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Batman Eternal #41

Kyle Higgins scripts "Batman Eternal" #41 as he, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver a suspenseful and unnerving chapter with a couple surprises that are elevated by appropriately effective images from Joe Quinones and Kelsey Shannon.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Joe Quinones
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, January 15th, 2015

Vampirella #100

"Vampirella" #100 gives readers a collection of five tales from a plethora of creators, but nothing really celebrates the recognizable comic character on her centennial.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Eric Trautman, Brandon Jerwa, Mark Rahner, Nancy Collins
Artists:
Jim Terry, Dave Acosta, Gabriel Mayorga, Javier García-Miranda, Francesco Manna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 15th, 2015

Astro City #19

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's "Astro City" #19 continues to detail Quarrel's career and sings when it has the space to delve into both her adventures and emotional journey.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 15th, 2015

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Dylan Horrocks' long-anticipated follow-up to "Hicksville" is well worth the wait as "Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen" catapults the title character through the world of comics.

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Dylan Horrocks
Artists:
Dylan Horrocks
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 15th, 2015

Mortal Kombat X #1

A lack of focus or intended audience leaves Shawn Kittlesen and Dexter Soy's "Mortal Kombat X" #1 a disappointing mishmash of scenes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Shawn Kittlesen
Artists:
Dexter Soy
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, January 14th, 2015

Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1

Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus, Steve Sadowski, Shawn McManus and Travis Moore adapt the computer game "Fables: The Wolf Among Us" #1 to comics, and so far it's a seamless transition.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus
Artists:
Steve Sadowski, Shawn McManus, Travis Moore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 14th, 2015

Batgirl #38

Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr use "Batgirl" #38 to give us a modern take on a superhero's perception by the public, and so far it's working quite well.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 14th, 2015

The Humans #3

It's all acid trips and flashbacks in the spectacularly assembled "The Humans" #3 by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Keenan Marshall Keller
Artists:
Tom Neely
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Wonder Woman '77 #1

"Wonder Woman '77" #1 gives readers a fun, groovy adventure featuring the Lynda Carter version of Wonder Woman written by Marc Andreyko and drawn by Drew Johnson.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Drew Johnson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 12th, 2015

SIP Kids #1

In "SIP Kids" #2, Terry Moore moves the six-year-old versions of Katchoo, Francine, David, Freddie, Darcy and Tambi up the mountain for a ski resort vacation.

Publisher:
Abstract Studios
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Terry Moore
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, January 12th, 2015

ODY-C #2

Breathtaking art and a quality script make "ODY-C" #2 another spectacular release from Image Comics, Matt Fraction and Christian Ward.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Christian Ward
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Trees #8

In Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's "Trees" #8, the Blindhail Tree speaks, Eligia makes a decision and things change in Shu

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #2

In "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #2, the stolen baby's identity is revealed and the Asgardians attack.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans, Le Beau Underwood, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Earth 2 #30

Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson and a team of artists put forth an inconsistent and fragmented "Earth 2" #30 that tangentially fits within the ongoing story, featuring some decent art overlaid with hurried stories and sloppy scripting.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Artists:
Andy Smith, Trevor Scott, Tyler Kirkman, Cliff Richards, Thony Silas
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Red Sonja: Vulture's Circle #1

Nancy A. Collins, Luke Lieberman and Fritz Casas' "Red Sonja: Vulture's Circle" #1 sounds like a solid concept when Collins comes to Dynamite to co-write the adventures of the she-devil with a sword, but the execution falls short.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Nancy A. Collins, Luke Lieberman
Artists:
Fritz Casas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Detective Comics #38

"Detective Comics" #38 is all over the place as Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato try to make statements on society in general as we're treated to action sequences.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Fairest #33

"Fairest" #33 is a lead-in to 2013's "Fairest of Them All" graphic novel, and Bill Willingham and Meghan Hetrick's comic loses a bit of punch in the process as we follow Goldilocks' penultimate adventure.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Meghan Hetrick
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Swamp Thing #38

Charles Soule and Javi Pina continue the all-out war between the different Kingdoms in "Swamp Thing" #38, and we learn just how dangerous an alliance between Metal and Fungi can be.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javi Pina
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Feathers #1

Poe's undercover heroics are interrupted by a new visitor to the Maze in Jorge Corona and Jen Hickman's "Feathers" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Jorge Corona
Artists:
Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, January 12th, 2015

