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Batman and Robin #6

A slightly disappointing issue of "Batman and Robin," but even here there still glimmers of excellence.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, November 12th, 2009

Psylocke #1

Psylocke heads back to Japan with her former body in tow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, November 12th, 2009

X-Men Forever #11

Cliches and a retro-classic feel, but there's something comforting in the storytelling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, November 12th, 2009

Punishermax #1

The first issue of this new volume doesn’t run from the Ennis problem, confronting it head on while delivering a great read.

Publisher:
Marvel Max
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 12th, 2009

Strange #1

The cover says it all, "The Doctor is out!" Indeed. No longer flaunting his pedigree, Stephen Strange finds a new adventure in this limited series by Mark Waid and Emma Rios.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 11th, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #611

The best "ASM" issue of the year, with Deadpool and Joe Kelly and Eric Canete and all that is good in the world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Eric Canete
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 11th, 2009

S.W.O.R.D. #1

This not-so serious look at Agent Brand's space operation is better than its art would lead you to believe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders, Craig Yeung, Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 11th, 2009

Batman/Doc Savage Special #1

A typical team-up special that follows the format to a tee, which is disappointing from a writer of Brian Azzarello’s skill.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 11th, 2009

Wall-E #0

The comic boook equivalent of a a silent movie, WALL-E is BOOM!'s latest Disney/Pixar property to make the transition to the printed page.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
J. Torres
Artists:
Morgan Luthi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Dark X-Men #1

I was a little dubious about a "Dark X-Men" mini-series, but this first issue shows a lot of potential.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten, Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Donald Duck and Friends #347

Donald Duck goes James Bond on us, with some beautiful Italian art.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Fausto Vitaliano
Artists:
Andrea Freccero
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Immortal Weapons #4

"Immortal Weapons" continues to prove itself to be more entertaining than anyone would have thought.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Khari Evans, Victor Olazaba, Allen Martinez, Hatuey Diaz
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Deadpool #899

There are some good bits in "Deadpool Team-Up," but it's not half as funny as it promises to be.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred van Lente
Artists:
Dalibor Talajic
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Greek Street #5

The first story arc ends and, sadly, the direction of the book isn’t any clearer.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1

Marvel gives the adoring public a chance to catch up with the Black Widow as the character is poised to ascend to the silver screen in the highly anticipated "Iron Man" sequel. This book might have been better served as a complete recapture of t

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna, John Paul Leon
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Deathlok #1

Marvel tries to restart the Deathlok franchise again, only this time with more background -- or is it with more decompression? "Kill them all and let God sort them out." Ugh.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charlie Huston
Artists:
Lan Medina
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #1

This "Fables" spin-off mini-series is off to a fun start, but it's a shame no one thought to better coordinate it with the parent title.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Shawn McManus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #2

Following a confrontation with Doctor Doom, Jericho Drumm, i.e. Doctor Voodoo, Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, has to figure out where he is and how he can return to Earth.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender, Roy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier
Artists:
Jefte Palo, Gabriel Hardman, Geof Isherwood
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #610

Who would have thought referencing the Clone Saga would result in a convoluted plot?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Marco Checchetto, Luke Ross, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Captain America: Reborn #4

Steve Rogers may be coming back, but he’s going to have to relive the worst day of his life first — or, will he prevent it from happening?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, November 9th, 2009

Phonogram: The Singles Club #5

Laura Heaven comes to the realization that she’s not a nice person, and that’s okay.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 9th, 2009

Assault on New Olympus #1

Marvel's other big story begins right here. While "Dark Reign" thunders on, a story with great characters and lasting repercussions is brewing right here. All that plus a full day's supply of "Agents of Atlas."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Jeff Parker
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi, Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, November 8th, 2009

The Marvelous Land of Oz #1

Skottie Young's art brings this storybook adventure to life.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Eric Shanower
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 8th, 2009

Stumptown #1

A strong start for this Portland-based "Big Sleep"-style crime story.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Matt Southworth
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 8th, 2009

The Boys: Herogasm #6

An inauspicious end to “Herogasm” that begs the question: was this series worth it?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, November 7th, 2009

Lobo: Highway to Hell #1

Sam Keith's art has never looked so weak, and for seven bucks an issue, this story isn't worth your time or money.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Ian
Artists:
Sam Kieth
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, November 7th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4

Lafuente draws a Spider-Man who is a blur of motion, and that feels exactly right.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, November 7th, 2009

The Mighty #10

The secret origin of Alpha One revealed. Spoiler: His evil is nothing new, and this comic is very good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi, Keith Champagne
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, November 7th, 2009

Act-i-vate Primer

The online Act-i-vate collective put out a book of 16 stories showcasing what they can do, sprawling across genres and styles.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Nick Bertozzi, Pedro Camargo, Mike Cavallaro, Mike Dawson, Jim Dougan, Ulises Farinas, Michel Fiffe, Maurice Fontenot, Simon Fraser, Tim Hamilton, Dean Haspiel, Jennifer Hayden, Joe Infurnari, Roger Langridge, Jon Leavitt, Leland Purvis
Artists:
Nick Bertozzi, Pedro Camargo, Mike Cavallaro, Molly Crabapple, Mike Dawson, Ulises Farinas, Michel Fiffe, Maurice Fontenot, Simon Fraser, Tim Hamilton, Dean Haspiel, Jennifer Hayden, Joe Infurnari, Roger Langridge, Hyeondo Park, Leland Purvis
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 5th, 2009

Doom Patrol #4

"Doom Patrol" has its least amount of gloom yet. . . just in time for "Blackest Night." No, that wasn't a joke.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Justiniano, Kevin Maguire, Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 4th, 2009

Astonishing X-Men #32

"Astonishing X-Men" isn't bad, but thanks to its earlier terminal lateness, it's turned into a book that doesn't feel important.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 4th, 2009

Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #2

This charming series may be a video game tie-in, but that doesn't make it any less delightful.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Josh Wagner
Artists:
Camilla D'Errico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 4th, 2009

The Great Ten #1

Finally, the Great Ten get their own book as this first issue spotlights Accomplished Perfect Physician and China’s internal problems.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 4th, 2009

Dark Avengers: Ares #1

Ares is tasked with training up an elite crew of operatives.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Manuel Garcia
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, November 3rd, 2009

New Avengers #58

The Avengers face off against the Dark Avengers as Osborn captures Luke Cage.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 2nd, 2009

The Last Days of Animal Man #6

Buddy Baker's crimefighting career ends in this issue. Of course, this story is set in the not-so-distant future.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gerry Conway
Artists:
Chris Batista, Dave Meikis. Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, November 1st, 2009

Ignition City #5

The mystery of Rock Raven’s murder is solved with a huge revelation in this final issue.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Gianluca Pagliarani, Chris Dreier
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 1st, 2009

Fantastic Four #572

Hickman exorcises the Reed Richards-centric focus by focusing on a Reed Richards-centric story. And it works!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, October 31st, 2009

Ambush Bug: Year None #7

Issue #7 in this 6-part series is a disjointed disappointment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Robert Loren Fleming
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Al Milgrom, Art Baltazar, Franco
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, October 31st, 2009

Detective Comics #858

As though I needed to develop a man-crush on a comic book artist. This issue is crush-inducing, so read at your own risk.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J. H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 30th, 2009
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