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Ms. Marvel #7

The Tri-State Science Fair goes horribly wrong in G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #7, which finds Kamala Khan and Miles Morales on opposing sides of a geek-style arms race.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 26th, 2016

Nighthawk #1

In David F. Walker and Ramon Villalobos' "Nighthawk" #1, a displaced version of Kyle Richmond finds himself a new home, and it's a very realistic one that could use a gritty hero's touch.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David F. Walker
Artists:
Ramon Villalobos
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 26th, 2016

Adventures of Supergirl #2

In "Adventures of Supergirl" #2, Sterling Gates, Jonboy Meyers and Pop Mhan pit Kara against Vril Dox, and -- while the overall story is fun and worth reading -- some of the plotting falls into a pattern.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jonboy Meyers, Pop Mhan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 26th, 2016

Afterlife With Archie #9

Reggie Mantle gets the spotlight in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's brilliant "Afterlife With Archie" #9, which establishes a surprising connection between his devious ways and the ongoing apocalypse.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 26th, 2016

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

The old Cap is back and youthful as ever in "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #1, but his re-introduction is plagued by poor synergy between Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 25th, 2016

Scooby Apocalypse #1

A scientific conspiracy endangers the entire world in Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard Porter's "Scooby Apocalypse" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Howard Porter
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 24th, 2016

Lucifer #6

Takehiko and his girlfriend get to know each other's family histories in Holly Black and Stephanie Hans' "Lucifer" #6.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Holly Black
Artists:
Stephanie Hans
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 23rd, 2016

Wonder Woman #52

In "Wonder Woman" #52, the New 52 era ends for the God of War as writer Meredith Finch and artist Miguel Mendonca send a frantic Diana to rescue the dying Zola and Zeke.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Meredith Finch
Artists:
Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, Juan Albarran
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
May 23rd, 2016

Karnak #4

In Warren Ellis and Roland Boschi's "Karnak" #4, Karnak infiltrates the Chapel of the Single Shadow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Roland Boschi
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
May 23rd, 2016

Archangel #1

William Gibson and Butch Guice's "Archangel" #1 successfully launches a tightly plotted, fast-paced science fiction thriller about a corrupt politician going back in time.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
William Gibson
Artists:
Butch Guice, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
May 23rd, 2016

Usagi Yojimbo #154

Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #154 is another done-in-one story, where Usagi's moment of kindness to a winged Komori ninja comes back to haunt him when he tries to defend a merchant from an attack.

Publisher:
Dark Circle Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 23rd, 2016

Brutal Nature #1

In "Brutal Nature" #1, Ariel Olivetti and Luciano Saracino's tale of a 15th-Century Inquisition invasion of a pristine land suffers from clichés and little excitement.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Luciano Saracino
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 23rd, 2016

Mae #1

While nicely illustrated, Gene Ha's "Mae" #1 is diminished by weak, uneven story construction that deflates its own premise even before there's a chance to explore it.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Gene Ha
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 23rd, 2016

Astro City #35

In "Astro City" #35, Kurt Busiek and Ron Randall tell a story of legacies -- both superheroes and otherwise -- with Jack-in-the-Box at its center.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Ron Randall
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 23rd, 2016

Silver Surfer #4

Thanks to Michael Allred and Laura Allred, "Silver Surfer" #4 looks great, but Dan Slott's story of Shalla Bal seeking revenge for the erasure of Zenn-La's culture is little more than a retread of the previous issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 23rd, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27

In "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #27, the gang splinters in the face of adversity, but -- when Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs focus on Xander and Dawn -- the comic really sings.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 23rd, 2016

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Phil Jimenez lay out a new manifesto for the company's line of comics in "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1, which calls for characters with more hope in their hearts.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, Joe Prado, Matt Santorelli
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 23rd, 2016

Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank #1

Series creator Alan Martin and artist Brett Parson send Tank Girl and her intrepid crew on a ball-busting adventure to replace her "stolen" tank in "Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank" #1.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Alan Martin
Artists:
Brett Parson
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
May 20th, 2016

Goldie Vance #2

In Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #2, Goldie and her friends search for a missing hotel guest.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Hope Larson
Artists:
Brittney Williams
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 20th, 2016

Spider-Man #4

In Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli's "Spider-Man" #4, Ganke shares a secret with the new kid at school -- whether Miles likes it or not.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Sara Pichelli, Gaetano Carlucci
Reviewer:
Matt Little
May 20th, 2016

Dept. H #2

"Dept. H" #2 gives us a glimpse of Mia's past in outer space, even as Matt Kindt plunges her and her brother Raj into the depths of the ocean for a scarily familiar mission filled with danger.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Matt Kindt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 20th, 2016

X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1

Robert Venditti and Pere Perez dominate with a beautifully rich story in "X-O Manowar Annual 2016" #1, a diverse and accessible comic that welcomes new readers, embraces old ones and evokes the feel of classic summertime annuals.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti, Amy Chu, Jody Houser
Artists:
J.G. Jones, Pere Perez, Mike McKone, Adam Gorham, Roberto de la Torre
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 20th, 2016

Superman: American Alien #7

Clark Kent takes his last steps towards assuming his iconic role in Max Landis and Jock's "Superman: American Alien" #7, a beautiful yet gritty finale that puts the last piece of Clark's origin in place.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Max Landis
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 20th, 2016

Civil War II

Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel team up for "Civil War II" #0, which finds NuHuman Ulysses and his ability to profile the future caught in a conflict between the Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Olivier Coipel
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
May 19th, 2016

Future Quest #1

"Future Quest" #1 mashes up numerous Hanna-Barbera properties into one big adventure story, and Jeff Parker, Evan "Doc" Shaner and Steve Rude make sure to open the book up to new and old fans alike.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Evan Shaner, Steve Rude
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 17th, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy #8

Writer Brian Michael Bendis splits up the team for a rescue mission and gives artist Valerio Schiti quite a challenge when Venom and Groot pair up to meet some friendly neighborhood Skrulls in "Guardians of the Galaxy" #8.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Valerio Schiti
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
May 16th, 2016

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

Batman, Robin and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles face mutagen-corrupted inmates of Arkham Asylum, Shredder and the clock in the final installment of James Tynion IV and Freddie E. Williams II's "Batman/TMNT" #6.

