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Wytches #3

Scott Snyder adds a real-life kind of horror to the supernatural, continuing to evolve the story in "Wytches" #3, while Jock and Matt Hollingsworth make add a sort of surreal haziness to the mood that makes the whole thing even scarier.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, December 17th, 2014

Batman #37

Scott Snyder ramps up his "Endgame" arc with more creepiness and some big surprises in "Batman" #37, all effectively and beautifully captured by Greg Capullo, Danny Mike and FCO Plascencia, and a related backup story adds some extra va

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Greg Capullo, John McCrea, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, December 17th, 2014

They're Not Like Us #1

Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane ensure "They're Not Like Us" #1 is not like any other comic about superpowered youngsters, with a well-characterized and nicely detailed issue that takes a minimal approach.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Eric Stephenson
Artists:
Simon Gane
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, December 16th, 2014

The Empty Man #6

In its final issue, Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey's "The Empty Man" #6 concludes Langford and Jensen's search for the missing children but leaves many questions open to interpretation.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Vanesa R. Del Rey
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, December 15th, 2014

Copperhead #4

In "Copperhead" #4 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski, both Clara and Boo hunt down leads, each going into treacherous territory: Clara to the Badlands after dark and Boo into an old memory.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jay Faerber
Artists:
Scott Godlewski
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 15th, 2014

Wild's End #4

With Fawkes in tow, the group flees to an abandoned pub in Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard's "Wild's End" #4.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Dan Abnett
Artists:
I.N.J. Culbard
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 15th, 2014

Batgirl #37

Babs tracks down a Batgirl impersonator in Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr's "Batgirl" #37.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 15th, 2014

Shutter #7

In "Shutter" #7 by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca, Kate and Chris are abducted by their big sister's dragon and Alarm Cat loses his head.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Leila Del Duca
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 15th, 2014

AXIS: Carnage #3

The latest Carnage mini comes to a lackluster conclusion in Rick Spears and German Peralta's “AXIS: Carnage #3."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Spears
Artists:
German Peralta
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, December 15th, 2014

Rocket Raccoon #6

From Ego to Knowhere, "Rocket Raccoon" #6, written by Skottie Young and drawn by Jake Parker "involves way too many planet-sized heads."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Jake Parker
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 15th, 2014

Southern Bastards #6

The second story arc for "Southern Bastards" continues to let Jason Aaron and Jason Latour dig into Coach Boss's past, and his teenage years are tortured and almost make you feel bad for him. Almost.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jason Latour
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #7

The inverted villains try to distract Apocalypse as the bomb ticks down in Rick Remender and Adam Kubert's "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Adam Kubert
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #11

The Spiders of the Multiverse face their biggest challenge yet in Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #11.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Wade Von Grawbadger, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Avengers World #16

"Avengers World" #16 concludes its "AXIS" tie-in two-parter, in which the replacement Avengers mostly stand around and do nothing as part of a setup for another upcoming series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer, Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Marco Checchetto, Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla #1

In "Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla" #1, writer John Reilly and artist Tom Rogers bring the legendary literary figure and equally impressive inventor into a team up that leads to inspiration of sorts.

Publisher:
Action Lab Comics
Writer:
John Reilly
Artists:
Tom Rogers, Dexter Weeks, Michelle Nikolajevic
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 12th, 2014

George Pérez's Sirens #2

The Sirens need to jump back in time in order to save the Earth from destruction in the uneven new issue of "George Pérez's Sirens."

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
George Pérez
Artists:
George Pérez
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

"The Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 presents two "Spider-Verse" free stories from writers Sean Ryan and Jai Nitz with art from Brandon Peterson and Ron Salas.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan, Cale Atkinson, Jai Nitz
Artists:
Brandon Peterson, Cale Atkinson, Ron Salas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Afterlife With Archie #7

Archie and most of the gang continue to survive the spreading zombie apocalypse in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7, another powerful and somber issue that continues to deliver surprises.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, December 12th, 2014

Thor #3

"Thor" #3 continues the new Thor's fight against the frost giants and Malekith, as Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman continue to craft a series that's a perfect jumping on point for any who like superheroes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 11th, 2014

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

"Uncanny X-Men Annual" #1 has Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino begin to tell us what happened to Eva Bell during her years-long time jaunt, but for a story about time, its timing is off.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 11th, 2014

Eternal #1

Too many ideas and not enough character development weigh down a fantastic concept in William Harms and Giovanni Valleta's "Eternal" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
William Harms
Artists:
Giovanni Valleta
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, December 11th, 2014

