Hannibal Tabu's long running review column THE BUY PILE may sometimes be brutal, possibly even without provocation, but it always shoots straight when taking a gander at the week's latest comics.
A witty, political new series from Max Bemis leads a winning week that had no truly bad comics and ambitious attempts from Warren Ellis, Mark Millar and more.
A winning week - barely - with good times for bad people from Image Comics while Aquaman goes to his high school reunion. Really.
Eisner favorites phoned it in and most of the week's other comics just kind of showed up for roll call without doing anything special.
The Mouse House of Ideas stepped up the game with a brilliant new take on Jennifer Walters and a mixture of mutants and corporate espionage that worked well.
A pair of lethal and determined women honed by science move past their opposition in a nearly effortless manner in a week that wins.
The fall of a Superior Spidey, Superman's moral dilemmas and British folly made it more than a chore to get through this week's stack.
Three comics make the jump, from Gotham City confessions to Cold War leftovers, plus an innovative new indie all beating out the the usual suspects.
As "Astro City" keeps hitting its stride and "Egos" steps up with bold new ideas, Thor, Otto Parker and "Grimm Fairy Tales" fail dramatically.
"Quantum and Woody" finds its footing as Natasha Romanov grapples with guilt. Only Benedict Cumberbatch manages to be a problem in a week that wins big.
Other than "Fables," the week's a wash with a mountain of "meh" in the middle, as the new year opens with talky Avengers & sappiness from Superman.
The newest crime foibles from the maker of "2 Guns" leads off the Kwanzaa week festivities as the biggest names from the Big Two are predictable.
Image dominates this week's purchases as Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples' space opera masterpiece and Larime Taylor's inviting psychodrama head home.
Busiek & Anderson retain their form, "Watson & Holmes" steps up and Boomerang turns out to be pretty entertaining, while other disappoint.
"Quantum and Woody" hits its stride and way too much happens for the Autobots and Decepticons, while "Spawn" spins a tale you don't wanna hear.
Two bold, new stories appear, even whilst a controversial comic continues to capture a niche and Marvel's crossover predictably concludes.
The Superior Spider-Man steps up his game in a big way while an attempt to recapture the magic of "Casanova" lets you down.
Another wonderful "Astro City" story while the would-be Peter Parker breaks all the rules makes it wonderful in a blemish-free, winning week.
A darker shade of Avengers works it out, an illustrated novella tells a tantalizing tale and somebody's excited about their first comic hitting Previews.
A stunning week of comics starts with an indie superhero gem, brilliance from Vaughan & Staples, nuanced anti-terrorist struggles & a Winchester-worthy supernatural tale.
Thrilling crime storytelling hits the mark while Barry Allen screws up his big moment, Tony Stark fails at everything and an Image title debuts badly.