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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 clichéd 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

All-Star Western #31

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray show their usual excellent storytelling skill in "All-Star Western" #31, but their Madame .44 backup doesn't have the same vibe, but Staz Johnson and Jose Luis Garcia-López make both look great.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Staz Johnson, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, May 29th, 2014

Fantastic Four #5

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk deliver a grand tour of the Marvel Universe and begin dealing with the ramifications of the assault on New York in “Fantastic Four” #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten, Rick Magyar, Chris Samnee, Dean Haspiel, Paul Rivoche, Phil Jimenez, Mike Allred, Jim Starlin, Andy Smith, Jerry Ordway, Derlis Santacruz, June Brigman, Roy Richardson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 29th, 2014

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1

Mark Waid and Neil Edwards introduce readers to Adam Spektor and company in "Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Neil Edwards
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 29th, 2014

Nightwing #30

Dick Grayson's time as a grown-up sidekick draws to a close in "Nightwing" #30 from writers Tim Seeley and Tom King and a slew of artists.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Tom King
Artists:
Javier Garron, Jorge Lucas, Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 29th, 2014

Thanos Annual #1

Jim Starlin returns to write the character he created four decades ago in "Thanos Annual" #1, and with artist Ron Lim bridges the gap between his classic Thanos stories and upcoming events in a convoluted but enjoyable standalone story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Ron Lim, Andy Smith
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, May 29th, 2014

Suicide Squad #30

"Suicide Squad" #30 has Sean Ryan set up his upcoming "New Suicide Squad" in its page, and this assemblage of new and old villains is off to a reasonable start.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan
Artists:
Andre Coelho, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 29th, 2014

Batman #31

The second installment of "Zero Year: Savage City" from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo gives "Batman" #31 a fight with some lions and a supercool early Batcycle scene.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 28th, 2014

Clive Barker's Nightbreed #1

"Clive Barker's Nightbreed" #1 brings the old movie and comics property back to life, and Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko, and Piotr Kowalski's story of monsters hidden among us has promise.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Piotr Kowalski
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 28th, 2014

Trees #1

"Trees" #1 is as much world-building as it is narrative, but Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's comic about a slow-game alien invasion is almost instantly gripping.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 28th, 2014

24: Underground #2

Ed Brisson and Michael Gaydos prove that they "get" what's great about the TV drama "24," and therefore deliver a similarly tense and thrilling story in "24: Underground" #2 that has everything the show does except the t

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ed Brisson
Artists:
Michael Gaydos
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 28th, 2014

Translucid #2

Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert examine and question superhero archetypes and how this world is connected to that of a troubled boy in "Translucid" #2, where these worlds are uniquely established by artists Daniel Bayliss & Adam Metcalf.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert
Artists:
Daniel Bayliss
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 28th, 2014

Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell

When a botched heist lands Black Canary in a whole lot more trouble than she bargained for, she turns to her old friend Zatanna for help in Paul Dini and Joe Quinones' "Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Joe Quinones
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, May 26th, 2014

Rocket Girl #5

DaYoung goes undercover in 1986, while in 2013 Gomez and LeShawn go after Quintum Mechanics in Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder's "Rocket Girl" #5.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brandon Montclare
Artists:
Amy Reeder
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 26th, 2014

All-New Doop #2

In "All-New Doop" #2 by Peter Milligan and David Lafuente, Doop woos Kitty while continuing to assist in the events of the "Battle of the Atom" storyline.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 26th, 2014

Elektra #2

W. Haden Blackman and Mike Del Mundo's visually stunning "Elektra" picks up the pace in the second issue as our anti-hero finally finds an active voice.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
Mike Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, May 26th, 2014

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

Ben Hatke's engaging superheroic trilogy following Zita the Spacegirl comes to a close with "The Return of Zita The Spacegirl."

Publisher:
First Second
Writer:
Ben Hatke
Artists:
Ben Hatke
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, May 26th, 2014

X-O Manowar #25

"X-O Manowar" #25 is an extra-sized anniversary celebration from Robert Venditti and company that celebrates the past and also looks forward to the upcoming "Armor Hunters" story.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti, Andy Runton, Justin Jordan, Tom Fowler
Artists:
J.G. Jones, Bryan Hitch, Diego Bernard, Allison Rodriguez, Andy Runton, Rafer Roberts, Tom Fowler, Sean Chen, John Rauch, Barry Kitson, Allan Passalaqua, Cary Nord
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 26th, 2014

The Last Broadcast #1

"The Last Broadcast" #1 by André Sirangel and Gabriel Iumazark has a ton of moody potential and is loaded with mysteries waiting to be explored.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Andre Sirangelo
Artists:
Gabriel Iumazark
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, May 26th, 2014

Velvet #5

In "Velvet" #5 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, the revelation about Mockingbird triggers Velvet's memories about their love and loss and a related loss of her childhood hero and mentor.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, May 23rd, 2014

Ordinary #1

In Rob Williams and D'Israeli's "Ordinary" #1, Michael was just an ordinary man in an ordinary world – until everyone around him manifested super powers, that is!

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
D'Israeli
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, May 23rd, 2014

Original Sin #2

As the Mindless Ones continue to develop their own consciousness, the Avengers track down the Watcher's murderers in Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato's "Original Sin" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, May 23rd, 2014
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