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X-Men Forever Alpha #1

Reprints X-Men (Vol. 2) #1-3 as a primer for the forthcoming series, "X-Men Forever."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, May 26th, 2009

X-Force #15

Everyone out to kill and or save the mutant messiah? Yes, that's still going on, but with nice Clayton Crain art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Clayton Crain
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 26th, 2009

Impaler #3

Matt Timson's art is the star of this show, but the story's worth a read as well.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
William Harms
Artists:
Matt Timson
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 26th, 2009

Supergirl #41

"Supergirl" wraps up its first major story under Sterling Gates, with an ending that makes you hope for an epilogue to smooth things over.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 24th, 2009

Rising Stars Compendium

J. Michael Straczynski’s complete story about 113 children with special powers and their lives is collected in one book. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a worthwhile and engaging read.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery
Artists:
Brent Anderson, Christian Zanier, Stuart Immonen, Keu Cha, Dave Finch, Gary Frank, Ken Lashley, Dan Jurgens, Staz Johnson, Karl Moline, Al Rio, Livesay, Edwin Rosell, Jason Gorder, Steve Nelsonm Marlo Alquiza, Alp Altiner, Danny Miki, Rick Basaldua, Al Ve
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 24th, 2009

Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories

This hardcover collection of Dini/Timm collaborations features some of the best Batman stories of the 1990s.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
Artists:
Bruce Timm, Rich Burchett, John Byrne, Dan DeCarlo, Klaus Janson, Glenn Murakami, Mike Parobeck, Matt Wagner
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, May 23rd, 2009

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3

"Batman: Battle for the Cowl" concludes with an ending that makes you feel a little bad for Tony Daniel, because the deck seems stacked against him.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 22nd, 2009

Superman/Batman #60

Yet another universal mash-up occurs in this title, except that's the title of the issue. This one takes the Titans and the Justice League and offers some interesting new characters and concepts.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, May 22nd, 2009

Punisher #5

Rick Remender's run on "Punisher" might be firmly set in the Marvel Universe, but it reminds me of Garth Ennis' "Punisher" MAX adults-only series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 22nd, 2009

Killapalooza #1

This is either a parody comic or a terribly-written one. Either way, it doesn't work.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Trevor Hairsine
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, May 21st, 2009

Vigilante #6

Thank whichever deity you worship that this lame crossover event is finally over. What's more, the true resolution happens off panel. Save your money and read the review.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Tom Lyle, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 21st, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #23

Two characters from disparate futures meet up in what should be an epic for the ages. Unfortunately, it has a little After School Special flavor baked into it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 21st, 2009

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1910

"League" continues to evolve and grow in different directions, working hard now at becoming a catalog of twentieth century literature.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
Kevin O'Neill
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, May 21st, 2009

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #1

Why bother with superheroics when you can dress up, look cool, get drunk, and dance? Right? Then why is the Super Young Team so unhappy with that lifestyle and why can’t they leave their new satellite headquarters?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
ChrisCross, Rob Stull, Mick Gray, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 20th, 2009

Captain America #50

Bucky celebrates his birthday the only way he knows how -- fighting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Luke Ross, Rick Magyar, Marcos Martin, Fred Hembeck
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, May 20th, 2009

Herogasm #1

Superheroes of the world unite for the yearly crossover event! Hookers! Drugs! Fake alien invasions! Herogasm!

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 20th, 2009

Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Romulans #1

“Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Romulans” is a decent comic, but provides little new information for longtime fans and maybe not enough for new readers.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ian Edgington
Artists:
Wagner Reis
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, May 20th, 2009

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #6

"The Umbrella Academy: Dallas" wraps up with a bang—both literal and metaphorical—and with interesting changes for the team.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Gerard Way
Artists:
Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Hulk #12

"Hulk" dishes up more dumb fun, but having the other Defenders in the mix with the Red Hulk somehow makes it more entertaining than normal.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Fantastic Four #566

An entire issue devoted to the coming of Doom’s master. The tension is high, but the content is lacking.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Cam Smith, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #3

Visually distinct from the two issues prior, this issue of "Mercy Thompson" is definitely carrying on the story those earlier issues started.

