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Ultimate Enemy #1

Marvel's solicits threaten us with the revelation of the "face of true evil in the Ultimate Universe," but we never see the face in this issue. We do, however, see some great Rafa Sandoval art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 27th, 2010

Avengers: The Initiative #32

"Siege" is under way and the Initiative -- with Taskmaster leading the charge -- is right there in the thick of the invasion of Asgard. Bad things happen.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Mahmud A. Asrar, Rebecca Buchman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 27th, 2010

Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #1

The Wreckers are tasked to Garrus-9, which was taken over by Decepticons three years previous and turned into Overlord’s private Roman Empire.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Nick Roche, James Roberts
Artists:
Nick Roche, John Wycough
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 27th, 2010

Captain America: Reborn #6

A satisfying conclusion, finally, to a series that had lost its momentum.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, January 26th, 2010

Thor #606

Gillen and Tan set the stage for the title’s role in “Siege” with Thor fighting Doom who happens to be using the Destroyer armor.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, January 26th, 2010

X-Men Legacy #232

Nothing really progresses in the latest issue of "X-Men: Legacy," but as an extended series of fight and chase scenes it's not bad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Clay Mann, Danny Miki, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 26th, 2010

Avengers vs. Agents of Atlas #1

In a Marvel that's becoming stranger by the month, a bunch of freewheeling 50's throwbacks can fit right in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman, Takeshi Miyazawa
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 26th, 2010

Blackest Night: The Flash #2

Kollins' art is superb, Johns' story goes beyond the formula for a very good "Flash" tie-in to "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 26th, 2010

Captain America #602

Captain America is back. Not that one, the other one. No, the other other one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Sean McKeever
Artists:
Luke Ross, Butch Guice, David Baldeón, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 25th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #618

Spider-Man gets caught in the crossfire of organized crime, and the return of Mysterio

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 25th, 2010

RASL #6

The focus on Nikola Tesla distracts somewhat from the book’s ongoing plot in this issue as Smith begins the book’s bimonthly shipping schedule.

Publisher:
Cartoon Books
Writer:
Jeff Smith
Artists:
Jeff Smith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 25th, 2010

The Darkness: Shadows & Flame #1

Rob Levin and Jorge Lucas craft a psychological horror story with Lovecraftian traits well despite relying on an overly obvious plot.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Rob Levin
Artists:
Jorge Lucas
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 25th, 2010

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #4

In seeking to upend the nefarious plot of Nightmare, Doctor Voodoo reaches deep into his past to find his true power.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jefte Palo, Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 24th, 2010

Fables #92

"Fables" goes for one of its patented side-stories, but this time the result is a little underwhelming.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, January 24th, 2010

Realm of Kings: Inhumans #3

"Realm of Kings: Inhumans" is getting a tiny bit by-the-numbers predictable, unfortunately.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wellinton Alves, Nelson Pereira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, January 24th, 2010

Superman/Batman #68

Remember that one-off issue Joe Casey wrote in October that was followed by three unrelated issues? Yeah, this one picks up from there and also ties into “Our Worlds at War.” Eight years later? What?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, David Enebral
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #44

Guy Gardner continues his red ring-powered rampage, delivering his own unmitigated brand of justice to everyone in his path. There are some other lanterns in here too.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Outsiders #26

A new era for the book begins with a series of missteps and puzzling decisions. Oh, and Philip Tan already needs help from another artist. Not good signs.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio
Artists:
Philip Tan, Don Kramer, Jonathan Glapion, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Starman #81

A worthy epilogue to the legendary Robinson "Starman" run.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino, Bill Sienkiewicz
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Dark Wolverine #82

In the midst of a "Siege," Daken does some stabbin'. But his victim isn't necessarily who you'd expect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Joe the Barbarian #1

"Joe the Barbarian" is off to a slightly slow start, but given the gist of the series, it makes sense.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Incorruptible #2

The spin-off of “Irredeemable” is showing itself to be a book worth reading with a ground-level approach to the world.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Jean Diaz, Belardino Brabo
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Phantom Stranger #42

". . . the Stranger comes when the Stranger is needed." Evidently the Stranger is needed to advance a subplot of "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Incredible Hulk #606

"Fall of the Hulks" continues to rage on, with much smashing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Harrison Wilcox
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Ryan Stegman, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #520

The story is good, but the blatant photo-references in the art are getting harder to ignore.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Spider-Woman #5

This is some austere, beautiful stuff, and it's sure to work even better in the collected edition.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Wolverine: Weapon X #9

"Insane in the Brain" concludes, and Logan may or may not live to tell the tale. (Actually, who am I kidding? Of course he lives! He's Wolverine.)

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Nova #33

A lackluster, standard version of the time-displaced heroes story that doesn’t break new ground or offer any surprises.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Dark Avengers #13

The secrets of the Sentry are revealed to have been revealed already! Um, what?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Mighty Avengers #33

Reality punches are thrown. Bad stuff happens. And the Mighty Avengers live to tell the tale.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Hulk #19

A mere fragment of a larger story, but Loeb and McGuinness give us another fun installment of this series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Thunderbolts #140

Two groups who aren't what they appear to be face off under the orders of Norman Osborn, who also isn't what he appears to be. Craziness, I tell you, but in a good way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda, Sergio Ariño
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #22

The book might be moving a little slower now, but it's still very interesting, with great character pieces.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Catwoman #83

"Catwoman" suffers from formatting restrictions and uninked rushed-looking art, but still delivers on its premise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Fabrizio Fiorentino, Ibraim Roberson, Marcos Marz, Luciana Del Negro
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Transformers #3

Ultra Magnus arrives to start kicking some Autobot tail.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Mike Costa
Artists:
Don Figueroa
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, January 19th, 2010

The Marvels Project #5

Fans of Brubaker and Epting's "Captain America" will definitely want to read this title if they aren't already.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Daytripper #2

With its second issue, the idea behind "Daytripper" is starting to become a bit clearer. Perhaps.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Artists:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Batman #695

Tony Daniel is putting a lot of characters into the mix, but nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 19th, 2010

X-Men Forever #15

The “evil” Storm flees to Wakanda to visit her once-and-future love, T’Challa.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Al Vey, Gary Martin, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, January 19th, 2010

The Muppet Show Comic Book #1

The Muppets hit the road in the first issue of their ongoing series and it’s a success for them and Roger Langridge.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, January 19th, 2010
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