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Dazzler #1

If disco is ever going to make a comeback, it needs to be now; Dazzler is ready and waiting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
Kalman Andrasofszky, Ramon Perez, Rick Ketcham, Francesca Ciregia, Robin Ha
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 26th, 2010

X-Force #27

Ten pages of punching manages to feel dull, somehow, but the second half has some pep to it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 26th, 2010

7 Psychopaths #1

Seven psychopaths charged with assassinating Hitler in 1941. Sounds good to me and it looks exquisite with Sean Phillips on art.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Fabien Vehlmann
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #2

Maxwell Lord's scheme continues to unfold, but it feels more like set-up than anything else.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Judd Winick
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #48

Tony Bedard and Adrian Syaf's first issue of "Green Lantern Corps" is utterly average in just about every way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Adrian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Secret Avengers #1

Steve Rogers forms his own black ops team as they retrieve what they think will be the Serpent Crown, but turns out to be something different.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Superman: War of the Supermen #4

The story of the "War of the Supermen" started on May 1, and draws to a close twenty-five days later. That makes this a pretty good approximation of one hundred minutes, as far as publishing goes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Cafu, Eduardo Pansica, J. P. Mayer, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 26th, 2010

Creepy #3

A mediocre horror anthology with a few high spots, but not many.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Dan Braun, Craig Haffner, Doug Moench, Joe Harris, Cory Goodfellow, Kevin Ferrera, Shawna Gore, Nicola Cuti
Artists:
Dennis Calero, Angelo Torres, Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Greg Scott, Ken Barr
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 24th, 2010

DV8: Gods and Monsters #2

This is the story of Bliss becoming the goddess of a tribe of Amazonian-esque women, finding a place where she belongs.

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

Justice League of America #45

Supergirl shows up to join the Justice League just as they get attacked by Power Girl, which of course leads to a team-up with the JSA.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 24th, 2010

X-Factor #205

Trask and the MRD go after X-Factor.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 24th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #1

Someone is back in the American Son armor, but is it Harry Osborn?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed, Joe Caramagna
Artists:
Phillipe Briones, Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 24th, 2010

Azrael #8

What could the eighth deadly sin possibly be? Read “Azrael” #8 to find out! (The answer is pretty great!)

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 24th, 2010

American Vampire #3

After getting some advice from Skinner Sweet in the last issue, Pearl takes matters – and faces – into her own hands.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Stephen King
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

Age of Heroes #1

A strong anthology issue anchored by a nice little J. Jonah Jameson story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Rick Remender, Paul Cornell, Dan Slott
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Chris Samnee, Leonard Kirk, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

Joe the Barbarian #5

Mostly a brilliant showcase for the art of Sean Murphy, this is Grant Morrison in his "We3" mode, and it's very good.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

DC Universe Legacies #1

DC rewrites history. Sort of. After continuity punches, crises of all kinds, and general uncertainty, a new history of the DC Universe emerges.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Len Wein
Artists:
Scott Kolins, Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, J. G. Jones
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 23rd, 2010

X-Men Legacy #236

"Second Coming" enters its second half, but it feels like a story that's losing a bit of steam.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 22nd, 2010

Expendables #1

An action-adventure tale featuring a bunch of cardboard cutout characters leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe the movie will be more intriguing.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Chuck Dixon
Artists:
Esteve Polls
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 22nd, 2010

Superman: War of the Supermen #3

"Superman: War of the Supermen" is finally heating up, even as the inevitable conclusion is around the corner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Cafu, Bit
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 22nd, 2010

The Spirit #2

The second issue of "The Spirit" shows some improvements in the writing, but the art isn't quite as jaw-dropping this time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mark Schultz, Harlan Ellison
Artists:
Moritat, Kyle Baker
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 22nd, 2010

Enter the Heroic Age #1

A sampler of eight-page stories designed to entice you to check out one of five new(ish) titles from Marvel. Perhaps Marvel should have titled it "Tales to Entice."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage, Jeff Parker, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jim McCann
Artists:
Mike McKone, Gabriel Hardman, Giancarlo Caracuzzo, Jamie McKelvie, David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez, Kevin Walker
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 20th, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #26

A mixture of super-villains and corporate takeovers works far better than you may think.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 20th, 2010

The Anchor #8

It's the final issue as Clem teams up with his soul to fight the armies of Hell and rescue his granddaughter. Lots of demon-killing action!

