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Cable #6

In the present day, Cyclops wonders whether he made the right decision giving the Messiah Baby to Cable. Presented by Swierczynski, Olivetti and Lacombe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Ariel Olvietti, Michael Lacombe
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, August 13th, 2008

Captain Britain and MI: 13 #4

Paul Cornell continues to write one of the best superhero comics on the shelves.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 13th, 2008

Secret Invasion #5

This issue wraps up some dangling threads from all four previous issues and offers the reader a promise of things to come. Yes, one of those dangling issues is the revelation of who was or wasn't a Skrull on the starship that crashed in the Savage La

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 13th, 2008

Firebreather #2

"Firebreather" is the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, complete with humans, dragons, and teenagers.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Phil Hester
Artists:
Andy Kuhn
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, August 12th, 2008

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1

"Heroes" scribe Joe Pokaski makes an impressive Marvel debut.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Pokaski
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 12th, 2008

Teen Titans #61

Sean McKeever is rebuilding the broken down "Teen Titans" comic, and so far it seems to be working.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Carlos Rodriguez, Mark McKenna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 11th, 2008

Hawkman Special #1

Hawkman's past, like his mace are shattered in this issue that will almost certainly leave readers wondering what they’ve just encountered and why it has to happen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 11th, 2008

Hulk #5

Hulk #5 is dumb and fun; are you looking for more from your Hulk comics?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, August 8th, 2008

Detective Comics #847

Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen attempt to make Hush an interesting character, and with some success.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 7th, 2008

The War that Time Forgot #4

Like a game of Heroscape that lasts far too long.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bruce Jones
Artists:
Al Barrionuevo, Jimmy Palmiotti
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, August 7th, 2008

X-Men: Odd Men Out #1

This one-shot prints (at last) two never-before-seen short stories drawn by classic X-Men creator, Dave Cockrum.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Stern, Michael Higgins
Artists:
Dave Cockrum, Joe Rubinstein
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, August 7th, 2008

Invincible Iron Man #4

This is the Iron Man comic that best resembles the excitement and character development of the recent movie. Matt Fraction's script is smooth and character-centered this month.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 6th, 2008

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2 #1

If you are looking for an adventure tale featuring Spider-Man, this book is not it. Looking for a story driven by strong characters that plays with a few of the toys in the Spider-Man sandbox and has fun doing it? This title is for you.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Craig Rousseau
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 6th, 2008

True Believers #1

What is this comic? Where did it come from? What is it doing here?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cary Bates
Artists:
Paul Gulacy
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, August 6th, 2008

Final Crisis #3

"Final Crisis" kicks into high gear, and Morrison and Jones create a new kind of universe-wide crossover event.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
J.G. Jones
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, August 6th, 2008

Final Crisis #3

Things become clearer as heroes are drafted, and evil gains an overwhelming advantage.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
J.G. Jones
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, August 6th, 2008

Patsy Walker: Hellcat #2

How many people expected "Patsy Walker: Hellcat" to be one of the best Marvel comics this summer? Because it absolutely is.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 5th, 2008

Green Lantern #33

As it did last year, "Green Lantern" is providing an exciting summer read with high stakes adventure and two-fisted fun. This may be a tale of yore, but it certainly should be a read of yours.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, August 5th, 2008

Catwoman #81

The penultimate issue of Selina Kyle's series, and it's a good one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Will Pfeifer
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, August 5th, 2008

X-Men: First Class #14

Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz’s retro story in "X-Men: First Class" doesn’t break any new ground, but is still fun.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Roger Cruz, Colleen Coover
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 4th, 2008

newuniversal: 1959 #1

Kieron Gillen and Greg Scott take on the unenviable task of fleshing out Ellis’ “newuniversal” backstory. Are they demented enough to compete?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Greg Scott, Kody Chamberlain
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 4th, 2008

Northlanders #8

"Sven the Returned" concludes and there's no reason you should miss it.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 4th, 2008

Spider-Man: Brand New Day -- Extra! #1

Three stories that act as teasers for upcoming arcs, but they're good enough to stand on their own.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly, Zeb Wells, Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Patrick Olliffe, Marcos Martin, Tim Townsend, Serge LaPointe
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, August 4th, 2008

Black Panther #39

"Black Panther" meets "Secret Invasion" as a war breaks out. The ubiquitous Jason Aaron scripts this tie-in issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jefte Palo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 3rd, 2008

Reign in Hell #1

Keith Giffen's "Reign in Hell" brings to mind mid-'90s Vertigo mini-series, but not in a good way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Tom Denerick, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stephen Jorge Segovia
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 3rd, 2008

Manhunter #32

Loads of cameos and easter eggs fill out an issue that's new reader friendly and DC Universe situated.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Michael Gaydos
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 3rd, 2008

Super Friends #5

Unmistakably aimed at a younger audience in support of a toy line, but delivering a fun story that might just sneak in an educational factoid or to.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sholly Fisch
Artists:
Stewart McKenny, Phil Moy, Mike DeCarlo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 31st, 2008

Blue Beetle #29

A new writer helms the adventures of the new Blue Beetle. It's a good start with one misstep, but a lot of hope for the future.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 31st, 2008

Thor #10

Straczynski has excised the Shakespearian language but not the intrigue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Allen Martinez, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, July 30th, 2008

Skrulls vs. Power Pack #1

Even the little ones can't escape the effects of "Secret Invasion."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Chris Giarrusso
Artists:
Cory Hamscher, Chris Giarusso
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, July 30th, 2008

Daredevil #109

Big Ben Donovan is on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Why can’t Murdock convince him to retract his confession? By Brubaker, Rucka and Lark.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, July 30th, 2008

Superman #678

James Robinson's second issue of "Superman" is stronger than the first, but the consistency and pacing of this story is still akin to molasses.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 28th, 2008

Thunderbolts #122

Captain Marvel attacks the Thunderbolts as the team finally get around to tying in with Secret Invasion. Christos Gage writes and Fernando Blanco pencils.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Fernando Blanco
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 28th, 2008

Joker's Asylum: Scarecrow #1

The new "Jokery's Asylum" issue gets off to a slow start, but a nice twist and pleasant art makes for an enjoyable read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Harris
Artists:
Juan Doe
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 28th, 2008

Wolverine #67

The art is the main draw here as Hawkeye and Logan tour through a bleak Marvel future.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 28th, 2008

Justice League of America #23

Dwayne McDuffie's "Justice League of America" run finally begins to heat up, even as it runs over familiar territory and Meltzer's dangling plotlines.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dwayne McDuffie
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 24th, 2008

The Apocalipstix Volume 1

A rock and roll band at the end of the world is a high concept that pays off handsomely in this new Oni graphic novel.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Ray Fawkes, Cameron Stewart
Artists:
Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, July 24th, 2008

Uncanny X-Men #500

For the first time in years, "Uncanny X-Men" feels like it's back in its prime, while still remaining modern.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Terry Dodson, Jay Leisten, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 24th, 2008

Ambush Bug: Year None #1

Ambush Bug returns in all his glory, and Keith Giffen's got a whole new status quo in the DC Universe to play with.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Robert Loren Fleming, Wonder Chick
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Al Milgrom, Wonder Chick
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 23rd, 2008

Marvel 1985 #3

The Marvel super-villains make their grand entrance into "our" world, by Millar and Edwards.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Tommy Lee Edwards
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, July 23rd, 2008
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