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cwrbatmanAme Comi Girls: Supergirl #5 (DC)
I like this series and I don’t know why. No, I do — the eye candy art.

Archer & Armstrong #7 (Valiant)
Van Lente finds the right character beats and Emanuela Lupacchino proves her “X-Factor” work was just a warmup.

Avengers Arena #4 (Marvel)
Cool last page. Hope it lasts and still matters once it’s all over.

Avengers Assemble #12 (Marvel)
Black Widow was beating up those lizard people with a detached lizard person tail. That’s crazy shit!

Batgirl #17 (DC)
It’s OK. I wish kid Gordon would kill someone significant already.

Batman #17 (DC)
Avoid spoilers — experience it for yourself! #worthit

Batman and Robin #17 (DC)
It’s the family Bat book that manages to nicely balance both themes, backed by slick art by Patrick Gleason.

Bloodshot #8 (Valiant)
Killer action scenes by Manuel Garcia — his facial expressions are great, adding to the intensity of a bad situation.

Bravest Warriors #5 (BOOM! Studios)
The most genuinely funny comic book on the stands right now. An instant upper.

Cable and X-Force #4 (Marvel)
Still on the fence with this book — the art keeps my interest.

cwrtmntClone #4 (Image)
Oh man, this book’s a crazy read with energetic art. The stakes are high — I actually said “HOLY CRAP!” out loud.

Creepy #11 (Dark Horse)
Usually anthology issues are a mixed bag — this one’s all good. “Two Faces” wins best shock & “Mermaid” for the gold.

End Times of Bram and Ben #2 (Image)
Atheists and Evangelicals alike can rejoice in its hilariousness.

Fantastic Four #4 (Marvel)
The longer Matt Fraction makes the family angle work the better! A warming read, especially considering the season.

Garth Ennis’ Battlefields: The Fall and Rise of Anna Kharkova #4
100 times better than the first arc. Really, really good.

Ghostbusters #1 (IDW)
As someone who’s only familiar with the movies and NES games, this was a lot of fun! Laughed at the Vigo cameo.

Katana #1 (DC)
Hands down my favorite read written by Ann Nocenti. The art works, too.

Mega Man #22 (Archie)
One of the best written issues in the series. Ian Flynn has the chops to speak to kids.

Red Sonja Unchained #1 (Dynamite)
Is it really that hard to do Red Sonja right? She’s fucking crying on the first page. #WTF

Red Sonja #73 (Dynamite)
Someone let Brian Wood write this character. Please.

cwruncannySecret Avengers #1 (Marvel)
A solid start with great artwork. There are twists and turns but I could easily follow this Nick Spencer story.

Star Wars #2 (Dark Horse)
Blows #1 out of the galaxy. I love how the X-Wings get Uncanny X-Force paint jobs.

Storm Dogs #3 (Image)
Strong, emotional action punctuated with great art and coloring. Plus, a surprising reveal. Solid stuff all around.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #18 (IDW)
If you haven’t jumped on yet, DO IT NOW! A perfect entry point that’s loaded with action and character.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #22 (Marvel)
I’m just not into this volume of Ultimate X. It feels like Matt Fraction just wrote this story in Uncanny.

Uncanny X-Men #1 (Marvel)
#AVX pulled back the power levels of the strongest mutants, leveling the playing field — I like this angle being explored.

The Walking Dead #107 (Image)
This is not going to go over well in the long run. For anyone.

Wolverine and the X-Men #25 (Marvel)
I really enjoyed reading so many characters I don’t care about! An entertaining romp that pokes fun at itself.

X-Men #41 (Marvel)
Brawl looks a lot like Torque. Not a bad issue, but a weak finale. Bottom line of this series: Jubilee became a vampire.

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cwr1Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake #2 (BOOM!)
This is hilarious. I only wish it took longer to read.

All-New X-Men #7 (Marvel)
As expected the bar remains high. Really can’t wait for the new Uncanny X-Men series to start!

Animal Man #17 (DC)
Dude, if what happened to Maxine happened to my kid… I’d have gone total red.

Avengers #5 (Marvel)
The new Smasher is freakin’ awesome.

Avengers Assemble Annual #1 (Marvel)
Tomm Coker’s art is SICK! When’s the next issue of Undying Love coming out, yo? #HopefullySoon

Caligula Heart of Rome #3 (Avatar)
Holy shit. If you are traveling internationally DO NOT bring this comic with you. You’ll go to prison.

Daredevil: End of Days #5 (Marvel)
Each issue is better than the last, and the first one was pretty freakin’ awesome. The beats are hit so well.

