Regular Kotaku comics man Evan Narcisse had to dash off to a meeting and asked me, the guy who has pretty much only been reading all—yes, all—of Brian Michael Bendis' Avengers run for the past month, to recommend some new comics worth buying this week.
Hmm. Let's see. How about...
Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1
Do you like Dragon Age? Here's some new Dragon Age for you. Official summary: "In this essential story from the lead writer of BioWare's Dragon Age games, a king travels to an empire of evil mages to uncover the fate of his lost father! Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, King Alistair will stop at nothing to learn the truth-even if it means battling an army of cultists single-handed!"
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1
Because, you know, you shouldn't leave a comics shop without feeling like you just bought some porn. (Alternate, more obscure joke for this item: DC tries to convince Alan Moore that they're up for Before Lost Girls, too.)
Scalped is one of the great comics of this century, a gritty story about an FBI agent who goes undercover to crack a criminal enterprise in the Native American reservation where he grew up. If you like good, dark, violent drama, Scalped is for you. This is the final issue, written as always, by the wonderful Jason Aaron and drawn by the series' main artist, R.M. Guera.
I said, "Scalped #60"
Seriously. Scalped# 60. Get it. Not kidding. And if you haven't read the other 59, get them too!
Amazing Spider-Man #692
50th Anniversary Issue, and just eight more to go before the much-hyped status-quo-changing #700. Official summary: "Special 50TH Anniversary Issue! Join us for a once in a lifetime event: the one, true 50th Anniversary Issue of the Amazing Spider-Man. A special over-sized issue harkening back to the legend the legend that started it all! Get ready for an all-new tale about a different kind of power and responsibility... • Plus original stories by Dean Haspiel, Joshua Hale Fialkov & Nuno Plati!"
Not the best week, not the worst week. A decent week. And if you're wondering, the Bendis Avengers run(s) read well, but the guy has a weird thing for setting up great premises for his many characters and then letting other writers reach narrative closure with those characters in other books (See: Nick Fury, Scarlet Witch, more...).
(Images and official summaries snatched from Midtown Comics. They're good people over there. Buy your comics from them, if you haven't turned into one of these comic-book-shop-killing ComiXology digital comics consumers like me.)