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Superman #32

Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr's "Superman" #32 boldly reminds readers just how awesome the Man of Steel can be and present the kind of story they've been wanting all along, faithfully interpreting and dynamically illustrating the charac

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Original Sin #4

Jason Aaron takes an odd mix of characters and settings, and makes a pretty decent story in "Original Sin" #4, despite a subdued pace and one-dimensional dialogue.

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Harbinger #24

"Harbinger" #24 bridges the gap between last issue's "Death of a Renegade" and next issue's finale, and Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans both bring plenty of suspense and emotion into this excellent and surprisingly quiet issue.

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The United States of Murder Inc. #2

Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming put together both a fascinating alternate world and a compelling family drama in "The United States of Murder Inc." #2, a superb and moody noir-ish political/crime thriller.

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Armor Hunters #1

Robert Venditti makes sure readers know what's going on in "Armor Hunters" #1, whether they read "X-O Manowar" or not. This alien threat is perfectly laid out by Doug Braithwaite, who makes a nice-looking & accessible story.

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Wildfire #1

Matt Hawkins and Linda Sejic demonstrate that the scariest apocalyptic scenario is one that's all-too realistic in "Wildfire" #1, an engaging extrapolation of some of today's current events.

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Amazing X-Men Annual #1

Monty Nero and Salvador Larroca deliver an attractive but blandly scripted lead feature in "Amazing X-Men Annual" #1, which is salvaged somewhat by Marguerite Bennett and Juan Doe's offbeat and eclectic backup piece.

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Batman Eternal #9

A surprise-filled "Batman Eternal" #9 takes Batman outside of Gotham, as Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, and Guillem March all deliver a nicely focused and impressively rendered chapter of an immense storyline.

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The Woods #2

James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas maintain the pervasive fear and tension of a school transported to alien surroundings in "The Woods" #2, but the issue suffers a bit from some weak characterization and cliched situations.

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All-Star Western #31

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray show their usual excellent storytelling skill in "All-Star Western" #31, but their Madame .44 backup doesn't have the same vibe, but Staz Johnson and Jose Luis Garcia-López make both look great.

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Thanos Annual #1

Jim Starlin returns to write the character he created four decades ago in "Thanos Annual" #1, and with artist Ron Lim bridges the gap between his classic Thanos stories and upcoming events in a convoluted but enjoyable standalone story.

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24: Underground #2

Ed Brisson and Michael Gaydos prove that they "get" what's great about the TV drama "24," and therefore deliver a similarly tense and thrilling story in "24: Underground" #2 that has everything the show does except the t

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Translucid #2

Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert examine and question superhero archetypes and how this world is connected to that of a troubled boy in "Translucid" #2, where these worlds are uniquely established by artists Daniel Bayliss & Adam Metcalf.

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Solar: Man of the Atom #2

Frank J. Barbiere and Joe Bennett focus on Phil Seleski's family rather than Solar himself in "Solar, Man of the Atom" #2, a nice looking character-driven issue that puts this series among the best of its various incarnations.

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MPH #1

Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo's "MPH" #1 isn't all about speed, but works just fine as a simple, straightforward story about an imprisoned drug runner who discovers a drug that gives him super-speed.

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Shutter #2

Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca demonstrate an incredible writer/artist synergy with the fun and whimsical "Shutter" #2, taking readers on an exploration of an incredible world.

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Superman: Doomed #1

Superman scribes Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak and Charles Soule team up for an emotionless and tentative introduction to the latest crossover in "Superman: Doomed" #1, which at least has some interesting ideas illustrated by Ken Lashley.

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The Field #2

Ed Brisson deepens the gripping mystery of the amnesiac who awakened in his underwear in "The Field" #2, while Simon Roy and Simon Gough straightforwardly tell the story with some great and violent pulpy moments thrown in.

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Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #2

Kaare Andrews constructs a nicely told and beautifully drawn story featuring a big dragon and zombie cyber-ninjas, which is enough reason to pick up "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #2. Iron Fist makes it even better.

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