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Darkstar and the Winter Guard #2

The continuing adventures of the Winter Guard fill this issue, as they confront former members and the return of a massive, classic Marvel Universe foe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Gallaher
Artists:
Steve Ellis, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #636

“Grim Hunt” continues, with the Kraven pride celebrating their kill.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly, Zeb Wells, J. M. DeMatteis, Stan Lee
Artists:
Marco Checchetto, Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, Emma Rios, Max Fiumara, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #1

Steve Rogers tracks down a scientist conducting Super-Soldier experiments.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #2

Hawkeye and Mockingbird continue to figure out who they are and what they need to be together.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro López
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Young Allies #2

"Young Allies" reminds me a lot of early "Young Avengers" and "New Warriors" issues, and that's a good thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Gødland #32

The secret origin of Friedrich Nickelhead will blow your mind... if it doesn’t blow his mind first.

Publisher:
Chaos! Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Tom Scioli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, July 10th, 2010

iZombie #3

Allred's art looks a bit shaky at times in this issue, but the story is starting to come together nicely.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 10th, 2010

X-Women #1

Chris Claremont and Milo Manara write the female X-Men in their own adventure.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Milo Manara
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, July 10th, 2010

JSA All-Stars #8

"JSA All-Stars" continues to reshape itself into a much more interesting book than where it first began.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Freddie Williams II, Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #5

Nazis occupy Sparta on behalf of the Maestro, but the underground strikes back.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Johnny Timmons
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Shadowland #1

A decent start to the mini-event, mostly because of Bullseye.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Scarlet #1

A very strong debut issue for the Bendis/Maleev series.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1

Don't get fooled by the title, the Young Avengers are finally back.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010

X-Men #1

The latest "X-Men" #1 has a perfectly reasonable opening, aside from playing coy about the word "vampire."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Hellboy: The Storm #1

"Hellboy: The Storm" begins the conclusion to the Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo storyline, and with a bang at that.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Brightest Day #5

DC’s solicitation for this issue promises, “Deadman discovers the truth behind the formation of the White Lantern and what it means to the twelve returnees and the rest of the DC Universe.” Not so much.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Joe Prado, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Demo, Volume 2 #6

The second volume of “Demo” ends with a powerful story about love and relationships, possibly the best of this run of six.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010

Batman: Odyssey #1

Neal Adams returns to Batman, writing and drawing this twelve-issue mini-series himself with mixed results.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Neal Adams
Artists:
Neal Adams, Michael Golden
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010

Thor the Mighty Avenger #1

Not the Thor you know from the Marvel universe, but this streamlined approach to the character is interesting with great art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010

The Boys #44

“Believe” begins, but this issue is mostly fall-out from “The Innocents” with strong character work by Garth Ennis and a great debut for Russ Braun on the book.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Russ Braun
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010

The Great Ten #9

The series ends one issue short, but that doesn’t stop it from being a strong, satisfying conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010

Batman and Robin #13

“Batman and Robin Must Die!” begins and everything begins to fall apart as the first year of the book begins to catch up with Dick and Damian.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010

Astonishing X-Men #34

Six months later, another issue of "Astonishing" comes out, and it's even better than the last.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 6th, 2010

Justice Society of America #40

A series of epilogues fill this so-called "New Era" issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 6th, 2010

The Death of Dracula #1

Takes a few smart cues from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and features Camuncoli's superior art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 6th, 2010

Joker's Asylum II: Clayface #1

Clayface, cinema, fandom, and Batman. A potent mix, and Kelley Jones gets to draw it all.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kevin Shinick
Artists:
Kelley Jones
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 6th, 2010

Teen Titans #84

The alien landscape in the main story makes for some interesting moments, and the back-up tale is better than expected.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Felicia D. Henderson, Rex Ogle
Artists:
Jose Luis, Mariah Benes, Ted Naifeh
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 6th, 2010

Robert Bloch's Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper #1

A new take on a classic Jack the Ripper tale with distinctive graphics by Kevin Colden.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Joe R. Lansdale, John L. Lansdale
Artists:
Kevin Colden
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 6th, 2010

Madame Xanadu #24

“Madame Xanadu” celebrates two years of publishing with a new story starting this issue. Enter freely and unafraid.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Marley Zarcone
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 5th, 2010

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust #2

The hunt for the rogue androids continues, while they plot to kill humanity.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Robert Adler
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 5th, 2010

Captain America #607

Bucky finds himself under attack from Baron Zemo as his mental state worsens.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mitch Breitweiser, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 5th, 2010

Deadpool Team-Up #892

Deadpool must save Satana’s soul from a pack of nerds! Oh noes!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Shawn Crystal
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 5th, 2010

Abe Sapien: The Abyssal Plain #1

Peter Snejbjerg and Dave Stewart make for one hell of an art team in this issue, crafting a visually stunning comic.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Peter Snejbjerg
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 5th, 2010

Secret Avengers #2

Steve Rogers takes his team to Mars to see what Nova has been up to.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato Jr., Will Conrad
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, July 3rd, 2010

X-Campus #1

Didn't we already see this, and it was called "X-Men: Misfits" instead?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Francesco Artibani
Artists:
Denis Medri, Roberto Di Salvo, Marco Failla
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 3rd, 2010

Thor #611

Building on the events of “Siege,” Asgard tries to recover from devastation, but Mephisto unleashes ancient eaters of Asgardian souls, threatening all of those who died to protect Asgard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Rich Elson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, July 2nd, 2010

Justice League of America #46

"Justice League of America" and "Justice Society of America" start up a new crossover, but so far it's less than interesting.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund, Pow Rodrix, Belardino Brabo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 2nd, 2010

Batman Beyond #1

Batman Beyond moves beyond the television screen with a comic that's a fun continuation, while maintaining a flavor of its own.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Ryan Benjamin, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 2nd, 2010

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #2

Science versus magic in 19th century England! On the side of science? Pirates! Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Raulo Caceres
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, July 2nd, 2010

Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip #1

Beyond the gimmick, there's not enough oomph in "Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip" to carry it forward.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Karl Kesel
Artists:
Karl Kesel
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 1st, 2010
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