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Axcend #1

"Axcend" #1 by Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki is a gorgeous story about a teen gamer becoming his avatar, but it suffers as Davis searches for his voice as a writer.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Shane Davis
Artists:
Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 29th, 2015

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #3

In Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson and David Lopez's "Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps" #3, Banshee Squadron makes a break to discover what lies beyond.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson
Artists:
David Lopez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 28th, 2015

Thief of Thieves #30

"Thief of Thieves" #30 prepares to kick off a courtroom drama and, while Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough do a good enough job, this title has lost a bit of its steam.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Shawn Martinbrough
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 28th, 2015

Star Wars: Lando #3

Charles Soule's "Star Wars: Lando" #3 reads more like an intermission and Alex Maleev's shadowy style make some panels a little too dark, but both nonetheless deliver a passable chapter that indicates more promise for future issues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 28th, 2015

Stringers #1

"Stringers" #1 by Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood begins an urban crime story about two freelance reporters who are chasing a piece of news action when they hook a bigger story than they may be able to handle.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Justin Greenwood
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 28th, 2015

East of West #20

A background character gains much prominence in "East of West" #20 as Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta begin the fifth volume of their apocalyptic series in a chilling and gripping manner.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 28th, 2015

We Are Robin #3

The Robins try to defuse a bomb and a violent mob in Lee Bermejo and Jorge Corona's "We Are Robin" #3.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lee Bermejo
Artists:
Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Khary Randolph
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 28th, 2015

S.H.I.E.L.D. #9

Kicking off the celebration of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fiftieth anniversary, Mark Waid and Lee Ferguson's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #9 delivers a tale in the ongoing adventures of Phil Coulson's crew, but also expands the S.H.I.E.L.D. legend.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, Stan Lee, Al Ewing
Artists:
Lee Ferguson, Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, John Severin, Stefano Caselli, Dick Ayers, John Severin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 28th, 2015

The Flash #43

Robert Venditti, Van Jensen and Brett Booth fill "The Flash" #43 with a bit of setup, a sliver of standoff and some Flash foes striking out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti, Van Jensen
Artists:
Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 28th, 2015

Batgirl #43

Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Juan Castro and Michel Lacombe unleash a tiger or two in "Batgirl" #43, and we're not talking about the proverbial kind.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart
Artists:
Babs Tarr, Juan Castro, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 27th, 2015

Cyborg #2

David F. Walker and Ivan Reis's "Cyborg" #2 moves like a defragmenting hard drive, but it's prettier and sleeker than Windows 3.1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David F. Walker
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Ray McCarthy, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 27th, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight - Genesis #1

Peter J. Tomasi and Alisson Borges' "Batman: Arkham Knight - Genesis" #1 pulls back the cowl and reveals the identity of the Arkham Knight.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Alisson Borges
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 27th, 2015

Ant-Man: Last Days #1

With a few solid surprises, Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas chronicle Scott Lang's final hours before "Secret Wars" in "Ant Man: Last Days" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 27th, 2015

Grayson #11

In the fun and action packed "Grayson" #11 by Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janín, the mole stands revealed, leading to even more questions.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley, Tom King
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 26th, 2015

Hank Johnson, Agent of HYDRA #1

For Hank Johnson, superheroes are just one of life's many dangers in David Mandel and Michael Walsh's hilarious "Hank Johnson, Agent of HYDRA" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Mandel
Artists:
Michael Walsh
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 26th, 2015

Superman #43

"Superman" #43 gives us the reason for Lois Lane outing Clark Kent, but Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Scott Hanna's story feels so predictable that there's little surprise or drama involved.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gene Luen Yang
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 26th, 2015

Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine provide a dark but intriguing peek into the future of the Valiant Universe in "Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak" #1. However, Ninjak's demise is flawed by the uncertainty of the side he has taken.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 26th, 2015

Welcome Back #1

In Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Brandon's "Welcome Back" #1, reincarnated warriors are destined to fight each other to the death in different lives.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 24th, 2015

Rat Queens #11

Something's gone terribly wrong at Mage University in Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler's "Rat Queens" #11.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artists:
Tess Fowler
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 24th, 2015

Wonder Woman #43

Ian Churchill hops into the artist's chair to join writer Meredith Finch on the continued adventures of Diana and Donna in "Wonder Woman" #43.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Meredith Finch
Artists:
Ian Churchill, Rick Bryant, Andrew Hennessy, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 24th, 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard #17

Loki and Verity confront Those Who Sit Above in Shadow in Al Ewing and Lee Garbett's "Loki: Agent of Asgard" #17.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Lee Garbett
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 24th, 2015

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #3

In "Green Lantern: The Lost Army" #3, writer Cullen Bunn and artists Jesus Saiz and Cliff Richards send John Stewart's crew to meet Relic, only it's not Relic as the Green Lanterns know him.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Jesus Saiz, Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 24th, 2015

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Dan Slott, Adam Kubert and Scott Hanna's story takes a turn for the better as the good guys rally and familiar characters are introduced in "Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 24th, 2015

1872 #2

Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella totally get the Marvel Universe, the Old West and what a "What If" story can truly be in "1872" #2, a superb "Secret Wars" tie-in that's fun, intense and fascinating in its reimagining of the

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Nik Virella
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 24th, 2015

