This week I present a double dose of “Comics Were Read” 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 28 &  21, 2012. We’ll be weekly again beginning next Tuesday!


A Plus X #2 (Marvel)
The Iron Man & Shadowcat team up wins. Fun and worthwhile for fans of all four characters featured. (3/5) #MarvelNOW #Shadowcat #IronMan

All New X-Men #2 (Marvel)
This is the X-book I’ve been wanting since returning to comics in 2002. (5/5) #XMen #MarvelNOW

Amazing Spider-Man #698 (Marvel)
Woah. That’s messed up. I’ll be onboard as long as the stakes continue feeling high. (4/5) #Spiderman

American Vampire #33 (Vertigo)
Scott Snyder blew the doors off with this one — emotionally charged with resolution. The future looks wild. (4.5/5) #AmericanVampire

Aquaman #14 (DC)
A good prequel issue to “Throne of Atlantis,” giving promise to the upcoming “Justice League” crossover. (3.5/5) #Aquaman

Baltimore: The Play #1 (Dark Horse)
This was amazing. If you ever performed in theatre, put this issue at the top of your list. (4.5/5) #Baltimore #horror

Bart Simpson #77 (Bongo)
Comic Book Guy. What a dick. (2.5/5) #Simpsons

Batman Incorporated #4 (DC)
Future Damian as Batman stories are the best — especially with Burnham’s art. Also, best cover of the week. (4/5) #Batman

Bedlam #2 (Image)
I’m not on the Nick Spencer sauce — two issues in, and like “Morning Glories,” I don’t get it. Cool art, though. (1.5/5) #Bedlam

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #4 (DC)
Overall, a good mid-road read with great artwork by Amanda Conner. Wish it wasn’t Watchmen-related. (3/5) #Watchmen


Bravest Warriors #2 (BOOM!)
Two issues in a row now I’ve laughed out loud. Win. (3.5/5) #BravestWarriors

Captain America #1 (Marvel)
JRJR’s best stuff in awhile — nice coloring, too. Feels a lot like Duane Swierczynski’s “Cable” run. (3.5/5) #CaptainAmerica #MarvelNOW

Clone #1 (Image)
I hope the next issue successfully builds on this entertaining start. Cool art by Juan Jose Ryp. (3/5) #Clone

Comeback #1 (Image)
The stakes are high, the characters are alive and the concept’s fresh. Sci-fi noir with serious potential. (4/5) #Comeback

Dark Avengers #183 (Marvel)
Why’s this series getting the snub by #MarvelNOW? It’s been solid since Parker’s run began during the Heroic Age. (3/5) #DarkAvengers

Deadpool #2 (Marvel)
OK, this one evoked an audible laugh and Tony Moore lit an elephant on fire. A nice turnaround from #1. (3.5/5) #Deadpool #MarvelNOW

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conquerer Worm #1 (Dark Horse)
Things that squirm already freak me out, then add Corben’s art and holy hell. Creepy. (3/5) #Poe

FF #1 (Marvel)
An amusing idea, but how is it going to stretch over an entire series? Answer: Something awful will happen. Soon. (3/5) #FF #MarvelNOW

Fables #123 (Vertigo)
An example of why Bigby Wolf is such a mother fucking badass today. Also, thank the Maker the “Oz” story’s almost over. (3.5/5) #Fables

Ghost #2 (Dark Horse)
I want to like it more than I do. It’s just really… bland. And slow. (2/5) #Ghost

cwr3Glory #30 (Image)
Love the art in this book. Ross Campbell kicks the crap out of action sequences. (4/5) #Glory

Harbinger #6 (Valiant)
Each line sounds like it matters. A jumping on point worthy of everyone who reads superhero comics. (4.5/5) #Harbinger #Valiant

Indestructible Hulk #1 (Marvel)
A promising new spin on Hulk that makes you ask: “How was this never done before?” (4/5) #MarvelNOW #Hulk

It Girl #4 (Image)
The best issue so far — good thing, too, because it was losing me. (3/5) #ItGirl

Journey into Mystery #646 (Marvel)
Marvel’s strongest leading lady right NOW! Valerio Schiti brings his “A” game. (3.5/5) #Sif #MarvelNOW

