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Ultimatum #5

Marvel's Ultimate Snuff Comic comes to an end, and the Ultimate Universe will never be the same, but who cares?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
David Finch, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 1st, 2009

Superman #690

"Superman" #690 is titled "The Setup" but it's really half setup, half stalling tactic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Pere Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 30th, 2009

Justice League of America #35

The Royal Flush Gang attack Las Vegas and the Justice League arrive to thwart them. Well, at least some of the Justice League.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Len Wein
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Pow Rodrix, Marlo Alquiza, Rob Hunter, Walden Wong, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 30th, 2009

Justice Society of America #29

A new era begins for the Justice Society of America -- New members! New threats! New creative team! New review!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 29th, 2009

Detective Comics #855

J.H. Williams III. Cully Hamner. Best drawn superhero comic book you’re going to see this month. Guaranteed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J.H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 29th, 2009

Kid Colt #1

This "Kid Colt" one-shot is really a compilation of four eight-page installments, and that original format didn't do this story any favors.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom DeFalco
Artists:
Rick Burchett
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 29th, 2009

Fantastic Four #569

The Millar/Hitch run ends with the two barely involved. That doesn’t seem to matter since Stuart Immonen draws this extra-sized issue and he sure does draw the hell out of it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar, Joe Ahearne
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 29th, 2009

Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man #2

Bachalo's art is the highlight of this otherwise erratic issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Rob Desalvo, Townsend, Mendoza, Sibal
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, July 29th, 2009

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8

The first installment of the Marvel interpretation of this literary classic draws to a close. Don't weep. A follow-up tale is already in progress.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Eric Shanower
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 28th, 2009

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #53

Marvel Adventures hits the rest button here, setting a new course for "Marvel Adventures Spider-Man" under new writer Paul Tobin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Matteo Lolli, Christian Vecchia
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 28th, 2009

Thunderbolts #134

Melissa Gold – Songbird – goes all "Blues Brothers" and tries to get the band back together to take a run at toppling Norman Osborn. Some of the band members are less than interested.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 28th, 2009

Phonogram: The Singles Club #4

Seth Bingo and Silent Girl invite you to share their microcosm for an evening.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie, Charity Larrison, David Lafuente
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, July 28th, 2009

The Outsiders #20

It's a rare misstep from Peter J. Tomasi in a story that really took too long for an introduction to the latest "The Outsiders" revamp.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 28th, 2009

We Kill Monsters #1

What would you do if a monster attacked your brother? Would you wrestle it? Stab it in the head with a shovel? Run away screaming like a sissy? Two brothers encounter a monster and their lives change forever.

Publisher:
Red 5 Comics
Writer:
Laura Harkcom, Christopher Leone
Artists:
Brian Churilla
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 28th, 2009

New Avengers #55

The Hood and his gang manage to pull one over on the New Avengers with their anti-powers bomb.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, July 28th, 2009

Wednesday Comics #3

One third of the stories are great, but just as many are less than spectacular.

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
Mon, July 27th, 2009

Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2

Three more stories detailing how the members of the Dark X-Men joined the group. Serviceable at best, tedious and awful at worst.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Rob Williams
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Michel Lacombe, Paco Diaz, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 27th, 2009

Avengers: Initiative #26

". . . mark my words, no state will escape my attention," says Norman Osborn. We all know what a creep Osborn is, right, kids?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 25th, 2009

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #4

The first round of "Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson" wraps up with a werewolf brawl to end it all, except we don't quite see it all.

Publisher:
Dabel Brothers Publishing
Writer:
Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence
Artists:
Amelia Woo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 25th, 2009

Supergirl #43

The latest issue of "Supergirl" makes me happy for the appearance of New Krypton, because it makes stories like this possible.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 25th, 2009

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5

"Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" finally crosses the finish line, but it's easy to forgive with such a satisfying conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
George Perez, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #16

The Guardians of the Galaxy travel to the future and meet the... Guardians of the Galaxy? Oh, and the universe is doomed. Crap.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Gotham City Sirens #2

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn want to know Batman’s identity and they’ll do anything to get Catwoman to tell them.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Power Girl #3

The first arc of "Power Girl" wraps up in a super-heroic way, complete with a knockdown, drag-out brawl, a team-up, and a threat headed our way next issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #3

It’s convention season in the DCU as the Super Young Team attend one devoted to them! Expect big crowds, long lines, overpriced foods, and a supervillain attack. Just like San Diego.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
ChrisCross, Rob Stull
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 22nd, 2009

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2

So I bought a comic with a Red Lantern, a Star Sapphire, and an Orange Lantern in it. No this isn't a joke. Why do you say that?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Gene Ha, Tom Mandrake, Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, Christian Alamy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 22nd, 2009

Captain Britain and MI-13 #15

Captain Britain and MI-13 face down Dracula’s invasion force in the series’ concluding issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, July 22nd, 2009

X-Force #17

This issue wraps up the threads dangling from the previous arc with a visit from H.A.M.M.E.R., some slashing, and much exploding.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi, Sonia Oback
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 21st, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #600

If you always wanted to see Hydro-Man escape via toilet, then this book is for you. Of course, the fact that this thing clocks in at 100 pages might interest you too. Oh, and Octo-hostages, but no Octo-mom.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Jeph Loeb, Stan Lee, Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim, Zeb Wells, Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Kelly
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Mike McKone, Andy Lanning, Marcos Martin, Colleen Doran, Mario Alberti, Mitch Breitweiser, Derec Donovan, Max Fiumara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Dark Wolverine #76

Logan’s son is Norman Osborn’s Wolverine and he harkens back to Logan’s early days in the X-Men where no one knew what to make of him — or if to really trust him.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Project Superpowers: Chapter 2 #1

Not as new reader friendly as a first issue should be, but there are some solid ideas and great art within the covers of this comic.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Alex Ross, Jim Krueger
Artists:
Edgar Salazar, Doug Klauba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Incognito #5

"Incognito" nears its conclusion, but it's no less enthralling; if anything, it's even more so, now.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Immortal Weapons #1

The true history of Fat Cobra is not what you would expect — it’s much better. Jason Aaron delivers an incredibly strong story backed up by great art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Mico Suayan, Travel Foreman, Stefano Gaudiano, Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, Victor Olazaba, Michael Lark, Arturo Lozzi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Nova #27

The Ryders and the Nova Corps face the consequences of war.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 21st, 2009

The Incredibles: Family Matters #4

As Mr. Incredible asks in this issue, "If you can't trust your family. . . who can you trust?" The first "Incredibles" arc concludes here.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 20th, 2009

Action Comics #879

Captain Atom joins the ranks of the second features in this issue featuring another installment about the Kryptonian sleeper agents.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson
Artists:
Diego Olmos, Bit, Cafu
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 19th, 2009

Titans #15

The "S" doesn't belong on the cover of this issue of "Titans," featuring a re-introduction of Tempest, the hero formerly known as Aqualad.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Jose Luis, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 19th, 2009

The Art of Top Cow

350 pages of art from Top Cow’s 17 years of publishing that spans styles, genres, and is far more than typical ‘Image style’ art like you’d assume.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Various
Artists:
Various
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 19th, 2009

Scalped #30

"The Gnawing" begins, and things fall apart in another excellent installment of Vertigo's best ongoing series.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, July 17th, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #3

The inmates move to escape, but their captors introduce a new device: the wheel. What will spinning it result in?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Mick Gray, Jack Purcell, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 16th, 2009
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