Fairest #12 (Vertigo)
The only crappy thing about it is there’s just one chapter left with this cast and creative team. That’s not right.

Fairy Quest #1 (BOOM!)
Surprisingly enjoyable. Worth a go for fans of the genre and Humberto Ramos.

Fashion Beast #6 (Avatar)
IT’S HIDEOUS! CLOSE YOUR EYES!!! It’s beautiful.

cwr2Fearless Defenders #1 (Marvel)
An OK start. With the exposition out of the way, hopefully things pick up soon. Looking forward to seeing Moonstar!

Great Pacific #4 (Image)
It’s fiction but the problem it addresses is not. Every action figure I buy potentially makes that island smaller. #win

Green Arrow #17 (DC)
Everyone should give this a chance! Lemire’s new and exciting lore with Sorrentino’s sharp art make Ollie relevant again.

Harbinger #0 (Valiant)
More stories of Toyo Harada in Japan during WWII and shortly thereafter, please.

Hellboy in Hell #3 (Dark Horse)
A fucking awesome origin story. I haven’t read much Hellboy but I’m on the sauce now — a must read jumping on point.

Iron Man #6 (Marvel)
Wasn’t high on #1-5 but this is a solid read that makes AVX matter. Still, Greg Land’s panel recycling’s getting ridiculous.

Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 (Aspen)
Totally worth a dollar!

Legends of the Dark Knight #5 (DC)
Loved it. Josh Fialkov digs deep into bat lore to #DetectiveComics #1 and Slam Bradley. A+ stuff!

New Avengers #3 (Marvel)
If what happens in this issue sticks… that’s a bold move.

cwr3Red She-Hulk #62 (Marvel)
I love it when Tesla makes a surprise appearance. Makes me miss SHIELD… that will finish eventually, right?

Scarlet #6 (Icon)
Glad this is back, it was worth the wait. Still, I wish Bendis hadn’t cowered when similar stuff went down in real life.

Shadowman #4 (Valiant)
Everything wrapped a little too nicely making it anticlimactic. With the expo now out of the way this book should be rollin.

Snapshot #1 (Image)
Main dude needs to grow a pair. If you don’t read it, so do you.

Star Trek #17 (IDW)
The good Doctor’s face looked like mutated bologna throughout the whole issue, and the story’s too melodramatic.

The Superior Spider-Man #3 (Marvel)
I still don’t understand why people are so mad. This is a great read. Vulture’s dead, though… right?

Swamp Thing #17 (DC)
That part on the cover saying “Finale” is lying!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #9 (IDW)
Dude. Leo whipped a throwing star into a ninja assassin’s forehead. FUCK YEAH!

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #20 (Marvel)
Miles’ dad is an interesting boring character, and by the end of “UCSM’s” 2nd year, he’ll be a new man…

X-Factor #251 (Marvel)
Wait. Something bad’s going to happen to that person, eventually…!? NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Young Romance: The New 52 Valentine’s Special (DC)
ZzzZZzzzZ… the cards are cool though.

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Bloodshot_6-665x1024Ame-Comi Girls Featuring Duela Dent #3 (DC)
This series has been enjoyable. I’m surprised, too. (2.5/5)

Archer & Armstrong #5 (Valiant)
This book’s dialogue is some of the best in comics right now. Everyone sounds like an individual. (4.5/5) #Valiant

Avengers Arena #1 (Marvel)
Somewhere @ChristosGage is screaming “NOOOOOOOO!” It’s OK though — I was, too. (4/5) #Avengers #MarvelNOW

Avengers Assemble #10 (Marvel)
DeConnick has found these characters’ voices, making for a fun read. (3/5) #Avengers #MarvelNOW

Batgirl #15 (DC)
Weak sauce. Especially following #13 & 14. (2/5)

Batman #15 (DC)
Bruce is truly shaken here and it’s great. Loved the Riddler back up story. (4/5) #Batman

Batman and Robin #15 (DC)
Successfully pulls off the creepy factor in both art and writing. A must-read “Death of the Family” tie-in. (4.5/5) #Batman

Battlefields: The Green Fields Beyond #2 (Dynamite)
Unless you’re English or a war buff, skip it. I had no clue what the fuck anyone said. (1.5/5) #Battlefields

Bloodshot #6 (Valiant)
Some spectacular finishing moves in this issue, and a last page that’ll have you reading Harbinger. (4.5/5) #Valiant #Bloodshot

cloneCable and X-Force #1 (Marvel)
I dig the cast but are we really going back to THAT again? Wish all that ended with the needle in Colossus’ arm. (3/5) #Cable #MarvelNOW

