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Daytripper #4

At the age of 41, Brás’s father dies just as his first child is about to be born. And this comic is excellent.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Artists:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, March 15th, 2010

Cable #24

Cable and Hope finally defeat Bishop and return to the present.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo, Alejandro Garza, Denys Cowan, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, March 15th, 2010

Action Comics #887

Nightwing and Flamebird fight their god, and I suppose someone might care. Maybe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann, James Robinson
Artists:
Pere Perez, Cafu
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, March 14th, 2010

Punishermax #5

Wilson Fisk has two choices: save his son from getting his throat slit or become the Kingpin of crime in New York. Guess which option he chooses.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, March 14th, 2010

1,000 Comic Books You Must Read

This is Tony Isabella's personal reflection on the "1000 Comic Books You Must Read," and it is an interesting start to an idea that could really grow some legs.

Publisher:
Krause
Writer:
Tony Isabella
Artists:
Shawn Williams, Rachael Knier
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 14th, 2010

The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange #1

This black and white one-shot sure is pretty, but none of the stories feel up to par.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Peter Milligan, Ted McKeever, Mike Carey
Artists:
Frazer Irving, Frank Brunner, Ted McKeever, Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, March 14th, 2010

The Muppet Show #3

If you've already watched all of your DVDs of "The Muppet Show" half a dozen times, this is a good substitute.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 13th, 2010

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1

Sometimes all it takes is a big, red "S." And Brainiac. And the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates, James Robinson
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, March 13th, 2010

Hulk: Let the Battle Begin #1

This book isn't part of the current "Hulk" stories by a long shot, but if you get past that it's entertaining enough.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jesse Blaze Snider, Mark Parsons, Tom Cohen
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Ed McGuinness, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 13th, 2010

Zorro: Matanzas #2

This never-before-printed Zorro tale feels like a musty artifact of an earlier era, but Mike Mayhew's art looks pretty great.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Don McGregor
Artists:
Mike Mayhew
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, March 13th, 2010

Red Robin #10

The second part of a crossover with "Batgirl" continues here, with explosions and butt-kicking (not necessarily in that order)

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Marcus To, Ray McCarthy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 12th, 2010

Batgirl #8

It was bound to happen. This "Batgirl" series hits its hiccup issue. Hopefully it doesn’t get derailed by it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Talent Caldwell, Yvel Guichet, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 12th, 2010

S.W.O.R.D. #5

The story (and series) ends here with Earth about to be invaded and only Brand, Beast, and Death’s Head standing in the way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 11th, 2010

Doom Patrol #8

"BRONK!"

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Ron Randall, Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 11th, 2010

The Unwritten #11

Who knew, all those complainers were right. A bad movie does hurt the original book after all.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross, Jimmy Broxton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, March 11th, 2010

The Twelve: Spearhead #1

“The Twelve” artist Chris Weston writes and draws this World War II tale featuring the Invaders.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Weston
Artists:
Chris Weston, Gary Erskine
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 11th, 2010

X-Men Forever #19

An uneasy blend of backward-looking styles and forward plot momentum.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Graham Nolan, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, March 10th, 2010

Justice League: The Rise and Fall Special #1

Green Arrow's actions in "Justice League: Cry for Justice" come to light here, and the reaction is just what you'd expect. After all, there wouldn't be much of a story otherwise, right?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Mike Mayhew, Fabrizio Fiorentino, Vicente Cifuentes, Ruy José
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 10th, 2010

Prelude to Deadpool Corps #2

The weekly run-up to “Deadpool Corps” continues with an issue spotlighting Kidpool and other child versions of X-characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Whilce Portacio, Jamie Mendoza
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 10th, 2010

X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back! #2

A Pixie mini-series seemed to be an odd choice, but so far it's turned out to be an enticing read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, March 10th, 2010

Demo, Volume 2 #2

A young man with a taste for human flesh tries to break his dependency once and for all.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, March 10th, 2010

