The Top 20 Comics That You Should Be Looking Out For On 10 July 2013

East of West #4

Bane of Kings runs down the Top 20 Comics That You Should Be Looking Out for Today. (Or actually, 21 – but there were so many awesome books that 21 seemed like the best choice anyway)

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another week of awesome comics, and this week looks set to be more awesome than others. We have Trinity War debuting, Zero Year continuing, Barbara Gordon seemingly quitting Batgirl, Nightwing on the hunt for Tony Zucco – and that’s just DC alone. Elsewhere, Daredevil teams up with the Hulk in a war on urban crime, as well as assisting a man he once feared in Court. Magneto and Cyclops seemingly come to blows, over at Marvel, whilst with the independents you have Dark Horse’s  fan-favourite Star Wars series continuing along with their Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9. Image see the return of America’s Got Powers (at last), as it reaches its penultimate issue, and the Black Bat continues to appeal to fans of the pulp genre in Dynamite Comics. You can see the full list of Comics over on ComicList, and you can view the titles that I’ve picked up this week here. Now, without further ado – let’s get on with the Top 20 Comics that you should be Looking out for this week!

AVATAR PRESS 

George RR Martin’s Skin Trade #1

George RR Martin's Skin Trade #1

Story: George RR Martin | Adapted by: Daniel Abraham | Art: Mike Wolfer | Price: $3.99

GEORGE RR MARTIN returns to comics with Skin Trade, the World Fantasy Award winning story that combines Martin’s unique creative voice into a powerful vision of horror! Private investigator, Randi Wade sees the ravaged remains of innocent victims that have been savagely murdered and skinned. As the mysterious secrets of the Blackstone Manor begin to be uncovered, she gets ever closer to the monstrous truth. . . werewolves are real!

George RR Martin combines his unmatched creative vision with the visceral illustrations of horror master Mike Wolfer to create something intensely unsettling. The first chapter of a new horror masterpiece is unveiled with Regular, Wraparound, Grisly and Skinned Retailer Incentive covers by series artist Mike Wolfer.

DARK HORSE COMICS

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #23

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #23

Story: Andrew Chambliss | Art: Georges Jeanty | Inks: Karl Story| Colours: Michelle Madsen | Cover: Phil Noto | Price: $2.99

Dawn’s life hangs in the balance, and Buffy will stop at nothing to save her little sis. Willow, Xander, and Buffy reunite to save the girl they love and begin a journey that reveals betrayal amongst the ranks as they descend into the mysterious Deeper Well, former home of Illyria and many powerful Old Ones.

* Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

“Season 9′s strongest quality so far is that it feels very much like a return to basics for the franchise. Essentially, Season 9 tells stories in the style of the original TV show without having to make the same sorts of budgetary concessions.” –IGN

Star Wars #7

Star Wars #7

Story: Brian Wood | Art: Ryan Kelly | Ink: Dan Parsons | Colour: Gabe Eltaeb | Cover: Rodolfo Migliari | Price: $2.99

Princess Leia takes the Rebels’ secret mission to the next level! Playing it safe has gotten them nowhere, and they are running out of resources and time. What’s the fastest way to get inside info on the Empire? Have your top pilots get themselves captured!

* Ryan Kelly, the artist from Brian Wood’s Local series, joins the Star Wars team!

“From the first scene in this new series, it is not hard to imagine playing Star Wars action figures with Wood sometime back in my childhood. That unbridled imagination, energy and excitement is exactly what Wood brings to this story.” –Comic Book Resources

DC COMICS

Batgirl #22

Batgirl #22

Story: Gail Simone | Art: Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion | Cover: Alex Garner | Price: $2.99

Following the recent massive trauma she’s suffered, Barbara Gordon tries to move on with her life—without Batgirl!

Batman #22

Batman #22

Story: Scott Snyder | Backup Story: James Tynion IV | Art: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki | Backup Art: Rafael Albuquerque  | Cover: Greg Capullo | Price: $3.99

The second chapter of “Zero Year” delves into Bruce Wayne’s past with the Red Hood Gang and his run-ins with aspiring District Attorney Harvey Dent! And in the backup story, a secret moment from Bruce’s training abroad is revealed for the first time!

Justice League #22

Justice League #22

Story: Geoff Johns | Art: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado | Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado | Price: $3.99

TRINITY WAR, the action-mystery event of the summer, begins with a full-length epic adventure! The death of a hero ignites a violent war among the Justice Leagues! It’s League vs. League vs. League as an impending darkness approaches the DC Universe. But the truth behind it all will lead to an evil that threatens every hero on the planet. And what does the Secret Society of Super-Villains have to with this? Everything.

Nightwing #22

Nightwing #22

Story: Kyle Higgins | Art: Will Conrad | Cover: Brett Booth | Price: $2.99

Nightwing takes on Ghostwalker, and the Prankster finds a surprising ally!

Superman Unchained #2

Superman Unchained #2

Story: Scott Snyder | Art: Jim Lee, Scott Williams | Backup Art: Dustin Nguyen | Cover: Jim Lee, Scott Williams | Price: $3.99

The technological terrorists called Ascension are growing bolder with every attack, creating problems only can solve—and that’s with help from the world’s greatest detective, Batman! But the mystery that’s really got them both worried is the unknown figure that’s been shadowing Superman! And in this issue’s backup tale, Jimmy Olsen takes center stage as Metropolis reacts to an event that’s shaken the city to its core!

