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Action Comics #36

Zombies invade Smallville in "Action Comics" #36, but Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's story is much more about grief and isolation, both mental and physical.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Aaron Kuder
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, November 7th, 2014

Chew #44

"Chew" #44 by John Layman and Rob Guillory is meaty, but the meat is bloody and raw. Simply put: FDA Vs. The Collector. Many die; few survive.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, November 7th, 2014

Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1

"Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program" #1 gives Charles Soule and Salvador Larroca a chance to introduce new characters to try and fill the void left behind by Wolverine's death.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, November 7th, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #4

"Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #4 introduces the Hulk's Hulk and draws some strange allegiance lines in this story written by Rick Remender and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, November 7th, 2014

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1

Dynamite Entertainment's agreement with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Brings John Carter back to comic book stands in "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Abhishek Malsuni, Zsolt Garisa
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, November 6th, 2014

Penny Dora and the Wishing Box #1

"Penny Dora and the Wishing Box" #1 has a certain amount of charm in Michael Stock and Sina Grace's comic about a box that grants wishes, but where it goes from here is critical.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Michael Stock
Artists:
Sina Grace
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, November 6th, 2014

Over the Garden Wall Special #1

Greg and Wirt encounter a rather unique army in pat McHale and Jim Campbell's "Over the Garden Wall Special" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Pat McHale
Artists:
Jim Campbell
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Thu, November 6th, 2014

Spider-Verse Team-Up #1

"Spider-Verse Team-Up" #1 gives readers an extra chance to check in with Six-Arm Spider-Man, Spider Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Ben Reilly, and Old Man Spider-Man in stories from Christos N. Gage and Roger Stern.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage, Roger Stern
Artists:
Dave Williams, Dexter Vines, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, November 6th, 2014

Gotham Academy #2

Olive Silverlock keeps finding more trouble than she bargained for in Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher and Karl Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #2.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, November 6th, 2014

Tooth & Claw #1

"Tooth & Claw" #1 from writer Kurt Busiek and artist Benjamin Dewey, with colors from Jordie Bellaire and letters from Comicraft delivers a clinic on how to introduce a new universe filled with stunning characters.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Benjamin Dewey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 5th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #9

"Spider-Verse" kicks off a dramatic shift in tone for Peter Parker in Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #9.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Olivier Coipel
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, November 5th, 2014

Boonana Tail Halloween Special #1

Mark McKenna's Banana Tail children's character gets his own Halloween anthology in "Boonana Tail Halloween Special," a fun and mostly entertaining set of stories featuring contributions from Jim Calafiore, Fabian Nicieza & more.

Publisher:
Banana Tail Press
Writer:
Mark McKenna, Jim Calafiore, Blake Northcott, Sam Eggleston, Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna, Geraldo Borges, Ryan Browne (artist), Richard Johnson, Josh Oakes, Kevin West
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, November 5th, 2014

American Legends #1

Bill Schwartz, Zachary Schwartz and Studio Hive create some engaging folklore with 19th-century figures in "American Legends" #1, in a nicely colored but artistically inconsistent depiction carried by the script.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Bill Schwartz, Zachary Schwartz
Artists:
Studio Hive
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, November 5th, 2014

Superman Unchained #9

Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, and Dustin Nguyen bring the title to a big-budget close in "Superman Unchained" #9, a bombastic yet poetic and redeeming conclusion to a strong series that renews Superman's standing as an extraordinary hero.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, November 5th, 2014

Umbral #10

Creators from all walks present stories about demons, roller derby, flying, friendship and more in Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's "Umbral" #10.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Christopher Mitten
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Brass Sun #6

Once Wren and the crew retrieve the gaseous clay, the real struggle begins in Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard's "Brass Sun" #6.

Publisher:
2000AD
Writer:
Ian Edginton
Artists:
I.N.J. Culbard
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow #1

"Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow" #1 is the third installment of Vertigo's CMYK anthology, collecting nine stories by Marguerite Bennett, Fabio Moon, Gerard Way, Philip Bond and Bill Sienkiewicz, among others.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Diego Agrimbau, Marguerite Bennett, João M. P. Lemos, Matt Miner, Fabio Moon, Steve Orlando, Toril Orlesky, Benjamin Read, Gerard Way
Artists:
Philip Bond, Taylan Kurtulus, João M. P. Lemos, Fabio Moon, Toril Orlesky, Bill Sienkiewicz, Emilio Utrera, Lucas Varela, Christian Wildgoose
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy #20

The "Original Sin" tie-in ends in "Guardians of the Galaxy" #20 as Brian Bendis and Ed McGuinness finish the story of what happened to Nova Richard Rider in the Cancerverse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer, Valerio Schiti, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Nova #22

No disaster is too small for Sam Alexander when he finds himself on a little Halloween adventure with a few of the Jean Grey School students in Gerry Duggan, Frederico Santagati, and John Timms' "Nova" #22.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Frederico Santagati, John Timms
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Micro #1

George Kambadais introduces readers to two new characters in "Micro" #1 from the Comixology Submit initiative.

Publisher:
comiXology Submit
Writer:
George Kambadais, Jamie S. Rich
Artists:
George Kambadais
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1

"Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America" #1 teams the former Captain America up with Deadpool to try to reclaim artifacts from Wolverine's life before evildoers can do some evil.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #4

"Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #4 has a good script from Al Ewing as Alice starts to question her place within the TARDIS, but Boo Cook's art isn't suited to actor likenesses.

