CBR Week in Review: 1/29-2/5

Every week, CBR has more news and features than Wolverine has variant covers. Week in Review is the one-stop source for the highlights of the week, the results of our weekly features and the cool stories you may have missed in the rush to get to the juiciest news.


As usual, CBR's Cover of the Week opened things up with Rafael Albuquerque's "American Vampire" #23 cover besting "The Unwritten" #33.5, "Uncharted" #3, "Key of Z" #4 and "Angel & Faith" #6 for the top spot.

X-Position brought X-Men Group Editor Nick Lowe to speak on the upcoming brawl of "Avengers vs. X-Men," the developmental origin of "Avengers: Children's Crusade" and a few tidbits on "Avengers: X-Sanction."

In a double dose of The Commentary Track, Ed Brubaker discussed "Winter Soldier" #1 and Jeff Lemire spoke to "Animal Man" #6.

Josie Campbell spoke with "Birds of Prey" writer Duane Swierczynski for this week's The Bat Signal, where the writer spoke to the new lineup of Birds including Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Black Canary and Katana.

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray, Spinoff Online's Marc Bernardin explored "Drive," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and even "Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody."

In his weekly column Talking Comics With Tim, Tim O'Shea spoke with Woodrow Phoenix about editing "Nelson," a graphic novel about the life of Nel Baker as told by 54 Britic creators in a 252-page tome.

Also on Robot 6, the age-old question of Food or Comics continued with a lively discussion of which comics to buy if you didn't have to eat. This week's offerings included "The Boys" #63, "Beasts of Burden" and the John Romita Sr. "Amazing Spider-Man Artist Edition."

Grumpy Old Fan Tom Bondurant critiqued the "Before Watchmen" announcement and detailed his reaction to the upcoming prequel series.

In The Middle Ground, Graeme McMillan urges comics readers to take a second look at #2 issues, specifically referencing IDW's "Memorial."

Women of Action, a new feature discussing and exploring superhero series starring and named after women, debuted this week on Robot 6 with "Batwoman."

Comics Should Be Good covered new ground with its Cover Theme Game and explored the origins of Spider-Ham in the latest installment of Comic Book Legends Revealed.

Finally, "Amazing Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott joined Axel Alonso in a special edition of Axel-in-Charge where the two spoke about their favorite Spidey moments and teased things to come for the web-slinger's big 50th anniversary.


It was a veritable cornucopia of a week for DC in breaking news with "Before Watchmen." After the announcement, J. Michael Straczynski spoke exclusively with CBR about his work on "Dr. Manhattan," while artist Adam Hughes weighed in on his blog about working on the project. CBR Contributor and CBR coordinated numerous polls both to gauge excitement and to discover where people stand on the upcoming initiative.

DC also continued its creative shift for the New 52 this week, revealing that in May Matt Kindt will write "Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.," Jeff Lemire will pull writing duty on "Justice League Dark", James Robinson is bringing Vandal Savage to "DC Universe Presents" and Peter Milligan will be taking over on "Stormwatch." The publisher further announced the full creative teams on the Rob Liefeld-plotted "Grifter," "The Savage Hawkman" and "Deathstroke."

Marvel took this week to tease Dan Slott's "Ends of the Earth" event in "Amazing Spider-Man," launching four different teaser images of the Sinister Six and Spidey's new outfit for the event designed by Stefano Caselli. The publisher's most intriguing teaser of the week contained the combined emblems of both Miles Morales and Peter Parker with only the words "Spider-Men?" and a date of June 2012.

Brian Michael Bendis spoke to two of his creator-owned projects: "Powers" and a sequel to his all-ages comic "Taiko."

In Image news, Erik Larsen spoke on "Savage Dragon" and "Supreme" and Image PR-guru turned writer Joe Keatinge expounded on "Glory" and "Hell Yeah."

Shaun Manning spoke with Douglas Rushkoff on his new Vertigo series "A.D.D." while Steve Sunu interviewed Dandy Warhols' frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor on the Titan Books reprint of "One Model Nation." "Our Love is Real" writer Sam Humphries spoke to his newest BOOM! Studios project, "Fanboys vs. Zombies" and Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett discussed their latest sojourn into fictionalized history with "Frank Reade."

Finally, the UFC is what you seek, George Tramountanas interviewed UFC Lightweight Championship contender Benson "Smooth" Henderson about the upcoming championship fight and his love of comics.


Robot 6 also had its fair share of "Before Watchmen" coverage including a first look at cover art, reporting J. Michael Straczynski's comments on Facebook about "Babylon 5" comparisons and a round-up of "Before Watchmen's" creative teams reactions to the project including that of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

If you're looking for a job in the comics industry, why not check out Robot 6's Comic Industry Job Board for February 2012?

While there was a full post on 24 Hour Comics Day, JK Parkin also specifically highlighted French cartoonist Boulet's 24 Hour Comics piece, "Darkness."


In Katie Calautti's continuing coverage of Sundance 2012, Josh Radnor spoke on his film "Liberal Arts" and director Lee Toland Krieger expounded on "Celeste and Jesse Forever." Plus, a review of "The Raid," which Calautti said "was worth the stomach-churning stress caused by its bloodshed."

Spinoff also spoke with "Fringe's" Jasika Nicole about her work on Friday's episode "Making Angels" and playing both Astrid and Alt-Astrid.

Finally, Katie Calautti reviewed Josh Trank's "Chronicle," calling it "best coming-of-age found-footage superhero origin story you've never heard of."


To wrap up the week, here are the comics reviewed this week with the highest ratings, courtesy of the CBR Reviews Staff.

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