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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

JSA All-Stars #13

After a fun first half, "JSA All-Stars" and its spotlight on Cyclone grinds to a conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Howard Porter, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 3rd, 2010

RASL #9

An issue of "RASL" is always worth the wait.

Publisher:
Cartoon Books
Writer:
Jeff Smith
Artists:
Jeff Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 3rd, 2010

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #2

“You are a coward, Iron Man! Do you hear me?! A coward! You knew I would destroy you during the breakout, so you ran! And now you bring others to fight for you!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Scott Wegener, Patrick Scherberger, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 3rd, 2010

Ant-Man & Wasp #2

The shrinking odd couple butt heads hilariously while stomping some A.I.M. goons. All around fun!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Tim Seeley, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, December 3rd, 2010

Marineman #1

“My name is Steve Ocean. But America knows me better these days as Marineman.”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ian Churchill
Artists:
Ian Churchill
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 3rd, 2010

Heroes for Hire #1

“So this is way your rebooted Heroes for Hire outfit works, huh? Calling up friends in the middle of the night?”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 2nd, 2010

Shadowland #5

“The darkness is within you, Matthew. And you are within the darkness. . . trapped within your own self-pity.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 2nd, 2010

Brightest Day #15

You know from the start what the conclusion of this issue will be, and yet it's still somewhat entertaining.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Scott Clark, David Beaty, Mick Gray, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin, Rebecca Buchman, Keith Champagne, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 2nd, 2010

Supergod #5

The post-human conflict comes to a head and plays out in ways no human could predict.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcellius
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 1st, 2010

Bring the Thunder #1

Wayne Russell is a para-rescuer in Afghanistan and is about to become something else entirely. Plus, he loves David Bowie, so that’s something in his favor.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Alex Ross, Jai Nitz
Artists:
Wilson Tortosa
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 1st, 2010

What If? Iron Man: Demon in an Armor #1

What if Tony Stark was Dr. Doom? More like ‘What if Dr. Doom was a Greedy Businessman and Starred in a Dull, Uninteresting Comic?’

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Michelinie, Bob Layton, Rick Remender
Artists:
Graham Nolan, Mark Pennington, Shawn Moll, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 1st, 2010

The Boys #49

And we thought the Homelander was unsettled before, this is truly a broken man.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Russ Braun
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 1st, 2010

Wolverine: The Best There Is #1

Excessive violence, but prudish tendencies otherwise? “The Best There Is” can’t decide what sort of comic it wants to be or what it’s audience is.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charlie Huston
Artists:
Juan Jose Ryp
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 1st, 2010

Megamind #1

“Though, I will say that becoming President is entirely different than taking over and subsequently ruling the world, but that is neither here nor there, so if we could just agree to disagree on things, I’ll go on my way.”

Publisher:
Ape Entertainment
Writer:
Jason M. Burns, Quinn Johnson, Jesse Leon McCann
Artists:
Fernando Peniche, Tina Francisco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 1st, 2010

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #6

There's a "Thor" romance comic? And it's great?!? Go figure.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, November 29th, 2010

Firebreather: Holmgang #1

“I’m not you, Kenny. And I don’t appreciate being your attack dog either.”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Phil Hester
Artists:
Andy Kuhn
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, November 29th, 2010

The Walking Dead #79

Robert Kirkman brings out some new writing tricks, as the current phase of the series begins to take its inevitable turn.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Mon, November 29th, 2010

Ultimate Spider-Man #150

Carol Danvers consults the Ultimates to talk about her Spider-Man problem.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David LaFuente, Sara Pichelle, Joelle Jones, Jamie McKelvie, Skottie Young, Sunny Gho
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 29th, 2010

Secret Avengers #7

Action! Suspense! Steve Rogers being a badass! Hell yeah!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 28th, 2010

Madame Xanadu #29

“Any prediction is just that. . . a calculated guess as to the course of future events. We base these forecasts on the evidence that only presents itself to a seer’s notice.”

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Amy Reeder, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, November 28th, 2010

Uncanny X-Force #2

'Uncanny X-Force' is both a throwback and a new twist on a classic formula, which is why it's so successful.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #530

Quarantines, as it turn out, make for a great X-Men line-up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Fantastic Four #585

Marvel’s first family is split across many varied scenes but it is Namor, and his brutish actions, that end this comic on a great note.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Teen Titans #89

"Teen Titans" is on the road to fun again. How'd that happen?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Green Arrow #6

“Okay, Ollie. Enough with the pity party. Nix knows I’m distracted. And she isn’t going to pass up an advantage like that.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Vicente Cifuentes, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Black Widow #8

Black Widow races through spy set pieces and tropes but never really earns her survival. A flat end from a brilliant start.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Manuel Garcia
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Conan the Cimmerian #25

"Conan the Cimmerian" draws to a close with a muted conclusion.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Timothy Truman
Artists:
Tomas Giorello
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, November 27th, 2010

Batwoman #0

This is a new reader-friendly introduction to Batwoman, as J.H. Williams prepares a new series to continue her adventures.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.H. Williams III, W. Hayden Blackman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III, Amy Reeder, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, November 25th, 2010

Thunderstrike #1

Eric Masterson may have died years ago, but his son, Kevin, is still angry and hates superheroes. And then his father’s magical mace reappears...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom DeFalco
Artists:
Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 25th, 2010

Batman Beyond #6

“Hey, there’s no substitute for knowing you’ve saved a life. Or millions. And just because you couldn’t figure out how to balance friends, family and choices doesn’t mean I can’t. I’ll make it work.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Ryan Benjamin, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, November 25th, 2010

Batman and Robin #17

"What are we missing?" is an apt but unfortunate rallying cry for this book, in more ways than one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 24th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #14

A sequel (or is that prequel?) to issue #6, as Captain Atom takes another trip into the future where Max Lord succeeded.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 24th, 2010

Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1

“Live or die, we do it together. As Alpha Flight!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
Reilly Brown, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 24th, 2010

Astonishing Thor #1

Do you wish Thor spoke in purple prose more and was drawn with imitation painted colors? Well, son, do I have the comic for you!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robert Rodi
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 24th, 2010
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