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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

Justice League 3000 #12

The "Justice League International" versions of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are back, but in the 31st century, courtesy Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Howard Porter, and they're still silly.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Howard Porter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Detective Comics #37

"Detective Comics" #37 looks dazzlingly beautiful courtesy Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, but this opening chapter to "Anarky" feels like fragments of multiple stories stitched together.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Shaft #1

Shut your mouth! And read "Shaft" #1, written by David F. Walker and drawn by Bilquis Evely.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
David F. Walker
Artists:
Bilquis Evely
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1

With gorgeous art from Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans, "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1 brings readers the adventures of the angel of Heven in this comic book written by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Tom Palmer, Stephanie Hans
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Crossed Plus 100 #1

One of comics' greatest writers delivers a bland debut in Alan Moore and Gabriel Andrade's "Crossed Plus 100" #1.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
Gabriel Andrade
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Green Lantern #37

"Green Lantern" #37 presents the opening chapter of the final act of "Godhead" in a story written by Robert Venditti and drawn by Francis Portela.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Thanos Vs. Hulk #1

It's called "Thanos vs. Hulk" #1, but Jim Starlin barely provides an encounter between the two titans in a story full of painfully awkward moments and exchanges. Still, it's somewhat fun by virtue of Starlin's old-school take on t

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Jim Starlin, Andy Smith
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, December 4th, 2014

Valiant-Sized Quantum & Woody #1

Quantum and Woody get star treatment in a standalone mega-sized read written by Tim Siedell and James Asmus with art from Pere Pérez and Brian Level in "Valiant-Sized Quantum and Woody" #1.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Tim Siedell, James Asmus
Artists:
Pere Perez, Brian Level
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 3rd, 2014

Gotham Academy #3

Olive Silverlock and company continue to explore the supernatural side of school in "Gotham Academy" #3, even as we learn more about the interpersonal relationships between the characters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl kerschl
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 3rd, 2014

Secret Six #1

"Secret Six" #1 is off to a good start courtesy Gail Simone and Ken Lashley, as six new characters find themselves locked in a room with no exit and an unanswered question being asked.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ken Lashley, Drew Geraci
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 3rd, 2014

Archie #662

It's not a Merry Christmas for Mr. Lodge because of Archie's tomfoolery, but Archie tries to make it up to him in the comical "Archie" #662 by Angelo DeCesare, Pat Kennedy, and T.M. Kennedy.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Angelo DeCesare
Artists:
Pat Kennedy, T.M. Kennedy, Rich Koslowski
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, December 3rd, 2014

Five Ghosts #14

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #14 is a stunningly horrific, fun and welcoming chapter in the timeless, swashbuckling adventures of Fabian Gray, and demonstrates an all-too rare level of creative cooperation.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Christopher Mooneyham
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, December 3rd, 2014

Spider-Man 2099 #6

"Spider-Verse" continues in Peter David and Will Sliney's "Spider-Man 2099" #6 as Miguel O'Hara, six-armed Peter Parker, and Lady Spider crash Alchemax.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Will Sliney
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, December 1st, 2014

Red Sonja: The Black Tower #3

Red Sonja and finally faces the villain in the Black Tower in Frank Tieri and Cezar Razek's "Red Sonja: The Black Tower" #3.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Frank Tieri
Artists:
Cezar Razek
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 1st, 2014

Memetic #2

On Day Two, Aaron and the military must both adapt as the meme evolves in James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan's "Memetic" #2.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Eryk Donovan
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 1st, 2014

Trees #7

In "Trees" #7 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, warfare and murder sprout in the shadows of the Trees.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 1st, 2014

All-New Invaders #12

The Martians attack in "All-New Invaders" #12, written by James Robinson and drawn by Marc Laming and Barry Kitson.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Barry Kitson, Marc Laming, P. Craig Russell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 1st, 2014

Elfquest: The Final Quest #6

Wendy and Richard Pini use "Elfquest: The Final Quest" #6 to stop, regroup, and setup the next part of the storyline; there's a lot of exposition and talking here, and while it's necessary it's also not riveting.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
Artists:
Wendy Pini
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 1st, 2014
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