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Batman #33

"Batman" #33 wraps up "Zero Year" with a story that has Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia pull out all the stops with riddles, depression and commitment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 23rd, 2014

Trees #3

Just when you thought you knew what the series was about, Warren Ellis and Jason Howard surprise you with "Trees" #3, which shifts away from the, "What are the Trees doing?" plot thread.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 23rd, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #5 wraps up the first story of the new season, and Gage, Brendon and Issacs show that the new setup is full of possibilities and fun, even as it's unpredictable.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 23rd, 2014

She-Hulk #6

She-Hulk's search for answers about the Blue File brings a few unwieldy new "clients" to her office in Charles Soule and Ron Wimberly's "She-Hulk" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ron Wimberly
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Umbral #7

Rascal and her allies arrive at a farm called Sunrise in Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's "Umbral" #7.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Christopher Mitten
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Silver Surfer #4

In "Silver Surfer" #4, Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred turns the action from outer space adventures to horror and mythological monsters in Dawn's small New England town of Anchor Bay.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Michael Allred
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Ms. Marvel #6

Kamala teams up with Wolverine to fight sewer alligators in G. Willow Wilson and Jacob Wyatt's "Ms. Marvel" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jacob Wyatt
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

A licensed comic book can be hard to land tonally, but Al Ewing, Rob Williams, and Simon Fraser nail it on their first try with "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Marc Ellerby
Artists:
Simon Fraser, Marc Ellerby
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Elektra #4

W. Hayden Blackman and Mike Del Mundo's "Elektra" #4 is another example of absolutely stunning visuals propping up the story that struggles to find its center.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
Mike Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Rat Queens #7

A new villain is afoot and making plans in Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch's "Rat Queens" #7.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artists:
Roc Upchurch
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

"Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor" #1 is off to a quiet but solid start from Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande, focusing on a Mexican-American family running a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Nick Abadzis
Artists:
Elena Casagrande, Michele Pasta, Paolo Villanelli, Luca Lamberti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Batman Eternal #15

In "Batman Eternal" #15, Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen pick up the neglected story thread about Batwing and Corrigan at Arkham Asylum.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Original Sin #6

Nick Fury reveals why he's assembled everyone for the investigation in "Original Sin" #6 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, July 18th, 2014

The Wicked + The Divine #2

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie deliver a gorgeous and fascinating second issue for their creator-owned "The Wicked + The Divine."

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Black Market #1

With a thankless job and an ailing wife, Raymond Willis turns to harvesting superhero DNA to find a cure in Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos' "Black Market" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Victor Santos
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Avengers World #9

Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli take what could have been a dark trip to the future and make it joyous in "Avengers World" #9, thanks to the duo of Cannonball and Sunspot.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Dark Engine #1

"Dark Engine" #1 has some crazy artwork courtesy John Bivens, but as the main character of Sym hacks things up, you might find yourself a little lost in Ryan Burton's story.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ryan Burton
Artists:
John Bivens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego" #1 is a fun and self-deprecating romp as one of comics' craziest characters makes her way to comics' most high-profile event.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
John Timms, Marco Failla, Javier Garron, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Dave Johnson, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, Paul Pope
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, July 18th, 2014

100th Anniversary Special: X-Men #1

The "100th Anniversary Special: X-Men" has a fun premise from Robin Furth and nice art form Jason Masters, but this is a book that shifts quickly from amusing to slightly pointless.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robin Furth
Artists:
Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Batwoman #33

"Batwoman" #33 brings more Nocturna, and Marc Andreyko, Jeremy Haun and Scott Kolins make this story of a vamp surprisingly fun even if you can see where it's going.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Seconds

Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Seconds," arguably the biggest OGN release of the year, more than lives up to the expectations.

Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Writer:
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Artists:
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Savage Hulk #2

"Savage Hulk" #2 continues the team-up with the X-Men from times past, courtesy of Alan Davis on words and pictures.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alan Davis
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 17th, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #23

"Uncanny X-Men" #23 has Brian Michael Bendis and Kris Anka pick up the pieces from the last storyline, even as Cyclops' X-Men team heads towards another meeting with the main squad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 17th, 2014

Nova #19

Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon bring in Rocket Raccoon to help Sam Alexander search for some answers about his dad in the pages of "Nova" #19.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
David Baldeon, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 17th, 2014

Teen Titans #1

"Teen Titans" #1 hits the racks again, with a slightly different roster and new creators Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Will Pfeifer
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

Robin Rises: Omega #1

"Robin Rises: Omega" #1 should have been great, with a strong story leading up to it, and Peter J. Tomasi and Andy Kubert at the helm... but it's little more than an extended fight scene.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 16th, 2014

Life With Archie #36

"Life With Archie" #36 by Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy and Tim Kennedy tells an incredibly optimistic and uplifting story that gives way to one of comics' most emotionally powerful and poignant death scenes.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Paul Kupperberg
Artists:
Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Devilers #1

All hell breaks loose in the middle of the Vatican, thanks to writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Matt Triano in their comic book, "The Devilers" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Matt Triano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Shadow #0

Cullen Bunn and Colton Worley take a look back at Lamont Cranston's training alongside Harry Houdini in "The Shadow" #0.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Colton Worley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Squidder #1

Ben Templesmith wastes no time setting up a dismal world populated with violent people hoping to find a reason to live despite being conquered in the pages of "The Squidder" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ben Templesmith
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Last Fall #1

A well-defined, if somewhat familiar sounding, interplanetary conflict is a mere backdrop for a lesser but sufficiently developed story about a reckless and battle-weary soldier in Tom Waltz and Casey Maloney's "The Last Fall" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Tom Waltz
Artists:
Casey Maloney
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, July 16th, 2014

Lumberjanes #4

The Lumberjanes' quest for the Holy Kitten brings them face-to-face with yetis and a new hidden danger in Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #4.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis
Artists:
Brooke Allen
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Shutter #4

In "Shutter" #4 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, Kate visits her childhood home while her would-be assassin Shaw tries to get out of the contract to kill her.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Leila del Duca
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Nightcrawler #4

Kurt discovers Margali's master plan, but the cost of stopping her is great in Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's "Nightcrawler" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1

Thor confronts the All-Mother about his long-lost sister in Al Ewing, Jason Aaron, Lee Garbett and Simone Bianchi's "Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing, Jason Aaron
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Simone Bianchi
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Coffin Hill #9

"Coffin Hill" #9 continues the title's second storyline, and Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda's revealing what happened during the Ice Fisher case that made Eve Coffin a hero is riveting.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Caitlin Kittredge
Artists:
Inaki Miranda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 14th, 2014

All-New X-Men #29

The time travel storyline in Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #29 still offers a few surprises, but is beginning to wear a bit thin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Fantastic Four #7

James Robinson uses "Original Sin" to tell an emotional story of betrayal in "Fantastic Four" #7 Leonard Kirk capably handles the present day action, while Dean Haspiel steps in for a nostalgic-looking flashback.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Karl Kesel, Rich Magyar, Dean Haspiel, Nolan Woodard
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Detective Comics #33

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #33 continues their stylish "Icarus" arc and reminds readers that The Dark Knight isn't just a superhero, but also, yes, a detective.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, July 14th, 2014

A Waste of Time #1

Rick Worley enters the regular publishing grind with an interesting new series in "A Waste of Time" #1.

Publisher:
Northwest Press
Writer:
Rick Worley
Artists:
Rick Worley
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, July 14th, 2014
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