Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Houser, Portela & Sauvage's "Faith" #1 Truly Shines

Wed, January 27th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage's "Faith" #1 "is the charming continuation of a character who definitely deserved her own series."

REVIEW: Ted McKeever's "Pencil Head" #1 is Offbeat but Delightfully Satiric

Wed, January 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

McKeever "takes the odd characters from his world and turns them into strange and often hilarious caricatures" in "Pencil Head" #1.

REVIEW: Hopeless & Bagley Put the Fun Back in "All-New X-Men" #3

Fri, January 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley's "All-New X-Men" #3 "is a pleasant reminder that the X-Men don't have to be about revolutions and genocidal agendas."

REVIEW: Aaron & Dauterman's "The Mighty Thor" #3 Delivers Beautiful Suspense

Thu, January 14th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman's "Mighty Thor" #3 "is indeed all-new and all-different, but the beautiful and intense storytelling is the same."

REVIEW: Hickman & Ribic Conclude "Secret Wars" #9 with an Epic Finale

Wed, January 13th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickmand and Esad Ribic "wrap up the cosmos-crossing epic... with a surprisingly human but ultimately fitting showdown" in "Secret Wars" #9.

REVIEW: Wein & Jones Fill "Swamp Thing" #1 with Straightforward Suspense & Horror

Mon, January 11th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Len Wein and Kelley Jones "take a simple approach to introduce a conflict which fits right in with the character's classic vibe" in "Swamp Thing" #1.

REVIEW: Bemis & Walsh's "X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever" #1 Tells a Very Human Story

Tue, January 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Max Bemis and Michael Walsh's "X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever" #1 "is one of the better, if more offbeat, X-Men stories among the latest relaunch."

Paul O'Neill & Greg Hildebrandt Bring Sequential Art to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Tue, December 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The rock composer and veteran artist collaborate to combine comic storytelling with an all-new album.

ADV. REVIEW: Simone & Calafiore Establish "Surviving Megalopolis" #1 as Strong, Compelling

Mon, December 21st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore sell the superheroes-gone-bad motif to both new readers and those anxious for a sequel" in "Surviving Megalopolis" #1.

REVIEW: "Weirdworld" #1 is a Fast-Paced Roller Coaster of Strangeness

Tue, December 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo know exactly what they need to do to keep readers engaged, and they do an amazing job of it" in "Weirdworld" #1.

REVIEW: Vaughan & Skroce Bring "We Stand On Guard" #6 to a Fitting Conclusion

Fri, December 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce's "We Stand On Guard" #6 "has its share of surprises and keeps readers thinking even after it's all over."

REVIEW: Gillen & Unzueta Go Covert for "Star Wars Annual" #1

Thu, December 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Angel Unzueta's "Star Wars Annual" #1 is "a nice departure from the main series."

REVIEW: "Gwenpool Special" #1 Makes Christmastime More Enjoyable for Marvel Fans

Wed, December 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule, Langdon Foss and more "frame a series of funny and feel-good holiday features" in "Gwenpool Special" #1.

5-STAR REVIEW: Aaron & Bachalo Make "Doctor Strange" #3 Spectacular

Fri, December 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's "Doctor Strange" #3 "is a wonderful reminder of how awesome comic books can be."

REVIEW: Thompson & Bradshaw's "Spidey" #1 Makes a Classic Story Feel New

Thu, December 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw's "friendly, accessible and done-in-one 'Spidey' #1 is jammed with fights, friends and frenemies."

REVIEW: Soule & Garney Bring a Sense of Comfortable Familiarity to "Daredevil" #1

Tue, December 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Ron Garney's "Daredevil" #1 is "a return to basics of sorts, albeit with a couple of twists that keep it from seeming derivative."

REVIEW: Waid & Wu's "Archie" #4 Combines Humor with Heart

Wed, November 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Annie Wu's "Archie" #4 "shows just how effectively the reimagining lends itself to more modern and varied storytelling techniques."

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."

