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Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #2

"Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom" is telling a story with a writer who has a lack of imagination, but I think it's inadvertently hitting too close to home.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jim Shooter
Artists:
Roger Robinson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, September 12th, 2010

American Vampire #6

Book, Pearl, Skinner Sweet, and Stephen King might be scarce in this issue, but the solid, compelling story by Scott Snyder and the mesmerizing art by Rafael Albuquerque are both still here.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 12th, 2010

Batman #703

Billed as "A Prelude to 'Bruce Wayne: the Road Home'," this issue is more filler than groundbreaker.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 12th, 2010

Batman and Robin #14

Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving ramp this storyline up and we get a large payoff from the last year of the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 9th, 2010

Greek Street #15

The final story begins and it’s a rushed, misguided attempt to begin to wrap the series up.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 9th, 2010

Batman: Odyssey #3

I have no idea who the target audience is for this book. I'm not sure there is one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Neal Adams
Artists:
Neal Adams
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 9th, 2010

Green Lantern #57

Geoff Johns tries to squeeze the Star Sapphires into the new greater Lantern cosmology. It's a little forced, but almost works.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 9th, 2010

Kill Shakespeare #5

Hamlet’s fighting internally while everyone else externalizes their Shakespearean rage.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, September 9th, 2010

28 Days Later #14

Plenty of dropped story opportunities give this title little bite.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Alejandro Aragon
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, September 9th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #2

Nerd Hulk goes off the reservation and proves Captain America right for thinking him an incompetent who can’t fight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve Dillon, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

Doc Savage #6

“First Wave” mastermind Brian Azzarello comes aboard with Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein to produce a gripping, compelling comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon, Brian Azzarello, Jason Starr
Artists:
Nic Klein, Scott Hampton
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #4

Thanos is dead and the good guys look screwed, but Nova and his band of heroes may just prove that idea wrong.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

New Avengers #4

New York is being invaded by demons and the New Avengers are all that can hold them back. Except it’s not working. We’re screwed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

Thor #614

It’s Thor versus the Dísir as Kieron Gillen concludes his stint on the title.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

Irredeemable #17

Why does Modeus hate the Plutonian so? The answer will disturb you!

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #641

“One Moment in Time” concludes by going back to “One More Day.” Yeah, that should work out fine...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Quesada, Stan Lee
Artists:
Paulo Rivera, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 8th, 2010

iZombie #5

It’s a bad night for Gwen as nothing goes right.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, September 6th, 2010

I Am An Avenger #1

A variety of shorts featuring Avengers characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann, Duane Swierczynski, Alex Zalben, Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Chris Samnee, Jason Latour, Tom Fowler, Chris Eliopoulos
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, September 6th, 2010

Secret Six #25

The new "Secret Six" is good, but it feels a little too compressed in places.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
J. Calafiore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, September 6th, 2010

1 Month 2 Live #1

"1 Month 2 Live" has a lot of good talent lined up, but a lackluster beginning.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Andrea Mutti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, September 6th, 2010

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #4

How the good guys got their groove back...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, September 4th, 2010

CLiNT #1

Mark Millar’s new comic magazine debuts and is a solid, slick package. Plus, it’s the place to find the debut of “Kick-Ass 2.”

Publisher:
Titan Books
Writer:
Mark Millar, Jonathan Ross, Frankie Boyle, Jim Muir, Manuel Bracchi
Artists:
John Romita, Jr., Tom Palmer, Tommy Lee Edwards, Michael Dowling, Steve McNiven, Manuel Bracchi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, September 4th, 2010

Iron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

A surprising art showcase with three stunning artists illustrating stories about the “Iron Man 2” S.H.I.E.L.D. agents written by Joe Casey.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Tim Green II, Felix Ruiz, Matt Camp
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, September 4th, 2010

Our Army At War #1

As Edwin Starr once asked, “War, what is it good for?” Aside from “absolutely nothin’,” it’s good for comic book stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Marts
Artists:
Victor Ibáñez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 4th, 2010

Taskmaster #1

Taskmaster has so much going on that he can’t remember what he had for dinner. Kind of like Dory from “Finding Nemo,” except Taskmaster knows kung fu.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Jefté Palo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

Gorilla-Man #3

As Ken Hale says in this book, “Hey, don’t make me fling poo at you.” Buy this book. Read it. Enjoy it. Thank me later.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

Stumptown #4

This Stumptown PI plays whatever cards available to not get sucked into the contrail of this family’s case.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Matthew Southworth
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

Shadowland: Elektra #1

An ultraviolent ninja interlude that sets up but doesn’t knock down, though it does leave you about to topple.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War #4

Deadpool writes his own fan-fic and entertains himself with explosions and plenty of stock action tropes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Jason Pearson
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

Young Allies #4

The Bastards of Evil have kidnapped two members of the Young Allies and are going to execute them on live TV. Oh snap.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeón, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

JSA All-Stars #10

The latest "JSA All-Stars" is suffering from middle child syndrome. Or something like that.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Freddie Williams II, Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, September 3rd, 2010

5 Days to Die #1

A cop and his family are in a car accident, leaving him with five days to live and a strong desire for revenge.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Andy Schmidt
Artists:
Chee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 2nd, 2010

Shadowland #3

Daredevil attacks his friends and, worse yet, joins forces with his enemies.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, September 2nd, 2010

Brightest Day #9

When even the other characters in the comic find the plot hard to swallow, something has gone wrong.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rebecca Bachman, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 2nd, 2010

Scarlet #2

The art in "Scarlet" is beautiful, but I can't help but feel like we've read this story before.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 2nd, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #20

Red Lantern rings and Brainiac and Lobo, oh my!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 2nd, 2010

Incorruptible #9

Max Damage has to go after the Plutonian’s ex-girlfriend to find out how the Diamond Gang got a copy of her unpublished autobiography.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Horacio Domingues, Juan Castro
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 1st, 2010

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2

This issue features the secret origin of the Young Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Sort of.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 1st, 2010

Freedom Fighters #1

They’re fighting for your freedom! Freedom Fighters! Sorry. I got carried away there and tried to make a theme song out of it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Travis Moore, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 1st, 2010

Green Hornet Annual #1

This annual expands on the scenes of issue three as Britt Reid, Jr. grieves for his father and looks to avenge his death.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Phil Hester
Artists:
Carlos Rafael, Michael Netzer, Josef Rubenstein
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 1st, 2010
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