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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.

Thu, June 19th, 2014 - Gods and Monsters, Stories and Sex
Three jumps make it a good week as the newest Gillen/McKelvie joint illuminates and Darth Maul strikes back, even while a Vertigo mainstay misses a step.

Thu, June 12th, 2014 - A Tale of Two Science Cities
Busiek and Anderson challenge your brain in a chronologically complex tale of passion and possibility while a solar system stands poised on the brink of war.

Thu, June 5th, 2014 - Smart Guys Finish First With Loki & Enrique
Two thinkers show how to work around the biggest and the strongest in adventures in divinity and assassination, yet three bad book drag the week down.

Thu, May 29th, 2014 - Alas, Poor Thanos...
The "mad" Titan navel gazes fruitlessly while Thunderbolt Ross wastes time in a week of comics that tries, but ultimately lets you down.

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 - Sith Battles, Political Intrigue & Intelligent Bloodshed
It's a good week for bad people as Darth Maul leaps into the limelight, while Image delivers three great creator-owned titles that combine bloodshed and brainy.

Thu, May 15th, 2014 - Ghosts In The Machine & Bands for Brothers
Megatron makes a capable captain, bickering brothers spice up a heist, the new Ghost Rider handles action well & Puss in Boots makes for an unlikely hero.

Thu, May 8th, 2014 - A Tale of Two Tricksters
Everything's coming up Loki as Miles Morales lets us down, Cyclops and Red Sonja tug at our heart strings and apparently Mister Terrific kills the future.

Thu, May 1st, 2014 - Super Elephantmen are More Than Meets The Eye
An indie comic sensation creates another page turner, Comicraft's franchise product goes full Miramax and Megatron becomes an Autobot.

Thu, April 24th, 2014 - Presidents, Spies, Watchers & Complex Kids
Jack Bauer's back, Uatu relates to Nova and creator-owned ideas swing for the fences and connect with plain talk sci-fi and presidential politics meeting punk music.

Thu, April 17th, 2014 - Not Quite a Bullseye
Jimmie Robinson's indie sensation heads home while Spidey goes traditional, an Autobot makes her mark and Larime Taylor's serial killer has a plan.

Thu, April 10th, 2014 - Spirits of Vengeance & Administration
Kurt Busiek and Felipe Smith deliver fantastic new ideas as a magician par excellence and Marvel's new spirit of vengeance move towards becoming icons.

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 - Marvel's Heroes & Scoundrels
Loki steps between the cracks and Marc Spector gives you all the action you can handle while Hal Jordan, Quantum & Red Sonja give it a heck of a try.

Thu, March 27th, 2014 - The Re-Introduction of Selina Kyle
The column's 9th anniversary at CBR sees Otto Parker fall down and a fan community again suffer an unfair, unprovoked attack, even as "Catwoman" shines.

Thu, March 20th, 2014 - Back Issue Backwash on "Meh" Island
Nothing bad meets nothing good enough to buy, though brave showings came in from "Witcher," "Daredevil," "Superman Unchained" and more.

Thu, March 13th, 2014 - Unexpected Heroes & Ruthless Ambition
Shockwave's plan becomes clear, Carol Danvers & Winged Victory show the boys how it's done, a vengeful Horseman chases fate and an unknown X-Man saves the day.

Thu, March 6th, 2014 - Imperial Entanglements from Bemis & BOOM!
A witty, political new series from Max Bemis leads a winning week that had no truly bad comics and ambitious attempts from Warren Ellis, Mark Millar and more.

Thu, February 27th, 2014 - Of Assassins and Scoundrels
A winning week - barely - with good times for bad people from Image Comics while Aquaman goes to his high school reunion. Really.

Thu, February 20th, 2014 - Finding Fables on Meh Mountain
Eisner favorites phoned it in and most of the week's other comics just kind of showed up for roll call without doing anything special.

Thu, February 13th, 2014 - Make Mine Marvel
The Mouse House of Ideas stepped up the game with a brilliant new take on Jennifer Walters and a mixture of mutants and corporate espionage that worked well.

Thu, February 6th, 2014 - Ladies Rule with Black Widow & Lazarus
A pair of lethal and determined women honed by science move past their opposition in a nearly effortless manner in a week that wins.

Thu, January 30th, 2014 - Fairytales, Sci-Fi Stories & Assassin School
The fall of a Superior Spidey, Superman's moral dilemmas and British folly made it more than a chore to get through this week's stack.

Thu, January 23rd, 2014 - Black Leather, Batarangs & Ancient Conspiracies
Three comics make the jump, from Gotham City confessions to Cold War leftovers, plus an innovative new indie all beating out the the usual suspects.

Thu, January 16th, 2014 - Superheroes In Space & In Trouble
As "Astro City" keeps hitting its stride and "Egos" steps up with bold new ideas, Thor, Otto Parker and "Grimm Fairy Tales" fail dramatically.

Thu, January 9th, 2014 - From Russia With A Bang & Bickering Brothers
"Quantum and Woody" finds its footing as Natasha Romanov grapples with guilt. Only Benedict Cumberbatch manages to be a problem in a week that wins big.

Thu, January 2nd, 2014 - Bill Willingham Takes On Camelot
Other than "Fables," the week's a wash with a mountain of "meh" in the middle, as the new year opens with talky Avengers & sappiness from Superman.

Thu, December 26th, 2013 - Steven Grant's Got A Brand New Trick Bag
The newest crime foibles from the maker of "2 Guns" leads off the Kwanzaa week festivities as the biggest names from the Big Two are predictable.

Thu, December 19th, 2013 - Alien Love & A Call -- For Murder!
Image dominates this week's purchases as Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples' space opera masterpiece and Larime Taylor's inviting psychodrama head home.

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