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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.
Things work out for Hannibal this week even when Deadpool's desire for a burrito doesn't and Steve Rogers proves to not be the smartest intelligence analyst around, thanks to some retired government guns.
A cosmic collection of heroes makes an impressive showing, Tony Stark mixes sex with corporate intrigue, Tim Drake balances it all, Dennis Sykes teams up and Mephisto discusses contracts in a winning week of comics.
Things go all right this week, despite a truck full of comics disappearing somewhere along the side of a dusty road, with Aaron Stack making a return that's less "triumphant" and more "acceptable."
You could say, "that ain't bad," as an Eisner winner makes the Buy Pile jump and Rose Red shows up for the job, even while aliens don't sing "Smack That" and Deadpool phones it in resulting in a thin margin win.
The results aren't bad for a light week, making it a winning one with a soldier turned spy, sci-fi from BOOM! Studios and Tony Stark throwing a party, plus a great Frank Miller reprint for just a buck. Can't beat that!
Writer Jonathan Maberry does the unthinkable without Alicia Keys or BOOM! Studios in sight in a week that wins - barely - with gunfights and arguments, depravity and detail, even while event comics languish.
Missing a week to the Comic-Con madness somehow meant missing a step as this week's comics were just not that good, even with a few revealing personality pieces and the humor of Ultimate Captain Marvel. Seriously.
A look at the Silver Agent, some time spent with Tony Stark and a sophomore turn with "Avengers Academy" all make the trek home this week, with the Man of Steel's detour though South Philadelphia just missing the cut.
Strong leads made last week a winner as Casanova Quinn, Deadshot, Steve Rogers, Socialist Red Guardsman, Matt Murdock, Damian Wayne, Bobbi Morse and more arrived to make new comics worth reading.
Horrors and glories of warfare, from mythical enmities to corporate spycraft to the blood-soaked sands of the Sudan, are on display in a week that mostly makes Marvels while shuddering at the horror of...The Pantsening!
Things go badly as the Buy Pile records something all new - a week where no new comics were worth buying. Oh, there's a good reprint, sure, but things kind of stank overall with rough going all around.
It's another great week to profess your love for comics as mercenaries, magical princesses and pangalactic potentates join forces with vengeful cowboys, Destro and lethal ladies to make this batch of comics a winner.
A very small dose of problematic publications gives cause for celebration in a winning week that has a powerful Amadeus Cho, Catman gone wild, combat magicians, the JLI and Pepper Potts getting feisty. Let's go!
Tomorrow will bring a better you and a better Legion, apparently, while time-torn lovers find complicated love, super robots come from a different place in Asia while event comics fizzled or failed. This is THE BUY PILE.
Through fever, through headache, through fainting spell, THE BUY PILE's Hannibal Tabu delivers with a week that wins (barely) over terrible times with Thanos, a truly baffling Batman, impotence and futility.
Things aren't looking up this week as a black scientist becomes a gangster and "Brightest Day" fails to illuminate. Thankfully, there's heavy metal and Paul Levitz coming back to the future. He knows what he's doing!
This week, Amadeus Cho leads a new generation of heroes into a future that's bright and filled with "bwa-ha-ha," there's sibling rivalry and anticlimaxes and Batman with no shirt on and...oh, just click already...
Hannibal Tabu left the comic shop with a happy look on his face this week and the latest issues of "Secret Six," "Astro City," "The Great Ten" and "OIOTMU: The Avengers" all joining him and THE BUY PILE for the ride home.
CBR's Hannibal Tabu returns with another week's worth of heavy praise and harsh criticism of new comics including the latest "Invincible Iron Man," "Deadpool," "Incorruptible" and more. Enter at your own risk.
Things go well for THE BUY PILE this time around with the King of Magic, an armor-clad futurist and the Lord of Latveria leading off a week that even managed to beat back the horrible, tragic tales of...Forbush Man!
Good times this week, as Loki does what he does best, Rose Red stays in bed and a group of young people strike a blow for freedom millions of miles away. The event comics may droop, but they can't bring the week down.
Despite an atrocity in ancient Rome, things actually go fairly well with a week that both the Wu-Tang and Bill Willingham could be proud about, even while Hulks war ineffectively and Vader takes his eye off the ball.
The worst week of comic books of 2010, so far anyway, heralded by a "dark" light and attempts at humor that just don't work. April Fool's? Not so fast -- there's nothing funny about things going this badly.
There are weeks when you love comics...and weeks you just kind of slough through it. Unfortunately, this week is the latter. Event comics may make legends in their own mind, but in the trenches it's just the facts.
Tales of war and justice lead off this Week of Winning, even while most gamma irradiated, green-themed comics stunk and former teen heroes whine far more than they punch and Iris would be good...on TV, if not in comics.
Nothing went wrong, but it's not all right as talented newcomers work with Wade Wilson, Abigail Brand and Thomas Blake to bring whimsy, confidence and hard decisions into a week that celebrates our 7th anniversary.
Brace yourself: there was absolutely nothing awful about this week's new comic releases! That shocker aside, there's genuinely great stuff in a largely DC-dominated week full of characters that predominantly live in gray areas.
Heroic efforts by William Gravel, Deadpool, Layla Miller, two old lovers and a mountain of comic book facts simply aren't enough to save this week from Thundercracker and Sinestro, the harbingers of The Great Sadness.
A winning way for best laid plans when Dr. Doom's machinations lead to war, the Prince of Power surprises, Jericho Drumm goes out strong and Wade Wilson decides to take Manhattan in a week of comics that wins in spite of itself.
Everything works out this week when Deadshot follows his destiny, Vril Dox learns a lesson, Matty Roth goes back to basics and Kid-with-knife learns about magic all on a New Comics Day that makes comics worth reading.