Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
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As Soule and Pulido's "She-Hulk" concludes with its 12th issue, the series' ending is "saccharine, but not bad words to live by, like most classic morals."
Despite some hit-or-miss execution, Thompson and Lee's "Silk" #1 "has strong humor and unusually fine attention to psychological realism."
"The Sculptor," which marks Scott McCloud's long-awaited return to comics, is "unpredictable and enjoyably complex."
John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" #45 is a strong issue that contains "one of the biggest shocks" in the series' history.
Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting's "Velvet" #8 is "suspenseful from start to finish due to great creative teamwork" from the entire team.
John Layman & Rob Guillory "still deliver on jokes and characterization, while serving up an unprecedented level of non-comedic carnage" in "Chew" #44.
G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #9 continues the series' strong run with "addictively good characterization and dialogue."
Charles Soule and Javier Pulido's "She-Hulk" #8 is a "smooth, very enjoyable opening to a new story arc."
Peter David and Will Sliney's "Spider-Man 2099" #1 is "a solid debut, and will appeal both to existing fans of the character and new readers."
The milestone issue of "X-Men Legacy" by Simon Spurrier, Mike Carey & Christos Gage is appropriately "about what it means to leave a legacy."
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and a host of guest artists present "Young Avengers" #14, with "a pitch-perfect party moment" for the cast.
"Alex + Ada" creators Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn's "have followed up on a promising debut with an even better second issue."
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their deep ocean mystery in "The Wake" #4 from Vertigo Comics, morphing it into "visually spectacular survival horror" in an issue with a fitting cliffhanger.
The debut issue of the "Batman: Black and White" revival is "unexpectedly light and funny" with stories from a diverse roster of creators and featuring characters across the Batman mythos.
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma's "Morning Glories" #30 continues the series' newest storyarc for a well-plotted and drawn issue with excellent pacing that "will keep the reader guessing" about Irina's past.
At the NYCC Gay Marriage in Comics Panel, Paul Kupperberg, Dan Parent, Joan Hilty and Phil Jimenez discussed the controversy and representation, Queer vs. Gay comics and Kevin Keller's high school love life.
Adam Kubert and Anthony Marquez spoke about the Kubert School, its curriculum and the pursuit and rewards of an artistic profession during a panel at New York Comic Con 2012.
The Women of Marvel panel at NYCC 2012 had a great mix of editors and writers including Editor Jeanine Schaefer, writer Marjorie Liu, colorist Jordie Bellaire and more discussing the contribution of women to comics.
Dark Horse Comics' capped its video game-based comics panel at NYCC with Neil Druckmann and Faith Erin Hicks announcing and discussing their upcoming comic adaptation of "The Last of Us."
In Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim's "The Dying and the Dead" #3, Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito eat a pig together in Germany as the origin of Bah al'Sharur is revealed.
Michael Benedetto, Antonio Fuso and Emilio Lecce's "Drive" #1 is a comics adaptation of James Sallis' cult novel of the same name, in which the main character, known only as the Driver, copes with the fallout of a heist gone wrong.
"Stringers" #1 by Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood begins an urban crime story about two freelance reporters who are chasing a piece of news action when they hook a bigger story than they may be able to handle.
In Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Brandon's "Welcome Back" #1, reincarnated warriors are destined to fight each other to the death in different lives.
Marguerite Bennett, Katie Cook, Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Jeremy Whitley, Gurihiru and Kris Anka's "Secret Wars: Secret Love" #1 is a comics romance anthology set in Battleworld.
In "Gotham Academy" #9 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Olive sees her own admissions file and the gang tracks down a werewolf.
In "Injection" #4 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, Maria talks about best case scenarios with the new Dispatch and Brigid meets with Simeon.
In J.M. DeMatteis, Bruce Timm and Rick Leonardi's "Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Wonder Woman" #1, Bekka crash-lands in 1960s India and makes her way to a hippie commune in America, where she rediscovers her mission.
In "We Stand on Guard" #2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce, Amber enters the headquarters of Two-Four and the Americans take more Canadians to the Basement.
"Hacktivist Volume 2" #1 by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Marcus To picks up six months after the events of the first "Hacktivist" miniseries, when .sve_urs3lf reemerges.
In "Lazarus" #18 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, Forever and Casey Solomon's fire team fight to keep Carlyle's hold on Duluth, a city that is strategically crucial the war with Hock.
In "Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde" #1 by Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah, Boy Meets Girl again in the different time and place, but will their love survive?
In Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Rod Reis' "C.O.W.L." #11, key members of the team leave by pink slip or by choice, and the Grey Raven's resolute and idealistic speech by night is followed by an ugly deed by night.
"Island" #1, the debut issue of a creator-owned anthology of original comics, has stories by Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos, Ludroe and a eulogy by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
In "Inhumans: Attilan Rising" #3 by Charles Soule and John Timms, Black Bolt fights Medusa and the Quiet Room is attacked.
In "Runaways" #2 by Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene, Team Puce takes the final exam, but their unorthodox survival tactic unveils a terrible secret about the Victor Von Doom Institute.
"Starve" #2 by Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj follows Gavin back into the culinary television arena as he pursues the contradictory but curiously compatible goals of making a comeback and teaching his audience a lesson.
"Will Eisner's The Spirit" #1 by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade brings back the crime-fighting hero 75 years after his first appearance.
"Chew" #50 by John Layman and Rob Guillory is the big one: the epic battle to the death between Tony Chu and his arch-nemesis, the Collector.
"E is for Extinction" by Chris Burnham and Ramon Villalobos explores what would have happened if Xavier had died during Grant Morrison's original run on "New X-Men."