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Ten years after the Buy Pile first debuted, east meets west in Vertigo's new "Fables" spinoff, Hasbro's Transformers comics roll on in a wonderful fashion and Superman pretty much goes to H'el.
The Star Wars galaxy can't handle Jahan Cross, Hawkeye has a hard time with a band of well-armed eastern Europeans and Megatron has a plan, such a plan. Then, Jimmie Robinson blows your doors off with "Five Weapons."
Brace yourself: Vibe is actually pretty good while "Saga" has more people making emotional reactions while Snow White's ex has all kinds of rough ideas. Let's agree to stop trying to make "Alpha" happen, though, okay?
Action Lab's "Order of Dagonet" is the only thing that really got things right this week, as the Joker deeply disappoints, Nick Fury Jr. is a total jerk and Reed Richards is much creepier than you ever realized.
Rapunzel goes wild with a lot of unhappy Japanese Fables while Megatron follows his core programming and Ultra Magnus struggles with the idea of "relaxation" in a week that wins by a thin margin.
Damian and Bruce Wayne have some Skype-styled bonding while Jahan Cross goes under the sea like he was already working for Disney. Meanwhile, Atrocitus finds religion and double Dazzlers don't get any better.
Two surprises for today's purchases, as terrorists mix it up with Russian special forces, a vengeful lawman dolls out fists full of justice and an angry father moves through heaven & earth to find his kids.
Four comics demand they be taken home as Valiant's odd couple again hits the mark, Bruce Banner gets interns, The Will further cements his coolness and a mountain of monologuing from Si Spurrier shows the way.
Magic and machines make this week a pleasure as Action Lab releases another fantastic comic, Megatron has returned to Cybertron and Rapunzel's adventures in Japan beat out Spidey's shenanigans.
For an unprecedented second week in a row, Hannibal found nothing was good enough to buy, despite Batman's swan song, Iron Man star-gazing and Cyclops feeling bad in two separate ages. Oy.
2012 ends on a downbeat note as literally nothing was good enough to buy, while Spider-Man and the Justice League went out of their way to be terrible. "Should auld acquaintance be forgot," indeed...
Time's all shuffled up in this winning week's comics as Jahan Cross figures it out, Bufkin becomes a legend, Whirl brings the ruckus, Hawkeye hooks it up & "Saga" teaches you how to love.
The future Autobot leader as a metal-minded action hero? Existential government experiments marked for death? "Freaky Friday" for the superhero set? That makes up for evil Ganthet & Marvel's Hunger Games.
It's all good in the goodness of being all good as Vader hunts Jedis, Hawkeye has many secrets, Rapunzel rises in the Far East and Superman fights a battle that's been happening all his life.
It's independent's day as Image's strangest hit comic demands to come home, as does a story that does everything "The Guild" should have done, even as murderers get off Scott free & Luke Cage retires.
A big, big week that wins with a huge margin shows the complexity of giant variable form robots, makes Hawkeye Marvel's next big spy, brings back Jahan Cross doing the same while Willingham's genius shines.
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' "Saga" keeps hitting it out of the park, Top Cow's "Think Tank" gets really smart and the Clown Prince of Crime installs terror into the protectors of Gotham City in "Batman."
Two comics make it home on moxie as Pip the Troll makes "X-Factor" work and Deadpool brings back all his greatest hits while a Fabled female finds intrigue and action in the land of the rising sun.
The 'bot who would be Optimus Prime stands at the center of a mystery dating back to the founding of the Decepticons yet spans into the modern day. Meanwhile, Skeletor sucks and so does Cable.
The son of Laufey stands up in such a major way that it almost levitates off of the page, the Big Bad Wolf experiences ennui and there's a message for Cobra from Russia with lots of bullets. Makes up for Superman's blog...
Dark Horse brings back Imperial agent Jahan Cross for a spirited trip into "Star Wars" continuity while Clint Barton could sing a song from Daniel Powter. Oh, and Supes & Diana get all weird after smooching.
The clown prince of crime has returned with a vengeance that's downright elegant and DC sends Dominique Leveau to her premature demise while "AvX" and "Green Lantern Corps" compete for year's worst.
Put your hands together for Bruce Wayne, who puts on a tour de force performance as a detective and crime fighter, bookending a questing Rapunzel while Scott Summers defiles your brain.
Morality is turned on its head when the Autobots can barely call themselves good guys, betrayal is the only road to victory against Surtur, Darth Maul fights for the people & all kind of morality goes out the window.
Star Wars fans gets just what they're looking for while things get messy in Discardia, Amethyst makes a comeback, red shirts take front and center and Thor makes peace with his family challenges.
Is Volstagg ruling Asgardia a bigger threat than an unloved adopted son? We wonder while Rodimus Prime makes a really big discovery, Scott Summers takes it up a notch & more hilarity ensues.
A new Valiant title steps up as Vertigo's "Fables" universe gets one heck of a shock, all while "Green Lantern" offends, "Amazing Spider-Man" exhausts and more goes "meh." At least there's Afro-Shazam!
Comics stumbled this week as the tedium of overhyped couples -- breaking up, getting together -- overshadowed flowery prose from Vertigo and intricate plotting by Kieron Gillen & Matt Fraction.
The son of the Big Bad Wolf has a "Tom Hanks in 'Castaway'" moment, Decepticons deceive and Vader brings the ruckus, all while Dr. Manhattan fails miserably and Deadpool barely even tries.
Spidey keeps up the weird science, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue building a fascinating world in "Saga" - oh, and there's a brand new Samurai Lion Voltron. Really. Wow.
Bruce Wayne gets an unexpected guardian angel, Slag's in charge of the Dinobots and there are cold comforts for Lumi the Snow Queen, while Cap & Spidey get emo and Ozymandias and Deathstroke fail big,
Grant Morrison brings back the impossible in "Action Comics," pieces fall into place in "Thief of Thieves" and Clint Barton has a long day off in his new solo series, while Chaykin goes hentai.
Brilliant character work for giant robots, mad scientists, revised super villains and the galaxy's fastest Sith, while Batman goes out way too easily and Captain America would well served turning off "fair and balanced" news.
A huge haul of seven comics with a toy story Pixar would never tell, Layla aping Leelee, T'challa calling it a comeback, Vader shutting things down, Loki making peace, a royal coronation and two wacky kids in love fleeing a war.
The House of Ideas shows up with surprisingly effective storytelling based in characters while more event comics fell by the wayside as the world waits on news from San Diego.
From magical dimensions and mechanical worlds to the streets of New York and sub-Saharan Africa, things went pretty well even while yawns were elicited by He-Man, Superman and Cyclops in their fruitless foibles.
This week makes it thanks to Marvel as evening wear in Madripoor and New York's stylish night scene lead to heroism and fisticuffs. Meanwhile, Blue Lanterns flounder and Nite Owl needs a nap
It's not quite "independent's day," but there's strong storytelling from Matt Fraction, Bill Willingham, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen and David Hine as magic and madness combine.
Reed and the family head to Wakanda, Spidey fights in the middle of the Pacific (and it works) while Image's title that could, "Skullkickers," spans space and time to entertain in a fun week of comics.
A lot of books, starring the Justice League to the Defenders, really tried to tank the week, but "Journey into Mystery" and another Bill Willingham-led all-star performance on "Fairest" saved the day.