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Armor Hunters #2

Behind a chromium cover, "Armor Hunters" #2 delivers a lot of devastation as writer Robert Venditti and artist Doug Braithwaite prepare to deliver even more.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 11th, 2014

The Legend of Bold Riley #2

A stranger offers Riley shelter from the rain, but there's something suspicious about her pipe and her carpets in "The Legend of Bold Riley" #2 by Leia Weathington and Zack Giallongo.

Publisher:
Northwest Press
Writer:
Leia Weathington
Artists:
Zack Giallongo
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, July 11th, 2014

The Life After #1

When Jude finally works up the courage to break the monotonous cycle that his life has become, he gets quite a shock in Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo's "The Life After" #1.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Gabo
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, July 11th, 2014

Avengers #32

Jonathan Hickman deftly combines plot threads from "Original Sin" with his own storyline in "Avengers" #32, and he and Leinil Francis Yu generate a lot of wow, which just barely offsets the high-level talk and unanswered questions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, July 11th, 2014

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber continue their romp through Spider-Man's rogues' gallery in "The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #13 as Boomerang tries to pull his erstwhile team back together.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 11th, 2014

Daredevil #5

"Daredevil" #5 shows readers what the completely synchronous creative team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez and Joe Caramagna can deliver, thanks to the appearance of Leapfrog and the death of Foggy Nelson.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 11th, 2014

Constantine #16

"Constantine" #16 has Ray Fawkes and Edgar Salazar drop Constantine into the Black Forest, but a simple search for a magician to remove a spell turns out to be anything but simple.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Edgar Salazar, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 10th, 2014

New 52: Futures End #10

"New 52: Futures End" #10 is a title that's leveled out since those early issues, and while the future is still bleak, at least now there's some hope mixed in.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Spider-Man 2099 #1

In "Spider-Man 2099" #1 by Peter David and Will Sliney, Miguel O'Hara must corral his hilariously self-centered plutocratic grandfather and fight off a time-travelling armored agent who has a mission to kill him.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Will Sliney
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Grayson #1

Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikel Janin give Dick Grayson a whole new world and mission with issue #1 of DC's new series, "Grayson."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Tom King
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Death Vigil #1

Stjepan Sejic's "Death Vigil" #1 may be short on innovative plotting, but it's surprisingly fun and charming -- a solid start for a new series that doesn't take itself too seriously despite the stakes.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Stjepan Sejic
Artists:
Stjepan Sejic
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Captain Marvel #5

"Captain Marvel" #5provides a revelation for the interest in Torfa and gives Carol Danvers renewed interest in fighting the bullies in this Kelly Sue DeConnick-written, David Lopez-drawn issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
David Lopez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 10th, 2014

New Suicide Squad #1

"New Suicide Squad" #1 brings Black Manta, Deathstroke, Joker's Daughter, writer Sean Ryan and artist Jeremy Roberts to Amanda Waller's world.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan
Artists:
Jeremy Roberts
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Amazing X-Men #9

"Amazing X-Men" #9 stumbles down in quality, as Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, and Carlos Barber's story loses speed, reuses bad character designs, and advances very little in the storyline.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Carlos Barberi, Walden Wong, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist

After a bit of a break, Stan Sakai's signature character returns in "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist." If you've never read about Sakai's rabbit ronin warrior before, this is the perfect introduction.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 10th, 2014

Infinity Man and the Forever People #2

"Infinity Man and the Forever People" #2 show us a little more about the Forever People and how they operate, but Keith Giffen, Dan Didio, Tom Grummett, and Scott Hanna's comic feels aimless.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Scott Hnna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 9th, 2014

American Vampire: Second Cycle #4

"American Vampire: Second Cycle" #4 puts the farmhouse of Pearl Jones in the line of a vampiric twister as the series created by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque continues to get spookier.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 9th, 2014

Star Wars #19

Written by Brian Wood with art from Carlos D'Anda, "Star Wars" #19 brings in IG-88 and a junkyard planet.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Carlos D'Anda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 9th, 2014

Spread #1

"Spread" #1 by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm has a familiar story of a parasitic monster, but it's the execution that makes this a fun, gripping and gruesome read.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Justin Jordan
Artists:
Kyle Strahm
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 9th, 2014