Secret Wars: Secret Love #1

Marguerite Bennett, Katie Cook, Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Jeremy Whitley, Gurihiru and Kris Anka's "Secret Wars: Secret Love" #1 is a comics romance anthology set in Battleworld.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett, Katie Cook, Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Jeremy Whitley
Artists:
Katie Cook, Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Gurihiru, Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 24th, 2015

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs's Buffy/Angel team-up concludes in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #18 and, while the characterization is the star of the show, the plotting feels like it takes a back seat.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 21st, 2015

Invader Zim #2

"Invader Zim" #2 wraps up the continuation of the bizarre animated show's first story arc and, while Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart and Aaron Alexovich bring a lot of hilarity to the pages, some jokes don't translate as well to print.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart
Artists:
Aaron Alexovich, Megan Lawton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 21st, 2015

Secret Six #5

After a slightly troubled launch, "Secret Six" #5 not only feels like the series is back on track, but that Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham and Tom Derenick are making up for lost time as the Six learns the truth of their capture.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenick
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 21st, 2015

Guardians Team-Up #10

Macho Gomez has wronged both Rocket Raccoon and Deadpool. That can mean only one thing: TEAM-UP! Tim Seeley and Mike Norton bring the hurt in "Guardians Team-Up" #10.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 21st, 2015

Howard the Human #1

Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood put together a well-constructed detective thriller but throw in all kinds of laughs and symbolism that make it even better in "Howard the Human" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Jim Mahfood
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 21st, 2015

Archie #2

Archie goes job-hunting and Betty throws a party in Mark Waid and Fiona Staples' "Archie" #2.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 21st, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49

The lines are drawn as turtle fights mutant for the right to stand with their masters in the exciting "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" #49.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Artists:
Cory Smith
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 20th, 2015

Black Canary #3

"Black Canary" #3 draws parallels between superhero action and a band on tour, even as Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu give us a bit more backstory on why everyone's looking for Ditto.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Annie Wu
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 20th, 2015

Astro City #26

Twenty years after the very first "Astro City" comic was published, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson revisit its themes in "Astro City" #26 as we once more investigate Samaritan's dreams.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 20th, 2015

Weirdworld #3

Warbow makes good on his promise to Arkon in Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #3 as the barbarian receives a new map.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 20th, 2015

Justice League #43

The stakes are raised even higher as Darkseid and Anti-Monitor finally meet face-to-face in "Justice League" #43.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 20th, 2015

Hip Hop Family Tree #1

Ed Piskor takes readers through the history of a great American cultural movement in "Hip Hop Family Tree" #1.

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Ed Piskor
Artists:
Ed Piskor
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 20th, 2015

Star Wars #8

Stuart Immonen climbs into the co-pilot's chair and hits hyperdrive as he joins writer Jason Aaron for "Star Wars" #8, which is both a continuation of the tale and a magnificent new launching point.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 20th, 2015

King #1

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Bernard Chang's "King" #1 introduces a post-apocalyptic world where King must brave Crossfreaks, karate robot bears, basketball-uniform-wearing, co-worker eating pterodactyl oddities and more.

Publisher:
Jet City Comics
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 20th, 2015

I Hate Fairyland #1

Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu introduce readers to a hilariously violent fantasy world in "I Hate Fairyland" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Matt Little
August 19th, 2015

DC Comics Bombshells #1

Batwoman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman get pulled into the World War II war effort in Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage's "DC Bombshells" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Marguerite Sauvage
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 19th, 2015

A-Force #3

She-Hulk discovers a traitor, but she's the one in danger of exile in Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina's "A-Force" #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jorge Molina, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 17th, 2015

Gotham Academy #9

In "Gotham Academy" #9 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Olive sees her own admissions file and the gang tracks down a werewolf.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 17th, 2015

Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #2

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde take on the New Mutdroids in Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah's "Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Alti Firmansyah
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 17th, 2015

Justice League United #12

Jeff Parker and Travel Foreman's "Justice League United" #12 ends the re-imagined Justice League United's first case as Etrigan, Equinox, Mera and Poison Ivy fight a pile of grossness in the middle of Lake Erie.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Travel Foreman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 17th, 2015

Batman/Superman #23

In "Batman/Superman" #23, Greg Pak successfully puts readers back into Clark Kent's head while Ardian Syaf's rendition of an underground society gives the story a pulpy vibe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 17th, 2015

Years of Future Past #4

Marguerite Bennett and Mike Norton's "Years of Future Past" #4 continues the mutant battle to avoid extinction, but several double-crosses and about-faces feel rushed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 17th, 2015

Injection #4

In "Injection" #4 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, Maria talks about best case scenarios with the new Dispatch and Brigid meets with Simeon.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 17th, 2015

Action Comics #43

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder deliver an emotionally raw Superman with a short fuse in "Action Comics" #43 but, despite exemplifying his heroic nature, there just isn't much for a depowered Man of Steel to do here except punch people.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
Artists:
Aaron Kuder
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 17th, 2015

Constantine: The Hellblazer #3

John Constantine returns to England in "Constantine: The Hellblazer" #3, but Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Vanesa Del Rey's introduction of Georgiana Snow as John's frenemy feels like it's missing some impact.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Ming Doyle, Vanesa Del Rey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 17th, 2015
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