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Vixen: Return of the Lion #5

Vixen's battles – internal and external – reach a resolution not to be missed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Cafu
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 16th, 2009

X-Men Origins: Sabretooth #1

Kieron Gillen and Dan Panosian examine the origin of Wolverine and Sabretooth’s mutual hatred.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Dan Panosian
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, February 16th, 2009

Titans #10

In this corner, the Justice League of America! The challenger – the not-so-teen Titans! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Howard Porter, Wayne Faucher, Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, February 15th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #33

This book continues to impress. In the opinion of the reviewer, this is THE Green Lantern book to read right now.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, February 15th, 2009

Berserker #0

Feel like paying three bucks for eight pages of comic? No? Then don’t buy this comic!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Rick Loverd
Artists:
Jeremy Haun
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, February 12th, 2009

Nightwing #153

"Last Rites" winds down and so does this title. The final issue of "Nightwing" attempts to tie a bow on the adventures of the former Boy Wonder.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Don Kramer, Jay Leisten, Sandu Florea, Rodney Ramos, Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, February 12th, 2009

Young Liars #12

The first year of “Young Liars” ends nothing like how it began. From club-hopping to alien spiders, who saw this coming?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, February 12th, 2009

Incognito #2

Brubaker and Phillips bring the sex and violence into a world of alt-superheroics.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, February 12th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1

Tony Bedard brings the L.E.G.I.O.N. into the 21st century and Andy Clarke provides some slick artwork.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Andy Clarke
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, February 12th, 2009

Batman and the Outsiders Special #1

The new Outsiders start here. As on the cover, Alfred assembles a hand-picked team. Whose hand picked this team? Read on. . .

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Adam Kubert, John Dell, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, February 11th, 2009

Captain Britain and MI:13 #10

It’s not cancelled yet, so go give this fantastic series a look! Right now! Please?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, February 11th, 2009

Thor #600

Have at thee! Marvel returns "Thor" to the numbering that began lo those many years ago with "Journey Into Mystery" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Stan Lee, Chris Giarrusso
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Marko Djurdjevic, Mark Morales, David Aja, Chris Giarusso, Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, February 11th, 2009

Batman #686

Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert deliver the first part of “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” and readers won’t be disappointed!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Neil Gaiman
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, February 11th, 2009

X-Men Vs. Hulk #1

Early in their careers as X-Men, Wolverine pits the Hulk against his friends for a bet.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Jheremy Raapack, Larry Welch
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, February 10th, 2009

Hexed #2

"Hexed" continues to blaze a new trail in the comics world. This is the best book that you haven't read yet.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, February 10th, 2009

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3

The spectacle many readers wanted in "Final Crisis" is in this comic, in all of its eye-popping detail.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
George Perez, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, February 9th, 2009

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 1

Naoki Urasawa's take on Osamu Tezuka's classic "Astro Boy" story both manages to become its own distinctly different story, and utterly brilliant.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka, Takashi Nagasaki
Artists:
Naoki Urasawa
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 9th, 2009

Astonishing Tales #1

It may have a different title, but "Astonishing Tales" #1 is really just another outing of "Marvel Comics Presents" -- and there's very little astonishing about this comic, either.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
C.B. Cebulski, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Jonathan Hickman, Christopher Sequeira
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort, Lou Kang, W. Chew Chan, Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Craig Yeung, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, February 8th, 2009

Adventure Comics #0

Otto Binder and Al Plastino's introduction of the Legion of Super-Heroes is still charming, although "Superman" readers might be more excited by the back-up feature.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Otto Binder, Geoff Johns
Artists:
Al Plastino, Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, February 6th, 2009

The Mighty #1

"The Mighty" is yet another "realistic" take on super-heroes, but this first issue is a cut above most.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi, Keith Champagne
Artists:
Peter Snejbjerg
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, February 6th, 2009

X-Force #11

"X-Force" dips into the past for what is a surprisingly interesting take on forgotten and discarded characters in the Marvel Universe's present day.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Alina Urusov, Clayton Crain
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 5th, 2009

