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SPINOFF REVIEW: "Texas Chainsaw 3D"

Script issues, combined with the slick technology meant to update the franchise, undermine "Texas Chainsaw 3D," which examines what happened after the events of Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic.

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REVIEW: "Punk Rock Jesus" #6

Kelly Thompson gives "Punk Rock Jesus" #6 4.5 stars, calling the conclusion to Sean Murphy's Vertigo miniseries "breathtaking, fearless and exactly the kind of comics the medium needs more of."

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REVIEW: "All-New X-Men" #5

Kelly Thompson gives "All-New X-Men" #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen 4.5 stars, saying Bendis "writes with a confidence that announces he knows exactly where he wants the series to go."

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REVIEW: "American Vampire" #34

Doug Zawisza gives "American Vampire" #34 4.5 stars, calling Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's final issue before the series break "a collage of imagery that teases what is yet to come when [the series] returns from hiatus."

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REVIEW: "Hellboy in Hell" #2

Ryan K. Lindsay gives Mike Mignola's "Hellboy in Hell" #2 4.5 stars, calling the second issue of the series "a well-structured slice of the overall tale extremely well told by masters of their crafts."

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REVIEW: "Justice League" #15

Doug Zawisza gives "Justice League" #15 4.5 stars, calling the first "Throne of Atlantis" issue by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado "exactly what Justice League titles should deliver."

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REVIEW: "Mara" #1

Greg McElhatton gives "Mara" #1 by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle 4 stars, calling the inaugural issue of the Image series "a fun comic" with "an inventive take on the world of celebrity and sports."

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REVIEW: "Amazing Spider-Man" #700

Doug Zawisza gives "Amazing Spider-Man" #700 4 stars, calling the end of the series by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos "an emotional, impactful and memorable Spider-Man story."

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: BKV's

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: BKV's "Saga" #8, BMB's "All-New X-Men" #4

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including the Marvel NOW! titles "Thor: God of Thunder" #3 & "Avengers" #2, plus Francesco Francavilla's "The Black Beetle" #0, "Nightwing" #15 and more.

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REVIEW: "Daredevil" #21

Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Daredevil" #21 4 stars, saying series writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee "hit effective end of issue beats and continue to propel the series forward."

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4.5 STAR REVIEW: "Journey Into Mystery" #647

Doug Zawisza gives Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti's "Journey Into Mystery" #647 4.5 stars, calling it "one of the best Marvel NOW! has to offer" and praising Sif's characterization.

5-STAR REVIEW: Fraction & Aja's

5-STAR REVIEW: Fraction & Aja's "Hawkeye" #6

Kelly Thompson gives Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" #6 5 stars, calling the latest installment of Clint Barton's solo adventures a perfect example of "what makes superhero comics work."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "The Impossible"

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland offer a look at survival in "The Impossible," a film that starts with a remarkable look at two peoples' hard won fight to stay alive before veers uncomfortably close to standard movie plotting.

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "Jack Reacher"

Between a woefully miscast Tom Cruise, a sadly underutilized supporting cast and a litany of terrible one-liners, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie's "Jack Reacher" disappoints on nearly all fronts.

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REVIEW: "Thor: God of Thunder" #3

Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Thor: God of Thunder" #3 by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic 4 stars, saying, "Everything in this book works toward pushing its boundaries and amazing the reader."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "This Is 40"

SPINOFF's Katie Calautti calls Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," a sorta-sequel to "Knocked Up," "a fitting antidote to your baby and wedding photo-clogged Facebook feed," filled with "moments of Authenticity."

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REVIEW: "FF" #2

Greg McElhatton gives "FF" #2 4 stars, saying the second Marvel NOW! issue by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred "has a spring in its step that makes you eager to see what happens next."

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REVIEW: "Avengers" #2

Doug Zawisza gives "Avengers" #2 4 stars, calling the issue by writer Jonathan Hickman and interior artist Jerome Opena "a story worthy of the 'Avengers' brand."

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ADVANCE REVIEW: "All-New X-Men" #4

Doug Zawisza gives "All-New X-Men" #4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen 4 stars, saying Immonen is "at the top of his game … and brings out the best in his visual collaborators."

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Last Week's Comics Reviewed: "Death of the Family's" "Batman" #15 & "Batman and Robin" #15

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at 19 new releases, including the Marvel NOW! launches of "Cable and X-Force" #1 & "Avengers Arena" #1, "Amazing Spider-Man" #699.1, "Archer & Armstrong" #5 and more.

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Peter Jackson crafts a spellbinding intro to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth that makes full use of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's" talented ensemble cast, though he fumbles with the 48-frames-per-second format.

