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Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5

"Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" finally crosses the finish line, but it's easy to forgive with such a satisfying conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
George Perez, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #16

The Guardians of the Galaxy travel to the future and meet the... Guardians of the Galaxy? Oh, and the universe is doomed. Crap.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Gotham City Sirens #2

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn want to know Batman’s identity and they’ll do anything to get Catwoman to tell them.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Power Girl #3

The first arc of "Power Girl" wraps up in a super-heroic way, complete with a knockdown, drag-out brawl, a team-up, and a threat headed our way next issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 23rd, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #3

It’s convention season in the DCU as the Super Young Team attend one devoted to them! Expect big crowds, long lines, overpriced foods, and a supervillain attack. Just like San Diego.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
ChrisCross, Rob Stull
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 22nd, 2009

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2

So I bought a comic with a Red Lantern, a Star Sapphire, and an Orange Lantern in it. No this isn't a joke. Why do you say that?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Gene Ha, Tom Mandrake, Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, Christian Alamy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 22nd, 2009

Captain Britain and MI-13 #15

Captain Britain and MI-13 face down Dracula’s invasion force in the series’ concluding issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, July 22nd, 2009

X-Force #17

This issue wraps up the threads dangling from the previous arc with a visit from H.A.M.M.E.R., some slashing, and much exploding.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Mike Choi, Sonia Oback
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 21st, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #600

If you always wanted to see Hydro-Man escape via toilet, then this book is for you. Of course, the fact that this thing clocks in at 100 pages might interest you too. Oh, and Octo-hostages, but no Octo-mom.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Jeph Loeb, Stan Lee, Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim, Zeb Wells, Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Kelly
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Mike McKone, Andy Lanning, Marcos Martin, Colleen Doran, Mario Alberti, Mitch Breitweiser, Derec Donovan, Max Fiumara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Dark Wolverine #76

Logan’s son is Norman Osborn’s Wolverine and he harkens back to Logan’s early days in the X-Men where no one knew what to make of him — or if to really trust him.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Project Superpowers: Chapter 2 #1

Not as new reader friendly as a first issue should be, but there are some solid ideas and great art within the covers of this comic.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Alex Ross, Jim Krueger
Artists:
Edgar Salazar, Doug Klauba
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Incognito #5

"Incognito" nears its conclusion, but it's no less enthralling; if anything, it's even more so, now.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Immortal Weapons #1

The true history of Fat Cobra is not what you would expect — it’s much better. Jason Aaron delivers an incredibly strong story backed up by great art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron, Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Mico Suayan, Travel Foreman, Stefano Gaudiano, Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, Victor Olazaba, Michael Lark, Arturo Lozzi
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 21st, 2009

Nova #27

The Ryders and the Nova Corps face the consequences of war.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, July 21st, 2009

The Incredibles: Family Matters #4

As Mr. Incredible asks in this issue, "If you can't trust your family. . . who can you trust?" The first "Incredibles" arc concludes here.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 20th, 2009

Action Comics #879

Captain Atom joins the ranks of the second features in this issue featuring another installment about the Kryptonian sleeper agents.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka, James Robinson
Artists:
Diego Olmos, Bit, Cafu
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 19th, 2009

Titans #15

The "S" doesn't belong on the cover of this issue of "Titans," featuring a re-introduction of Tempest, the hero formerly known as Aqualad.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Jose Luis, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 19th, 2009

The Art of Top Cow

350 pages of art from Top Cow’s 17 years of publishing that spans styles, genres, and is far more than typical ‘Image style’ art like you’d assume.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Various
Artists:
Various
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 19th, 2009

Scalped #30

"The Gnawing" begins, and things fall apart in another excellent installment of Vertigo's best ongoing series.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R. M. Guera
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, July 17th, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #3

The inmates move to escape, but their captors introduce a new device: the wheel. What will spinning it result in?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Mick Gray, Jack Purcell, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 16th, 2009

Blackest Night #1

Is this comic excessive?Yes. But the excesses are epic and this creative team makes them worth reading about.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 16th, 2009

X-Factor #46

Doom offers help to Layla and Madrox, while Darwin fights a mind-controlled Monet

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Marco Santucci, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, July 15th, 2009

Mighty Avengers #27

"Oh my God. He Alpha Flighted 'em." That's right, true believer; some folks get Alpha Flighted in this very issue. Who? Well, that would be spoiling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 15th, 2009

Blackest Night #1

n a week besieged with undead and creepiness, DC offers up their event of the summer. This review is relatively spoiler-free.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 15th, 2009

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1

"Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps" tackles two familiar Lanterns and one new addition, but these origin stories don't quite spark enough interest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Chris Samnee, Rags Morales
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 15th, 2009

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #3

Delightful fun for young readers and fans of all things Marvel.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, July 15th, 2009

North 40 #1

Avoiding overly decompressed stories is an admirable goal, but Aaron Williams and Fiona Staples seem to go too far the other direction in "North 40."

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Aaron Williams
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 14th, 2009

Ms. Marvel #41

Moonstone fights to recover the Storyteller babies while Deadpool and the New Avengers do the same.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Sergio Arino
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, July 14th, 2009

New Mutants #3

Zeb Wells definitely seems to understand the old "New Mutants" title, but the question still remains on if this can be more than a nostalgia trip.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Cam Smith, Norman Lee
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 14th, 2009

B.P.R.D.: 1947 #1

The "BPRD" series and its spinoffs continue to flesh out the "Hellboy" universe well. The addition of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba help sell this latest spin-off.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart
Artists:
Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, July 14th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #36

Is this Annual the final sign that the "Amazing Spider-Man" mostly-weekly experiment is starting to wane? Possibly so.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Pat Olliffe, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, July 14th, 2009

Doctor Who #1

In this first issue of IDW's ongoing "Doctor Who" series, Tony Lee and Al Davison absolutely nail the current television show's look and feel.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Tony Lee
Artists:
Al Davison
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, July 14th, 2009

Creepy Comics #1

"Creepy" returns to the pop-culture consciousness of America this week and brings along some art by Bernie Wrightson (a pin-up) and Alex Toth (a reprint, but still darn good).

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Neil Kleid, Joe Harris, Dan Braun, Mike Woods, Shawna Gore
Artists:
Alex Toth, Angelo Torres, Bernie Wrightson, Jason Shawn Alexander, Saskia Gutenkunst, Hilary Barta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 14th, 2009

Captain America #601

Meant to be an annual from 2007, Gene Colan joins Ed Brubaker for this story from World War II where Captain America and Bucky take on some vampires. It’s not the most engaging story, but the artwork is fabulous.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Gene Colan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 14th, 2009

Dark Avengers #7

A breather issue as the Dark X-Men prove themselves and Norman Osborn does his best to deal with Cyclops and Emma Frost.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Luke Ross, Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 13th, 2009

The Killer #9

The American reprint of this French series nears the end and the assassin comes closer to finding out who was responsible for the attempt on his life.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Matz
Artists:
Luc Jacamon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 13th, 2009

Poe #1

Edgar Allan Poe solves murders with his brother. An entertaining concept and read.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
J. Barton Mitchell
Artists:
Dean Kotz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 12th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #6

"R.E.B.E.L.S." continues to be a wildly entertaining space opera that showcases Tony Bedard's skills as a writer.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, July 12th, 2009

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #1

Philip K. Dick’s novel completely unedited in comic book form, serialized over the next two years. It’s quite the gamble, but it works rather well.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Philip K. Dick
Artists:
Tony Parker
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 12th, 2009

The Last Resort #1

This book features an undead attack upon a tropical vacation spot. Good times.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, July 11th, 2009
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