Jim Johnson

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ADV. REVIEW: Wood & Brown Make "The Massive: Ninth Wave" #1 Low-Key But Tense

Tue, November 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"The Massive: Ninth Wave" #1 "doesn't have the hook of the original series, but Brian Wood and Garry Brown prove that this issue doesn't need it.

REVIEW: Frank Miller's "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #1 Defies Expectations

Mon, November 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The first chapter in Miller's return to the "Dark Knight" universe is "a worthy introduction to a compelling Batman story."

REVIEW: Venditti & Allen Make "Wrath of the Eternal Warrior" #1 a Compelling Read

Thu, November 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti and Raúl Allén's "Wrath of the Eternal Warrior" #1 "provides a compelling and different look at Gilad Anni-Padda."

REVIEW: Zdarky & Henderson's "Jughead" #2 Feels Classic & Natural

Wed, November 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"While the tweaks... welcome new readers to Riverdale, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's 'Jughead' #2 also keeps existing ones engaged."

REVIEW: Aaron & Deodato Make "Star Wars: Vader Down" #1 Remarkably Strong

Tue, November 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato "demonstrate their aptitude for all things 'Star Wars'" in "Star Wars: Vader Down" #1.

REVIEW: Costa & Baldeon Make "Web Warriors" #1 Fun & Compelling

Fri, November 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Costa and David Baldeon's "Web Warriors" #1 "is just too much fun not to like."

REVIEW: Waid, Kubert & Asrar Fill "All-New All-Different Avengers" #1 with Wit & Thrills

Thu, November 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid, Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar's "All-New All-Different Avengers" #1 is "the strongest and most enjoyable of the relaunched Avengers titles."

REVIEW: Humphries & Patterson's "Citizen Jack" #1 Kicks Off a Compelling Campaign

Wed, November 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson's "Citizen Jack" #1 "is a successful start to a story that makes readers pull for an utterly contemptible character."

REVIEW: Morrison & Mora Make "Klaus" #1 a Wonderful Take on a Timeless Character

Tue, November 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's "Klaus" #1 "is an atypical yet wonderful and characteristic take on a beloved and timeless childhood legend."

REVIEW: Gale, Schoonover & More Deliver a Faithful Tribute in "Back to the Future" #1

Wed, October 21st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Bob Gale, John Barber, Brent Schoonover, Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening make "Back to the Future" #1 "a perfectly natural extension" of the films.

REVIEW: Latour & Rodriguez Bring Back the Fun in "Spider-Gwen" #1

Mon, October 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez's return to Gwen Stacy in "Spider-Gwen" #1 is "lighthearted with some sinister undertones."

ADV. REVIEW: Keatinge & Barber's "Ringside" #1 Welcomes All Readers to the Ring

Mon, October 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Keating and Barber's "Ringside" #1 sells its compelling hook with "uniquely defined" characters and "simple, yet distinctive" artwork.

5-STAR REVIEW: Landis & Dragotta Create a Delightful Tale in "Superman: American Alien" #1

Fri, October 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Max Landis and Nick Dragotta "deliver one of the most approachable and heartwarming reimaginings of young Clark Kent" in "Superman: American Alien" #1.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Continue to Surprise in "Batman" #45

Wed, October 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Batman" #45, Scott Snyder "demonstrates Gordon's ingenuity" and Greg Capullo displays his "own spectacular flair."

REVIEW: Slott, Camuncoli & More Pack "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 with Variety

Thu, October 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

With a lead story by Dan Slott & Giuseppe Camuncoli, and a number of back-ups, "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 will "satisfy practically every Spider-fan."

REVIEW: Bendis & Marquez's "Invincible Iron Man" #1 is an Attractive & Impressive Debut

Wed, October 7th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Invincible Iron Man" #1 "stays true to Stark's nature while providing a bit of evolution for the character."

REVIEW: Carey & Perkins Deliver a Genuinely Gripping Horror Story in "Rowans Ruin" #1

Wed, October 7th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Carey and Mike Perkins' "Rowans Ruin" #1 "is a rare combination of great characterization and heart-stopping horror."

REVIEW: Dysart & Kano Craft a Grand Experience in "Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger" #1

Wed, September 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Dysart and Kano's "Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger" #1 "is an artistic and literary masterpiece."

