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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

Thor #602

An issue of subplots with no real central focus to drive things forward as Thor solves a problem, William adjusts to life in Asgard, and Baldur explains his rationale for accepting Doom’s offer of relocation.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Danny Miki, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 23rd, 2009

Power Girl #2

"Power Girl" is already losing a little bit of its oomph, with far too much of the issue devoted to drawn out fight scenes and little forward momentum.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Amanda Conner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 23rd, 2009

Superman/Batman #61

In many ways this is a throw-away story in "Superman/Batman," but it's so fun and so gorgeous that you'll find yourself enthralled none the less.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Johnson, Michael Green
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 22nd, 2009

Captain Britain and MI:13 #14

Even in its swan song, "Captain Britain and MI13" continues to be one of the smartest, most fun titles published at Marvel right now.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Adrian Syaf, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 22nd, 2009

Dark Wolverine #75

Daken is now the star of the comic, but it's not as bad as it sounds.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, June 22nd, 2009

Dark Reign: Zodiac #1

The fabulous Nathan Fox delivers some invigorating art, but Joe Casey's story is only getting started.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, June 22nd, 2009

Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper #1

Cliffjumper makes some friends, but things get ugly when, predictably, the Decepticons show up.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Shane McCarthy, Denton J. Tipton
Artists:
Robby Musso
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, June 21st, 2009

Dark Reign: Mr. Negative #1

Mister Negative takes on the Hood in a turf war as Dark Reign catches up with the Spideyverse in a big way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, June 21st, 2009

Herogasm #2

The plot picks up in this issue, but not enough with Ennis and McCrea still too enamored with bodily humor jokes to move on.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 21st, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #2

Fill-in artists already? That doesn't bode well for this miniseries.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Andre Coelho, Eduardo Pansica, Sandro Ribiero
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, June 20th, 2009

Punisher #6

Ever want to see the Scourge victims resurrected and set loose on the Punisher? Your wish has come true.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, June 20th, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #24

The Milestone characters begin a run on "The Brave and the Bold" as co-stars. First up is Static, so why not pair him with Black Lightning?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matt Wayne
Artists:
Howard Porter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, June 19th, 2009

Young Liars #16

An absolute masterpiece of craft and storytelling as David Lapham takes a break from the ongoing narrative to focus on a new character and a different type of issue construction.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, June 19th, 2009

Madman Atomic Comics #16

With two short stories in this penultimate issue, one detailing an obsession with the Atomics and the other Frank Einstein’s possible new career, this is a very good read!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jamie S. Rich, Michael Allred
Artists:
Joëlle Jones, Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, June 18th, 2009

The Unwritten #2

Mike Carey and Peter Gross's "The Unwritten" mixes mystery, fantasy, and a love of books into the perfect synthesis of all three.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 18th, 2009

Thor: The Trial of Thor #1

There’s actually no trial in these pages. It’s more “CSI: Asgard” than anything else.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Cary Nord
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, June 18th, 2009
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