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Strange Tales #1

Independent creators take on the Marvel universe and nothing will be the same ever again. Probably. I think. Maybe?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewitch, Jason, James Kochalka, Michael Kupperman, John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Paul Pope, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw
Artists:
Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Molly Crabapple, Nicholas Gurewitch, Jason, James Kochalka, Michael Kupperman, Junko Mizuno, Paul Pope, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 1st, 2009

The Boys #34

The Boys take on Stormfront, the ‘Nazi Superman,’ in a brutal, vicious fight that is far better than the simple concept would suggest thanks to Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Carlos Ezquerra, Hector Ezquerra
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 31st, 2009

The Incredible Hulk #601

Bruce Banner is back in action, and dealing with his first problem -- Skaar, the son of the Hulk.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred van Lente
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti, Michael Ryan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 31st, 2009

Superman #691

"Codename: Patriot" tries to end with a bang, but it's really more of a thud.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Eduardo Pansica, Jose Wilson Magalhaes, Sandro Ribeiro
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 31st, 2009

Detective Comics #856

J. H. Williams III continues his amazing artistic performance on the lead Batwoman story. The Question back-up is completely skippable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J. H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 29th, 2009

Hulk #14

Domino of X-Force guest stars as the Red Hulk finds himself targeted by assassins.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ian Churchill, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, August 29th, 2009

The Unknown #4

The search for what happens after death concludes here with some answers, but many more questions.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Minck Oosterveer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, August 29th, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

"We warned you that the fabric of the galaxy could not take this war." Or as Rocket Raccoon put it, "We told you so, told you so, told you so!" The Guardians aren't very happy with the Inhumans.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Victor Olazaba, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, August 29th, 2009

Unknown Soldier #11

This issue doesn't quite come together as well as the last few, but it's probably the calm before the storm.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Joshua Dysart
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 29th, 2009

Scalped #31

Oh yes, Dash Bad Horse is in for some fun, and it's not the kind of "fun" that's actually much fun at all. (For him.)

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 29th, 2009

The Incredibles #0

The birth of Jack-Jack seems like a nice logical place to begin the new ongoing "Incredibles" comic series, doesn't it?

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid, Landry Walker
Artists:
Mario Takara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 28th, 2009

New Avengers #58

Mockingbird finds herself alone against a foe who just took down Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Clint Barton, and Cage. Things get a whole lot worse from there.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Buck Rogers #3

A strong opening to this issue soon leads to a lackluster issue as the tension between drama and comedy plays out for reasons unknown.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Scott Beatty
Artists:
Carlos Rafael
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Justice Society of America #30

It feels like the new "Justice Society of America" creative team is still finding its footing, here, although there are a couple of amusing moments.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Nova #28

It doesn't matter if you're relatively new to Marvel's space characters, "Nova" eagerly welcomes new readers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Blackest Night: Titans #1

"Blackest Night" falls over Titans Tower. As with anything that falls over Titans Tower, this is going to get ugly, but in a good story kind of way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Ed Benes, Rob Hunter, Jon Sibal, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 27th, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative #27

A done-in-one story about the effort to reclaim 42 (the Negative Zone prison), which Blastaar has taken over. Christos Gage does some of his best work in this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 26th, 2009

The Darkness/Pitt #1

The cover says it all (although the use of parentheses perplexes me a bit) "The First Pitt Comic in a Decade!"

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Dale Keown
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 26th, 2009

Batman and Robin #3

The first story comes to a conclusion as the truth behind Professor Pyg is revealed in a scene no one will be able to forget, no matter how much they may want to.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frank Quitely
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 26th, 2009

Incredible Hercules #133

“Incredible Hercules” is bi-weekly and the spotlight falls on Amadeus Cho here as he searches for his missing sister and the murderers of his parents.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Dark Avengers #8

The X-Men's secret plan is finally revealed, and those who find the Dark Avengers annoying might appreciate the beat down that's about to happen.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Luke Ross, Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington, Luke Ross
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3

This lackluster mini-series ends with its best issue yet, but even these creators can’t rise above the limitations of the format.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Jason Aaron, Simon Spurrier
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jock, Paul Davidson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 25th, 2009

28 Days Later #1

The start of a new series that bridges the gap between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Secret Warriors #7

Nick Fury robs a bank, and things get worse from there in this top-notch series from Jonathan Hickman.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 25th, 2009

Dark Reign: Mr. Negative #3

We finally learn the origin of Mr. Negative, as he out-maneuvers the Hood.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 24th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #227

Rogue, Gambit, and Danger lend a helping hand during the events of “Utopia.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Dustin Weaver, Ed Tadeo
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 24th, 2009

The Red Circle: The Web #1

"The Red Circle: The Web" trots out another one of the characters licensed from Archie, but once again, there's little you haven't already seen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Roger Robinson, Hilary Barta, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 24th, 2009

Ex Machina #44

As "Ex Machina" prepares for its endgame, the answers start coming for anyone who's still around to listen.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Tony Harris
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 24th, 2009

New Mutants #4

This reads like a throwback to an earlier era, but not in a good way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Cam Smith, Ed Tadeo, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 24th, 2009

Fantastic Four #570

Jonathan Hickman's Reed Richards meets his match(es).

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 24th, 2009

Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #1

Camilla D'Errico creates a Miyazaki-style world for the characters and it looks great.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Josh Wagner
Artists:
Camilla D'Errico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, August 23rd, 2009

Zorro #15

An all-too familiar story, done as a kind of tribute, apparently, with great Francavilla art.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 22nd, 2009

Superman Annual #14

The "Secret Origin" of Daxam revealed, and Mon-El embraces his past.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Javier Pina
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 22nd, 2009

Batgirl #1

Barbara Gordon is in the new "Batgirl" comic. Is she wearing the cowl? I promise not to spoil it, but will give you my assessment of the issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 21st, 2009

Mighty Avengers #28

The Young Avengers make an appearance in the "Mighty Avengers" this month as someone who is not quite an Avenger is causing trouble for Mighty Avengers and Stature wants to stop it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 21st, 2009

Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. Episode 1

The terrible voice acting makes Bendis's dialogue seem even more stilted than normal.

Publisher:
Marvel Motion Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, August 21st, 2009

Daredevil #500

Brubaker ends his "Daredevil" run in grand fashion, and the issue is packed with great bonus material, too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Andy Diggle, Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, Klaus Janson, Chris Samnee, Paul Azaceta, Billy Tan, Batt, David Aja
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 20th, 2009

Outsiders #21

Following their inaugural mission, the Outsiders return to the Batcave only to discover that they are no longer welcome there. Alfred does, however, have a new mission for the team.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 20th, 2009

Batman: Streets of Gotham #3

"Batman: Streets of Gotham" still doesn't feel as off-beat and different as advertised, but it's proving to be entertaining.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Georges Jeanty, Derek Fridolfs, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 20th, 2009

X-Factor #47

"X-Factor" is feeling a little too disjointed as its cast is spread out a bit too far in space and time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine de Landro, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 20th, 2009
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