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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

Batman #694

Tony Daniel makes this issue feel like the middle of an event, and that's not a bad thing.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, December 19th, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #30

Straczynski is living out the dreams of many a fanboy in his time on "B&B," as he connects random characters. Saiz takes it from there and the duo delivers a book that is consistently enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 19th, 2009

Power Girl #7

A funny, entertaining issue that’s hampered by a clichéd and unoriginal plot. The talent is there, the story just doesn’t let it shine through like it should.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, December 19th, 2009

Justice League of America #40

"Justice League of America" is overly violent and a little monotonous. Oh boy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Scott Hanna, Mario Alquiza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 19th, 2009

The Hulk #18

Who needs nuanced, distinct characters when you can create more big bruisers to pound on one another?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Whilce Portacio, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, December 19th, 2009

The Complete Alice in Wonderland #1

"Curiouser and curiouser," as Dynamite continues to explore the stories from other media that many a modern comic book reader grew up with. In this case, "Alice in Wonderland."

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion
Artists:
Erica Awano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 17th, 2009

Godland #30

Who doesn’t want a comic book featuring Kadeem Hardison? Remember him? Dwayne Wayne from “A Different World?” He’s in this book! That’s cool, right?

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Tom Scioli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, December 17th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #43

To celebrate Christmas, Guy Gardner puts on a red ring, so he can decorate Oa in green and red. Or maybe this has something to do with "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 17th, 2009

The Authority: The Lost Year #4

A few fantastic pages at the end can’t make up for the boring issue that precedes it, as this is a textbook example of going through the motions storytelling.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Grant Morrison
Artists:
Darick Robertson, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, December 17th, 2009

Ms. Marvel #48

A message is being sent for Ms. Marvel. Someone is killing innocent people in Captain Mar-vell's name just to draw Ms. Marvel's attention. The cover image and our preview kinda spoil it for you.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Sana Takeda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 16th, 2009

Mighty Avengers #32

"Mighty/Dark" starts here, and it's an Avengers tale from top to bottom, stem to stern. This is what "Mighty Avengers" fans have been waiting for.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 16th, 2009

Dark X-Men #2

The return of Nate Grey continues as Norman Osborn’s X-Men prepare to kill him. Short return, I guess.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 16th, 2009

Captain America: Reborn #5

Captain America finally returns to his body, at the right time. But he’s not the only person using it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, December 16th, 2009

Daredevil #503

After a slightly predictable second issue, Diggle and De La Torre are back up to full strength in a story that could go any which way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Roberto De La Torre, Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 15th, 2009

X-Factor #200

"X-Factor" fans rejoice! The book you grew to look forward to every month? It's back.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Bing Cansino, Marco Santucci, Karl Moline, Patrick Piazzalunga, Rich Magyar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, December 15th, 2009

What If? World War Hulk #1

"What If?" examines the events of "World War Hulk" to see how things could have gone.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Raicht, Michael Gallagher
Artists:
Lucio Parillo, Patrick Spaziante
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, December 15th, 2009

Unwritten #8

When does an innocent belief in fiction cross the line into delusion? That’s what the latest “Unwritten” asks, but the answer is undercut by the book’s larger narrative somewhat.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, December 15th, 2009

Incorruptible #1

Mark Waid has spun an exciting tale in the pages of "Irredeemable" by telling the story of a hero gone horrible. What happens when a villain tries to make things right? Waid knows and he wants to share.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Jean Diaz, Belardino Brabo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, December 15th, 2009

The Return of King Doug

From the magical kingdom of Valdonia to the Poconos, "The Return of King Doug" features the adventures of a young boy and his revisiting those adventurous realms years later.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Greg Erb, Jason Oremland
Artists:
Wook-Jin Clark
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 14th, 2009

Secret Six #16

Black Alice is looking for a pack to run with, and it seems as though the Secret Six might be that pack, regardless of whether they want her around.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Peter Nguyen, Doug Hazlewood, Mark McKenna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 14th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #11

Vril Dox is not, under any circumstances, a team player.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 14th, 2009

Adventure Comics #5

A good series goes off the rails here, as Superboy Prime invades the DC offices, literally.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Bob Wiacek, Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Action Comics #884

Lois Lane steals the show here; unfortunately, the stars are actually Nightwing, Flamebird, and Captain Atom

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann, James Robinson
Artists:
Pere Perez, Bit, Cafu
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Deathlok #2

Lan Medina's art has a sickeningly soft yet grotesquely beautiful look to it, and that's about right for this series, even if the story seems off.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charlie Huston
Artists:
Lan Medina
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Daytripper #1

Moon and Ba provide some beautiful imagery, but the themes drip across the surface of this story.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Artists:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, December 13th, 2009

Sword #2

Gyrich decides to round up all the aliens on Earth while Brand and Beast tackle Death’s Head.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Fri, December 11th, 2009

X-Men Forever #13

A solid issue that has Illyana become Black Magick and her brother and friends try to restore her.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 11th, 2009

Magog #4

What happens when you take a character that embodies all that’s bad about superhero comics in the ‘90s and give him his own book? It’s bad. Surprise!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Howard Porter, John Dell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 11th, 2009

Doom Patrol #5

"Blackest Night" continues here with the "resurrected" Doom Patrollers raising hell on Oolong Island. In the backup tale, the Metal Men take on artificially intelligent mannequins, the Clique.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Justiniano, Livesay, Tim Levins, Dan Davis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 11th, 2009

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #2

"Black Widow: Deadly Origin" mixes the past and present together, but for those who read closely, you'll be well rewarded.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Tom Raney, John Paul Leon, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Batgirl #5

The Batman corner of the DC Universe gets kinda cozy and more than a little bit awkward in this issue as Batman and Robin -- Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne -- cross paths with the new Batgirl.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Sandra Hope, Oliver Nome
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Punishermax #2

"Punishermax" is almost like reading a mature readers "Ultimate Kingpin" origin, but in this case I'm offering that up as a compliment.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #614

"The Gauntlet" marches on, and a New York City landmark pays the price.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, December 10th, 2009

Spider-Man and the Secret Wars #1

An all-ages retelling of "Secret Wars," but with a lot for old-time fans to enjoy as well.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Patrick Scherberger, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Web of Spider-Man #3

"Web of Spider-Man" continues to investigate the past of some of fan-favorite foes of Spider-Man. This issue focuses on the Rhino.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Tom DeFalco, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Nick Dragotta, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Val Semeiks, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 9th, 2009

Pilot Season: Murderer #1

Top Cow’s third Pilot Season kicks off with the first Robert Kirkman/Marc Silvestri creation about a man who can hear the thoughts of others.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 9th, 2009
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