Between a handful of Big 2 series endings, the return of one of my favorite Image books, and more, it was a tough task to pick the Top Comics to Buy for March 1, 2023. But I soldiered through it and made the tough decisions. As always, you can find those picks below, along with the usual lists of other new releases…enjoy!
Top Comics to Buy for March 1, 2023
Harley Quinn #27
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Matteo Lolli and David Baldeon
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Publisher: DC Comics
This is it, folks…we have to drop the Multiversal counterbalance serum at the center of the photon disruption before the imminent collapse of the entire Multiverse…JUST KIDDING. But could you imagine if that was how this story ended? Noooo thanks. We’re gonna save the world the ol- fashioned way—with a large undead zombie, 50-80 Harleys from other universes, Kevin, and POISON IVY!
Why It’s Cool: I’ll be honest — I haven’t read a ton of Harley Quinn comics, but I’ve been into this run from the start. It grabbed me at first with the interconnectivity the first arc had with other Batman stories — springing from the excellent Joker War storyline — but it kept me into it with the inter-personal relationships between characters. This last issue is a great run finale, doubling down on the run’s strengths and taking some risks. I recommend it.
Human Target #12
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: DC Comics
Christopher Chance has spent the last 12 days trying to solve his own murder, with the list of suspects comprising the Justice League International. Did a hero really attempt to kill Lex Luthor? Could the Human Target have miscalculated? Is it too late to save his life?!
Why It’s Cool: A masterful combination of superheroes, pop art, and noir, Human Target really hits the mark, culminating this week with a fantastic twelfth issue finale.
I Hate This Place #6
Writer: Kyle Starks
Artist: Artyom Topilin
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Publisher: Image Comics – Skybound
Trudy’s past comes back to haunt her, which wouldn’t be so bad if she and Gabby weren’t already literally haunted by unimaginable forces of evil on a daily basis. Can’t a gal catch a break?
Why It’s Cool: I have absolutely loved this book since I spoke with writer Kyle Starks about it before launch, and I am thrilled it has now returned for a second arc. The concept is so good — let’s take pretty much every horror trope and do them all — and now we’re getting a chance to layer some character backstories into it. It’s also fun to watch artist Artyom Topilin grow as the story progresses.
Murderworld: Game Over #1 (one-shot)
Writer: Jim Zub and Ray Fawkes
Artists: Jethro Morales and Lorenzo Tammetta
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The big prize! Bodies are piled high and only one person can win it all! Arcade’s darkest game comes to a close and anything can happen…especially if Natasha Romanoff has something to say about it.
Why It’s Cool: This is one of those books that takes an old concept — Arcade’s proclivity for murder-tainment — and takes it as seriously as it demands. I haven’t felt a ton of buzz around this series, but I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a tight, almost self-contained story that uses some interesting Marvel elements to drive forward the story. It was an easy addition to this week’s Top Comics to Buy for March 1.
Phantom Road #1
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics
Dom is a long-haul truck driver attempting to stay ahead of his tragic past. When he stops one night to assist Birdie, who has been in a massive car crash, they pull an artifact from the wreckage that throws their lives into fifth gear. Suddenly, a typical midnight run has become a frantic journey through a surreal world where Dom and Birdie find themselves the quarry of strange and impossible monsters.
Why It’s Cool: Holy cow did I love this comic. It’s good-looking, the pacing rules, the scripting is minimal-but-interesting, and the concept is awesomely disturbing, especially the end. I truly can’t recommend this one enough. It’s one of the best new series launches of 2023 so far.
Others Receiving Votes
- Action Comics #1052
- Batman Gotham Knights – Gilded City #5
- Batman Vs. Robin #5
- Breath of Shadows #2
- Captain America – Sentinel of Liberty #10
- Castle Full of Blackbirds #4
- DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of Dead #6
- Detective Comics #1069
- Ghost Rider #12
- Koshchei the Deathless in Hell #3
- Punchline – The Gotham Game #5
- The Riddler: Year One #3
- Sandman Universe – Dead Boy Detectives #3
- Venom #17
- Where Monsters Lie #2
New #1s and One-Shots
- All Night & Every Day #1
- Barbarella – Center Cannot Hold #1
- Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer Special #1 (one-shot)
- Cosmic Ghost Rider #1
- DC RWBY #1
- Hallows Eve #1
- Hunt Kill Repeat #1
- I Am Iron Man #1
- John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction – The Envoy #1
- Red Zone #1
- Rick & Morty Presents Time Zoo #1
- Rogue and Gambit #1
- SHAZAM!: Fury of the Gods Special – Shazamily Matters #1 (one-shot)
- Skull and Bones – Savage Storm #1
- Spider-Gwen – Shadow Clones #1
- Spider-Man: Unforgiven #1 (one-shot)
Trade Collections and Graphic Novels
- Batman: The Imposter! TP
- Defenders Beyond TP
- Do A Powerbomb TP
- Doom Patrol by Gerard Way and Nick Derington – The Deluxe Edition HC
- Eternals – A History Written in Blood TP
- SHAZAM! Thundercrack TP
- Superman Action Comics Vol. 3 – Warworld Revolution TP
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ultimate Collection Vol. 7 HC
- X-Men by Gerry Duggan Vol. 3 TP
Read past editions of the Top Comics to Buy!
Thank God for DC , and the amount of quality product they release. We are very close to 2.5 DC Books to 1 Marvel Book, at our store. Marvel your product looks cheaper then everybody else , do something with the production values
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