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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

FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency #1

It's a high concept book trading on some of today's hottest high concepts, but it's a frustratingly slow start.

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
David Hine
Artists:
Roy Allan Martinez
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Fri, October 30th, 2009

X-Factor #50

"X-Factor" has its future storyline lurch towards a conclusion, even as it looks ahead to the upcoming "X-Factor" #200.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine de Landro, Pat Davidson, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 29th, 2009

Batman #692

Tony Daniel's first issue as writer/artist of "Batman" is already a step up from "Battle for the Cowl."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 29th, 2009

World's Finest #1

The DC Universe has frequently embraced the concept of legacy, frequently using old names in new ways to keep a brand alive or to spawn new ideas. "World's Finest" returns from the idea bin with a fresh team-up and a load of fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Julian Lopez, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2009

Blackest Night: Titans #3

"Blackest Night: Titans" ends here with a revelation of how to attack the Black Lanterns and a resolution that promises to bring many of these Titans to the main action.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List – Punisher #1

After surviving an assassination attempt perpetrated by Frank Castle, Norman Osborn decides to return the favor in his own special way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2009

New Mutants #6

"New Mutants" kicks into high gear with the coming of Necrosha, as Zeb Wells continues his take on Cypher and Warlock.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Ed Tadeo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List — Wolverine #1

Noh-Varr and Fantomex team up to save the World. Oh hell yes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Esad Ribic, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Armor Wars #2

Entertaining, but not entirely substantive. Though, Ellis continues to write a fantastic Ultimate Tony Stark.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Jeff Huet, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Green Lantern #47

The main tie-in book to "Blackest Night" continues to entertain on multiple levels.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Blackest Night #4

A largely inconsequential issue unless you like boring speeches about being a hero and watching Barry Allen run around.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 28th, 2009

The Eternal Conflicts of the Cosmic Warrior #1

It's more of a pilot issue than a complete issue, but there's enough interesting stuff going on to make it worth a read. Plus, Paul Grist's art!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Paul Grist
Artists:
Paul Grist
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, October 27th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Avengers #3

Enter the Avengers, a group that’s made up of new, darker versions of the Ultimates. It all comes down to how much you enjoy Mark Millar’s scummy characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Danny Miki, Dexter Vines, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, October 27th, 2009

The Incredible Hercules #137

This issue of "Incredible Hercules" follows the continuing journey of Amadeus Cho. The decisions he makes here will play out in these pages for a long time to come.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 27th, 2009

X-Necrosha #1

The three participating books in "X-Necrosha" show what they've got in store with zombie mutants, and there's some fun stuff up ahead.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Zeb Wells, Mike Carey
Artists:
Clayton Crain, Ibraim Roberson, Laurence Campbell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, October 27th, 2009

DCU Halloween Special 2009 #1

Continuing a DCU tradition, this issue features a bunch of fan favorite characters celebrating the Halloween season. The efforts put forth for the stories contained in this issue -- as well as the results -- are mixed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jake Black, Adam Schlagman, Duncan Rouleau, Michael Siglain, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Derek Fridolfs, Ariel Thomas, Amy Wolfram, Joe Harris, Mandy McMurray, Billy Tucci, Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson, Mark Bagley, Ray McCarthy, Duncan Rouleau, Kelley Jones, Sergio Carrera, Dustin Nguyen, Matt Triano, Pow Rodrix, Marlo Alquiza, Andrei Bressan, Jonboy Meyers, Scott Clark, David Beatty, Billy Tucci, Peter Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 27th, 2009

Superman/Batman #65

Peter Johnson and Matt Cherniss write "Superman/Batman" with an overly-familiar story, but the art here is lovely.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Johnson, Matt Cherniss
Artists:
Brian Stelfreeze, Brian Haberlin, Kelley Jones, Joe Quinones, Federico Dallocchio
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

Azrael #1

The writing in "Azrael" makes me want to read more, but the artist choice isn't right for the script.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

The Incredible Hulk #603

"Incredible Hulk" makes both Skaar and Daken interesting. Bet you didn't think that was even possible.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred van Lente
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Michael Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

Rin-ne Vol. 1

"Rin-ne" may feel a bit familiar to people who've read Rumiko Takahashi's past comics, but the book is so charming it's hard to mind.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Rumiko Takahashi
Artists:
Rumiko Takahashi
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #228

Rogue heads into Emplate’s dimension to rescue the young mutant, Bling

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, October 25th, 2009

Wolverine: Origins #41

Wolverine tracks down Bruce Banner and Skaar while on the trail of Romulus.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way
Artists:
Doug Braithewaite, Bill Reinhold
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, October 25th, 2009

Underground #2

The story doesn’t fully work in this issue, but the art is gorgeous and features a double-page spread that will blow you away.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, October 25th, 2009

Dark Avengers #10

A marked drop in quality in this issue as the tone is too light-hearted and Deodato’s art doesn’t mesh with the script as much as usual.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 22nd, 2009

Dark Wolverine #79

Horrendous art kills a lackluster story in one of the worst comics I've read this year.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Jay Leisten, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 22nd, 2009

Justice League of America #38

James Robinson and Mark Bagley begin their much anticipated run on "Justice League of America" in this issue, which also straightens out some timing concerns fans may have had about the books that are currently hitting the shelves every month.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 21st, 2009

Spider-Woman #2

Jessica Drew wakes up in a Madripoor prison after killing a Skrull. Clearly, her life could be better.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 21st, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #6

Super Young Team battles Rising Sun and Mister Mind in this metafictional, high-action finale.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
ChrisCross, Rob Stull, Marc Deering
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 21st, 2009
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