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Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo #1

John Layman and Rob Guillory sum up "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" #1 quite elegantly with one line of dialog: "This is no ordinary secret agent chicken."

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 30th, 2014

The Wake #10

"The Wake" #10 brings together everything previously laid out by Scott Snyder in past issues, revealing a far larger and surprisingly epic story that's nicely wrapped up and magnificently chronicled by Sean Murphy.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, July 30th, 2014

Owlgirls #1

A Kickstarter success story, “Owlgirls” #1, from Red Anvil Press trips back to the 1940s to check in on a trio of owl-faced sisters in this story by Robert J. Sodaro, Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan.

Publisher:
Red Anvil Comics
Writer:
Robert J. Sodaro
Artists:
Rachele Aragno, Dave Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 30th, 2014

Elfquest: The Final Quest #4

"Elfquest: The Final Quest" #4 has Wendy and Richard Pini quietly cleaning up a little continuity issue, even as the revelation from the end of the previous issue is followed up.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
Artists:
Wendy Pini
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 29th, 2014

Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm #2

Amid a hailstorm of blood and fury, Thor and Loki arrive in the Tenth Realm to a fight that pits them against the whole of Heven in Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, and Simone Bianchi's "Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron, Al Ewing
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Simone Bianchi
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Tue, July 29th, 2014

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night" #2

The Prodigals are caught between a mutiny and a cannibal in Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger's "Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night" #2.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger, Adam Gorham
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #4

When the events of "Original Sin" cause Peter to realize that he wasn't the only one bitten by a radioactive spider, he rushes across New York City to learn more in Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos' "Amazing Spider-Man" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Supreme: Blue Rose #1

In "Supreme: Blue Rose" #1 by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay, Diana Dane, ace investigative reporter, gets the biggest story she's ever seen for a potential paycheck beyond her wildest dreams -- but there's a catch.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Tula Lotay
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1

"Armor Hunters: Bloodshot" #1, written by Joe Harris with art from Trevor Hairsine is both a compliant crossover tie-in and a dynamic introduction to Bloodshot and the world currently under siege from the Armor Hunters.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Joe Harris
Artists:
Trevor Hairsine
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Ragnarok #1

Brynja is hired to kill a dead god, but she may be in over her head in Walter Simonson's "Ragnarok" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Walter Simonson
Artists:
Walter Simonson
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Zero #9

The story of Zero's birth is revealed in Ales Kot and Tonci Zonjic's "Zero" #9.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ales Kot
Artists:
Tonci Zonjic
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Superman #33

Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson continue to rejuvenate the original superhero with another strong outing in "Superman" #33.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Velvet #6

Velvet redoubles her efforts by returning home and going to the source in Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser's "Velvet" #6.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 28th, 2014

The Midas Flesh #8

After a strong seven issues, Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb's "The Midas Flesh" #8 wobbles slightly on its dismount.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Aquaman #33

Chimera continues to cause havoc as he searches for the "little king of Atlantis" in "Aquaman" #33, written by Jeff Parker and drawn by Paul Pelletier.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Batman and Robin #33

The Justice League make an appearance in "Batman and Robin" #33, sharing their thoughts with Batman in this story written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Patrick Gleason.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Star-Spangled War Stories #1

"Star-Spangled War Stories" #1 introduces G. I. Zombie in a story written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art from Scott Hampton.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Scott Hampton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Saga #21

The disintegration of family in both subtle and unsubtle ways takes center stage in Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's "Saga" #21.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Tüki #1

In "Tüki" #1 by Jeff Smith, Tüki hunts in prehistoric Africa, but an encounter with a wise man of a rival hominid species leads him to venture beyond the three waterfalls of his home territory.

Publisher:
Cartoon Books
Writer:
Jeff Smith
Artists:
Jeff Smith
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Storm #1

As powerful and profound as its protagonist, Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez's "Storm" #1 explores Ororo's ties around the world with befitting subtlety and grace.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Victor Ibanez
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Groo vs. Conan #1

To save them from Groo, the villagers look for the greatest warrior in Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier's "Groo vs. Conan" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier
Artists:
Sergio Aragones, Thomas Yeates
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Wonder Woman #33

It's always darkest before the dawn, as the saying goes, and the First Born lays siege to Paradise Island in "Wonder Woman" #33 courtesy Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 28th, 2014

Batman #33

"Batman" #33 wraps up "Zero Year" with a story that has Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia pull out all the stops with riddles, depression and commitment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 23rd, 2014

Trees #3

Just when you thought you knew what the series was about, Warren Ellis and Jason Howard surprise you with "Trees" #3, which shifts away from the, "What are the Trees doing?" plot thread.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 23rd, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #5 wraps up the first story of the new season, and Gage, Brendon and Issacs show that the new setup is full of possibilities and fun, even as it's unpredictable.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 23rd, 2014

She-Hulk #6

She-Hulk's search for answers about the Blue File brings a few unwieldy new "clients" to her office in Charles Soule and Ron Wimberly's "She-Hulk" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ron Wimberly
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Umbral #7

Rascal and her allies arrive at a farm called Sunrise in Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's "Umbral" #7.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Christopher Mitten
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Silver Surfer #4

In "Silver Surfer" #4, Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred turns the action from outer space adventures to horror and mythological monsters in Dawn's small New England town of Anchor Bay.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Michael Allred
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Ms. Marvel #6

Kamala teams up with Wolverine to fight sewer alligators in G. Willow Wilson and Jacob Wyatt's "Ms. Marvel" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jacob Wyatt
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

A licensed comic book can be hard to land tonally, but Al Ewing, Rob Williams, and Simon Fraser nail it on their first try with "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Marc Ellerby
Artists:
Simon Fraser, Marc Ellerby
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Elektra #4

W. Hayden Blackman and Mike Del Mundo's "Elektra" #4 is another example of absolutely stunning visuals propping up the story that struggles to find its center.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
Mike Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Rat Queens #7

A new villain is afoot and making plans in Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch's "Rat Queens" #7.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artists:
Roc Upchurch
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

"Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor" #1 is off to a quiet but solid start from Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande, focusing on a Mexican-American family running a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Nick Abadzis
Artists:
Elena Casagrande, Michele Pasta, Paolo Villanelli, Luca Lamberti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 21st, 2014

Batman Eternal #15

In "Batman Eternal" #15, Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen pick up the neglected story thread about Batwing and Corrigan at Arkham Asylum.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Original Sin #6

Nick Fury reveals why he's assembled everyone for the investigation in "Original Sin" #6 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, July 18th, 2014

The Wicked + The Divine #2

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie deliver a gorgeous and fascinating second issue for their creator-owned "The Wicked + The Divine."

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Black Market #1

With a thankless job and an ailing wife, Raymond Willis turns to harvesting superhero DNA to find a cure in Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos' "Black Market" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Victor Santos
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Avengers World #9

Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli take what could have been a dark trip to the future and make it joyous in "Avengers World" #9, thanks to the duo of Cannonball and Sunspot.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Dark Engine #1

"Dark Engine" #1 has some crazy artwork courtesy John Bivens, but as the main character of Sym hacks things up, you might find yourself a little lost in Ryan Burton's story.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ryan Burton
Artists:
John Bivens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego" #1 is a fun and self-deprecating romp as one of comics' craziest characters makes her way to comics' most high-profile event.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
John Timms, Marco Failla, Javier Garron, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Dave Johnson, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, Paul Pope
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, July 18th, 2014
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