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Doctor Who #10

Clockwork aliens, rocket launchers, and a fast-talking David Tennant.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Tony Lee
Artists:
Blair Shedd
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Fraggle Rock #1

Jim Henson's creations arrive as a comic book, 25 years later. It's a three-story anthology that features a beautiful array of art, and stories that are on point for the series.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Heather White, Katie Cook, Jeffrey Brown
Artists:
Jeff Stokely, Katie Cook, Jeffrey Brown
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Punisher #16

Monster vs. monster vs. monster. And Frank Castle may be one of them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

The Last Unicorn #1

If you've never read "The Last Unicorn" (nor seen the movie), this seems like a good way to start.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Peter S. Beagle, Peter B. Gillis
Artists:
Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Thor #609

Thor isn't here, but we get plenty of action as Asgard falls and Loki continues to be Loki.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt, Rich Elson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Mighty Avengers #36

This issue takes a journey into Underspace which is under there. Did you just say, "Under where?" Gotcha! Sorry. Underspace is below the Microverse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Craig Yeung, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #25

Stark begins to rebuild his life.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larocca
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Artifacts (FCBD) #0

Top Cow’s Free Comic Book Day issue offers an introduction and lead-in to their upcoming event “Artifacts,” providing enough information for new readers and some new story points for existing fans.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Stjepan Sejic
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Iron Man/Thor (FCBD) #1

Think of it as an early look at Matt Fraction's "Thor" run. Or see it as an introduction to two characters that new readers should have a passing familiarity with already. Either way, it's a hit.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

The Sixth Gun #1

"The Sixth Gun" is the perfect hook to bring Free Comic Book Day readers back for more.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Brian Hurtt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

Penguins of Madagascar/Shrek (FCBD) #1

What does a Free Comic Book Day comic have to do? What is its mission? Draw a potential reader into looking at it? Check. Entice the reader to select it? Check. Give the reader good stories? Check.

Publisher:
Ape Entertainment
Writer:
Dave Server, Jackson Lanzing, Kevin Freeman,
Artists:
Antonio Campo, Lucas Ferreyra, Drew Rausch, Christine Larsen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

Fractured Fables (FCBD) #1

As a preview/advertisement for an upcoming "Fractured Fables" graphic novel, I'm not convinced I'd want to see more.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Bryan Talbot, Doug TenNapel, Alexander Grecian, Derek McCulloch, Ted McKeever
Artists:
Camilla d'Errico, Doug TenNapel, Christian Ward, Anthony Peruzzo, Ted McKeever
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

Fraggle Rock / Mouse Guard (FCBD) #1

Archaia's Free Comic Book Day flip book is enough to entice you to check out both series it promotes.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Nichol Ashworth, Sam Humphries, David Petersen
Artists:
Jake Myler, Jeremy Love, David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

War of the Supermen (FCBD) #0

As far as free comics go, this one is not bad, but DC set the bar awfully high with last year's "Blackest Night" #0. This is no "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, J. P. Mayer, Julián López, Bit, Aaron Lopresti, David Finch, Joe Weems, Gary Frank, Cafu, Ethan Van Sciver, Diogenes Neves, Vincente Cifuente
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 1st, 2010

Captain America #605

"Two Americas" comes to a surprisingly predictable conclusion, and that's not like Ed Brubaker.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Sean McKeever
Artists:
Luke Ross, Butch Guice, David Baldeon, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Usagi Yojimbo #128

It's not that this is a bad issue, but it's definitely not a good one for new readers.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3

It's the last issue of the mini-series, except it leads into May's mini-series, so it's not really the end at all.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Secret Warriors #15

One of the best things about "Secret Warriors" is that every issue seems to have a great payoff for the reader.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Thunderbolts #143

The Siege of Asgard nears its end, as does the Thunderbolts as we currently know them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #1

Nick Fury is recruiting Avengers and his first choice? Frank Castle, the Punisher.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Siege: Secret Warriors #1

Following the death of Ares, his son goes to confront the man he sees as responsible: the President of the United States.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Detective Comics #864

How can Jeremiah Arkham be the Black Mask? Read this issue and find out!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, John Lucas, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #2

Roy Harper struggles to adapt to the changes made to his life.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Mike Mayhew, Andy Troy, Geraldo Borges, Kevin Sharpe, Mario Alquiza, Mark McKenna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Justice Society of America #38

This issue of "Justice Society of America" is an unpleasant read, but that has to do with the bleakness of the situation rather than the creative team's skills.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #47

Tomasi and Gleason make their curtain call on "Green Lantern Corps," ushering in a "Brightest Day" on their way out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Fantastic Four #578

"Prime Elements" comes to a close with its weakest chapter, but also a big set-up for what's to come.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Green Hornet #3

Someone dies! Too bad it’s the obvious choice and the issue isn’t that good.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Kevin Smith
Artists:
Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #1

Bridging the gap between “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark deals with the fall-out of revealing he’s Iron Man to the world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey, Justin Theroux
Artists:
Barry Kitson, Ron Lim, Tom Palmer, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

X-Force #26

An X-Man dies and it feels like a cheap stunt! Is anyone surprised?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Conan the Cimmerian #20

Conan! Killer of kings! Conan! Slayer of men! Conan! Lover of women! Conan! Entertaining comic!

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Timothy Truman
Artists:
Tomás Giorello
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Do Anything Volume 1: Jack Kirby Ripped My Flesh

Collecting the online column “Do Anything” in an altered form. Ellis’s prose is lyrical and insane, going a mile a minute from idea to idea.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Warren Ellis
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, April 26th, 2010

X-Men Forever Annual #1

Wolverine and Phoenix head to a tropical resort, where their attraction to one another develop into something more.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Sana Takeda
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 26th, 2010

Dark Wolverine #85

Wolverine and Daken hammer out a plan to confront Romulus.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Majorie Liu
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 26th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #15

In the aftermath of the Starro adventure, Despero is hailed as a hero while Vril Dox is hated and targeted for assassination. What's all that got to do with Starfire? Not much now, but soon. . .

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, April 26th, 2010

Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #2

The time for mourning has past. Athena now calls for action from her newest champion, Amadeus Cho.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Paul Tobin
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti, Reilly Brown, Jason Paz, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 25th, 2010

American Vampire #2

"American Vampire" continues to tell two compelling stories, and it's nice to see the first issue's strength wasn't a one-hit wonder.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Stephen King
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Avengers Vs. Atlas #4

The Atlas crew finishes their publicity tour as they build momentum towards a renewal of their series next month. In the meantime, we get a decent (but heady) team-up with the Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Jason Aaron
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman, Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Siege: Spider-Man #1

In the midst of "Siege," Spidey and Ms. Marvel take on Venom of the Dark Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Marco Santucci
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #628

Spidey and the Juggernaut take on the new Captain Universe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Stern, Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 25th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #33

Gorgeous art from Cliff Chiang and a story that's anything but subtle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, April 25th, 2010
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