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Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 2

A major work from one of the best living mangaka, inspired by a famed "Astro Boy" story.

Publisher:
Viz, LLC
Writer:
Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka, Takashi Nagasaki
Artists:
Naoki Urasawa
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 31st, 2009

Mighty Avengers #23

Hulk, Iron Man, Hercules, Wasp, Jocasta, Vision, U. S. Agent, Stature, Amadeus Cho and Edwin Jarvis are the Mighty Avengers and this is the story of their battle against Chthon.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Allen Martinez, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 30th, 2009

The Incredibles: Family Matters #1

"The Incredibles: Family Matters" is certainly a fun and successful tie-in, but it understandably can't hit the heights of the original movie.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, March 30th, 2009

Irredeemable #1

BOOM! Studios has given Mark Waid room to try out some ideas. "Irredeemable" is one of those ideas, and offers a different take on the superhero concept -- especially the part about power and responsibility.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 30th, 2009

War of Kings #2

Abnett and Lanning balance the epic scope of an interstellar war with the small moments of characterization needed to make it matter.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 30th, 2009

Cars: The Rookie #1

BOOM! Studios next Pixar/Disney title zooms into comic shops this week and CBR has an advanced review.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Alan J. Porter
Artists:
Albert Carreres
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 29th, 2009

Secret Warriors #3

Marvel’s best new series keeps on rolling with a confrontation between Fury’s Commandos and Hydra, while Fury meets with an old flame.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, March 29th, 2009

Superman #686

The Superman-less adventures of the "Superman" comic start here. With Kal-El bound for New Krypton, his title presses on with Mon-El and the Guardian sharing the burden of entertaining the readers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 29th, 2009

Top 10 Season Two Special #1

Daxiong is no replacement for Gene Ha, and Zander Cannon gives us the equivalent of a "She-Hulk" story.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon
Artists:
Daxiong
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, March 27th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #589

The Spot returns, for what it's worth, and it turns out it's worth a lot if you like good Spider-Man stories with humor and pathos.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Paulo Siqueira, Amilton Santos
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, March 27th, 2009

Daredevil #117

"Return of the King" continues as Wilson Fisk has an offer for Daredevil, just as Daredevil's world fills with turmoil once more.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 27th, 2009

The Death-Defying ‘Devil #4

This series ends with no resolution as to the ‘Devil’s identity questions. But, hey, that was only the main plot, so why would anyone think it would be answered?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Joe Casey, Alex Ross
Artists:
Edgar Salazar
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 26th, 2009

Justice League of America #31

Once again, "Justice League of America" gets sidetracked, this time to catch up with how the events of the DCU affect the League. Hint: it's not a big happy issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dwayne McDuffie
Artists:
Shane Davis, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 26th, 2009

Wonder Woman #30

"Rise of the Olympian" continues here with characters rising, falling, being thrown about, and maybe even dropped on their heads.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 26th, 2009

Proof #18

"Proof" follows the adventures of Bigfoot in 1850s London as he trails Spring-Heeled Jack. Believe me, it's even more interesting than that.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Alex Grecian, Kelly Tindall
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 25th, 2009

New Avengers #51

The Avengers settle some team business while Dr. Strange approaches Wiccan with the offer of a lifetime. Plus, Chris Bachalo joins Billy Tan on art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Billy Tan, Chris Bachalo, Matt Banning, Tim Townsend
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 25th, 2009

Captain America #48

Cap, Namor and the Black Widow try to foil Professor Chin’s plans to release a Human Torch virus. But, are they too late?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Butch Guice, Luke Ross, Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 25th, 2009

Batman: Battle for the Cowl: Commissioner Gordon #1

The Gotham police try their best to deal with a city gone mad thanks to Batman’s death. But, can they contend with the likes of Mr. Freeze without back-up?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Royal McGraw
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 25th, 2009

The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone

Taking place 15 years prior to “The Surrogates,” the murder of a homeless man by three teens using Surrogates sets into motion a chain of events that may tear a city apart.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Brett Weldele
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 25th, 2009

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #2

The walking dead make an appearance as Alice Hotwire, police exorcist, continues to work on discovering the mystery behind the ‘blue light bomb.’

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Pugh
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Caped #1

The idea of PAs for superheroes could be interesting and well done, but nothing in “Caped” suggests that this is the comic to do it.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Josh Lobis, Darin Moiselle
Artists:
Yair Herrera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man Extra #3

Contains three stories that fell between the cracks of Spider-Man’s recent adventures.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Joe Kelly, Phil Jimenez
Artists:
Fabrizio Fiorentino, Patrick Olliffe, Dale Eaglesham. Phil Jimenez
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #507

One cannot help but get the impression with this issue of "Uncanny X-Men" that things are about to go from bad to worse for our favorite mutants.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, March 24th, 2009

The Outsiders #16

The latest incarnation of "The Outsiders" begins to pick up the action, and it's a not bad if slightly slow debut.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott, Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil #1

Christos N. Gage chooses to introduce a character by forcing him to stand on his own two feet. There's no marquee superhero here to share the spotlight – just Reptil.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Steve Uy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Immortal Iron Fist #24

Kano's lush artwork and dynamic figures make this comic rise as special as it needs to be.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Kano
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Dark Reign: Elektra #1

This first issue starts with a terrible scene and gets marginally better by the end.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Clay Mann, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 24th, 2009

X-Factor #41

Madrox meets back up with one old friend while the others carry on without him. 'X-Factor' is back on its game.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Marco Santucci, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

The Muppet Show Comic Book #1

What's most remarkable about this book is that instead of being quick cash-in, it has turned out to be one of the most appropriate and fitting comic adaptations ever published.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

Wolverine #71

Millar and McNiven continue to do great work on this series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

Jack Kirby's The Losers

The Losers themselves are indistinct, but Kirby sure knew how to use them to tell some good stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jack Kirby
Artists:
Jack Kirby, D. Bruce Berry, Mike Royer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1

Fabian Nicieza and Frazer Irving introduce a new Azrael, and the result brings back good memories of the previous incarnation of the character.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, March 22nd, 2009

Potter's Field: Stone Cold #1

Mark Waid continues to build universes over at Boom!! and "Potter's Field" is a little corner very much worth checking out.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 22nd, 2009

Invincible #60

Even if the event of this book were just the cover, it would be a success. "Invincible" #60 has a lot of action packed inside that extra-wide cover.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Punisher #3

The Punisher fights the Shaolin Scientist Squad and the Hood’s goons as his war on Norman Osborn continues, and this relaunch proves successful.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Black Lightning: Year One #6

"Black Lightning: Year One" ends, just as you knew it would with this sixth (of six) issues. Van Meter and Hamner deliver a solid conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Supergirl #39

Talent Caldwell fills in for a few pages, but the jarring shift in style doesn't completely ruin what's turning out to be a very good story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Talent Caldwell, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Vigilante #4

No one does a frenetic, energy-filled cover like Walt Simonson. If he'd only taken the virtual camera back a little on this one, it would have looked a lot different.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 18th, 2009

Dark Avengers #3

While most of the issue is a very mundane fight sequence, things kick off with a phenomenal discussion between Norman Osborn and the Sentry that answers a lot of questions and raises even more.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 18th, 2009

X-Files #5

The third and final story of this series begins with Doug Moench delivering a creepy story about a possible serial killer and his underground masters.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Doug Moench
Artists:
Brian Denham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 18th, 2009
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