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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

Secret Six #17

The Secret Six squaring off against the Suicide Squad during Blackest Night seems so natural, it's almost creepy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone, John Ostrander
Artists:
J. Calafiore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Adventure Comics #6

Even as an oversized issue, "Adventure Comics" #6 feels a little rushed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Weekly World News #1

The jokes aren’t funny, the story is nonexistent, and the main character is a stereotype, but the art is pretty good.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Chris Ryall
Artists:
Alan Robinson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 18th, 2010

S.W.O.R.D. #3

The best issue of the series yet as Beast works to stop Gyrich’s plan to deport all of the aliens on Earth.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Marvel Super Hero Squad #1

The calculated cute caricatures of your favorite Marvel icons have made their way to the floppies. Your kids'll probably want it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Todd Dezago
Artists:
Leonel Castellani, Marcelo Dichiara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 18th, 2010

The Unwritten #9

A prison break! Tragedy! Sadness! Another good installment of Vertigo's "Harry Potter" pastiche.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Dark X-Men #3

Cleanly drawn, clearly told, and it's not so much about the Dark X-Men as it is about Nate Grey and the Dark Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 17th, 2010

Aliens Vs. Predator: Three World War #1

After making it to the silver screen, the matchup between the Aliens and the Predators seems lackluster as a comic book concept, but this series looks to add a new dynamic to that rivalry.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Randy Stradley
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 17th, 2010

Absolution #6

A strong opening concerning superheroes and killing only leads to a disappointing end to this mini-series.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Roberto Viacava
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 17th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #12

Borges is an inadequate replacement for either Clarke or St. Aubin, but the story has some interesting moments.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 17th, 2010

The Power of SHAZAM! #48

Cover dated eleven years after "The Power of SHAZAM!" #47, and priced a mere 49¢ more than "The Power of SHAZAM!" #47, "Power of SHAZAM!" comes back among the rest of the Black Lantern titles rising from the ranks of the can

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 14th, 2010

Conan: The Weight of the Crown #1

A disappointing effort that focus too much on laborious narration and not enough on Conan killing people.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Darick Robertson
Artists:
Darick Robertson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 14th, 2010

Nation X #2

The second anthology issue that explores life on Utopia is a mixed bag aimed at longtime X-fans rather than the more casual reader.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
CB Cebulski, Jim McCann, John Barber, Tim Fish, Becky Cloonan
Artists:
Mike Choi, David Lopez, Alvardo Lopez, Tim Fish, Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 14th, 2010

Action Comics #885

"Action Comics" continues to be a 100% Superman-free read for all those comic book fans with Superman allergies. All the same, the title does live up to its name with this issue, in both the main story and the backup.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann, James Robinson
Artists:
Pere Pérez, Cafu
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 14th, 2010

Titans #21

"Titans" proceeds apace, marking time between one big event and the next. In this issue, J.T. Krul gives some more insight into the slow motion splintering of one of DC's oldest teams.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Angel Unzueta, Chris Batista, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 13th, 2010

Lola: A Ghost Story

"Lola: A Ghost Story" is a story about a young man who can see ghosts and other supernatural beings.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
J. Torres
Artists:
Elbert Or
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 13th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #617

Dateless and working on New Year's Eve, Pete is victim to the old Parker luck again. Add in a new robo-Rhino and Pete's luck changes for the worse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Max Fiumara, Javier Pulido
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 13th, 2010

Jonah Hex #51

A pleasant issue that leaves a good impression after reading.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Dick Giordano
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, January 12th, 2010

Black Panther #12

Superhero shenanigans and a whole lot more in this jam-packed issue by Maberry and Conrad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, January 12th, 2010

Spider-Man Noir: Eyes without a Face #2

The art and writing don’t work harmoniously and the plot is too coincidental in this 1933 story, while lacking a strong identity to push forward.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky
Artists:
Carmine Di Giandomenico
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, January 12th, 2010
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