This Week's Must-Have Comics: June 20, 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 June 20th.

Before Watchmen: Comedian #1
Brian Azzarello (W), J.G. Jones (A), DC Comics, $2.99

For their Before Watchmen initiative, DC Comics paired some of the industry’s top talent with books many were destined to write.  Before Watchmen: Comedian could not have found better guiding hands than in the gritty writer, Brian Azzarello, and the gorgeous pencils of J.G. Jones.  Many are sure to be aware of Azzarello’s previous noir crime series, 100 Bullets, along with his dark superhero works, Joker and Batman: Noel, which are the perfect indicators for the direction of Comedian.  The Comedian is definitely one of the most interesting characters in all of Watchmen, whose colored past is sure to be great fodder for Azzarello to develop.


Daredevil #14
Mark Waid (W), Khoi Pham (A), Marvel Comics, $2.99

Daredevil’s latest high-intensity arc, Megacrime and Punishment, continues as Matt Murdock’s imprisonment in Latveria for crimes against the state brings the superhero to all-new lows.  It is almost certain that Daredevil is short of great moments with the megalomaniac Dr. Doom, which makes Mark Waid’s direction all the more enticing.  Both Doom and Waid’s take on The Man Without Fear are two strong and exciting personalities that will surely be the root for some fantastic character development and heroic drama.  If you have yet to dive into Waid’s Daredevil, be sure to pick-up the 14th issue this week!


Grim Leaper #2
Kurtis J. Wiebe (W), Alusio Santos (A), Image Comics, $3.50

Last month’s Grim Leaper #1 stood out as a bizarre yet hilarious new horror series from the burgeoning talent, Kurtis J. Wiebe.  The combination of horrific deaths, that were quite humorous, and a blossoming love story created a wholly unique mini-series unlike any other book on the stands.  Despite the grim nature of Wiebe’s new title, it is clear that the writer is pushing his new series beyond mere horror book, as his two new lovebirds’ search for affection just may prove to be more warming than shocking.


Memorial #6
Chris Roberson (W), Rich Ellis (A), IDW Publishing, $3.99

Em’s ride from out of place and confused amnesiac to savior of lost and forgotten characters has been one incredibly fun rollercoaster of a series.  With Memorial’s final issue, however, writer Chris Roberson aims to finally answer all the questions to Em’s lost past, the history of the Evelrlands, and where Em’s journey will take her next.  Memorial is the perfect series for anyone looking to explore a more magical and fabled title, and though the series comes to an end this week, we will hopefully see more of Em and her companions in the future.


Saga #4
Brian K. Vaughan (W), Fiona Staples (A), Image Comics, $2.99

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples struck gold with their new series, Saga.  The relationship changing cliffhanger from last issue is sure to be the focus of this following offering, though along the way readers will be introduced to the distant planet, SEXTILLION, where every dark fantasy becomes reality.  The stranger Saga becomes, the better it gets.  If you have not picked up Vaughan’s brand new series, now is the time to join its fan base!


The Walking Dead #99
Robert Kirkman (W), Charlie Adlard (A), Image Comics, $2.99

Robert Kirkman’s full-speed zombie charge to issue #100 makes its final stop this week with The Walking Dead #99.  Kirkman and Image Comics promise the shock readers with the unthinkable as their latest arc, Something to Fear, continues.  Rick’s and Carl’s story is sure to drastically change next month as Kirkman releases another milestone issue, which makes this preceding offering so much more tense and nerve-wracking.

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