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Die Hard: Year One #1

Fans of “Die Hard” may want to stay away from this slow, disjointed first issue. Unless they like overwritten captions that seem completely unnecessary.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Stephen Thompson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 30th, 2009

Wonder Woman #36

A warrior without a country, Wonder Woman's path takes her back into conflict with Achilles. This issue also features a breakup, an uneasy alliance, and the start of a new storyline.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 30th, 2009

Existence 2.0 #3

This fast-paced, complex, intricate series comes to an action-packed end.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ronald Salas
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 29th, 2009

Muppet Peter Pan #1

Sam the Eagle is on hand to try and save the story from being outsourced and quickly shames the "narrator" into being quiet. Yes, this is Muppets-type entertainment from the start.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Grace Randolph
Artists:
Amy Mebberson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 29th, 2009

Mickey Mouse and Friends #296

BOOM! Kids continues to offer the Disney-related comic book goodness! Picking up where Gemstone left off, this issue features a full-length tale of Mickey Mouse.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Stefano Ambrosio
Artists:
Lorenzo Pastrovicchio, Roberto Santillo, Marco Giglione
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 29th, 2009

Justice League of America #37

This issue is the last issue before the much-anticipated creative team of James Robinson and Mark Bagley climb aboard, but that's not the entire story. The JLA (sort of) appears here too.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Len Wein
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Dan Green, Marlo Alquiza, Jonathan Glapion, Rob Hunter, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 27th, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative #28

While the "Dark Reign" banner doesn't fly on the cover of this title, Norman Osborn makes an appearance and presses his influence into Camp HAMMER, the training grounds of the Initiative.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 27th, 2009

Ms. Marvel #45

It appears as though one way or another, Karla Sofen's time in the Ms. Marvel tights is coming to an end. Who is going to end it and how is where the fun comes in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Philippe Briones
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 27th, 2009

Superman: Blackest Night #2

Superman and Superboy keep trying to punch Black Lantern Earth-2 Superman into submission, but punching doesn't work so well against the Black Lanterns. The Earth-2 Superman is not the only Black Lantern they have to worry about, either.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 27th, 2009

Detective Comics #857

Williams, Stewart, Hamner, McCaig... best looking superhero comic you’re going to find on the shelves.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J.H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 24th, 2009

Superman/Batman #64

A prelude to an unannounced story that won’t happen until January at least (if then)? A clichéd, boring story at that! Don’t get this comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 24th, 2009

Fantastic Four #571

"Fantastic Four" continues to be exciting and fun over Jonathan Hickman's watch, even if the FF appear to all be on steroids.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 24th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #515

"Uncanny X-Men" starts "Nation X" here, with a surprisingly thoughtful look at just what the team's new status quo means.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 24th, 2009

No Hero #7

Things get worse. Somehow. After last issue, you wouldn’t think that possible, but here we are.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Juan Jose Ryp
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 24th, 2009

Wednesday Comics #12

Many satisfying conclusions, and a job well done.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Arcudi, Brian Azzarello, Kyle Baker, Eddie Berganza, Dave Bullock, Kurt Busiek, Ben Caldwell, Dan DiDio, Brenden Fletcher, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Vinton Heuck, Karl Kerschl, Adam Kubert, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson
Artists:
Michael Allred, Kyle Baker, Lee Bermejo, Dave Bullock, Ben Caldwell, Amanda Conner, Sean Galloway, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Karl Kerschl, Joe Kubert, Kevin Nowlan, Paul Pope, Joe Quinones, Eduardo Risso, Ryan Sook, Brian Stelfreeze
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, September 23rd, 2009

Giant Size Old Man Logan #1

Ending years of pacifistic behaviour, Logan unsheathes the claws to take down the gang responsible for the death of his family.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, September 23rd, 2009

Dark X-Men: The Confession #1

Cyclops and Frost finally discuss the secrets threatening to tear them apart.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Bing Cansino, Roland Paris
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, September 23rd, 2009

Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #15

An unexpected possibility for best comic of the week, this issue is stocked with great indie cartoonists who bring the funny and the weird to this year’s edition of this annual book.

