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REVIEW: Snyder & Murphy's "The Wake" #7

Fri, March 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue a strong run with "The Wake" #7, an issue that's "equally fascinating, terrifying and mysterious."

REVIEW: Pak, Lee, Rocafort & Tan's "Batman/Superman Annual" #1

Mon, March 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Kenneth Rocafort & Philip Tan craft "Batman/Superman Annual" #1, a "worthy issue that carves out a deserved place as part of the series."

REVIEW: Millar & Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4

Fri, March 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 finds "something plenty worthwhile to wring out of the traditional superhero idea."

REVIEW: Bunn & Walta's "Magneto" #1

Thu, March 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Cullen Bunn & Gabriel Hernandez Walta's "Magneto" debut is "a strong introduction with a solid premise" that continues the Master of Magnetism's story.

REVIEW: Fraction & Aja's "Hawkeye" #15

Fri, February 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" #15 returns to Clint Barton with "a terrific issue that elevates the threat level."

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #36

Thu, February 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Chris Samnee wrap up this volume of "Daredevil" with an issue that's "a superb ending to a storyline, and to the series."

REVIEW: Edmondson & Gerads Relaunch "The Punisher" #1

Wed, February 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads' "The Punisher" #1 is "a worthwhile beginning of a new era for the character" in its All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch.

REVIEW: Taylor & Rocha's "Earth 2 Annual" #1 Delves Into Batman's Origin

Fri, January 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tom Taylor and Robson Rocha's "Earth 2 Annual" #1 is "a great example of comic storytelling" that explores Earth 2 Batman's origin.

REVIEW: Romero & Maleev's "Empire of the Dead: Act One" #1

Thu, January 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

George Romero & Alex Maleev's "Empire of the Dead: Act One" #1 is "an interesting story ... that fits well with the comic book medium."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #27

Wed, January 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo continue "Zero Year" with "Batman" #27, "a fresh story that surprises" as Batman continues his fledgling crusade.

REVIEW: Simone & Gill's "Batgirl" #27 Heads To "Gothtopia"

Thu, January 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gail Simone and Robert Gill's "Gothtopia" crossover in "Batgirl" #27 is "another amazing story in this superbly written and drawn title."

REVIEW: Dysart & Henry's "Harbinger" #20 is a "Must-Read"

Mon, January 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Dysart & Clayton Henry's "Harbinger" #20 introduces a new character and "remains among the best of Valiant's output."

REVIEW: The Anniversary Celebration of "Detective Comics" #27

Thu, January 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Batman celebrates his 75th Anniversary in style with "Detective Comics" #27, "one of the best ever anniversary issues of its kind."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Milano, Lanzing, Kelly & To's "Hacktivist" #1

Mon, January 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly & Marcus To's "Hacktivist" #1 is an issue that "inspires thought, both wondrous and fearful."

REVIEW: Scott Snyder Gives "Superman Unchained" #5 A Shot of Adrenaline

Thu, January 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Superman Unchained" #5 features big revelations for Clark Kent as Jim Lee is joined by Dustin Nguyen for several flashback sequences.

REVIEW: Slott & Ramos' "Superior Spider-Man" #24

Fri, December 20th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos bring the Superior Venom to "Superior Spider-Man" #24 in "a very enjoyable and thrilling issue."

REVIEW: Keatinge & Kowalski's "Marvel Knights: Hulk" #1

Thu, December 12th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Joe Keatinge & Peter Kowalski's "Marvel Knights: Hulk" #1 is a strong debut issue of the series, and delivers a successful and engaging read.

REVIEW: Immonen & Lafuente's "Avengers Annual" #1

Fri, December 6th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Kathryn Immonen and David Lafuente deliver a holiday-themed "Avengers Annual" #1, "a very fun, enjoyable and kind-spirited Christmas delight"

REVIEW: Aguirre-Sacasa & Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #2

Thu, November 21st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla present "a brilliantly written and superbly drawn effort" in "Afterlife With Archie" #2.

5-STAR REVIEW: Tiwary, Robinson & Baker's "The Fifth Beatle"

Wed, November 20th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson & Kyle Baker's "The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story" is "a must-have for Beatles fans."

