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The Wicked + The Divine #2

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie deliver a gorgeous and fascinating second issue for their creator-owned "The Wicked + The Divine."

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Black Market #1

With a thankless job and an ailing wife, Raymond Willis turns to harvesting superhero DNA to find a cure in Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos' "Black Market" #1.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Victor Santos
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Avengers World #9

Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli take what could have been a dark trip to the future and make it joyous in "Avengers World" #9, thanks to the duo of Cannonball and Sunspot.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Dark Engine #1

"Dark Engine" #1 has some crazy artwork courtesy John Bivens, but as the main character of Sym hacks things up, you might find yourself a little lost in Ryan Burton's story.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ryan Burton
Artists:
John Bivens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego" #1 is a fun and self-deprecating romp as one of comics' craziest characters makes her way to comics' most high-profile event.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
John Timms, Marco Failla, Javier Garron, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Dave Johnson, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, Paul Pope
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, July 18th, 2014

100th Anniversary Special: X-Men #1

The "100th Anniversary Special: X-Men" has a fun premise from Robin Furth and nice art form Jason Masters, but this is a book that shifts quickly from amusing to slightly pointless.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robin Furth
Artists:
Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Batwoman #33

"Batwoman" #33 brings more Nocturna, and Marc Andreyko, Jeremy Haun and Scott Kolins make this story of a vamp surprisingly fun even if you can see where it's going.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Seconds

Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Seconds," arguably the biggest OGN release of the year, more than lives up to the expectations.

Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Writer:
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Artists:
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, July 18th, 2014

Savage Hulk #2

"Savage Hulk" #2 continues the team-up with the X-Men from times past, courtesy of Alan Davis on words and pictures.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alan Davis
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 17th, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #23

"Uncanny X-Men" #23 has Brian Michael Bendis and Kris Anka pick up the pieces from the last storyline, even as Cyclops' X-Men team heads towards another meeting with the main squad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 17th, 2014

Nova #19

Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon bring in Rocket Raccoon to help Sam Alexander search for some answers about his dad in the pages of "Nova" #19.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
David Baldeon, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 17th, 2014

Teen Titans #1

"Teen Titans" #1 hits the racks again, with a slightly different roster and new creators Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Will Pfeifer
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

Robin Rises: Omega #1

"Robin Rises: Omega" #1 should have been great, with a strong story leading up to it, and Peter J. Tomasi and Andy Kubert at the helm... but it's little more than an extended fight scene.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 16th, 2014

Life With Archie #36

"Life With Archie" #36 by Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy and Tim Kennedy tells an incredibly optimistic and uplifting story that gives way to one of comics' most emotionally powerful and poignant death scenes.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Paul Kupperberg
Artists:
Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Devilers #1

All hell breaks loose in the middle of the Vatican, thanks to writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Matt Triano in their comic book, "The Devilers" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Matt Triano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Shadow #0

Cullen Bunn and Colton Worley take a look back at Lamont Cranston's training alongside Harry Houdini in "The Shadow" #0.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Colton Worley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Squidder #1

Ben Templesmith wastes no time setting up a dismal world populated with violent people hoping to find a reason to live despite being conquered in the pages of "The Squidder" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ben Templesmith
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 16th, 2014

The Last Fall #1

A well-defined, if somewhat familiar sounding, interplanetary conflict is a mere backdrop for a lesser but sufficiently developed story about a reckless and battle-weary soldier in Tom Waltz and Casey Maloney's "The Last Fall" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Tom Waltz
Artists:
Casey Maloney
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, July 16th, 2014

Lumberjanes #4

The Lumberjanes' quest for the Holy Kitten brings them face-to-face with yetis and a new hidden danger in Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #4.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis
Artists:
Brooke Allen
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Shutter #4

In "Shutter" #4 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, Kate visits her childhood home while her would-be assassin Shaw tries to get out of the contract to kill her.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Leila del Duca
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Nightcrawler #4

Kurt discovers Margali's master plan, but the cost of stopping her is great in Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's "Nightcrawler" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1

Thor confronts the All-Mother about his long-lost sister in Al Ewing, Jason Aaron, Lee Garbett and Simone Bianchi's "Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing, Jason Aaron
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Simone Bianchi
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Coffin Hill #9

"Coffin Hill" #9 continues the title's second storyline, and Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda's revealing what happened during the Ice Fisher case that made Eve Coffin a hero is riveting.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Caitlin Kittredge
Artists:
Inaki Miranda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 14th, 2014

All-New X-Men #29

The time travel storyline in Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #29 still offers a few surprises, but is beginning to wear a bit thin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Fantastic Four #7

James Robinson uses "Original Sin" to tell an emotional story of betrayal in "Fantastic Four" #7 Leonard Kirk capably handles the present day action, while Dean Haspiel steps in for a nostalgic-looking flashback.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Karl Kesel, Rich Magyar, Dean Haspiel, Nolan Woodard
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, July 14th, 2014

Detective Comics #33

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #33 continues their stylish "Icarus" arc and reminds readers that The Dark Knight isn't just a superhero, but also, yes, a detective.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, July 14th, 2014

A Waste of Time #1

Rick Worley enters the regular publishing grind with an interesting new series in "A Waste of Time" #1.

Publisher:
Northwest Press
Writer:
Rick Worley
Artists:
Rick Worley
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, July 14th, 2014

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
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