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FreakAngels Vol. 4

The fourth collection of the weekly webcomic that you should be reading. Things fall apart as Mark, the exiled FreakAngel, returns and we see what happened six years ago to leave the world in ruins.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Paul Duffield
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 7th, 2010

Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1

It's swinter (thank you "Phineas & Ferb") as the "Winter Guard" hits our summer comics pile.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Gallaher
Artists:
Steve Ellis, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 7th, 2010

Joker's Asylum II: The Riddler #1

The devil is in the details of "Joker's Asylum II: The Riddler."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Calloway
Artists:
Andres Guinaldo, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 7th, 2010

Demo, Volume 2 #5

This issue of "Demo" is probably the simplest to date, but at the same time it's surprisingly effective.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 6th, 2010

Thor and the Warriors Four #3

"Thor and the Warriors Four" may not have the deepest of plots, but it's so adorable that who really cares?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alex Zalben, Colleen Coover
Artists:
Gurihiru, Colleen Coover
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 6th, 2010

Nemesis: The Imposters #4

The series concludes, but if you're looking for big-picture answers for this enigmatic story, you won't find them here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, June 6th, 2010

JSA All-Stars #7

With the first storyline over, "JSA All-Stars" is starting to come back around.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Freddie Williams II, Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 6th, 2010

Jonah Hex: No Way Back

Jonah Hex hits the big time with an original graphic novel, written by the monthly "Jonah Hex" writers and drawn by Jonah's artistic creator.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Tony DeZuniga, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 6th, 2010

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1

"Mouse Guard" creator David Petersen opens up the sandbox for others to play in. The end result is an enjoyable excursion.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Jeremy Bastian, Ted Naifeh, Alex Sheikman, David Petersen
Artists:
Jeremy Bastian, Ted Naifeh, Alex Sheikman, David Petersen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 6th, 2010

Brightest Day #3

Still setting the stage for what's to come, but the creative team behind this series might just be able to make this work.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado, Vincente Cifuentes, David Beaty, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, June 6th, 2010

Adventure Comics #12

Paul Levitz takes over "Adventure Comics," but his story is slightly undone by the art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Kevin Sharpe, Marlo Alquiza, Marc Deering
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 3rd, 2010

Superman/Batman Annual #4

This issue marks the start of the celebration for fans of the "Batman Beyond" license. Of course it helps to have a good story and great art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 3rd, 2010

Red Hood: The Lost Days #1

What really happened to Jason Todd once he clawed his way out of the grave? The story starts here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Pablo Raimondi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 3rd, 2010

Avengers Prime #1

The series aimed at repairing the relationship between Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor gets off to a strong start with some mystical elements to bring them together.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Avengers: The Origin #3

The not-quite-yet-Avengers search for the Hulk, while he pretends to be a robot in the circus. And Phil Noto draws an amazing Asgard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #9

Moon Knight and Spider-Man team-up to fight the Sandman, while Juan Jose Ryp makes his Marvel artist debut. Fans of his Avatar work won’t be disappointed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Juan Jose Ryp
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #1

The latest Marvel cosmic event kicks off with the typical bold, fearless writing of Abnett and Lanning, but that’s hampered somewhat by messy, cluttered art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Irredeemable #14

The Paradigm is the only thing that can stop the Plutonian, but they’re locked up by the government. We’re screwed.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Greek Street #12

Werther Dell’Edera joins the book for the three-part “Ajax,” a story focusing on a British soldier named Alex, his experiences in Afghanistan, and how they affect him now that he’s back home.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Werther Dell’Edera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 2nd, 2010

Captain Long Ears

Captain Long Ears and Captain Jam are on a search for Captain Big Nose, but all is not quite as it seems in this story.

Publisher:
SLG Publishing
Writer:
Diana Thung
Artists:
Diana Thung
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 1st, 2010

The Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1

Readers of Marvel's cosmic space books will find a lot to love here, but new readers might take extra time to fully get on board.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Scott Edelman
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Mike Zeck
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 1st, 2010

G. I. Joe: Hearts & Minds #1

IDW launches a G. I. Joe series that gives definition to some of the fringe characters of the G. I. Joe universe.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Max Brooks
Artists:
Howard Chaykin, Antonio Fuso
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Green Lantern #54

Two Red Lanterns in the New York subway system and neither of them is Bernie Goetz. What could possibly go wrong?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Scalped #38

1975, the fall of Saigon, and a guy named Wade is faced with a problem: he can’t stay there and he doesn’t want to go back home to the reservation. What’s left but death?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Detective Comics #865

The Question backup is the artistic highlight, but David Hine’s Arkham story is certainly unsettling.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, June 1st, 2010

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2

Bruce Wayne vs. Puritans, with the fate of the universe at stake. It’s good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 31st, 2010

Power Girl #12

Power Girl spends the day with Terra, while a succession of villains return.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 31st, 2010

Thunderbolts #144

The Thunderbolts are back, and this time they're being led by Luke Cage.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, May 29th, 2010

Thor #610

Summoned by Balder, Thor returns to Asgard, or what's left of Asgard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 29th, 2010

X-Men: Blind Science #1

"X-Men: Blind Science" has a good core idea, but some bad characterization is hard to ignore.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Simon Spurrier
Artists:
Paul Davidson, Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, May 29th, 2010

Northlanders #28

Serving almost as an epilogue to "The Plague Widow," the new "Northlanders" closes out its strongest epic to date.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Leandro Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 27th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #34

The Silver Age goodness from Straczynski and Saiz continues, bringing the Legion back in time to meet the Doom Patrol.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 27th, 2010

WWE Heroes #3

With Triple H dead, who’s next? Better watch out, Big Show...

Publisher:
Titan Books
Writer:
Keith Champagne
Artists:
Andy Smith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 27th, 2010

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust #1

The first issue of the prequel to Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” sets up the world and the story in a simple, straight forward fashion.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Robert Adler
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 27th, 2010

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
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