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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

Stephen King’s “N.” #1

The adaptation of Stephen King’s short story begins strongly with some great work by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 4th, 2010

Conan the Cimmerian #19

Murder, rape, exposition with a lot of strange proper nouns. Yes, it's a Conan comic.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Timothy Truman
Artists:
Tomas Giorello
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 4th, 2010

Mighty Avengers #34

The Avengers know that Loki is posing as the Scarlet Witch and aim to do something about it, but Loki’s presence is required elsewhere (“Siege”), so don’t expect a satisfying resolution to that plot.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Neil Edwards, Andrew Currie, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 4th, 2010

Nemesis: The Imposters #1

This new Nemesis series doesn't make much more sense than the last one, but: The Joker!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 4th, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man #623

The newish Vulture returns, and Spidey swings around town, but it's Paul Azaceta's art that's the real star of this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, March 3rd, 2010

Girl Comics #1

Marvel's "Girl Comics" is here, but it needs some more "oomph."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Colleen Coover, G. Willow Wilson, Trina Robbins, Valerie D'Orazio, Lucy Knisley, Robin Furth, Agnes Garbowska, Devin Grayson
Artists:
Colleen Coover, Ming Doyle, Stephanie Buscema, Nikki Cook, Sana Takeda, Lucy Knisley, Agnes Garbowska, Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 3rd, 2010

Age of the Reptiles: The Journey #3

The dinosaurs continue their trek over the river, through the woods and off to grandmother's house. OK, so maybe grandma wasn't born quite yet, but the river and woods are still in this book.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Ricardo Delgado
Artists:
Ricardo Delgado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 3rd, 2010

Adventure Comics #8

A triptych of tales that tell of things to come. In the future. With the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates, James Robinson, Eric Trautmann
Artists:
Travis Moore, Julio Ferreira, Julian Lopez, Bit, Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, March 3rd, 2010

First Wave #1

Pulp heroes sharing a single world as Brian Azzarello introduces three separate plots and Rags Morales delivers some good art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Rags Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 3rd, 2010

Justice League: Cry for Justice #7

"NAARGH!" So exclaims Speedy as the building she is on topples under her, much like this story toppled under the reveals of other stories being released before the finale here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mauro Cascioli, Scott Clark, Braim Roberson, David Beaty
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 3rd, 2010

Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1

Rob Liefeld returns to his creation, and a female version of his creation, and a Captain America with a metal arm. It's old home week.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Rob Liefeld
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 2nd, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #24

Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca finish up their second year of "Invincible Iron Man" with the satisfying return of Tony Stark.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, March 2nd, 2010

Fall of the Hulks: the Savage She-Hulks #1

Jeff Parker hulks out, She-Hulk style.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Salva Espin, Zach Howard
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 2nd, 2010

Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk #2

Red Hulk and Thundra go over their shared and convoluted history.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Carlos Rodriguez, Vincente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, March 1st, 2010

Superman #697

Superboy and Mon-El talk about the absence of Superman, which, in a book titled "Superman" should be ironic. Instead it's just a decent read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Bernard Chang, Javier Pina
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 1st, 2010

New Avengers #62

Spider-People fight in half the book. Captain America returns in the other half to fight the Living Laser. It's quite entertaining

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Daniel Acuna, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Mon, March 1st, 2010

Wonder Woman #41

Power Girl guest stars in this issue as she and Wonder Woman fight "like thoughtless badgers in the sky for all to see."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Chris Batista, Fernando Dagnino, Doug Hazlewood, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, February 28th, 2010

Northlanders #25

The Plague Widow" looks wonderful, and tells a stark, simple tale, even if it is a bit cold.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Leandro Fernandez
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, February 28th, 2010

Green Hornet #1

While the foundation from the movie script shows, this first issue is more than just set-up. It's a classic "Open on Action" comic story.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Kevin Smith
Artists:
Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Sun, February 28th, 2010

Batman and Robin #9

Grant Morrison continues his straight-ahead action adventure and Cameron Stewart concludes his great-looking run.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, February 27th, 2010

Thunderbolts #141

The first “Siege” tie-in issue of “Thunderbolts” has the team sent on a mission to steal the Spear of Odin for Norman Osborn, but internal problems may prevent it from being a successful mission.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, February 27th, 2010

Iron Man vs. Whiplash #4

A straightforward superhero slugfest, but is it a satisfying ending?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brannon Braga, Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Phil Briones, Andrea Mutti
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, February 26th, 2010

Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box #1

Fire and ice and everything nice. With ridiculous exposition, but excellent art.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, February 26th, 2010

Usagi Yojimbo #126

A stand-alone issue in which Usagi contends with two problematic hosts, each dangerous in their own way.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, February 26th, 2010

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #13

Mike Norton joins Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, bringing a style that is all kinds of comic book cool. Readers needing a SHAZAM! fix really should check this out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani
Artists:
Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, February 26th, 2010

Buck Rogers #9

Wilma Deering's in trouble, and this series has some fun with it.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Scott Beatty
Artists:
Carlos Rafael
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, February 26th, 2010

Ultimate Enemy #2

Halfway through the mini-series, "Ultimate Enemy" needs to pick up the pace.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 25th, 2010

X-Factor #202

"X-Factor" finishes up its first storyline post-renumbering, and it's a fun conclusion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Bing Cansino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 25th, 2010

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #1

An entertaining first issue that’s short on plot, but bold and daring in its style.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Raulo Caceres
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, February 25th, 2010

Black Lantern Green Arrow #30

Expanding on the occurrences in "Blackest Night," this issue gives us a peek into the inner workings of a Black Lantern.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Ruy Jose, Vincente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, February 25th, 2010

Fantastic Four #576

The Fantastic Four go on a nearly-silent undersea adventure in another excellent installment of the Hickman/Eaglesham run.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, February 25th, 2010
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