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Daredevil: Dark Nights #3

Mon, August 12th, 2013 | Category: Review

Lee Weeks wraps up his "Angels Unaware" story in "Daredevil: Dark Nights" #3, making his case for Daredevil being an extraordinary superhero but also playing into an ever-darkening trend on how to tell Daredevil stories.

Sidekick #1

Fri, August 9th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Tom Mandrake make a welcome return to the superhero genre in "Sidekick" #1, an uncomfortable but convincing story of a former hero who's long since fallen from public favor.

Hunger #2

Wed, August 7th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov takes a grandiose notion and makes it mundane in "Hunger" #2, and although artist Leonard Kirk makes it look grand in spots, the issue is largely an emotionless piece of an under-realized idea.

Superman Annual #2

Fri, August 2nd, 2013 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund make "Superman Annual" #2 look nice, but Scott Lobdell's rather pedestrian and low-key story combined with a misplaced backup from another title give readers little reason to bother with this issue.

Batman Annual #2

Wed, July 31st, 2013 | Category: Review

Building on an intriguing idea by co-writer Scott Snyder, Marguerite Bennett effectively fleshes it out in the brighter-than-usual "Batman Annual" #2, but gets hampered by shallow and inconsistent characterization.

Planet of the Apes Spectacular #1

Wed, July 31st, 2013 | Category: Review

"Planet of the Apes Spectacular" #1 is the long-awaited and welcomed next chapter in writer Daryl Gregory's excellent take on the franchise, and artist Diego Barreto strikingly maintains the previous look of the series.

Thanos Rising #4

Mon, July 22nd, 2013 | Category: Review

"Thanos Rising" #4 by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi, the next-to-last issue of the series, is a mostly nice-looking but ultimately ordinary chapter in the origin of Marvel's most nihilistic villain.

Thor, God of Thunder #10

Mon, July 22nd, 2013 | Category: Review

Despite overly prolonging the storyline with sequences similar to past issues, the latest chapter of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's "God Bomb" in "Thor, God of Thunder" #10 is still a worthy and nicely drawn entry.

Harbinger Wars #4

Thu, July 18th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Harbinger Wars" #4 proves that superhero crossover events can be highly entertaining, as this carefully crafted and uncluttered conclusion by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, and a team of artists illustrates.

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #11

Fri, July 12th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm" #11, the penultimate issue of the series by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, is a tightly-written and appropriate-looking near-goodbye to a series that has bridged the gaps and enhanced the PotA franchise.

Uncanny X-Men #8

Thu, July 11th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Brian Michael Bendis uses his gift for gab to bring readers up to speed in the X-Men's world in "Uncanny X-Men #8, and penciller/colorist Chris Bachalo returns to bring a pleasant, quirky look back to the title.

Batman #22

Tue, July 9th, 2013 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue the latest retelling of Batman's origin in "Batman" #22 with some fresh enhancements that build on the character's legend without detracting from it.

Iron Man #12

Fri, July 5th, 2013 | Category: Review

Tony is finally born, as the third installment of "The Secret Origin of Tony Stark" continues to unfold in "Iron Man" #12 by Kieron Gillen and Dale Eaglesham, in an issue that's more fun as a shoot-em-up than as part of its main s

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

Wed, July 3rd, 2013 | Category: Review

Leading into DC Comics' "Trinity War" event, writer Ray Fawkes and a team of artists provide an attractive but stretched-out origin for the character of Pandora, and little else, in "Trinity of Sin: Pandora" #1.

Satellite Sam #1

Wed, July 3rd, 2013 | Category: Review

Artist Howard Chaykin excels by bringing everything he's known for to this comic, brilliantly rendering writer Matt Fraction's intriguing murder mystery, set to the backdrop of the 1950s TV industry, in "Satellite Sam" #1.

Daredevil #27

Thu, June 27th, 2013 | Category: Review

Cleanly and traditionally chronicled by artist Chris Samnee, Mark Waid's lengthy arc on this title culminates in "Daredevil" #27, a fun and fitting conclusion despite the misuse of DD's arch-foe Bullseye.

The Massive #13

Wed, June 26th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Brian Wood alters the direction of the series for the better in "The Massive" #13, while keeping all of the dystopian elements that have made it great. Plus, the welcome return of regular series artist Garry Brown.

Batman/Superman #1

Wed, June 26th, 2013 | Category: Review

This isn't the first time Batman and Superman have met for the first time, but Greg Pak and Jae Lee make it one of the more exciting, insightful and stylish ones by getting into each character's head in "Batman Superman" #1.

Harbinger #13

Mon, June 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Joshua Dysart's excellent "Harbinger Wars" event carries into his own "Harbinger" #13, where the teens face off against Bloodshot while trying to save a group of younger kids with powers of their own.

Superior Spider-Man #12

Thu, June 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

Dan Slott and Christos Gage share writing duties and put forth an admirable but flawed effort with "Superior Spider-Man" #12, which doesn't really advance the overall story but delivers a sufficiently entertaining chapter.