It’s another week of solid releases as we head into Free Comic Book Day this weekend. There’s lots being offered and it’s another difficult week to choose ten books to highlight. No matter, when folks get to their shops this Saturday to celebrate, there’s more than enough excellent books, something for everyone, for you to also purchase! We went through this week’s releases to highlight some of the top books you should be checking out, with lots of first issues.
Top Pick: CBLDF Presents Liberty (Image Comics) – This hardcover collects every CBLDF issue from 2008 to 2012. That’s some awesome stories from lots of fantastic creators. Plus there’s a bonus, all proceeds from this collection benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s work protecting the freedom to read!
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – We already know this book will be the 800 lb gorilla out there. The pre-orders are a staggering amount for recent comic releases, this book will easily top the month. Peter Parker is back and where Dan Slott takes him from here should be an interesting read.
Atomic Robo: Knights of the Golden Circle #1 (Red 5 Comics) – It’s Atomic Robo, do you need more of a reason to read this? Atomic Robo has always been all-ages fun that truly can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. If you’ve never checked out a volume, this start of a new one is a good jumping on point.
Batman Eternal #4 (DC Comics) – I questioned if we needed a new Batman series, let alone a weekly one. We needed this series which focuses on more than just Batman and moves the character that is Gotham City in a solid direction.
Darklight (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – A new sci-fi graphic novel following three races that need to work together to save the universe. You can read our interview with the writer here.
Rai #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant who consistently produces some of the most entertaining comics. Out of all of the publishers Valiant is consistent in what they produce, and it’s all been good.
Southern Bastards #1 (Image) – Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick. It’s writer Jason Aaron doing the excellence that he does.
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 (Dark Horse) – I questioned putting this on the list due to Disney’s recent decision to jettison the expanded Star Wars universe. This first issue was too much fun to not include though. From writer Matt Kindt, I expected no less.
V-Wars #1 (IDW Publishing) – The book series comes to comics as a conspiracy has caused mankind to go to war with vampires.
Vertigo Quarterly #1 (Vertigo) – Vertigo doing an anthology? Yes please!