Caligula: Heart of Rome #1 (Avatar)
Not for the feint of heart — this book will skull fuck you. (3.5/5) #Caligula

Change #1 (Image)
I… didn’t get it. Cool sci-fi art, though. At times. (1.5/5) #Change #scifi

Clone #2 (Image)
Woah — where the heck did this series come from? Strong art, a killer twist and an original spin on the theme. READ THIS! (5/5) #Clone

Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night #1 (Dark Horse)
My first foray into either franchise — I didn’t expect it to be this good. (4/5) #CriminalMacabre #vampires

Conan the Barbarian #11 (Dark Horse)
Really into this book — vulnerable Conan is a much more layered Conan. (3.5/5) #Conan

Dark Avengers #184 (Marvel)
I want this team back in the 616. (2.5/5) #Avengers #MarvelNOW

TMNT017Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel)
As a family man, I can get behind this series. Can’t wait to witness the looming disaster! (3/5) #FantasticFour #MarvelNOW

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #15 (DC)
Alberto Ponticelli saved his best work for last. More people need to give Frank a chance! (4/5) #Frankenstein

The Hollows #1 (IDW)
Didn’t know what to expect and walked away interested. Cool stuff — very different. (3.5/5) #Hollows

Mega Man #20 (Archie)
A cool end of the year issue setting up what’s coming next. As Mega Man comics go, this is a fun read! (2.5/5)

Suicide Squad #15 (DC)
The worst “Death of the Family” tie-in. I get the feeling someone, somewhere “liked” this issue a little too much. (1/5)

Superboy #15 (DC)
This whole thing could have been 5 pages. (1/5) #Superboy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17 (IDW)
Super pumped for sci-fi Turtles & more Ben Bates art. Also, Neutrino men are a race of dudes with Elvis hair. (3.5/5) #TMNT

To Hell You Ride #1 (Dark Horse)
Surprisingly well done. Fans of westerns, horror & the American West should give it a go. (4/5) #Hell

Ultimate Comics X-Men #20 (Marvel)
The best issue of Wood’s run so far. I wish it was his own thing and not an X-book, though. (3/5) #XMen

The Walking Dead #105 (Image)
Holy fucking shit. Intense. (5/5) #WalkingDead

Wolverine #317 (Marvel)
I like the cosmic implications for things to come in Marvel NOW! (3/5) #Wolverine

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cwr1All-New X-Men #3 (Marvel)
Am I mad this has come out two weeks in a row? Hell no! Glad to see AVX is having actual ramifications. (4.5/5) #XMen #AVX #MarvelNOW

Amazing Spider-Man #699 (Marvel)
I’m hooked on this series for the first time since Dan Slott’s opening “Big Time” arc. (3.5/5) #Spiderman

Animal Man #15 (DC)
Definitely didn’t see that last page coming. Frankenstein in this issue was badass. (4/5) #AnimalMan

Avengers #1 (Marvel)
I like the M.O. and the art’s phenomenal, but this issue was nothing more than solid. (3/5) #Avengers #MarvelNOW

Blackacre #1 (Image)
The concept of the 1% outliving us all is intriguing, but the stakes just don’t feel high enough here. (2/5) #Blackacre

Daredevil: End of Days #3 (Marvel)
Slow, steady and engaging. Loved the character portraits. (3.5/5) #Daredevil

Deadpool #3 (Marvel)
Wong’s five lines upstaged all of Deadpool’s. Definitely not bad, but I was expecting funnier. (3/5) #Deadpool #MarvelNOW

Detective Comics #15 (DC)
One of the best Clayface stories I’ve ever read. “Death of the Family” tie-in worthy? Not so much. (4/5) #Batman

cwr2Fairest #10 (Vertigo)
Inaki Miranda’s artwork is beautiful — even Frau and Bigby are easy on the eyes. …OK, not them. (3.5/5) #Fairest

Fashion Beast #4 (Avatar)
One of the strangest comics I’ve read in some time. It’s hideous and bold yet surprisingly moving. (4/5) #FashionBeast

Ferals #11 (Avatar)
Jump in right now and read this issue. One of the best in today’s horror comics lineup. Not for sissies. (4/5) #Ferals #werewolves

Great Pacific #2 (Image)
Takes it up a level from the opening issue, which is just what was needed to keep it moving. (3.5/5) #GreatPacific

Haunted Horror #2 (IDW)
One story in this classic anthology has a man who possesses dozens of severed hands that kill on command. (3.5/5) #HauntedHorror #Horror

Hellboy in Hell #1 (Dark Horse)
This is all new to me and I like it. (3/5) #Hellboy

I Love Trouble #1 (Image)
A quirky main character you can get behind, despite her cultured case of kleptomania. (3/5) #ILoveTrouble

