Top Comics to Buy for October 23, 2019: Immortal Hulk, Criminal, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — This week really made me take stock of this year, featuring as it does two of the major highlights in comics for 2019: Criminal and Immortal Hulk. It’s really, in many ways, been a very solid year for comics, albeit not an overly flashy one. We’ve gotten some really stellar self-contained superhero stories, thinking here specifically of Immortal Hulk as well as the Superman epic that unfurled at DC and ultimately delivered the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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Top Comics to Buy for October 16, 2019: Superman Smashes the Klan, X-Men, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — This is somewhat of a lighter week for my individual tastes, although if I look to the New #1s and One Shots section of our Top Comics to Buy for October 16, 2019, I do find some capital B Big books dropping. In fact, while this column generally doesn’t put #1s in our Top 5, there were so many strong debuts this week that we had to make some exceptions.

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Top Comics to Buy for October 9, 2019: These Savage Shores, Ice Cream Man, and more

By Zack Quaintance — I just got back from my first trip to New York Comic Con, and boy is my everything exhausted. It was a great show, though. I covered it for ComicsBeat, and I found myself running from panels to the press room to panels and back again. Covering these shows is never easy, but it’s nice to have a challenge within the context of what might otherwise be overwhelming. Also, as a professional journalist by trade, I feel like I’m doing at least a little bit of service to the industry.

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Top Comics to Buy for October 2, 2019: House of X #6, DCeased #5, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — It’s New York Comic Con week, and so for folks heading to the show (myself included), the new releases might take a bit of a backseat...which isn’t an indictment of quality. It’s not really a statement either way. Timing is a thing that happens, etc. Anyway, the big headliner for me this week in the Top Comics to Buy for October 2 is House of X #6. 

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Top Comics to Buy for September 25, 2019: The Plot #1, Powers of X #5, and more

By Zack Quaintance — This is one of my favorite weeks, wherein the creator-owned books in our Top Comics to Buy for September 25, 2019 outnumber the superhero choices by a wide margin, in this case four to one. What I also appreciate about the selections this week is the diversity in the creator-owned ideas. We have a couple of horror books from Vault, the latest installment in the Brubaker/Phillips noir epic Criminal, and the genre-shattering Tommy Gun Wizards.

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Top Comics to Buy for September 18, 2019: Superman #15, House of X #5, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — Well, well, well...it finally happened. A comic has dislodged the Jonathan Hickman X-Men run from the top of our PICK OF THE WEEK selections, where those books have dominated since the series began with House of X #1 way back on July 24. That’s a massive run. In our Top Comics to Buy for September 18, however, it has been ended—it just took an entire legion of super-heroes to do it. 

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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

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Top Comics to Buy for September 4, 2019: House of X, Lois Lane, Wic Div, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — Holy wow, there are so many new #1s and one-shots out this week. I have no idea why, so I’ll just chalk it up to coincidence and move on. First, however, I will note that we don’t typically put new #1 issues in our Top Comics to Buy, unless they’re really really special. The reason being that you almost always need more than that to really get a sense of whether a new book is worthwhile. Plus, you all know what #1 comics you’re probably going to buy, and we do our best to review them anyway.

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Top Comics to Buy for August 28, 2019: X-Men, Ascender, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — All hail the week in which we get six new releases from the best indie comics publisher in the game, Vault. This is seriously an amazing week to be a reader of high-concept fantasy and sci-fi comics. Of those Vault entries, we get continuations of complex stories like Test, The Resonant, She Said Destroy (which was also the name of the screamo band I almost started in high school), and Sera and the Royal Stars.

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Top Comics to Buy for August 21, 2019: Canto, Snotgirl, X-Men, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — This was maybe a lighter week in terms of volume of comics (or maybe not, depending on your preferences), but it’s one of those weeks I love where our Top Comics to Buy for August 21 end up being an exceedingly eclectic bunch. I mean, we have books here about little mechanical fantasy journeymen, an Instagram model with a sinus problem, a lovestruck ancient cosmic god, and the X-Men.

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