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REVIEW: "Secret Avengers" #1

James Hunt gives "Secret Avengers" #1 4 stars, calling the issue by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross "very well constructed, and takes an unusual premise and makes it work."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "A Good Day to Die Hard"

Not even Bruce Willis can save the bloated, overblown fifth installment of the iconic "Die Hard" franchise, trading charm and ingenuity for murky direction, lazy writing and a script devoid of relatable characters.

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REVIEW: "Star Wars" #2

Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Star Wars" #2 by Brian Wood and Carlos D'anda 4 stars, saying the issue "has character moments as often as it has intricate interplay with the established universe."

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5-STAR REVIEW: "Batman" #17

Doug Zawisza gives "Batman" #17 5 stars, calling Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's conclusion to "Death of the Family" "a stunning conclusion that permanently scars the Bat-family in a way not unlike the Joker's own disfigurement."

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: Lemire's

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: Lemire's "Green Arrow" #17, "Fearless Defenders" #1

Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at 25 new releases, including "Superior Spider-Man" #3, "Harbinger" #0, "Fairy Quest" #1 with Humberto Ramos art, Diggle & Jock's "Snapshot" #1 and the return of Bendis' "Scarlet" #6.

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REVIEW: "Hellboy in Hell" #3

Jennifer Cheng gives "Hellboy in Hell" #3 4 stars, saying series creator Mike Mignola "keeps the humor and offbeat charm of Hellboy himself intact, making for unusual but haunting combination."

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REVIEW: "Superior Spider-Man" #3

James Hunt gives "Superior Spider-Man" #3 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman 4 stars, saying "the technical strength of this story alone is likely to make it one of the greats."

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REVIEW: "Rotworld's" Finale Begins in "Animal Man" #17

Doug Zawisza gives "Animal Man" #17, the first half of Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire's "Rotworld" finale, four stars, saying artist Steve Pugh's "horrific imagery of Rotlings...is quite a bit to wrap a mind around."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "Side Effects"

Billed as director Steven Soderbergh's final feature, "Side Effects" is a tense and twisting psychological thriller that elicits stellar performances from stars Rooney Mara and Jude Law.

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REVIEW: "Avengers" #5

Doug Zawisza gives Jonathan Hickman and Adam Kubert's "Avengers" #5 4 stars, saying the creative team "does a fantastic job filling [the series] with bold ideas, unpredictable adventures and agreeable characters."

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REVIEW: "Dial H" #9

Greg McElhatton gives "Dial H" #9 4.5 stars, calling the issue by China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli "a new classic and a great reminder of how new life can be breathed into old properties."

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REVIEW: "Green Arrow" #17

Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Green Arrow" #17 4.5 stars, saying the debut issue of creative team Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino "is the turn old fans of the character have been waiting for."

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Last Week's Comics Reviewed: "Superior Spider-Man" #2, Kirkman's "Invincible" #100

Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including Brian Wood & Ming Doyle's "Mara" #2, Fraction & Aja's "Hawkeye" #7, "Batman and Robin Annual" #1 and "Aquaman" #16, a "Throne of Atlantis" tie-in.

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REVIEW: "Hawkeye" #7

Jennifer Cheng gives "Hawkeye" #7 4 stars, calling Matt Fraction's Hurricane Sandy-inspired plot "a well-structured but delicately gem-like story about people needing each other."

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REVIEW: "Aquaman" #16

Doug Zawisza gives "Aquaman" #16 by Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier 4.5 stars, saying the creative team "collaborates nicely to fill each panel, regardless of orientation, with action, character and detail."

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REVIEW: "Journey Into Mystery" #648

Kelly Thompson gives "Journey Into Mystery" #648 4 stars, saying Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schitti bring "a deftness of hand in both idea and execution that makes "Journey Into Mystery" a joy to read."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "Warm Bodies"

Director Jonathan Levine's offbeat supernatural romance "Warm Bodies" is both hilarious and horrific, blending the best of George A. Romero and John Hughes for a refreshing tale of a young zombie in love.

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REVIEW: "Angel & Faith" #18

Greg McElhatton gives "Angel & Faith" #18 4 stars, saying Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs "have turned out not just a good media tie-in comic, but a good comic, period."

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REVIEW: "Invincible" #100

Doug Zawisza gives "Invincible" #100 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley 4 stars, saying Kirkman "establishes a new tone for this series going forward in a manner that welcomes all readers" in the centennial issue.

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Last Week's Comics Reviewed: "Young Avengers" #1, "Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness" #1

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including Remender & Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" #3, "Uncanny X-Force" #1, "Deadpool Killustrated" #1 and the "Throne of Atlantis" tie-in "Justice League" #16.

