Old Man Hawkeye Starts and Harley Quinn ‘Ends’ This Week

Old Man Hawkeye #1, Harley Quinn #34 and more.

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Once you check out our picks, then head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!

Old Man Hawkeye #1 – $3.99

Writer Ethan Sacks | Artist Marco Checchetto (Marvel Comics)

What was once a standalone epic set at the dreary end of the Marvel Universe is now a world with continuations and spinoffs. Old Man Logan saw Logan and Hawkeye team up and hit the road, showing us a Hawkeye who is completely blind yet still capable driving the Spider-Buggy. This story takes place five years before the events of Old Man Logan just when Clint Barton realizes he’s losing his eyesight, prompting him to go on a mission to get revenge on as many bad guys as he can before he can’t see anything at all. This version of Hawkeye certainly fits the bill when it comes to great Western stories where the exiled gunslinger is at the end of his rope, so we’re interested to see how this series takes advantage of the Old Man Logan world.

Avengers #675 – $4.99

Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub | Artist Pepe Larraz | Cover Artist Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)

Here’s an ambitious project for you. Marvel has consolidated its four Avengers team books to tell one massive, 16-part story with one issue hitting each week for the next four months. The casts of Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, U.S. Avengers, and Occupy Avengers are banding together to confront a global threat, literally. The Earth has been “stolen” and is now in a place where cosmic objects are crashing to the surface, endangering all life on the planet. Naturally, we’re expecting some villainous mastermind to be behind it all. Marvel is billing this as the “end of an era” that will set up the future of the Avengers franchise, so we’re taking notice to see how it all shakes out.

Black Lightning: Year One Trade Paperback – $14.99

Writer Jen Van Meter | Artist Cully Hamner (DC Comics)

With the Black Lightning TV show debuting next week, DC Comics have prepared this new edition of the character’s comic book origin story for readers who want to know more about him. While this story won’t match the upcoming show beat for beat, it’s clear that the show was inspired by this take on Jefferson Pierce’s beginnings. More than just a history lesson in the character, this is an excellently crafted story by Jen Van Meter and Cully Hamner that cuts to the core of why a hero like Black Lightning matters in the same city as Superman. It tackles tough subjects that we struggle with in the real world while also delivering a tense and engaging read. We’d recommend it whether the show was coming out or not.

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Harley Quinn #34 – $2.99

Writers Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti | Artists Chad Hardin, John Timms | Cover Artist Amanda Conner (DC Comics)

Jim Lee has called Harley Quinn the fourth pillar of DC, after Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, and that is largely because of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and their artistic collaborators. Together, they forged the modern take on Harley – crazy yet caring, humorous yet heartfelt, a product of her time with the Joker yet a fiercely independent woman – and now their time with the character has come to an end. This is their final issue as the creative team for Harley, a story aptly titled “That’s All Folks!” With four years and ~100 issues under their belts, it’ll be hard to see them go, but if we know anything from our time reading their work, it’s that they’ll have us both crying and laughing as the curtain closes.

Mech Cadet Yu #5 – $3.99

Writer Greg Pak | Artist Takeshi Miyazawa (BOOM! Studios)

In merely four issues, Mech Cadet Yu has created a cast of fun and compelling characters who live in a fully-fleshed out world with giant robots and destructive monsters. Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa amped up the danger tenfold in Issue #4, so we’ve been biting our nails waiting for the climactic Issue #5. Well, it’s a good thing it’s hitting this week because we’re down to the cuticle.

Joshua is IGN’s Comics Editor. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

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