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Dark Reign: The List — Amazing Spider-Man #1

Spider-Man. Norman Osborn. Thousands of fanboys yelling “Fight, fight, fight, fight!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 19th, 2009

Irredeemable #8

The Plutonian faces his first real threat and we learn more about why he turned evil in one of the best comics on the shelves.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 19th, 2009

Flash: Rebirth #5

While the story's a bit slowly paced for a tale about the Flash, this issue reveals something hugely significant.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ethan Van Sciver
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, November 19th, 2009

Wolverine: Weapon X #7

In part two of the second "Weapon X" arc, things get even weirder, and more terrifying.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 18th, 2009

Realm of Kings: Inhumans #1

"Realm of Kings: Inhumans" is giving the political intrigue I was hoping for; with any luck, it won't devolve into fight scenes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Pablo Raimondi, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 18th, 2009

Adventure Comics #4

In what is surely to be the strangest "Blackest Night" tie-in, the joke is getting a little old.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates, Michael Shoemaker
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Bob Waicek, Clayton Henry
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 18th, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly #5

A great conclusion that is original and also alludes to the films numerous times.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Chuck Dixon
Artists:
Esteve Polls
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Spider-Woman #3

This works much better as an actual comic, particularly with Maleev's expressive color palette.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Punisher #11

The series takes a turn for the even-more-absurd and it totally works.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Dark Avengers #11

Norman Osborn and his crew are in serious trouble. "Secret Wars II"-level trouble.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Greg Horn
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Realm of Kings #1

"Realm of Kings" kicks off here, but is it wrong that I'm feeling a little event fatigued?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Leonardo Manco, Mahmud Asrar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 17th, 2009

Daredevil #502

With Matt’s friends reeling after the events of last issue, the Kingpin begins to cement his position in the underworld.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Roberto De La Torre
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 16th, 2009

Cable #20

Bishop chases Hope and Cable, who narrowly escape. Again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Gabriel Guzman, Mariano Taibo
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 16th, 2009

Beast

Marian Churchland's retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" is a completely new animal, with beautiful art and an open-ended story.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Marian Churchland
Artists:
Marian Churchland
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Mon, November 16th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #42

The sound and the fury have started to become tedious, and a major plot event suffers because of it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 15th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #10

Andy Clarke is one of the best artists working in superhero comics today. And while this isn't a great series, it's better than you might expect.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Andy Clarke
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 15th, 2009

Realm of Kings Imperial Guard #1

Abnett and Lanning bring some action and characterization to Gladiator's Legion of Super-Guardians, and it looks nice too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Kevin Walker
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, November 15th, 2009

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #17

Keeping in step with Marvel's re-branding of their Marvel Adventures line, "Marvel Adventures Super Heroes" gets a new direction and purpose.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, November 14th, 2009

JSA vs. Kobra #6

The chess match between Kobra and the JSA comes to close in this issue, but their interwoven story doesn't end here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Trautmann
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, November 14th, 2009

Supergod #1

An oral history of superhumans and their role as modern gods in society, centering on the idea that a superhuman would not think like a human. Original, inventive, and very good.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Garrie Gastonny
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, November 13th, 2009

Booster Gold #26

"Booster Gold" uses up all the extra pages this month in a "Blackest Night" tie-in that features a rather apt guest hero as well as undead villain.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Mike Norton, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, November 13th, 2009

Batman and Robin #6

A slightly disappointing issue of "Batman and Robin," but even here there still glimmers of excellence.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, November 12th, 2009

Psylocke #1

Psylocke heads back to Japan with her former body in tow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, November 12th, 2009

X-Men Forever #11

Cliches and a retro-classic feel, but there's something comforting in the storytelling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, November 12th, 2009

Punishermax #1

The first issue of this new volume doesn’t run from the Ennis problem, confronting it head on while delivering a great read.

Publisher:
Marvel Max
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, November 12th, 2009

Strange #1

The cover says it all, "The Doctor is out!" Indeed. No longer flaunting his pedigree, Stephen Strange finds a new adventure in this limited series by Mark Waid and Emma Rios.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 11th, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #611

The best "ASM" issue of the year, with Deadpool and Joe Kelly and Eric Canete and all that is good in the world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Eric Canete
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 11th, 2009

S.W.O.R.D. #1

This not-so serious look at Agent Brand's space operation is better than its art would lead you to believe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders, Craig Yeung, Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 11th, 2009

Batman/Doc Savage Special #1

A typical team-up special that follows the format to a tee, which is disappointing from a writer of Brian Azzarello’s skill.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 11th, 2009

Wall-E #0

The comic boook equivalent of a a silent movie, WALL-E is BOOM!'s latest Disney/Pixar property to make the transition to the printed page.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
J. Torres
Artists:
Morgan Luthi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Dark X-Men #1

I was a little dubious about a "Dark X-Men" mini-series, but this first issue shows a lot of potential.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten, Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Donald Duck and Friends #347

Donald Duck goes James Bond on us, with some beautiful Italian art.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Fausto Vitaliano
Artists:
Andrea Freccero
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Immortal Weapons #4

"Immortal Weapons" continues to prove itself to be more entertaining than anyone would have thought.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Khari Evans, Victor Olazaba, Allen Martinez, Hatuey Diaz
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Deadpool #899

There are some good bits in "Deadpool Team-Up," but it's not half as funny as it promises to be.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred van Lente
Artists:
Dalibor Talajic
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Greek Street #5

The first story arc ends and, sadly, the direction of the book isn’t any clearer.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1

Marvel gives the adoring public a chance to catch up with the Black Widow as the character is poised to ascend to the silver screen in the highly anticipated "Iron Man" sequel. This book might have been better served as a complete recapture of t

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna, John Paul Leon
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Deathlok #1

Marvel tries to restart the Deathlok franchise again, only this time with more background -- or is it with more decompression? "Kill them all and let God sort them out." Ugh.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charlie Huston
Artists:
Lan Medina
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #1

This "Fables" spin-off mini-series is off to a fun start, but it's a shame no one thought to better coordinate it with the parent title.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Shawn McManus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, November 10th, 2009

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #2

Following a confrontation with Doctor Doom, Jericho Drumm, i.e. Doctor Voodoo, Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, has to figure out where he is and how he can return to Earth.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender, Roy Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier
Artists:
Jefte Palo, Gabriel Hardman, Geof Isherwood
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 10th, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #610

Who would have thought referencing the Clone Saga would result in a convoluted plot?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Marco Checchetto, Luke Ross, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 10th, 2009
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