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John Byrne’s Next Men #1

“That does it! I don’t know what’s going on around here. . . but I do know one thing! None of this can be real!”

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
John Byrne
Artists:
John Byrne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 15th, 2010

Brightest Day #16

“I’ll explain everything in detail later. Mera will. Right now, it’s time to claim your birthright.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Scott Clark, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 15th, 2010

The Occultist #1

A young man, a mystical book, solid writing, a set up for plenty of further wacky tales. Check this out.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Victor Drujiniu, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 15th, 2010

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1

This prequel series to "Mouse Guard" has a promising beginning, and not just because of the killer weasels.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
David Petersen
Artists:
David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 15th, 2010

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513

Black Panther stomps heads in the shadows really well, but a wannabe Captain Romania has the possibility to steal the show.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Liss
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, December 14th, 2010

First Wave #5

The only thing worse than late books? Late books that look awful.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, December 13th, 2010

Incredible Hulks #618

The Dead want Marlo?!?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Yacine Elghorri
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, December 13th, 2010

The Flash #7

Captain Boomerang is still a silly character, no matter how serious Geoff Johns tries to make him.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, December 13th, 2010

Lady Mechanika #1

“The Lady Mechanika does not care what others say about her! She is her own woman, as am I.”

Publisher:
Aspen Comics
Writer:
Joe Benitez
Artists:
Joe Benitez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 13th, 2010

Booster Gold #39

"You think our lives are some. . . comic book – where guys in costumes pound the snot out of each other and nobody gets hurt?"

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Chris Batista, Chris Perrotta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 13th, 2010

Chaos War: Ares #1

Ares comes back to unlife, in a pointless story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Michael Avon Oeming
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Danny Miki, Victor Olazaba, Don Ho
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, December 13th, 2010

Thor the Mighty Avenger #7

Thor and Jane make the beast with two backs before Thor is tackled by a swarm of robots.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 12th, 2010

27 #1

A damaged rocker is prepared to sacrifice some cats to get a chest plate that grants him artistic ability. Sadly, that sentence makes more sense than the actual comic does.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Renzo Podesta
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, December 12th, 2010

What If: Wolverine - Father
 #1

Finally, we discover the answer to the question “What If Wolverine had Raised Daken?”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Greg Tocchini
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, December 12th, 2010

Shadowland: After the Fall #1

Ben Urich and Detective Kurtz both investigate Hell’s Kitchen in the aftermath of Shadowland.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Roberto De La Torre, Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, December 12th, 2010

Batgirl #16

“Apparently I murdered one of my fellow students. News to me, but I digress. . . I know for a fact that a bunch of weirdos dressed like the Grim Reaper are behind it.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 11th, 2010

Captain America & the Korvac Saga #1

“In case Captain America saving your backsides didn’t get the message across: robotic nutjobs are fast. Kids? Not so much.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ben McCool
Artists:
Craig Rousseau
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 11th, 2010

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2

Meet the new Lightning and see the terrible cost that he pays to fill that role.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
CAFU, Bit, ChrisCross
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 10th, 2010

Halcyon #2

No crime. No need for superheroes? Looks like.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Tara Butters
Artists:
Ryan Bodenheim
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, December 9th, 2010

Detective Comics Annual #12

There are some flashes of interest in the new "Detective Comics Annual," but overall it's not quite worth its price.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Brad Desnoyer, Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Agustin Padilla, Lee Ferguson, Trevor McCarthy, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 9th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #15

“It’s a world of devastation where every corner of the planet is at war. Meta-humans battling each other, who battle humanity, who battle each other. He leads to this. I’m going to kill Max Lord.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson, Ruy José
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 9th, 2010

Let Me In Crossroads #1

Imagine Glengarry Glen Ross meets Vampire Diaries if created by TimeLife. Then avoid it.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Patrick Reynolds
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, December 9th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #23

"R.E.B.E.L.S." quietly continues to do its own thing, but it's hard to keep from wishing it would focus more on its own cast of characters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 9th, 2010

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World #5

The first "B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth" mini-series comes to a satisfying conclusion, with hints of bad things still to come.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
John Arcudi, Mike Mignola
Artists:
Guy Davis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 8th, 2010

New Avengers #7

“I think Captain America’s point in having me here is that he was hoping you can disagree with someone and at the same time respect them.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 8th, 2010

Superboy #2

There are some rough edges on "Superboy" right now, but nothing that can't be fixed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 8th, 2010

Thor #618

: The World Eaters are coming! Too bad Balder wants to sulk in the pile of rubble that once was Asgard. Hail to the king, indeed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Pasqual Ferry
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 8th, 2010

Widowmaker #1

“Do yourself a favor. When you finally get movies out here, only watch the original trilogy.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David López, Alvaro López
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 8th, 2010

Starborn #1

A surprisingly fun story with some moments of great art. Could Stan Lee be at it again?

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Khary Randolph
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 8th, 2010

Fables #100

No more happy endings.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy, Bill Willingham, Dan Green, Chrissie Zullo, Dave Johnson, Adam Hughes, Kate McElroy, J.H. Williams III, Joao Ruas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 8th, 2010

Motel Art Improvement Service

"Motel Art Improvement Service" is a modern "Nancy Drew," only with sex and drugs and defacement of bad hotel art.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jason Little
Artists:
Jason Little
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 7th, 2010

Daredevil #512

Daredevil’s cast dissipates after the events of Shadowland.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston, Andy Diggle
Artists:
Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 6th, 2010

King City #12

The series ends its run at Image Comics, as brilliant as ever.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brandon Graham
Artists:
Brandon Graham
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, December 6th, 2010

Women of Marvel #2

An anthology starring The Invisible Woman, Songbird, and Shanna.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dame Darcey, Jim McCann, Mary HK Choi
Artists:
Robin Ha, Michael Ryan, Nuno Plati
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 6th, 2010

American Vampire #9

"American Vampire" continues to have a lot of bite.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque, Mateus Santolouco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 6th, 2010

Freedom Fighters #4

“My name is Joan Dale. My codename is Miss America. I had to assume command of the Freedom Fighters when Uncle Sam’s body was destroyed.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Travis Moore, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 5th, 2010

Doom Patrol #17

“Calmly, Mr. Steele, calmly. I will have no hand in your president’s assassination.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Ron Randall, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 5th, 2010

Sweet Tooth #16

"Sweet Tooth" is good not only because of its overall plot and action, but because of its heart.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 5th, 2010

Generation Hope #2

It’s like Cronenberg got his hands on a superhero story and went for broke before the budget got cut. In other words, it's pretty damn fine.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salvador Espin
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, December 3rd, 2010

Adventure Comics #521

It's not a bad setup, but at the same time it's hard to keep from feeling like remarkably little happens here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz, Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Marlo Alquiza, Mahmud Asrar, John Dell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 3rd, 2010
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