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Batgirl #12

Batgirl, meet Proxy. Proxy, meet Batgirl. Thus ends the first year of this "Batgirl" series. This issue offers a bit of fun getting to that point.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Pere Perez, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 18th, 2010

Avengers Academy #2

Excellent McKone artwork and the strongest writing from Gage in years.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Mike McKone
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Birds of Prey #3

It's a little erratic, but the conclusion can still pull "Birds of Prey" together.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, Mariah Benes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Adventure Comics #516

Oh, "Adventure Comics," what went wrong?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz, Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Kevin Sharpe, Marlo Alquiza, Mahmud Asrar, John Dell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #18

Brainiac times three. That’s not going to be a good thing for innocent bystanders.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 17th, 2010

X-Men Hellbound #3

Will Magik be saved? Do you really think it could happen any other way so soon after the character was brought back? Me either.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Talibao, Tom Raney, Sandu Flores, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 17th, 2010

The Thanos Imperative #2

If this is the last of the Marvel cosmic books for a while, it's going out with a fairly large bang.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 17th, 2010

Predators: Preserve the Game #1

A good sequel to the movie, acting more as a lost fourth act than a sequel.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Allan Jefferson, David Rivera, Jordi Tarragona
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 15th, 2010

X-Files/30 Days of Night #1

Vampires are killing in Alaska and that’s just the sort of weirdness that attracts Agents Mulder and Scully.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Niles, Adam Jones
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 15th, 2010

Booster Gold #34

“Oh, boy. . . “The cover says it all, except it doesn’t. A cool Kevin Maguire cover is a good draw for readers to pick up the book and flip through. Hopefully they stick around long enough for the fun story inside.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Chris Batista, Rich Perrotta, Keith Giffen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 15th, 2010

Batman #701

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel return to the final moments of "Batman R.I.P." and provide the bridge to "Final Crisis" that readers had wanted.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Tony Daniel
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1

"Doctor Solar" finds a new home with Dark Horse. There's good and bad to be found here.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jim Shooter, Paul S. Newman
Artists:
Dennis Calero, Bob Fujitani
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

X-Men: Second Coming #2

This final issue of "Second Coming" is mostly epilogue, but it also sets up new status quos for most of the main mutant titles.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells, Mike Carey, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Matt Fraction
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson, Esad Ribic, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Magog #11

Scott Kolins goes solo and tackles “Magog.” Is that because no one else wanted to?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Kolins
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Superman #701

“Grounded” begins with Superman in Philadelphia, where he handles all sorts of problems including reminding us of the importance of obeying traffic laws.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Doctor Who Annual 2010

"Doctor Who Annual 2010" is a mixed bag, but there are some good elements that should make a fan happy.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jonathan L. Davis, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Tony Lee
Artists:
Kelly Yates, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 14th, 2010

Gorilla-Man #1

Gorilla-Man, Gorilla-Man, does whatever a gorilla can. Shoots a gun with his feet, hey this book is really neat! Look out! Here comes Gorilla-Man!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 14th, 2010

The Sixth Gun #2

Fresh off its Free Comic Book Day debut, "The Sixth Gun" wastes no time with its second issue.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Brian Hurtt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 13th, 2010

The Playwright

Meet The Playwright, a sad, lonely man that divides his time between obsessing over women he will never talk to and writing acclaimed plays, screenplays, and teleplays.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Daren White
Artists:
Eddie Campbell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 13th, 2010

The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle, Part I

"The Stuff of Legend" returns. If you missed the first one, jump in, the story is fine. The art's downright amazing too.

Publisher:
Th3rd World Studios
Writer:
Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
Artists:
Charles Paul Wilson III
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 13th, 2010

Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1

Gage and Alberti show an early meeting of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Mario Alberti
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 12th, 2010

X-Force #28

X-Force make it back to the present, and Hope’s powers finally emerge.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 12th, 2010

House of Mystery #27

Brendan McCarthy is the real draw in this issue, but at least the gang is out of the house.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan Jr., Brendan McCarthy
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Irredeemable #15

A major fight ends in unexpected ways.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Jonah Hex #57

“Jonah Hex” continues on his merry way through the Old West. In this issue, however, he gets a visit from some old friends and makes some new ones. Hex doesn’t always play well with others, though.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Jordi Bernet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Secret Six #23

The Secret Six face a game that's pretty dangerous.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Ostrander
Artists:
RB Silva, Alexandre Palamaro
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, July 12th, 2010

Brightest Day: The Atom Special #1

Never big enough to hold his own title for very long, the Atom returns in this special that kicks off his pending back-up adventures.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeffrey Lemire
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar, John Dell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Darkstar and the Winter Guard #2

The continuing adventures of the Winter Guard fill this issue, as they confront former members and the return of a massive, classic Marvel Universe foe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Gallaher
Artists:
Steve Ellis, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #636

“Grim Hunt” continues, with the Kraven pride celebrating their kill.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly, Zeb Wells, J. M. DeMatteis, Stan Lee
Artists:
Marco Checchetto, Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, Emma Rios, Max Fiumara, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #1

Steve Rogers tracks down a scientist conducting Super-Soldier experiments.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #2

Hawkeye and Mockingbird continue to figure out who they are and what they need to be together.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro López
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 11th, 2010

Young Allies #2

"Young Allies" reminds me a lot of early "Young Avengers" and "New Warriors" issues, and that's a good thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Gødland #32

The secret origin of Friedrich Nickelhead will blow your mind... if it doesn’t blow his mind first.

Publisher:
Chaos! Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Tom Scioli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, July 10th, 2010

iZombie #3

Allred's art looks a bit shaky at times in this issue, but the story is starting to come together nicely.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, July 10th, 2010

X-Women #1

Chris Claremont and Milo Manara write the female X-Men in their own adventure.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Milo Manara
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, July 10th, 2010

JSA All-Stars #8

"JSA All-Stars" continues to reshape itself into a much more interesting book than where it first began.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Freddie Williams II, Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 10th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #5

Nazis occupy Sparta on behalf of the Maestro, but the underground strikes back.

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

Shadowland #1

A decent start to the mini-event, mostly because of Bullseye.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Billy Tan, Batt
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Scarlet #1

A very strong debut issue for the Bendis/Maleev series.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 8th, 2010

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1

Don't get fooled by the title, the Young Avengers are finally back.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 8th, 2010
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