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Thor Giant-Size Finale #1

J. Michael Straczynski exits "Thor" with a standard issue that advances the plot while not making things too difficult for those that follow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Danny Miki, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Image United #1

Most of the Image founders unite on a mega-event jam reunion action adventure. It isn't very good, though.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Green Lantern #48

Larfleeze and Atrocitus share a delicate moment, and Sinestro bears his feelings to Hal Jordan. This issue also contains a few other Lanterns and some promises made under duress.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Blackest Night #5

Middle issues are often where things slow down, and while "Blackest Night" does that for a bit, it's already picking the pace back up for a good cliffhanger.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Teen Titans #77

J. T. Krul continues his exploration of the Black Lanterns that would rise around Titans Tower.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 25th, 2009

Incredible Hercules #138

"MAMATHOOOOOM!" With some of the best onomatopoeia in comics today, the thunder rolls across the heavenly pages of "Incredible Hercules".

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Jeff Parker
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi, Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, November 24th, 2009

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghosts #1

A bland beginning that holds potential. Not a must read for fans, but entertaining nonetheless.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Zander Cannon
Artists:
Javier Aranda, German Torres-Ruiz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, November 24th, 2009

Powers #1

"Powers" returns, and it hasn't lost a step. Walker has a new partner, and a new addition to his history as Bendis and Oeming take us to his "Rat Pack" days.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Michael Avon Oeming
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Tue, November 24th, 2009

X-Men Legacy #229

"X-Men: Legacy" is currently telling good old-fashioned superhero stories, and I'm down with that kind of fun.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Supergirl #47

This issue of "Supergirl" isn't really about Supergirl at all, but that said it is still enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Matt Camp
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Mighty Avengers #31

At the end of the day, "The Unspoken" ends with an uninspired fight scene.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen, Mark Morales, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Thunderbolts #138

Incoming writer Jeff Parker turns Mister X loose on the current team.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

Transformers #1

The Transformers return to their first ongoing series in years.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Mike Costa
Artists:
Don Figueroa
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 23rd, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #29

Feel like reading a comic where the only point is telling you how much better life was four decades ago? Yeah, me neither.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 22nd, 2009

The Authority: The Lost Year #3

A mediocre, average comic book that must compete with a never completed comic that had the potential to be great. The comparison is not kind.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Darick Robertson, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, November 22nd, 2009

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
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