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Scalped #31

Oh yes, Dash Bad Horse is in for some fun, and it's not the kind of "fun" that's actually much fun at all. (For him.)

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 29th, 2009

The Incredibles #0

The birth of Jack-Jack seems like a nice logical place to begin the new ongoing "Incredibles" comic series, doesn't it?

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid, Landry Walker
Artists:
Mario Takara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 28th, 2009

New Avengers #58

Mockingbird finds herself alone against a foe who just took down Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Clint Barton, and Cage. Things get a whole lot worse from there.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Buck Rogers #3

A strong opening to this issue soon leads to a lackluster issue as the tension between drama and comedy plays out for reasons unknown.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Scott Beatty
Artists:
Carlos Rafael
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Justice Society of America #30

It feels like the new "Justice Society of America" creative team is still finding its footing, here, although there are a couple of amusing moments.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Nova #28

It doesn't matter if you're relatively new to Marvel's space characters, "Nova" eagerly welcomes new readers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Blackest Night: Titans #1

"Blackest Night" falls over Titans Tower. As with anything that falls over Titans Tower, this is going to get ugly, but in a good story kind of way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Ed Benes, Rob Hunter, Jon Sibal, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative #27

A done-in-one story about the effort to reclaim 42 (the Negative Zone prison), which Blastaar has taken over. Christos Gage does some of his best work in this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 26th, 2009

The Darkness/Pitt #1

The cover says it all (although the use of parentheses perplexes me a bit) "The First Pitt Comic in a Decade!"

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Dale Keown
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 26th, 2009

Batman and Robin #3

The first story comes to a conclusion as the truth behind Professor Pyg is revealed in a scene no one will be able to forget, no matter how much they may want to.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frank Quitely
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 26th, 2009

Incredible Hercules #133

“Incredible Hercules” is bi-weekly and the spotlight falls on Amadeus Cho here as he searches for his missing sister and the murderers of his parents.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Dark Avengers #8

The X-Men's secret plan is finally revealed, and those who find the Dark Avengers annoying might appreciate the beat down that's about to happen.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Luke Ross, Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington, Luke Ross
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3

This lackluster mini-series ends with its best issue yet, but even these creators can’t rise above the limitations of the format.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Jason Aaron, Simon Spurrier
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jock, Paul Davidson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 25th, 2009

28 Days Later #1

The start of a new series that bridges the gap between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Secret Warriors #7

Nick Fury robs a bank, and things get worse from there in this top-notch series from Jonathan Hickman.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Dark Reign: Mr. Negative #3

We finally learn the origin of Mr. Negative, as he out-maneuvers the Hood.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 24th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #227

Rogue, Gambit, and Danger lend a helping hand during the events of “Utopia.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Dustin Weaver, Ed Tadeo
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 24th, 2009

The Red Circle: The Web #1

"The Red Circle: The Web" trots out another one of the characters licensed from Archie, but once again, there's little you haven't already seen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Roger Robinson, Hilary Barta, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 24th, 2009

Ex Machina #44

As "Ex Machina" prepares for its endgame, the answers start coming for anyone who's still around to listen.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Tony Harris
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 24th, 2009

New Mutants #4

This reads like a throwback to an earlier era, but not in a good way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Cam Smith, Ed Tadeo, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 24th, 2009

Fantastic Four #570

Jonathan Hickman's Reed Richards meets his match(es).

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 24th, 2009

Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #1

Camilla D'Errico creates a Miyazaki-style world for the characters and it looks great.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Josh Wagner
Artists:
Camilla D'Errico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, August 23rd, 2009

Zorro #15

An all-too familiar story, done as a kind of tribute, apparently, with great Francavilla art.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 22nd, 2009

Superman Annual #14

The "Secret Origin" of Daxam revealed, and Mon-El embraces his past.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Javier Pina
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 22nd, 2009

Batgirl #1

Barbara Gordon is in the new "Batgirl" comic. Is she wearing the cowl? I promise not to spoil it, but will give you my assessment of the issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 21st, 2009

Mighty Avengers #28

The Young Avengers make an appearance in the "Mighty Avengers" this month as someone who is not quite an Avenger is causing trouble for Mighty Avengers and Stature wants to stop it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 21st, 2009

Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. Episode 1

The terrible voice acting makes Bendis's dialogue seem even more stilted than normal.

Publisher:
Marvel Motion Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, August 21st, 2009

Daredevil #500

Brubaker ends his "Daredevil" run in grand fashion, and the issue is packed with great bonus material, too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Andy Diggle, Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, Klaus Janson, Chris Samnee, Paul Azaceta, Billy Tan, Batt, David Aja
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 20th, 2009

Outsiders #21

Following their inaugural mission, the Outsiders return to the Batcave only to discover that they are no longer welcome there. Alfred does, however, have a new mission for the team.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 20th, 2009

Batman: Streets of Gotham #3

"Batman: Streets of Gotham" still doesn't feel as off-beat and different as advertised, but it's proving to be entertaining.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Georges Jeanty, Derek Fridolfs, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 20th, 2009

X-Factor #47

"X-Factor" is feeling a little too disjointed as its cast is spread out a bit too far in space and time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine de Landro, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 20th, 2009

Blackest Night: Superman #1

"Blackest Night: Superman" goes exactly where you'd expect, only at half the speed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 19th, 2009

Monsters, Inc.: Laugh Factory #1

"I am Monsters, Incorporated!" Or at least I read "Monsters, Inc.: Laugh Factory" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Paul Benjamin
Artists:
Amy Mebberson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 19th, 2009

Punisher Noir #1

1928 in the Bronx, Frank Castelione raises his son all alone and struggles with the crooked realities of his neighborhood in this good first issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Frank Tieri
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 19th, 2009

Punisher: Frank Castle #73

An absurd and funny premise that’s killed by overly serious writing that doesn’t bring the funny. Victor Gischler does a Garth Ennis plot without asking how Ennis would write it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Goran Parlov
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 19th, 2009

Punisher #8

The Punisher takes on formerly dead supervillains that he killed — except they’re all losers, so who cares?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 19th, 2009

X-Men Forever #5

The X-Men uncover a dark secret about the fate of mutantkind, while Wolverine is laid to rest and Storm’s betrayal is dealt with.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 18th, 2009

JSA vs. Kobra #3

"JSA vs. Kobra" makes me wish that Eric Trautmann had taken over "Justice Society of America" when Geoff Johns left.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Trautmann
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 18th, 2009

Swordsmith Assassin #1

A samurai swordsmith turns his back on his craft and tries to undo as much damage as possible by reclaiming all of the swords he’s forged. Why? Read the issue.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Andrew Cosby, Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Ayhan Hayrula
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 18th, 2009

Action Comics #880

"Codename: Patriot" brings the battle to Earth. One small problem: Earth has this thing against New Krypton. Captain Atom also takes a step forward in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson
Artists:
Julian Lopez, Bit, Cafu
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 17th, 2009
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