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Black Bat #3

The Black Bat #3

Story: Brian Buccelleto | Art: Ronan Cliquet | Cover: Jae Lee, Joe Benitez, Ardian Syaf, Billy Tan | Price: $3.99

The Black Bat continues his redemptive quest to right the wrongs of his alter-ego Tony Quinn. But, before pursuing criminal kingpin Oliver Snate, Black Bat steals a page from Robin Hood to come up with the resources to fund his campaign. Also, Quinn’s past unfolds as he recalls his first meeting with Carol Baldwin.

IMAGE COMICS

America’s Got Powers #6 (of #7)

America's Got Powers #6

Story: Jonathan Ross | Art: Bryan Hitch | Price: $2.99

EVERYONE wants a piece of Tommy Watts – at least the part that can give them super powers. But if everyone in America is a superhero, will that be a good thing…or the worst thing that could ever happen to planet Earth?

East of West #4

East of West #4

Story: Jonathan Hickman | Art: Nick Dragotta | Price: $3.50

“THE PROMISE”Flashback to the fallout of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Learn what shocking event tore them apart and the secret that has been hidden ever since. The most exciting new book of the year, EAST OF WEST continues in: THE PROMISE.

Ghosted #1

Ghosted #1

Story: Joshua Williamson | Art: Goran Sudzuka, Miroslav Mrva | Cover: Sean Phillips | Price: $2.99

A HORROR/CRIME MASHUP THAT’S EQUAL PARTS OCEAN’S 11 AND THE SHINING.Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live…except he’s rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he’s tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

The Walking Dead #112

The Walking Dead #112

Story: Robert Kirkman | Art: Charlie Adlard | Cover: Charlie Adlard | Price: $2.99

Carl and Andrea are faced with the unthinkable.

MARVEL COMICS

Avengers Arena #12

Avengers Arena #12

Story: Dennis Hopeless | Art: Kev Walker, Jason Gorder | Colours: Jean-Francois Beaulieu | Letters: Joe Caramagna | Cover: Dave Johnson | Price: $2.99

THE SHOCKING FINALE OF “GAME ON”!

• Apex squares off in bloody battle against…you’ll have to see it to believe it!

• What does Death Locket see on the very last page that will freak you out?

• Plus: Arcade makes popcorn to eat while watching the big fight! Oh, what a jerk!

Daredevil #28

Daredevil #28

Story: Mark Waid | Art: Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez | Colours: Javier Rodriguez | Letters: Joe Caramagna | Cover: Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez

There was one man young Daredevil feared and now Matt Murdock is representing him in court.

Hawkeye #12

Hawkeye #12

Story: Matt Fraction | Art: Francesco Francavilla | Cover: Francesco Francavilla | Price: $2.99

The sleeper hit of 2012 is now the can’t miss book of 2013 (and probably the overhyped book you’re sick of people talking about in 2014!)

Reeling from the events of the last issue, even Hawkeye wants to know what his new status quo is. Who’s with him? Who’s against him? Who’s trying to kill him and why? So many dang questions!

And just when Clint’s rock bottom couldn’t arrive fast enough. . . ‘Then Came Barney’

Indestructible Hulk #10

Indestructible Hulk #10

Story: Mark Waid | Art: Matteo Scalera | Colours: Val Staples | Letters: Chris Eliopoulos | Cover: Paolo Rivera | Price: $2.99

“BLIND RAGE” PART 2!

• DAREDEVIL guest-stars!

• HULK vs. urban crime!

The Superior Spider-Man #13

Superior Spiderman #13

Story: Dan Slott, Christos Gage | Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, Terry Pallot | Colours: Antonio Fabela | Letters: Chris Eliopoulos | Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Edgar Delgado | Price: $3.99

Part Three of “No Escape”!

• Superior Spider-Man teams up with the Lizard!

• Mayor Jameson demands that Spider-Man KILL the Spider-Slayer!

Uncanny X-Men #8

Uncanny X-Men #8

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend | Cover: Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, J. Scott | Price: $3.99

• School is in session!

• Last issue, the Uncanny X-Men saw what can happen with no control over their powers. It cannot happen again.

• Plus, Cyclops and Magneto finally have it out!

Young Avengers #7

Young Avengers #7

Story: Kieron Gillen | Art: Jamie McKelvie | Colours: Matthew Wilson | Cover: Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson | Price: $2.99

• Three months have passed for the Young Avengers. What have they been up to? Fun stuff, I’ll bet. The sort of “stuff” that makes an excellent super hero comic. THIS IS TRUTH WITH A CAPITAL EVERYTHING.

• A very important breakfast. A new Young Avenger. A selection of emotions.

• Oh – I bet you thought we forgot about those Skrulls from issue 1. We haven’t.

VERTIGO COMICS

Astro City #2

Astro City #2

Story: Kurt Busiek | Art: Brent Anderson | Cover: Alex Ross | Price: $3.99

When the Honor Guard charges into battle, they’re not alone. They’re backed by a crack support staff, from researchers to threat assessment teams to hotline switchboard clerks. And when one young woman gets the job offer of a lifetime, it opens the way to a world of wonder, of possibilities—and possibly, the greatest mistake of her life. The return of the acclaimed series continues, with a closeup look at the humans behind the super humans.

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

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