Publisher:
Bongo Comics
Writer:
Jeffrey Brown, Jordan Crane, C.F., Tim Hensley, Ben Jones, John Kerschbaum, Ted May, Will Sweeney, Matthew Thurber, John Vermilyea
Artists:
Jeffrey Brown, Jordan Crane, C.F., Sammy Harkham, Kevin Huizenga, Ben Jones, John Kerschbaum, Will Sweeney, John Vermilyea
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 23rd, 2009

Superman: Secret Origin #1

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank offer a fresh new take on an old story. What's that? You've seen fresh new takes on Superman before? Well, this one is also a good read too.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Gary Frank, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 23rd, 2009

Marvel Zombies Return #4

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" author Seth Grahame-Smith joins the fray, and it's surprisingly unsurprising.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Seth Grahame-Smith
Artists:
Richard Elson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, September 23rd, 2009

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1

Moon Knight returns to New York with a new mission in mind –- becoming a proper superhero.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, September 22nd, 2009

Immortal Weapons #3

Dog Brother's history revealed. And the Iron Fist back-up has never looked worse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Spears, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Tim Green II, Hatuey Diaz
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, September 22nd, 2009

New Avengers #57

"New Avengers" is entertaining, with another step forward in the power-stealing device, but it seems to be moving awfully slow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 22nd, 2009

Dark Reign: The List -- X-Men #1

A sleek, straightforward superhero tale of love and tragedy, from Matt Fraction and Alan Davis.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, September 22nd, 2009

Underground #1

Steve Lieber and Jeff Parker join forces to tell the tale of Wesley Fischer, a park ranger determined to preserve the integrity of Stillwater Cave.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 22nd, 2009

Spider-Woman #1

Maybe if this issue shipped within a few months of “Secret Invasion,” it would read better, but ten months later, it feels out of touch and lacks relevance.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 22nd, 2009

Athena #1

When you're able to get help from the Greek god Hephaestus, you're bound to score some pretty sweet battle gear, so of course your adventures will be captured in comic book form.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Doug Murray
Artists:
Fabiano Neves, Paul Renaud
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 20th, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #27

Almost a year ago, it was confirmed that J. Michael Straczynski would be the regular writer of "The Brave and the Bold". For his first issue, he goes back to the tried and true team-up formula of "Batman and . . ."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 20th, 2009

Beasts of Burden #1

"Beasts of Burden" follows the adventures of some four-legged furry friends on adventures unlike any your cat or dog will encounter this week.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Evan Dorkin
Artists:
Jill Thompson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 20th, 2009

Dark Avengers #9

Ares doesn't take kindly to this whole "Secret Warriors" business, especially because his son is involved.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, September 19th, 2009

Batman and Robin #4

The bombastic artwork by Philip Tan detracts from the story, but this series continues to be an odd and wonderful look at the new caped crusader.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, September 19th, 2009

Hulk Team-Up #1

When the Hulk hits San Francisco, he comes face to face with a few of the local super-heroes -- the Uncanny X-Men.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Sumerak, Alex Zalben
Artists:
Sanford Greene, Victor Olazaba, Joyce Chin, Vincente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, September 18th, 2009

Anti-Venom: New Ways to Live #1

Eddie Brock gets back out in the field of anti-heroics in his new guise as Anti-Venom.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Paulo Siqueira, Amilton Santos
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, September 18th, 2009

Wednesday Comics #11

The weaker strips in "Wednesday Comics" are still on shaky ground, but the best pages are still worth the price of admission.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Arcudi, Brian Azzarello, Kyle Baker, Eddie Berganza, Dave Bullock, Kurt Busiek, Ben Caldwell, Dan DiDio, Brenden Fletcher, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Vinton Heuck, Karl Kerschl, Adam Kubert, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson
Artists:
Michael Allred, Kyle Baker, Lee Bermejo, Dave Bullock, Ben Caldwell, Amanda Conner, Sean Galloway, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Karl Kerschl, Joe Kubert, Kevin Nowlan, Paul Pope, Joe Quinones, Eduardo Risso, Ryan Sook, Brian Stelfreeze
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, September 18th, 2009

Punisher #9

I miss Jerome Opena's art, but "Punisher" under Rick Remender's scripting is still worth reading.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, September 18th, 2009

Unthinkable #5

This inventive and thrilling series comes to an action-packed, thought-provoking conclusion.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Sable
Artists:
Julian Totino Tedesco
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 17th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Armor Wars #1

Remember the Iron Man story “Armor Wars”? Well, here it is in the Ultimate universe, but, thankfully, Warren Ellis is writing it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Mighty Avengers #29

"Mighty Avengers" is amusing, but it actually feels like it's juggling a little too much at once.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Batgirl #2

Pacing problems make this a difficult book to read despite its interesting characters and good art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Blackest Night #3

Jason Rusch's girlfriend, Gehenna, shares with us, "This is totally creeping me out." Me too, Gen, me too. The third creepy issue of this creepy story is here to creep you out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 16th, 2009
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