Top Marvel Comics For September [Bane of Kings]

X-Men Battle of the Atom 1

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, covers the Marvel comics to look forward to in September 2013.

Okay, I’ve decided to do something different with this list than for the previous Top Marvel Comics of the Month list that I’ve been doing. I’m only going to limit myself to the ones that I will actually be reading (aside from graphic novels, but I will try and read them when I can), to save time and inform you of the titles that I care about. September is a big month for Marvel, made even more challenging by the launch of DC’s Villain’s Month. However, with the spotlight on the Villains on the other side of the fence, what can Marvel fans look forward to in the upcoming month? Well, firstly – from this week, we’ll be in the middle of not one, but two Marvel events. Whilst I’ve been pretty much disappointed with comics events so far, my event-reading has been limited to Avengers vs. X-Men and Age of Ultron – both events by Brian Michael Bendis. And whilst Bendis may be covering Battle of the Atom, he’ll also have the involvement of Jason Aaron, and the X-Men line looks set to deal with an event with great potential, the X-Men from the past, present and future all in one place. Advance reviews have already been raving about #1, so we’ll see how this turns out.

We’ve already had one issue of Infinity under our belts as well as tie-ins with Avengers and New Avengers, and as the month goes on, you can expect to see not one issue of Infinity, but two – meaning that this title is going to be double shipping. And after an excellent first issue which earned my Pick of the Week in its debut, you can count me in for certain for the rest of the arc, and the Avengers tie-ins at least. I can’t wait to see where Hickman takes this book. Also, before we begin – I should point out that all of my dates for releases are coming from ComicList, and I’m not sure how final this is, so there may be delays or errors, and for that I apologise in advance.

SEPTEMBER 04 2013

All New X-Men #16

All New X-Men #16

Story: Brian Micahel Bendis | Art: Stuart Immonen | Price: $3.99

• BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 2! • Wolverine vs. Future X-Men! • Young Scott Summers and Jean Grey run away to stay in the present day!

WHY? All New X-Men #16 is actually the second part of the Battle of the Atom storyline, that debuts the same week with Battle of the Atom #1, also written by Bendis. The fact that we have two issues of the same event in the same week allows for a great source of anticipation, and I can’t wait to see how this is going to turn out. However, I’m going in cautiously – the last two Bendis events that I’ve read have been a let down (Age of Ultron Avengers vs. X-Men), so we’ll see how this turns out. The writer has done some brilliant work on Ultimate Comics – Spiderman (which I need to catch up on), the earlier issues of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men shines as well. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

Infinity #2 (of #6)

Infinity #2

Story: Jonathan Hickman | Art: Adam Kubert | Price: $3.99

• The Inhumans pay the tribute. • Victory in deep space. • The secrets of Thanos.

WHY? I read the first issue of Infinity when I got back from a two-week break in France, and I really enjoyed it – to the extend that it earned Pick of the Week in the week that it was released. Jonathan Hickman is a writer with a higher track record than Bendis from my Point of View, as I’ve not been disappointed by his works yet, so hopefully – the second issue of Infinity can impress just as much at the first. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I think I may be more excited for the rest of  Infinity than Battle of the Atom, but we’ll see how this plays out though.

Superior Spider-Man #17

Superior SPider-Man #17

Story: Dan Slott | Art: Ryan Stegman | Price: $3.99

• HE’S BACK…BECAUSE YOU (LOUDLY) DEMANDED IT! THE RETURN OF SPIDEY 2099!

• (and an Osborn you have not seen in a while)

WHY? Enter: Spider-Man 2099, a character that I don’t really know that much about. But one thing’s for sure, that cover looks awesome. Superior Spider-Man has been consistently superb since its first issue and it’s never really let me down. The book provided me with a way onto Spidey books that Amazing Spider-Man could not. I can’t wait to see how this book plays out, though, and whilst it may not be in the middle of an event like the other titles that I’m picking up this week, it’s one that I’m looking forward to.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1

X-Men Battle of the Atom 1

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Frank Cho | Price: $3.99

• The past, present and future of the X-Men collide in this 50th Anniversary event crossover! When investigating a new mutant, something truly horrible happens to the All-New X-Men that shakes time and space to its core. This is so dire that X-Men come from THE FUTURE with a message: THE ALL-NEW X-MEN MUST RETURN TO THE PAST!