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Phil Hester
Artists:
Brian Churilla
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 20th, 2010

Batman: Streets of Gotham #12

The start of a two-parter focusing on C-list villain the Carpenter is pleasantly fun, even with a surprise pair of scripters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, Szymon Kudranski
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 20th, 2010

Avengers #1

The Avengers are back and, immediately, are confronted by Kang. A great way to begin “The Heroic Age!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 19th, 2010

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Paul Levitz returns to craft new Legion stories in a new Legion title! Long-time Legion fans rejoice. New Legion fans say, "Um, OK."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Yildiray Cinar, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 19th, 2010

Brightest Day #2

"Brightest Day" is still a big jumble of storylines, one that's yet to gain cohesiveness.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Adrian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado, Vicente Cifuentes, Tom Nguyen, Rebecca Buchman, David Beaty
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 19th, 2010

Zatanna #1

"Zatanna" kicks off with a great first act to a magical show.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Stephane Roux, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 19th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #2

Another recruiting issue as we meet the first Hulk, Bruce Banner’s mentor and the man who perfected the formula upon himself.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 19th, 2010

Saturn Apartments Vol. 1

Hisae Iwaoka's story of window washers in space is one of the best comics you'll read all year.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Hisae Iwaoka
Artists:
Hisae Iwaoka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 19th, 2010

First Wave #2

It’s the Spirit versus the Blackhawks as the group of pilots want something back, but the Spirit ain’t in a giving mood.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Rags Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 17th, 2010

Booster Gold #32

The cover promises that the Bwa-ha-ha will be brought, and it is. Giffen and DeMatteis, however, don't apply it in the manner you might be expecting.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Chris Batista, Rich Perrotta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 17th, 2010

Avengers: The Initiative #35

The Initiative closes up shop, making way for Christos Gage's "Avengers Academy" in a few weeks. That's another review for another time. This review is for one of the last chapters of "Siege."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Jorge Molina, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 17th, 2010

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1

The X-Men investigate a spate of apparent mutant births in the small African country of Mbangawi.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Kaare Andrews
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, May 16th, 2010

Wolverine #900

Hey! You! How would you like to pay $4.99 for 100 pages of utterly generic Wolverine action! Wait? Where are you going?!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Bernardin, C. B. Cebulski, Todd Dezago, David Finch, Dean Motter, Matt Yocum
Artists:
Jake Bilbao, Jason Craig, David Finch, Pow Rodrix, Greg Scott, Derek Fridolfs, Rafa Garres, Rick Ketcham, Greg Scott
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, May 16th, 2010

X-Factor Forever #3

"X-Factor Forever" loses some steam at the halfway point, but it still makes me miss Louise Simonson's "X-Factor."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Louise Simonson
Artists:
Dan Panosian, Eric Nguyen, Aluir Almancino, Terry Austin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 16th, 2010

The Unwritten #13

Year two begins with a new Tommy Taylor book that’s a trap to reveal Wilson Taylor, long thought dead. Plus, Tom Taylor’s allies aren’t what they appear to be!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 16th, 2010

Fables #95

A flashback to Snow White and Rose Red's childhood is nice, if slightly sedate.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 15th, 2010

Titans: Villains for Hire Special #1

It's nice to see a "Brightest Day" banner on a book that is about the methodical murder of a super-hero.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Fabrizio Fiorentino, Mike Mayhew, Sergio Arino, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 14th, 2010
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