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War of the Supermen (FCBD) #0

As far as free comics go, this one is not bad, but DC set the bar awfully high with last year's "Blackest Night" #0. This is no "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, J. P. Mayer, Julián López, Bit, Aaron Lopresti, David Finch, Joe Weems, Gary Frank, Cafu, Ethan Van Sciver, Diogenes Neves, Vincente Cifuente
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 1st, 2010

Captain America #605

"Two Americas" comes to a surprisingly predictable conclusion, and that's not like Ed Brubaker.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Sean McKeever
Artists:
Luke Ross, Butch Guice, David Baldeon, N. Bowling
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Usagi Yojimbo #128

It's not that this is a bad issue, but it's definitely not a good one for new readers.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3

It's the last issue of the mini-series, except it leads into May's mini-series, so it's not really the end at all.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Secret Warriors #15

One of the best things about "Secret Warriors" is that every issue seems to have a great payoff for the reader.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Thunderbolts #143

The Siege of Asgard nears its end, as does the Thunderbolts as we currently know them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, April 30th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #1

Nick Fury is recruiting Avengers and his first choice? Frank Castle, the Punisher.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Siege: Secret Warriors #1

Following the death of Ares, his son goes to confront the man he sees as responsible: the President of the United States.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Detective Comics #864

How can Jeremiah Arkham be the Black Mask? Read this issue and find out!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, John Lucas, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #2

Roy Harper struggles to adapt to the changes made to his life.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Mike Mayhew, Andy Troy, Geraldo Borges, Kevin Sharpe, Mario Alquiza, Mark McKenna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 29th, 2010

Justice Society of America #38

This issue of "Justice Society of America" is an unpleasant read, but that has to do with the bleakness of the situation rather than the creative team's skills.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #47

Tomasi and Gleason make their curtain call on "Green Lantern Corps," ushering in a "Brightest Day" on their way out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Fantastic Four #578

"Prime Elements" comes to a close with its weakest chapter, but also a big set-up for what's to come.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Green Hornet #3

Someone dies! Too bad it’s the obvious choice and the issue isn’t that good.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Kevin Smith
Artists:
Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #1

Bridging the gap between “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark deals with the fall-out of revealing he’s Iron Man to the world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey, Justin Theroux
Artists:
Barry Kitson, Ron Lim, Tom Palmer, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

X-Force #26

An X-Man dies and it feels like a cheap stunt! Is anyone surprised?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Conan the Cimmerian #20

Conan! Killer of kings! Conan! Slayer of men! Conan! Lover of women! Conan! Entertaining comic!

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Timothy Truman
Artists:
Tomás Giorello
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, April 28th, 2010

Do Anything Volume 1: Jack Kirby Ripped My Flesh

Collecting the online column “Do Anything” in an altered form. Ellis’s prose is lyrical and insane, going a mile a minute from idea to idea.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Warren Ellis
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, April 26th, 2010

X-Men Forever Annual #1

Wolverine and Phoenix head to a tropical resort, where their attraction to one another develop into something more.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Sana Takeda
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 26th, 2010

Dark Wolverine #85

Wolverine and Daken hammer out a plan to confront Romulus.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Majorie Liu
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 26th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #15

In the aftermath of the Starro adventure, Despero is hailed as a hero while Vril Dox is hated and targeted for assassination. What's all that got to do with Starfire? Not much now, but soon. . .

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, April 26th, 2010

Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #2

The time for mourning has past. Athena now calls for action from her newest champion, Amadeus Cho.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Paul Tobin
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti, Reilly Brown, Jason Paz, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 25th, 2010

American Vampire #2

"American Vampire" continues to tell two compelling stories, and it's nice to see the first issue's strength wasn't a one-hit wonder.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Stephen King
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Avengers Vs. Atlas #4

The Atlas crew finishes their publicity tour as they build momentum towards a renewal of their series next month. In the meantime, we get a decent (but heady) team-up with the Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Jason Aaron
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman, Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Siege: Spider-Man #1

In the midst of "Siege," Spidey and Ms. Marvel take on Venom of the Dark Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Marco Santucci
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #628

Spidey and the Juggernaut take on the new Captain Universe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Stern, Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, April 25th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #33

Gorgeous art from Cliff Chiang and a story that's anything but subtle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Nova #36

"Which of us hasn't come back from the dead or had a girlfriend who was a quantum anomaly?" This issue -- the last for now -- deals with a little of both.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 25th, 2010

The Torch #7

The penultimate issue of this series follows the adventures of Torch and Toro as they enter New Berlin in a race against time to attempt to put a stop to the Thinker and his machinations.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, Mike Carey
Artists:
Patrick Berkenkotter, Anthony Tan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9

Aside from some new supporting cast members, "Ultimatum" changed "Ultimate Spider-Man" remarkably little.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 25th, 2010

Wall-E #5

The second Wall-E story arc finally gets started, and it's a wondrous mix of animated art with the themes and style of the movie.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Bryce Carlson
Artists:
Morgan Luthi
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

Queen Sonja #6

Jackson Hebert is a heck of an artist, and you get what you'd expect from a Sonja story: metal bikinis, action, intrigue.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Arvid Nelson
Artists:
Jackson Herbert
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

Guardians of the Galaxy #25

"Guardians of the Galaxy" comes to a conclusion not with a bang, but more of a quiet thud. Or is that a really loud blink?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

Firestar #1

Fresh from "Marvel Divas," Firestar finds herself turning into the poster child for a "very special" comic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 23rd, 2010

DV8: Gods and Monsters #1

DV8 is back and the team is on a strange planet for reasons unknown. And members keep disappearing.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Superman/Batman #71

“The Big Noise” ends with a co-writer, four inkers, and a disappointing issue all around.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey, Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Prentis Rollins, Rebecca Buchman, Derek Fridolfs, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Justice League of America #44

With the not-so-surprise return of a fan-favorite DC character, "Justice League of America" joins the "Brightest Day". This issue is the brightest yet of this run.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

X-Men Legacy #235

"Second Coming" raises the stakes and kills another good guy, while still making it feel like things are just now heating up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Greg Land
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Power Girl #11

The climactic showdown with the Ultra-Humanite. Another great-looking issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, April 22nd, 2010

Hellblazer #266

The ghost of Sid Vicious haunts the present, sort of, as J. C. goes back to his punk roots.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Simon Bisley
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, April 22nd, 2010
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