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Creators Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson take the series on a bit of a welcome detour in "Sheltered" #6, although it's rather slow until its importance is realized. The simplicity of the art is a perfect match for the issue's everyday
"Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" #4 by Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy has the same trippy, psychedelic feel as past issues, and while the mood is getting kind of old storywise, the eclectic art keeps it interesting and moving along well enough.
Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch and over twenty other top creators admirably and fittingly pay tribute to Batman and the character's enduring legacy on his 75th anniversary in the impressively-assembled "Detective Comics" #27.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano had the idea, and Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To bring the next wave of social networking and social revolution to life in the brilliantly disturbing "Hacktivist" #1.
Writer Scott Lobdell and artist Ken Lashley badly mishandle the character of Lois Lane in "Superman" #26, but recover somewhat when the story focuses on Clark and Diana, as well as featured villain The Parasite.
Andy Kubert showcases his talent as an artist in "Damian: Son of Batman" #3, but falls short on the writing side with a story that's passably readable but blemished with a disjointed structure, lackluster battle scenes and odd dialogue.
Writer Scott Snyder infuses "Superman Unchained" #5 with enough surprises to give the ongoing story a shot of adrenaline, and artists Jim Lee and Scott Williams hand a few pages over to Dustin Nguyen for some insightful if disruptive flashbacks.
"Secret Avengers" #13 by Nick Spencer and Ales Kot is more about S.H.I.E.L.D., which is just fine for readers tiring of so many Avengers comics. Butch Guice adds some new touches to existing characters, which is also welcomed.
Dan Slott delivers a typically strong issue with some help from Christos Gage in the form of "Superior Spider-Man" #24, with plenty of subplots and a very creepy Superior Venom as envisioned by artist Humberto Ramos.
Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart solidify both their strength as a writing duo as well as their new superhero team in "Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps" #17, with a powerful conclusion that's perfectly and subtly rendered by the artistic team.
Readers who miss Peter Parker might welcome the out-of-continuity "Amazing Spider-Man" #700.2, which looks crisp as drawn and colored by Klaus Janson and Steve Buccellatto, but David Morrell's story is derivative and somewhat weak.
The Hulk hasn't shown up yet in "Marvel Knights: Hulk" #1, but Joe Keatinge's engaging story and Piotr Kowalski's detailed and textured art make that absence a non-issue. Colorist Nick Filardi and even letterer Clayton Cowles make
"Deathmatch" #12 by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno is full of convoluted explanations and implausible scenarios that muddy up the conclusion to a comic that had worked just fine as a series of superhero battles.
Jeff Lemire gives his dual-pronged, sci-fi story an unneeded but nonetheless engaging shake-up in "Trillium" #5, but the gimmicky storytelling and unconventional art style hamper his ability fully stretch out and properly convey his story artist
'Twas the night before Christmas in "Avengers Annual" #1 by Kathryn Immonen and David Lafuente, but one creature is stirring in Avengers Tower which kicks off a very fun, lighthearted and meaningful Christmas Eve story.
"Earth 2" #18 by Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott is a little slow, but this is scarcely noticed amidst Taylor's exploration of the resurrected, radically different and capably rendered incarnations of Batman and Superman.
"New Avengers" #12 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato bills itself as an epilogue and is a decent one, but it's as much a prologue to The Next Big Thing. It's enticing, but comes at a time where battle-fatigued readers would welcome
"FF" #14 by Matt Fraction, Lee Allred and Michael Allred builds towards the series' climax by including a diverse array of characters and is driven by the interaction between them. Whether it makes sense or not, it's fun regardless.
A new arc begins in Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's eclectic, pulpy and absolutely enjoyable "Five Ghosts" #7, where the adventuresome Fabian Gray has the powers of the five fictional characters' spirits inside him at his dispo
The ancient Je'daii order returns and welcomes new and old readers alike in "Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force War" #1, as do John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, who again prove that they're the best when it comes to "Star Wars&q