• The ten-part crossover starts here with superstars BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and FRANK CHO!

WHY? I’ve pretty much explained my reasoning for this above. I love the whole premise of the original X-Men being in the present, and Stuart Immomen’s art has been spectacular. As I’m following pretty much all of the X-Books involved in this crossover, there really isn’t any reason why I shouldn’t skip this issue. Bring it on.

SEPTEMBER 11 2013

Avengers #19

Avengers #19

Story: Jonathan Hickman | Art: Francis Leinil Yu | Price: $3.99

• The Avengers, prisoners of war!

•  One last desperate plan.

 Betrayal in the Galactic Council.

WHY? I read Avengers #18 late and I’m actually following this book as part of a digital trade with a fellow user over on Comic Book Rescources’ Forum in exchange for issues of Superior Spider-Man as both titles double ship each month. Whilst you can read Infinity on its own – Hickman has specified that the books are designed to be read together, and whilst I’m not following New Avengers, both series are receiving high praise so it should be interesting to see how this issue plays out.

Captain America #11

Captain America #11

Story: Rick Remender | Art: Carlos Pacheco | Price: $3.99

LOOSE NUKE PART 1

•   A man further out of time!

•  Captain America returns home to deal with the repercussions of his time in Dimension Z.

•  Someone has set Nuke loose in a foreign nation and he’s on a rampage.

•  Who is The Iron Nail?

WHY? Last issue was a big one. Remender has dragged Cap through hell over the course of the Dimension Z arc and despite the fact that there may be an artist switch this issue, I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Having Cap back in the normal world, along with a character from Dimension Z – Zola’s daughter, no less, with him – it’ll be very interesting to see how this plays out. This book is becoming one of my favourite Marvel Now! titles at the moment and I’m loving what Remender is bringing to this title. Worth checking out for sure.

Mighty Avengers #1

Mighty Avengers #1

Story: Al Ewing | Art: Greg Land | Price: $3.99

• INFINITY TIE-IN! new ongoing series!

• FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS OF INFINITY COMES THE MIGHTY AVENGERS!

• The Avengers are light-years away in space, contending with the Builders! Thanos’ marauders ransack the Earth, doing as they please! Who will stand in defense of mankind?

• Luke Cage! The Superior Spider-Man! Spectrum! The White Tiger! Power Man! And a mysterious figure in an ill-fitting Spider-Man Halloween costume! These unlikely heroes must assemble when no one else can-against the unrelenting attack of Proxima Midnight!

WHY? I’m actually kind of on the fence about this issue. Mighty Avengers #1 is a book written by Al Ewing, who has written some awesome pulpy prose fiction for Abaddon Books, but I wonder how events will unfold here. Land has been receiving some not so good-reception  and this is another $3.99 book, but Luke Cage is a hero I’ve been interested to read more of, and more books with Superior Spider-Man in them are always good, especially when you consider that the rest of the cast are relativley unknown to me so It’ll be interesting to see how well Ewing handles the introduction to them. As an Infinity tie-in however, I wonder how this is going to affect the book’s structure. But we’ll see. I think this will most likely be a wait for previews before determining whether I buy this book or not.

X-Men #5

X-Men #5

Story: Brian Wood | Art: David Lopez | Price: $3.99

•  BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 3!

•  The X-Men and Future X-Men pursue young Scott and Jean.

•  Not all the X-Men agree that the All-New X-Men should be sent back.

•  The cracks in the new all-female X-Men cast start to show.