Legend of the Dark Knight #3 (DC)
Trevor Hairsine & Steve Niles are a solid Dynamic Duo. Too bad the last two pages felt rushed. (4/5) #Batman

cwr3Red She-Hulk #60 (Marvel)
Lots of exposition but it moves along and the last page makes the issue. Looking forward to what comes next. (3.5/5) #Hulk

Shadowman #2 (Valiant)
A fucking spectacular blend of superheroes and horror. (4/5) #Shadowman #Valiant

Star Wars: Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist #1 (Dark Horse)
Cool use of force powers here by Vader. Worth a read for Star Wars fans. (3/5) #StarWars

Storm Dogs #2 (Image)
The dialogue can get lengthy at times, but each word feels like it matters. Sci-fi & crime fiction fans must read this. (4/5) #StormDogs

Swamp Thing #15 (DC)
Marco Rudy’s art is a great fit for this book. Things are finally picking up with Abby Arcane, too, and it’s scary. (4/5) #SwampThing

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics: Michaelangelo #1 (IDW)
‘Tis the season and this old school one-shot is a fitting December read. Dated, but solid. (3/5) #TMNT

Thunderbolts #1 (Marvel)
Thankfully, the whole team’s assembled in the opening issue. I’ll bet you $20 Daken eventually shows up. (3/5) #Thunderbolts #MarvelNOW

X-Factor #248 (Marvel)
Bummer. Was really hoping that character stayed dead. Hilarious Shatterstar moment in this one, but otherwise… (2/5) #XFactor

X-Men #39 (Marvel)
I’m sure this is awesome for Daredevil and Domino fans, but for everyone else it’s OK. (2.5/5) #XMen #Daredevil

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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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All-New X-Men #1 (Marvel)
Totally awesome and I’m pumped for Bendis to write more Iceman! To nitpick: I want Kiden back, not Eva. (4.5/5) #XMen #MarvelNOW

Amazing Spider-Man #697 (Marvel)
Camuncoli’s artwork has come a long way since his “Daken” stuff. I’m onboard for the countdown to #700. (3.5/5) #SpiderMan

Ame-Comi Girls: Batgirl #2 (DC)
The art’s great, but this whole thing resides in the awkward phase in-between PG & Not-PG. (2.5/5) #Batgirl

Archer & Armstrong #4 (Valiant)
Mary-Maria had my interest — looking forward to seeing what happens with her. (3.5/5) #Valiant

Batgirl #14 (DC)
Joker’s eyes in this issue will give you nightmares. (3.5/5) #Batgirl

Batman #14 (DC)
I’m legitimately worried for every member of the Bat-family — especially Alfred. Scott Snyder’s on a twisted roll here. (4.5/5) #Batman

Batman and Robin #14 (DC)
Oof. This was a rough storyline to get through — glad it’s over and “Death of the Family” is next. (1.5/5) #Batman

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant)
I like Bloodshot’s small list of allies, but I hope he finds what he’s looking for soon. (3/5) #Bloodshot #Valiant

The Boys #72 (Dynamite)
This series goes down as the best superhero spoof of all-time. A satisfying ending. (3/5) #TheBoys

Conan the Barbarian #10 (Dark Horse)
I miss Belit being out of her element in Cimmeria, but Conan being out of his again is fun to read. (3.5/5) #Conan

Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel)
I really liked this & hope Fraction continues making it his own. Bagley’s art is the right fit. (3.5/5) #FantasticFour #MarvelNOW

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #14 (DC)
The artwork in this series is consistently excellent. I hope the death here isn’t permanent. (3/5) #Frankenstein

Great Pacific #1 (Image)
A strong first issue — sends a clear message but doesn’t preach it. (3.5/5) #GreatPacific

Green Lantern Corps #14 (DC)
Getting burnt out on the extraneous “GL” stuff. Salaak is the biggest chump in the DC Universe. (2/5) #GreenLantern

Mega Man #19 (Archie)
A one-off starring the lady bots who side with Dr. Light. It’s alright, but Rock stays on the sidelines. (2/5) #MegaMan

Red She-Hulk #59 (Marvel)
Parker does his best to keep things interesting, but superheroes unnecessarily fighting each other is annoying. (2/5) #Hulk

Red Sonja #71 (Dynamite)
Some cool moments in this final issue of the current arc, but lacks any sense of urgency or concern for the protagonist. (2/5) #RedSonja

Saga #7 (Image)
Fiona Staples’ art tells a story of its own, and the writing of Marko’s parents hit all the right beats. My favorite issue. (5/5) #Saga

