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John Allison and Lissa Treiman "create a fresh start for this new miniseries" in "Giant Days" #1.
"The excellence of the visual storytelling makes Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Bengal's 'Batgirl: Endgame' #1 worth checking out."
As Soule and Pulido's "She-Hulk" concludes with its 12th issue, the series' ending is "saccharine, but not bad words to live by, like most classic morals."
Despite some hit-or-miss execution, Thompson and Lee's "Silk" #1 "has strong humor and unusually fine attention to psychological realism."
"The Sculptor," which marks Scott McCloud's long-awaited return to comics, is "unpredictable and enjoyably complex."
John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" #45 is a strong issue that contains "one of the biggest shocks" in the series' history.
Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting's "Velvet" #8 is "suspenseful from start to finish due to great creative teamwork" from the entire team.
John Layman & Rob Guillory "still deliver on jokes and characterization, while serving up an unprecedented level of non-comedic carnage" in "Chew" #44.
G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #9 continues the series' strong run with "addictively good characterization and dialogue."
Charles Soule and Javier Pulido's "She-Hulk" #8 is a "smooth, very enjoyable opening to a new story arc."
Peter David and Will Sliney's "Spider-Man 2099" #1 is "a solid debut, and will appeal both to existing fans of the character and new readers."
The milestone issue of "X-Men Legacy" by Simon Spurrier, Mike Carey & Christos Gage is appropriately "about what it means to leave a legacy."
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and a host of guest artists present "Young Avengers" #14, with "a pitch-perfect party moment" for the cast.
"Alex + Ada" creators Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn's "have followed up on a promising debut with an even better second issue."
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their deep ocean mystery in "The Wake" #4 from Vertigo Comics, morphing it into "visually spectacular survival horror" in an issue with a fitting cliffhanger.
The debut issue of the "Batman: Black and White" revival is "unexpectedly light and funny" with stories from a diverse roster of creators and featuring characters across the Batman mythos.
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma's "Morning Glories" #30 continues the series' newest storyarc for a well-plotted and drawn issue with excellent pacing that "will keep the reader guessing" about Irina's past.
At the NYCC Gay Marriage in Comics Panel, Paul Kupperberg, Dan Parent, Joan Hilty and Phil Jimenez discussed the controversy and representation, Queer vs. Gay comics and Kevin Keller's high school love life.
Adam Kubert and Anthony Marquez spoke about the Kubert School, its curriculum and the pursuit and rewards of an artistic profession during a panel at New York Comic Con 2012.
The Women of Marvel panel at NYCC 2012 had a great mix of editors and writers including Editor Jeanine Schaefer, writer Marjorie Liu, colorist Jordie Bellaire and more discussing the contribution of women to comics.
In "Giant Days" #1, Esther tries to stay drama-free for three days, Susan gets an unwelcome blast from the past and Daisy tells her friends a funny secret.
In "Batgirl: Endgame" #1 by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Bengal is a small battle in the larger war but worth picking up for the near-silent visual storytelling.
In "Spider-Gwen" #2 by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, Gwen keeps company with Spider-Ham while she tries to get her phone back and Matt Murdock gets information out of Vulture.
In "Amazing Spider-Man Special" #1 by Jeff Loveness and Luca Pizzari, Spider-Man's breakfast is interrupted by an attack on New York, until Medusa reveals to him that New Attilan is the real target.
The title says it all: "Palmiotti and Brady's The Big Con Job" #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Matt Brady and Dominike Stanton introduces the major players in a heist on San Diego Comic-Con.
In "Nameless" #2 by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, Nameless goes into outer space to join a crew who are on a mission to save the world from Xibalba, an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
In "Chew" #46 by John Layman and Rob Guillory, the FDA marches on after last issue's bloody battle. Tony is assigned yet another new partner, and readers find out what Colby's big plan is.
In "Curb Stomp" #1 by Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi, an all-female gang known as The Fever are forced to engage in a turf war with neighboring gangs The Wrath and the Bayside Five.
"She-Hulk" #12 is the final issue of Charles Soule, Javier Pulido and Muntsa Vicente's critically acclaimed run and, finally, readers get the who, what, where, why and how of the Blue File.
In "Silk" #1 by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee, Cindy Moon gets a rocky start on her new life in New York after those ten years in a bunker.
In "Help Us! Great Warrior" #1 by Madeleine Flores, Great Warrior is given a mission by Hadiyah the High Chancellor to save the world from demons, but who wants to do that when there's still cake to eat?
In "The Sculptor" by Scott McCloud, David -- a struggling artist -- makes a deal with Death to be given the ability to mold anything in return for a drastically shortened lifespan.
In "Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #2 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Squirrel Girl searches for a club to join at her college's extracurricular fair, only to be thwarted by Galactus' impending arrival!
In "Velvet" #9 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, Velvet gets answers, but also more trouble than she planned for in the aftermath of her successful abduction of Damian Lake.
"Vertigo Quarterly: Black" #1 has nine dark stories about death and evil, with the standout being Tom King and John Paul Leon's biographical piece about a WWI war hero.
In "Casanova: Acedia" #1 by Matt Fraction, Fábio Moon, Michael Chabon and Gabriel Bá, Casanova Quinn is working in California with no memory of who he is just as the end of the world approaches.
In "Moon Knight" #11 by Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood, Marc Spector is held as a prisoner in a mysterious undisclosed location after his god has forsaken him for another.
"Reyn" #1 by Kel Symons and Nate Stockman begins a Sword and Sorcery series set in the land of Fate, where a Warden returns and encounters a Follower of Tek.
In "Supreme Blue Rose" by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay, Darius Dax makes a decision, the two doctors make their way to the Supremacy and Diana Dane finally meets Judith Jordan.
The "BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape" #1 anthology contains short stories from the creative teams of "Lumberjanes" and "Midas Flesh" among others and introduces some brand new characters.