Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "A Christmas for Shacktown" by Carl Barks - This is the third collection from Fantagraphics, and I've only read the first story so far. However, I can tell you that it was probably one of the best Christmas stories that I've ever read. Apparently Barks was a bit of a critic when it came to Christmas - not that he was a Scrooge (McDuck) but because he was turned off by how commercial and superficial it was. I guess it takes a person who sees through the phoniness that can be the Christmas season to write a genuinely touching (and funny) Christmas story.
The New Avengers #33 - Bendis's penultimate issue is pretty compelling as it gives Dr. Strange something important to do. Michael Avon Oeming is a good artist, but it doesn't quite fit this book, especially considering that his style is so different from the last issue's. Oh, and it turns out that there is still a big Ultron story in Bendis's future; we just wont' see it played out in this or the other Avengers title. A graphic novel, perhaps?
Batman #14 - This is the second part of the Joker-centric "Death of the Family" storyline. As usual, the team of Snyder/Capullo deliver a solid read that makes me eager for more.
The Amazing Spider-Man #697 - The Hobgoblin war didn't quite work out the way I was hoping, but that's okay, it was still satisfying, and it leaves things open for some interesting possibilities. Roderick Kingsley was always more ambitious than simply wanting to be a Green Goblin clone, and this gives him a whole new angle that fulfills that ambition while making him different enough from Norman Osborn.
Thor: God of Thunder #1 - I read about this one, and I had to pick it up. I'm glad that I did. I really like Jason Aaron's approach to the character. No "he's not a god, just an alien" bullcrap. Thor is a god, dammit. He even answers prayers. But now there's something that kills gods out there - looking forward to the next issue.