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Elektra #5

W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo's "Elektra" #5 closes up the first arc for the series and delivers easily its most impressive issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
Michael Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 22nd, 2014

Storm #2

Storm resolves to make a difference in one girl's life but finds surprising answers to her questions in Greg Pak and Victor IbaƱez's second issue of "Storm."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Victor Ibanez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 22nd, 2014

Infinity Man and the Forever People #3

"Infinity Man and the Forever People" #3 features an appearance from Infinity Man, a fight with Mantis and a trip into Dreamer's dreams from writers Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen with Jim Starlin providing the cosmically charged artwork.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Jim Starlin, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 22nd, 2014

Batwoman #34

"Batwoman" #34 presents developments in Batwoman's career and her love life, as written by Marc Andreyko and drawn by Moritat and Jeremy Haun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Moritat, Jeremy Haun, Pia Guerra
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 22nd, 2014

New 52: Futures End #16

"New 52: Futures End" #16 welcomes Stormguard to its mix of characters thanks to Jesus Merino on art with a story from Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 22nd, 2014

Justice, Inc #1

"Justice, Inc." #1, written by Michael Uslan and drawn by Giovanni Timpano, brings a troubled time travel adventure with Doc Savage, the Shadow and the Avenger.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Michael Uslan
Artists:
Giovanni Timpano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 21st, 2014

Daredevil #7

Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez' "Daredevil" #7 is just another awesome issue of the series, and an "Original Sin" tie-in, full of the usual surprises, beautifully arranged art, stunning colors and understanding of the characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, August 21st, 2014

The Delinquents #1

A map drawn on the skinned hindquarters of a hobo set Quantum and Woody on a collision course with Archer and Armstrong in the pages of "The Delinquents" #1, written by James Asmus and Fred Van Lente with art from Kano.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
James Asmus, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Kano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 21st, 2014

Batman Eternal #20

"Batman Eternal" #20's plot isn't the problem, as the Gotham Underground, Brazil, and Blackgate share the spotlight, but Simeoni's art is just as scattered as the story's locations.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artists:
Emanuel Simeoni
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 21st, 2014

Fables #143

"Fables" #143 has the series racing towards a conclusion, but everything's happening so fast that Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's sprint feels more like a crash and burn.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Tony Akins, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 21st, 2014

Supreme: Blue Rose #2

"Supreme: Blue Rose" #2 is a truly gorgeous comic thanks to Tula Lotay, but Warren Ellis' story feels deliberately scattered and obtuse.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Tula Lotay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 21st, 2014

The Multiversity #1

"The Multiversity" #1 explodes with characters and concepts from the mind of Grant Morrison and is drawn into the pages by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 21st, 2014

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1

"Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland" #1 could have been a crass retread of Windsor McCay's masterpiece, but instead Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic pays homage even as it shines.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Eric Shanower
Artists:
Gabriel Rodriguez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 20th, 2014

The Fade Out #1

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's "The Fade Out" #1 is the perfect first issue, slowly doling out information about a 1948 boozy party in Hollywood that ended in the perfect murder.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 20th, 2014

Black Market #2

Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos' "Black Market" #2 is a bumpier ride thanks to a few too many flashbacks early on, but smooths out as the issue progresses.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Victor Santos
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, August 20th, 2014

Trees #4

"Trees" #4 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard tells compelling stories of two main characters that also reveal more about the mystery of the Trees, in another excellent issue that will snag the few readers who haven't fully committed.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, August 20th, 2014

The Dream Merchant #4

The migration begins, and Winslow and Anne find themselves without the Merchant to help in Nathan Edmondson & Konstantin Novosadov's "The Dream Merchant" #4.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Konstantin Novosadov
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 18th, 2014

The Wicked + The Divine #3

Laura finds herself caught in a clash between two angry pop gods in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked and the Divine" #3.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, August 18th, 2014

Shutter #5

In "Shutter" #5 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, Kate Kristopher has a chance to talk with her newly revealed half-brother, Chris Kristopher Jr., and their conversation leads Kate to uncover one of her father's greatest lies.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Leila del Duca
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, August 18th, 2014

The Tower Chronicles, Book 2: Dreadstalker #1

When the Matawa First Nations council has a wendigo problem, they call John Tower in "The Tower Chronicles, Book 2: Dreadstalker" #1.

