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Batman Eternal #13

James Tynion IV, Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego, and company reveal Jason Bard's plan to take down the Falcone crime empire in "Batman Eternal" #13, and the end result is satisfying.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Madame Frankenstein #3

The history of Henry and Vincent's feud is revealed, and Courtney is prepared for her big debut in Jamie S. Rich & Megan Levens' "Madame Frankenstein" #3.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jamie S. Rich
Artists:
Megan Levens
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Thu, July 3rd, 2014

100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four #1

"100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four" #1, from writer Jen Van Meter and artist Joanna Estep gives readers a peek into 2061, where readers meet a legacy Fantastic Four.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Joanna Estep
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 3rd, 2014

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #1

"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes" #1 brings the author's work to comics, courtesy of comic book pros Nathan Edmondson and Marc Laming.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Marc Laming, Dave Stokes, Michael Lacombe, Salgood Sam
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 3rd, 2014

Original Sin #5

Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato deliver "The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury," in "Original Sin" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 2nd, 2014

Princess Ugg #2

Princess Ulga of Grimmeria must learn a new kind of bravery to face down her classmates in Ted Naifeh's "Princess Ugg" #2.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Ted Naifeh
Artists:
Ted Naifeh
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Wed, July 2nd, 2014

Rocket Raccoon #1

Skottie Young's "Rocket Raccoon" #1 is a gorgeous, funny ride that simple revels in having a good time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Tue, July 1st, 2014

Legendary Star-Lord #1

"Legendary Star-Lord" #1 sets Peter Quill off on a solo adventure written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Paco Medina.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 1st, 2014

Revival #21

Dana joins the FBI in NYC, Don and Lester talk spirits and Rhodey and Em grow closer in Tim Seeley and Mike Norton's "Revival" #21.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, June 30th, 2014

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

When the Endurance is stranded in the ice, the crew must find a way to survive -- and find help in Nick Bertozzi's "Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey."

Publisher:
First Second
Writer:
Nick Bertozzi
Artists:
Nick Bertozzi
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, June 30th, 2014

Original Sins #2

"Original Sins" #2 puts a spotlight on the Black Knight, written by Frank Tieri with art from Raffaele Ienco, Ryan North and Ramon Villalobos while Ty Templeton shows off a two-page Howard the Duck tale.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Frank Tieri, Ryan North, Ty Templeton
Artists:
Raffaele Ienco, Ramon Villalobos, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 30th, 2014

Brass Sun #2

In "Brass Sun" #2 by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard, Station Master assigns Conductor Seventeen to accompany Wren in the Rails into The Keep, where they are attacked by agents of the Grand Dame.

Publisher:
Rebellion
Writer:
Ian Edginton
Artists:
I.N.J. Culbard
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, June 30th, 2014

Rachel Rising #26

In a quieter issue of Terry Moore's "Rachel Rising" that is still filled with a fair amount of outright horror, our heroes and villains regroup and reassess.

Publisher:
Abstract Studios
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Terry Moore
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, June 30th, 2014

The Midas Flesh #7

The penultimate issue of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb's "The Midas Flesh" finds the protagonists up against impossible odds that only become worse by the end.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, June 30th, 2014

Trees #2

In "Trees" #2 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the Blindhail researchers make a disturbing discovery, a young couple talks of the future of Cefalu and a Somalian president incorporates the Trees into his political strategy.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, June 27th, 2014

Outcast #1

Robert Kirkman's creepy new series "Outcast" has a ton of potential largely thanks to gorgeous visuals by Paul Azaceto and Elizabeth Breitweiser that find the perfect blend of humanity and horror.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, June 27th, 2014

C.O.W.L. #2

Grant gets in over his head while on patrol with Karl in "C.O.W.L." #2 by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Rod Reis.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Artists:
Rod Reis
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, June 27th, 2014

Saga #20

As Alana and Marko settle into a domestic if tense life, the Robot Kingdom's royal family undergoes a dramatic shift in Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' "Saga" #20.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, June 27th, 2014

All-New Ultimates #4

The ladies get some downtime and the Snakes get back to snakin' in Michel Fiffe and Amilcar Pinna's "All-New Ultimates" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Michel Fiffe
Artists:
Amilcar Pinna
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, June 27th, 2014

Ghost #5

"Ghost" #5 features the new creative team of Christopher Sebela, Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, but this story with a potentially demonic movie host is lacking energy.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, June 27th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #3

