Avengers Vs. X-Men, Rotworld, And The Boys: New Comics For October 3rd

It’s the first week of October, so that begs the question with this week’s biggest book, AVENGERS VS X-MEN #12: are we about to be tricked, or treated? That’s always the question with an Event Book, capital EB, of course, but there’s a lot riding on this last issue... Leading into the heavily hyped Marvel NOW! initiative, how much of the Marvel Universe will, in fact, be radically changed, or not? Who will live, and who will die? And most importantly, will we be able to look back at AvX as one cohesive unit, or was it just another middle point in the ongoing story of the Marvel Universe? Either way on all of these questions, we’ll know for sure on Wednesday.

Or, on the other hand, you could manage expectations with the low-key, but awesome sounding Avengers vs. X-Men flag football game in AVENGERS ACADEMY #38. Or begin the long awaited end of Brian Bendis’ Man Without Fear run in DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS #1. Or, get small and nasty with MINIMUM CARNAGE: ALPHA #1. Point is: you’ve got options.

You’ve even got some non-Marvel options, if you can believe it... DC Comics kicks off the eagerly anticipated Rotworld crossover, showing a terrible future where death has taken over. That starts in ANIMAL MAN #13 and SWAMP THING #13, and runs for the next few issues. There’s also the proper first adventure of new Green Lantern Baz in GREEN LANTERN #13, and he was pretty great in the Zero issue.

In case you’re looking for something a little more mature, you can check out THE BOYS #71, the penultimate issue of the series, and the one that pretty much brings a capper to the whole saga. Or, slightly less violent, IDW has LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #3, the funniest story of superhero pregnancy you’ll probably ever read.

And Image Comics have a trio of cool books: DANGER CLUB #4, the story of sidekicks fighting back in a world without heroes was a slow burn for us, but has become one of the more exciting books on the stands; THIEF OF THIEVES #9 shows that writer James Asmus is excelling at delving into the characters set up by Robert Kirkman; and HARVEST #3 is so much fun, you’ll want to sell your organs to buy an issue. You don’t have to though, it’s only $4.

And that’s it! We’ll see you back here next week for a Post-AVX world.