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.
It's the end of the worlds as we know it and a pair of immortals use cleverness and every trick in the book to do what they feel is right in a winning week.
A light and easygoing week of comics wins as we see the nature of heroism and muddle through crossover meh-ness.
"Saga" returns to form and a "Star Wars" book shows scoundrel-ish charm, but industry legends falter and a pirate princess can't fight her way through plot deficiencies.
Things could have gone better on the week before SDCC, as "Bizarro" fails to fail, Doom shows his foibles and other comics are less than impressive.
Dancing giant robots lead off a week that wins on the merit of "meh" and nothing really being that bad.
The week fails to satisfy as "Astro City" phones it in, "Transformers" fall short and the Winter Soldier comes in chilly, though many indies made courageous showings.
Amorous affections lead to surprising places in a fantastic week, as Thom Zahler does an outstanding job with a new book and "Saga" continues to astound.
Geoff Johns brings the thunder and the glory as DC's magnificent seven stand up in a major way while Squirrel Girl makes good friends.
A team of travel-weary Transformers pre-mourn the passing of one of their greatest, perhaps to beat the rush for a winning week.
The swan song for the Dynamite detective makes the week a win - barely - as "Convergence" is like a Bataan Death March and "Secret Wars" loses focus.
Darth Vader continues to shine, Jonathan Hickman makes a big Heroclix match work as a story, and, yeah -- that's a gorilla playing the drums. Rock on.
Peter Parker and Bass Lass lead off a week of hilarity and heroism where great collections and nothing going wrong lead to a fantastic Six-o de Mayo.
Quirky robots on a spaceship can't beat the insanity of "Multiversity" nor the Iron Man/Cap slapfighting that's been going on since "Civil War."
The Thrillbent creator re-teamed with his longtime collaborator, and a college freshman finds the true key to answering the threat of Galactus.
The fifth issue of the noirish detective series is another gem in a crossover-heavy week.
Vader goes off the reservation, Megatron's strongest believer has a plan and an "Astro City" hero finds his happy ending.
Friendship and family take center stage as an adaptation of a science fiction giant’s work dazzles and Damian Wayne shows how to make superheroing cool.
As we celebrate ten years worth of columns at this site, nothing made the jump for a week of comics that's mostly a mass of "meh."
Mark Waid gives us the Leia we deserve, Superman gets down to earth and Squirrel Girl again proves her excellence in a week of winning comics.
Marvel has the biggest wins and the only disappointment as Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan stand side by side with John Shaft for a winning week.