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Angel: Smile Time #1

An adaptation of a television episode doesn't fly very well.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Scott Tipton
Artists:
David Messina, Elena Casagrande
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, January 5th, 2009

Ultimate Hulk Annual #1

Ultimate Hulk fights Supreme Power’s Zarda in a dispute over his state of dress, by Loeb, McGuinness, and Djurdjevic

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness,Marko Djudjevic, Dexter Vines, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 5th, 2009

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #2

Phil Sheldon's journey through the Marvel Universe continues. However, this issue focuses squarely on Phil as his own universe is in the midst of some serious upheaval.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Jay Anacleto
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 4th, 2009

Green Lantern #36

"Rage of the Red Lanterns" continues as the War of Light is declared upon the universe in an issue jammed with Star Sapphires as well as Red, Blue, and Green Lanterns.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 4th, 2009

Young X-Men #9

This series has turned out to be a pretty good read each and every month.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Martinez, Greg Adams
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 4th, 2009

Batman Cacophony #2

Possibly an improvement over issue #1, but Kevin Smith still gives us a Joker that seems obsolete.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kevin Smith
Artists:
Walter Flanagan, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 4th, 2009

Superman #683

"New Krypton" continues with a big ol' showdown between the DC heroes and the Kryptonians.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jorge Correa Jr, Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 4th, 2009

Teen Titans #66

Under the premise of a membership drive, this issue of "Teen Titans" offers little in the way of new members, but this is just the start of a multi-part storyline.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Julio Ferriera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, January 3rd, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative #20

The Secret Invasion aftermath continues here, not with a Dark Reign, but a cleansing rain, set to wash new storylines into the Avengers family of titles.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Drew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, January 3rd, 2009

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1

Everyone knows the story, but Eric Shanower and Skottie Young give it another vibrant re-imagination in this Marvel Illustrated version.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Eric Shanower
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, January 3rd, 2009

Scalped #24

Red Crow is revealed as far more complex and monstrous than thought before in the conclusion to “The Gravel in Your Guts.”

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
RM Guera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, January 2nd, 2009

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #2

The second "Umbrella Academy" mini is a bit lower key, but gives its artistic team a chance to shine.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Gerard Way
Artists:
Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Fri, January 2nd, 2009

Hulk #9

The series' fun and beautifully drawn run continues apace, with the Hulk gloriously getting into fights and the spectacle going strong.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Art Adams, Walden Wong, Frank Cho
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Fri, January 2nd, 2009

Punisher War Journal #26

This series ends with a meditation on the absurd nature of the Marvel universe and the Punisher’s place in it, while he waits to kill some idiots on Christmas.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Andy MacDonald
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 1st, 2009

Incognito #1

A disappointing debut issue from the usually brilliant Brubaker and Phillips that reads more like an imitation of the pair’s work than the real thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 1st, 2009

Captain America #45

Consistently one of the best books available, this issue is no exception as past and present are juxtaposed to highlight the differences between the Winter Soldier and the new Captain America.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Luke Ross, Butch Guice, Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 1st, 2009

Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #3

Jason Aaron loves his 70s kung-fu cinema, and it shows in this excellent miniseries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Paco Diaz Luque, Noah Salonga
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, January 1st, 2009

Fantastic Four Cosmic-Size Special #1

Veteran scribe Cary Bates tells an FF tale with some interesting psychological depth.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cary Bates
Artists:
Bing Cansino
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, January 1st, 2009

War Machine #1

Greg Pak and Leonardo Manco present a Punisher-esque War Machine.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Leonardo Manco
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 31st, 2008

Gigantic #2

Earth is the most popular reality show in the universe, and now its inhabitants know it.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Eric Nguyen
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, December 29th, 2008

X-Force #10

An X-Force member offers to make the ultimate sacrifice, while Warpath fights a demonic bear. By Kyle, Yost and Choi.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 29th, 2008

X-Men: Kingbreaker #1

The Starjammers free the Starjammer, and Vulcan consolidates his grip on the Shi’ar empire. By Yost and Weaver

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Dustin Weaver, Jamie Mendoza
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 29th, 2008

