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DC Universe Legacies #4

“DCU Legacies” continues to jam seventy-five gallons of comic book history into a ten-gallon limited series.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Len Wein
Artists:
Scott Kolins, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Dave Gibbons, Joe Kubert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 20th, 2010

Avengers Academy #3

"Avengers Academy" is probably the best thing to come out of "Age of Heroes."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Mike McKone, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 20th, 2010

DV8: Gods and Monsters #5

Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaacs continue to deconstruct (and rebuild) "DV8" and it makes me yearn for more.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 20th, 2010

Justice Society of America #42

James Robinson and Mark Bagley continue to make this JLA/JSA team-up a fun read. They even manage to pack a few surprises into this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 20th, 2010

The Boys: Highland Laddie #1

Hughie leaves the Boys and goes to his hometown in Scotland, but it isn’t as great as he hoped it would be.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 19th, 2010

X-Files/30 Days of Night #2

Mulder and Scully continue to investigate the odd deaths in Alaska and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that vampires are the cause. Not that Scully would ever admit that, of course.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Steve Niles, Adam Jones
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 19th, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #527

A potentially interesting issue is derailed by increasingly ineffective art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Whilce Portacio, Leonard Kirk, Ed Tadeo, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 19th, 2010

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley #1

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley" doesn't have much of a story, but the high point is watching Riley and Sam interact.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jane Espenson
Artists:
Karl Moline, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 19th, 2010

Secret Avengers #4

The conclusion to the first "Secret Avengers" storyline feels a little flat.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato Jr.
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 19th, 2010

Star Wars: Legacy #50

The “Legacy” series draws to a close, but is it a “Return of the Jedi” type of close or more along the lines of “The Empire Strikes Back?”

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Artists:
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 18th, 2010

Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet #1

A reimagining of the classic story for a new audience that’s also fun for old fans as the creators produce a fun, entertaining, light read comic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Clevinger, Lee Black
Artists:
Brian Churilla
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 18th, 2010

New Avengers #3

Sleek, smooth, self-aware, and stylish. It’s another Bendis and Immonen issue of Spider-Man and his mystic pals.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 18th, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man #640

Despite Aunt May surviving, the Kingpin still wants to send Spider-Man a message through his loved ones. Look out, Aunt Anna!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Quesada, Stan Lee
Artists:
Paolo Rivera, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 18th, 2010

Age of Heroes #4

This anthology ends with a variety of stories, none of which seem aimed at the same type of reader, giving the issue a disjointed, fragmented feeling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry, Elliott Kalan, Joe Casey, Dan Slott
Artists:
Shawn Moll, Walden Wong, Brendan McCarthy, Nathan Fox, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 18th, 2010

Brightest Day #8

Hawkgirl or White Lantern Firestorm? Those are your cover options for this issue. One of them will cost a pretty penny, the other one will only run you two hundred ninety-nine pennies.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, Rebecca Buchman, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 18th, 2010

Ex Machina #50

"Ex Machina" comes to an end.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Tony Harris
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, August 18th, 2010

The Last Phantom #1

Garish, ugly, and bad-looking. Did I mention that this comic doesn’t have strong visuals?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Scott Beatty
Artists:
Eduardo Ferigato
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 18th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #7

The JLI team (such as it is) invades Checkmate (such as it is) to try to find Max Lord (such as he is).

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 16th, 2010

Dungeons & Dragons #0

John Rogers brings the fun in the first half, and makes up for the ‘Dark Sun’ episode falling flat.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
John Rogers, Alex Irvine
Artists:
Andrea Di Vito, Peter Bergting
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 16th, 2010

X-Men #2

The united vampire factions continue their assault on the X-Men, as Blade enters the fray.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 16th, 2010

Daredevil #509

Daredevil’s friends and allies react to his increasingly-corrupt actions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston
Artists:
Roberto de la Torre
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 16th, 2010

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1

This series may become a strong third pillar in the Geoff Johns-era Green Lantern era, but it doesn’t start that way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 16th, 2010

The Incredible Hulk #611

The penultimate chapter of “World War Hulks” delivers some smashing action that is big, loud, and green.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Scott Reed
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Miguel Munera, Jeffrey Huet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 15th, 2010

Superman #702

Superman’s walk across America continues on, with this issue bringing him to Detroit.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 15th, 2010

Birds of Prey #4

The Birds of Prey continue to fly through the “Brightest Day.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 15th, 2010

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #2

Hey, do you like energetic superhero comics done very well? Then buy this.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 12th, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #3

What happened to create the Cancerverse? Best bust out your copies of “The Death of Captain Marvel” and begin throwing in some Lovecraft stuff.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 12th, 2010

Thor the Mighty Avenger #3

Loki causes mischief that ruins Thor and Jane’s shopping trip, putting them at odds with Giant-Man and the Wasp! Vintage Marvel action!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 12th, 2010

Batgirl #13

Slowly but surely, "Batgirl" is pulling itself together into a respectable little book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Pere Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 12th, 2010

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World #1

The B.P.R.D. gets a new subtitle and offers up a good jumping-on point for new readers.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Guy Davis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 11th, 2010

Hack/Slash: My First Maniac #3

Just as Cassie is making friends, some psycho killing people has to ruin it.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Daniel Leister, Mark Englert
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 11th, 2010

Morning Glories #1

Welcome to Morning Glory Academy, a prestigious prep school that stinks of weirdness and evil intentions. It’s also a very fun first issue.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Joe Eisma
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 11th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1

It’s vampire time for the Ultimate Avengers as Blade and a new Daredevil enter the picture.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve Dillon, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 11th, 2010

The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles #2

When Cthulhu calls, it calls collect.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Johanna Stokes, Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Christopher Possenti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 11th, 2010

New Mutants Forever #1

I have to hand it to all parties involved: this feels like it came immediately after "New Mutants" #54.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Al Rio, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 10th, 2010

Shadowland #2

Daredevil’s friends stage an intervention while the Kingpin arrives in the shadows.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 10th, 2010

Shadowland: Bullseye #1

Ben Urich is kidnapped and forced to cover Bullseye’s funeral.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Sean Chen, Sandau Florea
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 10th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #6

Spartans versus Nazis! Football versus... uh, Nazis! Godfrey McLaine versus the Maestro! It all ends here!

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

iZombie #4

Zombies and ghosts and mummies! Oh my!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 8th, 2010

Doom Patrol #13

The second year of “Doom Patrol” starts off with an issue dedicated to Rita Farr.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Ron Randall, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 8th, 2010
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