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Batman #692

Tony Daniel's first issue as writer/artist of "Batman" is already a step up from "Battle for the Cowl."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 29th, 2009

World's Finest #1

The DC Universe has frequently embraced the concept of legacy, frequently using old names in new ways to keep a brand alive or to spawn new ideas. "World's Finest" returns from the idea bin with a fresh team-up and a load of fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Julian Lopez, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2009

Blackest Night: Titans #3

"Blackest Night: Titans" ends here with a revelation of how to attack the Black Lanterns and a resolution that promises to bring many of these Titans to the main action.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List – Punisher #1

After surviving an assassination attempt perpetrated by Frank Castle, Norman Osborn decides to return the favor in his own special way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2009

New Mutants #6

"New Mutants" kicks into high gear with the coming of Necrosha, as Zeb Wells continues his take on Cypher and Warlock.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Ed Tadeo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List — Wolverine #1

Noh-Varr and Fantomex team up to save the World. Oh hell yes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Esad Ribic, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Armor Wars #2

Entertaining, but not entirely substantive. Though, Ellis continues to write a fantastic Ultimate Tony Stark.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Jeff Huet, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Green Lantern #47

The main tie-in book to "Blackest Night" continues to entertain on multiple levels.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2009

Blackest Night #4

A largely inconsequential issue unless you like boring speeches about being a hero and watching Barry Allen run around.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 28th, 2009

The Eternal Conflicts of the Cosmic Warrior #1

It's more of a pilot issue than a complete issue, but there's enough interesting stuff going on to make it worth a read. Plus, Paul Grist's art!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Paul Grist
Artists:
Paul Grist
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, October 27th, 2009

Ultimate Comics Avengers #3

Enter the Avengers, a group that’s made up of new, darker versions of the Ultimates. It all comes down to how much you enjoy Mark Millar’s scummy characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Danny Miki, Dexter Vines, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, October 27th, 2009

The Incredible Hercules #137

This issue of "Incredible Hercules" follows the continuing journey of Amadeus Cho. The decisions he makes here will play out in these pages for a long time to come.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 27th, 2009

X-Necrosha #1

The three participating books in "X-Necrosha" show what they've got in store with zombie mutants, and there's some fun stuff up ahead.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Zeb Wells, Mike Carey
Artists:
Clayton Crain, Ibraim Roberson, Laurence Campbell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, October 27th, 2009

DCU Halloween Special 2009 #1

Continuing a DCU tradition, this issue features a bunch of fan favorite characters celebrating the Halloween season. The efforts put forth for the stories contained in this issue -- as well as the results -- are mixed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jake Black, Adam Schlagman, Duncan Rouleau, Michael Siglain, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Derek Fridolfs, Ariel Thomas, Amy Wolfram, Joe Harris, Mandy McMurray, Billy Tucci, Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson, Mark Bagley, Ray McCarthy, Duncan Rouleau, Kelley Jones, Sergio Carrera, Dustin Nguyen, Matt Triano, Pow Rodrix, Marlo Alquiza, Andrei Bressan, Jonboy Meyers, Scott Clark, David Beatty, Billy Tucci, Peter Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 27th, 2009

Superman/Batman #65

Peter Johnson and Matt Cherniss write "Superman/Batman" with an overly-familiar story, but the art here is lovely.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Johnson, Matt Cherniss
Artists:
Brian Stelfreeze, Brian Haberlin, Kelley Jones, Joe Quinones, Federico Dallocchio
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

Azrael #1

The writing in "Azrael" makes me want to read more, but the artist choice isn't right for the script.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

The Incredible Hulk #603

"Incredible Hulk" makes both Skaar and Daken interesting. Bet you didn't think that was even possible.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred van Lente
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Michael Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

Rin-ne Vol. 1

"Rin-ne" may feel a bit familiar to people who've read Rumiko Takahashi's past comics, but the book is so charming it's hard to mind.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Rumiko Takahashi
Artists:
Rumiko Takahashi
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #228

Rogue heads into Emplate’s dimension to rescue the young mutant, Bling

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, October 25th, 2009

Wolverine: Origins #41

Wolverine tracks down Bruce Banner and Skaar while on the trail of Romulus.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way
Artists:
Doug Braithewaite, Bill Reinhold
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, October 25th, 2009

Underground #2

The story doesn’t fully work in this issue, but the art is gorgeous and features a double-page spread that will blow you away.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, October 25th, 2009

Dark Avengers #10

A marked drop in quality in this issue as the tone is too light-hearted and Deodato’s art doesn’t mesh with the script as much as usual.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 22nd, 2009

Dark Wolverine #79

Horrendous art kills a lackluster story in one of the worst comics I've read this year.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Jay Leisten, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, October 22nd, 2009

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
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