Publisher:
Dabel Brothers Publishing
Writer:
Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence
Artists:
Amelia Woo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, May 19th, 2009

The Incredibles: Family Matters #2

"You're just not super anymore." Those words are sure to haunt the nightmares of any super hero. In this case, they're spoken to Mr. Incredible.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Captain Britain and MI-13 #13

Captain Britain and MI-13 are dealt a definitive blow by Dracula and his cohorts.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Adrian Syaf, Leonard Kirk, Craig Yeung, Jay Leisten,
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1

A new team of Young Avengers emerges, but are they are heroic as they think?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Mark Brooks
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, May 19th, 2009

The Walking Dead #61

"The Walking Dead" is a hard book to both read and recommend. It is uncompromising, and in some ways almost ludicrously uncompromising.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Agents of Atlas #5

The big fight between the New Avengers and the Agents of Atlas, and it's a good-looking one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #510

Fraction and Land give us an attack on the new X-base, and it's all chaos and evil smiles.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, May 19th, 2009

Booster Gold #20

"Booster Gold" seems determined to shed more sales figures with a dull and slightly pointless fill-in.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Pat Olliffe, Norm Rapmund, Dan Jurgens, Rodney Ramos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 17th, 2009

House of Mystery #13

"House of Mystery" takes a brief detour to its old horror anthology roots, and while it's entertaining enough, regular readers of the new "House of Mystery" might be slightly frustrated.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham, Chris Roberson
Artists:
Neil Adams, Ralph Reese, Eric Powell, Sergio Aragones, Josh Adams
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 17th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #36

Have you heard the phrase about everything hitting the fan? That's a good way to describe the latest issue of "Green Lantern Corps."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Prentis Rollins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 17th, 2009

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1

The Avengers franchise expands yet again, this time to allow "Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers" a chance to shine as an all ages tour de force.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Eliopoulos
Artists:
Ig Guara, Colleen Coover
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 17th, 2009

Black Panther #4

Four issues in and the "new" Black Panther still has not pulled on the cowl. We do, however, get treated to some jungle action featuring Man-Ape. Thanks Marvel.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Reginald Hudlin
Artists:
Ken Lashley, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 17th, 2009

Super Human Resources #4

"Super Human Resources" wraps up its brief run with this issue. "Whatevs. A ninja's gotta have shoes."

Publisher:
Ape Entertainment
Writer:
Ken Marcus
Artists:
Justin Bleep
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 17th, 2009

Secret Warriors #4

Hickman sets the stage for a massive showdown next issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Stefano Caselli
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, May 16th, 2009

Dark Reign: Hawkeye #2

This delightfully brutal series takes a bizarre turn at the end, but perhaps not for the best.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Sat, May 16th, 2009

I Kill Giants

A charming/weird/moving/disturbing/fun/sad trade paperback from Joe Kelly and Ken Nimura.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
JM Ken Nimura
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, May 15th, 2009

Super Zombies #3

Can you go wrong with superheroes plus zombies? Yes. Yes, you can.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Vince Gonzales
Artists:
Mel Rubi
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Fri, May 15th, 2009

Young Liars #15

Danny tries to get the old gang back together, revealing that maybe not everyone died. Or maybe they did and he’s just crazy. Or maybe they didn’t and he’s still just crazy. Who knows?

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, May 14th, 2009

Titans #13

This issue is just another stone thrown at the Titans franchise trying to topple it. The Titans deserve better.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Angel Unzueta, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 14th, 2009

Superman: World of New Krypton #3

Superman, no longer super, tries to quell a riot and free some hostages while depowered among thousands of newly-empowered Kryptonians.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 14th, 2009
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