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Mon, November 30th, 2015 - Robot Love and Soldiers of Fortune
The culture of Cybertron gets a wonderful new facet and "Blackjack" is back, but it's hard to be thankful when you weigh in the rest of the week's offerings.

Thu, November 19th, 2015 - New Ideas, Old Songs and Vader's Down
Five comics head home, including Mark Millar's nostalgic turn, Mia Goodwin's tale of magic and murder, and the Lord of the Sith against impossible odds.

Thu, November 12th, 2015 - Vader and the Last Sons of America
The Dark Lord of the Sith plays all the cards right as baby fever is a serious sickness for the people of the United States.

Thu, November 5th, 2015 - Remember, Remember This Fourth of November...
Spider-Man and Johnny Storm have another hilarious interaction, the Avengers' favorite synthetic man twists the suburban dream, and Transformers go wild.

Thu, October 29th, 2015 - Villain Bros and Squirrel Girl
Kicking butts and eating nuts while Black Adam and Sinestro hang out like old pals barely balances the week from the misappropriation of Clark Kent.

Thu, October 22nd, 2015 - How To Get Away With Murder -- Or Heroism
Kurt Busiek continues to show how to do superhero comics right in another great "Astro City" installment, plus an indie comes on strong and bloody.

Thu, October 15th, 2015 - Ladies, This Song Is For You!
"Ms. Marvel" stands up and dances on the last day of the world, and the Gillen/McKelvie joint "Phonogram" lives up to literary standards.

Thu, October 8th, 2015 - Marvel Makes It Marvelous
Lando gets his Matthew Quigley on, Peter Parker can't lose, Stephen Strange shows up and, on the other side of the universe, the Omega Men break the rules.

Thu, October 1st, 2015 - Boy Wonders and Camouflaged Giant Robots
A surprisingly effective team up between a former acrobat and a disgraced reporter and Decepticon losers trying to figure it out make this a winning week.

Thu, September 24th, 2015 - Soldiers, Spies... and Anime?
A G.I. Joe pilot runs the skies, Dick Grayson plays both sides, two generations of Fury men take on Hydra and "Astro City" again shows the essence of heroism.

Thu, September 17th, 2015 - New Ideas & Lando's Monologues
Things could go better for the galaxy's smoothest brother, but Rick Remender and Sean Murphy teach some old ideas new tricks.

Thu, September 10th, 2015 - Gillen & McKelvie Are Playing Your Song
Another phenomenal "Phonogram" leads a week that wins by a thin margin as Batman fails his city and "Bloodstrike" reminds us of the horrors we let go.

Thu, September 3rd, 2015 - A Requiem for Megatron
One book shines, one book's bad, and the ambition of the rest of the week's releases can't overcome things going kind of wobbly.

Thu, August 27th, 2015 - The All Scoundrel Edition
Lando leads the paparazzi, Gallifreyans and shlub Hydra agents all teaming up to make the week sneak in a win.

Thu, August 20th, 2015 - Murder, Ragnarok & The Dreams of Supermen
"Astro City" celebrates 20 years, Loki literally rewrites the rules and ComixTribe drops a stunning debut issue.

Thu, August 13th, 2015 - Magic, Music, Spaceships & Squirrel Girl
Marvel's toughest heroine gets a little help from her friends, Lando makes a big heist while McKelvie and Gillen are back with one of their most brilliant works.

Thu, August 6th, 2015 - Rescue The Princess?
"Omega Men" turns tropes on their heads while "Airboy" continues to disappoint and "Secret Wars" continues to limp forward.

Thu, July 30th, 2015 - Robots in a New Disguise
Even a truly amazing pop-culture inflected mystery in space can't save the week as Clark Kent is dumber than hay and a horror comic doesn't even try.

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 - Tricksters and Time Travelers
It's the end of the worlds as we know it and a pair of immortals use cleverness and every trick in the book to do what they feel is right in a winning week.

Thu, July 16th, 2015 - Living the Life in Astro City
A light and easygoing week of comics wins as we see the nature of heroism and muddle through crossover meh-ness.

