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Batman: Streets of Gotham #18

"Batman: Streets of Gotham" is now officially in its end run, but so far it's more of a whimper than a bang.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, Szymon Kudranski
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 26th, 2010

Usagi Yojimbo #134

"Usagi Yojimbo" brings the charm, as always.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 26th, 2010

Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1

It may try a little too hard at the end and have some awkward art, but it's not a bad Christmas tale all together.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Brett Booth
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

Justice League of America #52

Decidedly average.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

Power Girl #19

“Max Lord can control minds, can control our perceptions and now he’s done it on the largest scale imaginable. He’s fooled the whole world.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Sami Basri
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

What If? Dark Reign #1

What if Clint Barton killed Norman Osborn? People wouldn’t like him. That’s all that happens here, basically.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Henderson
Artists:
Sana Takeda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

Zatanna #8

“I psyched myself up smiled my sunniest smile, strutted onto the set. . . and vomited into the green puppet’s trashcan.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

The Cape #1

A very tight origin story with a twist on the end that will have you wondering where else this title could go.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella
Artists:
Zach Howard
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

The Traveller #2

Mysteries abound about motives and characters, and yet we still get time for a hero/villain fist fight. Comics how you want ‘em!

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Chad Hardin
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, December 23rd, 2010

Thor: Wolves of the North #1

Thor saves a village from the army of the damned!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Mike Perkins
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Superman/Batman #79

We’re heading to the 853rd century with the return of Superman and Batman from “DC One Million!”AX

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Batman, Inc. #2

Lord Death Man is dead. And now he’s not. Crap.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Wonder Woman #605

Phil Hester takes the reins of "Wonder Woman" and the first changes are happening for the better.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Phil Hester, J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Daniel HDR, Jay Leisten, Marlo Alquiza, Wayne Faucher, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

American Vampire #10

“Is he scared of the same things I’m scared of? Scared of the pull I feel inside me, the dark tug all the time?”

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Mateus Santolouco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Teen Titans: Cold Case #1

“Rose and Eddie don’t realize the irony of what they’re saying. Two Titans taking on the Flashes’ Rogues does not exactly mean a team that’s together.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mark Sable
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #1

This is possibly better than you want it to be. It’s a melange of awesome brought to you by your childhood but defined to be relevant for the adult you’ve become.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin, Marc Andreyko, Mark Finn, Roy Thomas
Artists:
Wellington Alves, Ben Dewey, Robert Atkins, Barry Windsor-Smith, Tim Bradstreet
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Kill Shakespeare #18

Othello might be his own villain and Hamlet could finally be his own hero. But how do star cross’d lovers play into this?

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 22nd, 2010

Chew #16

“That’s a lot of money you spendin’ on chicken, old man. How you gonna afford yer adult diapers this month?”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 21st, 2010

The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle #3

“We lost our king. He died so I could free our greatest weapon. All of this death and despair because I wanted to be special again.”

Publisher:
Th3rd World Studios
Writer:
Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
Artists:
Charles Paul Wilson III
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 21st, 2010

The Sixth Gun #7

"The Sixth Gun" begins its second storyline with just as much promise and punch as its first.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Brian Hurtt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 21st, 2010

Wolverine #4

Wolverine takes down the Devil, while his body takes down the X-Men.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 21st, 2010

X-Factor #212

X-Factor finally close their case on Pip the Troll, with the help of Thor.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 21st, 2010

Supergirl #59

"When it comes down to it, lives can be boiled down to just a few things: our families, both the good parts and the bad, the people who hate us, the ones who love us, and the work we leave behind."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal, Robin Riggs
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Destruction #1

“I’m a super-hero. They’re ordinary Joes. This should be S.O.P., right? So I stretch into action. . . Plastic Man style. Y’know, cause I’m cool.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Chaos War #4

“That thing Athena was right about? You’ll never stop hitting things. It’s all you do. Even as the world crumbles around you. Well, I’m finding a better way.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 19th, 2010

The Unwritten #20

Tom hunts after a white whale and yet no one shouts “Thar she blows!” Next issue better!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross, Vince Locke
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Loki #2

Watch out Balder, Loki’s going to kil... oh. Too late.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists:
Sebastian Fiumara, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Thunderbolts #151

Do you dare learn the secrets of the Ghost? Who is he? How did he come to be? What does he want? Read and find out!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Birds of Prey #7

“I’m going to be relying on you. All of you. Including Helena. All of you. But it won’t work without Oracle.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Green Lantern #60

Has “Green Lantern” gotten so big and wide scale that it’s lost its soul? And is Doug Mahnke the solution?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Keith Champagne, Christian Alamy, Shawn Moll
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Sun, December 19th, 2010

Proof Endangered #1

Proof is on the move to find some truth, but instead he’s working against very nasty cryptids and people who want to see him dead. Oh, and your favorite action/horror slugs are in this one.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Alex Grecian
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, December 17th, 2010

Uncanny X-Force #3

"Uncanny X-Force" continues a run of violence and humor, but in a way that actually works.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 17th, 2010

Avengers vs. the Pet Avengers #3

You can see the end coming a mile away, but "Avengers vs. the Pet Avengers" is still charming in a silly sort of way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 17th, 2010

Batman #705

"Batman" builds on the past while looking ahead to the future.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 16th, 2010

New Mutants Forever #5

Things don't so much conclude, here, as come to a screeching halt.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Al Rio, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 16th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #650

Perhaps crassly commercialized, but still a fine story from Slott with nice art by Ramos.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, December 16th, 2010

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #5

"Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors" is still struggling to find its voice, something I wouldn't have expected from Peter J. Tomasi.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 16th, 2010

Mighty Samson #1

Never before have I wanted to see a comic book crushed by a falling temple, until I read "Mighty Samson" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jim Shooter, J.C. Vaughn
Artists:
Patrick Olliffe
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 16th, 2010

What If? Spider-Man #1

Peter Parker: Psychopath! He’s just one step away from becoming a serial killer, you know.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Sable
Artists:
Paul Azaceta, Matt Southworth
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, December 16th, 2010

Avengers Academy #7

“Remember when I went by ‘Dr. Pym,’ in the West Coast Avengers? Trying to deny I was a super hero while on a team of them. That’s pretty much a microcosm of my life, isn’t it?”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Tom Raney, Dave Meikis, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 15th, 2010
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