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Caliban #4

The crew chooses a next step, and their systems finally communicate with the alien ships in Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio's "Caliban" #4.

Publisher:
Avatar Press
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Facundo Percio, Sebastian Cabrol
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 7th, 2014

DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood

Sergio Ponchione pays tribute to the work of Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Wally Wood in "DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood."

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Sergio Ponchione
Artists:
Sergio Ponchione
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted #1

Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea De Vito's "Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted" #1 is a pointless done in one story that feels definitively like a movie-tie-in cash grab.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Will Corona Pilgrim
Artists:
Andrea De Vito
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Mon, July 7th, 2014

The Woods #3

"The Woods" #3 has an interesting core concept, but with each new issue, James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas's characters feel less realistic and more like adventure story stereotypes.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Michael Dialynas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Green Arrow #33

As Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" run regrettably begins to wind down, the war for Seattle continues while Green Arrow deals with others wearing the cowl, past and present.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Swamp Thing #33

If you're going to devote an issue of your series to exposition, "Swamp Thing" #33 has Charles Soule and Javier Pina show readers how it should be done.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pina
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #4

"Aquaman and the Others" #4 is an example of a perfectly competent comic, but one that doesn't present a compelling enough plot -- or in this case, a central idea -- to become a must-read.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Lan Medina, Allan Martinez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Thanos: A God Up There Listening #1

Rob Williams writes a conflicted Thane into the Iban Coello-drawn pages of the "Thanos: A God Up There Listening" #1 Infinite Comic.

Publisher:
Markosia
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Mast, Geoffo, Iban Coello
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Earth 2 #25

In "Earth 2" #25 Tom Taylor gives Val-Zod a chance to embrace while Nicola Scott shows readers as much detail of this Earth as possible in the twenty-eight pages provided.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artists:
Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #4

In “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #4 Kaare Andrews adds some new kinks to the relationship between Danny Rand and his interviewer while exhuming ghosts from Iron Fist's past.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kaare Andrews
Artists:
Kaare Andrews
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Captain America #22

In “Captain America” #22, writer Rick Remender sidelines Steve Rogers and busts open a portal to Dimension Z, while Carlos Pacheco draws the heck out of it all.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, July 7th, 2014

Black Kiss XXXMas in July Special #1

Howard Chaykin comes back to his most controversial work for "Black Kiss XXXMas in July Special" #1 to tell a tale of revenge at Christmas. In July.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Lazarus #9

"Lazarus" #9 wraps up the second storyline, and Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, and Brian Level show us how the Lift Selection process works, even as the bomb is primed for detonation.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Michael Lark, Brian Level
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Moon Knight #5

Warren Ellis's plot for "Moon Knight" #5 is about as basic as you can get -- a fight through a building to save a hostage -- but Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire's art is simply gorgeous.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, July 4th, 2014

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1

"Deadpool Vs. X-Force" #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Pepe Larraz is retcons a new first encounter between the Merc with a Mouth and the New Mutants who would become X-Force.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Pepe Larraz
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, July 4th, 2014

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
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