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"The Massive: Ninth Wave" #1 "doesn't have the hook of the original series, but Brian Wood and Garry Brown prove that this issue doesn't need it.
The first chapter in Miller's return to the "Dark Knight" universe is "a worthy introduction to a compelling Batman story."
Robert Venditti and Raúl Allén's "Wrath of the Eternal Warrior" #1 "provides a compelling and different look at Gilad Anni-Padda."
"While the tweaks... welcome new readers to Riverdale, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's 'Jughead' #2 also keeps existing ones engaged."
Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato "demonstrate their aptitude for all things 'Star Wars'" in "Star Wars: Vader Down" #1.
Mike Costa and David Baldeon's "Web Warriors" #1 "is just too much fun not to like."
Mark Waid, Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar's "All-New All-Different Avengers" #1 is "the strongest and most enjoyable of the relaunched Avengers titles."
Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson's "Citizen Jack" #1 "is a successful start to a story that makes readers pull for an utterly contemptible character."
Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's "Klaus" #1 "is an atypical yet wonderful and characteristic take on a beloved and timeless childhood legend."
Bob Gale, John Barber, Brent Schoonover, Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening make "Back to the Future" #1 "a perfectly natural extension" of the films.
Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez's return to Gwen Stacy in "Spider-Gwen" #1 is "lighthearted with some sinister undertones."
Keating and Barber's "Ringside" #1 sells its compelling hook with "uniquely defined" characters and "simple, yet distinctive" artwork.
Max Landis and Nick Dragotta "deliver one of the most approachable and heartwarming reimaginings of young Clark Kent" in "Superman: American Alien" #1.
In "Batman" #45, Scott Snyder "demonstrates Gordon's ingenuity" and Greg Capullo displays his "own spectacular flair."
With a lead story by Dan Slott & Giuseppe Camuncoli, and a number of back-ups, "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 will "satisfy practically every Spider-fan."
Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Invincible Iron Man" #1 "stays true to Stark's nature while providing a bit of evolution for the character."
Mike Carey and Mike Perkins' "Rowans Ruin" #1 "is a rare combination of great characterization and heart-stopping horror."
Joshua Dysart and Kano's "Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger" #1 "is an artistic and literary masterpiece."
Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #4 "is nothing short of comic book perfection."
Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart's "Fight Club 2" #5 "is the issue that amps up an already engaging and complex story."
Fresh from "Secret Wars" and a generation after "New Universe," Greg Weisman and Domo Stanton's "Starbrand & Nightmask" #1 features the eponymous heroes facing a new challenge: college.
Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo introduce a pair of likeable new protagonists and bring a beautifully strange look to "Weirdworld" #1.
Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce bring their tense and disturbing military thriller to a close in "We Stand On Guard" #6.
In "Star Wars Annual" #1, Kieron Gillen introduces a new character and goes behind-the-scenes of Imperial operations, while Angel Unzueta brings the underbelly of the Empire to life.
Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco's "Symmetry" #1 explores many well-worn elements of utopian/dystopian cultures and the repression of individuality, but Hawkins skillfully freshens up those ideas while Ienco makes this future look beautiful.
An array of stories featuring She-Hulk, Deadpool and -- of course -- Gwenpool make for a funny and whimsical holiday one-shot in "Gwenpool Special" #1, framed by Charles Soule and Langdon Foss with contributions from several other creators.
Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo are in perfect sync as they tell a whimsical and all-too-entertaining story in "Doctor Strange" #3, which paves the way for a looming threat.
It's back to basics for Spider-Man in "Spidey" #1, but Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw's wall-crawler isn't just a retro throwback; instead, it's a refreshed update on a young Peter Parker.
In Charles Soule, Ron Garney and Matt Milla's "Daredevil" #1, the Man Without Fear gets dark again, both inside and out, as he returns to New York with a slightly different status quo and some new cast members.
The #LipstickIncident that led to Archie and Betty's breakup is both emotionally and comically unveiled in Mark Waid and Annie Wu's "Archie" #4.
Brian Wood, Garry Brown and Jordie Bellaire return to a pre-crash world in "The Massive: Ninth Wave" #1, which allows the cast of environmentalists to stand out without the backdrop of a dying world.
Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert join Frank Miller and Klaus Janson for "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #1, establishing a strong but tentative middle ground between the two previous series.
"Book of Death" may have foretold Gilad Anni-Padda's final days, but he's still around in Robert Venditti and Raúl Allén's "Wrath of the Eternal Warrior" #1.
While the regime at Riverdale High is new, Jughead is still the same in Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's "Jughead" #2, where he schemes his way around detention.
The paths of the two ongoing "Star Wars" titles converge in "Star Wars: Vader Down" #1 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, where both creators show off their skill in adapting the franchise.
Mike Costa and David Baldeon deftly mix Spider-realities to make "Web Warriors" #1 a fun romp through the multiverse.
Mark Waid brings strong characterization while Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar add both cinematic thrills and emotional tension to "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #1.
Kieron Gillen and Leila Del Duca's "The Wicked + The Divine" #16 establishes a genuinely threatening cast member while throwing some surprises.
Brian Michael Bendis and over a dozen artists gather for a quiet but satisfying finale in "Uncanny X-Men" #600, highlighted with key character moments and flashes of artistic beauty that gel together quite well.
Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson's "Citizen Jack" #1 grooms an utterly despicable character and then succeeds in making readers root for him in a strong introduction to a hard-luck loser on his way to becoming President.