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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

Outsiders #19

Emblazoned with a "Batman: Reborn" trade dress, the fifth part of "The Deep" in "Outsiders" welcomes Fernando Pasarin and Jeremy Haun in as pencilers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Jeremy Haun, Prentis Rollins, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 18th, 2009

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

In its debut, "Batman: Streets of Gotham" seems less the street-level version of a Batman title that we were promised, and more like an extension of Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen's run on "Detective Comics." Now with added Manhunter

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Georges Jeanty, Derek Fridolfs, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 17th, 2009

Supergirl #42

With Superwoman's identity -- and life -- blown to pieces, this title takes a turn, as a plot for revenge against Supergirl begins to percolate.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 17th, 2009

Incognito #4

Things get worse for Zack Overkill. You didn’t think it was possible, but, apparently, it is.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 17th, 2009

Invincible #63

Superhero comics don't always have to be pretty. This issue is certainly not pretty. Blood, guts, violence, and death.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, June 17th, 2009

The Road to the White House: Barack Obama #1

IDW continues to ride the "Obama Wave" in comics, offering another Obama-covered comic. The biggest difference is this one is actually about Barack Obama.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jeff Mariotte
Artists:
Tom Morgan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 17th, 2009

X-Men Forever #1

It’s 1991 again, and the X-Men are taking on the remnants of Magneto’s acolytes following the destruction of Asteroid M.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, June 16th, 2009

War of Kings: Ascension #3

The latest issue of "War of Kings: Ascension" shows the flipside of recent "War of Kings" events, which sounds good in practice but gets sluggish in places. Plus, Darkhawk tries to find his inner Hulk.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wellinton Alves, Scott Hanna, Nelson Pereira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 16th, 2009

Miss America 70th Anniversary Special #1

Van Meter and Macdonald have some fun with a Marvel not-quite-icon.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Andy MacDonald
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, June 16th, 2009

The Comic Book Podcast Companion

An insightful book of interviews with some of the most well-known and popular comic book podcasters. If you don’t know what podcasts are or what shows to listen to, this book is for you.

Publisher:
TwoMorrows Publishing
Writer:
Eric Houston
Artists:
Mike Manley
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 16th, 2009

X-Factor #44

Peter David gives us an X-sitcom with an edge, but is that what you're looking for?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Marco Santucci, Valentine De Landro, Pat Davidson, Craig Yeung, Patrick Piazzalunga
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, June 16th, 2009

Groom Lake #3

Come for the Ben Templesmith art, stay for the cigarette smoking alien.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Chris Ryall
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 16th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #14

Tony Stark is on the run, trying to save the world from secrets he has that Norman Osborn wants. In this issue, Tony's quest takes him to Russia, home of the Crimson Dynamo.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larocca
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 15th, 2009

Captain America #600

One year later, the Marvel Universe pauses to remember Steve Rogers, with guest creators galore!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alex Ross, Paul Dini, Ed Brubaker, Roger Stern, Mark Waid, Joe Simon, Stan Lee
Artists:
Alex Ross, Butch Guice, Howard Chaykin, Rafael Albuquerque, David Aja, Mitch Breitweiser, Kalman Andrasofszky, Dale Eaglesham, Al Avison
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, June 15th, 2009

Phonogram: The Singles Club #3

Emily Aster visits an indie club, and the ghosts of her past are waiting there for her.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie, Leigh Gallagher, Lee O’Connor
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, June 14th, 2009

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #5

Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani step in to help get this title back on a more regular schedule. It is a different book with those two at the controls, but in an energetic sense, the enthusiasm is still very much present.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani
Artists:
Byron Vaughns, Ken Branch
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 14th, 2009

Toy Story: Mysterious Stranger #1

Most of the Boom! Kids line based on Disney properties have been dead-on accurate, but "Toy Story: Mysterious Stranger" is off to a lackluster start.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Dan Jolley
Artists:
Chris Moreno
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, June 12th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #511

Matt Fraction's X-Men is about humanity moreso than mutancy. And the characters shine through.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Terry Dodson, Jay Leisten, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Fri, June 12th, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #2

Experimental, trippy, obtuse, and quite possibly brilliant, “Escape” continues with Nemesis no closer to answers concerning his stay in Electric City.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Mick Gray, Jack Purcell, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, June 11th, 2009

Booster Gold #21

The subfeat – er, uh, the "Second Features" start here, with the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle sharing staples with the man who helped him get started, Booster Gold. Booster, however, is a little busy confronting the cowl.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens, Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 11th, 2009

Anna Mercury 2 #1

Anna Mercury is back and ready to head off to a new constellation world that’s contacted ours. Are they friendly or do they need to be dealt with? Well, read on and find out!

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Facundo Percio
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, June 11th, 2009

JSA vs. Kobra #1

In this first of six issues, Kobra returns with an attack on the JSA – on their front porch! The JSA, of course don't take kindly to that.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Trautmann
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 11th, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #5

St. Aubin continues to do fine work as a replacement for Andy Clarke, and if you want space opera superheroes, this comic may be for you.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, June 11th, 2009

Flash: Rebirth #3

Geoff Johns's Flash sci-fi epic feels a bit out of step, but the ambition is impressive

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ethan Van Sciver
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, June 11th, 2009
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