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This Week's Must-Have Comics: April 4, 2012

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It's almost Wednesday, and you know that means a fresh load of comics and graphic novels! With so much stuff hitting your local comics store or digital storefront, BF is here to lead you through the woods with our handy overview of books you can't afford to miss on April 4th.

Make sure to check the site tomorrow too, as we take an in-depth look at another big release this week in our weekly Guiding Lines column: Secret Service #1.

Action Comics #8
Grant Morrison (W), Rags Morales (A), DC Comics, $3.99

Grant Morrison intends to end his first arc on the re-launched Action Comics with the biggest, most explosive issue yet.  Action Comics #8 is bursting at the edges with content, as Superman’s first epic battle with Braniac comes to an end over the course of 30 pages.  The scope of Morrison’s new take on the Superman mythos has only begun to recently reveal itself, and now with the fate of the bottled city of Metropolis hanging in the balance, the rough-around-the-edges hero must rise to the occasion, or fail his first and most dire test as the Man of Steel.

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Avengers vs X-Men #1
Brian Michael Bendis (W), Jason Aaron (W), Frank Cho (A), Marvel Comics, $3.99

Here it comes!  Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster event is crashing onto store shelves this Wednesday, whether readers are prepared or not!  Marvel is firing all of their creative cylinders with this major crossover event, as the combined talents of Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, Secret Invasion, Siege), Jason Aaron (Scalped, X-Men Schism) team-up to create a story that will completely alter the tone of the Marvel Universe.   

Avengers vs X-Men
is destined to deliver some of the most volatile and ferocious fight scenes ever, but both writers are also known for creating emotional and complex scenes, which hopefully be recreated in their new Summer title.  The scope of AvX is beyond huge, making it imperative to pick up #1 this week.

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Danger Club #1
Landry Quinn Walker (W), Eric Jones (A), Image Comics, $2.99

A new take on the superhero genre is always a welcome addition to the comics world, especially when published by Image Comics.  In a world where the first generation of superheroes has been destroyed, who is left to take up the world’s fight other than their teenage sidekicks?  Enter the Danger Club, a rag-tag tenuous group of young and barely tested heroes.  The Danger Club’s very weakness, their inexperience, is in fact what will surely become the title’s greatest strength. 

Marvel and DC’s heroes have faced down and defeated countless threats over the past 70+ years, and though some have died in battle, death is far from the final chapter in those Universes.  In a world of new talent, unknown rules, and the possibility of death on your heels, Danger Club is a brand new world where anything is possible.

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Daredevil #10.1
Mark Waid (W), Paolo Rivera (A), Marvel Comics, $2.99

Marvel’s .1 initiative offers readers the perfect chance to test a new book and jump in feet first into a new world.  Coming out of an epic battle with the Mole Man, Daredevil 10.1 pits the Man Without Fear against a secretive and deadly cabal of unified megacrime organizations. 

Building off of story threads that Mark Waid has planted since Daredevil #1, #10.1 will catch readers up on one of the best superhero books in the entire industry, while preparing them for the upcoming blockbuster crossover, The Omega Effect.  Waid’s character focused Daredevil stands head and shoulder above countless other superhero titles and deserves the praise, #10.1 needs to be picked up by any fan remotely interested in the blind hero.

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Fanboys vs Zombies #1
Sam Humphries (W), Jerry Gaylord (A), BOOM! Studious, $1.00

Breakout self-published writer Sam Humphries (Our Love is Real, Sacrifice) is about to make his first foray into the main comics industry with Fanboys vs Zombies from BOOM! Studios.  FvZ sounds like one of those too hilarious titles everyone wishes they thought of. 

Chronicling a horde of ravenous comics fans as they attempt to escape the zombie-ridden halls of San Deigo Comic-Con, Humphries hopes to pack every page with blood-gushing laughs.  Will the years of horror flicks watched, violent FPS’s played, and heroic comics devoured be the perfect education for the apocalypse?  Only Fanboys vs Zombies will show us.

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Hulk #50
Jeff Parker (W), Carlo Pagalayan(A), Marvel Comics, $3.99

Jeff Parker’s over-packed Hulk #50 is the perfect jumping on point for readers to join the Red Hulk’s journey.  The “ghoulish” Haunted Hulk arc begins, and along with the extra page count comes cameos from several of Marvel’s heavy-hitters, like Doctor Strange, Red She-Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, and even more secretive guest spots.  Jeff Parker’s run on Hulk has been one of the most critically acclaimed titles since its start, making this opportunity to join his adventure all the more enticing.

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Supreme #63
Erik Larsen (W and A), Corey Hamscher (A), Image Comics, $2.99

With issue #63, yet another Rob Liefeld creation returns from the past to Image Comics.  Building off of the famed Alan Moore’s script for Supreme’s final tale, writer and artist Erik Larsen will pack the ultra-strong hero’s final days with romance, the lovely Diana Dane, hidden truths, and a final dastardly ploy to destroy the hero himself.  Larsen is set to be joined by fellow artist Corey Hamscher, whose finishing touches will turn Supreme’s final days into one gorgeous of a release.  Any fans of the long lost hero definitely need to pick up Larsen’s conclusion on the title, which has been begging for a proper ending for years.

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Sweet Tooth #32
Jeff Lemire (W and A), Vertigo Comics, $2.99

Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth is a personal favorite in the comics industry, as the surreal and minimalist book delivers some of the strongest and most emotional character driven stories each month.  Unnatural Habitats, Sweet Tooth’s current arc, has developed the title’s lead character, Gus, from helpless boy to bold and heroic leader.  With the majority of his group captured and tortured by a deranged murderer, and his protector Jeppard incapacitated, the fate of Gus’ friends lies solely in his hands.  The conclusion of Unnatural Habitats will not only be shocking, but will completely change the dynamic of Sweet Tooth from now on.

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