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The Adventures of Blanche

Rick Geary goes the fiction route, but maintains his reputation for superb historical research and the visuals to back them up.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Rick Geary
Artists:
Rick Geary
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Wed, December 30th, 2009

Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug Vol. 1

A great value for some great comics. Plus, Ambush Bug is kind of hilarious.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Robert Loren Fleming, Paul Kupperberg, Paul Levitz
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Bob Oksner, Carmine Infantino
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 30th, 2009

Blackest Night #6

"Blackest Night" breaks the silence of the "skip week" in full color brilliance as the Black Lanterns set their sights on Earth.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 30th, 2009

Blackest Night #6

"Blackest Night" #6 in some ways feels like a fan game come to life, but in a fun and entertaining way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 30th, 2009

The Absolute V for Vendetta

Moore's wake up call has aged well, but it's not a great fit for the Absolute format.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
David Lloyd
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, December 29th, 2009

Punisher MAX Volume 5

The final hardcover of Garth Ennis’ work on "The Punisher" is a must read and sets the bar ridiculously high for anyone who wishes to write the character in the future.

Publisher:
Marvel Max
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Goran Parlov, Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 29th, 2009

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fool’s Gold #1

This issue is mostly mediocre except for the writing and art of Odo, the only character that the writers and artist seem to understand.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Artists:
Fabio Mantovani
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, December 28th, 2009

Criminal: The Sinners #3

Tracy Lawless gets further trapped inside the web of crime, but he's always in control.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, December 28th, 2009

Wonder Woman #39

The "Warkiller" storyline ends here, as one god plays out his hand and another reveals that he has more than a few tricks left up his sleeve. Poor Diana.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, December 27th, 2009

Chew #7

Two bites into its second course, "Chew" is still delivering the deliciousness.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 27th, 2009

Irredeemable #9

Mark Waid's best comic book series ever continues to be a Don't Miss read.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 27th, 2009

Punisher #12

This issue focuses more on the Legion of Monsters, but that's actually the real attraction for this story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 27th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #231

"X-Necrosha" finally hits "X-Men: Legacy," and Mike Carey's book is perfectly suited to looking at those deceased mutants of the past.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Clay Mann, Danny Miki, Allen Martinez, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 27th, 2009

Secret Warriors #11

Hickman gets the story back on track after a few Dark Reign derailments in recent months.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 27th, 2009

Justice Society of America #34

Bill Willingham's first solo issue of "Justice Society of America" reminds me a lot of the old Geoff Johns "JSA." That's a good thing.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 26th, 2009

Green Lantern #49

Ed Benes comes in as John Stewart goes all military on a bunch of Black Lanterns. Unfortunately, it's the worst issue of the series so far.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ed Benes, Marcos Marz, Luciana del Negro
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, December 26th, 2009

Detective Comics #860

This may be the last great issue of "Detective Comics" for a while, but great it is.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J.H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, December 26th, 2009

Thor #605

Kieron Gillen brings the thunder. Billy Tan brings the lightning. Doctor Doom doesn't seem to mind.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, December 26th, 2009

The Incredible Hercules #139

"Incredible Hercules" this month is little more than two teams meeting and fighting, but it's an awfully entertaining fight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred van Lente
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi, Reilly Brown
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 26th, 2009

Battlefields: Happy Valley #1

The latest installment of Ennis' series focuses on the colorful crew of a Vickers Wellington bomber -–also dubbed "the Wimpy" after Popeye's friend, J. Wellington Wimpy.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
P. J. Holden
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 25th, 2009

Fantastic Four #574

Happy Birthday, Franklin Richards! Hope you survive the experience.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Neil Edwards, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 25th, 2009

New Avengers #60

Luke Cage has a problem, and Brian Michael Bendis throws virtually every hero in the Marvel Universe at the problem, which makes for an offbeat, engaging issue to read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 25th, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #21

Conflict with the Luminals over an alien lifeform leads to beaurocracy, pregnancy (sort of), and a whole lot of headaches. Great comic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 23rd, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #519

It’s Scott Summers versus the Void in his own mind. If he loses, he’ll be killed by his girlfriend. So, I guess he better win?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dods
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 23rd, 2009

The Last Days of American Crime #1

There’s two weeks left until crime is over as we know it and Graham has an idea for one big score. What is it? Well, read the comic!

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Greg Tocchini
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 23rd, 2009

Blackest Night: JSA #1

: "Blackest Night: JSA" continues to expand the saga of "Blackest Night" throughout the DC Universe. This series makes way too much sense, given how many potential Black Lanterns are in some way connected to the JSA.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Marcos Marz, Julio Ferreira, Luciana Del Negro, Ruy José
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 23rd, 2009

Powers #2

Bendis and Oeming think not enough comics feature superheroes fighting giant Nazi robots and aim to rectify it here. Sadly, it doesn’t add to the main story as much as one would hope.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Michael Avon Oeming
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 22nd, 2009

Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield? #1

Now that Rogers is back, he and Bucky decide which one of them gets to be Captain America.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Butch Guice, Luke Ross
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 22nd, 2009

Cable #21

Cable and Hope return to Earth, with Bishop predictably in tow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Lan Medina, Paul Gulacy, Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuerva, Robert Campanella
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 22nd, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative #31

Set up as a tie-in to the "Siege: The Cabal" this issue throws the spotlight on Taskmaster. Of course, with "The Initiative" once the spotlight is on one character, others find the footlights.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 22nd, 2009

What If? Spider-Man: House of M #1

Peter Parker’s conflict over dual lives thanks to the Scarlet Witch should make for interesting, emotionally-driven stories, but that’s not what happens here. No, what happens here is a very bad comic book.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever, Frank Tieri, Mike Gallagher
Artists:
Dave Ross, Brian Haberlin, Dave Manak
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 22nd, 2009

Nomad: Girl Without a World #4

Sean McKeever firmly establishes Rikki Barnes's place in the Marvel Universe, and the story is as earnest as the character.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, December 21st, 2009

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #4

Moon Knight revamped as a Darker Knight, but with little story in this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, December 21st, 2009

Azrael #3

"Azrael" is definitely finding its voice, and it's probably not what you'd expect.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 21st, 2009

Batman: Streets of Gotham #7

Easily Paul Dini's best issue to date, "Batman: Streets of Gotham" reads like a disturbing episode of "Batman: The Animated Series."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Cliff Richards, Derek Fridolfs, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 21st, 2009

X-Force #22

Clayton Crain's techno-gothic artistry saves this from being yet another zombie superhero comic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Clayton Crain, Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, December 21st, 2009

Dark Avengers #12

What started out promising feels like a deus ex machina ending, even as it all-but-ensures that one character is going away shortly.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Greg Horn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 20th, 2009

Astonishing X-Men #33

Like the previous 32 issues of this series, it may not align nicely with current developments in the Marvel U, but it's probably better that way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 20th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #615

Javier Pulido swings into town and makes Fred Van Lente's script sparkle.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Javier Pulido
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 20th, 2009

What If? Daredevil vs. Elektra #1

The resurrected Matt Murdock leads the Hand and comes up against SHEILD Agent Elektra Natchios. Definitely not the Marvel you know!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Karl Bollers, Mike Gallagher
Artists:
Rafael Kayanan, Dave Manak
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, December 19th, 2009
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