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REVIEW: "Batman and Robin" #15

Doug Zawisza gives Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's "Batman and Robin" #15 4.5 stars, calling the "Death of the Family" issue "a strong story that stands well on its own."

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REVIEW: "Avengers Assemble" #10

Greg McElhatton gives "Avengers Assemble" #10 4 stars, calling the continuation of the story by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli "pleasant and rewarding surprise" and "a must-read superhero comic."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Synder & Capullo's

ADVANCE REVIEW: Synder & Capullo's "Batman" #15

Doug Zawisza gives "Batman" #15 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo 4 stars, calling the latest installment of "Death of the Family" "an unpredictably bizarre tangle of ideas wilder than a roller coaster."

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: Hickman's

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: Hickman's "Avengers" #1, "Hellboy in Hell" #1

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at 25 new releases, including "The Legend of Luther Strode" #1, the "Death of the Family" tie-in "Detective Comics" #15, "Amazing Spider-Man" #699, "Hawkeye" #5 and more.

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REVIEW: "Earth 2" #7

Doug Zawisza gives "Earth 2" #7 4 stars, saying writer James Robinson and artist Yildiray Cinar "bolster the pace with significant character moments and pleasant surprises."

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5-STAR REVIEW: "Hawkeye" #5

James Hunt gives "Hawkeye" #5 5 stars, saying Matt Fraction and Javier Pulido's conclusion to "The Tape" "manages to keep up a fast pace without seeming like a slight read."

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REVIEW: "Animal Man" #15

Doug Zawisza gives "Animal Man" #15 by Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh 4 stars, saying the issue by Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh has "a little bit of everything any good comic book story needs."

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REVIEW: "Amazing Spider-Man" #699

James Hunt gives "Amazing Spider-Man" #699 4 stars, saying creators Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos "advance the story and give readers a satisfying explanation" for the twist of the previous issue.

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REVIEW: "Action Comics" #15

Greg McElhatton gives "Action Comics" #15 4.5 stars, saying the issue written by Grant Morrison with art by Brad Walker and Rags Morales "promises to end the run on a high note."

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REVIEW: "Hellboy in Hell" #1

Greg McElhatton gives Mike Mignola's "Hellboy in Hell" #1 4 stars, calling the Hellboy creator's return as both writer and artist "an artistic smorgasbord of fun that Mignola just keeps serving up."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Hickman & Opena's

ADVANCE REVIEW: Hickman & Opena's "Avengers" #1

Kelly Thompson gives Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena's "Avengers" #1 4 stars, calling the debut issue featuring Earth's Mightiest Heroes "a great start for both Marvel NOW! and for The Avengers in general."

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Last Week's Comics Reviewed: "All-New X-Men" #2, Alex Ross' "Masks" #1

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including Alex Ross' "Masks" #1, Scott Snyder's "American Vampire" #33, Matt Fraction's "FF" #1, Remender & Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" #2 and more.

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REVIEW: "Morning Glories" #23

Jennifer Cheng gives "Morning Glories" #23 4.5 stars, calling the revelatory issue by writer Nick Spencer and artist Joe Eisma "a subtle heart-wrencher" and "shocking, with an unexpected twist."

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REVIEW: "American Vampire" #33

Doug Zawisza gives "American Vampire" #33 4.5 stars, saying the issue by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque "provides some surprisingly tender moments for Vertigo’s best horror comic book."

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REVIEW: "Masks" #1

Doug Zawisza gives "Masks" #1 by Chris Roberson and Alex Ross 4.5 stars, saying the inaugural issue of the pulp crossover has "a great, fresh handle on these characters."

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REVIEW: "Aquaman" #14

Greg McElhatton gives "Aquaman" #14 by Geoff Johns and Pete Woods 4 stars, calling the prologue issue to the "Throne of Atlantis" crossover "strong jumping-on point" with "a lot of story possibilities."

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REVIEW: "Chew" #30

Augie De Blieck Jr. gives "Chew" #30 by John Layman and Rob Guillory 4 stars, calling the series' halfway point "a pivotal issue in the series, with plenty of hints being dropped for what's to come in the future."

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REVIEW: "Thor: God of Thunder" #2

James Hunt gives "Thor: God of Thunder" #2 4.5 stars, calling the second issue from Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic "a comic that can match his movie incarnation for visual thrills and visceral fun."

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REVIEW: "All-New X-Men" #2

Kelly Thompson gives "All-New X-Men" #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen 4.5 stars, calling Bendis' handle on the characters "a remarkably innocent, undamaged, naïve and optimistic mix that's just good reading."

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