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REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #36

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue "Endgame" in "Batman" #36, "a strong and well-composed comic" and "the sign of strong craft."

REVIEW: Snyder & Lee's "Superman Unchained" #9

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

Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's final issue of "Superman Unchained" "brings the entirety of the series to a positive close" for the Man of Steel.

REVIEW: Edmondson & Perkins' "Deathlok" #1

Wed, October 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nathan Edmondson & Mike Perkins' "Deathlok" #1 is "the best take on the property since the original incarnation."

REVIEW: Leth & Rausch's "Edward Scissorhands" #1

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

Kate Leth and Drew Rausch's "Edward Scissorhands" #1 is "a welcome and respectful return of one of Burton's more beloved creations."

5-STAR REVIEW: Jenkins & Bachs' "Fiction Squad" #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In "Fiction Squad" #1, Paul Jenkins & Ramon Bachs "blend an array of beloved childhood stories, give them a fresh slant with a definitely grown-up feel."

REVIEW: Morrison & Sprouse's "The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World" #1

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison & Chris Sprouse put together "one of the multiverse's most entertaining comics" with the latest chapter of "The Multiversity."

REVIEW: Snyder, Fawkes & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1 "succeeds the same way some of the better "Elseworlds" comics did back in the day."

SDCC: Comic Creators Offer Varied Thoughts on The Switch to Digital

Sat, August 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid hosted a vast array of creators at the Switch to Digital panel during Comic-Con, discussing the benefits and new challenges of digital.

REVIEW: Seeley, Snyder, Tynion & Simeoni's "Batman Eternal" #19

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tim Seeley & Emanuel Simeoni's "Batman Eternal" #19 demonstrates the series' strength with "an enjoyable standalone reading experience."

SDCC: Suicide Squad Takes Center Stage from Batman in "Assault on Arkham"

Tue, August 12th, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

Kevin Conroy and the cast and crew of Batman's newest animated movie explain the more mature tone and how it differs from past efforts.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Starlin's "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation" OGN

Tue, August 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jim Starlin's "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation" original graphic novel "is a terrific welcome home for one of comics' first fan-favorite creators."

REVIEW: Snyder & Murphy's "The Wake" #10

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" concluding issue "exceeds expectations that weren't even in place at the beginning of this series."

5-STAR REVIEW: Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy & Tim Kennedy's "Life With Archie" #36

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy & Tim Kennedy craft an icon's death in "Life With Archie" #36, "a magnificent example of solid storytelling."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #32 is "a superb showcase of collaborative comic book storytelling."

REVIEW: Johns & Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #32 is "an excellent story that speaks for itself, and captures both the nature and the scope of the character."

REVIEW: Bendis & Oeming's "The United States of Murder Inc." #2

Fri, June 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming's "The United States of Murder Inc." #2 is "an excellent noir-ish, alternate-reality, poli-criminal thriller."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite Kick Off "Armor Hunters" #1

Thu, June 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #1 is "exciting and well-drawn," with "exactly the kind of storytelling that an event like this needs."

REVIEW: Layman, March Provide a Shocking Twist in "Batman Eternal" #9

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman and Guillem March take the wheel for "Batman Eternal" #9, an issue filled with story developments and legitimately huge surprises.

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.

All-New Captain America #3

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Rick Remender spends too much time on psychological warfare but provides some nice insight on Sam Wilson in the uneven "All-New Captain America" #3, though the art team makes everything look just a little too murky.

Batman Eternal #41

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Kyle Higgins scripts "Batman Eternal" #41 as he, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver a suspenseful and unnerving chapter with a couple surprises that are elevated by appropriately effective images from Joe Quinones and Kelsey Shannon.

Earth 2 #30

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson and a team of artists put forth an inconsistent and fragmented "Earth 2" #30 that tangentially fits within the ongoing story, featuring some decent art overlaid with hurried stories and sloppy scripting.

Star Wars #1

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin create a proud statement of reclamation with "Star Wars" #1, with a faithfully drawn and scripted issue that welcomes alienated readers back while impressing existing ones.

Amazing Spider-Man #12

Thu, January 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

It's Spidey overload in Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith's fun, over-the-top "Amazing Spider-Man" #12, a "Spider-Verse" chapter that treads water in spots but is freshened by some story twists and breaks from continu

The Fade Out #4

Wed, January 7th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser demonstrate amazing synergy in "The Fade Out" #4, a compelling, splendidly characterized and beautifully illustrated mystery surrounding a suspicious death in 1948 Hollywood.

Abigail and the Snowman #1

Mon, January 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Roger Langridge brings his subtle wit and refined cartoonish style to "Abigail and the Snowman" #1, a delightfully enjoyable and well-characterized all-ages story about an outcast girl's new imaginary friend -- who is actually very real.

X-O Manowar #31

Fri, January 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Issue #31 is the start of a new storyline, introducing both a new status quo and a new if stereotypical villain, easily accessible with strong, competent art that welcomes new and existing readers alike.

Harbinger: Faith #0

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Harbinger: Faith" #0 gives a well-deserved look at one of the publisher's most likeable characters, and is well-handled by the ever-capable Joshua Dysart and mostly well drawn by Robert Gill.

Wytches #3

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder adds a real-life kind of horror to the supernatural, continuing to evolve the story in "Wytches" #3, while Jock and Matt Hollingsworth make add a sort of surreal haziness to the mood that makes the whole thing even scarier.

Batman #37

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder ramps up his "Endgame" arc with more creepiness and some big surprises in "Batman" #37, all effectively and beautifully captured by Greg Capullo, Danny Mike and FCO Plascencia, and a related backup story adds some extra va

They're Not Like Us #1

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane ensure "They're Not Like Us" #1 is not like any other comic about superpowered youngsters, with a well-characterized and nicely detailed issue that takes a minimal approach.

Afterlife With Archie #7

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Archie and most of the gang continue to survive the spreading zombie apocalypse in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7, another powerful and somber issue that continues to deliver surprises.

Deep State #2

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Deep State" #2 could have been tired and clichéd, but instead is remarkably fresh -- thanks to the deftness of Justin Jordan and some creepy renderings by Ariela Kristantina -- and holds together despite a somewhat incoherent cliffhanger.

The Valiant #1

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have millennia of backstory to establish and don't make The Eternal Warrior seem very competent, but "The Valiant" #1 is still a fun introduction that showcases a diverse array of characters drawn by Paolo Rivera.

Thanos Vs. Hulk #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

It's called "Thanos vs. Hulk" #1, but Jim Starlin barely provides an encounter between the two titans in a story full of painfully awkward moments and exchanges. Still, it's somewhat fun by virtue of Starlin's old-school take on t

Archie #662

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

It's not a Merry Christmas for Mr. Lodge because of Archie's tomfoolery, but Archie tries to make it up to him in the comical "Archie" #662 by Angelo DeCesare, Pat Kennedy, and T.M. Kennedy.

Five Ghosts #14

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #14 is a stunningly horrific, fun and welcoming chapter in the timeless, swashbuckling adventures of Fabian Gray, and demonstrates an all-too rare level of creative cooperation.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Michael Moreci takes a fairly linear path connecting the last two films in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" #1, but the comparison between the two sides in a changing world, forebodingly drawn by Dan McDaid, make it worthwhile.

Oddly Normal #3

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Otis Frampton builds a fascinating world that he takes his time exploring in "Oddly Normal" #3, but forgets to mention a critical aspect regarding the man character that impacts the flow of the story in an otherwise enjoyable issue.