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REVIEW: "Chew" #31

Jennifer Cheng gives "Chew" #31 4 stars, saying writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory's follow-up to the game-changing "Chew" #30 "has remarkable emotional depth without being depressing."

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REVIEW: "Winter Soldier" #14

Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Winter Soldier" #14 by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice 4 stars, calling the issue "a stirring conclusion to this story arc and Brubaker's run on the character."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "Parker"

An inventive twist on the heist genre combines with Taylor Hackford's meticulous direction and an excellent cast led by Jason Statham to make "Parker" a fun and modern piece of film noir.

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5-STAR REVIEW: "Young Avengers" #1

Kelly Thompson gives "Young Avengers" #1 5 stars, saying Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie "deliver an incredibly satisfying, innovative and touching first issue that will leave readers absolutely pumped for this series."

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REVIEW: "Avengers" #3

Greg McElhatton gives "Avengers" #3 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Jerome Opena 4 stars, saying the conclusion of the series' first arc is "a thoroughly enjoyable and fun comic."

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: Snyder's

Last Week's Comics Reviewed: Snyder's "Batman" #16, Bendis' "All-New X-Men" #6

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including Frank Cho's "Savage Wolverine" #1, Francavilla's "Black Beetle" #1, Hickman's "New Avengers" #2 and Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples' "Saga" #9.

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REVIEW: "X-Factor" #250

James Hunt gives Peter David and Leonard Kirk's "X-Factor" #250 4 stars saying the milestone issue sees "a year of storylines masterfully converge and collectively kicks off David's latest opus, 'Hell on Earth War.'"

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REVIEW: "All-New X-Men" #6

James Hunt gives "All-New X-Men" #6 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez 4 stars, saying of the series, "The possibilities seem endless, because the story treads on genuinely new ground."

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REVIEW: "Indestructible Hulk" #3

Ryan K. Lindsay gives Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu 4 stars, saying, "The action is bombastic, the characters are clear, fun and work well together with top-notch art and pacing."

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REVIEW: "Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E." #16

Doug Zawisza gives "Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E." #16 4 stars, saying the final issue contains "a strong finale that serves as a precise representation of the book's characters and mission statement."

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REVIEW: "The Black Beetle" #1

Doug Zawisza gives Francesco Francavilla's "The Black Beetle" #1 4.5 stars, saying the debut issue of Francavilla's ongoing series "doesn't leave the reader wanting for adventure, excitement or intrigue."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's

ADVANCE REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #16

Kelly Thompson gives Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #16 4.5 stars, saying the creative team "delivers a brutal cliff-hanger of an ending that will leave readers aching for more."

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Last Week's Comics Reviewed: "Superior Spider-Man" #1, Wood's "Star Wars" #1

Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including the "Death of the Family" tie-in "Detective Comics" #16, "Thor: God of Thunder" #4, Lemire's "Sweet Tooth" #40 and Snyder's "Swamp Thing" #16.

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REVIEW: "Detective Comics" #15

Greg McElhatton gives "Detective Comics" #15 4 stars, saying John Layman and Jason Fabok "buck the trend" of "Death of the Family" tie-in issues "and go for an entirely different routine."

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REVIEW: "Thor: God of Thunder" #4

Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Thor: God of Thunder" #4 4 stars, calling the issue by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic "a mighty issue enjoyable on its own that leaves readers with the best feeling a monthly comic could deliver."

5-STAR REVIEW: Lemire's

5-STAR REVIEW: Lemire's "Sweet Tooth" #40

Doug Zawisza gives Jeff Lemire's "Sweet Tooth" #40 5 stars, calling the creator's final issue of the series "quite simply the best single-issue story in the story of the boy with antlers."

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REVIEW: "Swamp Thing" #16

Greg McElhatton gives "Swamp Thing" #16 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette 4 stars, saying the creative team has "a strong sense of how to create a comic that's as much adventure as it is horror."

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SPINOFF REVIEW: "Mama"

"Mama," the bittersweet ghost story from director director Andres Muschietti and producer Guillermo del Toro, stumbles as often as it soars, held down by the filmmakers' inability to trust the audience.

REVIEW: Brian Wood's

REVIEW: Brian Wood's "Star Wars" #1

Doug Zawisza gives Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda's "Star Wars" #1 4 stars, saying the debut issue of the ongoing series "wastes no time breaking out the stars and firing up the action."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Slott & Stegman's

ADVANCE REVIEW: Slott & Stegman's "Superior Spider-Man" #1

Ryan K. Lindsay gives Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman's "Superior Spider-Man" #1 4 stars, calling the Marvel NOW! debut issue of Spidey's new status quo "intriguing, well thought out, exciting and downright fun."

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