This is the premiere installment of “Comics Were Read,” featuring a shotgun blast collection of reviews for each week’s new releases pulled from my little blue bird feed. Lets kick it off with reviews for new comics the week of September 19, 2012.

Avengers #30 (Marvel)
I like Spider-Woman, but Hawkeye? Jeez. Enough already, the movie came out in May. Also, what’s with the #AvX banner? (2/5) #Avengers

Battle Beasts #3 (IDW)
As a fan & collector of the toys I’m geeking out on all the cameos. Fun anthropomorphic violence with fitting art. (2.5/5) #BattleBeasts

Batwoman #0 (DC)
This needed to come out years ago when “Elegy” began. As a father to a wonderful baby girl, this one hit home. (4.5/5) #Batwoman

Birds of Prey #0 (DC)
So the Birds originate from Penguin’s ranks? A little too on the nose but the artwork’s what you want in a BoP book. (3/5) #BirdsofPrey

Captain Atom #0 (DC)
It didn’t end with a bang, but overall I seemed to like this series more than most — especially the artwork. (2.5/5) #CaptainAtom

Catwoman #0 (DC)
This was tough to get through — Selena Kyle’s New 52 origin is 20 pages of “nope.” I miss Ed Brubaker. (1/5) #Catwoman

Dark Avengers #181 (Marvel)
Missed a few issues and thought I could jump back in. Nope! Will come back to it later. (N/A) #DarkAvengers

DC Universe Presents #0 (DC)
Only read the OMAC story — Giffen & Koblish’s art is an energetic tribute to Jack Kirby. The story though… (2/5) #OMAC

Fables #121 (Vertigo)
Seamless character development and beautiful artwork. I miss my old toys — especially Fluffy the blue elephant. (4.5/5) #Fables

Ghost #0 (Dark Horse)
Good but not great. Excited the character is back, though. (2.5/5) #Ghost

Godzilla: Half Century War #2 (IDW)
Holy hell this book is amazing — and I don’t usually enjoy anything Godzilla. The art blows me away. (4.5/5) #Godzilla

Justice League #0 (DC)
It’s “Big” meets Millar’s “Superior.” I kind of dig it — was never a big Shazam! fan. (3/5) #JusticeLeague #Shazam

Lobster Johnson: Caput Mortuum #1 (Dark Horse)
This issue wins for its hero shouting “Justice!” during his World War era Nazi bashing. (3/5) #LobsterJohnson

Nightwing #0 (DC)
The best issue of the series — in both artwork and story. Well done. (4/5) #Nightwing

Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 (DC)
Just like that, Jason becomes Robin? Yeah, OK. Not after Nightwing 0. “Lost Days” told this story better. (1/5) #RedHood

Red Sonja: Atlantis Rises #2 (Dynamite)
The King of Atlantis’ shark-steed is badass, but Sonja looks much too dainty. Otherwise, the art’s OK. (1.5/5) #RedSonja

Star Trek #13 (IDW)
A solid stand alone issue from a Red Shirt’s POV. Any Trek fan can pick this up for a taste of the IDW/movie continuity. (4/5) #StarTrek

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive #1 (IDW)
Stunning full page space shots but not being very familiar with TNG, I missed some stuff. (3.5/5) #StarTrek

Supergirl #0 (DC)
As a father, I can understand the choice made. If she’s old enough I’d still give my kid the option, though. (3/5) #Supergirl

Sword of Sorcery: Amethyst #0 (DC)
Knew nothing of the character going in and now I want more. Great art & the #Beowulf story was decent. (4/5) #Amethyst

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #15 (Marvel)
If David Marquez drew this series indefinitely, I would be 100% cool with that. (3.5/5) #SpiderMan

The Walking Dead #102 (Image)
Kirkman once again shows he’s king of the bait-and-switch. (3/5) #WalkingDead

Womanthology: Space #1 (IDW)
A cool concept but lacking in execution. The stories were too short and of varying quality. Alison Ross wins. (2/5) #Womanthology

X-Factor #244 (Marvel)
Another series I’m behind on and thought I could jump back into — not so, and I should have known better! (N/A) #XFactor

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