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Adventure Comics #5

A good series goes off the rails here, as Superboy Prime invades the DC offices, literally.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Bob Wiacek, Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Action Comics #884

Lois Lane steals the show here; unfortunately, the stars are actually Nightwing, Flamebird, and Captain Atom

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann, James Robinson
Artists:
Pere Perez, Bit, Cafu
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Deathlok #2

Lan Medina's art has a sickeningly soft yet grotesquely beautiful look to it, and that's about right for this series, even if the story seems off.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charlie Huston
Artists:
Lan Medina
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Daytripper #1

Moon and Ba provide some beautiful imagery, but the themes drip across the surface of this story.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Artists:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Sword #2

Gyrich decides to round up all the aliens on Earth while Brand and Beast tackle Death’s Head.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, December 11th, 2009

X-Men Forever #13

A solid issue that has Illyana become Black Magick and her brother and friends try to restore her.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 11th, 2009

Magog #4

What happens when you take a character that embodies all that’s bad about superhero comics in the ‘90s and give him his own book? It’s bad. Surprise!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Howard Porter, John Dell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 11th, 2009

Doom Patrol #5

"Blackest Night" continues here with the "resurrected" Doom Patrollers raising hell on Oolong Island. In the backup tale, the Metal Men take on artificially intelligent mannequins, the Clique.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Justiniano, Livesay, Tim Levins, Dan Davis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 11th, 2009

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #2

"Black Widow: Deadly Origin" mixes the past and present together, but for those who read closely, you'll be well rewarded.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Tom Raney, John Paul Leon, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Batgirl #5

The Batman corner of the DC Universe gets kinda cozy and more than a little bit awkward in this issue as Batman and Robin -- Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne -- cross paths with the new Batgirl.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Sandra Hope, Oliver Nome
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Punishermax #2

"Punishermax" is almost like reading a mature readers "Ultimate Kingpin" origin, but in this case I'm offering that up as a compliment.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #614

"The Gauntlet" marches on, and a New York City landmark pays the price.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Spider-Man and the Secret Wars #1

An all-ages retelling of "Secret Wars," but with a lot for old-time fans to enjoy as well.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Patrick Scherberger, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Web of Spider-Man #3

"Web of Spider-Man" continues to investigate the past of some of fan-favorite foes of Spider-Man. This issue focuses on the Rhino.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Tom DeFalco, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Nick Dragotta, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Val Semeiks, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Pilot Season: Murderer #1

Top Cow’s third Pilot Season kicks off with the first Robert Kirkman/Marc Silvestri creation about a man who can hear the thoughts of others.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Phonogram: The Singles Club #6

In Phonogram 2 #6, Lloyd makes a fanzine – and you read it.

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

War Machine #12

Just in time for the appearance of War Machine in the next Iron Man movie, this series ends. That doesn't necessarily mean the adventures of James Rhodes stop though.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Wellinton Alves, Scott Hanna, Walden Wong, Carlos Cuevas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face #1

This second "Spider-Man Noir" series begins as strongly as the previous one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky
Artists:
Carmine DiGiandomenico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Hulk Winter Guard #1

Steve Ellis's art is the best thing about this comic, but it's pretty damn good.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Gallaher, Peter David
Artists:
Steve Ellis, Dale Keown, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 9th, 2009

New Avengers Annual #3

New Avengers Annual" #3 is all right, if you don't mind it not needing to be an Annual or that it spoils another, yet-to-be-published comic. Oops.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Mayhew
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 8th, 2009

Nation X #1

"Nation X" is another one of the mutant anthology mini-series that Marvel likes so much, but it doesn't quite hit its mark.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Simon Spurrier, James Asmus, Chris Yost, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Michael Allred, Michele Bertilorenzi, David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 8th, 2009

Toy Story #0

BOOM Kids! continues to add new ongoing titles to their lienup. This time, it's the return of Woody and Buzz. This issue features a different kind of return altogether. Where toys are involved, "return" is a word they don't want to hea

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Jesse Blaze Snider
Artists:
Nathan Watson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 8th, 2009

glamourpuss #10

The weakest issue of the series yet as Sim shifts from discussing Stan Drake’s art to discussing his personal life.

Publisher:
Aardvark-Vanaheim
Writer:
Dave Sim
Artists:
Dave Sim
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 8th, 2009

X-Force Annual #1

Wolverine and Deadpool star in this, the first "X-Force" annual.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Jason Pearson, Carlo Barberi, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 8th, 2009

Existence 3.0 #1

A slow, rocky start to the sequel to the fantastic “Existence 2.0.”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ron Salas
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 8th, 2009

Superman: World of New Krypton #10

What happens when a stagnant society refuses to change?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson
Artists:
Pete Woods, Ron Randall
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 7th, 2009

Strange #2

For a character that no one post-Steve Ditko has made terribly interesting, Mark Waid and Emma Rios are giving their best shot.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 7th, 2009

Black Widow and the Marvel Girls #1

"Black Widow and the Marvel Girls" is one of the odder books I've seen in a while, but the one thing it's missing is a point.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Salva Espin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 7th, 2009

The Boys #37

The origin of the Frenchman... prepare to laugh, mes amis.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Darick Robertson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, December 7th, 2009

Nova #32

The past collides with the present, and the Sphinx isn't the only old friend to return.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 6th, 2009

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1

Wonder Woman's most critical decision comes back for a rematch. A Black Lantern-ring-powered rematch.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Nicola Scott, Prentis Rollins, Jonathan Glapion, Walden Wong, Drew Geraci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 6th, 2009

Sweet Tooth #4

Stark, simple, strong -- both in the art and the narrative.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 6th, 2009

JSA All-Stars #1

"JSA All-Stars" has a more manageable cast size than the old "Justice Society of America" book, but we'll see how it goes from here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Freddie Willliams II
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 5th, 2009

Deadpool Team-Up #898

This comic has a hilarious high number. Get it? The rest of the issue is just as funny.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Benson
Artists:
Carlo Barberi, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, December 5th, 2009

Jonah Hex #50

Darwyn Cooke returns with a new style for this oversized tale of triumph and (mostly) tragedy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray,Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Darwyn Cooke
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, December 5th, 2009

Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1

The story of how the Leader and his gang of “intelligencia” came to be -- and how it dissolved.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Vincenti Cifuentes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, December 4th, 2009

Blackest Night: Flash #1

"Blackest Night: Flash" breaks out of the starting gate with a supersonic boom, delivering a plethora of characters, a myriad of settings, and a tightly-conceived tie-in to the main "Blackest Night" series.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 3rd, 2009

Iron Man Vs. Whiplash #1

The Iron Man machine sets rolling here. This series provides some insight into the character of Whiplash. Not a must-have, by any means, but certainly a story of interest for the most rabid Iron Fans.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Brannon Braga
Artists:
Phillippe Briones
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 3rd, 2009

Dark Avengers Annual #1

What’s Noh-Varr been doing since he fled Avengers Tower? We find out in this very good annual by Bendis and Bachalo.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 2nd, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #518

Emma Frost says it's all about her, even as simmering subplots move to the foreground.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 2nd, 2009
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