY,” Part One

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there….


All New X-Men #13

All New X-Men #13

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Stuart Immonen & Wade Von Grawbadger | Colours: Rain Beredo | Letters: Cory Petit | Cover: Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, & Marte Gracia

• The All-New X-Men are hot on the trail of the culprits that have been framing them for a number of high stakes crimes!

• Though will this original team of Merry Mutants be able to take down the threat of Mystique and her own team with Sabertooth and Lady Mastermind!

Daredevil #27

Daredevil #27

Story by Mark Waid | Art: Chris Samnee | Colours: Javier Rodriguez | Letters: Joe Caramagna | Cover: Chris Samnee & Javier Rodriguez


• Two years of the most critically acclaimed series in comics…and it’s all been leading to this moment.

• “Close your eyes, Matt Murdock. Take a deep breath. And feel everything you know slowly close in on you.”

Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Sara Pichelli | Cover: Sara Pichelli, Adi Granov, & J. Scott Campbell

• The biggest surprise hit of the year continues as critically acclaimed artist Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Spider-Man) climbs aboard!

• Gamora is one the galaxy’s greatest warriors…with a deadly secret that could bring down the entire team.

Hawkeye #11

Hawkeye #11

Story: Matt Fraction | Art: David Aja | Colours: Matt Hollingsworth | Letters: Chris Eliopoulos | Cover: David Aja

• THE breakout character of 2012. . . becomes the breakout character of 2013. . . as PIZZA DOG gets his own issue.

• Literally. . . the entire issue. . . it’s all from the dog’s point-of-view.

• Pizza Dog gets hired to solve a crime — the grizzly murder that shocked Team Hawkguy — and the only thing more shocking than THAT. . . is what happens the end of THIS.

• Seriously. This is not a joke! Even the coloring. Dog issue. We’re all gettin’ fired. PLEASE READ. . . ‘Pizza is my Business’ . . .before it’s too late for us.

Nova #5

Nova #5

Story: Jeph Loeb | Art: Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines | Colour;  Edgar Delgado | Letters: Albert Deschense | Cover: Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, Marte Gracia, & Mr. Garcin

• The origin of the most talked about new character of the year comes to a shattering conclusion.

• Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, two of the most popular creators in comics, bring you an Infinite-ly dramatic turning point in the life of Nova as he discovers that something out in the galaxy is threatening everything he knows.

Uncanny X-Men #7

Uncanny X-Men #7

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Frazer Irving | Cover: Frazer Irving & Ronnie Del Carmen

• Dormammu’s machinations have pulled all of the UNCANNY X-MEN into the hellish dimension LIMBO!

• Can Magik match the evil demon’s lord’s sorcery? Is she even on the X-Men’s side anymore?

X-Men #2

X-Men #2

Story: Brian Wood | Art: Olivier Coipel | Cover: Olivier Coipel & Amanda Connor

• The school is on lockdown…but if the bad guys can’t get out, neither can the X-Men!

• John Sublime is back, but is one of the X-Men’s scariest villains not who we should be afraid of?

• Who or what is Arkea?

Young Avengers #6

Young Avengers #6

Story: Kieron Gillen | Art: Kate Brown | Cover: Jamie McKelvie

• Ever wonder what the super hero equivalent of a terrible soul-sucking talent-wasting temp job is? You haven’t? Oh go on. Actually, don’t. We’ve done it for you and written a story about it. This one.

• Wonder what Tommy (aka Speed) has been up to? Discover herein.

• Wonder why mutant David Alleyne (aka Prodigy) hasn’t been even in the background in any one of the eight thousand X-books? Discover that herein too.

• Existential horror turns cosmic horror as something emerges from the shadows of the past. It seems the Young Avengers have yet one more thing to worry about.


The Wake #2 (of #10)

The Wake #2

Story: Scott Snyder | Art: Sean Murphy | Cover: Sean Murphy & Lee Bermejo

They call it the “Ghost Rig.” A secret, underwater oil rig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!

Part two of the incredible new series by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy!

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