Jupiter's Circle #4

Thu, March 10th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Jupiter's Legacy" #4, Mark Millar and Chris Sprouse combine the wonder of the Silver Age with the political and social turmoil of the 1960s.

Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(Fly) Effect #1

Thu, March 3rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Robbie Thompson, Todd Nauck and Geoffo craft a labored introduction to a sloppy time travel story in "Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: Spider(Fly) Effect" #1.

Black Widow #1

Wed, March 2nd, 2016 | Category: Review

Chris Samnee and Mark Waid's "Black Widow" #1 gives readers an issue-long rollercoaster ride with a fun and fast-paced thriller that never takes a breather.

Predator: Life and Death #1

Wed, March 2nd, 2016 | Category: Review

Despite some real effort, Dan Abnett and Brian Albert Thies' "Predator: Life and Death" #1 just doesn't excite.

Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

Thu, February 25th, 2016 | Category: Review

Neal Adams returns to the Man of Steel in "Superman: The Coming of the Supermen" #1, but his wonderful layouts are offset by a story that feels dated.

Back to the Future #5

Wed, February 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

John Barber, Bob Gale and Erik Burnham give Clara a nice origin story in "Back to the Future" #5, before diverging into a needless revelation about Emmett Brown that darkens the issue.

Wynonna Earp #1

Wed, February 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

Beau Smith and Lora Innes' paranormal western "Wynonna Earp" #1 is a superb example of comic storytelling that welcomes any and all newcomers.

Star Wars #16

Mon, February 22nd, 2016 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron, Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan begin a new arc in "Star Wars" #16, which follows Leia's adventures.

Superman: American Alien #4

Fri, February 19th, 2016 | Category: Review

College-aged Clark Kent lands an assignment that goes far towards shaping both of his future careers in Max Landis and Jae Lee's "Superman: American Alien" #4.

Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1

Thu, February 18th, 2016 | Category: Review

The setting might be the prototypical suburban utopia with a dark secret, but Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley's "Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill" #1 puts a fresh spin on the idea.

Spider-Gwen #5

Mon, February 15th, 2016 | Category: Review

Gwen is nowhere to be found in this issue, but that doesn't stop Jason Latour and Chris Visions from advancing the story in a tense and stylish way in "Spider-Gwen" #5.

Darth Vader #16

Thu, February 11th, 2016 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's Dark Lord is exactly the character readers have come to expect, which is both the strength and weakness of "Darth Vader" #16.

The Dark and Bloody #1

Thu, February 11th, 2016 | Category: Review

Shawn Aldridge and Scott Godlewski establish the characters than the horror in "The Dark and Bloody" #1, although the arrival of the horrific menace disrupts the issue as much as enhancing it.

Amazing Spider-Man #7

Fri, February 5th, 2016 | Category: Review

Spidey faces Mr. Negative and a cleverly altered Cloak & Dagger in Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #7.

Invincible Iron Man #6

Thu, February 4th, 2016 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato's "Invincible Iron Man" #6 features a stagnant story, contrived character involvement and art containing some surprising lapses.

Spider-Man #1

Wed, February 3rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli introduce Miles Morales to the Main Marvel Universe and establish him in a new, yet familiar setting in "Spider-Man" #1.

All-New Inhumans #3

Fri, January 29th, 2016 | Category: Review

James Asmus, Charles Soule, Stefano Caselli and Andres Mossa continue to cement the identities of both the team and its members while maintaining tension, even during slower moments, in "All-New Inhumans" #3.

All-New, All-Different Avengers #4

Thu, January 28th, 2016 | Category: Review

After establishing the team, Mark Waid focuses on building character in "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4 and scales back the team's budget as he and Mahmud Asrar make both the grand and the bland a lot of fun.

Faith #1

Wed, January 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage make "Faith" #1 a delightful look at a kind-natured superhero whose life adventures are as fun as her super ones.

Uncanny Inhumans #4

Thu, January 21st, 2016 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven deliver a visually appealing but empty conclusion to the series' first arc in "Uncanny Inhumans" #4.

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