Masks #1 (Dynamite)
This works. As expected, Alex Ross’ artwork is great, but Roberson nicely tying it all together was a pleasant surprise. (3.5/5) #Masks

My Little Pony #1 (IDW)
Gave it a whirl because it’s my job, and surprisingly[!] it’s not for me. My daughter, yes. But not me. (2/5) #MyLittlePony

Nowhere Men #1 (Image)
What the heck is this all about? I’m not sure, but the last page makes me want to stick around. (3/5) #NowhereMen

Number 13 #0 (Dark Horse)
A great post-apocalyptic read from out of nowhere. I want to know more about this future Earth and who these people are. (4/5) #Number13

Planetoid #4 (Image)
One of the best man vs robot fights I’ve seen in comics. What are some others? (4/5) #Planetoid

cwr4Prophet #31 (Image)
If you call yourself a sci-fi fan and aren’t reading this, you’re lying to yourself. Cool backup story, too. (5/5) #Prophet #scifi

Star Trek #15 (IDW)
This series has been on fire lately. Cool take here on an alternate ‘Trek reality where the Federation is the Empire. (4/5) #StarTrek

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #2 (Dark Horse)
Too much exposition. The next issue seems promising, but this one was pretty dull. (2.5/5) #StarWars

Supergirl #14 (DC)
A worthy “H’el on Earth” tie-in. There’s exposition, but Mike Johnson handles it well. (3.5/5) #Supergirl

Superman #14 (DC)
Read this after “Supergirl” #14. It’s not flawless, but works — I’m on board in anticipation of something cool happening. (3/5) #Superman #Supergirl

Sword of Sorcery Featuring Amethyst #2 (DC)
Started out with a heaping load of expo but quickly spun into action. The “Rotworld” nod was cool, too. (3/5) #Amethyst

Talon #2 (DC)
If you’re a Bat-fan who hasn’t checked this book out yet, get on board — Calvin Rose is growing on me. Ryp’s art kicks ass. (3/5) #Talon

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #16 (IDW)
Slash is awesome and this kicked shell! With a final page like that I can’t rule out an IDW “Mighty Mutanimals” series. (4/5) #TMNT

Thor: God of Thunder #2 (Marvel)
Keep this coming. Can’t believe I’m really enjoying a “Thor” comic. (4/5) #Thor #MarvelNOW

Thun’da #4 (Dynamite)
Thun’da’s the Rambo of the Jungle, but in this version he’s the inaccurate Rambo of the Jungle who has Daddy issues. (2/5) #Thunda

cwr5Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots #1 (IDW)
The only Dinobot I care about was on “Beast Wars.” Why isn’t that a comic? (2/5)  #Transformers #Dinobot #BeastWars

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #17 (Marvel)
Ignoring my issue with Myles being a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative without training, this issue was kick ass. (4/5) #Spiderman

Ultimate Comics X-Men #18.1 (Marvel)
Since it re-launched, this series feels like it’s going nowhere. There’re enough whiny mutants in the 616. (2/5) #XMen

Uncanny Avengers #2 (Marvel)
Blows #1 out of the water — Remender is showing his chops and knowledge of Marvel history. (5/5) #Avengers #XMen #MarvelNOW

Uncanny X-Force #34 (Marvel)
If that loose end of Wolverine’s is truly tied up, I’m a little sad, but characters need to die in this book. (5/5) #XForce

Wolverine and the X-Men #21 (Marvel)
A very strange story but Aaron makes it all work somehow. Not for the casual X-fan, though. (3/5) #XMen

X-Factor #247 (Marvel)
Works as a tie-in without actually being a tie-in. Marvelites — read this. (4/5) #XFactor

X-Men Legacy #2 (Marvel)
This is bad. Why would anyone be interested in this as an ongoing? The excessive swearing was unnecessary. (1/5) #XMen #MarvelNOW

X-O Manowar #7 (Valiant)
Lots of filler here for the impending battle that’s set to commence in #9. Can’t wait for that! (3/5) #XOManowar #Valiant

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