The selections for the Top Comics to Buy for August 2 were a fun bunch. I love it when mid-run titles work their way onto my favorites list, which is usually heavier with finales and #1s and one-shots, because people tend to be looking more for those sort of suggestions. But sometimes I think books are delivering on their concepts so well, we all need to remember we’re lucky to have them. We’ve got three titles like that this week. You can find them below, along with the usual lists…enjoy!

Top Comics to Buy for August 2, 2023

Love Everlasting #10
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Image Comics
The incredible, unforgettable finale to the second arc. Joan desperately tries to find meaning in what has happened to her-the suffering, and the joy. And as she tries, the world she’s come to know begins to collapse around her. Is she insane? Is anything real? The answers are finally here!
Why It’s Cool:
This book is making me think about the overall scope and cycle of my life, the choices I’ve made, and the stories still remaining in my future. That seems pretty cool to me.

Comics to Buy for August 2The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #2
Based on Idea By: James Tynion IV
Script: Tate Brombal
Art: Isaac Goodhart
Colors: Miquel Muerto
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics – Tiny Onion Studios
Continuing to explore the twisted world of Christopher Chaos, we meet a new dark hero who takes on the crime-infested streets of New Briar City named Dracula Boy. Is this vigilante an actual vampire, or a cape with a grudge to pick? Meanwhile, after a memorial takes place for Christopher’s school crush he comes face-to-face with the fanged monster himself for a bloody confrontation.
Why It’s Cool:
Can’t remember if I wrote this last month, but this book is the type of comic that will remind you why you read monthly books. It’s episodic and fun and brimming with great designs, and it leaves you on mysterious cliffhangers that you’ll think about between issues. A very easy choice for our Top Comics to Buy for August 2.

Project Riese #1
Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist: Jeff McComsey
Colorist: Paul Little
Letterer: Justin Birch
Publisher: Mad Cave Studios
It’s 1952. The wound WWII inflicted on the world is still fresh. Sam Safdie and his ragtag group of treasure hunters have been searching for the fabled map of the Owl Mountains for years…and they finally found it. Their journey leads them to a massive war complex that hides both unknown horrors and a fortune in gold. However, the deeper they travel, the more they realize the complex has developed a life of its own and that some secrets are better left buried in the past.
Why It’s Cool:
I love a good heist comic, and a good war comic, and a good there’s-more-going-on-here-than-you-think comic. And Project Riese #1 is all these things. Plus it’s well-written, perfectly-illustrated, and just a whole lot of fun to read.

The Sacrificers #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Max Fiumara
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics
Tomorrow is a harmonious paradise thanks to five families who make everything perfect…for the price of one child per household. Now, as that bill comes due, a son expected to give everything for a family that never loved him and an affluent daughter determined to destroy utopia must unite to end one generation’s unnaturally protracted reign.
Why It’s Cool:
This is one good-looking comic, taking on a dark fantasy, sacrificial child concept. The concept is interesting, but where this book really shines is with Max Fiumara’s fantastic artwork and character designs.

Sins of the Salton Sea #3
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: C.P. Smith
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Publisher: AWA Studios
The story of what drove ex-criminal Wyatt into retirement – a heist that went pear-shaped, resulting in his family’s death – comes into focus as the ex-con finds himself on the run from a deadly cult called the Sons of the Salton Sea. Intent on recapturing Silver, a young boy with a mysterious connection to the cult, Wyatt’s brother learns why they’re obsessed with the kid when he discovers the cult leader is actually Silver’s father.
Why It’s Cool:
Admittedly, I have a thing for non-obvious California geography, so setting captions like “Oroville, California” really do it for me. But this is such an excellent book, one that in this third issue reveals itself to be even more complex than it initially seemed.
Price: $3.99

Others Receiving Votes

  • Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6
  • Dark Spaces – Good Deeds #3
  • Fantastic Four #10
  • Fence: Redemption #3
  • Grim #12
  • Knight Terrors: Batman #2
  • Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #2
  • Knight Terrors: Ravager #2
  • Moon Knight #26
  • Peacemaker Tries Hard #4
  • Scarlet Witch #7
  • Star Trek – Defiant #6
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Last Ronin: Lost Years #5
  • X-Men #25

New #1s and One-Shots

  • Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 6, Annual #1
  • Astonishing Iceman #1
  • Buffy, The Last Vampire Slayer #1, Vol. 2
  • Conan The Barbarian #1
  • Death of the Venomverse #1
  • Fire And Ice #1
  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957 – From Below #1 (one-shot)
  • Magneto #1
  • Quest #1
  • Robotech: Rick Hunter #1
  • Sandman Universe Special: Thessaly #1 (one-shot)
  • Star Wars: Dark Droids #1
  • Strange Academy: Miles Morales #1 (one-shot)
  • What If Dark Venom #1 (one-shot)

Trade Collections and Graphic Novels

  • Abe Sapien – The Drowning and Other Stories TP
  • Batman: One Bad Day – Bane HC
  • Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface HC
  • Black Hammer Omnibus Vol. 2 TP
  • B.P.R.D. Omnibus Vol. 6 TP
  • Classwar TP Image Edition
  • Doctor Strange – Fall Sunrise Treasury Edition TP
  • Eve: Children of the Moon TP
  • Malcolm Kid and the Perfect Song GN
  • Palookaville Vol. 24 HC
  • Prism Stalker – Weeping Star TP
  • Swamp Thing: Green Hell HC
  • Time Before Time Vol. 4 TP
  • Trve Kvlt TP
  • Werewolf Jones & Sons Deluxe Summer Fun Annual HC
  • West of Sundown Vol. 2 TP

Read past editions of the Top Comics to Buy!