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Uncanny X-Men Special #1

"Uncanny X-Men Special" #1 kicks off a crossover story between Cyclops' X-Men team, Iron Man, and Nova, but Sean Ryan and Ron Ackins's story feels startlingly average.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan
Artists:
Ron Ackins, Norman Lee, Roberto Poggi, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 11th, 2014

Armor Hunters #1

Robert Venditti makes sure readers know what's going on in "Armor Hunters" #1, whether they read "X-O Manowar" or not. This alien threat is perfectly laid out by Doug Braithwaite, who makes a nice-looking & accessible story.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, June 11th, 2014

Wildfire #1

Matt Hawkins and Linda Sejic demonstrate that the scariest apocalyptic scenario is one that's all-too realistic in "Wildfire" #1, an engaging extrapolation of some of today's current events.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Matt Hawkins
Artists:
Linda Sejic
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, June 11th, 2014

Cyclops #2

The Corsair's less-than-spotless reputation stirs up a little trouble during the father-son duo's intergalactic road trip in Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman's "Cyclops" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Loki: Agent of Asgard #5

The real nature of the mission and the real agent of Asgard are both revealed in Al Ewing and Lee Garbett's "Loki: Agent of Asgard" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Lee Garbett
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, June 9th, 2014

The Wake #9

"The Wake" #9 by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy brings Leeward and her shipmates to the source of the signal, which leads to a crisis of faith among the crew and also eventually to an encounter that is equal parts predictable and impossible.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Madame Frankenstein #2

Vincent continues to train and educate Courtney/Gail in disturbing ways in Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens's "Madame Frankenstein" #2.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jamie S. Rich
Artists:
Megan Levens
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Vampirella #1

Vampirella embarks on a dangerous new mission that immediately goes awry in Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter's "Vampirella" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Nancy A. Collins
Artists:
Patrick Berkenkotter, Dennis Crisostomo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Green Arrow #32

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #32 picks up in the aftermath of the "Outsiders War," as Seattle is overwhelmed by a crime wave, even as a new Green Arrow debuts.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Five Weapons #9

Jimmie Robinson's "Five Weapons" #9 continues Robinson's pattern of pulling together previously-placed clues, then adding a nice twist, even as the enemy for this storyline is revealed.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jimmie Robinson
Artists:
Jimmie Robinson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Swamp Thing #32

It's round two between Swampy and Aquaman in "Swamp Thing" #32, but Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz make sure that you don't need to have read their previous encounter to enjoy this.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Amazing X-Men #8

Ed McGuinness returns to the title with new writing duo Craig Kyle and Chris Yost as "Amazing X-Men" #8 opens up "World War Wendigo!"

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Moon Knight #4

In "Moon Knight" #6 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, Marc Spector makes his way into a persistent group dream that is driving the subjects of a sleep research project mad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Black Widow #7

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, June 9th, 2014

Big Trouble in Little China #1

Jack Burton is back, and he's brought a whole heap of trouble with him in this fun sequel to the cult classic film.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artists:
Brian Churilla
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, June 6th, 2014

Princess Ugg #1

Ted Naifeh's "Princess Ugg" #1 has rough edges and a lack of clarity that get in the way of an otherwise charming story with lots of potential.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Ted Naifeh
Artists:
Ted Naifeh
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, June 6th, 2014

Ghost #4

Kelly Sue DeConnick bids farewell to the title character she revamped in "Ghost" #4, and this glimpse into Elisa's past is a fitting final story for DeConnick, even as Elisa herself is poised for the future.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, June 6th, 2014

Rise of the Magi #1

On a visit to bother his brother, Asa Stone finds himself caught in a battle for control of the universe's magic.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Marc Silvestri
Artists:
Sumeyye Kesgin, Marc Silvestri
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, June 6th, 2014

Captain America #21

"Captain America" #21 draws to a close Rick Remender's "The Iron Nail" storyline. And as with all war stories, a terrible price must be paid.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Nic Klein
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, June 6th, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #5

"The New 52: Futures End" #5 breaks down the Firestorm matrix and dials up the latest Terrifitech creation while Grifter lies helpless, in enemy hands.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Jesus Merino, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 5th, 2014

Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1

Jimmy Palmiotti presents two tales in "Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides" #1, with art from Juan Santacruz, Noberto Fernandez and Steve Mannion.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Juan Santacruz, Noberto Fernandez, Steve Mannion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 5th, 2014

Amazing X-Men Annual #1

Monty Nero and Salvador Larroca deliver an attractive but blandly scripted lead feature in "Amazing X-Men Annual" #1, which is salvaged somewhat by Marguerite Bennett and Juan Doe's offbeat and eclectic backup piece.

