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The Squidder #2

The Squidder changes his mind about retrieving the priestess in Ben Templesmith's "The Squidder" #2.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ben Templesmith
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 11th, 2014

New Avengers #22

On another world, someone may be shouting, "You maniacs! You blew it up!" regarding the outcome of "New Avengers" #22, written by Jonathan Hickman with art from Kev Walker.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 11th, 2014

Harbinger: Omegas #1

Writer Joshua Dysart's "Harbinger: Omegas" #1 is a low-key but critical conduit between the recently-concluded "Harbinger" series and whatever comes next, nicely laid out and cleverly drawn by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Joshua Dysart
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, August 11th, 2014

Original Sin: Hulk Vs. Iron Man #4

Kieron Gillen and Mark Waid somewhat redeem Tony Stark and clarify his role in creating The Hulk in "Original Sin" #3.4, with action and revelations that salvages the series, and has a convincing Hulk vs. Iron Man battle drawn by Luke Ross.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Mark Waid
Artists:
Luke Ross
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, August 11th, 2014

SIP Kids #1

In "SIP Kids" #1 by Terry Moore, the original "Strangers in Paradise" characters are all six years old. It's a funny and charming debut that will be especially rewarding for fans of the original series.

Publisher:
Abstract Studios
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Terry Moore
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Steven Universe #1

Steven, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl deal with attacking gems, birthday surprises and more in "Steven Universe" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Jeremy Sorese, Raven M. Mousee, Kali Ciesemier, Joceline Fenton
Artists:
Jeremy Sorese, Raven M. Mousee, Kali Ciesemier, Joceline Fenton
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

"Angel & Faith Season 10" #5 is really just "Angel Season 10" #5, but Victor Gischler and Derlis Santacruz's story addressing the recent changes in vampires is the best issue to date.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Derlis Santacruz, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Imperial #1

Mark McDonnell's painfully mediocre life gets turned upside down the superhero Imperial comes to him in Steven T. Seagle and Mark Dos Santos' "Imperial" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Steven T. Seagle
Artists:
Mark Dos Santos
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, August 8th, 2014

I Was The Cat

Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey present a tale of a cat who wants to take over the world in "I Was The Cat."

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Benjamin Dewey
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #4

Peter Parker returns in Briand Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David Marquez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Legendary Star-Lord #2

Peter's half-sister plans to turn him over for a handsome bounty before he easily talks her out of it in Sam Humphries and Paco Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 8th, 2014

New 52: Futures End #14

80% of "New 52: Futures End" #14 consists of fight scenes (Emiko, Big Barda, Deathstroke, Plastique, Batman Beyond, etc.) and it's eroding a lot of good will that the book's writing staff built up a month ago.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Grayson #2

"Grayson" #2 deals with the growing mystery of Spyral and a high-speed cannibal in the second issue of the series written by Tom King and Tim Seeley with are from Mikel Janin.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Tom King
Artists:
Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego, Juan Castro
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Justice League 3000 #8

"Justice League 3000" #9 gives the team a desperately needed victory, as Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, and Chris Batista give us an escape from Cadmusworld.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Howard Porter, Chris Batista, LeBeau Underwood
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 8th, 2014

New Warriors #8

"New Warriors" #8 finishes up the focus on new Inhuman Haechi, but Christopher Yost and Marcus To's comic has good ideas but feels a little too scattered to fully grab one's attention.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Marcus To
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Action Comics #34

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder pit Superman against the Ghost Solider once more in “Action Comics” #29.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Aaron Kuder, Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Nightworld #1

Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri's "Nightworld" #1 is dreamlike and strange, even as it feels like a lost dark fantasy comic by Jack Kirby.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Adam McGovern
Artists:
Paolo Leandri
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 8th, 2014

She-Hulk #7

Charles Soule and Javier Pulido deliver the best issue yet of their wonderful new "She-Hulk" series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pulido
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 8th, 2014

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1

"Usagi Yojimbo: Senso" #1 lets Stan Sakai jump 20 years into the future, as all-out war between Lord Noriyuki and Lord Hikiji breaks out, with Usagi as a general... but something bigger is on the horizon.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 7th, 2014

Rocket Raccoon #2

Skottie Young sends Rocket to prison in "Rocket Raccoon" #2, and Rocket breaks out in spectacular fashion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 7th, 2014

