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Punisher #9

I miss Jerome Opena's art, but "Punisher" under Rick Remender's scripting is still worth reading.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, September 18th, 2009

Unthinkable #5

This inventive and thrilling series comes to an action-packed, thought-provoking conclusion.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Sable
Artists:
Julian Totino Tedesco
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 17th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Armor Wars #1

Remember the Iron Man story “Armor Wars”? Well, here it is in the Ultimate universe, but, thankfully, Warren Ellis is writing it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Mighty Avengers #29

"Mighty Avengers" is amusing, but it actually feels like it's juggling a little too much at once.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Batgirl #2

Pacing problems make this a difficult book to read despite its interesting characters and good art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Blackest Night #3

Jason Rusch's girlfriend, Gehenna, shares with us, "This is totally creeping me out." Me too, Gen, me too. The third creepy issue of this creepy story is here to creep you out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 16th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil #1

Norman Osborn's hit list targets Daredevil and gives the original Bullseye a chance to reunite with his old foe. Of course, what "Daredevil" comic would be complete without an appearance by the Kingpin and more than a few ninjas?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Matt Banning
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 15th, 2009

X-Men: Legacy Annual #1

"X-Men: Legacy" kicks off its new direction, but don't expect a complete story in this Annual.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Daniel Acuna, Mirco Pierfederici
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 15th, 2009

DMZ #45

What does a DMZ zone do with a nuclear weapon? Anything they want, of course.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Riccardo Burchielli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 15th, 2009

Dark Reign: Young Avengers #4

"Dark Reign: Young Avengers" is entertaining, but it also feels a bit like a classy version of wheels spinning in place.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Mark Brooks, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 15th, 2009

Captain America Reborn #3

"The future of my past. . . " so thinks Steve Rogers as he has an ethereal experience tumbling through his own life. This book is a "Captain America's Greatest Hits" that actually uses those hits to move the story forward.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 15th, 2009

The Shield #1

Eric Trautmann and Marco Rudy turn "The Shield" into a modern war comic with surprising success.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Trautmann, Brandon Jerwa
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Greg Scott, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 15th, 2009

The Lone Ranger #18

A visually stunning book as the Lone Ranger is arrested.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Brett Matthews
Artists:
Sergio Cariello
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 15th, 2009

Thor Annual #1

Thor is depressed because he killed his grandfather and the Egyptian god of death plans to take advantage in this forgettable annual.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Mico Suyan, Tom Grindberg, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 15th, 2009

Titans #17

The spotlight issues of "Titans" continue on with a Beast Boy-centric issue. Ben Raab and Geoff Johns already did this, only theirs was much, much more enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Pat McCallum
Artists:
Angel Unzueta, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 15th, 2009

Cursed Pirate Girl #2

Certain to have been criminally under-ordered, "Cursed Pirate Girl" is a great read that offers a story unlike anything else being published in comics or any other medium nowadays.

Publisher:
Olympian Publishing
Writer:
Jeremy Bastian
Artists:
Jeremy Bastian
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 15th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Avengers #2

We learn the surprising origin of the Ultimate Red Skull.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Danny Miki, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, September 13th, 2009

The Unwritten #5

An exploration of the career of Rudyard Kipling as it relates to Tom Taylor who doesn’t appear in this issue at all. Don’t worry, you won’t miss him.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, September 12th, 2009

Blackest Night: Batman #2

"Blackest Night: Batman" takes supplemental material and makes it a fabulously entertaining read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vincente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 12th, 2009

Doom Patrol #2

"Doom Patrol" has nice ideas but still isn't quite clicking. On the bright side, the Metal Men second feature is still fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Kevin Maguire, Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #40

This issue of "Green Lantern Corps" might be a bit confusing for new readers, but there are rewards for those who've been around before now.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Prentis Rollins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List - Avengers #1

Norman Osborn has been keeping a list and now, he's checking it twice. The hero formerly known as Hawkeye is prominently featured on the cover for this one-shot as well as in the story inside.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Models, Inc #1

As noted in the text page, once upon a time, Captain America was believed dead and the comic book world turned to other Marvel characters to read about, like Millie the Model. Well, Captain America is presumed dead again, so. . .

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin, Mark Sumerak
Artists:
Vicenc Villagrasa, Terry Pallot, Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

War of Kings: Who Will Rule? #1

The story begun in the "War of Kings" series continues on, but there are no kings present in this issue -- at least, no living kings.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

The Marvels Project #2

The untold history of the Marvel universe continues as multiple plots run parallel and will begin to intersect soon, hopefully.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Red Tornado #1

For the second time in a quarter of a century, Red Tornado is given a chance to fly in a solo title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kevin VanHook
Artists:
José Luís, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Nomad: Girl Without a World #1

We catch up with Rikki “Bucky” Barnes as she comes to terms with her new life on an Earth not her own.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1

Matt Fraction is joined by the art teams of “Dark Avengers” and “Uncanny X-Men” in this strong conclusion of “Utopia.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Thunderbolts #135

Nick Fury. Norman Osborn. The confrontation we’ve all been waiting for and it begins here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Cable #18

Cable and Hope attempt to give Bishop the slip. This time, in space.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Gabriel Guzman
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Red Robin #4

Tim Drake thinks Bruce Wayne is alive. Dick Grayson disagrees. That means they must fight and the victor determines Bruce’s state of existence.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, Guy Major
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Immortal Weapons #2

Bride of Nine Spiders takes the center stage in this issue of "Immortal Weapons," which turns out to be a good old fashioned horror story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Dan Brereton, Travel Foreman, Tom Palmer, Stefano Gaudino, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Supergirl Annual #1

"Supergirl Annual" #1's two stories fill in gaps in both Supergirl's and Superwoman's lives, but the art holds everything else back.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Sweet Tooth #1

"Sweet Tooth" has promise, but it's off to an awfully slow start.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Incognito #6

Brubaker and Phillips conclude this series about a former superpowered criminal in the witness protection program strongly and set up future stories well.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Young Liars #18

I come not to bury “Young Liars,” but to praise it. . .

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Marvel Zombies Return #1

Zombie Spider-Man arrives in a 60s-inspired Marvel Universe -- and chaos, naturally, ensues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, September 6th, 2009

Black Panther #8

New creative team, same old Black Panther? Not so much. Come on in and let's talk about things Wakandan.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 6th, 2009

Irredeemable #6

We see more of the Plutonian's past and start to get an idea of the events that may have led the Plutonian to make the decisions he did.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 5th, 2009

Last Resort #2

As if a mysterious zombie-like outbreak wasn't enough of a problem, throw in a hurricane, an exploding airplane, and a seemingly deserted island. Wish you were here.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 5th, 2009
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