Publisher:
DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Freddie E. Williams
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
May 16th, 2016

Adventures of Supergirl #1

Sterling Gates and Bengal bring CBS's Supergirl to print in "Adventures of Supergirl" #1, where Kara takes on a monstrous escaped prisoner from Fort Rozz who is more than she seems.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Bengal
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
May 16th, 2016

Black Panther #2

T'Challa confronts Zenzi and Ayo and Aneka take on bandits in Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze's "Black Panther" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artists:
Brian Stelfreeze
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 16th, 2016

Archie #8

In Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #8, Archie fights a powerful enemy: Hiram Lodge, Veronica's dad.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Veronica Fish
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
May 16th, 2016

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #2

Harley Sinn's forces circle in Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti and Mauricet's "Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys" #2, but -- while it's nice to see a little more of the personal lives of the cast -- it also results in a slow-paced

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Mauricet
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 16th, 2016

Action Comics #52

Peter J. Tomasi, Dale Eaglesham, Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher unleash the Super-Pretender on pre-New 52 Superman in "Action Comics" #52, but the early momentum of this storyline is fading fast.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 16th, 2016

All-New X-Men #9

Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessy's "All-New X-Men" #9 plunges Beast and Kid Apocalypse into "Apocalypse Wars" via a trip through time in their most promising issue to date.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 16th, 2016

The Vision #7

In "The Vision" #7, Tom King and Michael Walsh retell the history of the Vision's romance with the Scarlet Witch, showing how what's past is prologue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Michael Walsh
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
May 16th, 2016

Batman #52

James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo and Brian Level step on board for "Batman" #52, and their story bodes well for Tynion's plans for the Dark Knight.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Riley Rossmo, Brian Level
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 13th, 2016

All-New, All-Different Avengers #9

Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar's "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #9 follows up the Wasp story from "Free Comic Book Day: Civil War II" and gives us something that can be read on its own, and it works on both fronts.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 13th, 2016

Penny Dreadful #1

Vanessa, Sir Malcolm Murray and Sembene try to rescue Mina from the Master in Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hinderaker, Chris King and Louie de Martinis' "Penny Dreadful" #1.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hinderaker, Chris King
Artists:
Louie de Martinis
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 13th, 2016

4001 AD: X-O Manowar #1

Robert Venditti and Clayton Henry craft an attractive and efficient one-shot with "4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar" #1, a far-reaching story that needs little characterization and makes no apologies for it.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Clayton Henry
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 13th, 2016

Satellite Falling #1

In "Satellite Falling" #1, Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson demonstrate brilliant collaboration, dynamic storytelling and richly detailed art for an impressive introduction.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Steve Horton
Artists:
Stephen Thompson
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
May 13th, 2016

Southern Bastards #14

In "Southern Bastards" #14, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour wrap up "Homecoming" in the best way possible: with the arrival of Roberta Tubb.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jason Latour
Reviewer:
Matt Little
May 12th, 2016

The Fix #2

In the deliriously fun "The Fix" #2, Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber double down on corrupt cops Roy and Mac as they do anything and everything wrong, but with ruthless efficiency.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 12th, 2016

Moon Knight #2

Marc Spector's tenuous grip on sanity is debatable in "Moon Knight" #2, where the impeccable creative team of writer Jeff Lemire, artist Greg Smallwood and colorist Jordie Bellaire twist reality into a Khonshu-shaped pretzel.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Greg Smallwood
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
May 9th, 2016

Klaus #5

Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's exhilarating reimagining of Santa's origin continues in "Klaus" #5 as the depths of Magnus' madness are revealed.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Dan Mora
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
May 9th, 2016

Kings Quest #1

In Ben Acker, Heath Corson and Dan McDaid's "Kings Quest" #1, Earth's champions crash land en route to save Dale Arden from Ming the Merciless.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Ben Acker, Heath Corson
Artists:
Dan McDaid
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 9th, 2016

Midnighter #12

Steve Orlando, ACO and Hugo Petrus conclude both the storyline and the series by pitting Midnighter against the Suicide Squad and Henry Bendix in "Midnighter" #12, and it's a shame to see it end.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Orlando
Artists:
Aco, Hugo Petrus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 9th, 2016

Space Battle Lunchtime #1

Natalie Riess' "Space Battle Lunchtime" #1 starts of a little slowly, but what this first issue lacks in speed, it makes up for in sheer charm as a pastry chef is whisked off to an intergalactic cooking competition.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Natalie Riess
Artists:
Natalie Riess
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 9th, 2016

The Sheriff of Babylon #6

In Tom King and Mitch Gerads' "The Sheriff of Babylon" #6, another unarmed civilian dies after things go wrong.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Mitch Gerads
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
May 9th, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine #19

Ananke's enemies and allies clash in the Underworld in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #19.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
May 9th, 2016

Giant Days #14

John Allison and Max Sarin's "Giant Days" #14 takes a collegiate rite of passage -- apartment-hunting -- and turns it into a manic caper.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
John Allison
Artists:
Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
May 9th, 2016

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #2

Tensions are high in "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #2, where Charles Soule and Phil Noto greet readers with a brand new villain intent on reaching Lor San Tekka first.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
May 9th, 2016
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