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KISS Kids #1

Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz and Jose Holder turn the rock band KISS into a quartet of cute little tykes in "KISS Kids" #1, and their fun and comedic adventures are a refreshing treat for all ages, whether they're fans of the group or not.

Deathmatch #8

As the series enters its final stage, readers can sit back and enjoy the game as the number of characters continues to drop and the tension rises in "Deathmatch" #8 by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno.

Justice League of America #7

Part four of the six-part "Trinity War" in "Justice League of America" #7 by Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire and Doug Mahnke is another great-looking, fast-paced thrill that's a great example of an excellent superhero event.

March: Book One

Splendidly rendered by Nate Powell, U.S. Congressman John Lewis co-writes "March: Book One," a wonderfully positive and gripping account of his youth that led to him becoming one of America's most notable leaders of the Civil Rights Movemen

Daredevil: Dark Nights #3

Lee Weeks wraps up his "Angels Unaware" story in "Daredevil: Dark Nights" #3, making his case for Daredevil being an extraordinary superhero but also playing into an ever-darkening trend on how to tell Daredevil stories.

Sidekick #1

Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Tom Mandrake make a welcome return to the superhero genre in "Sidekick" #1, an uncomfortable but convincing story of a former hero who's long since fallen from public favor.

Hunger #2

Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov takes a grandiose notion and makes it mundane in "Hunger" #2, and although artist Leonard Kirk makes it look grand in spots, the issue is largely an emotionless piece of an under-realized idea.

Superman Annual #2

Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund make "Superman Annual" #2 look nice, but Scott Lobdell's rather pedestrian and low-key story combined with a misplaced backup from another title give readers little reason to bother with this issue.

Batman Annual #2

Building on an intriguing idea by co-writer Scott Snyder, Marguerite Bennett effectively fleshes it out in the brighter-than-usual "Batman Annual" #2, but gets hampered by shallow and inconsistent characterization.

Planet of the Apes Spectacular #1

"Planet of the Apes Spectacular" #1 is the long-awaited and welcomed next chapter in writer Daryl Gregory's excellent take on the franchise, and artist Diego Barreto strikingly maintains the previous look of the series.

Thanos Rising #4

"Thanos Rising" #4 by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi, the next-to-last issue of the series, is a mostly nice-looking but ultimately ordinary chapter in the origin of Marvel's most nihilistic villain.

Thor, God of Thunder #10

Despite overly prolonging the storyline with sequences similar to past issues, the latest chapter of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's "God Bomb" in "Thor, God of Thunder" #10 is still a worthy and nicely drawn entry.

Harbinger Wars #4

"Harbinger Wars" #4 proves that superhero crossover events can be highly entertaining, as this carefully crafted and uncluttered conclusion by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, and a team of artists illustrates.

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #11

"Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm" #11, the penultimate issue of the series by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, is a tightly-written and appropriate-looking near-goodbye to a series that has bridged the gaps and enhanced the PotA franchise.

Uncanny X-Men #8

Writer Brian Michael Bendis uses his gift for gab to bring readers up to speed in the X-Men's world in "Uncanny X-Men #8, and penciller/colorist Chris Bachalo returns to bring a pleasant, quirky look back to the title.

Batman #22

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue the latest retelling of Batman's origin in "Batman" #22 with some fresh enhancements that build on the character's legend without detracting from it.

Iron Man #12

Tony is finally born, as the third installment of "The Secret Origin of Tony Stark" continues to unfold in "Iron Man" #12 by Kieron Gillen and Dale Eaglesham, in an issue that's more fun as a shoot-em-up than as part of its main s

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

Leading into DC Comics' "Trinity War" event, writer Ray Fawkes and a team of artists provide an attractive but stretched-out origin for the character of Pandora, and little else, in "Trinity of Sin: Pandora" #1.

Satellite Sam #1

Artist Howard Chaykin excels by bringing everything he's known for to this comic, brilliantly rendering writer Matt Fraction's intriguing murder mystery, set to the backdrop of the 1950s TV industry, in "Satellite Sam" #1.

Daredevil #27

Cleanly and traditionally chronicled by artist Chris Samnee, Mark Waid's lengthy arc on this title culminates in "Daredevil" #27, a fun and fitting conclusion despite the misuse of DD's arch-foe Bullseye.

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