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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

Adventure Comics #11

In which everything happens exactly as you expected.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates, James Robinson
Artists:
Travis Moore, Julio Ferreira, Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 14th, 2010

Punishermax #7

If you thought the regular Marvel universe version of Bullseye was crazy, wait until you meet Jason Aaron’s interpretation of the character in “Punishermax” #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, May 14th, 2010

Siege #4

Life and death and the Heroic Age begins.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, May 13th, 2010

The Marvels Project #8

The look back at the beginning of the Marvel age of heroes concludes with one of the most infamous days in American history: December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 13th, 2010

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor #2

Dammit, Jim, McCoy's a doctor, not an action hero.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
John Byrne
Artists:
John Byrne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 13th, 2010

Pantheon #2

"Pantheon" shows an improvement in issue #2, but it's still not quite there.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Stephen Molnar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 13th, 2010

Iron Man Noir #2

The art isn't as strong as it might be, but Scott Snyder's story is a thrilling adventure.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Manuel Garcia, Lorenzo Ruggiero
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, May 13th, 2010

The Flash #2

"The Flash" is fun so far, but so far it's also surprisingly predictable

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Joel Gomez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Birds of Prey #1

Flying under the "Brightest Day" banner, the "Birds of Prey" return, bringing Hawk, Dove, and Gail Simone with them, all thanks to a White Lantern ring.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1

"Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" kicks off with a strong stone age issue, and promises to just keep getting better.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Chris Sprouse, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Frenemy of the State #1

"Frenemy of the State" has a great concept and title, but it's a decidedly middle of the road debut.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Rashida Jones, Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis
Artists:
Jeff Wamester
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #1

Maxwell Lord's back and he's brought his sense of entitlement and self-righteousness with him. Oh, and his nose is bleeding again. You know what that means.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 12th, 2010

The Fallen #1

The "Siege" of Asgard has ended. This issue deals with the aftermath of one of the deceased of that battle.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Siege #4

“Siege” ends and “The Heroic Age” begins. That both happen at the same time without some transition is problematic for a book meant to be a conclusion to the past five years of Marvel plots.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Dark Avengers #16

With “Dark Reign” over, so ends “Dark Avengers,” and Bendis sends the book and its ‘heroes’ off in style.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 12th, 2010

New Avengers Finale #1

“New Avengers” concludes its five-year run with the team finally getting to step out of the shadows by taking down the Hood, Madame Masque, and Count Nefaria.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Stuart Immonen, Butch Guice, Andrew Currie, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Zombies vs. Robots Aventure #4

The anthology series/artist showcase concludes with some strong art and solid writing.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Chris Ryall
Artists:
Menton Matthews III, Paul McCaffrey, Gabriel Hernandez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 12th, 2010

Demo, Volume 2 #4

Colin discovers that he can breathe underwater.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 10th, 2010

Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #1

Spider-Man and Wolverine get trapped in the past, and then their troubles begin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Mark Morales, Dexter Vine
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 10th, 2010

Nemesis: The Imposters #3

Everyone is a fake. Does that make this story a fake? I don’t know, but I do know that it’s still pretty good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #3

The revolution in Sparta continues with an army of exes and a bitchy wife on the side of the good guys. Wait, are they the good guys?

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Johnny Timmons
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Spider-Man: Fever #2

Is Spider-Man a spider or a man? Finally, a comic tries to answer the question that’s plagued scholars for decades.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brendan McCarthy
Artists:
Brendan McCarthy
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 9th, 2010

X-Men: Hellbound #1

"X-Men: Hellbound" #1 is almost all set-up for the rest of this mini-series, which means a slightly boring start but some potential later.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #630

The Lizard sheds his human skin to take on Spider-Man once again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Avengers: The Origin #2

This issue ends with Iron Man uttering the phrase, "So let's get to work." Hopefully they do next issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Secret Six #21

"Secret Six" is telling its most disturbing story to date, and that's saying a lot.

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

House of Mystery #25

Remove the gimmick from "House of Mystery" #25, and you unfortunately end up with an unmemorable issue.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Dave Justus, Paul Levitz, Alisa Kwitney, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan Jr.
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 6th, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #524

Everything comes screeching to a halt in the latest "Second Coming" chapter, and it's a moment that might have gone over a bit later.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 6th, 2010

Pilot Season: Stealth #1

Kirkman and Silvestri continue to offer up "Pilot Season" books, with a character that believes "No one is above the law." Of course, that character seems to think he is.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Sheldon Mitchell, Joe Weems V, Rick Basaldua
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 6th, 2010
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