Suicide Squad #14 (DC)
A decent filler issue for Harley fans, but not a “Death of the Family” must-read. (2.5/5) #SuicideSquad

Thor: God of Thunder #1 (Marvel)
Holy Hel — I just read a Thor story where the tasks Thor tackles are truly Thor-worthy. Nice! (4/5) #Thor #MarvelNOW

The Walking Dead #104 (Image)
An unusually awkward issue of TWD. Not buying into Rambo Carl just yet. (2.5/5) #WalkingDead

Wolverine and the X-Men #20 (Marvel)
Shark girl’s kind of cool because she’s a shark, but this new Angel bores me to death. (2/5) #XMen #Wolverine

X-Men Legacy #1 (Marvel)
A bold move to feature Legion in an X-book, but how many casual X-readers will give it a shot? (2/5) #XMen #MarvelNOW

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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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A double dose of “Comics Were Read” today since we missed last week. “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 October 24 & October 17, 2012.

A-Babies vs X-Babies #1 (Marvel)
Highly disappointing. I know it’s supposed to be fun, but aside from the cute art, no effort was evident. (1/5) #AVX

Amazing Spider-Man #696 (Marvel)
Damnit — Dan Slott has me reading Spidey again. Good stuff. (3.5/5) #SpiderMan

Astonishing X-Men #55 (Marvel)
This is not Marjorie Liu’s best work — loved her X-23 run but little of that has carried over here. Cool art. (2.5/5) #XMen

AVX: Consequences #3 (Marvel)
This has been a solid epilogue to “AvX” so far. (3.5/5) #AVX

AVX: Consequences #2 (Marvel)
Gillen is putting his best foot forward — this is a must read for all X-Men fans. It’s Cyclops’ swan song. (4.5/5) #XMen #AVX

Avengers #32 (Marvel)
Andy: Alright, here we go with a new retcon! For a minute there I thought I was reading Sam Humphries’ “Higher Earth.” (3.5/5) #Avengers

Bart Simpson Comics #76 (Bongo)
These issues are hit and miss, but this one’s a fun read for Simpsons fans — loved the Evan Dorkin short! (3/5) #Simpsons

Batman Incorporated #4 (DC)
The best issue of the new series. Morrison delivers a fresh surprise and gives everyone their own voice. (4/5) #Batman

Battle Beasts #4 (IDW)
As a fan of the 80s toys and anthropomorphs, this miniseries was a blast! Glad to see a sequel is possible. (2.5/5) #BattleBeasts

Bravest Warriors #1 (KaBOOM!)
That was friggin’ hilarious. (4/5) #BravestWarriors

Catwoman #13 (DC)
Nice looking art, but what the heck was going on here? And why was this labeled a “Death of the Family” tie-in? (1.5/5) #Catwoman

Cyber Force #1 (Top Cow)
A decent start and the price tag is awesome (FREE!), but did they really just off all those characters!? Cyblade! NOOO! (3/5) #CyberForce

Debris #4 (Image)
A cool enough miniseries, but it could have gone to 6 issues given Riley Rossmo’s artwork. Worth a go for sci-fi fans. (3/5) #Debris

Ex Sanguine #1 (Dark Horse)
A slow start but had an intriguing finish — on the fence with this one. Crime/horror fans should give it a look. (2/5) #ExSanguine

Fables #122 (Vertigo)
A cool side-story involving Bigby Wolf, but can we please move on from the Bufkin in Oz stuff? (3/5) #Fables

Ghost #1 (Dark Horse)
I really want to be into this series but it’s slow moving and lacking a hook. The creative team gives me faith, though. (2.5/5) #Ghost

Green Lantern: New Guardians #13 (DC)
It was cool to see Kyle Rayner “rage out,” but the rest is… yikes. (1.5/5) #GreenLantern

Godzilla: The Half-Century War #3 (IDW)
I don’t even like Godzilla but this series is blowing my mind. The artwork is phenomenal! (4.5/5) #Godzilla

Harbinger #5 (Valiant)
“X-Men” readers need to give this a shot. It’s an excellent alternative with strong characters and personality. (4/5) #Valiant #Harbinger

Hawkeye #3 (Marvel)
Move over “Daredevil” and “Amazing Spider-Man,” “Hawkeye” is Marvel’s new street level king. (4.5/5) #Hawkeye

Justice League Dark #13 (DC)
Mikel Janin is absolutely killing the art in this series! Solid writing from Lemire, too, going old school. (3.5/5) #JusticeLeague

Lord of the Jungle #8 (Dynamite)
The last place I want to read about Tarzan in a comic book is Baltimore. Put him in the freakin’ jungle! (0.5/5) #Tarzan

