The Top Comics to Buy for November 2, 2022, is a diverse list, featuring a popular veteran artist taking a major crack at Batman, a great continuing DC Comics series, the end of a fantastic crime comics story arc, and more. We’ve actually got three out of the top five as new series launches, making this a great week to try out some new books. You can find the full list of usual recommendations below…enjoy!
Top Comics to Buy for November 2, 2022
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publisher: DC Comics
The Joker will go to any lengths to get Harley Quinn back after she is abducted by a strange culprit. But who? Mysterious, Joker-like monsters are stalking the streets of Gotham, collecting severed heads. But why? Jim Gordon is missing, and after receiving a package containing a bloody piece of Gotham’s commissioner, Batman knows he must be willing to do anything to save him. But how? When The Joker proposes an uneasy alliance with Batman, the answers to those questions begin to become clear–and they will shake Gotham City and the Bat-Family to their core. This meticulously crafted tale of the Dark Knight’s deadliest team-up will introduce you to a grim and gritty Gotham that only Marc Silvestri could bring you.
Why It’s Cool: I really liked this comic, and I wrote about why in-depth for this week’s DC Round-Up. But in short, if you like Marc Silvestri’s artwork, it’s a real treat to see him take on Gotham City.
Behold, Behemoth #1
Writer: Tate Brombal
Artist: Nick Robles
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Greyson’s world is crumbling following his brother’s sudden and mysterious death…
His sleepless nights are haunted by vivid nightmares of a terrifying monster, pushing him to the brink of losing both his sanity and his job as a social worker.
But he’s truly shaken to the core when his newest case-a young orphaned girl named Wren-is found at the scene of a brutal murder, just hours after first meeting Greyson.
The line between nightmare and waking life blurs as Greyson soon discovers that the monster from his dreams might just be real-a mythical, ancient beast that is bringing about the end of the world, with shocking connections to both him and Wren…
Why It’s Cool: Artist Nick Robles is unsurprisingly fantastic. Seriously, I don’t think Robles has ever drawn a bad book, going back to the stealth hit a few years back, The Euthanauts. And for this one, writer Tate Brombal delivers a really smart, character-driven script. This is a special first issue and easy choice for the Top Comics to Buy for November 2.
The New Champion of SHAZAM! #3
Writer: Josie Campbell
Artist: Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner
Letterer: Becca Carey
Publisher: DC Comics
Don’t read the comments! After a disastrous outing as Shazam, Mary is the laughingstock of the internet. Will she ever be taken seriously? Now it’s up to her to ignore the haters and help those who really need her. The missing-persons problem in Philly has only gotten worse, and our hero is running out of time to find the culprit behind it!
Why It’s Cool: Put simply, this might be the perfect SHAZAM! comic. It’s got everything, a fun sense of adventure, crisp artwork, great characters. I really love this comic, and if it sticks the landing, it’s going to end up being one of the DC Comics highlights of the year.
The Ones #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Jacob Edgar
Colorist: K.J. Diaz
Letterer: Joshua Reed
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics – Jinxworld
Every single person in every mythology that was told they were THE ONE are brought together for the first time to defeat . . . THE ONE. The actual one. The real actual one. This amazing new vision is brought to life by wunderkind artist and cocreator Jacob Edgar (Batman, Army of Darkness). Watch as he brings explosive comics splendor to this big new world! Think Good Omens meets Ghostbusters meets The Adam Project meets The Goonies meets Everything Everywhere All at Once meets, um, anything else you’ve ever liked!
Why It’s Cool: This is one of the cleverest superhero comics concepts I’ve ever seen, maybe since one of Bendis’ other original superhero comics, Powers. Oh, and I’ve been saying for a long time that it’s mind-boggling that Jacob Edgar isn’t a superstar artist. Once this book gets out in the world, he very well may be.
That Texas Blood #19
Writer: Chris Condon
Artist: Jacob Phillips
Color Assistant: Pip Martin
Publisher: Image Comics
This storyline ends here! Suffering grievous wounds, Lu tries desperately to escape the relentless onslaught of the RQK as night falls on a snow-shrouded Ambrose County.
Why It’s Cool: Because it’s set in a snow storm. Also, because the villain is terrifying. Also, because this whole arc and series to date have been excellent. Seriously, I am running out of ways to recommend this book. It’s great; you should all be reading it.
Others Receiving Votes
- Antioch #2
- Batman #129
- Black Panther #11
- Blood-Stained Teeth #6
- Earthdivers: Kill Columbus #2
- End After End #3
- Gotham City: Year One #2
- Heart Eyes #3
- Little Monsters #7
- Night of the Ghoul #2
- Poison Ivy #6
- Punisher #7
- Savage Avengers #7
- Sword of Azrael #4
- X-Men Red #8
New #1s and One-Shots
- Cherish #1
- Crossgen Tales #1
- Deadpool #1
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind #1
- Hell to Pay #1
- Nature’s Labyrinth #1
- Quick Stops #1
- Secret Invasion #1
- Tiger Division #1
- Vampirella vs. Red Sonja #1
Trade Collections and Graphic Novels
- Adventureman Vol. 2 A Fairy Tale Of New York HC
- Batgirls Vol. 1 TP
- Batman: Shadow War HC
- B.P.R.D. Omnibus Vol. 2 TP
- Brilliant TP Dark Horse Edition
- Cover Vol. 1 TP Dark Horse Edition
- Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky To Heaven Through Hell Vol. 3 HC
- EC Archives Incredible Science Fiction TP
- Ice Cream Man Vol. 8 Subjects & Objects TP
- Invisible Kingdom Library Edition HC
- Miles Morales Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
- Spider-Man 2099 Exodus TP
- Tales of the Amazons HC
- Task Force Z Vol. 1 Death’s Door HC
- X-Men Red By Al Ewing Vol. 1 TP
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