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Avengers: The Origin #3

The not-quite-yet-Avengers search for the Hulk, while he pretends to be a robot in the circus. And Phil Noto draws an amazing Asgard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #9

Moon Knight and Spider-Man team-up to fight the Sandman, while Juan Jose Ryp makes his Marvel artist debut. Fans of his Avatar work won’t be disappointed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Juan Jose Ryp
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #1

The latest Marvel cosmic event kicks off with the typical bold, fearless writing of Abnett and Lanning, but that’s hampered somewhat by messy, cluttered art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Irredeemable #14

The Paradigm is the only thing that can stop the Plutonian, but they’re locked up by the government. We’re screwed.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Greek Street #12

Werther Dell’Edera joins the book for the three-part “Ajax,” a story focusing on a British soldier named Alex, his experiences in Afghanistan, and how they affect him now that he’s back home.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Werther Dell’Edera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Captain Long Ears

Captain Long Ears and Captain Jam are on a search for Captain Big Nose, but all is not quite as it seems in this story.

Publisher:
SLG Publishing
Writer:
Diana Thung
Artists:
Diana Thung
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 1st, 2010

The Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1

Readers of Marvel's cosmic space books will find a lot to love here, but new readers might take extra time to fully get on board.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Scott Edelman
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Mike Zeck
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 1st, 2010

G. I. Joe: Hearts & Minds #1

IDW launches a G. I. Joe series that gives definition to some of the fringe characters of the G. I. Joe universe.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Max Brooks
Artists:
Howard Chaykin, Antonio Fuso
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Green Lantern #54

Two Red Lanterns in the New York subway system and neither of them is Bernie Goetz. What could possibly go wrong?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Scalped #38

1975, the fall of Saigon, and a guy named Wade is faced with a problem: he can’t stay there and he doesn’t want to go back home to the reservation. What’s left but death?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Detective Comics #865

The Question backup is the artistic highlight, but David Hine’s Arkham story is certainly unsettling.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2

Bruce Wayne vs. Puritans, with the fate of the universe at stake. It’s good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 31st, 2010

Power Girl #12

Power Girl spends the day with Terra, while a succession of villains return.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 31st, 2010

Thunderbolts #144

The Thunderbolts are back, and this time they're being led by Luke Cage.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, May 29th, 2010

Thor #610

Summoned by Balder, Thor returns to Asgard, or what's left of Asgard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 29th, 2010

X-Men: Blind Science #1

"X-Men: Blind Science" has a good core idea, but some bad characterization is hard to ignore.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Simon Spurrier
Artists:
Paul Davidson, Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 29th, 2010

Northlanders #28

Serving almost as an epilogue to "The Plague Widow," the new "Northlanders" closes out its strongest epic to date.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Leandro Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 27th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #34

The Silver Age goodness from Straczynski and Saiz continues, bringing the Legion back in time to meet the Doom Patrol.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 27th, 2010

WWE Heroes #3

With Triple H dead, who’s next? Better watch out, Big Show...

Publisher:
Titan Books
Writer:
Keith Champagne
Artists:
Andy Smith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 27th, 2010

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust #1

The first issue of the prequel to Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” sets up the world and the story in a simple, straight forward fashion.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Robert Adler
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 27th, 2010

Dazzler #1

If disco is ever going to make a comeback, it needs to be now; Dazzler is ready and waiting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
Kalman Andrasofszky, Ramon Perez, Rick Ketcham, Francesca Ciregia, Robin Ha
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 26th, 2010

X-Force #27

Ten pages of punching manages to feel dull, somehow, but the second half has some pep to it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 26th, 2010

7 Psychopaths #1

Seven psychopaths charged with assassinating Hitler in 1941. Sounds good to me and it looks exquisite with Sean Phillips on art.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Fabien Vehlmann
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #2

Maxwell Lord's scheme continues to unfold, but it feels more like set-up than anything else.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Judd Winick
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #48

Tony Bedard and Adrian Syaf's first issue of "Green Lantern Corps" is utterly average in just about every way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Adrian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Secret Avengers #1

Steve Rogers forms his own black ops team as they retrieve what they think will be the Serpent Crown, but turns out to be something different.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Superman: War of the Supermen #4

The story of the "War of the Supermen" started on May 1, and draws to a close twenty-five days later. That makes this a pretty good approximation of one hundred minutes, as far as publishing goes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Cafu, Eduardo Pansica, J. P. Mayer, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Creepy #3

A mediocre horror anthology with a few high spots, but not many.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Dan Braun, Craig Haffner, Doug Moench, Joe Harris, Cory Goodfellow, Kevin Ferrera, Shawna Gore, Nicola Cuti
Artists:
Dennis Calero, Angelo Torres, Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Greg Scott, Ken Barr
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 24th, 2010

DV8: Gods and Monsters #2

This is the story of Bliss becoming the goddess of a tribe of Amazonian-esque women, finding a place where she belongs.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 24th, 2010

Justice League of America #45

Supergirl shows up to join the Justice League just as they get attacked by Power Girl, which of course leads to a team-up with the JSA.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 24th, 2010

X-Factor #205

Trask and the MRD go after X-Factor.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 24th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #1

Someone is back in the American Son armor, but is it Harry Osborn?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed, Joe Caramagna
Artists:
Phillipe Briones, Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 24th, 2010

Azrael #8

What could the eighth deadly sin possibly be? Read “Azrael” #8 to find out! (The answer is pretty great!)

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 24th, 2010

American Vampire #3

After getting some advice from Skinner Sweet in the last issue, Pearl takes matters – and faces – into her own hands.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Stephen King
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

Age of Heroes #1

A strong anthology issue anchored by a nice little J. Jonah Jameson story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Rick Remender, Paul Cornell, Dan Slott
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Chris Samnee, Leonard Kirk, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

Joe the Barbarian #5

Mostly a brilliant showcase for the art of Sean Murphy, this is Grant Morrison in his "We3" mode, and it's very good.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

DC Universe Legacies #1

DC rewrites history. Sort of. After continuity punches, crises of all kinds, and general uncertainty, a new history of the DC Universe emerges.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Len Wein
Artists:
Scott Kolins, Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, J. G. Jones
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

X-Men Legacy #236

"Second Coming" enters its second half, but it feels like a story that's losing a bit of steam.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 22nd, 2010

Expendables #1

An action-adventure tale featuring a bunch of cardboard cutout characters leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe the movie will be more intriguing.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Chuck Dixon
Artists:
Esteve Polls
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 22nd, 2010

Superman: War of the Supermen #3

"Superman: War of the Supermen" is finally heating up, even as the inevitable conclusion is around the corner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Cafu, Bit
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 22nd, 2010
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