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Harbinger: Faith

"Harbinger: Faith" #0 gives a well-deserved look at one of the publisher's most likeable characters, and is well-handled by the ever-capable Joshua Dysart and mostly well drawn by Robert Gill.

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Wytches #3

Scott Snyder adds a real-life kind of horror to the supernatural, continuing to evolve the story in "Wytches" #3, while Jock and Matt Hollingsworth make add a sort of surreal haziness to the mood that makes the whole thing even scarier.

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Batman #37

Scott Snyder ramps up his "Endgame" arc with more creepiness and some big surprises in "Batman" #37, all effectively and beautifully captured by Greg Capullo, Danny Mike and FCO Plascencia, and a related backup story adds some extra va

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They're Not Like Us #1

Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane ensure "They're Not Like Us" #1 is not like any other comic about superpowered youngsters, with a well-characterized and nicely detailed issue that takes a minimal approach.

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Afterlife With Archie #7

Archie and most of the gang continue to survive the spreading zombie apocalypse in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7, another powerful and somber issue that continues to deliver surprises.

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Deep State #2

"Deep State" #2 could have been tired and cliched, but instead is remarkably fresh -- thanks to the deftness of Justin Jordan and some creepy renderings by Ariela Kristantina -- and holds together despite a somewhat incoherent cliffhanger.

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The Valiant #1

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have millennia of backstory to establish and don't make The Eternal Warrior seem very competent, but "The Valiant" #1 is still a fun introduction that showcases a diverse array of characters drawn by Paolo Rivera.

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Thanos Vs. Hulk #1

It's called "Thanos vs. Hulk" #1, but Jim Starlin barely provides an encounter between the two titans in a story full of painfully awkward moments and exchanges. Still, it's somewhat fun by virtue of Starlin's old-school take on t

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Archie #662

It's not a Merry Christmas for Mr. Lodge because of Archie's tomfoolery, but Archie tries to make it up to him in the comical "Archie" #662 by Angelo DeCesare, Pat Kennedy, and T.M. Kennedy.

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Five Ghosts #14

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #14 is a stunningly horrific, fun and welcoming chapter in the timeless, swashbuckling adventures of Fabian Gray, and demonstrates an all-too rare level of creative cooperation.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Michael Moreci takes a fairly linear path connecting the last two films in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" #1, but the comparison between the two sides in a changing world, forebodingly drawn by Dan McDaid, make it worthwhile.

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Oddly Normal #3

Otis Frampton builds a fascinating world that he takes his time exploring in "Oddly Normal" #3, but forgets to mention a critical aspect regarding the man character that impacts the flow of the story in an otherwise enjoyable issue.

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Lazarus #13

By further exploring the character of Forever Carlyle, as well as those of her fellow Lazari, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark pull off what many felt to be impossible in "Lazarus" #13: improving on a strong and well-characterized series.

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Uncanny X-Men #28

Kris Anka structures a wide-open feel to support Brian Michael Bendis' lengthy narrative in "Uncanny X-Men" #28, a less-is-more approach that adds emotion to the continuing story of Cyclops' reaching out to a new and dangerous mutant.

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Superman/Wonder Woman #13

Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke lead the title into its second year by examining what two dating superheroes do when not fighting villains in "Superman/Wonder Woman" #13, albeit with some artistic inconsistencies.

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Wonder Woman #36

New creative team Meredith and David Finch go for shallow and splashy in "Wonder Woman" #36, an uneven and padded issue with a lack of depth and characterization.

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Superior Iron Man #1

Tony Stark is a jerk, which is nothing new, by Tom Taylor gives it a moderately fresh take in "Superior Iron Man" #1, an attractive looking issue in more ways than one despite a brief artistic stumble that impacts the story.

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Unity #12

Matt Kindt, CAFU, and even cover artist Brian Level bring old-school fun to "Unity" #12 without ignoring the story's modern day context in a friendly and welcoming introduction that kicks off a new arc and a new set of villains.

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Drifter #1

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein waste no time engaging readers in "Drifter" #1, even if Brandon's story backs off a bit later on, in a story that is nonetheless an interesting and beautiful looking western/sci-fi mashup.

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Boonana Tail Halloween Special #1

Mark McKenna's Banana Tail children's character gets his own Halloween anthology in "Boonana Tail Halloween Special," a fun and mostly entertaining set of stories featuring contributions from Jim Calafiore, Fabian Nicieza & more.

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