Publisher:
Markosia
Writer:
Monty Nero, Margueritte Bennett
Artists:
Salvador Larroca, Juan Doe, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, June 5th, 2014

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #2

After last issue's surprising return, Brian Michael Bendis and Dave Marquez bring back more surprise characters with surprising agendas in "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Dave Marquez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 4th, 2014

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #1

Comic fans everywhere can exclaim "Aw Yeah!" as Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani revisit a fan-favorite with "Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Art Baltazar, Franco
Artists:
Art Baltazar
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 4th, 2014

Avengers World #7

Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli debut S.P.E.A.R. in "Avengers World" #7, and while the concept is a good one, the series continues to move at a glacial pace.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 4th, 2014

Original Sin #3

"Original Sin" #3 is the sort of comic where Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato just throw random scenes together, and it succeeds in spite of its hodgepodge nature.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 4th, 2014

Batman Eternal #9

A surprise-filled "Batman Eternal" #9 takes Batman outside of Gotham, as Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, and Guillem March all deliver a nicely focused and impressively rendered chapter of an immense storyline.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, June 4th, 2014

C.O.W.L. #1

Short for the Chicago Organized Workers League, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis' "C.O.W.L." #1 finds its superpowered members disgruntled and bitter following a golden age of heroes.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Artists:
Rod Reis
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Tue, June 3rd, 2014

The Woods #2

James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas maintain the pervasive fear and tension of a school transported to alien surroundings in "The Woods" #2, but the issue suffers a bit from some weak characterization and clich├ęd situations.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Michael Dialynas
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, June 3rd, 2014

Sheltered #9

The body count rises as the balance of power in Safehaven shifts -- again.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brisson
Artists:
Johnnie Christmas
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Tue, June 3rd, 2014

Legend of Bold Riley #1

Fresh off her own heartbreak, Riley works to reunite two dead lovers.

Publisher:
Northwest Press
Writer:
Leia Weathington
Artists:
Jonothan Dalton
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, June 2nd, 2014

Ms. Marvel #4

Kamala develops her powers further and finds some limitations as she's forced to let her best friend Bruno in on her superhero secret

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, June 2nd, 2014

Harbinger #23

The death of a Renegade raises new questions about Pete Stanchek's agenda in this solid issue.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Joshua Dysart
Artists:
Clayton Henry, Khari Evans
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, June 2nd, 2014

Chew/Revival #1

"Chew/Revival" by John Layman, Tim Seeley, Rob Guillory and Mike Norton is an unlikely crossover, but the Chewverse and Rothschild, Wisconsin meld together surprisingly well, and fans of the two series will be more than satisfied.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Rob Guillory, Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, May 30th, 2014

Brass Sun #1

Wren must discover what's freezing her universe to death in the debut issue of Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard's "Brass Sun."

Publisher:
2000AD
Writer:
Ian Edginton
Artists:
I.N.J. Culbard
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, May 30th, 2014

Elfquest: The Final Quest #3

"Elfquest: The Final Quest" #3 starts off a bit slow, but Wendy and Richard Pini make sure to end it with a bang as Ember's tribe remains in great danger.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
Artists:
Wendy Pini
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 30th, 2014

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #5 #5

"Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird" #5 draws the adventures of Maxwell and Melody Keep to a close -- for now -- courtesy of writer Brandon Seifert and artist Karl Moline.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brandon Seifert
Artists:
Karl Moline, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, May 30th, 2014

Inhuman #2

Charles Soule and Joe Madureira's "Inhuman" #2 is supposed to be one of Marvel's big new comics, but unfortunately comes across as lackluster.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Joe Madureira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 30th, 2014

Aquaman #31

Aquaman brings the fight to Swamp Thing in "Aquaman" #31, written by Jeff Parker with art by Paul Pelletier and Alvaro Martinez.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Alvaro Martinez, Sean Parsons, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, May 30th, 2014

Batman Eternal #8

"Batman Eternal" #8 has John Layman, Guillem March, and company show us what happens when Batman is caught between the GCPD and the Roman's empire, even as Stephanie Brown scrambles to survive.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Raw Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 29th, 2014
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