Summer is a wonderful time to be a comic book fan. Event-comics are a source of constant excitement – an occasional eye rolls – for fans who love when comics get crazy, the way only they can. This month is filled with the kinds of stories and events that comic lovers crave.

July 3

The Walking Dead #193

The Walking Dead is the most well known independent comic book series of all time. The book, which was created in 2003 by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, was an instant hit. Starting with issue #7, Charlie Adlard took over artistic duties. Since then, Kirkman and Adlard have created a megahit. The comic series has inspired two shows on AMC, a series of video games, and a tabletop game.

Kirkman announced a few years ago that he had thought of an ending for the book and would write it eventually. While fans knew that the series, originally “a zombie story that never ended,” would come to an end eventually, nobody knew when that end would actually happen. Now, it’s all over. Kirkman and Adlard unexpectedly ended the book with issue #193 this month. Image Comics helped keep the end a secret by publishing solicitations for the book up through Issue #200, complete with fake covers by Adlard. The finale of a colossal mega-hit of a series is something that cannot be missed.

Other Must-Read Books This Week

  • Adventures of the Super Sons #12
  • Doom Patrol: Weight of the World #1
  • Los Lane #1
  • Star Wars: Age of Resistance #1

July 10

Wolverine & Captain America: Weapons Plus #1

Love it or hate it, Summer is all about events in the comics world. The biggest Marvel event of the Summer was definitely War of the Realms which just wound down in June. But right on its heels is Weapons Plus, an event that unites Steve Rogers and Logan in a team up that is sure to please fans. The series will investigate the Weapon Plus program originally created by Grant Morrison in his New X-Men run in 2002.

As a brief overview, the Weapon Plus program was based on a new understanding of why Wolverine was called Weapon X. In Morrison’s run, it was revealed that the “X” of “Weapon X” was a Roman numeral. Wolverine is the tenth iteration of the same super-soldier program that made Steve Rogers into Captain America. Other members of that program have been Deadpool, Nuke, and the Stepford Cuckoos. And Marvel has also teased that the book may feature Fantomex (Weapon XIII). But we’re hoping that it helps to fill in some of the blanks in the Weapon Plus history.

Other Must-Read Books This Week

  • Invisible Woman #1 of 5
  • Star Wars #68
  • War of the Realms Omega #1

July 17

Batman #75

We interviewed Tom King all the way back at the beginning of his Batman run. Even then we could tell he was doing something special with the book. And in an era defined by one-shots, self-contained events, and a lack of consequences, King’s story really has been amazing. Since his first issue in 2016, King has been telling one incredible story. And that story has reached its thrilling climax as the “City of Bane” story arc kicks off in Batman #75.

There is no shortage of highlight in the outstanding Batman #75. Bane has taken over Gotham and imprisoned any villains who oppose him. A false Batman is swinging through Gotham. Bruce Wayne has abandoned the city to try and regain his sense of self after battling his father in the desert. And Lex Luthor has a scheme of his own planned for Gotham. It is the kind of comic that would feel totally insane if every one of King’s first 74 issues hadn’t been working to earn it. King’s books are always on our pull list. But this one promises to be something extra special.

Other Must-Read Comics This Week:

  • Jimmy Olsen #1

July 24

House of X #1 of 6

There are few words guaranteed to make comic book fans sit up and take note. But here are a few: “Jonthan Hickman is writing the X-Men.” Hickman last wrote Marvel’s mutants in 2013 as a part of the team writing Avengers vs. X-Men. In the fallout from AvX he wrote helmed two different books featuring related teams: Avengers and New AvengersThose books were the lead in for the Infinity event which did a lot of work to set the tone for Thanos and the Avengers in the MCU.

Now, as you may have heard, the X-men are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And if you believe the conspiracy hype, that is why Marvel is interested in bringing them back into the spotlight in the comics. Maybe that’s true. Maybe it isn’t. But either way, Hickman writing two separate X-Books at the same time is something for fans to get excited about. The series will kick off on July 24 with House of X #1. Then, just one week later, Powers of X #1.

Other Must-Read Comics This Week:

  • Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 of 8
  • Detective Comics #1008
  • History of the Marvel Universe #1 of 6
  • Valkyrie #1

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