"Ghostbusters": 11 Things the Sequel Needs to Do to Succeed
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Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert's "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4 "will put to rest any doubts fans had about this series."
"Aliens: Defiance" #1 "is a cut above... thanks to Brian Wood and Tristan Jones, who know when to use what's been seen before and when to change it up."
Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine's "Divinity II" #1 "serves as a worthwhile introduction... and works even better as a complement to the first [series]."
"Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram craft a disturbingly detailed tale of horror" in "House of Penance" #1.
"Fans will find a... kind of wonder" in James Robinson and Tony Harris' grand "Star Wars Special: C-3PO" #1.
Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru's "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1 "sets a fun and decidedly comical precedent... for the series."
Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's "The Fix" #1 is "stuffed... full of well-characterized crooks" and follows "a pair of likeable leads."
Charles Soule and Phil Noto's "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1 "is a conservative but well-executed take on a fan-favorite character."
"The ultimate twist makes Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart's 'Fight Club 2' #10 feel as much like an epilogue as it does a fitting conclusion."
Matt and Sharlene Kindt "set up an atmosphere that is compelling in its discomfort" in "Dept. H" #1.
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Yanick Paquette "shine a bright light on the Dark Knight without betraying his dark nature" in "Batman" #50.
Mark Millar and Chris Sprouse's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 "combines a Stan Lee-eque sense of wonder with the more edgy, modern kind evoked by Alan Moore."
Chris Samnee and Mark Waid's "Black Widow" #1 "opens with a high-octane introduction and never throttles down."
Beau Smith and Lora Innes' "Wynonna Earp" #1 "is an excellent example of how great comic book storytelling can impress newcomers and old fans alike."
Max Landis and Jae Lee's "Superman: American Alien" #4 is "another brilliant and beautifully insightful examination of Clark and his future allies."
Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley's "Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill" #1 is "a decidedly non-standard and compelling altered-reality tale."
"Even in the absence of the lead character, Jason Latour and Chris Visions know how to keep 'Spider-Gwen' #5 moving and entertaining."
Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #7 shows "how strong this series has been to date, while its twists make it stand apart."
Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli's "Spider-Man" #1 is "a worthy introduction... an excellent start to a new series."
Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar's Avengers team "is still recognizable and just as fun" in "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4.
In "Satellite Falling" #1, Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson demonstrate brilliant collaboration, dynamic storytelling and richly detailed art for an impressive introduction.
Becky Cloonan teams with Steve Dillon to tell a relatively standard story in "The Punisher" #1, which includes a couple of twists that might entice new readers while giving diehards exactly what they're looking for.
Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and David Mack craft an especially strong debut in "4001 A.D." #1, which delivers a story full of promise and breathtaking art.
Comics and beer have never gone together better than in Nick Floyd, Brian Azzarello and Simon Bisley's "Alpha King" #1, a well-crafted dark fantasy tempered with a down-to-earth background in craft-brewing.
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson hit their stride in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4, where the Man of Steel falls but Batman rises to face a genuinely intimidating threat.
Despite some familiar faces, Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon's "Micronauts" #1 reads more like any other generic sci-fi story.
In "Aliens: Defiance #1," Brian Wood and Tristan Jones know when to rely on oft-used "Aliens" tropes and when to slightly tweak them, evoking the intended tension and fear but also including a surprise or two.
Superman all but forces Supergirl into his role in Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope Archer's "Action Comics" #51.
Though it has its moments, Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Vito's "Captain America: Road to War" #1 delivers a dull, choppy standalone story.
Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine reunite for "Divinity II" #1, which follows another cosmonaut who faces a transformational encounter with her predecessor from the first series.
Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram forge a downright creepy and horrific tale in "House of Penance" #1.
James Robinson and Tony Harris deliver some storytelling magic in "Star Wars Special: C-3PO" #1, which answers how Threepio got his red arm and presents some great character development as well as superb pacing.
Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru put a slightly darker spin on Gwen Poole in "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1, but they also make this oddly amalgamated heroine fun and compelling.
Geoff Johns' "Justice League: Darkseid War Special" #1 is carried by a strong artistic team and the equally strong characters Jessica Cruz, aka Power Ring, and Grail, daughter of Darkseid.
Spencer and Steve Lieber's clean, well-trimmed bad guys belie the darkly comical tone of "The Fix" #1, a highly engaging introduction.
Charles Soule and Phil Noto take a safe approach to the Resistance's best pilot in "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1, which faithfully brings the characters and the tech to life in an attractive and inviting introduction.
Though Joshua Fialkov and Brian Churilla squeeze a mildly clever twist out of the franchise, the strength of "Godzilla: Oblivion" #1 lies more in its promise of what's to come than what it actually delivers.
Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart explore the true nature of Tyler Durden in "Fight Club 2" #10, and the ultimate twist makes this issue feel as much like an epilogue as it does a fitting conclusion.
Chuck Wendig and Nik Virella's "Hyperion" #1 is a passable issue with a pedestrian story that could just as easily feature most any other Marvel character in the lead.
Matt and Sharlene Kindt's "Dept. H" #1 is the start of a compelling underwater murder mystery that's ripe with tension.