Thu, July 9th, 2015 - True Love in The Age of Lando
"Saga" returns to form and a "Star Wars" book shows scoundrel-ish charm, but industry legends falter and a pirate princess can't fight her way through plot deficiencies.

Thu, July 2nd, 2015 - The Surprisingly Fallable Squirrel Girl
Things could have gone better on the week before SDCC, as "Bizarro" fails to fail, Doom shows his foibles and other comics are less than impressive.

Thu, June 25th, 2015 - Transformers Dance Party
Dancing giant robots lead off a week that wins on the merit of "meh" and nothing really being that bad.

Thu, June 18th, 2015 - The Gorilla Comic Didn't Work?
The week fails to satisfy as "Astro City" phones it in, "Transformers" fall short and the Winter Soldier comes in chilly, though many indies made courageous showings.

Thu, June 11th, 2015 - Of Love and Space Flight
Amorous affections lead to surprising places in a fantastic week, as Thom Zahler does an outstanding job with a new book and "Saga" continues to astound.

Thu, June 4th, 2015 - Justice League Triumphant
Geoff Johns brings the thunder and the glory as DC's magnificent seven stand up in a major way while Squirrel Girl makes good friends.

Thu, May 28th, 2015 - Funeral for an Autobot
A team of travel-weary Transformers pre-mourn the passing of one of their greatest, perhaps to beat the rush for a winning week.

Thu, May 21st, 2015 - Shaft's Big Finale
The swan song for the Dynamite detective makes the week a win - barely - as "Convergence" is like a Bataan Death March and "Secret Wars" loses focus.

Thu, May 14th, 2015 - Secret Wars, Star Wars & A Gorilla on Drums
Darth Vader continues to shine, Jonathan Hickman makes a big Heroclix match work as a story, and, yeah -- that's a gorilla playing the drums. Rock on.

Thu, May 7th, 2015 - Spiders & Squirrels Make Mine Marvel
Peter Parker and Bass Lass lead off a week of hilarity and heroism where great collections and nothing going wrong lead to a fantastic Six-o de Mayo.

Thu, April 30th, 2015 - The Collected Poetry of Megatron
Quirky robots on a spaceship can't beat the insanity of "Multiversity" nor the Iron Man/Cap slapfighting that's been going on since "Civil War."

Thu, April 23rd, 2015 - Squirrel Girl Rocks, and Mark Waid is Still Evil
The Thrillbent creator re-teamed with his longtime collaborator, and a college freshman finds the true key to answering the threat of Galactus.

Thu, April 16th, 2015 - Shaft's Big Revenge
The fifth issue of the noirish detective series is another gem in a crossover-heavy week.

Thu, April 9th, 2015 - Bad Guys In Steel & Superhero Retirement
Vader goes off the reservation, Megatron's strongest believer has a plan and an "Astro City" hero finds his happy ending.

Thu, April 2nd, 2015 - Bradbury & Batman Win Big
Friendship and family take center stage as an adaptation of a science fiction giant’s work dazzles and Damian Wayne shows how to make superheroing cool.

Thu, March 26th, 2015 - Celebrating Ten Years
As we celebrate ten years worth of columns at this site, nothing made the jump for a week of comics that's mostly a mass of "meh."

Thu, March 19th, 2015 - A Space Princess, The Man of Tomorrow & Going Nuts
Mark Waid gives us the Leia we deserve, Superman gets down to earth and Squirrel Girl again proves her excellence in a week of winning comics.

Thu, March 12th, 2015 - Detective Work, Space Battles & New Jersey
Marvel has the biggest wins and the only disappointment as Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan stand side by side with John Shaft for a winning week.

Thu, March 5th, 2015 - Singing Some Space Age Love Songs
Giant robots find real tenderness while "Saga's" star-crossed Capulets and Montagues struggle to locate the same against the backdrop of intergalactic war.

Thu, February 26th, 2015 - Man Without Fear, Sith Without Mercy
Palpatine's apprentice makes his presence known while Matt Murdock has a good day and barely knows what to do with it in a week that skids and crashes overall.

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