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"Batman Eternal" #1 is an impressive start to DC's new wave of weekly titles, as Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV team up to tell a tightly-paced, well-characterized story that's lavishly illustrated by Jason Fabok.
Joe Keatinge and Raffaele Ienco provide almost nothing of interest in "What If? Age of Ultron" #1, blowing through points of potential interest to get to a very dull story.
The King of Atlantis gets a second title leading a team in Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1, confidently beginning a simple but entertaining and nicely drawn story that contains just enough surprises.
The zombie apocalypse is undead and well during the Vietnam War in "'68: Rule of War" #1 by Mark Kidwell and Jeff Zornow, with a new Frankenstein-esque sci-fi element that's intriguing but a bit underplayed in this issue.
Dan Slott and Michael Allred deliver a fun, introductory adventure in "Silver Surfer" #1, a story full of parallels and contrasts but more importantly, one with a Norrin Radd who's a little bit looser and even makes a funny now and then.
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their captivating exploration of a world overrun with terrifying sea creatures in "The Wake" #7, in a well-structured and beautifully illustrated story that respects its readers' intelligence.
Writer Matt Fraction develops the cast of characters, and their various sordid issues, in his fascinating and complex storyline while artist Howard Chaykin continues to master his sequential art skills in the superb "Satellite Sam" #7.
The Archies wrap up their world tour in "Archie" #653 by Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski, a fun and slightly-different romp full of camaraderie, shenanigans, and even a few life lessons snuck in.
An intriguing premise about coming back from the dead is marred by inconsistent art, stiff dialogue and an unexpected -- and unwanted -- move by the central character in "The Returning" #1 by Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti.
"Monster and Madman" #1 by Steve Niles and Damien Worm is largely set-up for Frankenstein's monster to meet up with Jack the Ripper, but its insight into the creature's personality is enough to carry the issue.
"Batman/Superman Annual" #1 by Greg Pak, Jae Lee and a team of additional artists is a fun, attractive and well-packaged issue that's relevant and remarkably consistent with the main series.
It's clearly evident that the character is past his glory days in Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's subdued "Magneto" #1, as the villain-turned-X-Man finds a new way to seek justice for mutants and champion their cause.
Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 jumps ahead several years after last issue's events, juxtaposing this darker future with a much brighter origin flashback, while intriguingly analyzing superheroes in the moder
Artist David Aja returns to the series, and writer Matt Fraction puts the spotlight back on Hawkguy himself in "Hawkeye" #15, as the ever-present tracksuit mafia escalates the conflict in a darker but no less terrific issue.
"Black Science" #4 adds more suspense and surprises as Rick Remender's cast continues jumping between dimensions, which are all diversely rendered by Matteo Scalera and Dean White. It's classic science fiction with a contemporary spin.
"Revenge" #1 by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill is a contrived and cliché-filled story about just that: revenge, and is also full of violence, gore, sex and bad language, which would be fine if it had any kind of meaningful story.
Chris Bachalo brings some great layouts, tight linework, and attractive coloring to "Uncanny X-Men" #17, even if nothing really happens in Brian Michael Bendis' excessively long-winded and meandering story.
"Daredevil" #36 finishes off Mark Waid's first series as it leads directly into the next, where Waid and artist Chris Samnee deliver a tensely-paced and satisfying conclusion that sets a permanent new direction for the character.
The God of Mischief begins his transformation to God of Rock in "Loki: Ragnarok and Roll" #1, lightly written by Eric M. Esquivel and pleasingly drawn by Jerry Gaylord with the right amount of cartoonish appeal.
"Justice League of America" #12 by Matt Kindt and a team of artists is another "Forever Evil" tie-in, but its contrivances and lack of dimension keep it from being more than a nice-looking comic that does little to advance the overall