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #1

This comic has everything in it that you didn't know you were missing in comics – hippos, alligators, saber-toothed tigers, and Frog Thor! That's right, the Pet Avengers are back!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 9th, 2010

Wolverine Mr. X #1

Mr. X vs. Wolverine -- a whole lot of Wolverines -- and a strange twist near the end.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Frank Tieri
Artists:
Paco Diaz, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 9th, 2010

Web of Spider-Man #6

"Web of Spider-Man" has been set up as an appetizer to the goings-on in "Amazing Spider-Man" with a side of "Spider-Girl" to cleanse the palette.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Tom DeFalco, Zeb Wells
Artists:
Jefte Palo, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Xurxo Penalta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 9th, 2010

The Complete Alice in Wonderland #3

With Disney's new "Alice in Wonderland" film hitting theaters this past weekend, now's a good time to reinvestigate the classic tale told through new means. Just don't be late.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion
Artists:
Erica Awano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 9th, 2010

Robot 13 #3

Robots, gods, and monsters. What more could you ask for?

Publisher:
Blacklist
Writer:
Thomas Hall
Artists:
Daniel Bradford
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 8th, 2010

Ghost Projekt #1

There's a mystery here, maybe worth pursuing, but it's the art that makes this story more than palatable.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Joe Harris
Artists:
Steve Rolston
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 8th, 2010

Detective Comics #682

The second part of “Cutter” is mostly filler with good art, while the Question second feature is a lot of fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Jock, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, March 8th, 2010

Forgetless #3

The focus is on Sara, a model turned model/hitwoman with a disturbingly sexual crush on a late night talk show host. Comics are fun!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spence
Artists:
Scott Forbes, Marley Zarcone
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, March 8th, 2010

True Story, Swear to God #12

Tom Beland returns to Disney to marry Lily, but "where it all began" is not entirely what Tom remembered. And, yes, there are vows in this issue!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Tom Beland
Artists:
Tom Beland
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Sun, March 7th, 2010

Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #1

The Ultimates regroup in the aftermath of Ultimatum. Sort of.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Frank Cho
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, March 6th, 2010

Astro City: The Dark Age: Book Four #2

"Astro City: The Dark Age" rumbles towards its conclusion, and while it's nice to see things coming together, I wish it'd happened faster.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 6th, 2010

Punisher: Butterfly #1

A collection of clichés don't make a story entertaining, and at $4.99 even less so.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Valerie D'Orazio
Artists:
Laurence Campbell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 6th, 2010

Jonah Hex #53

Legend has it that when Billy Tucci agreed to draw an issue of "Jonah Hex," he requested there be a train and a "really hot chick." This issue's got them both, with Tucci on art, and Jonah Hex on guns.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Billy Tucci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, March 6th, 2010

Ultimate Avengers #5

Mark Millar kills babies, and pretty much everyone else. Or, the Red Skull does, at least.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Dexter Vines, Thomas Palmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, March 6th, 2010

NOLA #4

The angel of death and destruction known as Nola winds her way through the final issue of this series, seeking retribution in a city deserving of it.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Gorak, Pierluigi Cothran
Artists:
Damian Couceiro
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, March 6th, 2010

JSA All-Stars #4

"JSA All-Stars" is already starting to feel a little tired, which isn't good when you're just hitting issue #4.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Freddie Williams II, Travis Moore, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, March 5th, 2010

Sparta, U.S.A. #1

A small, secluded town that loves football a little too much is the focus of this odd comic that is surprising and entertaining.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Johnny Timmons
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, March 5th, 2010

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #33

Once you get past the reveal of Twilight this issue (spoiled months ago in the press), this issue is a mound of exposition.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brad Meltzer
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, March 5th, 2010

Underground #5

The adventure of a day comes to a close as Wesley Fischer and Seth Ridge continue their attempt to get out of the cave. No Bat- poles are going to help them with this.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 4th, 2010
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