Youngblood #7

Uninteresting, dull, boring, humdrum, tedious; take your pick, but they all describe “Youngblood” #7 and I have no idea why.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Derec Donovan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, February 5th, 2009

Agents Of Atlas #1

"Agents of Atlas" begins anew, with a great introduction for new readers and a solid packed comic for all.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Benton Jew
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, February 4th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #10

What happened to Salvador Larroca? What happened to Matt Fraction? What happened to the comic that I loved three issues ago?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larocca
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, February 4th, 2009

The Age of the Sentry #5

A failed attempt to recreate and recapture the Silver Age sensibility with two boring and inane stories.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin, Jordan D. White
Artists:
Nick Dragotta, Gary Martin, Bill Galvan, Terry Pallot, Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, February 4th, 2009

War of Kings: Darkhawk #1

Darkhawk has it all going for him, a steady job, a reconciliated home, and his anger management issues appear under control. Time for a shake-up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
C.B. Cebulski
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao, Bong Dazo, Joe Pimentel
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, February 4th, 2009

Jersey Gods #1

“Jersey Gods” #1 doesn’t quite deliver what someone who’s read the solicitations would expect, but the set-up story here is pretty entertaining.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Glen Brunswick
Artists:
Dan McDaid
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, February 4th, 2009

Punisher #2

The Punisher starts making his move into the 21st century and Norman Osborn isn’t happy about it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, February 4th, 2009

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #1

A strong debut issue as Steve Pugh writes and draws this comic based on a concept by Warren Ellis. A police exorcist finds herself confronted with ghosts that shouldn’t be where they are.

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Pugh
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, February 3rd, 2009

Wonder Woman #28

Looking for a book with gorilla knights, Wonder Women, and threatening menaces returned from beyond our world? Even if you're not, this book is worth thumbing through.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, February 3rd, 2009

Hero Squared: Love and Death #1

"Hero Squared" returns to Boom! for a final (?) series. If you haven't read "Hero Squared" before, this might be a good hopping on point.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Nathan Watson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, February 3rd, 2009

Immortal Iron Fist #22

Iron Fist and the six Immortal Weapons find themselves trapped -- in Hell.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Travel Foreman
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, February 3rd, 2009

Secret Warriors #1

Nick Fury and his “Secret Warriors” return following the events of Secret Invasion. By Bendis, Hickman and Caselli.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis, Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, February 2nd, 2009

Black Panther #1

Under a "Dark Reign," the Black Panther prowls back onto the new comic stand. While there aren't any deep identity revelations in this issue, there is a decent story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Reginald Hudlin
Artists:
Ken Lashley, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 2nd, 2009

Justice Society of America #23

Geoff Johns's final "Justice Society of America" story returns to Black Adam, with a slightly slow but promising first installment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Bob Wiacek
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, February 1st, 2009

Superman #684

The twelfth installment of the triangle number renaissance is also the first post-"New Krypton" issue in the Man of Steel's primary title. Add in a little Parasite and some Zod and this is an interesting direction to be pointed in.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, February 1st, 2009

Faces of Evil: Kobra #1

Faith to Kali Yuga! Kobra rises again to threaten the sanctity of the DC Universe in this "Faces of Evil" one shot.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Julian Liopez, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, February 1st, 2009

Battlefields: Dear Billy #1

Ennis's "Battlefields" continues with new characters, as we find a nurse with a chance for revenge.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Peter Snejbjerg
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, February 1st, 2009

Blue Beetle #35

The penultimate chapter in the adventures of Jaime Reyes finds the "Blue Beetle" once more balancing legacy, family and friends. While this might be the second-to-last issue of this title, it's not too late to join the fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Carlo Barberi, Jacob Eguren
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, February 1st, 2009

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #3

As "Marvels: Eye of the Camera" moves closer to the present day, the larger point of this return to Phil Sheldon's life is more clear—and more exciting too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern
Artists:
Jay Anacleto
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, February 1st, 2009
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