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Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #2

Hey, do you like energetic superhero comics done very well? Then buy this.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 12th, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #3

What happened to create the Cancerverse? Best bust out your copies of “The Death of Captain Marvel” and begin throwing in some Lovecraft stuff.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 12th, 2010

Thor the Mighty Avenger #3

Loki causes mischief that ruins Thor and Jane’s shopping trip, putting them at odds with Giant-Man and the Wasp! Vintage Marvel action!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 12th, 2010

Batgirl #13

Slowly but surely, "Batgirl" is pulling itself together into a respectable little book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Pere Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 12th, 2010

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World #1

The B.P.R.D. gets a new subtitle and offers up a good jumping-on point for new readers.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Guy Davis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 11th, 2010

Hack/Slash: My First Maniac #3

Just as Cassie is making friends, some psycho killing people has to ruin it.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Daniel Leister, Mark Englert
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 11th, 2010

Morning Glories #1

Welcome to Morning Glory Academy, a prestigious prep school that stinks of weirdness and evil intentions. It’s also a very fun first issue.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Joe Eisma
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 11th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1

It’s vampire time for the Ultimate Avengers as Blade and a new Daredevil enter the picture.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve Dillon, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 11th, 2010

The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles #2

When Cthulhu calls, it calls collect.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Johanna Stokes, Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Christopher Possenti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 11th, 2010

New Mutants Forever #1

I have to hand it to all parties involved: this feels like it came immediately after "New Mutants" #54.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Al Rio, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 10th, 2010

Shadowland #2

Daredevil’s friends stage an intervention while the Kingpin arrives in the shadows.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 10th, 2010

Shadowland: Bullseye #1

Ben Urich is kidnapped and forced to cover Bullseye’s funeral.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Sean Chen, Sandau Florea
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, August 10th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #6

Spartans versus Nazis! Football versus... uh, Nazis! Godfrey McLaine versus the Maestro! It all ends here!

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Johnny Timmons
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, August 10th, 2010

iZombie #4

Zombies and ghosts and mummies! Oh my!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 8th, 2010

Doom Patrol #13

The second year of “Doom Patrol” starts off with an issue dedicated to Rita Farr.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Ron Randall, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 8th, 2010

Secret Six #24

And now for something completely different.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
J. Calafiore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 8th, 2010

Greek Street #14

“Ajax” ends on a cliché, but Werther Dell’Edera continues to provide some very good art.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Werther Dell’Edera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, August 6th, 2010

Sweet Tooth #12

Presented with a paint-by-numbers cover, I couldn’t pass up this issue of “Sweet Tooth.” Oh yeah, it’s a standalone issue specifically designed to entice new readers. As if the paint-by-numbers cover didn’t give that away.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 6th, 2010

Darkstar and the Winter Guard #3

“A badass bear with a hammer” doesn’t quite measure up to a gun-toting gorilla, and this book doesn’t quite measure up to “Atlas.” It’s still a decent read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Gallaher
Artists:
Steve Ellis, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 6th, 2010

Iron Man Legacy #5

“War of the Iron Men” ends in this issue, with the introduction of a new hero, and the clearing of Tony Stark’s good name.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 6th, 2010

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #3

"Hawkeye & Mockingbird" is fun, but there's that niggling feeling that it could be better.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 6th, 2010

Supergod #4

Krishna has begun improving India through mass slaughter and the world responds. That’s not a good thing.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcellius
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, August 6th, 2010

Spitfire #1

Spitfire gets her own one-shot as Paul Cornell picks up on some threads from the late, lamented “Captain Britain and MI:13.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Elena Casagrande
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 5th, 2010

Secret Warriors #18

I had to keep double-checking that the title of this comic is still "Secret Warriors" and not "S.H.I.E.L.D."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 5th, 2010

Magnus, Robot Fighter #1

“Blip-off-any-interference.” Sage advice delivered so very early in this issue. I just might follow that advice today.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jim Shooter, Russ Manning
Artists:
Bill Reinhold, Russ Manning
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 5th, 2010

Doomwar #6

“Doomwar” is over. Give peace a chance.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Robert Campanella, Jaime Mendoza, David Meikis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 5th, 2010

Thor: The Rage of Thor #1

After his father and friends believed the false accusations that he murdered innocent people, Thor leaves Asgard and everything falls apart without him.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Mico Suayan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, August 5th, 2010

Brightest Day #7

Hank Hall and Boston Brand sit down for cheeseburgers. Hilarity ensues. Or maybe not.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado, Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 4th, 2010

Batman: Odyssey #2

Farcical comedy or just bad comic? You decide!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Neal Adams
Artists:
Neal Adams
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 4th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #6

Ghost Rider versus Ghost Rider with the Avengers stuck in the middle. Action a’plenty here, folks!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Jason Paz, Edgar Tadeo, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 4th, 2010

Avengers Prime #2

The Nine Realms have been broken! Oh no! Why did you do that, Thor? Why?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 4th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #639

With the wedding of Mary Jane and Peter prevented, how did they stay together? The explanation will surprise you! Well, maybe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Quesada, Stan Lee
Artists:
Paolo Rivera, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 4th, 2010

Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1

For those of us who didn't read the "Baltimore" novel, this mini-series starts off a bit slowly and predictably.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
Artists:
Ben Stenbeck
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 4th, 2010

Gorilla-Man #2

If the cover doesn’t sell you on this book, you got problems. It’s a freaking parachuting gorilla shooting guns!!! Marketing students everywhere, take note.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, August 3rd, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #526

Hope goes looking for her biological parents, while the X-Men follow up on a new mutant emergence.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction, Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Whilce Portacio, Olivier Coipel, Ed Tadeo, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 2nd, 2010

Wolverine: Origins #50

Wolverine comes to terms with his past, and meets Hope in a backup strip.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way
Artists:
Will Conrad, Antonio Fuso
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 2nd, 2010

Franken-Castle #19

Rick Remender and Tony Moore top themselves on the latest issue of their Franken-Castle run.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, August 2nd, 2010

American Vampire #5

The first story arc of “American Vampire” comes to a chilling close, as not all loose ends get tucked or neatly trimmed off.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Stephen King
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 2nd, 2010

Time Bomb #1

Upon finding a mysterious underground location, first things first, don’t try to break in, especially if that mysterious subterranean establishment is a Nazi base of some kind.

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Paul Gulacy, Charles Yoakum
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 2nd, 2010

X-Men Legacy #238

"X-Men Legacy" heads off to India but there's more to this story than a love for the country's delicious cuisine.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Clay Mann, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 1st, 2010
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