Marvel NOW! Point One #1 (Marvel)
“Young Avengers” & “Guardians” win. Ten bucks says the movie Nick Fury gets retconned into the 616 Universe. (3.5/5) #MarvelNow

Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1 (Image)
It’s punny and I really wanted to be into it — the artwork is so cool! — but I was lost the entire time. (2/5) #MultipleWarheads

National Comics: Madame X #1 (DC)
Despite the wordy script, the creative team of Williams & Hairsine delivered. I’d read more. (3.5/5) #NationalComics

Prophet #30 (Image)
This series is rich in story, artwork and wonder. A must read for sci-fi fans. (4.5/5) #Prophet

Punisher: War Zone #1 (Marvel)
Decent, but I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another “Shadowland.” EVERY hero has killed in the Marvel U. (3/5) #Punisher

Red Sonja #70 (Dynamite)
Oof, no good. The art was passable at times but this was a tough issue to get through. (1/5) #RedSonja

Secret Avengers #33 (Marvel)
Despite rough artwork, this was an entertaining issue. I especially enjoyed the Captain Britain burns. (3/5) #Avengers

Simpsons Comics #195 (Bongo)
Homer experiences a pseudo-trip through time, Moe proposes to Marge & Hans Moleman hangs out in a tree. (2.5/5) #Simpsons

Simpsons: Maggie #1 (Bongo)
Disappointing. Sergio Aragones is great but this issue was not. (1.5/5) #Simpsons

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire — Hard Targets #1 (Dark Horse)
Set before “A New Hope,” it’s Bond meets Star Wars and it’s pretty good. (3.5/5) #JamesBond #StarWars

Superman #13 (DC)
Checked in to see what all the hullabaloo’s about and was underwhelmed. “Superman” still isn’t for me. (2/5) #Superman

Sword of Sorcery Featuring Amethyst #1 (DC)
A fun read with a decent back-up. Lopresti’s art makes it for me. (3/5) #Amethyst

Talon #1 (DC)
Calvin Rose is the coolest new Bat-character since Cassandra Cain. (3.5/5) #Talon

Thun’da #3 (Dynamite)
Andy: The art’s not bad but the story is trying too hard. Thun’da’s simple minded — he’s jungle law. Flashbacks aren’t needed. (2/5) #Thunda

Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1 (Marvel)
I don’t read much Iron Man but this feels old hat and very boring. Why was the solicit “Classified?” (1/5) #IronMan

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16 (Marvel)
I’m struggling with the whole “lets make this guy an Avenger” thing after Parker had to be “trained.” (2/5) #Spiderman

Uncanny X-Men #20 (Marvel)
All I can think at the end of this is — please, no more Miss(ter) Sinister for awhile. Please. (2/5) #XMen

The Walking Dead #103 (Image)
Oh man — Kirkman has a pressure cooker going right now, and with every page turn I think it’s going to blow. (3.5/5) #WalkingDead

Wolverine MAX #1 (Marvel)
Props for starring an ugly, hairy Wolverine and not Hugh Jackman, but the swearing felt forced and out of place. (2.5/5) #Wolverine

X-O Manowar #6 (Valiant)
Hot damn this issue was loaded with action and iced with deceit! Ninjak + X-O = badass. (4.5/5) #Valiant

The Zaucer of Zilk #1 (2000 AD/IDW)
This is crazy & best described as the neon love child of film’s “The Groove Tube” & “Space Mutiny.” (2.5/5) #2000AD

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“Comics Were Read” is a shotgun blast collection of reviews for each week’s new comic releases pulled from my little blue bird feed. This batch contains reviews for new comics the week of October 10, 2012.

Ame-Comi Girls: Wonder Woman #1 (DC)
The Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti team up entertains once more. Conner’s expressions rule. (3.5/5) #WonderWoman

Archer & Armstrong #3 (Valiant)
The bigger picture keeps revealing itself through Van Lente’s crafty writing and clever character work. (4/5) #Valiant

AVX: Consequences #1 (Marvel)
As a Cyclops fan the AVX fallout is kind of a bummer. That bias aside, this is some of Gillen’s best work. (4/5) #AVX

Batgirl #13 (DC)
Knightfall is a villain I want to see more of. A loose “Death Of The Family” tie-in but strong on its own. (4/5) #Batman

Batman #13 (DC)
A thrilling start for “Death of the Family” — Snyder instantly ups the stakes for the leads, driving home the terror. (4.5/5) #Batman

Batman and Robin #13 (DC)
This was a weird one playing to the season with “zombies” in Gotham. Did you know Bruce has a rocket ship? (2/5) #Batman

