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Astro City #11

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson give readers their take on the Doctor Strange and Wong archetypes in "Astro City" #11, and the end result is a charming story on what it means to be a sorcerer's assistant.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 14th, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #7

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #7 serves both as epilogue to the last storyline and prologue to the next one around the bend, but Charles Soule and the art team juggle the different balls fairly well.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Paulo Siqueira, Eddy Barrows, Barry Kitson, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 14th, 2014

The Walking Dead #125

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's "The Walking Dead" #125 brings readers a somewhat unsatisfying penultimate issue of the long gestating "All Out War" arc.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, April 14th, 2014

Daredevil #1.50

"Daredevil" #1.50 throws one incredible fiftieth birthday bash for The Man Without Fear, with a trio of stories by Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis, Javier Rodriguez & more that pay a fun and emotional tribute to the character.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis, Karl Kesel
Artists:
Javier Rodriguez, Alex Maleev, Kurt Kesel, Alvaro Lopez, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, April 14th, 2014

Nightcrawler #1

Nightcrawler swings right back into his old swashbuckling, lady-charming ways in Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's "Nightcrawler" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, April 11th, 2014

All-New Ghost Rider #2

"All-New Ghost Rider" #2 is definitely all-new courtesy Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore when it comes to Ghost Rider's vehicle, but there's enough familiarity that readers shouldn't be lost.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Felipe Smith
Artists:
Tradd Moore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1

Kaare Andrews tries his hand at telling the tales of Danny Rand in "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kaare Andrews
Artists:
Kaare Andrews
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 11th, 2014

All-New Doop #1

Peter Milligan and David Lafuente's "All-New Doop" #1 is charming and fun, but ultimately lacks substance.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Flash Gordon #1

Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner, Jordie Bellaire, and a whole lot of confidence combine for one of the best books of the week by a country mile in "Flash Gordon" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Evan Shaner
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, April 11th, 2014

All-New Ultimates #1

The All-New Ultimates have assembled in Hell's Kitchen, where Roxxon and The Serpent Skulls are causing problems in Michel Fiffe & Amilcar Pinna's "All-New Ultimates" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Michel Fiffe
Artists:
Amilcar Pinna
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #11

"Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #11 turns the spotlight on Grizzly and the Looter by writers Tom Peyer and Elliott Kalan respectively, but adds in a one-dollar price increase.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom Peyer, Elliott Kalan
Artists:
Steve Lieber, Carmen Carnero, Terry Pallot, Nuno Plati
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Lumberjanes #1

There's something strange in the woods, and the Lumberjane Scouts are ready to defend their summer camp in Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis & Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis
Artists:
Brooke Allen
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Justice League 3000 #5

Firestorm joins the future Justice League in "Justice League 3000" #5, co-written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis with art by Raymund Bermudez over layouts from Giffen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Raymund Bermudez, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Deadpool #27

With a host of creators contributing to it, "Deadpool" #27 features the wedding of Deadpool and a cover with a lot -- a lot -- of characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, Christopher Priest, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, Daniel Way
Artists:
Mike Hawthorne, Scott Koblish, Scott Hepburn, John McCrea, Paco Medina, Juan Velasco, Niko Henrichon, John Timms, Dexter Soy, Alvin Lee, Carlo Barberi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 11th, 2014

Avengers Undercover #2

"Avengers Undercover" #2 has the survivors of "Avengers Arena" converge on a city full of super-villains, and as the new character dynamics play out, the book becomes that much stronger.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 9th, 2014

Manifest Destiny #6

"Manifest Destiny" #6 brings the first arc to a close, as Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts continue to relate the horrors waiting for Lewis and Clark on the new frontier of the Louisiana Purchase.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Chris Dingess
Artists:
Matthew Roberts
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 9th, 2014

Kings Watch #5

"Kings Watch" #5 wraps up the series that teams Flash Gordon, Mandrake and the Phantom in an adventure written by Jeff Parker with Marc Laming art.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Mark Laming
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 9th, 2014

Invincible #110

In "Invincible" #110 writer Robert Kirkman and artist Ryan Ottley once again push the envelope, but this time is sure to raise some eyebrows and concerns.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 9th, 2014

All-New X-Men #25

"All-New X-Men" #25 has a lot of great pin-ups from a wide swathe of comic artists, but don't expect any actual sort of plot from the framing device courtesy Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David Marquez, Bruce Timm, Arthur Adams, David Mack, Skottie Young, Robbi Rodriguez, Lee Bermejo, Kent Williams, J.G. Jones, Ronnie Del Carmen, J. Scott Campbell, Maris Wicks, Jason Shiga, Dan Hipp, Max Wittert, Jake Parker, Jill Thompson, Paul Smith, Bob
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 9th, 2014

