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ADV. REVIEW: Hastings & Gurihiru Fill "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1 with Dark Fun

Tue, April 12th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru's "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1 "sets a fun and decidedly comical precedent... for the series."

REVIEW: Spencer & Lieber's Darkly Comical "The Fix" #1 Makes a Captivating Debut

Fri, April 8th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's "The Fix" #1 is "stuffed... full of well-characterized crooks" and follows "a pair of likeable leads."

ADV. REVIEW: Soule & Noto's "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1 is a Faithful, Inviting Introduction

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

Charles Soule and Phil Noto's "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1 "is a conservative but well-executed take on a fan-favorite character."

REVIEW: Palahniuk & Stewart Bring "Fight Club 2" to Its Natural Conclusion in Issue #10

Wed, March 30th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"The ultimate twist makes Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart's 'Fight Club 2' #10 feel as much like an epilogue as it does a fitting conclusion."

ADV. REVIEW: Matt & Sharlene Kindt Fill "Dept. H" #1 with Tension

Mon, March 28th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Matt and Sharlene Kindt "set up an atmosphere that is compelling in its discomfort" in "Dept. H" #1.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's Uplifting "Batman" #50 Ends "Superheavy" on a High Note

Wed, March 23rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Yanick Paquette "shine a bright light on the Dark Knight without betraying his dark nature" in "Batman" #50.

REVIEW: Millar & Sprouse Fill "Jupiter's Circle" #4 with Silver Age-Inspired Wonder

Thu, March 10th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Chris Sprouse's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 "combines a Stan Lee-eque sense of wonder with the more edgy, modern kind evoked by Alan Moore."

REVIEW: Samnee & Waid Kick "Black Widow" #1 Off with Non-Stop Action & Fun

Wed, March 2nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Chris Samnee and Mark Waid's "Black Widow" #1 "opens with a high-octane introduction and never throttles down."

REVIEW: Smith & Innes Bring Depth & Dark Comedy to "Wynonna Earp" #1

Wed, February 24th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Beau Smith and Lora Innes' "Wynonna Earp" #1 "is an excellent example of how great comic book storytelling can impress newcomers and old fans alike."

5-STAR REVIEW: Landis & Lee's Captivating "Superman: American Alien" #4

Fri, February 19th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Max Landis and Jae Lee's "Superman: American Alien" #4 is "another brilliant and beautifully insightful examination of Clark and his future allies."

REVIEW: "Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill" #1 Puts a Fresh Spin on an Old Premise

Thu, February 18th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley's "Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill" #1 is "a decidedly non-standard and compelling altered-reality tale."

REVIEW: Latour & Visions Explore "Spider-Gwen's" Rich World in Issue #5

Mon, February 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Even in the absence of the lead character, Jason Latour and Chris Visions know how to keep 'Spider-Gwen' #5 moving and entertaining."

REVIEW: Slott & Buffagni Make "Amazing Spider-Man" #7 a Punchy, Fast-Paced Ride

Fri, February 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #7 shows "how strong this series has been to date, while its twists make it stand apart."

REVIEW: Bendis & Pichelli's "Spider-Man" #1 Welcomes New & Old Readers Alike

Wed, February 3rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli's "Spider-Man" #1 is "a worthy introduction... an excellent start to a new series."

REVIEW: Waid & Asrar Bring Fun New Dynamics to "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4

Thu, January 28th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar's Avengers team "is still recognizable and just as fun" in "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4.

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.

4001 AD #1

Wed, May 4th, 2016 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and David Mack craft an especially strong debut in "4001 A.D." #1, which delivers a story full of promise and breathtaking art.

3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

Wed, May 4th, 2016 | Category: Review

Comics and beer have never gone together better than in Nick Floyd, Brian Azzarello and Simon Bisley's "Alpha King" #1, a well-crafted dark fantasy tempered with a down-to-earth background in craft-brewing.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Thu, April 28th, 2016 | Category: Review

Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson hit their stride in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4, where the Man of Steel falls but Batman rises to face a genuinely intimidating threat.

Micronauts #1

Wed, April 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

Despite some familiar faces, Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon's "Micronauts" #1 reads more like any other generic sci-fi story.

Aliens: Defiance #1

Wed, April 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Aliens: Defiance #1," Brian Wood and Tristan Jones know when to rely on oft-used "Aliens" tropes and when to slightly tweak them, evoking the intended tension and fear but also including a surprise or two.

Action Comics #51

Fri, April 22nd, 2016 | Category: Review

Superman all but forces Supergirl into his role in Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope Archer's "Action Comics" #51.

Captain America: Road to War #1

Thu, April 21st, 2016 | Category: Review

Though it has its moments, Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Vito's "Captain America: Road to War" #1 delivers a dull, choppy standalone story.

Divinity II #1

Wed, April 20th, 2016 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine reunite for "Divinity II" #1, which follows another cosmonaut who faces a transformational encounter with her predecessor from the first series.

House of Penance #1

Wed, April 13th, 2016 | Category: Review

Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram forge a downright creepy and horrific tale in "House of Penance" #1.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Wed, April 13th, 2016 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Tony Harris deliver some storytelling magic in "Star Wars Special: C-3PO" #1, which answers how Threepio got his red arm and presents some great character development as well as superb pacing.

The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Tue, April 12th, 2016 | Category: Review

Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru put a slightly darker spin on Gwen Poole in "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1, but they also make this oddly amalgamated heroine fun and compelling.

Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1

Mon, April 11th, 2016 | Category: Review

Geoff Johns' "Justice League: Darkseid War Special" #1 is carried by a strong artistic team and the equally strong characters Jessica Cruz, aka Power Ring, and Grail, daughter of Darkseid.

The Fix #1

Fri, April 8th, 2016 | Category: Review

Spencer and Steve Lieber's clean, well-trimmed bad guys belie the darkly comical tone of "The Fix" #1, a highly engaging introduction.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Tue, April 5th, 2016 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Phil Noto take a safe approach to the Resistance's best pilot in "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1, which faithfully brings the characters and the tech to life in an attractive and inviting introduction.

Godzilla: Oblivion #1

Wed, March 30th, 2016 | Category: Review

Though Joshua Fialkov and Brian Churilla squeeze a mildly clever twist out of the franchise, the strength of "Godzilla: Oblivion" #1 lies more in its promise of what's to come than what it actually delivers.

Fight Club 2 #10

Wed, March 30th, 2016 | Category: Review

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart explore the true nature of Tyler Durden in "Fight Club 2" #10, and the ultimate twist makes this issue feel as much like an epilogue as it does a fitting conclusion.

Hyperion #1

Mon, March 28th, 2016 | Category: Review

Chuck Wendig and Nik Virella's "Hyperion" #1 is a passable issue with a pedestrian story that could just as easily feature most any other Marvel character in the lead.

Dept. H #1

Mon, March 28th, 2016 | Category: Review

Matt and Sharlene Kindt's "Dept. H" #1 is the start of a compelling underwater murder mystery that's ripe with tension.

Independence Day #1

Thu, March 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

Taking place during the finale of the first movie, "Independence Day" #1 by Victor Gischler, Steve Scott and Rodney Ramos whets fans' appetites with spaceships and explosions rather than its characters.

Batman #50

Wed, March 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's beautifully optimistic "Batman" #50 puts Bruce Wayne back in the costume and caps off a tremendous story arc with a superbly synergetic conclusion.