I live! Pick of the Week goes to Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul for Adventure Comics #6 (DC). Fast Five picks include Conan: The Weight of the Crown #1 (Dark Horse), Amazing Spider-Man #617 (Marvel), Absolution #6 (Avatar), PunisherMAX #3 (MAX), and The Anchor #4 (BOOM! Studios).
And yes, I realize that I do eat crow in the closing remarks.