4 New Comics You Could Buy This Week, But Just One That You Must

Regular Kotaku comics man Evan Narcisse had to dash off to a meeting and asked me, the guy who has pretty much only been reading all -- yes, all -- of Brian Michael Bendis' Avengers run for the past month, to recommend some new comics worth buying this week.

Hmm. Let's see. How about...

Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1 Do you like Dragon Age? Here's some new Dragon Age for you. Official summary: "In this essential story from the lead writer of BioWare's Dragon Age games, a king travels to an empire of evil mages to uncover the fate of his lost father! Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, King Alistair will stop at nothing to learn the truth-even if it means battling an army of cultists single-handed!"

Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 Because, you know, you shouldn't leave a comics shop without feeling like you just bought some porn. (Alternate, more obscure joke for this item: DC tries to convince Alan Moore that they're up for Before Lost Girls, too.)

Scalped #60 Scalped is one of the great comics of this century, a gritty story about an FBI agent who goes undercover to crack a criminal enterprise in the Native American reservation where he grew up. If you like good, dark, violent drama, Scalped is for you. This is the final issue, written as always, by the wonderful Jason Aaron and drawn by the series' main artist, R.M. Guera.

I said, "Scalped #60" Seriously. Scalped# 60. Get it. Not kidding. And if you haven't read the other 59, get them too!

Amazing Spider-Man #692 50th Anniversary Issue, and just eight more to go before the much-hyped status-quo-changing #700. Official summary: "Special 50TH Anniversary Issue! Join us for a once in a lifetime event: the one, true 50th Anniversary Issue of the Amazing Spider-Man. A special over-sized issue harkening back to the legend the legend that started it all! Get ready for an all-new tale about a different kind of power and responsibility... • Plus original stories by Dean Haspiel, Joshua Hale Fialkov & Nuno Plati!"

Not the best week, not the worst week. A decent week. And if you're wondering, the Bendis Avengers run(s) read well, but the guy has a weird thing for setting up great premises for his many characters and then letting other writers reach narrative closure with those characters in other books (See: Nick Fury, Scarlet Witch, more...).

Images and official summaries snatched from Midtown Comics.


    I have the first 3 SCALPED TPB's.

    Expect the motion picture television series in 2013/2014.

    I'm surprised that the final 'Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe' comic hasn't been mentioned, that series has so far turned out amazingly! So, that's definitely another one to check out!

    Can someone tell me how the hell you get back issues (i.e. how do I get the previous 59 comics in scalped?). I've been trying to get into comics - namely Batman - and short of buying some back issues in the US I can't figure it out for the life of me.


      Digital is a great entry point for comics as you don't have to go searching + paying big $$$ for older back issues. But as for an appropriate starting point, it varies with every comic. Some are approachable in any issue, like Atomic Robo. Then there are others that will advertise a new story arc or new writer/artist team taking over the series, making their debut an appropriate jumping on point. And finally theres the easiest route, relaunching a series with issue 1 comics and starting the numbering over again. Despite how appealing the last one is, I have found (in my first year of comic reading) that this isn't always the best starting point. Comics like Green Lantern or Avengers vs X-Men assume their readers have sufficient back history and leave newcomers confused and frustrated within their first issue. In those cases I recommend going back to trade paperbacks/graphic novels for complete story arcs to see the pivotal plot points in the mainstream comics.

      I am completely series in saying you CANNOT read anything with current X-Men characters without reading House of M as that 8 issue story has completely F'd X-Men in their current incarnation

        Cheers! Been finding it real hard to work out how to enter the stories in a comprehensible way!

          you could also try out ebay, there's a decent amount of comic stores in the US & UK on there, these guys are great for current comics, variants and sets:


      You can get trades which are basically collections of past single issues. That is the best way to get a physical copy of past comic series.

      Do a quick Google search for "Best Batman Stories" [or similar] and buy the recommended Trade Paperbacks from The Book Depository.

      I've been doing it heaps lately. Lots and lots of great stuff.

      I'm looking forward to owning a tablet and getting into digital stuff, though.

    Thom, get them as trade paperbacks. These collect a couple of issues, normally a complete story arc, into one book. Your local comic shop can order the or you can try amazon, they sometimes sell them.

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