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Guardians of the Galaxy #2

The series rewards old school fans while creating something new for itself in modern Marvel mythology.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 5th, 2008

Superman #677

James Robinson joins the Superman family with a strong jumping-on point for new readers, starting with Krypto and Atlas.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 5th, 2008

The Walking Dead #50

"The Walking Dead" hits a milestone with a much quieter storyline of Rick's son's confusion in a world filled with zombies.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard,Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Thu, July 3rd, 2008

House of Mystery #3

The story-within-a-story for "House of Mystery" still doesn't seem to fit with the greater whole, but it's hard to complain when the main story is so entertaining.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Zachary Baldus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 3rd, 2008

Batman #678

"Batman: R.I.P." goes down the proverbial rabbit hole, here, making Grant Morrison's "Batman" its strangest yet. At the same time, though, it's also at its most compelling.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 3rd, 2008

Squadron Supreme 2 #1

Howard Chaykin teams with artist Marco Turini to bring some familiar-looking heroes into the Squadron Supreme universe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Marco Turini
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, July 2nd, 2008

New Avengers #42

Bendis and Cheung take us on a tour of recent Avengers history to explain just how Spider-Woman got replaced by a Skrull, and what happened next in what is surely an essential chapter of Secret Invasion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Jon Dell
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, July 2nd, 2008

Ms. Marvel #28

Ms. Marvel makes it back to New York to confront the invading Skrulls in an action-heavy, Carol-focussed story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Adriana Melo, Mariah Benes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, July 1st, 2008

Punisher War Journal #21

Skanky super-powered assassins meet their match in part four of the six-part "Jigsaw" story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction, Rick Remender
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 1st, 2008

Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1

Marvel’s teen heroes meet up once again for a crossover, turning this into a semi-regular event. Chris Yost writes, with Takeshi Miyazawa providing art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Takeshi Miyazawa
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 30th, 2008

Madame Xanadu #1

Amy Reeder Hadley's art shows great promise, but Wagner's story drips with cliche.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Amy Reeder Hadley
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, June 30th, 2008

Hulk #4

There are comics that CBR Reviewers really fall in love with. Then there's this one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 30th, 2008

Astonishing X-Men #25

Warren Ellis arrives and brings along the astonishment.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Simone Bianchi
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, June 30th, 2008

Green Lantern #32

Geoff Johns's "Year One" version of Green Lantern keeps humming along.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert. Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, June 28th, 2008

The Immortal Iron Fist #16

Matt Fraction and David Aja tease us with what should have been a fantastic lead-in to their next story, but is instead their final issue on the book.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
David Aja
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, June 28th, 2008

Uncanny X-Men #499

A so-so ending to a story that, while good, feels like Brubaker was stalling to reach next month's milestone issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Choi, Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, June 27th, 2008

Ultimates 3 #4

Jeph Loeb and Joe Mad explode across the pages and characters make angry faces.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Joe Madureira
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, June 27th, 2008

Hellboy: Darkness Calls

The latest "Hellboy" collection from Mignola and Fegredo continues the evolution of the character, and Mignola's interest in folklore.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo, Mike Mignola
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, June 26th, 2008

Captain America #39

Brubaker continues to impress with the long-form story of Bucky Barnes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Rob De La Torre
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, June 26th, 2008

DMZ #32

Wood and Burchielli continue "Blood in the Game." It's election season in the DMZ but Parco Delgado’s campaign is halted by an assassination attempt. Can Matty and his mother hold it together?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Riccardo Burchielli
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, June 26th, 2008

Final Crisis #2

"Final Crisis" escalates with a nightmarish vision of a DC Universe gone awry.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
JG Jones
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, June 25th, 2008

Ghost Rider #24

Ghost Rider has shifted style, but Jason Aaron's storyline maintains its focus and its entertaining tone.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, June 25th, 2008

Young Avengers Presents #6

Even if you skipped the previous five issues, Matt Fraction's entry is one you should check out.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, June 25th, 2008

Angel: After the Fall #9

New artist Nick Runge joins Brian Lynch on the official “Season 6” comic. Angel reunites the gang and defeats the bad guys - but what’s Gunn’s big plan?

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Brian Lynch
Artists:
Nick Runge, Shayne Corbett
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, June 25th, 2008

Final Crisis #2

The second issue of one of the most talked about series in ages is out. What's the verdict? CBR's Benjamin Birdie is excited about what he's seen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
J.G. Jones
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, June 25th, 2008

Local #12

Wood and Kelly bring Megan’s life full circle as she returns home after years away, an emotional ending to a fantastic series.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Ryan Kelly
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, June 24th, 2008

The Incredible Hercules #119

While the art is uneven, the story is a welcomed addition to an otherwise blah "Secret Invasion" event. "The Incredible Hercules" is a top tier Marvel book, deserving of more attention.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, June 24th, 2008

X-Factor #32

Peter David closes out one chapter of the new "X-Factor" and begins another one, with good if slightly rushed results.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Drew Hennessy, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 22nd, 2008

Trinity #3

In its third week, "Trinity" starts coming together. Mike Norton and Jerry Ordway's secondary story art is a visual treat.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Art Thibert, Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Sat, June 21st, 2008

Superman/Batman #49

Shane Davis's art looks great in the conclusion to the six-part "K" arc.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artists:
Shane Davis, Matt Banning
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, June 21st, 2008

DC/Wildstorm Dreamwar #3

What's the point of this series? I don't know, but at least it gives Keith Giffen a chance to have some fun.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, June 20th, 2008

Justice League of America #22

McDuffie slips back into Meltzer territory with an uneven mix of adult themes and juvenile thrills.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dwayne McDuffie
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, June 20th, 2008

Hellblazer #245

Jason Aaron gives us a disturbing look at the Mucous Membrane legacy.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, June 19th, 2008

Checkmate #27

Two issues into Bruce Jones's debut as the new writer of "Checkmate", and it couldn't be further from what we've seen on the book so far.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bruce Jones
Artists:
Manuel Garcia
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 19th, 2008

The Brave and the Bold #14

"Brave and the Bold" teams up Deadman with Green Arrow -- another odd combination of characters that leads to great results. Mark Waid and Scott Kolins give you lots of superhero bang for your buck.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 19th, 2008

RASL #2

Jeff Smith's sparse but engaging new series is a worthy successor to "Bone."

Publisher:
Cartoon Books
Writer:
Jeff Smith
Artists:
Jeff Smith
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, June 18th, 2008

Captain Britain and MI-13 #2

Captain Britain is dead, and the rest of MI-13 have to pick up the pieces in the midst of a Skrull invasion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, June 18th, 2008

Tiny Titans #5

"Tiny Titans" is the kind of comic the world needs more of. It's reverential without being slavish. It's cute and all-ages appropriate. And it's very cute.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Art Baltazar, Franco
Artists:
Art Baltazar
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, June 18th, 2008

Red Mass for Mars #1

Jonathan Hickman's text-heavy, concept-heavy superhero comic is worth a look.

Publisher:
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Ryan Bodenheim
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, June 17th, 2008

Action Comics #866

A new "Action Comics" storyline makes a great starting point for a great title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Gary Frank, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 17th, 2008
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