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Superman: Secret Files 2009

"Codename: Patriot" has begun over in the Superbooks. This is a pricey way to get caught up to speed, but for the most part, it is very informative.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson, Sterling Gates, Geoff Johns
Artists:
Pete Woods, Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal, Pere Perez, Francis Manapul, Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes, Matt Camp, Fernando Dagnino, Raul Fernandez, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 16th, 2009

Cable #17

"Cable" blinks first after last month's cliffhanger, as Duane Swierczynski seems determined to see how long the status quo can remain.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Paul Gulacy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 16th, 2009

Marvel Divas #2

Ignore the annoying title. "Marvel Divas" is a remarkably fun comic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists:
Tonci Zonjic
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 16th, 2009

Fables #87

With the big crossover behind it, "Fables" has definitely found its mojo again.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Andrew Pepoy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 14th, 2009

DMZ #44

A small-scale story comes to a close with big emotions.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Ryan Kelly
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, August 14th, 2009

Blackest Night #2

Zombie fun -- well, violence -- and a breakneck pace make this a great summer event.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, August 13th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1

6 months later, Spider-Man is back in action -- but so is the new villain, Mysterio.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, August 13th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #39

This is a heap of intergalactic madness, and it's quite a good complement to "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 13th, 2009

Blackest Night: Batman #1

More Deadman than you'd probably expect, but that's a good thing, right?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Tomasi
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, John Dell, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 13th, 2009

The Unwritten #4

Mike Carey increases the suspense, the horror, and the mystery in this very good Vertigo series.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 13th, 2009

Wednesday Comics #6

Halfway through the 12-week “Wednesday Comics” series and the quality remains high with gorgeous art and ever-improving writing.

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:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 12th, 2009

Adventure Comics #1

Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul, and Clayton Henry successfully show that both Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes have a place in today's comic market.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Clayton Henry
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 12th, 2009

Incredible Hercules #132

Though not as good as everyone hyped it up to be, “Incredible Hercules” #132 has some funny moments and is a fun, enjoyable read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Reilly Brown, Nelson DeCastro
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 11th, 2009

The Marvels Project #1

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting go back to the beginning of the Marvel universe before the US joined World War II and superhumans had not yet influenced the war.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 11th, 2009

Black Panther #7

As novelist Jonathan Maberry comes on board "Black Panther," fans of Christopher Priest's run might find something they like.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry, Reginald Hudlin
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 10th, 2009

House of Mystery #16

After last issue's explosion of plot, "House of Mystery" suddenly slows to a crawl, but with a thoroughly enjoyable story-within-a-story.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan Jr., Richard Corben
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 10th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #601

Spidey attempts to make a date with a newly-returned MJ. What could possibly go wrong?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Mario Alberti
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 10th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #514

Nothing much happens in the fourth part of “Utopia.” Cyclops plans, the Dark X-Men beat up some weak Sentinels, and... stuff?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 10th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Avengers #1

The Ultimate line kicks off its relaunch with Mark Millar’s return to the line as he’s partnered with Carlos Pacheco and writing the characters he ‘Ultimatized’ years ago in “The Ultimates.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 10th, 2009

The Red Circle: The Hangman #1

"The Red Circle" event kicks with "The Hangman," but hopefully the remaining characters will have a slightly less cliché origin to be told.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Tom Denerick, Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, August 8th, 2009

Star Wars Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom

Your worshipfulness and her pal, Han Solo, invite you on an adventure loosely set between "Star Wars: A New Hope" and "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back". Of course the hyperdrive is fixed. Yes, Chewbacca is there too.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jeremy Barlow
Artists:
Carlo Soriano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, August 8th, 2009

Superman: World of New Krypton #6

The S-shield numbering flips here, starting with a new #1, and changing to a red background. Appropriate considering "Codename: Patriot" involves a bit of military posturing.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, August 8th, 2009

Doom Patrol #1

The all-new Doom Patrol hit the shelves and one of the members checks out. Why the Doom Patrol? "'Challengers of the Unknown'" was already taken," says Robotman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Livesay, Kevin Maguire
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 6th, 2009

The Mighty #7

This is becoming more and more of a horror comic, and it's quite good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Tomasi, Keith Champagne
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 6th, 2009

Greek Street #2

After the first issue’s emphasis on set-up, the second issue looked clear to begin moving things forward, but not much of that happens thanks to a large ensemble cast that still needs definition.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 6th, 2009

Irredeemable #5

A 99-cent issue from Mark Waid and Peter Krause expands the supporting cast and gives us a bigger bang for our buck.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 6th, 2009

Justice League: Cry for Justice #2

Not as laughably quotable as the first issue, this campy comic goes for the high drama and almost succeeds in its own way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mauro Cascioli
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 5th, 2009

Dark Reign: Zodiac #2

This savage little comic has turned into the best "Dark Reign" spin-off so far.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 5th, 2009

Absolution #1

A solid issue that introduces the premise of the book, a superpowered cop who begins killing suspects, well, but the concept and ideas inside outpace the execution.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Roberto Viacava
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 5th, 2009

War Machine #8

War Machine's attempts to shut down Ultimo bring him into direct conflict with his former West Coast Avengers allies and the C.E.O. of Stark Solutions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Leonardo Manco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 5th, 2009

Iron Man & the Armor Wars #1

Old school Iron Man fans might be crying "Foul!" over this book, but the original Armor Wars was over twenty years ago. Things have changed, and this story is definitely targeted at a modern audience.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Caramagna
Artists:
Craig Rousseau
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 5th, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly #2

French soldiers robbing Mexican priests aided by Union soldiers after Mexican revolutionaries blow up a bridge? Sounds like a Leone movie to me! Reads like one, too!

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Chuck Dixon
Artists:
Esteve Polls
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 5th, 2009

Frankenstein’s Womb

Warren Ellis’ third Apparat graphic novella has Mary Shelley encounter a strange creature in Castle Frankenstein that takes her on a journey through time, forming a coherent narrative and ideological point that highlights her role in creating the future

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Marek Oleksicki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 5th, 2009

Ultimatum: X-Men Requiem #1

"They didn't ask to be different or to be heroes" is the epitaph etched into the memorial built upon the grounds of Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Children in Westchester, New York. I didn't ask for this book to be good. Looks

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Aron E. Coleite
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, August 4th, 2009

War of Kings #6

"War of Kings" has an explosive conclusion, but be warned that there's still an epilogue issue a month away.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Rick Magyar, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 4th, 2009

Northlanders #19

Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj knock this latest "Northlanders" two-parter out of the park.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Danijel Zezelj
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 4th, 2009

Captain America: Reborn #2

Steve Rogers is alive – but can his friends get to him in time?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 4th, 2009

Incarnate #1

Nick Simmons gives us a mixture of "Vampire: The Masquerade," "Death Note," and "Sandman." And it's actually pretty good.

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Nick Simmons
Artists:
Nick Simmons, Matt Dalton, Nam Kim, Ben Harvey, Hi Hua Wang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 4th, 2009

Luke Cage Noir #1

Luke Cage fits perfectly into the Noir milieu, and with art by Shawn Martinborough you can't go wrong.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Benson, Adam Glass
Artists:
Shawn Martinbrough
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 4th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #16

Madame Masque gets extra-creepy and things go boom in another good installment of "World's Most Wanted."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 4th, 2009
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