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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9

Aside from some new supporting cast members, "Ultimatum" changed "Ultimate Spider-Man" remarkably little.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Wall-E #5

The second Wall-E story arc finally gets started, and it's a wondrous mix of animated art with the themes and style of the movie.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Bryce Carlson
Artists:
Morgan Luthi
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

Queen Sonja #6

Jackson Hebert is a heck of an artist, and you get what you'd expect from a Sonja story: metal bikinis, action, intrigue.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Arvid Nelson
Artists:
Jackson Herbert
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

Guardians of the Galaxy #25

"Guardians of the Galaxy" comes to a conclusion not with a bang, but more of a quiet thud. Or is that a really loud blink?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

Firestar #1

Fresh from "Marvel Divas," Firestar finds herself turning into the poster child for a "very special" comic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

DV8: Gods and Monsters #1

DV8 is back and the team is on a strange planet for reasons unknown. And members keep disappearing.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Superman/Batman #71

“The Big Noise” ends with a co-writer, four inkers, and a disappointing issue all around.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey, Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Prentis Rollins, Rebecca Buchman, Derek Fridolfs, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Justice League of America #44

With the not-so-surprise return of a fan-favorite DC character, "Justice League of America" joins the "Brightest Day". This issue is the brightest yet of this run.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

X-Men Legacy #235

"Second Coming" raises the stakes and kills another good guy, while still making it feel like things are just now heating up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Greg Land
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Power Girl #11

The climactic showdown with the Ultra-Humanite. Another great-looking issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Hellblazer #266

The ghost of Sid Vicious haunts the present, sort of, as J. C. goes back to his punk roots.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Simon Bisley
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

The Spirit #1

Moritat draws a 22-page lead story and Bill Sienkiewicz does an 8-page black and white back-up story. Need I say more?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mark Schultz, Denny O’Neil
Artists:
Moritat, Bill Sienkiewicz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Green Lantern #53

With "Blackest Night" over, "Green Lantern" heads in a direction of... To Be Continued!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 21st, 2010

X-Factor #204

The tie-in to "X-Men: Second Coming" adds a lethal threat to the story and, thankfully, it completely lacks Hope or Cable running around.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Her-Oes #1

Despite the un-funny word play to try to derive a snappy title for this book, the book itself is almost enjoyable.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Grace Randolph
Artists:
Craig Rousseau
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Sif #1

Sif stayed in Oklahoma -- until Beta Ray Bill came along. . .

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Ryan Stegman, Tom Palmer, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Doomwar #3

The Black Panthers and Fantastic Four prepare to take on Doom, while we see Doom as the possible savior of the world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Scott Eaton, Andy Lanning, Robert Campanella
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Captain America: Who Won’t Wield the Shield #1

Marvel turns its mocking eye inward and delivers a pretty funny parody comic with some great art and good jokes. Plus, Doctor America and his goat-boy sidekick!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Stuart Moore
Artists:
Mirco Pierfederici, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Quinones
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Ultimate Avengers #6

The first "Ultimate Avengers" story is done, but not without some worthwhile surprises.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 21st, 2010

Kato Origins #1

Kato is drawn into the murder of a Korean man in Chinatown and must hide the secret that he’s actually Japanese, not Korean.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Jai Nitz
Artists:
Colton Worley
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 21st, 2010

The Unwritten #12

"The Unwritten" presents a chilling one-off story that will keep you from ever looking at Winnie the Pooh the same way again.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross, Kurt Higgins, Zelda Devon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 19th, 2010

Pantheon #1

More Zeus you say? What? You didn't ask for more Greek gods? How about as interpreted by Michael Chiklis? The end result needs a little more seasoning.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Michael Chiklis, Anny Simon Beck, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Stephen Molnar
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, April 19th, 2010

Booster Gold #31

Dan Jurgens wraps up his thirty-one issue run on the greatest hero you've never known.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, April 19th, 2010

New Mutants #12

The New Mutants attack The Right while the Alpha Team continue tracking Cable and Hope.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 19th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot #3

Jackpot solves the mystery of who is trying to bring down her life.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Adriana Melo, Mariah Benes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 19th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Enemy #3

Fury and Danvers try to figure out what’s going on while Aunt May’s house is attacked.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 18th, 2010

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #2

For an issue that's supposed to explain the main thrust of the story, this is an awfully long flashback starring Frog Thor.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 18th, 2010

Iron Man Noir #1

"Times are dark. Depression. War on the horizon. People want stories they can escape into," says Tony Stark of why does what he does. This is a good escape right here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Manuel Garcia, Lorenzo Ruggiero
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 18th, 2010

Mindfield #0

Telepathic security agents in a world they know too much about. The fodder for a decent television show, perhaps?

Publisher:
Aspen Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Alex Konat, Saleem Crawford
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, April 18th, 2010

Iron Man Legacy #1

Stark finds himself at war with someone using Stark technology for evil – or so it seems.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 18th, 2010

Hellcyon #1

Lucas Marangon creates his own world, and his style is distinctive, but the first issue feels stale.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Lucas Marangon
Artists:
Lucas Marangon
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, April 16th, 2010

The Savage Axe of Ares #1

For a character who's normally not terribly interesting, Ares fits quite well into the black and white anthology format.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz, John Barber, Ted McKeever, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
C.P. Smith, Jefte Palo, Ted McKeever, Leonardo Manco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 16th, 2010

Deadpool Team-Up #894

Deadpool. FrankenCastle. This should be dumb and fun and really entertaining. Well, it got the first part right...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Sanford Greene, Nathan Massengill
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, April 16th, 2010

Batman #698

Riddle me this... how strong can will a collaboration between Tony Daniel and Guillem March be?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 15th, 2010

Hulked Out Heroes #1

And by “Hulked Out Heroes,” they mean Hulkpool. That’s it. And he travels through time. Yay?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 15th, 2010

Punisher MAX #6

"Punisher MAX" is still good, but is worryingly getting a little cartoonish in spots.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 15th, 2010

The Flash #1

A swift, lightweight launch for a new series, but not a bad one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, April 15th, 2010

Kill Shakespeare #1

Neither "Fables" nor "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" nor anything nearly as good.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, April 14th, 2010

The Green Hornet: Year One #2

The Green Hornet and Kato stop a gun shipment while we get a window into who they were before putting on the masks.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Aaron Campbell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 14th, 2010

Doc Savage #1

Doc Savage versus lightning! A solid first issue with a really strong second feature in “Justice, Inc.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Malmont, Jason Starr
Artists:
Howard Porter, Art Thibert, Scott Hampton
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 14th, 2010
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