5-STAR REVIEW: Aaron & Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #4 is "Unpredictably Brilliant"

Mon, September 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #4 "is nothing short of comic book perfection."

REVIEW: Palahniuk & Stewart Escalate the Mind Games in "Fight Club 2" #5

Thu, September 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart's "Fight Club 2" #5 "is the issue that amps up an already engaging and complex story."

Starbrand & Nightmask #1

Tue, December 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Fresh from "Secret Wars" and a generation after "New Universe," Greg Weisman and Domo Stanton's "Starbrand & Nightmask" #1 features the eponymous heroes facing a new challenge: college.

Weirdworld #1

Tue, December 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo introduce a pair of likeable new protagonists and bring a beautifully strange look to "Weirdworld" #1.

We Stand On Guard #6

Fri, December 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce bring their tense and disturbing military thriller to a close in "We Stand On Guard" #6.

Star Wars Annual #1

Thu, December 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Star Wars Annual" #1, Kieron Gillen introduces a new character and goes behind-the-scenes of Imperial operations, while Angel Unzueta brings the underbelly of the Empire to life.

Symmetry #1

Wed, December 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco's "Symmetry" #1 explores many well-worn elements of utopian/dystopian cultures and the repression of individuality, but Hawkins skillfully freshens up those ideas while Ienco makes this future look beautiful.

Gwenpool Special #1

Wed, December 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

An array of stories featuring She-Hulk, Deadpool and -- of course -- Gwenpool make for a funny and whimsical holiday one-shot in "Gwenpool Special" #1, framed by Charles Soule and Langdon Foss with contributions from several other creators.

Doctor Strange #3

Fri, December 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo are in perfect sync as they tell a whimsical and all-too-entertaining story in "Doctor Strange" #3, which paves the way for a looming threat.

Spidey #1

Thu, December 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

It's back to basics for Spider-Man in "Spidey" #1, but Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw's wall-crawler isn't just a retro throwback; instead, it's a refreshed update on a young Peter Parker.

Daredevil #1

Tue, December 1st, 2015 | Category: Review

In Charles Soule, Ron Garney and Matt Milla's "Daredevil" #1, the Man Without Fear gets dark again, both inside and out, as he returns to New York with a slightly different status quo and some new cast members.

Archie #4

Wed, November 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

The #LipstickIncident that led to Archie and Betty's breakup is both emotionally and comically unveiled in Mark Waid and Annie Wu's "Archie" #4.

The Massive: Ninth Wave #1

Tue, November 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Wood, Garry Brown and Jordie Bellaire return to a pre-crash world in "The Massive: Ninth Wave" #1, which allows the cast of environmentalists to stand out without the backdrop of a dying world.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Mon, November 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert join Frank Miller and Klaus Janson for "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #1, establishing a strong but tentative middle ground between the two previous series.

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1

Wed, November 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Book of Death" may have foretold Gilad Anni-Padda's final days, but he's still around in Robert Venditti and Raúl Allén's "Wrath of the Eternal Warrior" #1.

Jughead #2

Wed, November 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

While the regime at Riverdale High is new, Jughead is still the same in Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's "Jughead" #2, where he schemes his way around detention.

Star Wars: Vader Down #1

Tue, November 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

The paths of the two ongoing "Star Wars" titles converge in "Star Wars: Vader Down" #1 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, where both creators show off their skill in adapting the franchise.

Web Warriors #1

Fri, November 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mike Costa and David Baldeon deftly mix Spider-realities to make "Web Warriors" #1 a fun romp through the multiverse.

All-New, All-Different Avengers #1

Thu, November 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Waid brings strong characterization while Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar add both cinematic thrills and emotional tension to "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #1.

The Wicked + The Divine #16

Wed, November 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Leila Del Duca's "The Wicked + The Divine" #16 establishes a genuinely threatening cast member while throwing some surprises.

Uncanny X-Men #600

Thu, November 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and over a dozen artists gather for a quiet but satisfying finale in "Uncanny X-Men" #600, highlighted with key character moments and flashes of artistic beauty that gel together quite well.

Citizen Jack #1

Wed, November 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson's "Citizen Jack" #1 grooms an utterly despicable character and then succeeds in making readers root for him in a strong introduction to a hard-luck loser on his way to becoming President.

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