Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #62 Temporarily abandoning their usual solid story line, the long-living Turtles jump to the year 2094 in this dull opening chapter of a five-issue commercial for their new action figures. And in a story aimed at kids, what’s Raphael doing in bed with his naked (albeit fur-covered) girlfriend? D

Looney Tunes #4 Daffy Duck finds Yosemite Sam as ”dethpicable” as ever, and Bugs is still a wild gray hare, but in these new stories featuring the classic characters, their adroit all-ages humor has been simplified. Weird, since kids always understood the cartoons just fine. B-


Break the Chain! #1 Kyle Baker’s hip hip-hop dialogue (cowritten with rapper KRS-One) and engaging art make this black-pride/stay-in-school tract more tolerable than most such messages. Packaged with a 20-minute audiotape from KRS-One, this multimedia experience may leave you feeling deaf — uh, def. B+

Zero Hour #4 This debut issue of a miniseries is intended to tidy up DC Comics’ parallel universes and give new readers a jump-in point. But this confusing tale of converging heroes (different decades’ versions of Batman, Superman, and virtually every other DC character) merely results in zero understanding. C


Concrete: Killer Smile Part One This story of an agonized liberal trapped in a stony extraterrestrial body brims with complex interior monologues and deliciously mundane day-to-day life — despite a high-octane plot about arson and kidnapping. Concrete’s latest miniseries should make him a rock star. A-

The Incredible Hulk #420 One of mainstream comics’ most politically aware and editorially courageous series intercuts the stories of two characters who experience AIDS-related deaths. Gentle but uncompromising, even witty, this issue is the Philadelphia of comic books. A