Top Comics to Buy for September 11, 2019: Powers of X #4, Coffin Bound #2, and Event Leviathan #4

By Zack Quaintance — This can’t last...that’s what I’ve been thinking since House of X #1 was our Pick of the Week on the Wednesday that Marvel’s X-Men revitalization launched. Yet, here we are — the Top Comics to Buy for September 11, 2019 features another Hickman X-Book right at the top. You know why? Because every time the story loses even a tiny bit of momentum, we get an iconic issue like House of X #4

Long story short, Powers of X #4 is our Pick of the Week. But there’s some other really great stuff coming out this Wednesday too! The DC imprint stuff (weren’t DC imprints abolished? hmmm) was all very good, specifically Collapser #3, Wonder Twins #7, and Young Justice #8. Plus, Chip Zdarsky’s Daredevil run barrels forward. It’s all very good!

So, let’s get on to the picks!

Top Comics to Buy for September 11, 2019

Powers of X #4
Jonathan Hickman
Artist: R.B. Silva
Inkers: R.B. Silva and Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: Marte Garcia
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $4.99
As Cerebro does as it was intended to do, Sinister does what Sinister does best and the future comes to an end. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FF, NEW AVENGERS, INFINITY) continues his reshaping of X-History alongside breakout artist R.B. Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN). The Future of the X-Men begins here!
Why It’s Cool: Last week’s House of X #4 was fantastic. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that it did a lot of surprising things, even if it’s pretty clear they won’t last. In fact, Hickman has set these comics up so each subsequent issue re-contextualizes the last. So, in other words, we’re fully expecting some clarity on last week’s happenings in this one. And even if we don’t get all that, every single issue of this series has just been so good. There’s no reason to expect this one will be any different.

Batman Universe #3
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Nick Derington
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $4.99
Available to comics shops for the first time! The hunt for the Fabergé egg and the secrets it contains continues across the DC Universe, as Batman escapes Thanagar and Gorilla City, only to land with Green Lantern on Dinosaur Island! Can these heroes stop Vandal Savage before he unlocks the egg's secrets? Originally published in BATMAN GIANT #7 and #8.
Why It’s Cool: Speaking of series wherein every issue has just been so good, next up on our list is Batman Universe #3. This comic has just been an utter delight from the start, with writer Brian Michael Bendis clearly reveling in the opportunity to tell his first long-form story with Batman, the character that the vast majority of superhero writers have a story to tell with. This one also just keeps getting better, taking the character to new and fun corners of the DC Universe, all of which are being illustrated by one of the industry’s best art teams — Nick Derington with Dave Stewart colors. This is just a blast of distilled and excellent comic book making, and we’re loving it. 

Black Hammer Justice League #3
Jeff Lemire
Artist: Michael Walsh
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics / DC Comics
Price: $3.99
DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics present the ultimate superhero crossover event of 2019! Dropped into the DC universe, the Black Hammer heroes find themselves captured by members of the Justice League who blame them for the cosmic switch-and on the Black Hammer Farm, the displaced DC heroes search for answers and a way out of their bucolic prison. But Colonel Weird and the Green Lantern discover that the solution to this riddle may not be so simple.
Why It’s Cool: Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer universe has been a joy to follow from its start. It’s mystery farm primary narrative is slated to end soon with Black Hammer: Age of Doom #12, but before it does, we all get to enjoy this wonderful Black Hammer Justice League crossover. Black Hammer Justice League #3 is the best issue within this thing yet, allowing Lemire and series artist Michael Walsh even more access to great DC characters, which they bounce off the Black Hammer characters so well. In other words, it’s a crossover done right.

Coffin Bound #2
Dan Watters
Artist: Dani
Colorist: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.99
Sex! Chainsaws! Pancakes! As Izzy seeks to wipe out all trace of her own existence, old relationships are revisited, old wounds are torn open, and all those she's wronged in the past take notice.
Why It’s Cool: We’ve already heaped praise upon praise on this issue with our review of Coffin Bound #2, but we’ll give it just a little bit more here. Coffin Bound is one of the most distinct and stylish new creator-owned books in some time, and we love the surprising things that the creative team here are doing with this world and these characters. Each issue is just jampacked with memorable moments that range from entertaining to downright poignant. If you’re looking for a new book to embrace, you could certainly do much worse than this one.

Event Leviathan #4
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev
Letterer: Josh Reed
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99
Batman versus Superman! Witness the interrogation of the decade as Bruce Wayne tears into Superman to find the missing piece of the Leviathan puzzle they both need. It's a battle of wits and wills as the greatest detectives in the universe get together to figure out the why and how of Leviathan before it's too late. And when that doesn't comes Lois Lane! From the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, it's another fully painted noir thriller that will tear a bloody trail through the DC Universe.
Why It’s Cool: This is, simply put, the issue where Event Leviathan really takes off, featuring as it does great artwork, solid pacing, and a last page reveal among the best in superhero comics that I’ve seen in some time. I came away with from this issue with both more and less clarity about who Leviathan might be, which is a mark of a great mystery story in superhero comics. Another feature of a great mystery in superhero comics? This one is a whole lot of fun, and whoever it turns out to be, we can’t wait to find out their identity. In other words, we’re excited about it and not bracing for it.

New #1s and One-Shots

  • Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1

  • Chastity #1

  • Gotham City Monsters #1

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Prodigal Sun #1

  • King Thor #1

  • Midnight Sky #1

  • Moon Knight Annual #1

  • Pandemica #1

  • Riddler Year of the Villian #1

  • Starcadia Quest #1

  • Star Wars Age of Resistance Supreme Leader Snoke #1 

  • Trees Three Fates #1

Others Receiving Votes

  • Batman #78

  • Batman and the Outsiders #5

  • Canto #4

  • Collapser #3

  • Daredevil #11

  • Ghosted in LA #3

  • Gwenpool Strikes Back #2

  • Isola #9

  • Livewire #10

  • Miles Morales Spider-Man #10

  • Oblivion Song #19

  • Outer Darkness #10

  • Thumbs #4

  • Wonder Twins #7

  • Young Justice #8

See our past top comics to buy here, and check out our reviews archive here.

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