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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

Siege: The Cabal #1

“Siege” begins here as the Cabal falls apart with Norman Osborn and Dr. Doom on opposite sides.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 2nd, 2009

What If? Secret Invasion #1

“What if ‘What If? Secret Invasion’ #1 was not very good?” Oh wait, that’s what happened. Darn.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kevin Grevioux, Karl Bollers, Chris Acosta, Mike Gallagher
Artists:
Pow Rodrix, Larry Stroman, Carl Potts, Dave Manak
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 1st, 2009

Thor #604

The Thunder God sets about to bring the hammer down upon Doctor Doom. Literally. The problem being Thor is not the first Asgardian to encounter Doom.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 1st, 2009

Ms. Marvel #47

Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel finally go on the date they arranged a while back.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Mike McKone, Rob Disalvo, Derec Donovan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 1st, 2009

Dark Wolverine #80

Daken finds himself facing Emmy Doolin as he attempts to appear heroic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Paco Diaz Luque, Sandu Floria, Guillermo Ortega, Jey Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 1st, 2009

Criminal: The Sinners #2

Brubaker, Phillips, Staples... as good as always, which is fantastic.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 1st, 2009

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
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