WHY? X-Men is a book that really impressed me so far and is another really strong Marvel Now! title. I can’t wait to see how Brian Wood deals with the Battle of the Atom event, and the involvement of young Jean Grey and Cyclops looks interesting, so this looks set to be one strong issue indeed. I say bring it on – I can’t wait to see where this goes. Wood’s yet to disappoint me yet  (I’m even thinking of jumping board his Star Wars book with the issue that hits shelves on the 11th, so we’ll see how this turns out.

SEPTEMBER 11 2013

Daredevil #31

Daredevil #31

Story: Mark Waid | Art: Chris Samnee | Price: $2.99

•   The Jester returns! And it is no laughing matter.

•   Plus: Meet Matt’s new law partner!

•   Plus PLUS…News from Hank Pym!

WHY? And the award for my favourite current book at Marvel goes to Mark Waid’s Daredevil ongoing. Beating the other four titles (Young Avengers, Thor: God of Thunder, Hawkeye and Captain America, the latter of which replaces All New X-Men), Daredevil is a book that is a must-read for me each month. Whilst I’m not too sure on the Jester, maybe coming across as a Joker-lite, the appearance of Ant-Man is welcoming so it’ll be interesting to see how this book plays out.

Infinity #3 (of #6)

Infinity #3

Story: Jonathan Hickman | Art: Jerome Opena | Price: $3.99

•  Prison break.

•   Stealing a worldkiller.

•   The fall of Attilan. 

WHY? This makes it my third bi-monthly Marvel Now! book that I’m following in print (Superior Spider-Man and Uncanny X-Men are the other two books). Sure, it may only be an event – but it’s one that I’m looking forward to nonetheless, and that cover looks pretty awesome – but I can’t wait to see how this thing plays out. There isn’t really much more to be said.

Superior Spider-Man #18

Superior Spider-Man #18

Story: Dan Slott | Art: Ryan Stegman | Price: $3.99

•  Superior Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man 2099. Who will be the most superior Spider in the Multi-verse?

•   Plus: secrets uncovered in time!

WHY? Like I said above, Superior Spider-Man is one of the few bi-monthly Marvel books that I’m following, so it’ll be interesting to see how this book plays out, with the Spider-Man 2099 arc continuing. Slott is working wonders with this book, so it’ll be good to see how it plays out.

Thor: God of Thunder #13

Thor God of Thunder #13

Story: Jason Aaron | Art: Ron Garney | Price: $3.99

•  Beginning a new arc featuring the bloody return of one of Thor’s greatest enemies: Malekith the Accursed!

•  Once the former lord of the Dark Elves is freed from his otherworldly prison, the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him and end his vengeful reign of terror!

WHY? Whilst I’m upset that Esad Ribic is leaving this title, this book features the apperance of Malekith (and no, not the Warhammer Fantasy one). With this book tying into the upcoming Thor movie by inclusion of villain, it’ll be very interesting to see how things play out, especially after last issue’s incredible one-shot. My favourite book that was launched as part of Marvel Now! (Daredevil was launched before Now!) is this one, so this is probably going to be my first read of the week unless there’s an awesome cliffhanger  at the end of the Battle of the Atom or Infinity issues.

Uncanny X-Men #12

Uncanny X-Men #12

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Chris Bachalo | Price: $3.99

BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 4!

•   The Uncanny X-Men enter the crossover. Whose side will they be on?

WHY? Another bi-monthly book that I’m following is Uncanny X-Men and this book will be pretty interesting to watch. This book looks to feature adult Cyclops and Kitty Pryde heavily from the cover, so bring it on. This book (like Wolverine and the X-Men) isn’t actually double shipping for the whole Battle of the Atom crossover, which is a good thing when it comes to budget, and by the time we reach this issue the Battle of the Atom arc will be well under way so I’m looking forward to seeing what this brings.

SEPTEMBER 25 2013 

Avengers #20

Avengers #20

Story: Jonathan Hickman | Art: Francis Leinil Yu | Price: $3.99

INFINITY TIE-IN – “AVENGERS UNIVERSE: III”

•  Unexpected overtures from the Builders.

