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Deathmatch #12

Wed, December 11th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Deathmatch" #12 by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno is full of convoluted explanations and implausible scenarios that muddy up the conclusion to a comic that had worked just fine as a series of superhero battles.

Trillium #5

Mon, December 9th, 2013 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire gives his dual-pronged, sci-fi story an unneeded but nonetheless engaging shake-up in "Trillium" #5, but the gimmicky storytelling and unconventional art style hamper his ability fully stretch out and properly convey his story artist

Avengers Annual #1

Fri, December 6th, 2013 | Category: Review

'Twas the night before Christmas in "Avengers Annual" #1 by Kathryn Immonen and David Lafuente, but one creature is stirring in Avengers Tower which kicks off a very fun, lighthearted and meaningful Christmas Eve story.

Earth 2 #18

Thu, December 5th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Earth 2" #18 by Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott is a little slow, but this is scarcely noticed amidst Taylor's exploration of the resurrected, radically different and capably rendered incarnations of Batman and Superman.

New Avengers #12

Mon, December 2nd, 2013 | Category: Review

"New Avengers" #12 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato bills itself as an epilogue and is a decent one, but it's as much a prologue to The Next Big Thing. It's enticing, but comes at a time where battle-fatigued readers would welcome

FF #14

Wed, November 27th, 2013 | Category: Review

"FF" #14 by Matt Fraction, Lee Allred and Michael Allred builds towards the series' climax by including a diverse array of characters and is driven by the interaction between them. Whether it makes sense or not, it's fun regardless.

Five Ghosts #7

Wed, November 27th, 2013 | Category: Review

A new arc begins in Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's eclectic, pulpy and absolutely enjoyable "Five Ghosts" #7, where the adventuresome Fabian Gray has the powers of the five fictional characters' spirits inside him at his dispo

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Force War #1

Wed, November 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

The ancient Je'daii order returns and welcomes new and old readers alike in "Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Force War" #1, as do John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, who again prove that they're the best when it comes to "Star Wars&q

Afterlife With Archie #2

Wed, November 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

The zombie apocalypse hits Riverdale in "Afterlife With Archie" #2, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa brilliantly makes that admittedly-odd notion work, and Francesco Francavilla knows exactly how to make it look horrific while still unmistakably Archi

The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

Wed, November 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

"The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story" by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker is a captivating, emotional and flawless life story, brilliantly written and drawn that will engage both Beatles and non-Beatles fans alike.

Federal Bureau of Physics #5

Mon, November 18th, 2013 | Category: Review

The usual anomalies seen in Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez's "Federal Bureau of Physics" #5 are kept to a minimum, but the intrigue is not as the focus shifts to how these occurrences have impacted the central character's family hist

Superboy #25

Fri, November 15th, 2013 | Category: Review

Instead of focusing on what could have been an interesting idea in "Krypton Returns," Scott Lobdell and friends deliver a fragmented, contrived second chapter in "Superboy" #25, partially salvaged by a strong effort from artist Ed Bene

Rocket Girl #2

Wed, November 13th, 2013 | Category: Review

Time-travel is rarely as much fun or likeable as it is in Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder's "Rocket Girl" #2, carried by Montclare's equally likeable and well-defined central character, playfully and lightheartedly drawn by Reeder.

The Star Wars #3

Mon, November 11th, 2013 | Category: Review

"The Star Wars" #3 by J.W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew doesn't quite work as a story based on an in-progress idea, but is much more interesting as a showcase for George Lucas' early vision, despite some artistic inconsistencies.

Mighty Avengers #3

Mon, November 11th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Al Ewing successfully wraps up his first arc with a disparate group of characters in "Mighty Avengers" #3, and artist Greg Land makes the second-raters look first rate, although often like they're posing for photos rather than fighti

Forever Evil #3

Wed, November 6th, 2013 | Category: Review

Geoff Johns, David Finch and Richard Friend serve up a fascinatingly dark and intriguing comic as Earth-3's Crime Syndicate continues their planet-wide takeover of our world in "Forever Evil" #3.

Unity #1

Tue, November 5th, 2013 | Category: Review

This generation's "Unity" #1 by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite, like its predecessor, makes a good case for giving Valiant a try, while also making for a well-written and nice-looking entry for the publisher's existing readers.

Action Comics Annual #2

Mon, November 4th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Action Comics Annual" #2 by Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Jurgens is enjoyable enough for attention to the fundamentals of comic storytelling, but the intriguing and nice looking story isn't bad, either.

Avengers #22

Thu, October 31st, 2013 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman brings all of the human content missing from "Infinity" into "Avengers" #22, and Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan do their part by making the good guys look good and the bad guys look ugly.

Infinity #5

Wed, October 30th, 2013 | Category: Review

Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver draw plenty of great looking space fleets and alien armies in "Infinity" #5, but writer Jonathan Hickman sacrifices most of the characterization in exchange for a cosmic epic that feels emotionless.