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.
Optimus Prime and Megatron shine, but Marvel can't field a lead of color who's good at their job, and Roy Harper is a drunken super genius - or something.
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson do what they do best, while Peter Parker helps the everyman and trades blows with Dr. Bong.
A splendid week of comics as the hits keep coming from Gallifrey, Harlem and Spartax, while literally nothing was truly bad - you just can't beat that.
Despite a very effective speculative fiction yarn and a time travel tale from Cybertronians, last week was a hard one to be thankful for.
The best Peter Capaldi performance of the year, Loki makes a hilarious hero and this week's "Astro City" shows you how to grab somebody by the feels and never let go.
A dour week of comics as nothing really rocked, Bucky Barnes trips, "Evil Empire" runs out of surprises and more issues impede the idea of a Wednesday haul.
John Layman's foodie franchise, two Guardians of the Galaxy, a friend of vampires & insane animal men win the week.
Crack into the head of the Decepticon leader, catch up with Vaughan and Staples' space opera and Darryl Makes Comics in a big, winning week of comics.
"Lazarus" heads home while "Memetic" changed the rules of warfare, Hobgoblin's got a new line of work and the origin of Cybertron's Primes is revealed.
James Howlett's "death" headlines a week of unfavorable periodicals as Miles Morales gets his banter on, and Red Sonja squares off against lightsabers. Wait, what?
"Astro City" dazzles with its sheer mastery of the form, "Batgirl" goes full-on millennial and a new Image book has an amazing take on fantasy and loss.
Nothing was really great or terrible, though "Concrete Park" tried, Victor Von Doom got sweet revenge and "Gotham Academy" tries to make teen angst work.
Loki, Transformers, and Red Sonja all swung and missed, while "Saga" has a rare issue where it's just good and not amazing.
A group of giant robots find far more emotional resonance than you would likely expect while asking questions they didn't want answers to.
This week, Hyperion finds his place in the world, a college rivalry goes horribly awry and a girl raised by a cult becomes somebody making her own decisions.
A fascinating trip in experimental storytelling, time traveling Hunter Rose, a prison world with entertainment veterans guiding the way & madness meets NASA.
A Top Cow Pilot Season winner delivers a simply stunning finale, Megatron investigates and Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples show how things fall apart.
A city under siege, complex plans for firefights and fury, traps being sprung and old business returning to get settled make for a winning week of comics.
Strong showings from one of Valiant's odd couples and a solid debut from "Midnight Tiger" lead off a week that wins so big, there was nothing terrible. How about that?
Things don't go well with no new comic shining brightly enough that it demands Hannibal's hard-earned dollars.