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Batman #687

An epilogue to "Battle for the Cowl" might not have been so bad, had "Batman & Robin" #1 not already been released. Instead, it just feels like a step backwards.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Ed Benes, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 10th, 2009

Red Robin #1

"Red Robin" is off to an uneven start right out of the gate, but there's certainly potential in its destination.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Ramon Bachs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 10th, 2009

Wolverine #74

Not-quite-but-almost-final issue that concludes the two stories began in #73. Some good work here from current Wolverine writers Daniel Way and Jason Aaron with fantastic art by Tommy Lee Edwards and former “Wolverine” artist Adam Kubert.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Jason Aaron
Artists:
Tommy Lee Edwards, Adam Kubert, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 10th, 2009

Absolution #0

The beginning of this mini-series with a zero issue that’s half the price and sets up the concept well.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Roberto Viacava
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 10th, 2009

War of Kings: Savage World of Skaar #1

The "War of Kings" continues to rage across the Marvel Universe, touching down upon Sakaar and crossing paths with Skaar.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Graham Nolan, Reilly Brown, Nelson DeCastro
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 9th, 2009

Buck Rogers #1

The new adventures of "Buck Rogers" begin here. "Begin" is the operative word, as a great deal happens here without resolution.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Scott Beatty
Artists:
Carlos Rafael
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 9th, 2009

Ultimatum #4

The event juggernaut rolls ever onwards as more characters face death and the Ultimates take the fight to Magneto.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
David Finch, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, June 9th, 2009

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #2

"Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers" is thoroughly silly, but in a nice and cute way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 9th, 2009

Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #1

Beta Ray Bill sets out to find – and slay – Galactus.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Walter Simonson
Artists:
Kano, Alvaro Lopez, Walter Simonson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 8th, 2009

Sherlock Holmes #2

Is Holmes guilty of murder? It sure looks like it. But, it will be a few more issues until we find out the truth and the plot crawls towards that resolution rather than running.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Leah Moore, John Reppion
Artists:
Aaron Campbell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 8th, 2009

Resurrection #1

Guggenheim's post-alien invasion story begins a new series, and skillfully follows a new group of characters in a world where nobody is safe.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Justin Greenwood
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 8th, 2009

Irredeemable #3

Mark Waid and Peter Krause's Superman pastiche gets messy, but in a good way.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, June 8th, 2009

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires #1

What happens when vampires become the norm and slayers are the ones having to hide? "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires" is set in the middle of the "Season Eight" stories and answers the question from the vampire perspect

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan
Artists:
Vasilis Lolos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 7th, 2009

The Best of Simon and Kirby

Do you think you've seen all of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's collaborations? "The Best of Simon and Kirby" is almost certainly going to prove you wrong, hitting just about every genre published.

Publisher:
Titan Books
Writer:
Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Artists:
Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 7th, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Run #2

"Final Crisis Aftermath: Run!" is all about a sad-sack villain trying to survive in a world that he clearly isn't suited for, and about the nature of super-villains in general.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, June 7th, 2009

Unknown Soldier #8

"Unknown Soldier" started off with a strong debut, but the problem of setting the title in a real-world situation is starting to show.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Joshua Dysart
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, June 6th, 2009

Skaar: Son of Hulk #11

“Planet Skaar” begins here after last month’s prologue issue with Skaar in human form and ready to die.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Ron Lim, Dan Panosian
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, June 4th, 2009

Mighty Avengers #25

The adventures of Henry Pym's Avengers continue with an attempt to reclaim the Dimensional Wave Inducer from the Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four. Oh, by the way, Reed Richards doesn't want to give it up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Stephen Segovia, Noah Salonga
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 4th, 2009

Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #3

The best single issue of any comic book so far this year.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, June 4th, 2009

Agents Of Atlas #6

This may be issue #6 of "Agents of Atlas", but the stories within continue to be timeless tales waiting to be read and re-read. To help make this issue more timeless, Namor makes an appearance and offers some insight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 3rd, 2009

Batman and Robin #1

The new Batman and Robin introduce themselves to Gotham and readers! Just in time, too, because some new villains plan on doing the same. . .