The Flash #247

DC wraps up the longest-running post-"Crisis on Infinite Earths" title to make way for life after "Final Crisis". What does this mean for the scarlet speedster? Read on.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Alan Burnett
Artists:
Carlo Barberi, Jim Calafiore, Andre Coelho, Jacob Eguren, Drew Geraci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2008

Trinity #30

Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, and company continue on their year-long trek through "Trinity" and end up spinning a fun alternate-universe comic not quite like any other.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Mike Norton, Art Thibert, Ande Parks
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 28th, 2008

Secret Invasion: Requiem #1

A collection of two vital reprints, framed by eight pages of new story begins to set the stage by addressing the issue of whom the "Mighty Avengers" will be avenging.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley, Jim Shooter
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Bob Hall, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 28th, 2008

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #20

Conceptual problems with the outlook on the Buffy Universe mar this month's entry, featuring a look at the animated series that never made it to air.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, Eric Wight, Ethen Beavers, Adam Van Wyk
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Sat, December 27th, 2008

Rann-Thanagar Holy War #8

Don’t read this comic book. Instead, go buy some old Jim Starlin cosmic comics, because those were great, and this comic is so very bad. Just awful.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Ron Lim, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, December 27th, 2008

Farscape #1

Boom! Studios brings "Farscape" creator Rockne O'Bannon on board to help helm their new mini-series, but so far it's not quite replicating the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" comic success.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Rockne O'Bannon, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Artists:
Tommy Patterson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 27th, 2008

What If? Spider-Man Back in Black #1

Steven Grant asks “What if the Kingpin’s assassin killed Mary Jane?” and the answer will shock you in this thrilling look at how far a man will go for revenge.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Steven Grant
Artists:
Gus Vazquez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 26th, 2008

Batman #683

Grant Morrison’s two-year run comes to a satisfying conclusion as Batman battles through false memories to take on Darkseid’s forces.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 24th, 2008

Daredevil #114

"Lady Bullseye" continues to showcase Brubaker and Lark's best Daredevil work thus far.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 24th, 2008

Punisher: War Zone #2

Ma Gnucci, once one of the biggest thorns in the Punisher’s side, is back from the dead -- or is she? By Ennis and Dillon.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 23rd, 2008

Punisher: War Zone #3

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's rampage through "Punisher: War Zone" will remind you of their original "Punisher" 12-issue mini-series, and that's a fun thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 23rd, 2008

The Spirit #24

With the Christmas Day release of Frank Miller's interpretation of "The Spirit," this seemed like a great time to check in with Will Eisner's most famous creation on the printed page.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sergio Argones, Mark Evanier
Artists:
Chad Hardin, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 23rd, 2008

Captain America: Theater of War: Operation: Zero Point

The "Captain America: Theater of War" series of single-issue tales continues. This time, Cap is after those pinko commies.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 23rd, 2008

Spider-Man: Noir #1

The latest "Noir" title is a disappointing cliche, lacking the dimensions of classic noir fiction.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky
Artists:
Carmine DiGiandomenico
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, December 23rd, 2008

New Avengers #48

The New Avengers assemble once again -- but who’ll make the team? By Bendis and Tan

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Billy Tan, Matt Banning
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 22nd, 2008

Greatest Hits #4

The mystery of the alien invasion deepens, and the hits keep on comin'.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Tischman
Artists:
Glenn Fabry, Gary Erskine
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, December 22nd, 2008

Thor #12

J. Michael Straczynski sheds new light on Loki’s past and how he came to be Odin’s adopted son. It was a lie, but that’s to be expected from the god of trickery.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 21st, 2008

DCU Holiday Special #1

Joe Kelly and Kevin Maguire do nice work in an otherwise mediocre holiday anthology.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates, Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson, Dan DiDio, Paul Dini, Joe Kelly, Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, J. C. Vaughn, Amanda McMurray, Rex Ogle, Alan Burnett, Adam Schlagman
Artists:
Karl Kerschl, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Ian Churchill, Dustin Nguyen, Mick Bertilorenzi, Tim Levins, Dan Davis, Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott, Rafael Albuquerque, Michael J. Dimotta, Kevin Maguire, Rodolfo Migliari
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 21st, 2008
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