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S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Mark Waid, Carlos Pacheco, and Mariano Taibo give Agent Phil Coulson a comic book makeover in "S.H.I.E.L.D." #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo, Jason Paz
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, January 5th, 2015

Abigail and the Snowman #1

Roger Langridge brings his subtle wit and refined cartoonish style to "Abigail and the Snowman" #1, a delightfully enjoyable and well-characterized all-ages story about an outcast girl's new imaginary friend -- who is actually very real.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, January 5th, 2015

East of West #16

Year two of the apocalypse kicks off in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's oversized "East of West" #16.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, January 5th, 2015

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1

"Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive" #1 beams down onto comic racks from writers Scott and David Tipton with artist Rachael Stott.

Publisher:
IDW Publishing / BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Artists:
Rachael Stott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, January 5th, 2015

New 52: Futures End #35

Azzarello, Lemire, Jurgens, Giffen, Merino, Thompson, and Green touch on all of the series' remaining plotlines, with some working better than others.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Jesus Merino, Stephen Thompson, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, January 2nd, 2015

All-New Miracleman Annual #1

Joe Quesada and Michael Allred's art in "All-New Miracleman Annual" #1 looks amazing but, just like "Miracleman Apocrypha," we're reminded why few can successfully write the property.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan
Artists:
Joe Quesada, Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, January 2nd, 2015

X-O Manowar #31

Issue #31 is the start of a new storyline, introducing both a new status quo and a new if stereotypical villain, easily accessible with strong, competent art that welcomes new and existing readers alike.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Diego Bernard, Alisson Rodrigues
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, January 2nd, 2015

Memetic #3

As the final day of Good Times Sloth dawns, the ragtag group left untouched must face the devastating facts in James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan's "Memetic" #3.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Eryk Donovan
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Batman Eternal #38

"Batman Eternal" #38 is a comic where the execution is less effective than the basic idea, as more of the escaped inmates of Arkham Asylum continue to cross paths with one another and Batman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Andrea Mutti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Green Lantern Annual #3

"Green Lantern Annual" #3 wraps up the "Godhead" saga with the regular "Green Lantern" creative team of writer Robert Venditti and artist Billy Tan on board for the final chapter.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Billy Tan, Mark Irwin, Marc Deering, Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2014

She-Hulk #11

In "She-Hulk" #11 by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido, Titania breaks into She-Hulk's and moves their epic rematch into the Palisades, where an unforeseen intervention both rescues Jennifer and gives her crucial insight into the Blue File.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pulido
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Gotham By Midnight #2

The Spectre does its work, and Sister Justine's past is revealed in Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith's "Gotham By Midnight" #2.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Grayson Annual #1

In Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Stephen Mooney's "Grayson Annual" #1, Dick and Helena are nothing but a story in this Ireland-based mission.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Stephen Mooney
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Rasputin #3

Grigori learns more about his powers, and murder comes to the monastery in Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo's "Rasputin" #3.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Alex Grecian
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Nova #25

Steve Rogers comes to Carefree, Arizona to have a conversation with Sam Alexander in "Nova" #25, written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by David Baldeon.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
David Baldeon, Terry Pallot, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Batman Annual #3

James Tynion IV brings Roge Antonio onboard to tell a Joker-centric tale in the "Endgame" tie-in that fills the pages of "Batman Annual" #3.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Roge Antonio
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Deathstroke #3

Slade Wilson attempts to get questions answered, but only finds more questions, in "Deathstroke" #3.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Daniel
Artists:
Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Graveyard Shift #1

Vampires are on the loose in Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno's "Graveyard Shift" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jay Faerber
Artists:
Fran Bueno
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #9

Written by Rick Remender with no less than nine folks helping out on art, "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #9 puts a cap on Marvel's winter event.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson, Leinil Francis Yu, Adam Kubert, Mark Morales, Dave Meikis, Guillermo Ortego, Mark Roslan, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Aquaman #37

Grodd makes an appearance in "Aquaman" #37 as Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier continue to reveal Atlantis' ties to the rest of the DC Universe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #14

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #14's final page will catch many readers' imagination, but Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke's story up until that point might induce a yawn or two.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Norm Rapmund, Christian Alamy, Don Ho
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Arkham Manor #3

Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #3 continues to entertain as Bruce Wayne delves deeper into the inhabitants of the home-turned-prison, but the reason for its conclusion this spring feels very clear.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Shawn Crystal
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 29th, 2014

He-Man: The Eternity War #1

Hordak is finally made flesh again, and the Dark Horde has taken over in Dan Abnett and Pop Mhan's "He-Man: The Eternity War" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett
Artists:
Pop Mhan
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Robin Rises: Alpha #1

Writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Andy Kubert bring Damian Wayne back to Gotham in "Robin Rises: Alpha" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #29

"Uncanny X-Men" #29 continues to chug along nicely, as Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo continue to follow up on the world's most powerful mutant, even as Eva takes a dangerous gamble.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Jamie Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #10

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" under the hands of Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs continues to quietly slay the competition, as it deals with the price of magic and working for relationships.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Capture Creatures #2

Tamzen, Jory, and Teddy begin to learn more about the strange beings starting to appear after the earthquake, even as they plunge into more danger in "Capture Creatures" #2.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Frank Gibson
Artists:
Becky Dreistadt, Kelly Bastow
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 29th, 2014

Oddly Normal #4

Oddly meets the other students at Menagerie Middle School in Otis Frampton's "Oddly Normal" #4.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Otis Frampton
Artists:
Otis Frampton
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 22nd, 2014

Storm #6

Left injured and frustrated by Wolverine's debt to Yukio, Ororo settles in for an uneventful flight home but gets more than she bargained for in Greg Pak, Al Barrionuevo, and Tom Palmer's "Storm" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Al Barrionuevo, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Mon, December 22nd, 2014

Black Widow #13

Natasha strikes back at Chaos in Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto's "Black Widow" #13.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 22nd, 2014

Alex + Ada #11

In "Alex + Ada" #11 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, Alex and Ada's relationship is on firmer ground but friendships get messier. One of Alex's friends has an android-related meltdown at a party and another becomes a threat.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn
Artists:
Jonathan Luna
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 22nd, 2014

Flash Gordon Holiday Special #1

Checking in on Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's, "Flash Gordon Holiday Special" #1 features a trio of stories from a plethora of creators to spread good cheer to readers everywhere.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Dan McCoy, Elliott kalan, Sutart Wellington
Artists:
Joseph Cooper, Stephen Downey, Lara Margarida
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 22nd, 2014

Ms. Marvel #10

"Ms. Marvel" #10 sends Kamala Khan on a rescue mission as the Inventor steals away with Lockjaw in a story written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, December 22nd, 2014

Captain Marvel #10

Celebrating Carol Danvers' one-hundredth solo adventure, "Captain Marvel" #10 tells the tales of Danvers' supporting cast in a story written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art from David Lopez, Marcio Takara, and Laura Braga.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
David Lopez, Marcio Takara, Laura Braga
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 19th, 2014

The Kitchen #2

"The Kitchen" #2 still has a slightly slow pace but a good concept from Ollie Masters as mob wives take over their husbands' business; the real star of the show, though, is Ming Doyle's art.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Ollie Masters
Artists:
Ming Doyle
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 19th, 2014

The Sandman: Overture #4

After a delay of several months, "Sandman Overture" #4 by Neil Gaiman and J. H. Williams picks up the prequel where it left off, with Dream arriving in the City of the Stars, on a quest to undo an earlier mercy-fueled mistake.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Neil Gaiman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, December 19th, 2014

Spider-Woman #2

Having come closer to the Inheritors than ever, Jess is surprised to learn she has a doppelganger in Loom World in Dennis Hopeless, Greg Land, and Jay Leisten's "Spider-Woman" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
Fri, December 19th, 2014

Scarlet Spiders #2

The trio discovers Jennix's secret experiment in Mike Costa and Paco Diaz's "Scarlet Spiders" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Costa
Artists:
Paco Diaz
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, December 19th, 2014

Supergirl #37

"Supergirl" #37 is the second issue in its recent revamp, but K. Perkins, Mike Johnson, and Emanuela Lupacchino's story of Supergirl in an intergalactic school isn't quite springing to life.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
K. Perkins, Mike Johnson
Artists:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 19th, 2014

Justice League #37

A few heroes short of a League, "Justice League" #37 features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman struggling against "The Amazo Virus" in a story written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Jason Fabok.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 19th, 2014
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