Publisher:
Legendary Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Simon Bisley
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 18th, 2014

The Walking Dead #130

A game-changing development in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's "The Walking Dead" #130 is unfortunately bungled in the execution.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, August 18th, 2014

Spider-Man 2099 #2

Peter David and Will Sliney slow things down a bit and check in on Miguel's personal life in "Spider-Man 2099" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Will Sliney
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 18th, 2014

Jason Shiga's Demon #1

"Jason Shiga's Demon" #1 is just the tip of the iceberg for Shiga's comic that mixes adventure with puzzle-solving, for those who are willing to hang in and wait.

Publisher:
Shiga Books
Writer:
Jason Shiga
Artists:
Jason Shiga
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 18th, 2014

New Suicide Squad #2

"New Suicide Squad" #2 has Sean Ryan joined by Tom Denerick and a slew of finishers, even as we start to see the differences between the similarly-armed members of the Squad.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan
Artists:
Tom Denerick, Scott Hanna, Mark Irwin, Norm Rapmund, Batt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 18th, 2014

All-New X-Men #30

"All-New X-Men" #30's story from Brian Michael Bendis about Angel, X-23, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost is fine, but it's Sara Pichelli's art that does the truly heavy lifting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 18th, 2014

Fantastic Four #8

James Robinson continues to drag the FF into the darkness highlighted by Leonard Kirk's handsome art in "Fantastic Four" #8.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, August 18th, 2014

Sex Criminals #7

Suzie and Rach reunite, Jon discovers Kegel Face's secret sex dungeon, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky continue to serve up a mixture of sweetness and sex-based adventure. Plus, the Dildo Throne.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 18th, 2014

Original Sin #7

"Original Sin" #7 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato is one big fight, "Nick Fury vs. The World," and the biggest loser is Thor, son of Odin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, August 15th, 2014

X-Men #18

"X-Men" #18 brings in Marc Guggenheim and Harvey Tolibao for a guest story arc, and as they head off into space you'll wish that this was the new permanent creative team.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao, Ed Tadeo, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Avengers Undercover #8

Three months later, the Murder World survivors finally get the insider info they need in Dennis Hopeless and Tigh Walker's "Avengers Undercover" #8.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Tigh Walker
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Hexed #1

Michael Alan Nelson's "Hexed" returns to Boom! with a new story and new artist, Dan Mora.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Dan Mora
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Captain Marvel #6

Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez bring the first arc of the new "Captain Marvel" to a close as Carol's attempt to do some good for the people of Torfa comes to a violent conclusion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
David Lopez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Inhuman #3

"Inhuman" #3 rounds out the opening story arc from Charles Soule and artist Joe Madureira as Medusa leads her followers to attack Lash and the residents of Orollan.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Joe Madureira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #5

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos provide a witty, character-driven, balanced, and lighthearted story that explores Peter's relationship with Silk, and the Black Cat's vendetta against Peter, in "Amazing Spider-Man" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Hulk #5

Gerry Duggan joins Mark Bagley and the rest of the creative team in "Hulk" #5 and introduces readers to Doctor Green.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 15th, 2014

Batman Eternal #19

Tim Seeley helms "Batman Eternal" #19 by interweaving tightly-paced story threads embellished with clever dialogue, while artist Emanuel Simeoni and colorist Blond adds to the mood with dense and richly textured panels that pack each page.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Emanuel Simeoni
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, August 14th, 2014

Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

"Godzilla: Cataclysm" #1, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Dave Wachter, delivers the story of people trying to pick up the pieces of life -- and society -- in the wake of monster-spawned calamity.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Dave Wachter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 14th, 2014

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

DC brings readers another worthwhile digital-first comics starring one of their trinity with "Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman" #1, written by Gail Simone and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ethan Van Sciver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 13th, 2014

Batman #34

"Batman" finally returns to the present day, as Gerry Duggan, Scott Snyder, and Matteo Scalera bring us on a search for a killer whose greatest wish... is to be anonymous.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Matteo Scalera
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 13th, 2014

Star Wars #20

Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda draw a close to their exploration from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away throughout the pages of "Star Wars" #20.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Carlos D'Anda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 13th, 2014
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