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frank Quitely
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, June 3rd, 2009

Batman and Robin #1

Benjamin Birdie gives the debut issues of "Batman & Robin" 4.5 stars, saying "Morrison and Quitely have laid some thrilling and invigorating groundwork that anyone should be able to follow easily."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Frank Quitely
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, June 3rd, 2009

Astonishing Tales #5

As an artist and writer showcase, this issue fails. As a series of stories that matter at all, it fails even worse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
C. B. Cebulski, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Frank Tieri, Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort, Lou Kang, Craig Yeung, Marco Turini, Nick Pitarra
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, June 3rd, 2009

Captain Britain and MI:13 Annual #1

Paul Cornell reveals what happened to Meggan after she parted ways with Captain Britain, but this issue doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the main book.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Mike Collins, Livesay, Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, June 2nd, 2009

Exiles #3

The Exiles continue their Tellus-inspired missions and find themselves opposing those they would once call friends. This issue sees their first mission in this series end, but not the way you would expect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Casey Jones, Salva Espin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 2nd, 2009

Wolverine #72

Old Man Logan finally gets his claws out, to the surprise of no-one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, June 2nd, 2009

New Avengers: The Reunion #4

Clint and Bobbi finally reach some resolution in their relationship, and find time to bring down the bad guys too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim McCann
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, June 2nd, 2009

War of Kings #4

"War of Kings" manages to be both a huge science-fiction war epic, and a quiet, personal story all wrapped up into one. How'd that happen?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, June 2nd, 2009

Ultimate Spider-Man #133

The series comes to a sad close with a moment of silence by Bendis and Immonen.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, June 2nd, 2009

Punisher MAX: Naked Kill #1

There’s very little original in this story about a torture porn ring, and Frank Castle’s attempt to kill them all with cleaning and office supplies.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Laurence Campbell
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 1st, 2009

Dark Avengers #5

Norman Osborn speaks his piece regarding the on-air attack from the original Hawkeye. Noh-Varr has some questions about human life. BullsHawkeye gets a tap from Ares and develops a bit of a grudge.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 1st, 2009

New Mutants #2

Everything old is new again, especially the old "New Mutants" and their new, old foe who could also have been counted among the team's friends once upon a time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Cam Smith, Ed Tadeo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 1st, 2009

Dead Run #1

A lackluster beginning with a mundane concept and mediocre writing. Thankfully, the art on this post-apocalyptic book is rather nice.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Andrew Cosby, Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Francesco Biagini
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 1st, 2009

Incredible Hercules #129

Herc and Amadeus journey into the underworld, but it's a bit different than you might expect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Ryan Stegman, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 31st, 2009

Bayou, Volume 1

Critically acclaimed and worthy of acclamations, Jeremy Love's "Bayou" is collected from its online form into a hardcopy format that allows a little more portability.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeremy Love
Artists:
Jeremy Love
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 31st, 2009

Madame Xanadu #11

Michael Kaluta stops in for a few issues on "Madame Xanadu," and the end result is breathtakingly beautiful.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matt Wagner
Artists:
Michael William Kaluta
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 31st, 2009

Northlanders #17

"Northlanders" uses a one-off story to portray a massive fight scene, but there's more to the comic than just that.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Vasilis Lolos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 31st, 2009

Aliens #1

Arcudi and Howard bring the "Aliens" back but with a shockingly fresh direction.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
John Arcudi
Artists:
Zach Howard, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, May 31st, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Man #595

"American Son" sets sail in this issue and Spider-Man's world will never be the same. What? You've heard that before? Really?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 30th, 2009

Superman #688

Mon-El's adventures in the "Superman" title continue. At what point does it become false advertising? Mini rant aside, Robinson continues to bring great adventures to Mon-El's life, including some subtle hints to recent DC newsmakers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, May 30th, 2009
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