X-Men #23

"X-Men" #23 begins a new arc, "The Burning World" by G. Willow Wilson and Roland Boschi, as the team goes to Utah to investigate a mysterious lightning storm.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Roland Boschi, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #2

"Hellboy and the B.P.R.D." #2 continues Hellboy's first mission with the Bureau and, while Mike Mignola and John Arcudi's story feels slight and slow-moving, Alex Maleev's art is as stunning as ever.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #3

Bucky and Quake's aardvark sets out for Mer-Z-Bow in "Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier" #3 by Ales Kot, Marco Rudy and Michael Walsh.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ales Kot
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Michael Walsh
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Star Wars #1

Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin create a proud statement of reclamation with "Star Wars" #1, with a faithfully drawn and scripted issue that welcomes alienated readers back while impressing existing ones.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
John Cassaday
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, January 12th, 2015

Green Arrow #38

"Green Arrow" #38 gives readers a Green Arrow-Green Lantern team-up from artist Daniel Sampere and writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski
Artists:
Daniel Sampere, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, January 9th, 2015

IXth Generation #1

"IXth Generation" #1 gives readers a whole new universe to latch onto as writer Matt Hawkins, artist Stjepan Sejic and letterer Troy Peteri add to the legend of these Top Cow characters.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Hawkins
Artists:
Stjepan Sejic
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, January 9th, 2015

Amazing Spider-Man #12

It's Spidey overload in Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith's fun, over-the-top "Amazing Spider-Man" #12, a "Spider-Verse" chapter that treads water in spots but is freshened by some story twists and breaks from continu

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, January 8th, 2015

Action Comics #38

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's "Action Comics" run continues to impress, as hell bubbles through into the isolated Smallville where all is not quite as it seems.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Aaron Kuder, Jae Lee
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 8th, 2015

Lady Killer #1

Josie Schuller is the ideal 1960s housewife; she cooks, sells cosmetics and takes care of her family. She's also an assassin that you'll won't see coming until it's too late in Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich's "Lady Killer&qu

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich
Artists:
Joelle Jones
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 7th, 2015

The Fade Out #4

Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser demonstrate amazing synergy in "The Fade Out" #4, a compelling, splendidly characterized and beautifully illustrated mystery surrounding a suspicious death in 1948 Hollywood.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, January 7th, 2015

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

In Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Maris Wicks' "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1, Doreen Green gets schooled in secret identities on her first day of college.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Erica Henderson, Maris Wicks
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Wed, January 7th, 2015

Operation S.I.N. #1

Peggy Carter takes center stage in Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis' entertaining "Operation S.I.N." #1, the first issue of a Marvel miniseries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Rich Ellis
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Tue, January 6th, 2015

Wolverines #1

Following Logan's demise, a quintet of old foes and sometimes-allies decide to take up his cause and fight in his name.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Nick Bradshaw, Walden Wong, Alisson Borges
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, January 6th, 2015

Ant-Man #1

Scott Lang gets his shot at the titular role in "Ant-Man" #1, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, January 6th, 2015

Earth 2: World's End #13

Too many plots and too many cooks spoil the broth in "Earth 2: World's End" #13.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, Jack Herbert, Vicente Cifuentes, Jorge Jimenez, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Stephen Segovia, Jason Paz
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, January 5th, 2015

Batman Eternal #39

Batman finally tracks the Riddler down while new havoc is unleashed on Gotham in "Batman Eternal" #39

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Felix Ruiz
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, January 5th, 2015

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Mark Waid, Carlos Pacheco, and Mariano Taibo give Agent Phil Coulson a comic book makeover in "S.H.I.E.L.D." #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo, Jason Paz
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, January 5th, 2015

Abigail and the Snowman #1

Roger Langridge brings his subtle wit and refined cartoonish style to "Abigail and the Snowman" #1, a delightfully enjoyable and well-characterized all-ages story about an outcast girl's new imaginary friend -- who is actually very real.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, January 5th, 2015

East of West #16

Year two of the apocalypse kicks off in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's oversized "East of West" #16.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, January 5th, 2015

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1

"Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive" #1 beams down onto comic racks from writers Scott and David Tipton with artist Rachael Stott.

Publisher:
IDW Publishing / BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Artists:
Rachael Stott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 5th, 2015

New 52: Futures End #35

Azzarello, Lemire, Jurgens, Giffen, Merino, Thompson, and Green touch on all of the series' remaining plotlines, with some working better than others.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Stephen Thompson, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, January 2nd, 2015
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