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They're Not Like Us #1

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane ensure "They're Not Like Us" #1 is not like any other comic about superpowered youngsters, with a well-characterized and nicely detailed issue that takes a minimal approach.

Afterlife With Archie #7

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Archie and most of the gang continue to survive the spreading zombie apocalypse in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7, another powerful and somber issue that continues to deliver surprises.

Deep State #2

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Deep State" #2 could have been tired and clichéd, but instead is remarkably fresh -- thanks to the deftness of Justin Jordan and some creepy renderings by Ariela Kristantina -- and holds together despite a somewhat incoherent cliffhanger.

The Valiant #1

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have millennia of backstory to establish and don't make The Eternal Warrior seem very competent, but "The Valiant" #1 is still a fun introduction that showcases a diverse array of characters drawn by Paolo Rivera.

Thanos Vs. Hulk #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

It's called "Thanos vs. Hulk" #1, but Jim Starlin barely provides an encounter between the two titans in a story full of painfully awkward moments and exchanges. Still, it's somewhat fun by virtue of Starlin's old-school take on t

Archie #662

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

It's not a Merry Christmas for Mr. Lodge because of Archie's tomfoolery, but Archie tries to make it up to him in the comical "Archie" #662 by Angelo DeCesare, Pat Kennedy, and T.M. Kennedy.

Five Ghosts #14

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #14 is a stunningly horrific, fun and welcoming chapter in the timeless, swashbuckling adventures of Fabian Gray, and demonstrates an all-too rare level of creative cooperation.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Michael Moreci takes a fairly linear path connecting the last two films in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" #1, but the comparison between the two sides in a changing world, forebodingly drawn by Dan McDaid, make it worthwhile.

Oddly Normal #3

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Otis Frampton builds a fascinating world that he takes his time exploring in "Oddly Normal" #3, but forgets to mention a critical aspect regarding the man character that impacts the flow of the story in an otherwise enjoyable issue.

Lazarus #13

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

By further exploring the character of Forever Carlyle, as well as those of her fellow Lazari, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark pull off what many felt to be impossible in "Lazarus" #13: improving on a strong and well-characterized series.

Uncanny X-Men #28

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kris Anka structures a wide-open feel to support Brian Michael Bendis' lengthy narrative in "Uncanny X-Men" #28, a less-is-more approach that adds emotion to the continuing story of Cyclops' reaching out to a new and dangerous mutant.

Superman/Wonder Woman #13

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke lead the title into its second year by examining what two dating superheroes do when not fighting villains in "Superman/Wonder Woman" #13, albeit with some artistic inconsistencies.

Wonder Woman #36

Thu, November 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

New creative team Meredith and David Finch go for shallow and splashy in "Wonder Woman" #36, an uneven and padded issue with a lack of depth and characterization.

Superior Iron Man #1

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Tony Stark is a jerk, which is nothing new, by Tom Taylor gives it a moderately fresh take in "Superior Iron Man" #1, an attractive looking issue in more ways than one despite a brief artistic stumble that impacts the story.

Unity #12

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt, CAFU, and even cover artist Brian Level bring old-school fun to "Unity" #12 without ignoring the story's modern day context in a friendly and welcoming introduction that kicks off a new arc and a new set of villains.

Drifter #1

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein waste no time engaging readers in "Drifter" #1, even if Brandon's story backs off a bit later on, in a story that is nonetheless an interesting and beautiful looking western/sci-fi mashup.

Boonana Tail Halloween Special #1

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark McKenna's Banana Tail children's character gets his own Halloween anthology in "Boonana Tail Halloween Special," a fun and mostly entertaining set of stories featuring contributions from Jim Calafiore, Fabian Nicieza & more.

American Legends #1

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Bill Schwartz, Zachary Schwartz and Studio Hive create some engaging folklore with 19th-century figures in "American Legends" #1, in a nicely colored but artistically inconsistent depiction carried by the script.

Superman Unchained #9

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, and Dustin Nguyen bring the title to a big-budget close in "Superman Unchained" #9, a bombastic yet poetic and redeeming conclusion to a strong series that renews Superman's standing as an extraordinary hero.

All-New X-Men #33

Thu, October 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis' saves "All-New X-Men" #33 with some lightheartedness and interesting characterizations, while Mahmud Asrar puts a quirky but pleasingly fitting look to the story.