Bloodshot #4 (Valiant)
If you’re reading all the Valiant titles it’s a more rewarding experience — the crossover elements are seamless. (4/5) #Valiant #Bloodshot

Conan the Barbarian #9 (Dark Horse)
A universally readable Conan issue and one of Wood’s best to date. This series has character. (4/5) #Conan

Evil Ernie #1 (Dynamite)
A pregnant woman is launched from her car into a bus and a child’s head explodes all by page 3. WTF. (1.5/5) #EvilErnie

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #13 (DC)
It’s cool to see Frank roped into the Rotworld stuff but some familiar faces from The Red would help. (3/5) #Frankenstein

Green Lantern Corps #13 (DC)
Hopefully, John Stewart does something awesome soon. (3/5) #GreenLantern

Haunted Horror #1 (IDW)
For fans with a guilty pleasure for old school comics, this anthology is a classically chilling experience. (4/5) #Haunted #Horror

Mega Man #18 (Archie)
A solid comic book for the kiddos, dealing well with grown-up themes. No Mega Man, though. (3/5) #MegaMan

Phantom Stranger #1 (DC)
Haven’t read much of this character before, and I’m interested, but what’s with his commitment to the “Voice?” (2.5/5) #PhantomStranger

Point Of Impact #1 (Image)
Not a bad start but runs the risk of being average. (3/5) #PointOfImpact

Red She-Hulk #58 (Marvel)
Parker gets off to a solid start with this new direction, showing promise. But how long can it last? (3/5) #MarvelNOW

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #5 (IDW)
It’s fun to revisit these oldies with a new look — did you know the Turtles fired laser guns? LASER GUNS! (2.5/5) #TMNT

Transfusion #1 (IDW)
This is horrifying, from the artwork to the minimal script. Everyone can appreciate this. (4/5) #Transfusion

Ultimate Comics X-Men #17 (Marvel)
Why is Armor introduced when she’s hardly developed in the 616 Universe? Wood should write her there. (2.5/5) #XMen

Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel)
A great start to Marvel NOW! with a killer twist. Not Cassaday’s best work but I’m nitpicking. (4/5) #UncannyAvengers #MarvelNOW

Wolverine & the X-Men #18 (Marvel)
Now that’s an ending! Couldn’t be happier with it — we didn’t need another Sammy the Squid-Boy around. (4/5) #Wolverine #XMen

X-Men #37 (Marvel)
Wood’s run has been the best of this series — I appreciate his knowing when to use a code name. Beautiful artwork, too. (4/5) #XMen

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“Comics Were Read” is a shotgun blast collection of reviews for each week’s new comic releases pulled from my little blue bird feed. This batch contains reviews for new comics the week of October 3, 2012.

Animal Man #13 (DC)
Bummed that right when he teams up with Swamp Thing, they’re separated. Cool choice to incorporate others from the DCU. (3/5) #AnimalMan

Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 (Marvel)
A satisfying ending to a lackluster event. Hopefully no retcons are in the near future. (3/5) #AVX

AVX VS #6 (Marvel)
The fanboy in me is jazzed Iceman won his bout. Everything else in me is confused why this would poke fun at itself. (2.5/5) #AVX

Before Watchmen Rorschach #2 (DC)
The tight focus of this series so far is serving it well and it doesn’t try to be more than it is. (4/5) #Watchmen

The Boys #71 (Dynamite)
Ennis hits the climax and falling action dead on. I feel the urge to audible the f-word. (4/5) #Boys

Creepy #10 (Dark Horse)
Corben & Arcudi win. Corben’s art really freaks me out. (2/5) #Creepy

Daredevil: End of Days #1 (Marvel)
A great read from the POV of comics’ greatest superhero reporter, Ben Urich. Fitting art, too. (4/5) #Daredevil

Detective Comics #13 (DC)
Not a bad start for this team — Layman’s new villain, Ogilvy, is someone to watch. (3/5) #Batman

Fairest #8 (Vertigo)
A great jumping on point for new readers. This has the makings to be the best “Fables” spinoff story since “1001 Nights.” (4/5) #Fairest

Ferals #9 (Avatar)
Fills a void for many #horror fans with potential to disturb everyone else. (3/5) #Werewolves

Fashion Beast #2 (Avatar)
Freakin’ weird, man. Even weirder… I’m roped in. (3.5/5) #FashionBeast

Green Lantern #13 (DC)
Simon Baz is the most interesting character in “GL” since Larfleeze — far more intriguing than the Rainbow Corps. (3.5/5) #GreenLantern

Legends of the Dark Knight #1 (DC)
Pick your Batman, any Batman. A rare instance of an anthology book being entirely satisfying. (3.5/5) #Batman

