Jim Johnson


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Reality Check #1

Mon, September 9th, 2013 | Category: Review

In "Reality Check" #1, Glen Brunswick and Viktor Bogdanovic put together a convincing but somewhat predictable look at the life of a driven, lonely comic book creator whose creation turns up in a very strange place.

Action Comics #23.1

Thu, September 5th, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Michael Alan Nelson turns Cyborg Superman into a flat and soulless character with a contrived origin in "Action Comics" #23.1, but at least artist Mike Hawthorne makes the character look villainous and the issue pleasing overall.

All-New X-Men #16

Wed, September 4th, 2013 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger nicely manage an array of X-Men from multiple eras, but Bendis' usual slow and talky approach does little to advance "Battle of the Atom" in "All-New X-Men" #16.

All-Star Western #23

Thu, August 29th, 2013 | Category: Review

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and artist Moritat deliver an unexpected, powerful, insightful and often hilarious look at a time-displaced Jonah Hex's character as he finds his way in present-day Gotham in "All-Star Western" #23.

Captain America #10

Wed, August 28th, 2013 | Category: Review

Rick Remender satisfyingly wraps up his epic "Dimension Z" story in "Captain America" #10 and sets up an interesting new status quo for the future. John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson make it look epic enough, but with some noticeable we

Star Wars: Legacy #6

Wed, August 28th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Star Wars: Legacy" #6 by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman is fun overall, starting off quickly but then slowing way down as it sets up the next story. Brian Theis is a capable but inconsistent artist, who darkens things up a bit too much at t

Chin Music #2

Thu, August 22nd, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Steve Niles and artist Tony Harris come together for "Chin Music" #2 in a story that's ideally suited to the talents of both, despite some distracting artistic blemishes that impede the story's progress.

Bloodshot #0

Wed, August 21st, 2013 | Category: Review

Writer Matt Kindt stays remarkably faithful to the original character in "Bloodshot" #0 -- an entertaining albeit overbearing origin -- while artist ChrisCross make decades of history look like it fits into real-world history.

KISS Kids #1

Wed, August 21st, 2013 | Category: Review

Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz and Jose Holder turn the rock band KISS into a quartet of cute little tykes in "KISS Kids" #1, and their fun and comedic adventures are a refreshing treat for all ages, whether they're fans of the group or not.

Deathmatch #8

Fri, August 16th, 2013 | Category: Review

As the series enters its final stage, readers can sit back and enjoy the game as the number of characters continues to drop and the tension rises in "Deathmatch" #8 by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno.

Justice League of America #7

Thu, August 15th, 2013 | Category: Review

Part four of the six-part "Trinity War" in "Justice League of America" #7 by Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire and Doug Mahnke is another great-looking, fast-paced thrill that's a great example of an excellent superhero event.

March: Book One

Wed, August 14th, 2013 | Category: Review

Splendidly rendered by Nate Powell, U.S. Congressman John Lewis co-writes "March: Book One," a wonderfully positive and gripping account of his youth that led to him becoming one of America's most notable leaders of the Civil Rights Movemen

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.