Unity #6

Matt Kindt continues to make the case for a legitimate team book in the Valiant Universe, and the accessible "Unity" #6 is a worthy example. Competently and attractively drawn by Cafu, it's a worthwhile gateway comic.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
CAFU
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 9th, 2014

Batman Eternal #1

"Batman Eternal" #1 is an impressive start to DC's new wave of weekly titles, as Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV team up to tell a tightly-paced, well-characterized story that's lavishly illustrated by Jason Fabok.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 9th, 2014

Loki: Agent of Asgard #3

In "Loki: Agent of Asgard" #3 by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett, Old Loki rewrites Asgardian history, culminating in actions that will affect the Loki of the present day.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Lee Garbett
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 7th, 2014

Red Sonja and Cub #1

While in Khitai, Red Sonja must protect a young girl until she reaches her wedding in Jim Zub and Jonathan Lau's "Red Sonja and Cub" One-Shot.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Jim Zub
Artists:
Jonathan Lau
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 7th, 2014

Caliban #1

Two ships collide mid-warp -- and only one is piloted by humans in "Caliban" #1 by Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio.

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

Swamp Thing #30

"The Gift of the Sureen" continues in "Swamp Thing" #30 as Charles Soule, Jesus Saiz, and Javier Pina both keep things interesting and also expand the mythology of Swamp Thing in general.

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

Shotgun Wedding #1

"Shotgun Wedding" #1 is a reasonable start to this weekly mini-series from William Harms and Edward Pun, but it feels like we've seen this story about formerly engaged assassins before.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
William Harms
Artists:
Edward Pun
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 7th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business

In the "Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business" original graphic novel, Mark Waid, James Robinson and Gabrielle Dell'Otto introduce readers to Peter Parker's sister and welcome Wilson Fisk back to business.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, James Robinson
Artists:
Gabriele Dell'Otto, Werther Dell'Edera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, April 7th, 2014

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #1

Nebula takes center stage in "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude" #1 as writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning join artist Wellington Alves to lay critical groundwork for the galaxy the Guardians call home.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wellington Alves, Manny Clark
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 4th, 2014

The Field #1

"The Field" #1 by Ed Brisson and Simon Roy begins with a setup that is rare in real-life, but popular in fiction for its instant suspense: the main character wakes up with no memory of who he is and is pursued by sinister forces.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brisson
Artists:
Simon Roy
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Action Comics #30

"Action Comics" #30 wraps up the Ghost Soldier story, and while the sense of wonder from the earlier issues isn't there, Pak, Kuder, Dougherty, and Kershl give us a good conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Aaron Kuder, Jed Dougherty, Karl Kershl
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Veil #2

"Veil" #2 has Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula continue the strange story of Veil and Dante, even as the focus begins to expand and we start to see the other forces swirling around its orbit.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Toni Fejzula
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Dead Letters #1

Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions' "Dead Letters" #1 is a noir crime story that initially feels a bit jumbled, but since there's a purpose to that storytelling, it's something that ultimately pays off.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Chris Visions
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Moon Knight #2

Marc Spector, Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire all work together to create an inspired, tragic super hero tale in "Moon Knight" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Black Widow #5

"Black Widow" #5 gives the titular Avenger a shot at the Mad Monk courtesy of Nathan Edmondson's writing and Phil Noto's always-beautiful art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Angel and Faith Season 10 #1

Angel deals with pixie mobs and Faith slays zompyres in the debut issue of Victor Gischler and Will Conrad's "Ange and Faith Season 10" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, April 4th, 2014

She-Hulk #3

"She-Hulk" #3 sends Jennifer Walters and Kristoff Vernard to federal court to attain citizenship for Kristoff in a Charles Soule-written, Javier Pulido-drawn story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pulido
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Captain America #19

"Captain America" #19 by Rick Remender and Nic Klein continues the deconstruction of the Sentinel of Liberty.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Nic Klein
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 4th, 2014

What If? Age of Ultron #1

Joe Keatinge and Raffaele Ienco provide almost nothing of interest in "What If? Age of Ultron" #1, blowing through points of potential interest to get to a very dull story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Raffaele Ienco
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Inhuman #1

Out of the ashes of Attilan, a new supervillain rises in Charles Soule and Joe Madureira's "Inhuman" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Joe Madureira
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, April 4th, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #1

The King of Atlantis gets a second title leading a team in Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1, confidently beginning a simple but entertaining and nicely drawn story that contains just enough surprises.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Lan Medina, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, April 3rd, 2014
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