The Lone Ranger #10 (Dynamite)
Picked this up on a whim and it’s surprisingly decent. Worth a go for western fans. (2.5/5) #LoneRanger

Minimum Carnage Alpha #1 (Marvel)
As a limited reader of all three major players, this is satisfactory. (3/5) #Carnage

Non-Humans #1 (Image)
The passion is there and the concept is cool, but supplemental info is needed. Have you visited (2/5) #NonHumans

Robyn Hood #1 (Zenescope)
Another read which turned out better than expected. A nice start, spinning the character in the modern day. (2.5/5) #RobynHood

Swamp Thing #13 (DC)
Paquette’s art’s a great fit and again Snyder murders more children. Really looking forward to Swampy cutting loose. (3.5/5) #SwampThing

Sweet Tooth #38 (Vertigo)
This series has been a nerve-racking journey from the start and the climax is no different. (4/5) #SweetTooth

Uncanny X-Force #32 (Marvel)
Remender continues to prove he’s done his research & Noto’s art is beautiful as expected but lacks brutality. (4/5) #XForce

Uncanny X-Men #19 (Marvel)
A long desired look inside the head of Cyclops, but it’s too brief. (2.5/5) #XMen

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“Comics Were Read” is a shotgun blast collection of reviews for each week’s new comic releases pulled from my little blue bird feed. This batch contains reviews for new comics the week of September 26, 2012.

All-Star Western #0 (DC)
As someone unfamiliar with Hex, this is what I needed in a zero issue. I plan to read #13. (3.5/5) #JonahHex

American Vampire #31 (Vertigo)
A moving opening page worthy of personal reflection, and the reveal at the end — awesome! Read this series. Now. (4/5) #AmericanVampire

Batman: The Dark Knight #0 (DC)
This is for a true rookie to Batman and leaves little for everyone else. Cool art, though. (2/5) #Batman

Batman Incorporated #0 (DC)
Irving’s art is eye catching but this is a recap of vol. 1. Props for references to the Super Young Team. (3/5) #Batman

Debris #3 (Image)
A sci-fi take on colonialism and survivalism. If you’re reading “Saga” or “Prophet,” give this a spin. (4/5) #Debris

Flash #0 (DC)
Flash was never my speed but decided to run with this zero issue. I’ve read my fill for the foreseeable future. (2.5/5) #Flash

Happy! #1 (Image)
Perhaps it’s the Darick Robertson art, but this feels like Morrison doing his best Ennis impression and I like it. (3.5/5) #Happy

Higher Earth #5 (BOOM! Studios)
A must read title if you dig inter-dimensional travel & parallel universes. Requires your full attention when reading. (3/5) #HigherEarth

Justice League Dark #0 (DC)
Cool it sets up what’s coming next in the series, but this whole issue could have been done in one page. (2/5) #JusticeLeague

National Comics: Rose & Thorn #1 (DC)
Darker artwork and a “Vertigo” label would better serve this story. (2/5)

Rachel Rising #11 (Abstract Studios)
I can hear the war drums beating. Such a cool last page — Took me a minute to process it. (3.5/5) #RachelRising

Red Lanterns #0 (DC)
It’s tough for me to take a rage being seriously when its kids are wearing normal people clothes. (2/5) #RedLanterns

The Savage Hawkman #0 (DC)
People will rip on this series but this was a decent #0. I’ll give #13 a shot to see where it goes. (3/5) #Hawkman

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #18 (Bongo)
The artists do a great job and the writers know the roles. A treat for fans of the show. (3.5/5) #Simpsons

Super Dinosaur #14 (Image)
A fun read. Wish it existed when I was 10, but glad it’s here for today’s kids. (3/5) #SuperDinosaur

Talon #0 (DC)
If you buy only one New 52 #0, this is it. Tynion’s style fits nicely in the Snyder-verse with Higgins & Lemire. (4.5/5) #Talon

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14 (IDW)
Great character moments for Splinter, and what happens to Casey is long past due. Looking forward to Leo in the spotlight. (3/5) #TMNT

Wolverine and the X-Men #17 (Marvel)
Laugh out loud cameos and vignettes aplenty and the art style quickly grows on you. I’m down for more Doop. (4/5) #Wolverine #XMen

X-Men #36 (Marvel)
Wood writes sparring matches between Storm and Cyclops very well — I hope his arc has a lasting impact when finished. (4/5) #XMen

X-Men Legacy #274 (Marvel)
Not bad but I feel like this Rouge & Magneto story has been told 5 times in just as many years. (2.5/5) #XMen

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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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