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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

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #3

"Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard" #3 isn't as strong as the earlier issues, but even then it's still entertaining.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Jason Shawn Alexander, Katie Cook, Guy Davis, Nate Pride, David Petersen, Edgar Allan Poe
Artists:
Jason Shawn Alexander, Katie Cook, Guy Davis, Nate Pride, David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 1st, 2010

Thor: For Asgard #1

Ragnarök comes, but with Odin gone, Asgard is slowly crumbling from the inside and not even Thor can stop it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robert Rodi
Artists:
Simone Bianchi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 1st, 2010

Scalped #40

Dash and Carol both try kicking, while Wade returns to the rez and has some fun with Red Crow.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
RM Guéra
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 30th, 2010

X-Factor #208

Wolfsbane returns to town, Hela catches up with Pip, and Longshot and Darwin bring a pair of girls back to the office.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Emanuela Lupachino, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 30th, 2010

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Storm and Gambit #1

Storm and Gambit attempt to steal the body of Dracula.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chuck Kim
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Wayne Faucher, Al Vey, Victor Olazaba, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 30th, 2010

Guarding the Globe #1

I hate to say it, but the fake advertising campaign for "Guarding the Globe" was more amusing than the real thing.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman, Benito Cereno
Artists:
Ransom Getty, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, August 28th, 2010
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