New Warriors #7

The New Warriors face a close encounter of the fourth kind with Jakarta's resident Inhumans after one of their own gets kidnapped in Christopher Yost and Marcus To's "New Warriors" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Marcus To
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Robocop #1

"Robocop" #1 gives readers a chance to follow new adventures of Alex Murphy as writer Joshua Williamson and artist Carlos Magno launch a new series following the 1987 version of the character.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Black Widow #8

"Black Widow" #8 by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto feels even more haunted than usual, suffused with melancholia and the specters of what-might-have-beens as she runs into the Winter Soldier on a train heist in Prague.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Superman Unchained #7

As General Lane and his army descend upon the Fortress of Solitude, Superman must take a final stand to defend all that he holds dear in Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams' "Superman Unchained" #7 -- but not without a little help.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Caliban #4

The crew chooses a next step, and their systems finally communicate with the alien ships in Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio's "Caliban" #4.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Facundo Percio, Sebastian Cabrol
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 7th, 2014

DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood

Sergio Ponchione pays tribute to the work of Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Wally Wood in "DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood."

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Sergio Ponchione
Artists:
Sergio Ponchione
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted #1

Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea De Vito's "Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted" #1 is a pointless done in one story that feels definitively like a movie-tie-in cash grab.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Will Corona Pilgrim
Artists:
Andrea De Vito
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 7th, 2014

The Woods #3

"The Woods" #3 has an interesting core concept, but with each new issue, James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas's characters feel less realistic and more like adventure story stereotypes.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Michael Dialynas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Green Arrow #33

As Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" run regrettably begins to wind down, the war for Seattle continues while Green Arrow deals with others wearing the cowl, past and present.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Swamp Thing #33

If you're going to devote an issue of your series to exposition, "Swamp Thing" #33 has Charles Soule and Javier Pina show readers how it should be done.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pina
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #4

"Aquaman and the Others" #4 is an example of a perfectly competent comic, but one that doesn't present a compelling enough plot -- or in this case, a central idea -- to become a must-read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Lan Medina, Allan Martinez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Thanos: A God Up There Listening #1

Rob Williams writes a conflicted Thane into the Iban Coello-drawn pages of the "Thanos: A God Up There Listening" #1 Infinite Comic.

Publisher:
Markosia
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Mast, Geoffo, Iban Coello
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Earth 2 #25

In "Earth 2" #25 Tom Taylor gives Val-Zod a chance to embrace while Nicola Scott shows readers as much detail of this Earth as possible in the twenty-eight pages provided.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artists:
Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #4

In “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #4 Kaare Andrews adds some new kinks to the relationship between Danny Rand and his interviewer while exhuming ghosts from Iron Fist's past.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kaare Andrews
Artists:
Kaare Andrews
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Captain America #22

In “Captain America” #22, writer Rick Remender sidelines Steve Rogers and busts open a portal to Dimension Z, while Carlos Pacheco draws the heck out of it all.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Black Kiss XXXMas in July Special #1

Howard Chaykin comes back to his most controversial work for "Black Kiss XXXMas in July Special" #1 to tell a tale of revenge at Christmas. In July.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Lazarus #9

"Lazarus" #9 wraps up the second storyline, and Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, and Brian Level show us how the Lift Selection process works, even as the bomb is primed for detonation.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Michael Lark, Brian Level
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Moon Knight #5

Warren Ellis's plot for "Moon Knight" #5 is about as basic as you can get -- a fight through a building to save a hostage -- but Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire's art is simply gorgeous.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1

"Deadpool Vs. X-Force" #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Pepe Larraz is retcons a new first encounter between the Merc with a Mouth and the New Mutants who would become X-Force.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Pepe Larraz
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Batman Eternal #13

James Tynion IV, Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego, and company reveal Jason Bard's plan to take down the Falcone crime empire in "Batman Eternal" #13, and the end result is satisfying.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Madame Frankenstein #3

The history of Henry and Vincent's feud is revealed, and Courtney is prepared for her big debut in Jamie S. Rich & Megan Levens' "Madame Frankenstein" #3.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jamie S. Rich
Artists:
Megan Levens
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Thu, July 3rd, 2014
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