Before continuing with the remaining books, I'd like to mention that all of the covers in the top 10 are excellent. An excellent cover is no guarantee of a similar quality story within, but these sure do.
11. Dark Horse Presents 11 - More great variety from DHP. This issue starts a new noir series, too. Pulp action. Jet pack wearing Nazis. Looks to be a lot of fun. The best thing to check out is Pig by Andrew Vachss. It's less a comic and more an illustrated story but it's a great example of how a short story should be told, as well as being a great story unto itself.
12. Invincible 90 - Substitute 'Vince continues in the roll while Mark recovers from his exposure to the Viltrumite killing virus. Oliver expands on his disdain for humanity. Dinosaurus learns why Freddy Mercury is the leader of the Viltrumites, uber Ayn Rand society that they are. Atom Eve may be heading into a bad situation if she goes to the moon, too.
13. Swamp Thing 8 - It took a while, but Swamp Thing is actually in his book now. Not that Snyder did a bad job building to it. I'm just glad he's finally here to fight the Rot. Saving Abby might not be so easy, though. Anton Arcane is on the horizon.
14. Incorruptible 28 - Armadale is laid to rest. Max is in a conundrum about the toxic cloud headed toward Coalville. And free market terrorists execute those who engage in barter or perform their old jobs without pay. Not too subtle, but funny.
15. iZombie 24 - Agent Kennedy is the focus here. She's an interesting character, from her death in the '70s while stationed in Germany with the US Army to her career fighting threats at the direction of her boss, zombie Abraham Lincoln. Then there's the rock band trying to bring about the end of the world. I have to think Roberson isn't calling the band Ghost Dance just because of its efforts to summon a world ending being. There's gotta be some link to Wounded Knee. AIM was well known in the '70s when this fictional band was big.
16. The Walking Dead 96 - The big to do at issue 100 is coming on fast. Rick has aligned his group with the larger community that's being subjected to extortionist demands from a roving band of survivors. If this arc is reminding you of The Dirty Dozen and Seven Samurai, you're not alone. It's one reason the title has slid down the list a bit this month. Right now it's a bit derivative. Now, Kirkman may well turn this around into something else, given his track record, but I'll wait to see.
17. Animal Man 8 - I think Lemire is treading water a bit. I really want this story to move forward a bit more. It has action each issue but what is it that Buddy and Maxine are really doing to fight the Rot? Mostly they're fleeing in fits and starts while having the same arguments with Buddy's mother-in-law over and over.
18. Thief of Thieves 3 - The cat and mouse between Elizabeth, the cop, and Conrad, king of thieves, is very well done. Elizabeth's boss is even better in spelling out the realities of police going around the law. Usually that sort of thing is celebrated in fiction, whether written or on TV, but here the consequences, in this case in the form of a $4 million settlement for wrongful arrest, are shown unflinchingly. I also like the boss cop's son playing with an Omni-Man figure and trying to cut the head off an Orlando Bloom figure.
19. Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child 2 - I'm not so sure about this one. The whole voodoo history of the titular character is interesting. I'm not sure I'll stick with this past a half dozen issues, though. I think it may be the sort of helplessness of Laveau so far. She's lost in the woods. That's not the most appealing thing to follow.
20. Blue Beetle 8 - Another of the few survivors of my New 52 purchases. I'll keep with it a little longer. Jaime's in NYC still and maybe that's a good thing, but I liked the story being set in the Southwest. Most super hero stories are set in a major metropolis, and mostly on the East Coast. Right now it looks like Jaime's going to stay in NYC for a while.
21. Rebel Blood 2 - I remembered so little about the first issue I thought it was a mistake that it was in my pull for this month. I think we're done with this one.
Then there are the three issues of Amazing Spider-Girl (2-4) that I got in the free box this month. Never read anything with this character previously. It was fun enough but it's still re-treading familiar ground. It's just Peter Parker's daughter doing the same thing he did as a teen. She's a popular student, so that's a little different, but she still has the same pressures with her conflicting roles as student and super hero. I didn't see anything in these issues that showed me a new view was being brought to this situation.