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Thu, March 4th, 2010
Brace yourself: there was absolutely nothing awful about this week's new comic releases! That shocker aside, there's genuinely great stuff in a largely DC-dominated week full of characters that predominantly live in gray areas.

Thu, February 25th, 2010
Heroic efforts by William Gravel, Deadpool, Layla Miller, two old lovers and a mountain of comic book facts simply aren't enough to save this week from Thundercracker and Sinestro, the harbingers of The Great Sadness.

Thu, February 18th, 2010
A winning way for best laid plans when Dr. Doom's machinations lead to war, the Prince of Power surprises, Jericho Drumm goes out strong and Wade Wilson decides to take Manhattan in a week of comics that wins in spite of itself.

Thu, February 11th, 2010
Everything works out this week when Deadshot follows his destiny, Vril Dox learns a lesson, Matty Roth goes back to basics and Kid-with-knife learns about magic all on a New Comics Day that makes comics worth reading.

Thu, February 4th, 2010
It's easy to have a good week when only one book really annoys and the rest are filled with mud-splattered legends, a blood-splattered anti-hero, Chinese super military men, Tony Stark in crisis and a return to Milestone.

Thu, January 28th, 2010
There's not much to celebrate in a week of mediocrity, so while Kurt Busiek and Marvel's reference material shines, there's not a whole lot to say about the various big event comics that hit in the shadow of the iPad.

Thu, January 21st, 2010
Things are looking pretty good this week as this column's reviewer turns 37 which in turn means an abbreviated column that features the king of magic, a transdimensional spy, a demigod and a nice day for a Fable-filled baseball game.

Thu, January 14th, 2010
Smart underdogs make things work for THE BUY PILE this week, with Coluan intelligence, Wakandan wiliness, lots of bullets, bad guys gone good and the best laid plans of billionaire super heroes all showing up to contribute to the win.

Thu, January 7th, 2010
The new year starts off on a good note this week with comics that feature immortal spies, old friends who burned bridges, Chinese fisticism, noirish private detection, the redemption of a hero and the flat-out brilliance of "Dingo."

Thu, December 24th, 2009
The Great Sadness takes hold for the holidays as an inexpensive week is overwhelmed by comics that barely manage to whelm, with event comics, commentary tracks and other business taking center stage.

Thu, December 17th, 2009
Are we in a seasonal depression? It's hard to tell, as Steve Rogers and Guy Gardner usher in an age of sadness that's still outshone by a Wakandan princess, The Advocate, two soldiers, a band of stories and two siblings.

Thu, December 10th, 2009
In this week's comics, bad people do good things worth being grateful for with a secretary, a Marine, a goth, a lunatic, a hybrid and a phonomancer making the week worthwhile, even with the ghosts of comics past stinking up the place.

Fri, December 4th, 2009
It's good times this week as literary espionage meets culture clashes, a web-novel comes to comics and bullet casings fly, while Amazonian princesses go too far, Alpha One can't find a dancing partner and much "meh" manifests in between.

Fri, November 27th, 2009
This time out, a huge holiday week of comic book releases leads to good tidings to be thankful for, as Marvel avenges and dominates the purchases while big event comics slide by with barely a whisper of quality to be seen.

Thu, November 19th, 2009
This week: Hank Pym, "Phonogram" and...wait, what? That can't be right. Seriously? Brother Power The Geek was good enough to buy? Check that again. Really? Wow. Well, okay, there's that, and, uh...some other stuff too.

Thu, November 12th, 2009
The devil's in the details this week, with good dialogue making an appearance in even less-than-clearly-plotted comics, as both William Gravel and T'Challa make it work alongside a mouthy merc and all your favorite stories.  

Thu, November 5th, 2009
Another winning week has come and... well, it's still here. The Red Invasion's too good to resist, even stories have spies, Deadshot intimidates, Parker Robbins inspires and only Kal-El and Steve Rogers screw up at all.

Thu, October 29th, 2009
All the titles that didn't make it home were essentially cancelled out as Noh Varr, Astra Furst, Amadeus Cho, Jack Frost and Richard Ryder showed up in full force to get the job done for the week.  

Thu, October 22nd, 2009
It's quite a week for characterization with Norman Osborn, an FDA agent, Bruce Banner, toys and Luke Cage, even while the Kryptonians take a break, Hank Pym's more important than need be and Osborn's got a secret.

Thu, October 15th, 2009
You won't need a dose of venom to enjoy this week's wonderfully winning batch of comics, with a flying monkey coming into his own, a combat magician pulling the trigger and much more, moving past extradimensional sidekicks.

