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Cable #3

Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti continue what might just be the most important story to come out of Messiah Complex -- it’s just a pity there’s not a little more story in the issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 12th, 2008

True Story, Swear to God #11

Tom Beland's book is charming as always, telling the story of his real-life romance, but at times one can't help but wish that it moved a bit faster.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Tom Beland
Artists:
Tom Beland
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 12th, 2008

Casanova #14

A special spoiler-free review of the brilliant conclusion to the "Gula" arc.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Fabio Moon
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 12th, 2008

Justice League of America #20

Possibly the first time Dwayne McDuffie's run on the book isn't editorially mandated, and which shows a hint of promise for him eventually writing his own stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dwayne McDuffie
Artists:
Ethan Van Sciver
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 11th, 2008

X-Factor: The Quick and the Dead #1

Peter David and Pablo Raimondi put Quicksilver back on the path to redemption in this X-Factor special worth a look to all X-Men and Avengers fans.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Pablo Raimondi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, May 10th, 2008

House of Mystery #1

Part bizarre mystery, part anthology series, all Vertigo-style horror.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Ross Campbell
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, May 9th, 2008

The Mighty Avengers #13

Nick Fury assembles a new Howling Commandos team, and they look a bit, well, young. Bendis and Maleev deliver another fantastic "Secret Invasion" tie-in, delivering on their reputation as a superstar team.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, May 9th, 2008

The Invincible Iron Man #1

Marvel's big new "Iron Man" series is a welcome return to form for the character of Tony Stark. This is Matt Fraction's best Marvel writing to date for a very high profile title.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larocca
Reviewer:
Kevin Church
Thu, May 8th, 2008

Pearls Before Swine: The Crass Menagerie

A collection of "Pearls Before Swine" is fun in its own right, but the annotations and extras from Stephan Pastis push this into must-own territory.

Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Writer:
Stephan Pastis
Artists:
Stephan Pastis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 8th, 2008

Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1

The still artwork matches the stiff dialogue in this slow first issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jon Favreau
Artists:
Adi Granov
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, May 7th, 2008

Secret Invasion #2

A T-Rex, the return of an old favorite, and a great final image make this better than your average alien invasion series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Lenil Francis Yu, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, May 7th, 2008

Ultimate Human #4

It’s Iron Man versus Hulk versus the Leader as Warren Ellis proves where his reputation as one of the modern greats comes from, even if the story’s resolution does feel a little truncated.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Cary Nord
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, May 6th, 2008

Daredevil: Blood of the Tarantula #1

The Black Tarantula crawls into the spotlight in a one-shot that reads like classic "Daredevil."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Ande Parks
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 6th, 2008

Teen Titans #58

Sean McKeever's emphasis on character makes this worth a look.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Carlos Rodriguez, Bit, Rebecca Buchman, Jimmy Palmiotti
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 5th, 2008

Gargoyles: Bad Guys #2

Another disappointing installment in the canon of Gargoyles comics. The spotlight is on disgraced Japanese Gargoyle Yama, and how he came to join the Redemption Squad.

Publisher:
Slave Labor Graphics
Writer:
Greg Weisman
Artists:
Karine Charlebois
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 5th, 2008

X-Men: Legacy #210

"X-Men: Legacy" emerges as perhaps the most focused of the post-Messiah Complex X-titles. Greg Land occupies the guest-art slot as Carey wraps up the redefinition of the title as a Professor Xavier solo-title.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Scott Eaton, Greg Land, John Dell, Andrew Hennessy, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 5th, 2008

The Order #10

Thus, Matt Fraction's could-have-been-"The-Champions"-series comes to a close.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Barry Kitson, Javier Saltares, Scott Hanna, Victor Olazaba, Nelson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 4th, 2008

Ramayan 3392 AD Volume 2

The Hindu epic skillfully reimagined as a sci-fi action comic book in this offering from Virgin Comics.

Publisher:
Virgin Comics
Writer:
Shamik Dasgupta
Artists:
Jeevan Kang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 4th, 2008

New Avengers #40

Two-thirds of the “New Avengers: Illuminati” team reunite as Bendis and Cheung go back to tell the story of how and why Secret Invasion got started, with some important revelations along the way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Jim Cheung, John Dell
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, May 3rd, 2008

Glamourpuss #1

Dave Sim returns to comics with a fashion magazine parody slash essay on Alex Raymond.

