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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.

Thu, February 19th, 2015 - Sidekicks and Spacemen
A new Action Labs book makes its mark while Dan Slott and Mike Allred take Marvel's Silver Surfer to all new heights.

Thu, February 12th, 2015 - Time Travel & Hard Luck Heroes
A fantastic new indie shares a tale of humor, action and deftness while "Astro City" loses half a step, plus swings and misses from "Darth Vader" and "Secret Six."

Thu, February 5th, 2015 - '80s Toys & Squirrel Girl Do It Again
Time travel goes well and the Rebel Alliance brings it in a galaxy far, far away. Even Hulk's failure to be very smart can't throw this week this off the track.

Thu, January 29th, 2015 - The Princess and the Spy
Oni Press delivers a a king's daughter's unconventional tale while Matt Fraction's inter-dimensional intelligence agent returns as a sci-fi Ray Donovan.

Thu, January 22nd, 2015 - Loki & Ivar: Cursed Immortal Brothers
Loki is confronted with the truth, and Ivar: Timewalker finds a companion in a week that goes right -- until Red Sonja sees a lightsaber.

Thu, January 15th, 2015 - New Heroes and a Return of the Jedi
Marvel's anticipated "Star Wars" satisfies in a huge way, "Astro City" gets the job done and Kamala Khan meets Phil Coulson in an entertaining week of comics.

Thu, January 8th, 2015 - Shaft & Squirrel Girl Against The World
Two theme song-driven protagonists lead off a winning week of comics, plus promising signs from "Ant-Man" and "IXth Generation."

Mon, January 5th, 2015 - The Gospel of Phil Coulson
The year's last week ends on a good note as many things you love from Marvel's current TV show find their way to Earth-616.

Mon, December 29th, 2014 - 'Twas The Comics Before Xmas
The year's penultimate week of comics turned out to be a tough one as no comics made it home, and Jason Todd's Christmas turned out terrible.

Thu, December 18th, 2014 - Transformers Shine, Marvel Disappoints
Optimus Prime and Megatron shine, but Marvel can't field a lead of color who's good at their job, and Roy Harper is a drunken super genius - or something.

Thu, December 11th, 2014 - Web Swingers & Fading Superheroes
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson do what they do best, while Peter Parker helps the everyman and trades blows with Dr. Bong.

Thu, December 4th, 2014 - Mundane to the Fantastic, from Shaft to The Doctor
A splendid week of comics as the hits keep coming from Gallifrey, Harlem and Spartax, while literally nothing was truly bad - you just can't beat that.

Tue, December 2nd, 2014 - Dinosaurs, Giant Robots & Days of Wonder
Despite a very effective speculative fiction yarn and a time travel tale from Cybertronians, last week was a hard one to be thankful for.

Thu, November 20th, 2014 - Kurt Busiek's Emotional Rollercoaster
The best Peter Capaldi performance of the year, Loki makes a hilarious hero and this week's "Astro City" shows you how to grab somebody by the feels and never let go.

Thu, November 13th, 2014 - Winter is Coming, Without Much to Buy
A dour week of comics as nothing really rocked, Bucky Barnes trips, "Evil Empire" runs out of surprises and more issues impede the idea of a Wednesday haul.

Thu, November 6th, 2014 - Mostly Independents for Guy Fawkes Day
John Layman's foodie franchise, two Guardians of the Galaxy, a friend of vampires & insane animal men win the week.

Thu, October 30th, 2014 - Love, Hip Hop & The Miseducation of Megatron
Crack into the head of the Decepticon leader, catch up with Vaughan and Staples' space opera and Darryl Makes Comics in a big, winning week of comics.

Thu, October 23rd, 2014 - Rucka and Lark's Guide to Spies and Formalwear
"Lazarus" heads home while "Memetic" changed the rules of warfare, Hobgoblin's got a new line of work and the origin of Cybertron's Primes is revealed.

Thu, October 16th, 2014 - The Tepid Death of Wolverine
James Howlett's "death" headlines a week of unfavorable periodicals as Miles Morales gets his banter on, and Red Sonja squares off against lightsabers. Wait, what?

Thu, October 9th, 2014 - Archenemies, Hashtags & A Prodigal Chosen One
"Astro City" dazzles with its sheer mastery of the form, "Batgirl" goes full-on millennial and a new Image book has an amazing take on fantasy and loss.

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 - Midnight On Meh Mountain
Nothing was really great or terrible, though "Concrete Park" tried, Victor Von Doom got sweet revenge and "Gotham Academy" tries to make teen angst work.

Thu, September 25th, 2014 - Not Falling In Love With "Saga"
Loki, Transformers, and Red Sonja all swung and missed, while "Saga" has a rare issue where it's just good and not amazing.

Thu, September 18th, 2014 - A Quantum Entanglement Murder Mystery... In Space!
A group of giant robots find far more emotional resonance than you would likely expect while asking questions they didn't want answers to.

Thu, September 11th, 2014 - A Finer Superman
This week, Hyperion finds his place in the world, a college rivalry goes horribly awry and a girl raised by a cult becomes somebody making her own decisions.

Thu, September 4th, 2014 - Nightwing's Memento, Grendel's Comeback & Innovative Indies
A fascinating trip in experimental storytelling, time traveling Hunter Rose, a prison world with entertainment veterans guiding the way & madness meets NASA.

Thu, August 28th, 2014 - Evil Genius, Robotic Mysteries & Broken Hearts
A Top Cow Pilot Season winner delivers a simply stunning finale, Megatron investigates and Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples show how things fall apart.

Thu, August 21st, 2014 - Gunfire, Lightsabers and Old Debts
A city under siege, complex plans for firefights and fury, traps being sprung and old business returning to get settled make for a winning week of comics.

Thu, August 14th, 2014 - Robots, Tigers & Immortals, Oh My!
Strong showings from one of Valiant's odd couples and a solid debut from "Midnight Tiger" lead off a week that wins so big, there was nothing terrible. How about that?

Thu, August 7th, 2014 - The Unbearable Meh-ness of This Week's Comics
Things don't go well with no new comic shining brightly enough that it demands Hannibal's hard-earned dollars.

Thu, July 31st, 2014 - The Desperate Burden of Heroism
A talented indie steps up, writer Felipe Smith defines heroism and Jimmie Robinson sings his murderous swan song in a winning week of comics!

Thu, July 24th, 2014 - Falling Apart on the Eve of SDCC
Despite "Saga" continuing its epic run, other titles embarrassed and befuddled while a mountain of 'meh' preceded Nerdi Gras.

Thu, July 17th, 2014 - Storybook Battlelines and Superhero Bros
Bobby DaCosta and Sam Guthrie are having a whole lot of fun, and fairy tale sisters stand ready to rumble while She-Hulk falls down on the job.

Thu, July 10th, 2014 - Robot Murder Mystery & What Afterlives May Come
Megatron gets trapped in a locked door mystery while Joshua Hale Fialkov takes us down a path less traveled in "Life After."

Thu, July 3rd, 2014 - Death, Delinquents and the Devil's Road Trip
Matt Murdock heads cross country, Death settles the score and brothers find answers they need in a week that overcomes even Rocket Raccoon's cliched misstep.

Thu, June 26th, 2014 - Dreams, Transformers & Disappointments in Space
A winning week shows characters wishing for more than they have and struggling with how to get it while Dr. Strange inexplicably struggles against a demon.

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