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Bodies #1

Murder! Underground organizations! Intrigue! Si Spencer, Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay & Phil Winslade join forces to spin a tale spanning 160 years and four protagonists in "Bodies" #1.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Si Spencer
Artists:
Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Nick Bradshaw, Michael Avon Oeming, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Outcast #2

"Outcast" #2 follows on from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's powerful debut, as readers learn a little more about possession and the greater forces and conspiracies at work in Kyle's life.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 1st, 2014

The Massive #25

As Brian Wood and Garry Brown's "The Massive" #25 begins the final arc of the series, the arc itself begins to chronicle what appears to be actual end of the world, in a tense & ominous tale that benefits from its atypically personal story.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Garry Brown
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Justice League #32

The all-new Doom Patrol tackles the all-new Power Ring, even as Lex Luthor wants to build an all-new Justice League, courtesy Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, and Keith Champagne.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 31st, 2014

The Sandman: Overture #3

"The Sandman: Overture" #3 not only continues the story from the first two issues courtesy Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, but also gives us information connecting to earlier "Sandman" story arcs.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Neil Gaiman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 31st, 2014

Cyclops #3

In "Cyclops" #3 Russell Dauterman and Greg Rucka strand Cyclops and his father, Corsair, on "Gilligan's Planet," forcing them to discuss their relationship.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 31st, 2014

100th Anniversary Special: Guardians of the Galaxy #1

"100th Anniversary Special: Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 presents a fun romp across the galaxy from writers Andy Lanning and Ron Marz with art from Gustavo Duarte.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Artists:
Gustavo Duarte
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 31st, 2014

C.O.W.L. #3

"C.O.W.L." #3 brings the spotlight to Radia in a relatively low-key issue that adds mortar to the foundation of this world being built by writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel with art from Rod Reis and letters from Troy Peteri.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Artists:
Rod Reis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 31st, 2014

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
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