Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Millar & Fegredo's "MPH" #1

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Like a sprinter running a forty-yard dash, Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo's "MPH" #1 moves in a pretty linear, straightforward manner.

REVIEW: Andrews' "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #2

Mon, May 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kaare Andrews continues "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" with a "beautifully drawn and accessible" second issue.

REVIEW: Azzarello, Lemire, Jurgens, Giffen & Zircher's "Futures End" #1

Thu, May 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The first issue of DC Comics' "Futures End" weekly series is "an enjoyable debut that's helped along by a strong artist."

REVIEW: Aaron & Latour's "Southern Bastards" #1

Fri, May 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's debut issue of "Southern Bastards" is a strong opening chapter to the Image Comics series.

REVIEW: "Daredevil" #1.50 Celebrates 50 Years

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Daredevil" #1.50 "one incredible birthday present" for Matt Murdock's 50th Birthday by Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez, Brian Bendis, Karl Kesel, Alex Maleev & more.

REVIEW: Snyder, Tynion & Fabok's "Batman Eternal" #1 is "A Tremendous Start"

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Jason Fabok deliver "a tremendous start" to DC Comics' new weekly series with "Batman Eternal" #1.

REVIEW: Jurgens & Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1 delivers an issue "bold in its confidence as a sister title."

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."

Fiction Squad #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

The chemistry between Paul Jenkins and Ramon Bachs makes for the stunningly beautiful and captivating "Fiction Squad" #1, adding a deceptively clever spin to the established idea of a world populated with characters from children's lore.

Superman: Futures End #1

Fri, September 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks craft one of the better and more meaningful tie-ins with "Futures End: Superman" #1, by revealing the new Superman's motives and still keeping the character interesting.

Deep Gravity #3

Wed, September 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mike Richardson's outer space story in "Deep Gravity" #3 is tightly executed by scripters Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, borrowing from some of the greatest space movies while being convincingly illustrated by Fernando Baldó.

POP #2

Wed, September 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Curt Pires and Jason Copland characters are what powers "POP" #2, continuing the story of a literally manufactured celebrity on the run. It's a largely understandable comic despite a puzzling drug trip and some obscure references.

Superior Spider-Man #33

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Christos Gage delivers a fun gathering of all things Spidey in "Superior Spider-Man" #33, an "Edge of Spider-Verse" chapter painstakingly detailed by Guiseppe Camuncoli and John Dell.

Justice League: Futures End #1

Fri, September 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire, Jed Doherty and Gabe Eltaeb make the second half of a two-parter accessible enough in "Justice League: Futures End" #1, but there's not much story to access.

The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Grant Morrison gets the multiverse right in "The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World" #1, an accessible-enough story enriched with DC history, and nicely envisioned by Chris Sprouse and Dave McCaig.

Batgirl: Futures End #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Gail Simone's farewell to the series is the atypically contrived and clichéd "Batgirl: Futures End" #1 with art by Javier Garron.

Batman: Futures End #1

Thu, September 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ray Fawkes and Scott Snyder deliver a Batman who's broken but not defeated in "Batman: Futures End" #1, along with a couple of surprises that help maintain reader interest, and artist Aco's future world is fittingly cramped and gritty.

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #3

Mon, September 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Joshua Dysart and Robert Gill build a tense and character-driven conclusion to the series in "Armor Hunters: Harbinger" #3, a creepy and thrilling climax that also advances the main "Armor Hunters" story.

Detective Comics: Futures End #1

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Brian Buccatello tells a tense and intriguing future tale teaming up Batman and The Riddler in "Detective Comics: Futures End" #1 that has ties to recent storylines, drawn by a trio of artists that show not much has changed in Gotham.

Earth 2: Futures End #1

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Daniel H. Wilson has a simple enough idea for "Earth 2: Futures End" #1, but he and artists Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira unnecessarily convolute this battle between Mr. Terrifics with weak transitions, odd pacing, and muddled inking.

Alice Cooper #1

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Joe Harris and Eman Casallos don't go for over-the-top shock value in "Alice Cooper" #1, instead settling for a lower-key if somewhat derivative introduction that is nonetheless fun.

Evil Empire #4

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

The story zigs and zags as the surprises keep coming in Max Bemis and Andrea Mutti's "Evil Empire" #4, a social/political thriller that suffers from some odd dialogue and characterization but is ultimately saved by its volley of twists.

Low #2

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini's "Low" #2 picks up ten years after the previous issue, with the same gorgeous visuals, but not the same optimistic outlook, where a surviving mother and son struggle to survive in a world near end.

C.O.W.L. #4

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Crime Story" meets "Astro City" only alludes to the basic premise of "C.O.W.L." #4 by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, Rod Reis, and Stéphane Perger, the story of a superhero union on strike against a city overcome with political

Sundowners #1

Tue, August 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Tim Seeley and Jim Terry provide a classic looking superhero comic with an unusual perspective in "Sundowners" #1, with an evasive look at four characters who may or may not be the heroic personas they claim to be.

Daredevil #7

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez' "Daredevil" #7 is just another awesome issue of the series, and an "Original Sin" tie-in, full of the usual surprises, beautifully arranged art, stunning colors and understanding of the characters.

Black Market #2

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos' "Black Market" #2 is a bumpier ride thanks to a few too many flashbacks early on, but smooths out as the issue progresses.

Trees #4

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Trees" #4 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard tells compelling stories of two main characters that also reveal more about the mystery of the Trees, in another excellent issue that will snag the few readers who haven't fully committed.

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