Thu, October 8th, 2009
Jericho Drumm reps his city! Parker Robbins makes big moves! Wade Wilson makes pancakes! Could that be ... no, it's not a unicorn or a cheerleader who can cook, it's an issue of "Planetary" joining a winner week.

Thu, October 1st, 2009
The world's greatest detective is a mystery herself, Jack of Fables gets a snack, and a super-powered college grad has a blast. Meanwhile, things go better than expected with a good number of comics and some good times.

Thu, September 24th, 2009
Five comics participate in a meritocracy to make it home with Jessica Drew's soul searching, John Raymond broadcasting, Richard Ryder taking control, Amadeus Cho figuring it out and best of all ... Dog Brother Number One!

Thu, September 17th, 2009
Nothing but good times as Matt Murdock gets serious, Jimmy Woo and Michael Holt figure it out, Tony Stark breaks it down, there's no place like home for MODOK and Frau Totenkinder gets a makeover in a great week for comics.

Fri, September 11th, 2009
Things go well when Norman Osborn gets smart, Connor Kent gets complicated, Matty Roth gets serious, Hercules gets horny, and Ragdoll gets dressed, plus so much more in a fun week of comic books.

Thu, September 3rd, 2009
Zack Overkill brings home the best performance of the bunch, but the week itself is a wash despite Tony Stark's email, barbarian bloodshed, wanderings from Wade Wilson and a little thing called "international heartbreak."

Thu, August 27th, 2009
Four fascinating men -- Edward Nygma, Daken, Wade Wilson and Amadeus Cho -- show up in a major way while Green Lanterns look confused, Scott Summers revisits some old favorites and indy favorite "Rex Mundi" calls it quits.

Thu, August 20th, 2009
Although Jack Frost, Bloodlust and Kal-L fail to accomplish a gosh darned thing, Martin Li and Matt Murdock manage to keep their cool while Scarlett and Toshiro Ono may just be too cool for their own good in a week that wins.

Thu, August 13th, 2009
While Blackest Night and a gaggle of Ms. Marvels fail, the denizens of Fabletown bring the goods while Wade Wilson, Vril Dox and Ultimate Steve Rogers make being a jerk pay off in a week that wins by a margin that's razor thin.

Thu, August 6th, 2009
Winning by algebra as Larry Trainor, Scandal Savage, Princess Shuri, Royal Williams and three guys named Tony have a good week, featuring four jumps and even an interesting turn from Tyrese Gibson.

Thu, July 30th, 2009
That can be called a win, one limping in rather than striding proudly, as wonder takes residence along side horror and sadism, spies can be everywhere at once, the Ultimate Universe resembles a Laker game and more.

Thu, July 23rd, 2009
The week's a close call, but it squeaks by as a good thing, featuring the overwhelming glory of Fat Cobra, an Encyclopedia Mythologica and a star turn from Peter Parker, even during the time of the Blackest Night.

Thu, July 16th, 2009
You'll look as perturbed as Mister Terrific here when you deal with this week's comics despite three jumps, the best comic on the stands coming out and an Alanis Morrisette reference that's worth its weight in gold.

Thu, July 9th, 2009
Even if almost nobody shows up, you can win if you're among the last ones standing. This week "predigested Forrest Gump" and Vril Dox are smart enough to make their way home as "Wednesday Comics" befuddles, "War of Kings" rages on and more.

Thu, July 2nd, 2009
Ambition leads the day as people try some new things, from "Sex and the Marvel U" down to "Greek Street," with uncivil wars, spoiled romance, quests for revenge and plenty more in a winning week. This is The Buy Pile.

Thu, June 25th, 2009
When you spend less than a Hamilton on new comics, it almost can't help to go well, especially with Skids and Mudflap-free Transformers goodness and the close of a lot of Bill Willingham brilliance, plus so much more.

Thu, June 18th, 2009
Good times at the comic shop this week with the genius of Gillen and McKelvie, Jonathan Hickman's late pass, Static meeting Black Lightning, Pym vs. Richards, the final vendetta of Chuckles and much more in this week's reviews.

Thu, June 11th, 2009
Things go well this week, with tons of guns and wonderful cleverness, from a dystopian Manhattan to an alternate earth, from the inside of a mad mind to the outer limits of storytelling and back to dusty Nevada.

Thu, June 4th, 2009
Love and punching is the theme for today, as the opposing types of connections between people help titles like "War of Kings," "Astro City The Dark Age," "New Avengers: The Reunion" and "Secret Six" make this week great.

Sun, May 31st, 2009
It's a huge week with five comics making the jump from "consider" to "purchase," with big showing from Starbreaker, Ms. Marvel, Hercules, Mark Richards and Star-Lord, and a magical surprise from Brian Michael Bendis.

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