GIANT-SIZE X-POSITION: Lemire Launches "Extraordinary X-Men" - Part 1
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Ed Brisson deepens the gripping mystery of the amnesiac who awakened in his underwear in "The Field" #2, while Simon Roy and Simon Gough straightforwardly tell the story with some great and violent pulpy moments thrown in.
Kaare Andrews constructs a nicely told and beautifully drawn story featuring a big dragon and zombie cyber-ninjas, which is enough reason to pick up "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #2. Iron Fist makes it even better.
Dan Slott and Ramón Pérez carefully mix classic elements with the modern day, and find some new storylines to explore regarding Peter Parker's early days as Spidey in "Amazing Spider-Man" #1.1, a worthwhile expansion of a classic origin.
"Future's End" #1 is a somewhat bland and derivative take on the idea of a dark future, but a team of DC's most notable writers squeeze out a mildly interesting story that's impressively illustrated by Patrick Zircher.
Writer Jonathan Maberry has a cool vampires vs. humanity hook in "V-Wars" #1, but relies on clichés to execute it, while artist Alan Robinson provides adequate layouts but struggles with some basic artistic fundamentals.
It feels like the beginning of the end in Peter Milligan and Valentine De Landro's "Shadowman: End Times" #1. The slow and padded story is nevertheless an accessible and worthy enough introduction for new readers.
There's no southern hospitality here, as Jason Aaron and Jason Latour pretend that all the negative stereotypes in the Heart of Dixie are real in "Southern Bastards" #1.
The newly reformed Metal Men don't get the exposure that was expected, but Cyborg's tense confrontation with Grid makes "Justice League" #29 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke a worthwhile chapter leading to the conclusion of "Forever
Mark Waid spends too much time awkwardly introducing a new character that ends up saving Hulk's life, and Mark Bagley doesn't really get to apply his talents until late in the issue, where Waid manages to salvage "Hulk" #1.
Frank Barbiere shifts and deepens the mystery in "The White Suits" #3, while Toby Cypress wields his color palette carefully to define this issue even more than his line art does in this wildly violent and strangely attractive issue.
"Daredevil" #1.50 throws one incredible fiftieth birthday bash for The Man Without Fear, with a trio of stories by Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis, Javier Rodriguez & more that pay a fun and emotional tribute to the character.
Matt Kindt continues to make the case for a legitimate team book in the Valiant Universe, and the accessible "Unity" #6 is a worthy example. Competently and attractively drawn by Cafu, it's a worthwhile gateway comic.
"Batman Eternal" #1 is an impressive start to DC's new wave of weekly titles, as Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV team up to tell a tightly-paced, well-characterized story that's lavishly illustrated by Jason Fabok.
Joe Keatinge and Raffaele Ienco provide almost nothing of interest in "What If? Age of Ultron" #1, blowing through points of potential interest to get to a very dull story.
The King of Atlantis gets a second title leading a team in Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1, confidently beginning a simple but entertaining and nicely drawn story that contains just enough surprises.
The zombie apocalypse is undead and well during the Vietnam War in "'68: Rule of War" #1 by Mark Kidwell and Jeff Zornow, with a new Frankenstein-esque sci-fi element that's intriguing but a bit underplayed in this issue.
Dan Slott and Michael Allred deliver a fun, introductory adventure in "Silver Surfer" #1, a story full of parallels and contrasts but more importantly, one with a Norrin Radd who's a little bit looser and even makes a funny now and then.
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their captivating exploration of a world overrun with terrifying sea creatures in "The Wake" #7, in a well-structured and beautifully illustrated story that respects its readers' intelligence.
Writer Matt Fraction develops the cast of characters, and their various sordid issues, in his fascinating and complex storyline while artist Howard Chaykin continues to master his sequential art skills in the superb "Satellite Sam" #7.
The Archies wrap up their world tour in "Archie" #653 by Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski, a fun and slightly-different romp full of camaraderie, shenanigans, and even a few life lessons snuck in.