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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

Action Comics #895

"Action Comics" continues to bring a lot of fun, even without that much action.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Nick Spencer
Artists:
Pete Woods, R.B. Silva, Dym
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 24th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #649

“Ahem. Hero rule #352: never talk to the press. C’mon, Cat.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 24th, 2010

Vampirella #1

Vampirella is busting heads and wearing clothes all in the name of pushing the vampire genre into just one more set of hands.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Eric Trautmann
Artists:
Wagner Reis
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, November 24th, 2010

Detective Comics #871

How does a kid become a Killer Croc? And what does a crooked cop have to do with it? Dick and Commissioner Gordon look to find out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 24th, 2010

The Sixth Gun #6

Not just a good comic, but a dependable one, as well.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Brian Hurtt
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, November 23rd, 2010

Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil #1

Richard Corben. If you need to know anything else about why this comic is worth reading, I don’t know what to tell you.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Richard Corben
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, November 22nd, 2010

Zatanna #7

Zatanna is in LA to help with the opening of a magic museum. Things go wrong. Of course.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Chad Hardin, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, November 22nd, 2010

Avengers #7

The Avengers are still less angsty, but this issue is all set up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, November 22nd, 2010

Green Lantern #59

Hope you like exposition, because "Green Lantern" is serving up a whole lot of it with a side of talking.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, November 21st, 2010

Superior #2

It's pretty to look at and kind of cute, but understand in advance that there's virtually no plot here.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, November 21st, 2010

Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1

“There is no one to defend these sleeping Avengers but us. There are no Avengers at all but us!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, November 19th, 2010

Nightmaster: Monsters of Rock #1

“I have to save them, it’s going to be very dangerous, and there’s no place for you in this. Go home, Eddie.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Kieron Dwyer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, November 19th, 2010

Thunderbolts #150

The Thunderbolts escape! Can the Avengers bring them in?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, November 19th, 2010

Osborn #1

Osborn finds himself at the center of a manipulative scheme, while Norah Winters decides to follow up on his story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelley Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis
Artists:
Emma Rios, Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, November 19th, 2010

Hulk #27

The conceit of the comic is a little hard to swallow, but Jeff Parker does his best job of selling it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman, Mark Robinson, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, November 19th, 2010

Justice League of America #51

“There is always hope. That team in there – they are the Justice League of America. They’re new to it, sure, but they aren’t new to this level of adversity.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, November 19th, 2010

The Traveler #1

The Traveler faces off against the Split-Second Men, but why? What’s going on?

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Stan Lee, Mark Waid
Artists:
Chad Hardin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 18th, 2010

Spider-Girl #1

“I’m not just a girl. I’m Spider-Girl. And I am so late for school.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Clayton Henry, Dean Haspiel
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, November 18th, 2010

Superman #705

Straczynski tries to make a point about every-day heroes, but it gets lost in the melodrama.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Wellington Diaz, Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, November 18th, 2010

The Boys: Highland Laddie #4

Not the smutty gross out you think it might be, this title shows one of the best relationships in comics, and its slow implosion.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, November 18th, 2010

Kill Shakespeare #7

Hamlet and Juliet share a Twelfth Night that spins over old history just to start a new future.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, November 18th, 2010
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