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Justice League of America #38

James Robinson and Mark Bagley begin their much anticipated run on "Justice League of America" in this issue, which also straightens out some timing concerns fans may have had about the books that are currently hitting the shelves every month.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 21st, 2009

Spider-Woman #2

Jessica Drew wakes up in a Madripoor prison after killing a Skrull. Clearly, her life could be better.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 21st, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #6

Super Young Team battles Rising Sun and Mister Mind in this metafictional, high-action finale.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
ChrisCross, Rob Stull, Marc Deering
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 21st, 2009

Superman: Blackest Night #3

This sidebar of the "Blackest Night" saga wraps with the heroes being heroic and evil slinking off into the shadows. Of course it also points back to the main "Blackest Night" title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Allan Goldman, Ruy Jose, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 21st, 2009

The Stuff of Legend #2

"Stuff of Legend" continues as the boy's toys follow their quest deeper into the Dark, realm of the Boogeyman.

Publisher:
Th3rd World Studios
Writer:
Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
Artists:
Charles Paul Wilson III
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 20th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #19

Norman Osborn has made it his own personal mission to find Tony Stark. He does just that this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larocca
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 20th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #516

Magneto returns to Asteroid M, finding the X-Men now in residence.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, October 20th, 2009

Thunderbolts #137

Rick Remender doesn't get off to a great start here, and the art by Mahmud Asrar doesn't help.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar, Rebecca Buchman
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, October 20th, 2009

Web of Spider-Man #1

“Web of Spider-Man” returns as an anthology title.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J.M. DeMatteis, Tom DeFalco, Sean McKeever
Artists:
Val Semieks, Dan Green, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Stephanie Buscema
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, October 19th, 2009

Perhapanauts Halloween Spooktacular #1

DeZago, Rousseau and crew turn out a new "Perhapanauts" issue for the spooky holiday. This story features Halloween more than feels like Halloween, and in this case, that works well. This is a nice treat with limited trickery involved.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Todd Dezago
Artists:
Fred Hembeck, Rich Woodall, Ken McFarlane, Craig Rousseau
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, October 19th, 2009

The Incredible Hercules #136

"Incredible Hercules" is even better than your friends are telling you. And that's before you include gods giving each other wedgies.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred van Lente
Artists:
Reilly Brown, Nelson DeCastro
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 19th, 2009

Blackest Night: Batman #3

Of all the spin-off "Blackest Night" mini-series so far, it's Batman that turns out to have the winner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 19th, 2009

The Marvels Project #3

Brubaker tells a noirish version of the Golden Age of Marvel, but it's not enough of a new take to make it special.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, October 19th, 2009

Punisher: Frank Castle #75

The series comes to an end with a collection of short tales, some of which are much better than others.

Publisher:
Marvel Max
Writer:
Tom Piccirilli, Greg Hurwitz, Duane Swierczynski, Peter Milligan, Charlie Huston
Artists:
Laurence Campbell, Das Pastoras, Tomm Coker, Goran Parlov, Ken Lashley, Rob Stull
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, October 19th, 2009

Scalped #32

A quick-moving issue as things somehow continue to get worse for both Red Crow and Dash Bad Horse.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, October 17th, 2009

Booster Gold #25

Booster shares a moment with Batman and Blue Beetle tries to keep Black Beetle from sharing anything -- including air!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, October 17th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #9

R.E.B.E.L.S. continues to feature the adventures of Vril Dox and his crew as they attempt to thwart the machinations of Starro the Conqueror. In this issue, Adam Strange and Captain Comet join the fray.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 15th, 2009

Nomad: Girl Without a World #2

When I think "comic written by Sean McKeever starring a teen hero," this is the kind of quality I automatically expect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 14th, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #6

DC’s most ‘out there’ book this year concludes, offering some answers but not enough.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Cliff Richards, Prentis Rollins
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 14th, 2009

Gravel #14

Gravel finds the murderer amongst the Major Seven and solidifies his position of power.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer
Artists:
Mike Wolfer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 14th, 2009

Adventure Comics #3

It's a shame Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul's run is almost over, because "Adventure Comics" is awfully fun right now.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Michael Shoemaker
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Clayton Henry
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 14th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #41