Harbinger: Omegas #1

Mon, August 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Joshua Dysart's "Harbinger: Omegas" #1 is a low-key but critical conduit between the recently-concluded "Harbinger" series and whatever comes next, nicely laid out and cleverly drawn by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona.

Original Sin: Hulk Vs. Iron Man #4

Mon, August 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Mark Waid somewhat redeem Tony Stark and clarify his role in creating The Hulk in "Original Sin" #3.4, with action and revelations that salvages the series, and has a convincing Hulk vs. Iron Man battle drawn by Luke Ross.

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

Tue, August 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jim Starlin stages an epic homecoming in "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation," an opus whose strength lies in the vast journey that takes readers through every cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe.

New 52: Futures End #13

Mon, August 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New 52: Futures End" #13 is a meandering, impenetrable and stagnant chapter in this weekly series, notable only for Patrick Zircher's pleasing artwork that props up Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen's story.

The Massive #25

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

As Brian Wood and Garry Brown's "The Massive" #25 begins the final arc of the series, the arc itself begins to chronicle what appears to be actual end of the world, in a tense & ominous tale that benefits from its atypically personal story.

The Wake #10

Wed, July 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Wake" #10 brings together everything previously laid out by Scott Snyder in past issues, revealing a far larger and surprisingly epic story that's nicely wrapped up and magnificently chronicled by Sean Murphy.

Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego" #1 is a fun and self-deprecating romp as one of comics' craziest characters makes her way to comics' most high-profile event.

Life With Archie #36

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Life With Archie" #36 by Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy and Tim Kennedy tells an incredibly optimistic and uplifting story that gives way to one of comics' most emotionally powerful and poignant death scenes.

The Last Fall #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

A well-defined, if somewhat familiar sounding, interplanetary conflict is a mere backdrop for a lesser but sufficiently developed story about a reckless and battle-weary soldier in Tom Waltz and Casey Maloney's "The Last Fall" #1.

Fantastic Four #7

Mon, July 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Robinson uses "Original Sin" to tell an emotional story of betrayal in "Fantastic Four" #7 Leonard Kirk capably handles the present day action, while Dean Haspiel steps in for a nostalgic-looking flashback.

Detective Comics #33

Mon, July 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #33 continues their stylish "Icarus" arc and reminds readers that The Dark Knight isn't just a superhero, but also, yes, a detective.

Avengers #32

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman deftly combines plot threads from "Original Sin" with his own storyline in "Avengers" #32, and he and Leinil Francis Yu generate a lot of wow, which just barely offsets the high-level talk and unanswered questions.

Clockwork Angels #3

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Clockwork Angels" #3 continues Kevin J. Anderson and Nick Robles' pleasant and colorful adaptation of Rush drummer Neil Peart's story, as originally told in the band's most recent studio album, although it suffers from a sharp tu

Batman #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia deliver an excellent example of comic collaboration in "Batman" #32, the tension-filled, beautifully drawn, and second-to-last chapter in "Zero Year."

Superman #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr's "Superman" #32 boldly reminds readers just how awesome the Man of Steel can be and present the kind of story they've been wanting all along, faithfully interpreting and dynamically illustrating the charac

Original Sin #4

Thu, June 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron takes an odd mix of characters and settings, and makes a pretty decent story in "Original Sin" #4, despite a subdued pace and one-dimensional dialogue.

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir #2

Wed, June 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir" #2 features the best characters from the prequels, well-defined by writer Jeremy Barlow and artists Juan Frigeri and Mauro Vargas.

Harbinger #24

Wed, June 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Harbinger" #24 bridges the gap between last issue's "Death of a Renegade" and next issue's finale, and Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans both bring plenty of suspense and emotion into this excellent and surprisingly quiet issue.

The United States of Murder Inc. #2

Thu, June 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming put together both a fascinating alternate world and a compelling family drama in "The United States of Murder Inc." #2, a superb and moody noir-ish political/crime thriller.

Armor Hunters #1

Wed, June 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Robert Venditti makes sure readers know what's going on in "Armor Hunters" #1, whether they read "X-O Manowar" or not. This alien threat is perfectly laid out by Doug Braithwaite, who makes a nice-looking & accessible story.