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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

X-Force #13

"Prelude to War" in "X-Force" #13 features less of the prelude and more of the war this team has already been involved with.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Clayton Crain
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Ultimate X-Men #100

In this final issue, Madrox blows up much of the world and all remaining roads lead to "Ultimatum."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Aron E. Coleite
Artists:
Mark Brooks, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Spider-Man: Noir #4

More "pulp" than "noir," the best part of this series is Carmine Di Giandomenico's spectacular artwork.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky
Artists:
Carmine Di Giandomenico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Thunderbolts #130

Bong Dazo takes over for Roberto De La Torre and it's not a pretty sight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Bong Dazo, Joe Pimentel
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #11

A trip into one of the realms beyond reality finds Drax and Quasar fighting a fight against a most unexpected foe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 16th, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Girl #30

"Amazing Spider-Girl" comes to an end once more, with DeFalco, Frenz and Buscema gathered for the party.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz
Artists:
Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 16th, 2009

X-Men: Noir #4

A strong finale to a series I had written off too early.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Dennis Calero
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 16th, 2009

Hexed #3

This is not the issue to jump in with, but if you're silly enough to do so, you'll find a voyeuristic demon, a crash-course in driving, and one confident mystical cat-burglar.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 16th, 2009

Titans #11

A "day in the life" issue fills the gap from last issue's throwdown with the JLA and the big "Titan"-ic crossover looming next month.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Howard Porter, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 15th, 2009

Booster Gold #18

Dan Jurgens's first storyline comes to a conclusion and shows promise for more to come.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, March 15th, 2009

Saga of the Swamp Thing #21

Over 25 years later, Alan Moore's, Stephen Bissette's, and John Totleben's "The Anatomy Lesson" is still one of the most stunning revamps of an ongoing comic to date.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
Stephen Bissette, John Totleben
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 14th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #34

"Green Lantern Corps" continues to be entertaining and inviting; for a book that's probably perceived as a second-stringer to "Green Lantern," it's doing its best to prove otherwise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Christian Alamy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 14th, 2009

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #2

Mercy Thompson's four-color floppy adventures continue in this issue. I'm not sure of the intended schedule, but this issue was well worth the four-month wait.

Publisher:
Dabel Brothers Publishing
Writer:
Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence
Artists:
Francis Tsai
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 13th, 2009

Young Avengers: Sidekicks

Sure, "Young Avengers" isn't a new title. You're right, the trade has been out a while, but it's being reviewed here and now. If you've wondered what all the hubbub is about, check this review out.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, John Dell, Mark Morales, Drew Geraci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 13th, 2009

Action Comics #875

Nightwing and Flamebird take flight, but Rucka is no replacement for Johns.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #23

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" picks up a mostly forgotten plot point from a year ago in a story that seems determined to annoy, and succeeds.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Drew Z. Greenberg
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Young Liars #13

Everything you know is wrong! There is no Danny Noonan, there’s only Johnny Jukebox as David Lapham once again tips the board over and starts the game again.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 12th, 2009

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #4

The universe of "The Umbrella Academy" is a strange and wonderfully cohesive one. This issue continues the oddness, while entertaining and impressing.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Gerard Way
Artists:
Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Charlatan Ball #6

“Charlatan Ball” #6 is rated F for fun and contains extreme goofiness, mild laughs, and a snot joke.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Andy Suriano
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Super Human Resources #1

"Super Human Resources" follows the adventures of a completely ordinary, absolutely mundane temp who finds himself assigned to work at "Super Crises International" alongside analogs of virtually every comic character.

Publisher:
Ape Entertainment
Writer:
Ken Marcus
Artists:
Justin Bleep
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Special Forces #4

The battle escalates in Kyle Baker's extreme parody of a war comic.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kyle Baker
Artists:
Kyle Baker
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Hulk: Broken Worlds #1

An anthology comic that takes a look at various incarnations of the Hulk.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente, Roy Thomas, Paul Benjamin, Peter David
Artists:
Clayton Henry, Herb Trimpe, Karl Kesel, Diego Latorre, Rodney Buchemi, Greg Adams
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, March 11th, 2009

The Goon #32

"The Goon" celebrates its tenth anniversary with a guest sketch book, a look back, and a brand new story from, as always, creator Eric Powell.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Eric Powell
Artists:
Eric Powell
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Wed, March 11th, 2009

Scalped #26

Don’t let the “part 2” label fool you, this issue stands on its own as we witness a key event in Diesel’s childhood.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Davide Furnò
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 11th, 2009

Marvel Apes: Speedball #1

No, seriously. It's Speedball. And he's a monkey. Maybe that's why Joe Quesada's least favorite character got his own one shot?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Karl Kesel, Tom Peyer
Artists:
Ramon Bachs, Chad Hardin, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 11th, 2009

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1

Gotham has missed her Dark Knight detective and protector, but this issue starts the story to put his replacement into position for the foreseeable future. Who will assume the Mantle of the Bat? The quest begins here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 11th, 2009

Top 10 Season Two #4

"Top 10 Season Two" supposedly hits the end of the mini-series, but this certainly doesn't feel like the end of the "season."

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon
Artists:
Gene Ha, Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, March 11th, 2009

Secret Six #7

The "Secret Six" ongoing series ends its first storyline, with some nice bits peppered throughout to make it all worthwhile.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood, Rodney Ramos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, March 10th, 2009

Invincible Iron Man #11

Tony's on the run, and Fraction and Larroca show the repercussions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 10th, 2009

Punisher: Frank Castle #68

Swierczynski gives us very little Frank Castle in this issue, and the plot creeps forward.

Publisher:
Marvel Max
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 10th, 2009
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