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Justice Society of America #41

James Robinson and Mark Bagley continue to make this JLA/JSA team-up a fun read. They even manage to pack a few surprises into this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 26th, 2010

Darkwing Duck #2

The second issue of “Darkwing Duck” is as strong as the first, with the Fearsome Four getting back into the swing of things.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Ian Brill
Artists:
James Silvani
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 26th, 2010

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #1

A solid return to form for Simone and the Tranquility gang.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Horacio Domingues
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 24th, 2010

Legion of Super-Heroes #3

Levitz knows how to play to his audience and that's more than okay.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Yildiray Cinar, Francis Portella, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 24th, 2010

DV8: Gods and Monsters #4

Threshold takes the spotlight as he learns to fight. You’d think a violent sociopath like him would know, but you’d think wrong.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, July 24th, 2010

X-Factor #207

Someone has stolen a necklace from Hela and she wants Madrox to find it. But, before that can happen, there are still some lingering plots that need to be dealt with from previous issues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Sebastian Fiumara
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 21st, 2010

Red Mass for Mars #4

This series finally reaches its end as the superhumans of Earth confront the Hun-Du invasion fleet with only one side emerging victorious.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Michael Garland
Artists:
Ryan Bodenheim
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 21st, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man #638

Here it is: the explanation for how and why Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson never married. And it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Quesada, Jim Shooter, David Michelinie, Stan Lee
Artists:
Paolo Rivera, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, Paul Ryan, Vince Colletta, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 21st, 2010

Batman: Streets of Gotham #14

Remember when the second features were announced and we were promised variable page lengths for them? It finally happened.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, Ramon Bachs, John Lucas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 21st, 2010

The Avengers #3

Kang on the cover means that this is a classic “Avengers” book, right? Good stuff gonna happen inside? Well, maybe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 21st, 2010

Atlas #3

The Agents of Atlas continue to investigate the beings after the 3-D Man, and find that the problem has hit a little too close to home.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman, Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 21st, 2010

Time Masters: Vanishing #1

I wanted this first issue to convince me "Time Masters" was necessary, but when the dust settles... not so much.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 21st, 2010

New Mutants #15

“Sam! Sam Guthrie! You just defeated Cameron Hodge! What are you going to do next?” “I’m taking my team to Disney World!” Or maybe they’ll just go to some ranch in Texas.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Leonard Kirk
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 21st, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Is this really, as the title states, Scott Pilgrim's finest hour? I'd say so.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Artists:
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 19th, 2010

World War Hulks: Spider-Man Vs. Thor #1

Hulked-out versions of Thor and Spider-Man thrill and surprise.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 19th, 2010

X-Men: The Heroic Age #1

Fraction, McKelvie, Sanders, and Portacio get the X-Men interacting with the wider Marvel Universe again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie, Steven Sanders, Whilce Portacio, Ed Tadeo, Jamie Mendoza
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 19th, 2010

Daytripper #8

The protagonist, Brás, doesn’t appear in this issue, but his presence dominates it. A masterpiece of a comic.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
Artists:
Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 19th, 2010

Richard Stark's Parker: The Man with the Getaway Face - A Prelude to the Outfit

A preview of October’s “The Outfit,” this presents the adaptation of the second Parker novel in a shorter form, but on larger paper and for a great price.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Darwyn Cooke
Artists:
Darwyn Cooke
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 19th, 2010

Officer Downe #1

Meet Terrence Downe, a cop who died and is now back as the secret weapon of the LAPD: kicking ass and taking names.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Chris Burnham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 19th, 2010

Doc Savage #4

How can a Doc Savage story be dull and boring? Like this, apparently

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Malmont, Jason Starr
Artists:
Howard Porter, Art Thibert, Scott Hampton
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 19th, 2010

The Mighty Crusaders #1

More tedium from DC's Red Circle revamp.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Trautmann, Brandon Jerwa
Artists:
Julian Lopez, John Lucas
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 19th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #35

The time travel might not make any sense (not that it ever does) but we get some Subs with our Inferior Five this time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, July 18th, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #28

Matt Fraction's building a new world for Tony Stark, but Larroca and D'Armata aren't up to the challenge.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, July 18th, 2010

Daredevil #508

De La Torre creates the right mood, and something is seriously wrong with Matt Murdock.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston
Artists:
Roberto De La Torre
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, July 18th, 2010

Batgirl #12

Batgirl, meet Proxy. Proxy, meet Batgirl. Thus ends the first year of this "Batgirl" series. This issue offers a bit of fun getting to that point.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Pere Perez, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 18th, 2010

Avengers Academy #2

Excellent McKone artwork and the strongest writing from Gage in years.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Mike McKone
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Birds of Prey #3

It's a little erratic, but the conclusion can still pull "Birds of Prey" together.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, Mariah Benes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Adventure Comics #516

Oh, "Adventure Comics," what went wrong?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz, Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Kevin Sharpe, Marlo Alquiza, Mahmud Asrar, John Dell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #18

Brainiac times three. That’s not going to be a good thing for innocent bystanders.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 17th, 2010

X-Men Hellbound #3

Will Magik be saved? Do you really think it could happen any other way so soon after the character was brought back? Me either.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Talibao, Tom Raney, Sandu Flores, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 17th, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #2

If this is the last of the Marvel cosmic books for a while, it's going out with a fairly large bang.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Predators: Preserve the Game #1

A good sequel to the movie, acting more as a lost fourth act than a sequel.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Allan Jefferson, David Rivera, Jordi Tarragona
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 15th, 2010

X-Files/30 Days of Night #1

Vampires are killing in Alaska and that’s just the sort of weirdness that attracts Agents Mulder and Scully.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Niles, Adam Jones
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 15th, 2010

Booster Gold #34

“Oh, boy. . . “The cover says it all, except it doesn’t. A cool Kevin Maguire cover is a good draw for readers to pick up the book and flip through. Hopefully they stick around long enough for the fun story inside.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Chris Batista, Rich Perrotta, Keith Giffen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 15th, 2010

Batman #701

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel return to the final moments of "Batman R.I.P." and provide the bridge to "Final Crisis" that readers had wanted.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Tony Daniel
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1

"Doctor Solar" finds a new home with Dark Horse. There's good and bad to be found here.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jim Shooter, Paul S. Newman
Artists:
Dennis Calero, Bob Fujitani
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

X-Men: Second Coming #2

This final issue of "Second Coming" is mostly epilogue, but it also sets up new status quos for most of the main mutant titles.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells, Mike Carey, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Matt Fraction
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson, Esad Ribic, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Magog #11

Scott Kolins goes solo and tackles “Magog.” Is that because no one else wanted to?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Kolins
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Superman #701

“Grounded” begins with Superman in Philadelphia, where he handles all sorts of problems including reminding us of the importance of obeying traffic laws.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Doctor Who Annual 2010

"Doctor Who Annual 2010" is a mixed bag, but there are some good elements that should make a fan happy.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jonathan L. Davis, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Tony Lee
Artists:
Kelly Yates, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010
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