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Uncanny X-Men #503

Greg Land's art is still problematic, but this psycho-sexual action comic isn't the worst fit for his work.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, October 20th, 2008

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1

James Robinson seeks to update Superman's pal in this one-shot that feeds into upcoming events in the Superman titles. The end result is a surprisingly compelling story featuring a character most wouldn't think to read about.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Leno Carvalho, Steve Scott, Nelson Pereira, Kevin Stokes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, October 19th, 2008

Stinky

A simple tale of a smelly monster and a precocious boy by the talented Eleanor Davis.

Publisher:
Toon Books
Writer:
Eleanor Davis
Artists:
Eleanor Davis
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, October 19th, 2008

Indiana Jones Adventures #1

Inspired by the DVD release of "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", Doug Zawisza looks at the newer comic adventures of Dr. Indiana Jones.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Philip Gelatt
Artists:
Ethen Beavers
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, October 19th, 2008

Booster Gold #13

Can a series thrive when every issue feels like a pointless fill-in?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Pat Olliffe, Jerry Ordway
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, October 18th, 2008

Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #3

Part coda on Johns' last "Flash" run, part prelude to Barry Allen's upcoming "Rebirth," this series finishes strongly.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, October 18th, 2008

Young X-Men #7

"Young X-Men" begins to move into its new direction, but the overall pace still feels like everyone involved is swimming through molasses.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, October 17th, 2008

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2

Geoff Johns and George Perez create a story squarely aimed at fans of the original incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The great thing is, "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" isn't forgetting about new readers too.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
George Perez, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, October 17th, 2008

Mighty Avengers #19

The title of this issue may as well have been "Captain Marvel's Secret Invasion Identity Crisis Special," which would be more accurate to the story within.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Danny Miki, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 16th, 2008

Grant Morrison's Doctor Who #1

Reprints of Doctor Who stories from the 1980s, still worth reading today.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
John Ridgway, Bryan Hitch
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, October 16th, 2008

Moresukine: Uploaded Weekly From Tokyo

Dirk Schwieger explores Japan by performing requests from the readers of his blog, but the stories are almost frustrating in their brief nature.

Publisher:
NBM
Writer:
Dirk Schwieger
Artists:
Dirk Schwieger
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 15th, 2008

X-Men: Manifest Destiny #2

It’s time for another X-Men anthology, featuring a lead story about Iceman by Mike Carey, and backup shorts featuring Juggernaut and Emma Frost.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey, Skottie Young, Chris Yost
Artists:
Michael Ryan, Victor Olazaba, Daniel Panosian, Paco Diaz
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, October 14th, 2008

Green Lantern Corps #29

This series keeps getting better and better.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Drew Geraci, Rebecca Buchman
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, October 13th, 2008

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3

Pokaski and Raney move the Inhumans one step closer to retrieving Black Bolt with the unexpected help of the Kree.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Pokaski
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, October 13th, 2008

Invincible Iron Man #6

Tony Stark defeats his new nemesis, but at what cost?

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Sal Larroca
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, October 13th, 2008

Dragon Prince #2

This series, from Ron Marz and Lee Moder, continues to impress with a fast-paced adventure that investigates the unexplored realm of dragons.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Lee Moder
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, October 12th, 2008

Final Crisis: Revelations #3

Rucka's apocalypse is a ridiculous mess.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Philip Tan
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, October 12th, 2008

The Twelve #8

Chris Weston's artwork thrusts this series toward excellence.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Chris Weston
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, October 12th, 2008

Young Liars #8

The game has changed, but to what end? And who can we believe? Does it matter?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, October 11th, 2008

Top 10 Season Two #1

Zander Cannon and Gene Ha return to "Top 10" and show that they can step into Alan Moore's shoes quite admirably.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon
Artists:
Gene Ha, Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 9th, 2008

Cable #7

A decent enough issue, but still nothing spectacular from team "Cable."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, October 8th, 2008

Action Comics #870

The Brainiac storyline concludes in this issue, with permanent ramifications to the Last Son of Krypton's life. Not only that, but the next big Superman story starts here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 8th, 2008

Terror Titans #1

A solid first issue from McKeever and Bennett.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, October 7th, 2008

Marvel Zombies 3 #1

A surprisingly excellent start to another zombie series from Marvel.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, October 7th, 2008

Manhunter #35

"Forgotten" continues, raising the stakes on Manhunter and her allies in this issue, the penultimate issue of the initial story following the return of "Manhunter" to the new issue racks.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Michael Gaydos, Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, October 6th, 2008

Trinity #18

Trinity's second act begins on a high note, as a DC world without Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman takes shape.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Art Thibert, Scott McDaniel,Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, October 6th, 2008

The Alcoholic

Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel bring their talents to Vertigo's line of literary graphic novels.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jonathan Ames
Artists:
Dean Haspiel
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, October 5th, 2008

Eternals #5

Acuna's art still astonishes, but the story barely inches along even after five issues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Knauf, Daniel Knauf
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, October 5th, 2008

Punisher War Journal #24

Punisher joins the Skrull-tastic fray in one of the best Secret Invasion crossovers yet.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction, Rick Remender
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, October 2nd, 2008

Vixen: Return of the Lion #1

The best character to come out of the Justice League's stint in Detroit hits the shelves in her first solo miniseries as she encounters some shadows from her own past.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Cafu
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 2nd, 2008

Supergirl #34

After nearly three years of trying to figure itself out, "Supergirl" starts anew in this issue, which, for all intents and purposes could have been renumbered with a #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 1st, 2008

Batman #680

"Batman R.I.P." is nearing its end, and this issue leaves everything in the air. Does it even make sense?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, October 1st, 2008

Daredevil #111

Lady Bullseye comes to town to cause trouble for Matt, who is already causing trouble for himself by getting involved with Dakota North. By Brubaker and Mann.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Clay Mann, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, October 1st, 2008

New Avengers #45

The “Untold tales of Secret Invasion” wagon hitches itself to 2004 X-Men/Avengers crossover “House of M” to see how the Skrulls got on in that new reality. By Bendis and Cheung.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Jim Cheung. John Dell, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, September 29th, 2008

Justice League of America, Volume 3: The Injustice League

Dwayne McDuffie brings his love of the League to the printed page after serving as a scribe for the "Justice League" cartoon series' from Cartoon Network, with inconsistent results.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dwayne McDuffie, Alan Burnett
Artists:
Mike McKone, Andy Lanning, Joe Benitez, Victor Llamas, Ed Benes, Sandra Hope, Alan Jefferson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, September 29th, 2008

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home

This Gunslinger tale is a vast improvement over Marvel's first one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robin Furth, Peter David
Artists:
Jae Lee
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, September 29th, 2008

Captain America #42

Forty-two issues later: a conclusion, of sorts.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting, Luke Ross, Rick Magyar, Fabio Laguna
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, September 28th, 2008

All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10

Miller cranks up the internal monologues and brings on the bad girls.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, September 28th, 2008

Hellboy: The Crooked Man #3

Richard Corben's beautiful grotesqueries are worth the price of admission.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Richard Corben
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, September 25th, 2008

Flash Gordon #1

…and Flash Gordon gets reimagined again.

Publisher:
Ardden Entertainment
Writer:
Brendan Deneen
Artists:
Paul Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 25th, 2008
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