Miles Morales, Iron Man & Captain America Round Out "All-New, "All-Different Avengers"
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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.
Things went pretty well as the week couldn't be submarined by Wolverine covering the same old ground and Animal Man getting a fresh new past.
It's more than giant robots and super-powered punching in a week that featured a dreadlocked Norse god, a child queen gone wrong, politics between magical tribes and Dr. Octopus' ego getting in the way of glory.
It's Independent's Day as it's all Image as "Saga" and "Manhattan Projects" dazzle while John Stewart and Jaime Reyes disappoint and many (Diana, Valen the Outcast and a gaggle of spies) try hard.
It was as bad as it was good as a preponderance of dismal books threaten to overcome Sigurd, the Snow Queen and a medieval barbarian tossed into the wild west. Derivative ideas, factual challenges - it was rough out there.
The Black Widow leads the action as she hops from continent to continent while Peter Parker struggles with his past, Mauricio Barrino struggles with the future and an alternate Superman handles it all.
It's a close call as three comics demand to make it home, while seven stinkers almost submarined the entire thing. Ming yes, Marcus Johnson no. Peter Parker yes, Danny Rand no. So much drama...
Hannibal can't be too mad at a week when two comics were so good they demanded to come home, from the wilds of post-Katrina New Orleans to fighting super villains along the Mediterranean & lost kids in magical lands.
Magic and intrigue stand center stage in a week that wins with the Empire's favorite spy, Loki keeps the plates spinning and an innovative new comic from Image continues to shine.
Peter Parker, Conrad Hauser, Matt Murdock, Baldy the Skullkicker and Casanova Quinn bring it home in a set of comics that delight despite cliches in Gotham, whining at Avengers Academy & more.
The week goes badly as no comic books were good enough to buy and stinky selections involving Superman, The Vision, The Flash, Scarlet Witch, Firestorm, Hope and Captain Britain fall, hard.
For a small amount of money, this week won with more brilliance from "Fables" and Wonder Woman having family squabbles that reveal more than an episode of "Maury" while Cable and Bruce Wayne disappoint.
Character mattered in books from each of the big four publishers this week, melding science and magic while spies became baby daddies, super villains got hypnotized and even great writers stumbled.
A dazzling four comic books were so good that they had to be bought, even while the avatars of Order and Chaos and teenagers in love battle it out to see which is so bad it can make rocks cry. (Spoiler alert: it's both)
Despite battling a viral infection that could fell a herd of wildebeests, the web's most dangerous reviews are back shining a spotlight on Image's sexy science-fantasy yarn while wishing Lovecraft would get exterminated.
A quartet of comics jumped from the world of question marks to find their way home, with political tension with heavy metal, fishy things from the New 52, Hawkeye pushed too far before demons and plenty of drama.
Peter Parker spins into another great comic book while winds blow wild in "Fables." The Legion tries hard, The Rock roadblocks his way into the franchise and Optimus Prime goes steampunk.
A fantastic week of comics with three jumps, great showings from all of the Big Four, from "Star Wars" to Valentine's Day in Iceland, even while Marvel lets us down big time in the Marcus Johnson department.
Three comics demanded to be purchased in a winning week heralded by licensed surprises, history from Skywalker Ranch that didn't involve "Red Tails" and Spidey realizing Peter Parker's value.
"Secret Avengers" gets a sympathy jump to make it home in a week that washes out on the strength of Batman's surprise, Deadpool's karaoke skillz and Hawkman overthinking things. Really!
Even when science and logic fail the likes of Moon Knight and Supergirl, things go well when Peter Parker make the right moves in a week that wins even when much of the web won't work.
Spies and space travel, betrayal and blasters, it's a good week to love comic books even though Barbara Gordon's "miracle" smacks of midi-chlorians and Norman Osborn's got jokes.
2012 gets a solid start with three comics declaring themselves so good that they must be purchased. Doctor Strange leads the way, The Midnighter can finish your sentences and Misty Knight blurs the lines.
Not a bad week for comics led by the brilliance of Natasha Romanov and a surprise from Image Comics while Captain America gets scared, "DMZ" stumbles to a close and Doctor Doom's apparently a moron.
Heroism falls flat in a week that barely wins. As always, "Fables" is choice and well-armed billionaires did all right, but Cap, Optimus Prime and the Justice League need to get it together.
A shocker win this week as Dark Horse delivers a "Star Wars" comic so good it practically Force chokes you, the holiday spirit holds sway over Asgard and to all, a good night.
Scoundrels, villains and misdirection lead the day as the three purchases demand their way to the promised land, with masterminds, sci fi heroes and giant robots reaching but just missing the mark.
Teamwork made the week's solitary jump lead off an inexpensive but effective week of comics as the industry delivered big savings on annoyances and tedium. Also? Fat Cobra!
Being thankful for a week that wins -- even if it did so by a thin margin -- as Steve Rogers gets clandestine, Adric Fell runs a lot and Tony Stark returns to the pile of purchases alongside one fun dwarf.
The kids are just barely all right as cliches run rampant and plots can't find the beat, but the week of comics weakly wins, like a single ray of sunshine poking through storm clouds.
Marvel's bad boys Norman Osborn and Loki lead the way for a great week for loving comics, even though the Serpent's leftovers linger, still dealing with ghosts of crossovers past.
The week washes out as only one book, a mean-spirited extra-human deconstruction from Image, proves solid enough to buy and only one, a post-script event title, is bad enough to loathe, with everyone else idling.