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Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #4

In seeking to upend the nefarious plot of Nightmare, Doctor Voodoo reaches deep into his past to find his true power.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jefte Palo, Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 24th, 2010

Fables #92

"Fables" goes for one of its patented side-stories, but this time the result is a little underwhelming.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, January 24th, 2010

Realm of Kings: Inhumans #3

"Realm of Kings: Inhumans" is getting a tiny bit by-the-numbers predictable, unfortunately.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wellinton Alves, Nelson Pereira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, January 24th, 2010

Superman/Batman #68

Remember that one-off issue Joe Casey wrote in October that was followed by three unrelated issues? Yeah, this one picks up from there and also ties into “Our Worlds at War.” Eight years later? What?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, David Enebral
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #44

Guy Gardner continues his red ring-powered rampage, delivering his own unmitigated brand of justice to everyone in his path. There are some other lanterns in here too.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Outsiders #26

A new era for the book begins with a series of missteps and puzzling decisions. Oh, and Philip Tan already needs help from another artist. Not good signs.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio
Artists:
Philip Tan, Don Kramer, Jonathan Glapion, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Starman #81

A worthy epilogue to the legendary Robinson "Starman" run.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino, Bill Sienkiewicz
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Dark Wolverine #82

In the midst of a "Siege," Daken does some stabbin'. But his victim isn't necessarily who you'd expect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Joe the Barbarian #1

"Joe the Barbarian" is off to a slightly slow start, but given the gist of the series, it makes sense.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 21st, 2010

Incorruptible #2

The spin-off of “Irredeemable” is showing itself to be a book worth reading with a ground-level approach to the world.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Jean Diaz, Belardino Brabo
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Phantom Stranger #42

". . . the Stranger comes when the Stranger is needed." Evidently the Stranger is needed to advance a subplot of "Blackest Night."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Incredible Hulk #606

"Fall of the Hulks" continues to rage on, with much smashing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Harrison Wilcox
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Ryan Stegman, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Uncanny X-Men #520

The story is good, but the blatant photo-references in the art are getting harder to ignore.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Spider-Woman #5

This is some austere, beautiful stuff, and it's sure to work even better in the collected edition.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Wolverine: Weapon X #9

"Insane in the Brain" concludes, and Logan may or may not live to tell the tale. (Actually, who am I kidding? Of course he lives! He's Wolverine.)

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Nova #33

A lackluster, standard version of the time-displaced heroes story that doesn’t break new ground or offer any surprises.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Andrea DiVito
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Dark Avengers #13

The secrets of the Sentry are revealed to have been revealed already! Um, what?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Mighty Avengers #33

Reality punches are thrown. Bad stuff happens. And the Mighty Avengers live to tell the tale.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Hulk #19

A mere fragment of a larger story, but Loeb and McGuinness give us another fun installment of this series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Thunderbolts #140

Two groups who aren't what they appear to be face off under the orders of Norman Osborn, who also isn't what he appears to be. Craziness, I tell you, but in a good way.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda, Sergio Ariño
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 20th, 2010

Invincible Iron Man #22

The book might be moving a little slower now, but it's still very interesting, with great character pieces.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Catwoman #83

"Catwoman" suffers from formatting restrictions and uninked rushed-looking art, but still delivers on its premise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Fabrizio Fiorentino, Ibraim Roberson, Marcos Marz, Luciana Del Negro
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Transformers #3

Ultra Magnus arrives to start kicking some Autobot tail.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Mike Costa
Artists:
Don Figueroa
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, January 19th, 2010

The Marvels Project #5

Fans of Brubaker and Epting's "Captain America" will definitely want to read this title if they aren't already.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Daytripper #2

With its second issue, the idea behind "Daytripper" is starting to become a bit clearer. Perhaps.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Artists:
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Batman #695

Tony Daniel is putting a lot of characters into the mix, but nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, January 19th, 2010

X-Men Forever #15

The “evil” Storm flees to Wakanda to visit her once-and-future love, T’Challa.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Tom Grummett, Al Vey, Gary Martin, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, January 19th, 2010

The Muppet Show Comic Book #1

The Muppets hit the road in the first issue of their ongoing series and it’s a success for them and Roger Langridge.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, January 19th, 2010

Secret Six #17

The Secret Six squaring off against the Suicide Squad during Blackest Night seems so natural, it's almost creepy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone, John Ostrander
Artists:
J. Calafiore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Adventure Comics #6

Even as an oversized issue, "Adventure Comics" #6 feels a little rushed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Weekly World News #1

The jokes aren’t funny, the story is nonexistent, and the main character is a stereotype, but the art is pretty good.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Chris Ryall
Artists:
Alan Robinson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 18th, 2010

S.W.O.R.D. #3

The best issue of the series yet as Beast works to stop Gyrich’s plan to deport all of the aliens on Earth.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Steven Sanders, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Marvel Super Hero Squad #1

The calculated cute caricatures of your favorite Marvel icons have made their way to the floppies. Your kids'll probably want it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Todd Dezago
Artists:
Leonel Castellani, Marcelo Dichiara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 18th, 2010

The Unwritten #9

A prison break! Tragedy! Sadness! Another good installment of Vertigo's "Harry Potter" pastiche.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, January 18th, 2010

Dark X-Men #3

Cleanly drawn, clearly told, and it's not so much about the Dark X-Men as it is about Nate Grey and the Dark Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Leonard Kirk
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 17th, 2010

Aliens Vs. Predator: Three World War #1

After making it to the silver screen, the matchup between the Aliens and the Predators seems lackluster as a comic book concept, but this series looks to add a new dynamic to that rivalry.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Randy Stradley
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 17th, 2010

Absolution #6

A strong opening concerning superheroes and killing only leads to a disappointing end to this mini-series.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Roberto Viacava
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 17th, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #12

Borges is an inadequate replacement for either Clarke or St. Aubin, but the story has some interesting moments.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sun, January 17th, 2010

The Power of SHAZAM! #48

Cover dated eleven years after "The Power of SHAZAM!" #47, and priced a mere 49¢ more than "The Power of SHAZAM!" #47, "Power of SHAZAM!" comes back among the rest of the Black Lantern titles rising from the ranks of the can

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 14th, 2010

Conan: The Weight of the Crown #1

A disappointing effort that focus too much on laborious narration and not enough on Conan killing people.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Darick Robertson
Artists:
Darick Robertson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 14th, 2010
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