Like two weeks ago, I present a double dose of “Comics Were Read” today since we missed last week’s batch. “CWR” is a shotgun blast collection of reviews for each week’s new comic book releases, pulled from my little blue bird feed. This batch contains reviews for new comics the weeks of November 7 & October 31, 2012. We’ll be weekly again beginning next Tuesday!

47 Ronin #1 (Dark Horse)
Intelligent, emotional & engaging — already amongst the best educational reads in the sequential art form since “Maus.” (4.5/5) #47Ronin

A Plus X #1 (Marvel)
A solid start to a series all about team-ups. Bucky’s cybernetic arm line wins. (3.5/5) #AVX

Animal Man #14 (DC)
An “Aww man!” moment on the final page sealed the deal for this issue. Stuff’s about to go down! (4/5) #AnimalMan

Aquaman #13 (DC)
Mera & Aquaman are the new Jean Grey & Cyclops. (3.5/5) #Aquaman

Avengers Academy #39 (Marvel)
This series blows “Ultimate X-Men” and “Teen Titans” out of the water. Great stuff overall from Christos Gage. (4/5) #Avengers

Avenging Spider-Man #14 (Marvel)
Savage Land stories usually have potential for a good time and this issue delivers. More Devil Dinosaur, yo! (3/5) #Spiderman

AVX: Consequences #4 (Marvel)
For the first time in awhile, I genuinely don’t know what to expect in the X-books. It feels legit. (4.5/5) #AVX #XMen

AVX: Consequences #5 (Marvel)
This issue doesn’t accurately represent the miniseries as a whole and that’s a bummer. (2.5/5) #AVX #XMen

Batgirl Annual #1 (DC)
More loose ends present themselves with another Talon gone renegade. Admira Wijaya’s art is beautiful. (3.5/5) #Batgirl

Battlefields: The Green Fields Beyond #1 (Dynamite)
Ennis is a solid writer of war comics, but the dialects make reading difficult. (3.5/5) #Battlefields

Bedlam #1 (Image)
It’s like Nemesis and The Joker had a super fucked up love child and this is the result — something really disturbing. (4/5) #Bedlam

Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 (DC)
I love a good story that makes you feel sympathetic towards a villain. (4/5) #Watchmen

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 (CBLDF)
Fuck censorship! Give this anthology a read and support a great organization in the process. (3/5) #CBLDF

Colder #1 (Dark Horse)
An unexpected surprise of horror and suspense. I’ll check out #2. (3/5) #Colder

Daredevil: End of Days #2 (Marvel)
Successfully provides a “common man’s” look at the Marvel Universe and is driven with emotion. (3.5/5) #Daredevil

Deadpool #1 (Marvel)
More of the same with better art. My expectations were higher. (2/5) #Deadpool #MarvelNOW

Fairest #9 (Vertigo)
Lauren Beukes & Inaki Miranda are absolutely killing it with this story. They need more “Fables” work once it wraps. (4.5/5) #Fairest #Fables

Ferals #10 (Avatar)
Loving this book — it’s messed up and goretuitous, but holy hell is it fun. (3.5/5) #Ferals #werewolves

Freelancers #1 (BOOM! Studios)
Has potential, but the backup story would make for a better main series. It was cute & humorous with fun art. (2.5/5) #Freelancers

Ghosts #1 (Vertigo)
An excellent anthology which became progressively stronger with each story. Worth the $8 price tag. “Wallflower” wins. (4.5/5) #Ghosts

Green Arrow #14 (DC)
Ollie’s arrows are so ridiculous in “serious” situations. I miss Freddie Williams II on “Captain Atom.” (2.5/5) #GreenArrow

Green Lantern #14 (DC)
This new guy’s someone to root for, but can’t heroes ever get along without wailing on each other first? (3/5) #GreenLantern

Iron Man #1 (Marvel)
Andy: A decent start, and Land’s improved, but it felt too familiar for a relaunch. Also, was that Emma Frost? (3/5) #IronMan #MarvelNOW

Legends of the Dark Knight #2 (DC)
A solid Batman story with stylized art, but I feel like I’ve read it before. (3.5/5) #Batman

Star Trek #14 (IDW)
These last two stand alone issues starring random characters have been excellent reads. (4/5) #StarTrek

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #2 (IDW)
Being a relatively new Trek fan with little TNG knowledge, this lost me. Great art, though. (3/5) #StarTrek

Storm Dogs #1 (Image)
A worthwhile addition to Image’s growing line-up of science fiction titles with elaborate worlds and great artwork. (4/5) #StormDogs

Swamp Thing Annual #1 (DC)
An easy jumping on point and a “Rotworld” must-read. I needed this to better understand Abby Arcane. (4/5) #SwampThing

Swamp Thing #14 (DC)
After reading this issue & “Swamp Thing Annual” #1, I want to re-read the whole series. Really liking Abby’s role. (4/5) #SwampThing

Sweet Tooth #39 (Vertigo)
Sad this is almost over. Everyone really needs to read this — if you have kids, you really, really need to read it. (4.5/5) #SweetTooth

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 (IDW)
Totally rad introduction of ***** & the Splinter / Casey scene made me laugh. An optimal jumping on point! (4/5) #TMNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual #1 (IDW)
A solid read for diehard Turtles fans, way too expensive for everyone else. Nine bucks!? Seriously? (3/5) #TMNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #6 (IDW)
I’m discovering these oldies for the first time and they still hold up. The coloring’s “meh.” (2.5/5) #TMNT

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16.1 (Marvel)
Andy: The best issue of this series in a few months. A great one-off with a surprise ending. (4/5) #Spiderman

Uncanny X-Force #33 (Marvel)
Still one of the best X-books out there, but who didn’t see that coming? And I miss Daken flying solo. (3/5) #XMen

Whispers #4 (Image)
This series is creepy and twisted. It’s also uncomfortably captivating. (4/5) #Whispers

Wolverine and the X-Men #19 (Marvel)
Jason Aaron is writing some hilarious cameos in this book. Old and new X-fans need to be reading this. (4/5) #Wolverine #XMen

Worlds Finest #6 (DC)
Not good. Really bad writing of Damian and the art makes things strange. (1/5) #WorldsFinest

X-Factor #246 (Marvel)
If you like Doop, you’ll dig Pip. (4/5) #XFactor

X-Men #38 (Marvel)
A solid team-up issue with Daredevil & Domino — Paul Azaceta does a solid Paolo Rivera impression. (3.5/5) #XMen #Daredevil

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