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Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #1

Spider-Man and Wolverine get trapped in the past, and then their troubles begin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Mark Morales, Dexter Vine
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 10th, 2010

Nemesis: The Imposters #3

Everyone is a fake. Does that make this story a fake? I don’t know, but I do know that it’s still pretty good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #3

The revolution in Sparta continues with an army of exes and a bitchy wife on the side of the good guys. Wait, are they the good guys?

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Johnny Timmons
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Spider-Man: Fever #2

Is Spider-Man a spider or a man? Finally, a comic tries to answer the question that’s plagued scholars for decades.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brendan McCarthy
Artists:
Brendan McCarthy
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 9th, 2010

X-Men: Hellbound #1

"X-Men: Hellbound" #1 is almost all set-up for the rest of this mini-series, which means a slightly boring start but some potential later.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #630

The Lizard sheds his human skin to take on Spider-Man once again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Avengers: The Origin #2

This issue ends with Iron Man uttering the phrase, "So let's get to work." Hopefully they do next issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 9th, 2010

Secret Six #21

"Secret Six" is telling its most disturbing story to date, and that's saying a lot.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
J. Calafiore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 6th, 2010

House of Mystery #25

Remove the gimmick from "House of Mystery" #25, and you unfortunately end up with an unmemorable issue.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham, Dave Justus, Paul Levitz, Alisa Kwitney, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan Jr.
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 6th, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #524

Everything comes screeching to a halt in the latest "Second Coming" chapter, and it's a moment that might have gone over a bit later.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 6th, 2010

Pilot Season: Stealth #1

Kirkman and Silvestri continue to offer up "Pilot Season" books, with a character that believes "No one is above the law." Of course, that character seems to think he is.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Sheldon Mitchell, Joe Weems V, Rick Basaldua
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 6th, 2010

iZombie #1

You can’t go wrong with a one dollar first issue drawn by Mike Allred. The writing isn’t on the same level as the art, but it’s still solid.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 5th, 2010

War of the Supermen #1

Superman against 100,000 people with the same powers? Tough odds.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates, James Robinson
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 5th, 2010

Brightest Day #1

While the white rings resurrected twelve heroes and villains, this issue follows only a half dozen of the returned heroes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Pat Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado, Vicente Cifuentes, Mark Irwin, Oclair Albert, David Beaty
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 5th, 2010

Batman and Robin #12

"Batman and Robin" turns the intensity up even higher, if such a thing is possible.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Andy Clarke, Scott Hanna, Dustin Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 5th, 2010

Hellboy in Mexico #1

"Hellboy in Mexico" is a little light on story, but it makes up for it in some of the smaller details.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Richard Corben
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 5th, 2010

Ghost Projekt #2

The story is starting to improve in "Ghost Projekt," but the big draw still remains the gorgeous art from Steve Rolston.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Joe Harris
Artists:
Steve Rolston
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 5th, 2010

New Avengers #64

We learn the fate of the Hood during Siege.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike McKone
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, May 4th, 2010

Wonder Woman #43

As "Wonder Woman" nears its milestone six-hundredth issue, Gail Simone begins to wrap up her tale. The end result this month is a very enjoyable issue that features some splendid art by Nicola Scott.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Nicola Scott, Fernando Dagnino, Doug Hazlewood, Wayne Faucher, Bit, Brad Anderson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, May 4th, 2010

Garrison #1

The mystery man known as Garrison makes his debut, but it's just not quite interesting enough.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Jeff Mariotte
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 4th, 2010

Superman #699

A transitional issue between one "Last Stand" issue and another, with some nice artwork by Bernard Chang.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 4th, 2010

Doctor Who #10

Clockwork aliens, rocket launchers, and a fast-talking David Tennant.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Tony Lee
Artists:
Blair Shedd
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Fraggle Rock #1

Jim Henson's creations arrive as a comic book, 25 years later. It's a three-story anthology that features a beautiful array of art, and stories that are on point for the series.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Heather White, Katie Cook, Jeffrey Brown
Artists:
Jeff Stokely, Katie Cook, Jeffrey Brown
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Punisher #16

Monster vs. monster vs. monster. And Frank Castle may be one of them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

The Last Unicorn #1

If you've never read "The Last Unicorn" (nor seen the movie), this seems like a good way to start.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Peter S. Beagle, Peter B. Gillis
Artists:
Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Thor #609

Thor isn't here, but we get plenty of action as Asgard falls and Loki continues to be Loki.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt, Rich Elson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Mighty Avengers #36

This issue takes a journey into Underspace which is under there. Did you just say, "Under where?" Gotcha! Sorry. Underspace is below the Microverse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Craig Yeung, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #25

Stark begins to rebuild his life.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larocca
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Artifacts (FCBD) #0

Top Cow’s Free Comic Book Day issue offers an introduction and lead-in to their upcoming event “Artifacts,” providing enough information for new readers and some new story points for existing fans.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Stjepan Sejic
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 3rd, 2010

Iron Man/Thor (FCBD) #1

Think of it as an early look at Matt Fraction's "Thor" run. Or see it as an introduction to two characters that new readers should have a passing familiarity with already. Either way, it's a hit.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

The Sixth Gun #1

"The Sixth Gun" is the perfect hook to bring Free Comic Book Day readers back for more.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Brian Hurtt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

Penguins of Madagascar/Shrek (FCBD) #1

What does a Free Comic Book Day comic have to do? What is its mission? Draw a potential reader into looking at it? Check. Entice the reader to select it? Check. Give the reader good stories? Check.

Publisher:
Ape Entertainment
Writer:
Dave Server, Jackson Lanzing, Kevin Freeman,
Artists:
Antonio Campo, Lucas Ferreyra, Drew Rausch, Christine Larsen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

Fractured Fables (FCBD) #1

As a preview/advertisement for an upcoming "Fractured Fables" graphic novel, I'm not convinced I'd want to see more.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Bryan Talbot, Doug TenNapel, Alexander Grecian, Derek McCulloch, Ted McKeever
Artists:
Camilla d'Errico, Doug TenNapel, Christian Ward, Anthony Peruzzo, Ted McKeever
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

Fraggle Rock / Mouse Guard (FCBD) #1

Archaia's Free Comic Book Day flip book is enough to entice you to check out both series it promotes.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Nichol Ashworth, Sam Humphries, David Petersen
Artists:
Jake Myler, Jeremy Love, David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 2nd, 2010

War of the Supermen (FCBD) #0

As far as free comics go, this one is not bad, but DC set the bar awfully high with last year's "Blackest Night" #0. This is no "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, J. P. Mayer, Julián López, Bit, Aaron Lopresti, David Finch, Joe Weems, Gary Frank, Cafu, Ethan Van Sciver, Diogenes Neves, Vincente Cifuente
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 1st, 2010

Captain America #605

"Two Americas" comes to a surprisingly predictable conclusion, and that's not like Ed Brubaker.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Sean McKeever
Artists:
Luke Ross, Butch Guice, David Baldeon, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Usagi Yojimbo #128

It's not that this is a bad issue, but it's definitely not a good one for new readers.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3

It's the last issue of the mini-series, except it leads into May's mini-series, so it's not really the end at all.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Secret Warriors #15

One of the best things about "Secret Warriors" is that every issue seems to have a great payoff for the reader.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Thunderbolts #143

The Siege of Asgard nears its end, as does the Thunderbolts as we currently know them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 30th, 2010
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