As things get worse for the Green Lantern Corps, this title just keeps getting better. Most of the fan favorite GLs have a chance to shine in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Patrick Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 14th, 2009

Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes of Eden #1

Jon Sable makes his return to comics. The world has changed quite a bit in the interim, but Sable remains recognizable to his fans.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Mike Grell
Artists:
Mike Grell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 13th, 2009

Doom Patrol #3

BOTH stories are worth reading in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Livesay, Kevin Maguire
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, October 13th, 2009

Uncle Scrooge #384

Boom!'s "Uncle Scrooge" stands closest to the classic styles of the Disney comics line, but is also the most bland.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Erik Hedman, Stefania Bronzoni
Artists:
Wanda Gattino
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, October 13th, 2009

The Incredibles #1

"The Incredibles" ongoing series starts here, and it's off to an okay, if slightly uneven start.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid, Landry Walker
Artists:
Ramanda Kamarga
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 12th, 2009

Angel: After the Fall #26

Angel and the gang hits a comic convention looking for a mystical artefact, with hilarious consequences.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Brian Lynch
Artists:
Stephen Mooney
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, October 12th, 2009

Criminal: The Sinners #1

"Criminal" returns in a new mini-series, and it continues to be the best book published by Marvel.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 12th, 2009

Superman: World of New Krypton #8

Superman's two regular titles might be lackluster these days, but "World of New Krypton" is where it's at.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson
Artists:
Pete Woods, Ron Randall
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 12th, 2009

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #699

It's not quite an anthology title anymore, and its content is completely unlike the last 20 years of stories. But the art is amazing, and Boom has a potential kids magnet here.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Giorgio Salatiamy, Riccardo Sacchi
Artists:
Ettore Gula, Roberta Migheli, Stefano Turconi
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Mon, October 12th, 2009

Sweet Tooth #2

A solid second issue as Gus is taken under the wing of Jepperd with the hopes of sanctuary in a preserve for other hybrid children.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, October 11th, 2009

Captain America Theater of War: Operation: Ghosts of My Country #1

Another "Captain America: Theater of War" story, this one features very little of Captain America himself, and chooses to focus on his spirit and influence.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Elia Bonetti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, October 10th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual: Starro the Conqueror #1

When Grant Morrison wrote "JLA," Starro was one of the first characters he pitched across his League. In doing so, Morrison elevated the character of Starro. Bedard builds upon that elevation and delivers a great read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Karl Moline, Mark Pennington, Derec Donovan, Kalman Andrasofszky
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 9th, 2009

Justice League: Cry for Justice #4

"Cry for Justice" continues on, with less crying, but the same amount of unnecessary torture, infighting, and grumpiness. Jay Garrick and the Shade appear to make things a little more interesting.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mauro Cascioli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 9th, 2009

Ghost Riders: Heaven’s on Fire #3

Mostly just action in this slight issue as the plot isn’t pushed forward much.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Roland Boschi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, October 9th, 2009

Strange Adventures #8

The series you forgot existed ends in a way that is rather forgettable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Jim Starlin, Scott McDaniel, Al Milgrom, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 8th, 2009

Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys #2

Meet the Revolutionary, an anti-hero who needs the guidance of the Fighting Yank whether he wants it or not!

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Joe Casey, Alex Ross, Jim Krueger
Artists:
Mike Lilly, Doug Klauba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 8th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors #1

We continue to see more of Norman Osborn's list in action. In this instance, one of the items on Osborn's list comes to him.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Stan Lee
Artists:
Ed McGuiness, Tom Palmer, Jim Steranko, Joe Sinnott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 8th, 2009

Dark Reign: Zodiac #3

The new Zodiac’s three-issue reign of mayhem and destruction ends here, but hopefully not for long.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 8th, 2009

Strange Tales #2

Even the weakest stories in "Strange Tales" are merely good (rather than great), which is a great hit rate for an anthology.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Max Cannon, Jacob Chabot, Jonathan Hickman, R. Kikuo Johnson, Matt Kindt, Brian Maruca, Tony Millionaire, Jim Rugg, Jhonen Vasquez
Artists:
Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Max Cannon, Jacob Chabot, Jonathan Hickman, R. Kikuo Johnson, Matt Kindt, Tony Millionaire, Jim Rugg, Jhonen Vasquez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 7th, 2009
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