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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.
The House of Ideas dominates the purchases with better laughs from a merc with a mouth, an epic from Asgard and non-stop action from Steve Rogers' covert team. A winning week for comic fans.
Loki and Bigby Wolf lead of a winning week that manages the "meh" through bland antagonists, the end of "Fear Itself," Ultimate Blue Beetle retconning Wakanda into weakness and so much more.
Things go well as nothing is bad enough to curse about and DC's New 52 makes a strong showing in the purchases, from the middle ages to the possibilities of the future.
Image comes on strong with two comics well worth the money, naughty as they are, plus Matt Fraction keeps "Casanova" fascinating. "Batwing," "Deadpool" and others fall flat, but can't stop the winning.
Soldiers of fortune, instruments of policy and a god of mischief lead off a winning week which didn't couldn't even be taken down by a mysterious stripper, senseless murder or lackluster writing.
Back to basics for the Bat, a horrifying new world for Princess Diana, pulse-pounding action for Misty Knight and ascension plans for storybook scions -- this is a fantastic week for comics.
September starts with a bang as five comics made the jump and Michael Holt steps up big time for a week that wins in a major way alongside Mephisto, Cobra, Riley Richards, Slade Wilson and the Monkey King.
It means "winning" when Virgil Hawkins and Casanova Quinn come back to light up your life even while David Zavimbi and Barbara Gordon disappoint in a week with big ideas vying for the spotlight.
Things go well as two melee brawlers bringing it home, Warren Ellis shows Steve Rogers how it's done and Gary Phillips makes crime pay while "Flashpoint" changes Batman's facial expression.
Despite magic and technology expanding the borders of possibility, the week washes out due to an inordinate inundation of the insipid from crossovers to blasphemy.
It's all about youth in action as Young Loki is as endearing as he is dangerous, the next generation of Avengers struggle with Asgard's legacy and the children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White consider the throne.
Sympathy for Megatron? A murderer from the heartland of America? Bad people look good while Damian Wayne struggles to stay awake and Alpha Flight sticks to sound and fury while signifying nothing.
It's been quite a wild ride for Gail Simone's ruthless band of buds, but it's all over now. Meanwhile, crossovers lumber on, indies try too hard and a Puerto Rican Spidey barely makes a mark.
A truly riveting group of comics made it home with a requiem for David Kim, the dark side of Riverdale, problems for narcoleptic princesses and the redemption of Flash Thompson!
Things go pretty well with Tony Stark returning to his old ways, Cinderella handling business and snow-flavored antiterrorists making it happen in the arctic circle. Can't beat that!
You can't be mad when Deadpool goes crazy, Loki scoundrels it up and Benjamin Warner seizes his destiny. Meanwhile, there's good crazy from Spidey, Alpha and Orchid and bad crazy from Sinestro and Supes.
Everything will be fine as Thomas Wayne and a short-skirted bodyguard lead the week's purchases, joining Gail Simone's masterpiece while crossovers from the Big Two flail around aimlessly.
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.