"The Amazing Spider-Man" #3 pits Black Cat against her frequent ally and companion, Spider-Man, in a story written by Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, June 27th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy #16

In "Guardians of the Galaxy" #16, Brian Bendis and artists Nick Bradshaw and David Marquez check in on confrontations with the Kree, the Skrulls, the Spartoi, Badoon and Shi'Ar.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Nick Bradshaw, David Marquez, Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, June 27th, 2014

Aquaman #32

The Atlanteans' dislike of Mera comes to a boil, even as Aquaman encounters the new foe Chimera, all courtesy Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Rick Magyar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 26th, 2014

The Flash #32

"The Flash" #32 on its surface has a very standard story, but Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund liven it up thanks to the villain Merge's gauntlets.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti, Van Jensen
Artists:
Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 26th, 2014

New Avengers Annual #1

In “New Avengers Annual” #1, Frank Barbiere and Marco Rudy reveal just how much Stephen Strange's recent transactions have affected the Sorcerer Supreme.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Frank Barberie
Artists:
Marco Rudy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 26th, 2014

Original Sin: Hulk Vs. Iron Man #1

"Original Sin" #3.1 goes back to the gamma bomb construction in Bruce Banner's pre-Hulk days, but now includes an appearance from Tony Stark, thanks to Kieron Gillen, Mark Waid and Mark Bagley.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 26th, 2014

Clockwork Angels #3

"Clockwork Angels" #3 continues Kevin J. Anderson and Nick Robles' pleasant and colorful adaptation of Rush drummer Neil Peart's story, as originally told in the band's most recent studio album, although it suffers from a sharp tu

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Kevin J. Anderson, Neal Peart
Artists:
Nick Robles
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, June 26th, 2014

Batman Eternal #12

James Tynion IV, Mikel Janin, and company bring back a bunch of early characters and plot threads into "Batman Eternal" #12, even as a plan to stop Gotham's gang war is revealed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 26th, 2014

Savage Hulk #1

"Savage Hulk" #1 has some gorgeous art from Alan Davis and Mark Farmer, but Davis's story -- set immediately after the original "X-Men" #66 -- feels sadly unenergetic.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alan Davis
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 26th, 2014

Dream Thief: Escape #1

Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood flash back to the 1980s for John Lincoln's second set of adventures in "Dream Thief: Escape" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jai Nitz
Artists:
Greg Smallwood
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 25th, 2014

Ms. Marvel #5

"Ms. Marvel" #5 has G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona show us Kamala growing into her role as a superhero, but even a typically-standard training montage is joyous thanks to these creators.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 25th, 2014

Batman #32

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia deliver an excellent example of comic collaboration in "Batman" #32, the tension-filled, beautifully drawn, and second-to-last chapter in "Zero Year."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, June 25th, 2014

Superman #32

Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr's "Superman" #32 boldly reminds readers just how awesome the Man of Steel can be and present the kind of story they've been wanting all along, faithfully interpreting and dynamically illustrating the charac

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, June 25th, 2014

Elektra #3

Elektra's quest for Cape Crow takes her and his son Kento to his underwater liar that results in a surprise showdown in W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo's "Elektra" #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
Michael Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, June 23rd, 2014

Sex Criminals #6

"Sex Criminals" #6 is the start of a new story arc focused more around Jon. The discovery of a piece of technology that works within The Quiet leads him first to despair and then to rage-ignited action.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, June 23rd, 2014

Thomas Alsop #1

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Miskiewicz
Artists:
Palle Schmidt
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, June 23rd, 2014

Eye of Newt #1

Apprentice to a wizard, Newt must prepare to prove himself in the Netherworld in Michael Hague's "Eye of Newt."

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Michael Hague
Artists:
Michael Hague
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, June 23rd, 2014

Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1

"Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland" #1 has a wonderfully long name, and an equally long amount of set-up time in this first issue. Fortunately, Tyler Crook's art saves the day.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kim Newman, Maura McHugh
Artists:
Tyler Crook
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 23rd, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #22

It's the X-Men vs S.H.I.E.L.D., but only sort of, in Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo's "Uncanny X-Men" #22.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Marc Deering, Mark Irwin, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, June 23rd, 2014

Daredevil #4

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee wrap up their first storyline in the new "Daredevil" series, but this story with the Owl and the Shroud more of a "to be continued later" setup than a definitive conclusion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, June 23rd, 2014
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