Superior Spider-Man #32

"Superior Spider-Man" #32 gives Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Adam Kubert a chance to check in with Otto Octavius before the events of "Spider-Verse" unfurl.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, Adam Kubert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 7th, 2014

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1

"Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers" #1 feels like a modern-day rediscovery of a classic Kirby concept, which is exactly what it is, courtesy of writer Joe Casey and artists Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg and Ulises Farinas.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, Ulises Farinas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 6th, 2014

Howtoons [Re]Ignition #1

"Howtoons [Re]Ignition" #1 by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Tom Fowler delivers a cool story, science lessons and how-to instructions for some simple, but fun activities.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Tom Fowler
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 6th, 2014

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

Jim Starlin stages an epic homecoming in "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation," an opus whose strength lies in the vast journey that takes readers through every cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Jim Starlin, Andy Smith
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, August 5th, 2014

Day Men #4

The vampires of the Old World have arrived, and they've got questions for the Virgos in Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson and Brian Stelfreeze's "Day Men" #4.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Brian Stelfreeze
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Black Science #7

Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera shine the spotlight on Kadir as he strives to uphold Grant McKay's dying wish in "Black Science" #7.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Matteo Scalera
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Veil #4

Cormac exercises his power over Veil, and Dante meets Veil's "boss" in Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula's "Veil" #4.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Toni Fejzula
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Aquaman Annual #2

In "Aquaman Annual" #2 by Jeff Parker, Yvel Guichet and Alvaro Martinez, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Mera team up to fight the Giant-Born.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Yvel Guichet, Alvaro Martinez, Jason Gorder, Wayne Faucher, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Harley Quinn #8

"Harley Quinn" #8 mixes pawn shop robbers, roller derby, and the most horrifying catapult ever, in a fairly funny comic thanks to Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Chad Hardin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Detective Comics Annual #3

Brian Buccellato, Werther Dell'Edera, Jorge Fornes, and Scott Hepburn give us a story that nominally ties into "Icarus" but this is a comic that feels a little less than the sum of its parts.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Werther Dell'Edera, Jorge Fornes, Scott Hepburn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Fatale #24

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips bring "Fatale" to a close with an oversized and appropriately satisfying issue for the generation spanning saga.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, August 4th, 2014

How to Be Happy

"How To Be Happy" is a stunning collection of some of Eleanor Davis' best work, insightful and moving musings on life, love, death and everything in between.

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Eleanor Davis
Artists:
Eleanor Davis
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #87

An issue of "Tarot" happens, completely incongruous with the rest of the series in Jim Balent's "Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose" #87.

Publisher:
Broadsword Comics
Writer:
Jim Balent
Artists:
Jim Balent
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, August 4th, 2014

New 52: Futures End #13

"New 52: Futures End" #13 is a meandering, impenetrable and stagnant chapter in this weekly series, notable only for Patrick Zircher's pleasing artwork that props up Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen's story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, August 4th, 2014

Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1

Stories include corporate superheroes, a tale of teenage loss, snowed-in sibling rivalry and more in "Vertigo Quarterly Magenta."

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Rachel Deering, Carla Berrocal, Jody Houser, Annie Mok, Peter Milligan, Rian Hughes, Michael Moreci, Ryan K. Lindsay, Fabio Moon
Artists:
Matteo Scalera, Carla Berrocal, Nathan Fox, Dawson Walker, Rufus Dayglo, Rian Hughes, Andrea Mutti, Tommy Lee Edwards, Fabio Moon
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Hawkeye #19

In "Hawkeye" #19 by Matt Fraction and David Aja, Clint is deafened from the injuries inflicted by the Bro Gang but his brother Barney may get him to see, if not hear, reason.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
David Aja
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Low #1

Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini may have a good sci-fi story in "Low" but issue #1 suffers in the execution.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Greg Tocchini
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Bodies #1

Murder! Underground organizations! Intrigue! Si Spencer, Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay & Phil Winslade join forces to spin a tale spanning 160 years and four protagonists in "Bodies" #1.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Si Spencer
Artists:
Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Nick Bradshaw, Michael Avon Oeming, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 1st, 2014

Outcast #2

"Outcast" #2 follows on from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's powerful debut, as readers learn a little more about possession and the greater forces and conspiracies at work in Kyle's life.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 1st, 2014
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