This week’s Top Comics to Buy for May 10 features new books from some creators you may have heard of…creators like Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Buckingham, Jeff Lemire, and James Tynion IV. Yes, it’s a busy week for some of the biggest names in the industry, and you can find my full set of picks below, accompanied with the usual weekly lists…enjoy!

Top Comics to Buy for May 10, 2023

Comics to Buy for May 10Miracleman by Gaimam and Buckingham – The Silver Age #5
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artist: Mark Buckingham
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Todd Klein
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Miracleman continues his search for Dickie Dauntless, A.K.A.. Young Miracleman. As we learn more about Miracleman’s forgotten past, we see that he could use all the help he can get. But will he accept it?
Why It’s Cool:
This new story has been as strong as any of the past work that Gaiman and Buckingham have done with Miracleman, which is really saying something. It has a perfect narrative structure built upon the ideas that have defined the past books of this series. And it’s just relentlessly well-executed. This most recent issue is one of the best of the new book so far, too.

Phantom Road #3
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Gabriel H. Walta
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics
FBI agent Theresa Weaver arrives at the scene of Birdie’s car crash to assist the local officers. Although the Feds know more about the Phantom Road than they are willing to let on, Agent Weaver will need to crack the case.
Why It’s Cool: This series — and particularly this issue — combines great, minimalistic horror comics storytelling with the ol’ super compentant FBI agent brushes up with the supernatural/local cops (see also, of course, Twin Peaks). Every issue of this series has been fantastic so far, and this book seems to be building into something truly special, an easy choice for our Top Comics to Buy for May 10.

Saga #64
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Letterer: Fonografiks
Publisher: Image Comics
Who’ll stop the rain?
Why It’s Cool: As is basically standard at this point, the current arc of Saga has been building toward high-stakes action and also relatable emotional devastation (Hazel and her quest to use some kind of too-good-to-be-true magic to bring a loved one back). This arc of Saga has also been very good. Saga has become the sort of long-running comic that’s easy to take for granted, but the scope and quality of this story mean every issue is up for consideration on this list. Also, extra points for this one having a very cool/ominous cover.
Price: $3.99

Sandman Universe – Nightmare Country: The Glass House #2
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Publisher: DC Comics – Black Label
The Corinthian and Dream have a deal: the toothy-eyed nightmare can continue walking the waking world in search of answers about the Smiling Man, but he’s bound to the will of Madison Flynn-who refuses to let him hurt or kill anyone she finds undeserving. But as the Corinthian finds himself drawn into the labyrinthian demon club the King of Pain, he’s about to get a taste of just how tight his leash really is…
Why It’s Cool:
Not that the initial run of Nightmare Country comics last year was bad — quite the contrary — but through two issues, this new season of the title has really found a new level of excellence. It’s a creepy enough story on its own merits, but it’s also expertly building upon what happened in the book’s first miniseries while drawing in more familiar long-time elements of the Sandman Universe too.
Price: $4.99

Second Coming – Trinity #2
Writer: Mark Russell
Layouts: Richard Pace
Finishes: Leonard Kirk
Colors: Andy Troy
Letters: Rob Steen
Publisher: AHOY Comics
God helps Sunstar with a haircut, then tags along on Sunstar’s date with Sheila. Meanwhile, Jesus does babysitting duty for a super-powered toddler!
Why It’s Cool:
Regular readers of this column are probably aware that I enjoy writer Mark Russell’s work, and this new series of Second Coming is — in my opinion — some of his best. Brought to life by the excellent artwork of Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk, and Andy Troy, this new miniseries is incredibly empathetic, thoughtful, and — in the right places — deeply funny. It’s great, and I highly recommend it.

Others Receiving Votes

  • Comics to Buy for May 10Amazing Spider-Man #25
  • Clear #3
  • Danger Street #6
  • Daredevil #11
  • Don’t Spit in the Wind #2
  • The Great British Bump-Off #2
  • I Am Iron Man #3
  • Junkyard Joe #6
  • Monarch #4
  • The Nasty #2
  • Nocterra #14
  • Stargirl: The Lost Children #6
  • Star Trek – Defiant #3
  • Superman Lost #3

New #1s and One-Shots

  • Ancient Enemies – The Wraith and Son #1 (one-shot)
  • Batman White Knight Presents Generation Joker #1
  • Extreme Venomverse #1
  • Ghostlore #1
  • Godzilla Rivals: Biollante vs. Destroyah #1 (one-shot)
  • Green Lantern #1
  • Kong: The Great War #1
  • Murder Inc. – Jagger Rose #1
  • Silk #1
  • Something Epic #1
  • Spirit World #1

Graphic Novels and Trade Collections

  • Bone Orchard Mythos – Ten Thousand Black Feathers HC
  • Daughters of Snow and Cinders HC
  • Final Girls TP
  • Forgotten Blade GN
  • Frankenstein: New World HC
  • Gatsby GN
  • Incal Dying Star HC
  • Joyama Vol. 2 TP
  • Lost Falls TP
  • Man In The McIntosh Suit TP
  • Namor The Sub-Mariner Conquered Shores TP
  • New Champion of SHAZAM! HC
  • Pet Peeves GN

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