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Director Jonathan Levine's offbeat supernatural romance "Warm Bodies" is both hilarious and horrific, blending the best of George A. Romero and John Hughes for a refreshing tale of a young zombie in love.
Greg McElhatton gives "Angel & Faith" #18 4 stars, saying Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs "have turned out not just a good media tie-in comic, but a good comic, period."
Doug Zawisza gives "Invincible" #100 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley 4 stars, saying Kirkman "establishes a new tone for this series going forward in a manner that welcomes all readers" in the centennial issue.
Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including Remender & Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" #3, "Uncanny X-Force" #1, "Deadpool Killustrated" #1 and the "Throne of Atlantis" tie-in "Justice League" #16.
Jennifer Cheng gives "Chew" #31 4 stars, saying writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory's follow-up to the game-changing "Chew" #30 "has remarkable emotional depth without being depressing."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Winter Soldier" #14 by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice 4 stars, calling the issue "a stirring conclusion to this story arc and Brubaker's run on the character."
An inventive twist on the heist genre combines with Taylor Hackford's meticulous direction and an excellent cast led by Jason Statham to make "Parker" a fun and modern piece of film noir.
Kelly Thompson gives "Young Avengers" #1 5 stars, saying Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie "deliver an incredibly satisfying, innovative and touching first issue that will leave readers absolutely pumped for this series."
Greg McElhatton gives "Avengers" #3 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Jerome Opena 4 stars, saying the conclusion of the series' first arc is "a thoroughly enjoyable and fun comic."
Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including Frank Cho's "Savage Wolverine" #1, Francavilla's "Black Beetle" #1, Hickman's "New Avengers" #2 and Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples' "Saga" #9.
James Hunt gives Peter David and Leonard Kirk's "X-Factor" #250 4 stars saying the milestone issue sees "a year of storylines masterfully converge and collectively kicks off David's latest opus, 'Hell on Earth War.'"
James Hunt gives "All-New X-Men" #6 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez 4 stars, saying of the series, "The possibilities seem endless, because the story treads on genuinely new ground."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu 4 stars, saying, "The action is bombastic, the characters are clear, fun and work well together with top-notch art and pacing."
Doug Zawisza gives "Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E." #16 4 stars, saying the final issue contains "a strong finale that serves as a precise representation of the book's characters and mission statement."
Doug Zawisza gives Francesco Francavilla's "The Black Beetle" #1 4.5 stars, saying the debut issue of Francavilla's ongoing series "doesn't leave the reader wanting for adventure, excitement or intrigue."
Kelly Thompson gives Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #16 4.5 stars, saying the creative team "delivers a brutal cliff-hanger of an ending that will leave readers aching for more."
Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including the "Death of the Family" tie-in "Detective Comics" #16, "Thor: God of Thunder" #4, Lemire's "Sweet Tooth" #40 and Snyder's "Swamp Thing" #16.
Greg McElhatton gives "Detective Comics" #15 4 stars, saying John Layman and Jason Fabok "buck the trend" of "Death of the Family" tie-in issues "and go for an entirely different routine."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Thor: God of Thunder" #4 4 stars, calling the issue by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic "a mighty issue enjoyable on its own that leaves readers with the best feeling a monthly comic could deliver."
Doug Zawisza gives Jeff Lemire's "Sweet Tooth" #40 5 stars, calling the creator's final issue of the series "quite simply the best single-issue story in the story of the boy with antlers."
Greg McElhatton gives "Swamp Thing" #16 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette 4 stars, saying the creative team has "a strong sense of how to create a comic that's as much adventure as it is horror."
"Mama," the bittersweet ghost story from director director Andres Muschietti and producer Guillermo del Toro, stumbles as often as it soars, held down by the filmmakers' inability to trust the audience.
Doug Zawisza gives Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda's "Star Wars" #1 4 stars, saying the debut issue of the ongoing series "wastes no time breaking out the stars and firing up the action."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman's "Superior Spider-Man" #1 4 stars, calling the Marvel NOW! debut issue of Spidey's new status quo "intriguing, well thought out, exciting and downright fun."
Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including "Adventure Time With Fionna & Cake" #1, "Morbius: The Living Vampire" #1, "Hellboy in Hell" #2 and Bendis & Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #5.
Greg McElhatton gives Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' "Fatale" #11 4.5 stars, saying of the standalone issue, "Pulp-meets-Lovecraft has never been more apparent in this series."
James Hunt gives "Daredevil: End of Days" #4 4.5 stars, calling the issue by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and Alex Maleev "simply a must-read for fans of the character."
Script issues, combined with the slick technology meant to update the franchise, undermine "Texas Chainsaw 3D," which examines what happened after the events of Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic.
Kelly Thompson gives "Punk Rock Jesus" #6 4.5 stars, calling the conclusion to Sean Murphy's Vertigo miniseries "breathtaking, fearless and exactly the kind of comics the medium needs more of."
Kelly Thompson gives "All-New X-Men" #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen 4.5 stars, saying Bendis "writes with a confidence that announces he knows exactly where he wants the series to go."
Doug Zawisza gives "American Vampire" #34 4.5 stars, calling Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's final issue before the series break "a collage of imagery that teases what is yet to come when [the series] returns from hiatus."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives Mike Mignola's "Hellboy in Hell" #2 4.5 stars, calling the second issue of the series "a well-structured slice of the overall tale extremely well told by masters of their crafts."
Doug Zawisza gives "Justice League" #15 4.5 stars, calling the first "Throne of Atlantis" issue by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado "exactly what Justice League titles should deliver."
Greg McElhatton gives "Mara" #1 by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle 4 stars, calling the inaugural issue of the Image series "a fun comic" with "an inventive take on the world of celebrity and sports."
Doug Zawisza gives "Amazing Spider-Man" #700 4 stars, calling the end of the series by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos "an emotional, impactful and memorable Spider-Man story."
Last week, the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including the Marvel NOW! titles "Thor: God of Thunder" #3 & "Avengers" #2, plus Francesco Francavilla's "The Black Beetle" #0, "Nightwing" #15 and more.
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Daredevil" #21 4 stars, saying series writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee "hit effective end of issue beats and continue to propel the series forward."
Doug Zawisza gives Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti's "Journey Into Mystery" #647 4.5 stars, calling it "one of the best Marvel NOW! has to offer" and praising Sif's characterization.
Kelly Thompson gives Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" #6 5 stars, calling the latest installment of Clint Barton's solo adventures a perfect example of "what makes superhero comics work."
Naomi Watts and Tom Holland offer a look at survival in "The Impossible," a film that starts with a remarkable look at two peoples' hard won fight to stay alive before veers uncomfortably close to standard movie plotting.