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You can't complain about a textured set of performances from Bruce Wayne, Bruce Banner, David Kim and two bad barbarians as Logan, Reed and a return that'd be best left abandoned.
A pleasant "Flashpoint" surprise and a typically strong trip to the world of Bill Willingham's "Fables" lead the way to a solid thumbs up for the week.
Tony Stark and a fairytale princess lead off a winning week that saw even the big crossovers -- and when are there not crossovers happening these days -- stepping up a little towards the realm of "acceptable."
Loki, Deathstroke, Deadpool and The Crusader all brought it home for a week where tennis comics failed powerfully, mini-Hulks don't amuse and DC titles trundle on towards obsolescence.
Everybody's happy when Misty Knight leaps into action, Scandal Savage needs a hug, Finesse figures it out and so does Jake Ellis, while "Fear Itself" tries too hard and "Flashpoint" fizzles.
With hope, humor and intensity this week won handily as many ambitious attempts did what they could. The Baroness and Betty Banner almost brought it home, but you can't win 'em all, you know?
Inexpensive expenditures meet mostly acceptable comic books for THE BUY PILE in a week that features more storybook characters living real lives and Tony Stark looking for the next big gig overseas.
It was a big day for guys named Bruce while a leggy fairytale princess makes with the mayhem in a week that wins, despite Daredevil and Black Panther and close friends almost making it work -- but not quite.
In a light week of new releases, Gail Simone and J. Calafiore's "Secret Six" shines bright as the only title making the trip home, helping the day end on an overall positive note.
It's even sailing as there're no jumps, very few true tragedies and nothing seriously wrong. Storybook legends in fancy costumes and Tony Stark humbled by a punchline led the charge to the land of "okay."
A surprising four jumps open the way for this week to win big, led by a surprise from Catman, Steve Rogers taking control, Tim Drake never hesitating and Bruce Banner getting suave.
Two brilliant ideas from Image Comics lead off a great week that also features Misty Knight and Scandal Savage, and while Skaar and Kara Zor-El remain emo, at least John Layman's cashing some big checks.
It's a mediocre week overall with only Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' noirish "Incognito: Bad Influences" finale making The Buy Pile's final cut, leaving the rest of the new comics sitting on the racks.
When you spend less than ten bucks, things can't be that bad with troubled storybook characters and a surprise appearance from a fragrant Frenchman, all while vampires and zombies chase cliches almost everywhere.
The ghosts of comics companies past play to win in a good week where Tony Stark also berates Otto Octavius and Frank Castle gets old school with his mission of vengeance. But "Fear Itself?" Not so scary.
A delightful missive from Fabletown gets tidal waved by one of the worst comic books in years. Tales from the future almost worked out, but the Transformers slipped a disk lead to a decidedly not-great week of comics.
Good stories about bad people are highlights of a week covered in combat and bathed in bloodshed. Zack Overkill, Wade Wilson and Scandal Savage lead the pack of purchases, making things messy in entertaining ways.
Three titles make the trip home with Deadpool, Jake Ellis and Iron Man heading up an uncommonly good BUY PILE, with a bunch of new comics worth taking a look at and nothing genuinely bad on the racks.
Despite four titles making the cut, the week is declared a wash as super-spies wreak havoc, super hero morality is studied, fairy tale characters organize for battle and the LoSH's leadership changes guards.
Call it a tie in a week when an efficient set of purchases has a head-on collision with T'challa at Radio Shack, "When Clark Met Diana," Osborn's briar patch and cliches almost everywhere you look.
Peter Parker and Ayla Ranzz bring some of the biggest surprises in a week that also took us to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and played a board game, despite Invincible and Ultimate Panther embarrassing themselves.
Winning ain't easy in this week's BUY PILE which is jam packed with mediocrity. Still, Steve Rogers gets a little smarter, Deadpool gets a new playmate and a flying monkey searches for adventure, and that ain't bad.
It was Hannibal's birthday on Wednesday, and the comics industry delivered the gift of not being terrible, led off by the complicated genius of Tony Stark, teenaged terrorism and the duplicity of soldiers and spies.
For THE BUY PILE, the plan's the thing, and the thing is complicated this week as Wade Wilson, Lex Luthor and Misty Knight work the angles to get the job done while Damian, T'challa and Clark all fall short.
Hank Pym, Erin O'Grady and Jake Ellis lead off a winning week despite John Henry Irons and Congorilla getting everything wrong, Ulysses Klaw going against his own recent plans and it all working out anyway.
The last reviews of the year, huh? It's been quite a ride, and this ending is a happy one with three jumps to spark your Kwanzaa, from Nick Fury's liability to G.I. Joe's mainstay and the shame of the 25th century.
Though the weather outside might be dreadful, the end of 2010 is on its way with a good week of comics held down by Tony Stark, Zack Overkill and a bad man in white making this a great herald for this year's Kwanzaa.
Two titles make the trip home, but the face of tragedy appears as The Man Without Income tanks a post-war scenario for New York City, Oracle makes new plans and Darwin steps up in a week that just couldn't win.
For the second time this year, nothing is bad enough to loathe but only Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha make the trip home as they celebrate a big anniversary with a battle worth seeing.
Get on the not-so-global frequency with Misty Knight, leading a good week to love comics as Skartaris burns, Thor hops into adventure, a Legionnaire gets a new job and Wakanda gets rendered into irrelevancy.
Tony Stark and Wade Wilson punch their way into your heart during a holiday week of comics that works hard and gets the job done, with Max Daring almost making the cut and Damian schooling his new Titan subordinates.
It was a close call but "cognitive dissonance" and a trip through classical literature made the week worth buying even as Bruce Wayne goes into franchising and the 616 experiences a Blackest Night of its own.
Four jumps? When's the last time there were four jumps? When you look at the fact that there were no planned purchases today, it's like a freakin' winter miracle! A great day on the Buy Pile!
Brace yourselves: nothing was really bad this week! It's rare, but true in a week where Catman, Bane and Deadshot slice through Skartaris, Bruce Wayne goes sane and Reptil steps up, THE BUY PILE is pleased.
Three men stand ready to do hard jobs and do so well enough to bring it on home. Zack Overkill, Steve Rogers and William Gravel bring the pain and never let up in a week ends up with more up-side than down.
It may not be the best of all worlds, but things worked out for THE BUY PILE nonetheless as we saw conversations can be momentous and newly empowered teenagers make it work despite three serious stinkers.
Two names held sway over this week's comics - "Matt" and "Fraction" - as new ideas from Top Cow shine, Bruce Wayne's pop quizzes fizzle and there's green in between, all in a winning week of pop periodicals.
THE BUY PILE was treated to smart goings on with bad people being manipulated, Avengers race relations, teleporting terrorists and a PR crisis for Oa. Sure, Hercules is back, but did he make it home? Find out inside.
Fraction, Bá and Moon's "Casanova" remixed and a prose story about a member of G.I. Joe weigh things nicely in the positive side of the scale this week, leaving Hannibal and THE BUY PILE in a winning mood and mode.
There's no room for Hannibal to complain in a week which sees Asgardian mythology meet science, the law getting laid down on the Farm and Mark Millar making a big splash with a bloody good time.