Publisher:
Titan Books
Writer:
Al Ewing, Marc Ellerby
Artists:
Boo Cook, Marc Ellerby
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 3rd, 2014

Thought Bubble Anthology #4

Creators from all walks present stories about demons, roller derby, flying, friendship and more in "Thought Bubble Anthology 2014."

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Benji Goldsmith, Richard Starkings, Ales Kot, Mhairi Stewart, Cliff Chiang, Sarah McIntyre, David O'Connell, Hwei Lim, Emma Rios, Ulises Lopez, Simon Gurr, Ross Mackintosh, Lizzy Mikietyn, Zoom Rockman, Charlotte Turfrey, Clark Burscough, Emily Carro
Artists:
Boo Cook, Tim Sale, Alison Sampson, Gary Erskine, Cliff Chiang, Sarah McIntyre, David O'Connell, Hwei Lim, Emma Rios, Roque Romeros, Ulises Lopez, Simon Gurr, Ross Mackintosh, Lizzy Mikietyn, Zoom Rockman, Charlotte Turfrey, Marc Ellerby, Barry Kitso
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1

"Hellboy and the B.P.R.D." #1 gives readers a chance to begin a new set of adventures with Mike Mignola's most popular creation in this comic written by Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Alex Maleev.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Rachel Rising #29

In "Rachel Rising" #29, the tables are turned. Zoe stalks Malus while Rachel stalks her original killer.

Publisher:
Abstract Studios
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Terry Moore
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Saga #24

Enemies Prince Robot IV and Marko must team up to find their respective kidnapped families in Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' "Saga" #24, the last issue before hiatus.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Harley Quinn Annual #1

"Harley Quinn Annual" #1 brings readers a "rub 'n smell spectacular" that Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and John Timms have a lot of fun producing for readers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
John Timms, Stjepan Sejic, Joe Quinones, Ben Caldwell, Kelley Jones
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Swamp Thing Annual #3

"Swamp Thing Annual" #3 lets Charles Soule and company give us the long-promised battle between Swampy, Capucine, and the Demon, but in the end it's a bit anticlimactic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pina, Carmen Carnero, Dave Bullock, Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Wonder Woman #35

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang wrap up their three-year run in "Wonder Woman" #35 not with a bang, but with a muffled thump.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Sinestro #6

"Godhead" hits "Sinestro" #6 and three Lantern Corps pay the price in this story written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Dale Eaglesham and Martin Coccolo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham, Martin Coccolo, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 31st, 2014

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1

A fun romp with some interesting choices, "Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration" #1 features the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine and Jessica Jones as well as some other surprising inclusions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Bruce Timm, Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, Tom DeFalco, Len Wein
Artists:
Chris Samnee, Bruce Timm, Michael Gaydos, Stan Goldberg, Scott Hanna, Paul Gulacy, Maris Wicks, Mike Deodato, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kevin Maguire, Joe Quinones, Francesco Francavilla, Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 30th, 2014

All-New X-Men #33

Brian Michael Bendis' saves "All-New X-Men" #33 with some lightheartedness and interesting characterizations, while Mahmud Asrar puts a quirky but pleasingly fitting look to the story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, October 30th, 2014

AXIS: Revolutions #1

"AXIS: Revolutions" #1 presents readers with the reaction to Red (Skull) Onslaught's attack in a Spider-Man tale from Dennis Hopeless and Ken Lashley and a Doctor Strange story from Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless, Simon Spurrier
Artists:
Ken Lashley, Tan Eng Huat, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 30th, 2014

Southern Bastards #5

The spotlight falls on Coach Boss in the start of the second arc of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's "Southern Bastards."

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jason Latour
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, October 29th, 2014

Justice League United Annual #1

"Justice League United Annual" #1 kicks off the title's second storyline, and this initial chapter from Jeff Lemire and Neil Edwards featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes is off to a good start.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 29th, 2014

Rasputin #1

An unfocused script derails the historical fiction tale of Grigori Rasputin in Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo's "Rasputin" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Alex Grecian
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, October 29th, 2014

Hansel & Gretel

Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti's "Hansel & Gretel" reimagines a classic Grimm fairy tale into a story that has a little darker of a bite than you might remember.

Publisher:
Toon Books
Writer:
Neil Gaiman
Artists:
Lorenzo Mattotti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 29th, 2014

Aliens: Fire and Stone #2

A subdued, restrained mood dominates Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds' "Aliens: Fire and Stone" #2, an otherwise decent chapter in a mega-arc that further ties the "Aliens" and "Prometheus" films together.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Patric Reynolds
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, October 29th, 2014

Deathlok #1

Nathan Edmondson and Mike Perkins prove their understanding of an underused character in "Deathlok" #1, knowing exactly what to preserve and what to alter in this strong intro, the best take on the property since the original incarnation.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Mike Perkins
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, October 29th, 2014

Five Ghosts #13

On the way to rescuing his kidnapped friend Sebastian, Fabian encounters an ailing town in need of his special skills in Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #13.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Christopher Mooneyham
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, October 27th, 2014
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