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R.E.B.E.L.S. #18

Brainiac times three. That’s not going to be a good thing for innocent bystanders.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 17th, 2010

X-Men Hellbound #3

Will Magik be saved? Do you really think it could happen any other way so soon after the character was brought back? Me either.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Talibao, Tom Raney, Sandu Flores, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 17th, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #2

If this is the last of the Marvel cosmic books for a while, it's going out with a fairly large bang.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Predators: Preserve the Game #1

A good sequel to the movie, acting more as a lost fourth act than a sequel.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Allan Jefferson, David Rivera, Jordi Tarragona
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 15th, 2010

X-Files/30 Days of Night #1

Vampires are killing in Alaska and that’s just the sort of weirdness that attracts Agents Mulder and Scully.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Niles, Adam Jones
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 15th, 2010

Booster Gold #34

“Oh, boy. . . “The cover says it all, except it doesn’t. A cool Kevin Maguire cover is a good draw for readers to pick up the book and flip through. Hopefully they stick around long enough for the fun story inside.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Chris Batista, Rich Perrotta, Keith Giffen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 15th, 2010

Batman #701

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel return to the final moments of "Batman R.I.P." and provide the bridge to "Final Crisis" that readers had wanted.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Tony Daniel
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1

"Doctor Solar" finds a new home with Dark Horse. There's good and bad to be found here.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jim Shooter, Paul S. Newman
Artists:
Dennis Calero, Bob Fujitani
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

X-Men: Second Coming #2

This final issue of "Second Coming" is mostly epilogue, but it also sets up new status quos for most of the main mutant titles.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells, Mike Carey, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Matt Fraction
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson, Esad Ribic, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Magog #11

Scott Kolins goes solo and tackles “Magog.” Is that because no one else wanted to?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Kolins
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Superman #701

“Grounded” begins with Superman in Philadelphia, where he handles all sorts of problems including reminding us of the importance of obeying traffic laws.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Doctor Who Annual 2010

"Doctor Who Annual 2010" is a mixed bag, but there are some good elements that should make a fan happy.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jonathan L. Davis, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Tony Lee
Artists:
Kelly Yates, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Gorilla-Man #1

Gorilla-Man, Gorilla-Man, does whatever a gorilla can. Shoots a gun with his feet, hey this book is really neat! Look out! Here comes Gorilla-Man!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

The Sixth Gun #2

Fresh off its Free Comic Book Day debut, "The Sixth Gun" wastes no time with its second issue.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Brian Hurtt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 13th, 2010

The Playwright

Meet The Playwright, a sad, lonely man that divides his time between obsessing over women he will never talk to and writing acclaimed plays, screenplays, and teleplays.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Daren White
Artists:
Eddie Campbell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 13th, 2010

The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle, Part I

"The Stuff of Legend" returns. If you missed the first one, jump in, the story is fine. The art's downright amazing too.

Publisher:
Th3rd World Studios
Writer:
Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
Artists:
Charles Paul Wilson III
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 13th, 2010

Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1

Gage and Alberti show an early meeting of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Mario Alberti
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 12th, 2010

X-Force #28

X-Force make it back to the present, and Hope’s powers finally emerge.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 12th, 2010

House of Mystery #27

Brendan McCarthy is the real draw in this issue, but at least the gang is out of the house.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan Jr., Brendan McCarthy
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Irredeemable #15

A major fight ends in unexpected ways.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Jonah Hex #57

“Jonah Hex” continues on his merry way through the Old West. In this issue, however, he gets a visit from some old friends and makes some new ones. Hex doesn’t always play well with others, though.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Jordi Bernet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Secret Six #23

The Secret Six face a game that's pretty dangerous.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Ostrander
Artists:
RB Silva, Alexandre Palamaro
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Brightest Day: The Atom Special #1

Never big enough to hold his own title for very long, the Atom returns in this special that kicks off his pending back-up adventures.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeffrey Lemire
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar, John Dell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Darkstar and the Winter Guard #2

The continuing adventures of the Winter Guard fill this issue, as they confront former members and the return of a massive, classic Marvel Universe foe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Gallaher
Artists:
Steve Ellis, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #636

“Grim Hunt” continues, with the Kraven pride celebrating their kill.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly, Zeb Wells, J. M. DeMatteis, Stan Lee
Artists:
Marco Checchetto, Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, Emma Rios, Max Fiumara, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #1

Steve Rogers tracks down a scientist conducting Super-Soldier experiments.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #2

Hawkeye and Mockingbird continue to figure out who they are and what they need to be together.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro López
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Young Allies #2

"Young Allies" reminds me a lot of early "Young Avengers" and "New Warriors" issues, and that's a good thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Gødland #32

The secret origin of Friedrich Nickelhead will blow your mind... if it doesn’t blow his mind first.

Publisher:
Chaos! Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Tom Scioli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, July 10th, 2010

iZombie #3

Allred's art looks a bit shaky at times in this issue, but the story is starting to come together nicely.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 10th, 2010

X-Women #1

Chris Claremont and Milo Manara write the female X-Men in their own adventure.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Milo Manara
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, July 10th, 2010

JSA All-Stars #8

"JSA All-Stars" continues to reshape itself into a much more interesting book than where it first began.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Freddie Williams II, Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #5

Nazis occupy Sparta on behalf of the Maestro, but the underground strikes back.

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

Shadowland #1

A decent start to the mini-event, mostly because of Bullseye.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Scarlet #1

A very strong debut issue for the Bendis/Maleev series.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1

Don't get fooled by the title, the Young Avengers are finally back.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010

X-Men #1

The latest "X-Men" #1 has a perfectly reasonable opening, aside from playing coy about the word "vampire."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Hellboy: The Storm #1

"Hellboy: The Storm" begins the conclusion to the Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo storyline, and with a bang at that.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Brightest Day #5

DC’s solicitation for this issue promises, “Deadman discovers the truth behind the formation of the White Lantern and what it means to the twelve returnees and the rest of the DC Universe.” Not so much.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Joe Prado, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Demo, Volume 2 #6

The second volume of “Demo” ends with a powerful story about love and relationships, possibly the best of this run of six.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 7th, 2010
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