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Weirdworld #4

Comics

Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo demonstrate amazing synergy in "Weirdworld" #4 by crafting an absolutely superb penultimate chapter that stands out among "Secret Wars" tie-ins.

Fight Club 2 #5

Comics

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart introduce new developments and use elements from the original story with fresh twists in "Fight Club 2" #5.

Star Wars #9

Comics

In "Star Wars" #9, Jason Aaron freshens up the story by including some elements from outside the classic trilogy and Stuart Immonen uses strong panel layouts to add more excitement.

The Fade Out #9

Comics

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to demonstrate amazing chemistry with a beautifully illustrated and well-characterized story about a 1940s Hollywood murder in "The Fade Out" #9.

Civil War #4

Comics

Charles Soule, Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan continue to steadily ramp up the story as "Civil War" #4 heads it towards conclusion.

Faster Than Light #1

Comics

Brian Haberlin and Skip Brittenham underutilize a great sci-fi idea in "Faster Than Light" #1, which is bogged down by exposition despite a gorgeously rendered space-scape.

Darth Vader #9

Comics

Kieron Gillen's plot twist undermines the main character as much as enhances the story in "Darth Vader" #9, but it remains an engaging chapter that is cleanly illustrated by Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado.

We Stand On Guard #3

Comics

Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce make an American occupation of Canada seem frighteningly real in "We Stand On Guard" #3, which is driven by its fascinating premise, disturbing reality, compelling narrative and haunting images.

Daredevil #18

Comics

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee end their strong run with a tense and tidy wrap up in "Daredevil" #18, although some parts are a little too tidy and the big showdown is over too quickly.

Star Wars: Lando #3

Comics

Charles Soule's "Star Wars: Lando" #3 reads more like an intermission and Alex Maleev's shadowy style make some panels a little too dark, but both nonetheless deliver a passable chapter that indicates more promise for future issues.

Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1

Comics

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine provide a dark but intriguing peek into the future of the Valiant Universe in "Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak" #1. However, Ninjak's demise is flawed by the uncertainty of the side he has taken.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Comics

Dan Slott, Adam Kubert and Scott Hanna's story takes a turn for the better as the good guys rally and familiar characters are introduced in "Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows."

1872 #2

Comics

Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella totally get the Marvel Universe, the Old West and what a "What If" story can truly be in "1872" #2, a superb "Secret Wars" tie-in that's fun, intense and fascinating in its reimagining of the

Howard the Human #1

Comics

Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood put together a well-constructed detective thriller but throw in all kinds of laughs and symbolism that make it even better in "Howard the Human" #1.

Batman/Superman #23

Comics

In "Batman/Superman" #23, Greg Pak successfully puts readers back into Clark Kent's head while Ardian Syaf's rendition of an underground society gives the story a pulpy vibe.

Action Comics #43

Comics

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder deliver an emotionally raw Superman with a short fuse in "Action Comics" #43 but, despite exemplifying his heroic nature, there just isn't much for a depowered Man of Steel to do here except punch people.

House of M #1

Comics

Despite cliche characters and inconsistent artwork, Dennis Hopeless and Marco Failla's "House of M" #1 is compelling enough to make the issue work with help from a surprise cliffhanger.

The Beauty #1

Comics

In "The Beauty" #1, Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley craft a story about the world's first disease that people want to contract and the rich story examining its fallout.

Civil War #2

Comics

Charles Soule keeps "Civil War" #2 mostly within its own sphere despite its status as a "Secret Wars" tie-in, and Leinil Francis Yu makes it look appropriately dark and moody in this low-key but well-characterized chapter.

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