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Jungle Girl: Season 2 #5

Dynamite Entertainment's second "Jungle Girl" storyline concludes, but it sure doesn't feel like it.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Frank Cho, Doug Murray
Artists:
Adriano Batista
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 5th, 2009

Greek Street #1

One dollar for 40 pages! You can’t ask for much else, can you?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Davide Gianfelice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 5th, 2009

Batman and Robin #2

Grant Morrison's new book isn't just "Batman" with a fancy title, it really is about "Batman and Robin" in more than one meaning of the phrase.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frank Quitely
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 2nd, 2009

Jonah Hex #45

A kind of Crisis on Infinite Westerns has entered stage two in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Cristiano Cucina
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 2nd, 2009

Captain America: Reborn #1

Despite spinning out of four years of “Captain America” stories, Ed Brubaker makes the first issue of Steve Rogers’ return very new-reader friendly.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, July 2nd, 2009

Empowered, Volume 5

"Empowered" might be tough to describe, but it's a wonder to behold. This is Adam Warren's finest work.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Adam Warren
Artists:
Adam Warren
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, July 2nd, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #3

This series gets better every issue. In its own absurd way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 2nd, 2009

Fantastic Four #568

Millar and Hitch's FF prepares for a landing, but the co-pilots are already heading out the door.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar, Joe Ahearne
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Neil Edwards, Andrew Currie, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, July 2nd, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #38

The "Emerald Eclipse" storyline concludes, but this issue doesn't serve to simply mark time nor does it sit as a transition issue. This is an issue for Lantern fans -- new and old -- to start taking the journey into "Blackest Night&quo

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 1st, 2009

Justice League: Cry for Justice #1

The long wait for the James Robinson-penned Justice League title is over! Wait. This is the first James Robinson Justice League title. The one that got him the gig to write the other one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Mauro Cascioli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 1st, 2009

Irredeemable #4

The Plutonian crashes a United Nations session after various nations make it known that they want him to become their new leader. Bad idea.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 1st, 2009

Captain America: Reborn #1

Captain America lives! But when?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, July 1st, 2009

Finding Nemo: Reef Rescue #1

Swimming, swimming, just keep swimming. The first issue of Nemo's printed adventures from BOOM! gives Dory a chance to shine. Everyone else has a good time, too.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Marie Croall
Artists:
Erica Leigh Currey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Cable #16

With the crossover completed, we start to get the ramifications -- but will they be long-lasting?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Paul Gulacy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Marvel Divas #1

It’s “Sex and the City” meets “Avengers” as Hellcat, Photon, Firestar, and the Black Cat get together in their downtime.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists:
Tonci Zonjic
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #15

Stop me if you've heard this one: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Black Widow and Madame Masque all appear in a comic. . .

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #1

A second Deadpool ongoing? That makes tons of sense! Just what we always wanted! Too bad it’s crap!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Bong Dazo, José Pimentel
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Skaar: Son Of Hulk #12

This issue is unexceptional, wasting the strength of its artist and delivering a bland story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Ron Lim, Rodney Buchemi, Greg Adams
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Runaways #11

"Runaways" has a true return to form in the hands of a new all-female creative team.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #598

The fun takes a vacation, and is missed. This Spider-Man art has inconsistent art and a less charming story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Paulo Siqueira, Marco Checchetto, Santos
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, June 30th, 2009

Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man #1

Reed and Bachalo pit Venom, the “Dark Spider-Man,” against Spider-Man’s natural enemy: J. Jonah Jameson.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Reed
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 29th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #512

The X-Club goes back in time to study mutant births –- and meet Dr. Nemesis’ parents.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Karl Story
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 29th, 2009

The Last Days of Animal Man #2

"The Last Days of Animal Man" is entertaining, but that exposition dump in the middle is painful.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gerry Conway
Artists:
Chris Batista, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 29th, 2009

Astonishing X-Men #30

"Astonishing X-Men" finishes up its first storyline under Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi, but the only astonishing thing is how much steam this book has lost.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Simone Bianchi, Andrea Silvestri
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 28th, 2009

Wonder Woman #33

"Rise of the Olympian" concludes with heads rolling, vows being made and characters stepping down paths they never imagined. It also happens to be a heck of a read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 28th, 2009

X-Men Forever #2

"X-Men Forever" is one of those rare series that makes you wonder why, exactly, it's being published.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 28th, 2009

20th Century Boys, Volume 3

This is ultimately a story about the stray hopes and dreams of adventure, in this story personified by comics themselves, that every now and then end up building the adult that our childhood selves always dreamed of being.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Naoki Urasawa, Akemi Wegmuller
Artists:
Naoki Urasawa
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Fri, June 26th, 2009

The Muppet Show Comic Book #4

In the fourth and final issue of this series, Roger Langridge turns his attention to Miss Piggy and a psychic.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, June 26th, 2009

Detective Comics #854

Sometimes, it really is worth the wait.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
J.H. Williams III, Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 25th, 2009

Gotham City Sirens #1

"Gotham City Sirens" seems like a good idea, but the series needs a backbone, and fast.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 25th, 2009

Justice League of America #34

Dwayne McDuffie's run ends more with a whimper than a bang. Sure, there's a bang or two in this issue, but the overall package is spoiled by the events that led to this point.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dwayne McDuffie
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Eddy Barrows, Don Ho, Ruy Jose, Dan Green, Jack Purcell, Mark Propst
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 25th, 2009

Secret Warriors #5

The Howling Commandos versus H.A.M.M.E.R. versus Hydra! Need I say more?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 24th, 2009

Green Lantern #42

War is about to break out among the different colors of Lanterns. You'd almost think there was a big crossover storyline just around the bend. Oh, hang on...

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Philip Tan, Eddy Barrows, Jonathan Glapion, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 24th, 2009

Predator #1

Two decades after first publishing a Predator comic, Dark Horse unleashes the fury of those uglies again.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
John Arcudi
Artists:
Javier Saltares
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 24th, 2009

Berserker #1

A lot of set-up and laying out the concept with little actual characterization. But, the art is fantastic.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Rick Loverd
Artists:
Jeremy Haun
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 24th, 2009

Iron Fist #27

This chapter of the book of "Iron Fist" comes to a close, but how does it end?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Travel Foreman, David Lapham, Timothy Green II
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 24th, 2009

Dark Reign: Lethal Legion #1

We all know that Norman Osborn's as crooked as they come, but what about the folks he thought were unworthy of sharing in his latest, greatest scheme?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Frank Tieri
Artists:
Mateus Santolouco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 24th, 2009

Dark Avengers #6

If you’ve read Warren Ellis’ “Thunderbolts,” you can probably skip this issue since it’s pretty much that again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 23rd, 2009

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1

The crossover between the Avengers and X-Men begins here with a riot in San Francisco that the X-Men can’t control, so Norman Osborn is called in to restore order.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Eric Basaldua, Tyler Kirkham, Sheldon Mitchell, Joe Weems, Marco Galli, Rick Basaldua, Jason Gorder, Jay Leisten, Sal Regla, Jon Sibal, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 23rd, 2009

Young Allies 70th Anniversary Special #1

Marvel continues to celebrate their 70th anniversary with yet another special featuring characters from Marvel's past.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Roger Stern, Stan Lee, Ray Gill
Artists:
Paolo Rivera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 23rd, 2009
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