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1

At the request of his frequent ally, Wolverine, Spidey swings into the Jean Grey School for "Spider-Man and the X-Men" #1, written by Elliott Kalan and drawn by Marco Failla.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Elliott kalan
Artists:
Marco Failla
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 11th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Written by Brian Bendis with art by Frank Cho, "Guardians of the Galaxy Annual" #1 hits the racks at a prime moment, just days after the feature film became available on Blu-Ray.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Frank Cho
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 11th, 2014

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

Most comics of this nature are a little painful, but "Harley Quinn Holiday Special" #1 has Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Brandt Peters and Darwyn Cooke bring the hilarity.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Mauricet, Brandt Peters, Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 10th, 2014

Savage Dragon #200

"Savage Dragon" #200 has plenty of exactly what readers have come to expect from Erik Larsen, which covers quite a large range of content and character.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Erik Larsen, Joe Keatinge, Gary Carlson
Artists:
Erik Larsen, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Herb Trimpe, Chris Burnham, Travis Sengaus, Nikos Koutsis, Mike Toris, Frank Fosco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 10th, 2014

Sex Criminals #9

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky not only move the overall plot forward in "Sex Criminals" #10 (Jon & Suzie prepare to try and stop the Sex Police), but give us a great backstory to a new character.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 10th, 2014

Deep State #2

"Deep State" #2 could have been tired and clichéd, but instead is remarkably fresh -- thanks to the deftness of Justin Jordan and some creepy renderings by Ariela Kristantina -- and holds together despite a somewhat incoherent cliffhanger.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Justin Jordan
Artists:
Ariela Kristantina
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, December 10th, 2014

The Valiant #1

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have millennia of backstory to establish and don't make The Eternal Warrior seem very competent, but "The Valiant" #1 is still a fun introduction that showcases a diverse array of characters drawn by Paolo Rivera.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt
Artists:
Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, December 10th, 2014

Grayson #5

Dick, Helena and Midnighter must survive a cross-desert journey in Tom King, Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin's "Grayson" #5.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 8th, 2014

Inhuman #9

Charles Soule and Ryan Stegman's "Inhuman" #9 plunges into "AXIS," where we find inverted Medusa at her worst and more dangerous than ever.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ryan Stegman
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, December 8th, 2014

Penny Dora and The Wishing Box #2

In "Penny Dora and the Wishing Box" #2 by Michael Stock and Sina Grace, Penny and Elizabeth answer the Wishing Box's call.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Michael Stock
Artists:
Sina Grace
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 8th, 2014

The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #2

The Great Champion emerges, but he isn't what anyone expected in Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw" #2.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Benjamin Dewey
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 8th, 2014

Swamp Thing #37

Writer Charles Soule, artist Jesus Saiz, colorist Matt Hollingsworth and letterer Travis Lanham pull out all the stops as they introduce the Machine Queen and set her on a path of conquest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 8th, 2014

Legendary Star-Lord #6

In "Legendary Star-Lord" #6, writer Sam Humphries and artist Paco Medina finally send Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde on a date, and chaos ensues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 8th, 2014

Dash #2

"Dash" #2 continues the story of private eye Dashell Malone; his lover's been murdered but the Egyptian-themed murders continue, courtesy Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable.

Publisher:
Northwest Press
Writer:
Dave Ebersole
Artists:
Delia Gable
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 5th, 2014

Wolf Moon #1

Once every full moon, the Wolf resurfaces in a hailstorm of blood and gore -- and Dillon plans to put a stop to it once and for all in Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Haun's "Wolf Moon" #1.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Jeremy Haun
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, December 5th, 2014

Fairest #32

"Fairest" #32 wraps up the final storyline of the series (with a one-shot to go), and Mark Buckingham and Russ Braun's story continues its rambling, slightly nonsensical nature.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mark Buckingham
Artists:
Russ Braun, Andrew Pepoy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 5th, 2014

Chew #45

In "Chew" #45 by John Layman and Rob Guillory, most of the FDA team is under the knife in ER after last issue's disastrous attempt to collect The Collector, and the last page has a jaw-dropping plot twist.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, December 5th, 2014

Escape From New York #1

Having potentially started World War III, Snake Plissken heads to Florida in Christopher Sebela & Diego Barreto's "Escape From New York" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, December 5th, 2014

Peach and the Isle of Monsters #1

Aw Yeah Comics! adds another title to their catalog with "Peach and the Isle of Monsters" #1, written by Franco Aureliani and drawn by Agnes Garbowska.

Publisher:
AW YEAH COMICS!
Writer:
Franco Aureliani
Artists:
Agnes Garbowska
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 5th, 2014
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