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The Unwritten #5

An exploration of the career of Rudyard Kipling as it relates to Tom Taylor who doesn’t appear in this issue at all. Don’t worry, you won’t miss him.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, September 12th, 2009

Blackest Night: Batman #2

"Blackest Night: Batman" takes supplemental material and makes it a fabulously entertaining read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vincente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 12th, 2009

Doom Patrol #2

"Doom Patrol" has nice ideas but still isn't quite clicking. On the bright side, the Metal Men second feature is still fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Kevin Maguire, Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #40

This issue of "Green Lantern Corps" might be a bit confusing for new readers, but there are rewards for those who've been around before now.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Prentis Rollins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Dark Reign: The List - Avengers #1

Norman Osborn has been keeping a list and now, he's checking it twice. The hero formerly known as Hawkeye is prominently featured on the cover for this one-shot as well as in the story inside.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Models, Inc #1

As noted in the text page, once upon a time, Captain America was believed dead and the comic book world turned to other Marvel characters to read about, like Millie the Model. Well, Captain America is presumed dead again, so. . .

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin, Mark Sumerak
Artists:
Vicenc Villagrasa, Terry Pallot, Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

War of Kings: Who Will Rule? #1

The story begun in the "War of Kings" series continues on, but there are no kings present in this issue -- at least, no living kings.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

The Marvels Project #2

The untold history of the Marvel universe continues as multiple plots run parallel and will begin to intersect soon, hopefully.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Red Tornado #1

For the second time in a quarter of a century, Red Tornado is given a chance to fly in a solo title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kevin VanHook
Artists:
José Luís, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 10th, 2009

Nomad: Girl Without a World #1

We catch up with Rikki “Bucky” Barnes as she comes to terms with her new life on an Earth not her own.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
David Baldeon
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1

Matt Fraction is joined by the art teams of “Dark Avengers” and “Uncanny X-Men” in this strong conclusion of “Utopia.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Thunderbolts #135

Nick Fury. Norman Osborn. The confrontation we’ve all been waiting for and it begins here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Cable #18

Cable and Hope attempt to give Bishop the slip. This time, in space.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Gabriel Guzman
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Red Robin #4

Tim Drake thinks Bruce Wayne is alive. Dick Grayson disagrees. That means they must fight and the victor determines Bruce’s state of existence.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, Guy Major
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Immortal Weapons #2

Bride of Nine Spiders takes the center stage in this issue of "Immortal Weapons," which turns out to be a good old fashioned horror story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Dan Brereton, Travel Foreman, Tom Palmer, Stefano Gaudino, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 9th, 2009

Supergirl Annual #1

"Supergirl Annual" #1's two stories fill in gaps in both Supergirl's and Superwoman's lives, but the art holds everything else back.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Sweet Tooth #1

"Sweet Tooth" has promise, but it's off to an awfully slow start.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Incognito #6

Brubaker and Phillips conclude this series about a former superpowered criminal in the witness protection program strongly and set up future stories well.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Young Liars #18

I come not to bury “Young Liars,” but to praise it. . .

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 8th, 2009

Marvel Zombies Return #1

Zombie Spider-Man arrives in a 60s-inspired Marvel Universe -- and chaos, naturally, ensues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, September 6th, 2009

Black Panther #8

New creative team, same old Black Panther? Not so much. Come on in and let's talk about things Wakandan.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 6th, 2009

Irredeemable #6

We see more of the Plutonian's past and start to get an idea of the events that may have led the Plutonian to make the decisions he did.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 5th, 2009

Last Resort #2

As if a mysterious zombie-like outbreak wasn't enough of a problem, throw in a hurricane, an exploding airplane, and a seemingly deserted island. Wish you were here.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 5th, 2009

Justice League: Cry for Justice #3

"Justice League: Cry for Justice" is improving slightly, but it's still got a long way to go.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Len Wein
Artists:
Mauro Cascioli, Federico Dallocchio
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 3rd, 2009

Batman #690

Judd Winick and Mark Bagley's run starts winding down before it really even gets started.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Jack Purcell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 3rd, 2009

Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #2

The Ghost Rider Assassination League assembles! And Jason Aaron writes one hell of a story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Roland Boschi
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, September 3rd, 2009

Solomon Grundy #7

Kolins's textured art is a treat, but the "story" -- concluding here, sort of, after a stretched-out seven issues -- is non-existent.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Kolins
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, September 3rd, 2009

Magog #1

"Magog" springs from the pages of "Justice Society of America" to his very own monthly series. Carnage and mayhem abound –- specifically in the first eight pages!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Howard Porter, John Dell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 2nd, 2009

The Torch #1

I'm a page that fell out of a different book. There's nothing I can do. No context for me." So speaks Toro – Tom Raymond – to a Vision of a different stripe. Everything old is new again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alex Ross, Mike Carey
Artists:
Patrick Berkenkotter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 2nd, 2009

Green Lantern #45

"Blackest Night" sweeps across the galaxy in an issue of "Green Lantern" that doesn't feature Hal Jordan, yet is still chock full of action and excitement.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 2nd, 2009

Exiles #6

The third “Exiles” series concludes after six issues despite quality writing and art, sadly.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Salva Espin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 1st, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #17

"World's Most Wanted" may be ten issues long now, but it's still tense and exciting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, September 1st, 2009

Reed Gunther and the Steak Snacking Snake #1

Shane and Chris Houghton deliver a self-published tale of Reed Gunther, a cowboy who rides a grizzly bear. Yeah, you read that right.

Publisher:
*Self-Published*
Writer:
Shane Houghton
Artists:
Chris Houghton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 1st, 2009

Strange Tales #1

Independent creators take on the Marvel universe and nothing will be the same ever again. Probably. I think. Maybe?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewitch, Jason, James Kochalka, Michael Kupperman, John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Paul Pope, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw
Artists:
Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Molly Crabapple, Nicholas Gurewitch, Jason, James Kochalka, Michael Kupperman, Junko Mizuno, Paul Pope, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, September 1st, 2009

The Boys #34

The Boys take on Stormfront, the ‘Nazi Superman,’ in a brutal, vicious fight that is far better than the simple concept would suggest thanks to Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Carlos Ezquerra, Hector Ezquerra
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 31st, 2009

The Incredible Hulk #601

Bruce Banner is back in action, and dealing with his first problem -- Skaar, the son of the Hulk.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred van Lente
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti, Michael Ryan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 31st, 2009

Superman #691

"Codename: Patriot" tries to end with a bang, but it's really more of a thud.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Eduardo Pansica, Jose Wilson Magalhaes, Sandro Ribeiro
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 31st, 2009

Detective Comics #856

J. H. Williams III continues his amazing artistic performance on the lead Batwoman story. The Question back-up is completely skippable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J. H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, August 29th, 2009

Hulk #14

Domino of X-Force guest stars as the Red Hulk finds himself targeted by assassins.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ian Churchill, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, August 29th, 2009

The Unknown #4

The search for what happens after death concludes here with some answers, but many more questions.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Minck Oosterveer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, August 29th, 2009
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