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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.
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.