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.
"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.
"Fables" #`134 is one of the most effective comics in years while the last testament of Rewind spotlights the truly broken nature of some Transformers.
Take a trip through many eras of amazing in "Astro City" and find out the secret struggle between Soundwave and Shockwave while Hal Jordan fails more than eever before & Bobby Drake makes a kid lose his feet. Really!
Cobra and G.I. Joe are two great tastes that go crazy together while Prince Charming never hesitates, Lark & Rucka's post-apocalyptic family tragedy continues to astound and Jamal Igle does everything right.
Two companies with names that start with "I" showed up big time as giant robots shock, love finds a way even in deep space, Texas justice endures and you simply have to see "Sex Criminals" to believe it.
Legendary Fable Snow White brings the thunder in a momentous confrontation with her sister while a new symbiote fails to thrill and "Dial E" calls the wrong number in a week that wins by a thin margin.
This week, the Riddler surprises and another tale of "Astro City" dazzles you with the mundane while Lobo-In-Name-Only gets "Twilighted" & "Infinity: The Hunt" ignores Jimmy Woo's nationality.
The hard-to-kill Prince Charming uses talents not involving romance or swordplay while Tony Chu's sister showcases skills that'd make Layla Miller jealous, all while DC makes comics of Wiki entries for Villains Month.
The Transformers will all rue the name Tyrest after this week, while Rucka & Lark's new project really gets it done and a literary-themed IDW title swings for the fences in one heck of a great week of comics.
Rose Red sets off a rebooting of heroism not aimed at larger sales while He-Man improves, Vader almost shows up and Si Spurrier turns in an interesting new idea in a week that reached for greatness.
New Paradigm's urban "Watson & Holmes" hits retail, love blooms in space for Vaughan & Staples' brilliant Image series and "Astro City" does it in a major way
It feels so good to be so bad as a trio of scoundrels have their wicked way with your reading pleasure, all while it's K-I-S-S-I-N-G in Westchester and Batwing can't catch a freaking break.
The mysteries of the Cybertronian race get more and more compelling, Image's redemptive psychopath detective book gets it right and Batman gets a new villain worth having in a week that's worthwhile.
The murkiest areas of black ops works out well for "G.I. Joe," Greg Rucka's super powered protector of privilege misses the point and the new Spider-Man steps up his war on crime by doing some winning.