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Image United #1

It's an interesting idea, but at the end of the first issue it's still more stunt and less story.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, November 29th, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #20

Killing off half your cast isn't a surefire way to stir up your comic, but in this case it seems to have worked.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, November 29th, 2009

Son of Hulk #17

“Son of Hulk” ends to no one’s surprise, but it contains one brilliant scene that establishes the eponymous Hiro-Kala as a major cosmic player in the Marvel universe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Andres Guinaldo, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 29th, 2009

Justice League: Cry for Justice #5

Another campy issue played as straight as can be, and infectiously fun even in its gruesomeness.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mauro Cascioli, Scott Clark
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 29th, 2009

Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #3

Camilla D'Errico's gorgeous art suffers a bit under some dark coloring, but this remains one of the best all-ages comics of the year.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Josh Wagner
Artists:
Camilla D'Errico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 29th, 2009

Immortal Weapons #5

The series concludes with a strong final issue, and Iron Fist plays an important role.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Arturo Lozzi
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, November 27th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #517

Matt Fraction gives Rogue a memorable moment, but Greg Land's art destroys this book's credibility.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, November 27th, 2009

Detective Comics #859

Pound for pound, the best superhero comic being published right now.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J. H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, November 26th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #20

Iron Man's next big story starts here, with the first installment of "Stark: Disassembled."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, November 26th, 2009

New Avengers #59

Stuart Immonen brings out the best in Brian Bendis' script, in this heist caper issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, November 26th, 2009

Justice League of America #39

"Paco Ramone of Earth. Rise." More haunting words have not been set forth in any segment of "Blackest Night" to this point.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, November 26th, 2009

Chew #6

A genuinely funny comic that surprises throughout as Chu gets a new partner and may have to eat poop. You heard me. Poop.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 26th, 2009

Fantastic Four #573

Things go awry on Nu-Earth as the visiting Thing, Human Torch, and Richards kids discover much to their dismay.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Neil Edwards, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 26th, 2009

Thor Giant-Size Finale #1

J. Michael Straczynski exits "Thor" with a standard issue that advances the plot while not making things too difficult for those that follow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Danny Miki, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Image United #1

Most of the Image founders unite on a mega-event jam reunion action adventure. It isn't very good, though.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Green Lantern #48

Larfleeze and Atrocitus share a delicate moment, and Sinestro bears his feelings to Hal Jordan. This issue also contains a few other Lanterns and some promises made under duress.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Blackest Night #5

Middle issues are often where things slow down, and while "Blackest Night" does that for a bit, it's already picking the pace back up for a good cliffhanger.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Teen Titans #77

J. T. Krul continues his exploration of the Black Lanterns that would rise around Titans Tower.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Incredible Hercules #138

"MAMATHOOOOOM!" With some of the best onomatopoeia in comics today, the thunder rolls across the heavenly pages of "Incredible Hercules".

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Jeff Parker
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi, Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 24th, 2009

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghosts #1

A bland beginning that holds potential. Not a must read for fans, but entertaining nonetheless.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Zander Cannon
Artists:
Javier Aranda, German Torres-Ruiz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 24th, 2009

Powers #1

"Powers" returns, and it hasn't lost a step. Walker has a new partner, and a new addition to his history as Bendis and Oeming take us to his "Rat Pack" days.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Michael Avon Oeming
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, November 24th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #229

"X-Men: Legacy" is currently telling good old-fashioned superhero stories, and I'm down with that kind of fun.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Supergirl #47

This issue of "Supergirl" isn't really about Supergirl at all, but that said it is still enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Matt Camp
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Mighty Avengers #31

At the end of the day, "The Unspoken" ends with an uninspired fight scene.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen, Mark Morales, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Thunderbolts #138

Incoming writer Jeff Parker turns Mister X loose on the current team.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Transformers #1

The Transformers return to their first ongoing series in years.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Mike Costa
Artists:
Don Figueroa
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #29

Feel like reading a comic where the only point is telling you how much better life was four decades ago? Yeah, me neither.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 22nd, 2009

The Authority: The Lost Year #3

A mediocre, average comic book that must compete with a never completed comic that had the potential to be great. The comparison is not kind.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Darick Robertson, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 22nd, 2009

Dark Reign: The List — Amazing Spider-Man #1

Spider-Man. Norman Osborn. Thousands of fanboys yelling “Fight, fight, fight, fight!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 19th, 2009

Irredeemable #8

The Plutonian faces his first real threat and we learn more about why he turned evil in one of the best comics on the shelves.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 19th, 2009

Flash: Rebirth #5

While the story's a bit slowly paced for a tale about the Flash, this issue reveals something hugely significant.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ethan Van Sciver
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, November 19th, 2009

Wolverine: Weapon X #7

In part two of the second "Weapon X" arc, things get even weirder, and more terrifying.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 18th, 2009

Realm of Kings: Inhumans #1

"Realm of Kings: Inhumans" is giving the political intrigue I was hoping for; with any luck, it won't devolve into fight scenes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Pablo Raimondi, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 18th, 2009

Adventure Comics #4

In what is surely to be the strangest "Blackest Night" tie-in, the joke is getting a little old.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates, Michael Shoemaker
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Bob Waicek, Clayton Henry
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 18th, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly #5

A great conclusion that is original and also alludes to the films numerous times.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Chuck Dixon
Artists:
Esteve Polls
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Spider-Woman #3

This works much better as an actual comic, particularly with Maleev's expressive color palette.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Punisher #11

The series takes a turn for the even-more-absurd and it totally works.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Dark Avengers #11

Norman Osborn and his crew are in serious trouble. "Secret Wars II"-level trouble.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Greg Horn
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Realm of Kings #1

"Realm of Kings" kicks off here, but is it wrong that I'm feeling a little event fatigued?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Leonardo Manco, Mahmud Asrar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Daredevil #502

With Matt’s friends reeling after the events of last issue, the Kingpin begins to cement his position in the underworld.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Roberto De La Torre
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 16th, 2009
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