Publisher:
Aardvark-Vanaheim
Writer:
Dave Sim
Artists:
Dave Sim
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 30th, 2008

DC Universe #0

A promo for "Final Crisis" that wipes away the bad memories of "Countdown."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns
Artists:
George Perez, Doug Mahnke, Tony Daniel, Ivan Reis, Aaron Lopresti, Philip Tan, Ed Benes, Carlos Pacheco, JG Jones
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 30th, 2008

Hulk Vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide #1

It’s Hulk vs. Hercules in a fight that apparently happened years ago. Could be worse, but ultimately you have to wonder what sort of comic it thinks it is. An annual? Regular part of the Hercules series? Who knows!?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Koi Pham, Paul Neary, Dennis Calero, Eric Nguyen, Reilly Brown, Carlos Cuevas, Terry Pallot, Bob Layton
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, April 29th, 2008

The Uncanny X-Men #497

Brubaker and Choi bring part two of a story about what X-Men do in their down time. Turns out, it’s pretty much the same as in their up-time!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 28th, 2008

Northlanders #5

Brian Wood's Viking saga, possibly the best thing he's ever written, is worthy of your attention.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, April 28th, 2008

Hulk #3

As a showcase for artist Ed McGuinness, this issue shines. As a story, not so much.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, April 25th, 2008

Mighty Avengers #12

The superstar team of Bendis and Maleev reunite to tackle the question of what Nick Fury has been up to while he’s been absent from the Marvel Universe in an issue high in tension and light on Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, April 25th, 2008

Ultimate Fantastic Four #53

The weakest title of the Ultimate line continues to falter.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Tyler Kirkham, Sal Regla
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, April 25th, 2008

Ganges #2

In a line full of high-quality books, Kevin Huizenga's "Ganges" is the absolute pinnacle, and something that belongs in every comic reader's collection.

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Kevin Huizenga
Artists:
Kevin Huizenga
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 23rd, 2008

Countdown to Final Crisis #1

After 52 weeks, it all comes down to this.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 23rd, 2008

X-Factor #30

Peter David proves why he’s one of the industry’s living legends with another great issue of "X-Factor." In the wake of "Messiah Complex," the team are attacked by Arcade and violence ensues!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Andrew Henessy
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, April 23rd, 2008

Batman #675

A new Ten-Eyed Man helps set the stage for Batman: R.I.P.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Ryan Benjamin, Saleem Crawford
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 23rd, 2008

The Incredible Hercules #116

Mythologies clash in another good issue of this surprising series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, April 22nd, 2008

DMZ #30

Matty Roth goes to Harlem and tries to find himself.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Riccardo Burchielli
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, April 22nd, 2008

Batman and the Outsiders #6

In a revamped book where everything has supposedly changed, the only real difference seems to be a slower pace with slightly difference faces.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chuck Dixon
Artists:
Carlos Rodriguez, Bit
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 21st, 2008

X-Men: Divided We Stand #1

A heavy focus on the cast of "New X-Men" means this “Divided We Stand” tie-in often feels underwhelming, though a mix of genuine established and rising talent saves it from complete mediocrity.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey, Matt Fraction, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Skottie Young
Artists:
Brandon Peterson, Jamie McKelvie, Sana Takeda, Skottie Young, David LaFuente
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 20th, 2008

Captain Marvel #5

Captain Marvel finally recovers his memories as the series turns out to be far more of a Secret Invasion prologue than you might’ve expected. Brian Reed writes, with Lee Weeks pencilling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, April 19th, 2008

Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #1

Michelinie and Layton return to the character they helped define in a sequel to "Doomquest", one of their most fondly remembered stories, with appropriately old-school artwork by Ron Lim.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Michelinie, Bob Layton
Artists:
Ron Lim, Bob Layton
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, April 17th, 2008

Amazing Spider-Man #557

While the Mayan god-king may not matter in the long run, Chris Bachalo's astounding artwork certainly does.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Wayne Faucher, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 16th, 2008

Superman #675

Kurt Busiek saves the best for last.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes, Jorge Correr Jr.
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 16th, 2008

Excel Saga, Volume 17

Excel Saga reaches its 17th volume and promises, er, yet more of the same action-comedy bureaucratic satire, for those that have managed to stay with the series this long.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Rikdo Koshi, Yuko Sawada, Carl Gustav Horn
Artists:
Rikdo Koshi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, April 15th, 2008
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