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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

Action Comics #891

One of the greatest sound effects in comics gets some play in this issue. That’s right, “PUNT” makes a daring return to print. And yes, it does have something to do with Lex Luthor.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Pete Woods, Cafu, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 1st, 2010

Pilot Season: Stellar #1

Robert Kirkman’s Top Cow “Pilot Season” experiment continues, this time with cool locations, hot ladies, alien monsters, and big action. At least Kirkman says that’s all in here. He’s mostly right.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 1st, 2010

Outsiders #31

Despite what you may believe (or even hope) “Outsiders” is still being published. No, it isn’t good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Didio
Artists:
Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 30th, 2010

Justice League of America #47

The JLA, JSA, and All-Stars continue to stave off the Starheart’s attack while trying to bring the fight back to the Starheart.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Pow Rodrix, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 30th, 2010

Abe Sapien: The Abyssal Plain #2

Abe Sapien versus a Russian zombie! Not quite you’d expect, but very good still.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Peter Snejbjerg
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, July 30th, 2010

Green Lantern #56

Hector Hammond, Larfleeze, and Green Lantern meet up in North Branch, Minnesota and the sheriff asks Hal to retrieve a lawn flamingo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 29th, 2010

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4

A Grant Morrison script undone by the art? Well, that's never happened before.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 29th, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #6

"Justice League: Generation Lost" gets a motivation more than "he's a bad guy."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Fernando Dagnino, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 29th, 2010

First Wave #3

It’s still not clear what “First Wave” is about really, but things are moving in that direction as Batman enters the book in a big way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant, Bob Almond
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 29th, 2010

Thor, The Mighty Avenger #2

Feeding off the (presumed) frenzy for all things Thor, this all-ages Thor title offers a satisfying tale of Mjolnir and owner.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 29th, 2010

Thor #612

Last issue, Thor seemed amped to go to Hell and fight some Disir. This issue, eh, everyone just wants to talk. What happened?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 29th, 2010

Green Arrow #2

As if flying the “Brightest Day” banner wasn’t enough of a highlight, the gorgeous (but cluttered) cover to this issue features Hal Jordan and exclaims, “Guest-starring Green Lantern.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 29th, 2010

Punishermax #9

Bullseye continues his quest to learn how Frank Castle thinks, while Castle contends with the NYPD after killing a crooked cop.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 28th, 2010

Detective Comics #867

There's a good idea in this issue of "Detective Comics," but it's not quite coming together.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 28th, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #50

Bedard brings back the Cyborg Superman and thankfully keeps his most interesting motivation on board.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Adrian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 28th, 2010

The Flash #4

This month's issue of "The Flash" feels both classic and modern at the same time, which is a nice twist.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 28th, 2010

Secret Avengers #3

Did anyone expect this book to go cosmic when it was announced? Not really, but it’s still pretty good!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 28th, 2010

Artifacts #1

This issue has almost as many variant cover options as it does interior story pages. You can’t judge a book by its cover though. This one has awesome inside.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Michael Broussard, Rick Basaldua, Sal Regla, Marc Silvestri
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 28th, 2010

Wonder Woman #601

Witness the destruction of Paradise Island! Marvel at the death of Hippolyta! Wonder who this new Diana is, because we don’t really learn anything about her character!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 28th, 2010

After Dark #1

In a post-apocalyptic world, the military sends one of its best men on a mission to find a woman that people can rally around. This first issue is a mix of good and bad.

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Jeff Nentrup, Sara Biddle
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 28th, 2010

Power Girl #14

While the “Brightest Day” banner isn’t flying over the logo on this cover yet, the influence of “Brightest Day” is certainly making itself known in the pages of this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Sami Basri
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 27th, 2010

The Walking Dead #75

While the series has its weak spots, the strengths still overcome them. Adlard's art carries the story, and Kirkman excels at creating dramatic situations.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, July 27th, 2010

Zatanna #3

The end of the first "Zatanna" storyline is a bit predictable, but the art is still gorgeous.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Stephane Roux
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 27th, 2010

Finding Nemo: Losing Dory #1

A year later and it's time to check in with our finny friends from Disney/Pixar and BOOM! Kids.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Raicht, Brian Smith
Artists:
Jake Myler
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 27th, 2010

CBGB #1

Boom! Studios’ anthology about the legendary punk rock venue, CBGB.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Sam Humphries
Artists:
Marc Ellerby, Rob G
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, July 27th, 2010

New Avengers #2

A mystical villain attempts to snatch the Eye of Agamotto.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, July 27th, 2010
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