 •  A meeting of Ex Nihilos.

•  Total, unconditional surrender.

WHY? Look at that cover, that just rocks, doesn’t it? With Infinity goodness coming out pretty much each week, I can’t wait to see how Hickman deals with Avengers in a way that makes it tie-in to the ongoing storyline. I’ll be reading this digitally, but even so – Marvel’s premier Avengers book is one worth following during this period if you’re an Infinity reader, with #18 really impressing.

Guardians of the Galaxy #6

Guardians of the Galaxy #6

Story: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Sara Pichelli | Price: $3.99

•  The blockbuster new series hits hard as Marvel’s newest superstar Angela comes right for the Guardians!

 •  Round one is Gamora versus Angela…with an entire universe at stake!

•  All that and comics legend Neil Gaiman joins the award-winning Ultimate Spider-Man team of Bendis and Pichelli in this one-of-a-kind comic book event!

WHY? This is another book that I’m reading digitally through an ongoing trade for the code inside the issue, with X-Men. Guardians of the Galaxy is a lot of fun and whilst like Nova, it’s not really a book that’s worth the $3.99 pricetag, Brian Michael Bendis does an impressive job with this series even though it seems like each issue takes forever to come out. I can’t wait to see the confrontation between Angela and the Guardians, and what bigger role Thanos has to play, though.

Hawkeye #13

Hawkeye #13

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

 •  Fraction and Aja continue the surprise comic hit of the century!

•  After a lifetime of decisions both good and bad, Clint and Barney Barton have to realize they are brothers and ultimately, they’re the only ones who can save one another. I mean if they don’t kill each other first.

•   Good luck with that, Barton brothers.

WHY? After a month’s break, Hawkeye is back. Yay! One of my favourite Marvel Now! titles behind Daredevil and Thor: God of Thunder, Hawkeye is superb. I’ve got the first three issues and then everything from #9 onwards, so it’ll be very interesting to see how things play out. Love this series, and I’m glad that Fraction chose to drop Fantastic Four and FF to write Inhumans as opposed to this title.

Uncanny Avengers #12

Uncanny Avengers #12

Story: Rick Remender | Art: Salvador Larroca | Price: $3.99

•  The dark origin of the Apocalypse Twins!

•  Kang’s true motives revealed.

•  A secret of pact between Ahab and The Red Skull that will bring horror to all mutants.

•  Bring on the bad guys!

WHY? Truth be told, I’m actually on the verge of dropping this book. I know I’m enjoying each issue, but I struggle to remember what happened last issue and that generally isn’t a good thing for me. I kinda want to stick with this book though as it’s got some great characters and Remender is a strong writer, but if this comes out in a week where I’m getting more than 8 titles, which I’ve decided – will be my limit for books that I’m getting each week unless it’s a week with loads of important books – then I will drop it. But for now though, I’m getting #12. But we’ll see.

Wolverine and the X-Men #36

Wolverine and the X-Men #36

Story: Jason Aaron | Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli | Price: $3.99

BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 5!

The end of the first month ends with a huge twist! NO SPOILERS!

The fate of the All-New X-Men is decided here!

WHY? A book that I had to stop following due to budget issues, I’m tempted to try it out due to its involvement with Battle of the Atom again, especially as it’s only shipping monthly for the duration of Battle of the Atom. Jason Aaron is a class writer with some awesome books under his belt, so this series looks very awesome, and hopefully the end of the first month of this story arc will come with a massive twist allowing for an awesome second month.

Young Avengers #10

Young Avengers #10

Story: Kieron Gillen | Art: Jamie McKelvie | Price: $2.99

It’s Mother’s Day. Don’t worry. You won’t forget. She won’t let you.

Who’s bringing Mother presents?

WHY? Young Avengers is one of my Top 5 favourite Marvel Now! books and each issue excels. Last issue was very strong as well and I really can’t wait to see how Gillen handles it for the latest issues. Certainly one of my most anticipated titles for the 25th along with Hawkeye. 

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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