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Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego" #1 is a fun and self-deprecating romp as one of comics' craziest characters makes her way to comics' most high-profile event.
"Life With Archie" #36 by Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy and Tim Kennedy tells an incredibly optimistic and uplifting story that gives way to one of comics' most emotionally powerful and poignant death scenes.
A well-defined, if somewhat familiar sounding, interplanetary conflict is a mere backdrop for a lesser but sufficiently developed story about a reckless and battle-weary soldier in Tom Waltz and Casey Maloney's "The Last Fall" #1.
James Robinson uses "Original Sin" to tell an emotional story of betrayal in "Fantastic Four" #7 Leonard Kirk capably handles the present day action, while Dean Haspiel steps in for a nostalgic-looking flashback.
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #33 continues their stylish "Icarus" arc and reminds readers that The Dark Knight isn't just a superhero, but also, yes, a detective.
Jonathan Hickman deftly combines plot threads from "Original Sin" with his own storyline in "Avengers" #32, and he and Leinil Francis Yu generate a lot of wow, which just barely offsets the high-level talk and unanswered questions.
"Clockwork Angels" #3 continues Kevin J. Anderson and Nick Robles' pleasant and colorful adaptation of Rush drummer Neil Peart's story, as originally told in the band's most recent studio album, although it suffers from a sharp tu
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia deliver an excellent example of comic collaboration in "Batman" #32, the tension-filled, beautifully drawn, and second-to-last chapter in "Zero Year."
Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr's "Superman" #32 boldly reminds readers just how awesome the Man of Steel can be and present the kind of story they've been wanting all along, faithfully interpreting and dynamically illustrating the charac
Jason Aaron takes an odd mix of characters and settings, and makes a pretty decent story in "Original Sin" #4, despite a subdued pace and one-dimensional dialogue.
"Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir" #2 features the best characters from the prequels, well-defined by writer Jeremy Barlow and artists Juan Frigeri and Mauro Vargas.
"Harbinger" #24 bridges the gap between last issue's "Death of a Renegade" and next issue's finale, and Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans both bring plenty of suspense and emotion into this excellent and surprisingly quiet issue.
Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming put together both a fascinating alternate world and a compelling family drama in "The United States of Murder Inc." #2, a superb and moody noir-ish political/crime thriller.
Robert Venditti makes sure readers know what's going on in "Armor Hunters" #1, whether they read "X-O Manowar" or not. This alien threat is perfectly laid out by Doug Braithwaite, who makes a nice-looking & accessible story.
Matt Hawkins and Linda Sejic demonstrate that the scariest apocalyptic scenario is one that's all-too realistic in "Wildfire" #1, an engaging extrapolation of some of today's current events.
Monty Nero and Salvador Larroca deliver an attractive but blandly scripted lead feature in "Amazing X-Men Annual" #1, which is salvaged somewhat by Marguerite Bennett and Juan Doe's offbeat and eclectic backup piece.
A surprise-filled "Batman Eternal" #9 takes Batman outside of Gotham, as Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, and Guillem March all deliver a nicely focused and impressively rendered chapter of an immense storyline.
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas maintain the pervasive fear and tension of a school transported to alien surroundings in "The Woods" #2, but the issue suffers a bit from some weak characterization and clichéd situations.
Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray show their usual excellent storytelling skill in "All-Star Western" #31, but their Madame .44 backup doesn't have the same vibe, but Staz Johnson and Jose Luis Garcia-López make both look great.
Jim Starlin returns to write the character he created four decades ago in "Thanos Annual" #1, and with artist Ron Lim bridges the gap between his classic Thanos stories and upcoming events in a convoluted but enjoyable standalone story.