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Evil Empire #4

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.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Max Bemis
Artists:
Andrea Mutti
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 27th, 2014

Sundowners #1

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.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Tim Seeley
Artists:
Jim Terry
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 26th, 2014

The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8

Tommy enters the Chapel Perilous, and Daniel Armitage's story reaches its end in Mike Carey and Peter Gross' "The Unwritten: Apocalypse" #8.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
August 25th, 2014

Daredevil #7

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.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 21st, 2014

The Multiversity #1

"The Multiversity" #1 explodes with characters and concepts from the mind of Grant Morrison and is drawn into the pages by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 21st, 2014

Original Sin #7

"Original Sin" #7 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato is one big fight, "Nick Fury vs. The World," and the biggest loser is Thor, son of Odin.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 15th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #5

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos provide a witty, character-driven, balanced, and lighthearted story that explores Peter's relationship with Silk, and the Black Cat's vendetta against Peter, in "Amazing Spider-Man" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 15th, 2014

Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

"Godzilla: Cataclysm" #1, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Dave Wachter, delivers the story of people trying to pick up the pieces of life -- and society -- in the wake of monster-spawned calamity.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Dave Wachter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 14th, 2014

Moon Knight #6

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey deliver a tightly-paced origin for the new Black Spectre, capped off with a fitting confrontation to wrap up their run on the title in "Moon Knight" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 11th, 2014

Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

"Angel & Faith Season 10" #5 is really just "Angel Season 10" #5, but Victor Gischler and Derlis Santacruz's story addressing the recent changes in vampires is the best issue to date.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Derlis Santacruz, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 8th, 2014

Justice League 3000 #8

"Justice League 3000" #9 gives the team a desperately needed victory, as Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, and Chris Batista give us an escape from Cadmusworld.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Howard Porter, Chris Batista, LeBeau Underwood
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 8th, 2014

New Warriors #8

"New Warriors" #8 finishes up the focus on new Inhuman Haechi, but Christopher Yost and Marcus To's comic has good ideas but feels a little too scattered to fully grab one's attention.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Marcus To
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 8th, 2014

Superior Spider-Man #32

"Superior Spider-Man" #32 gives Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Adam Kubert a chance to check in with Otto Octavius before the events of "Spider-Verse" unfurl.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, Adam Kubert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 7th, 2014

Hawkeye #19

In "Hawkeye" #19 by Matt Fraction and David Aja, Clint is deafened from the injuries inflicted by the Bro Gang but his brother Barney may get him to see, if not hear, reason.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
David Aja
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
August 1st, 2014

Cyclops #3

In "Cyclops" #3 Russell Dauterman and Greg Rucka strand Cyclops and his father, Corsair, on "Gilligan's Planet," forcing them to discuss their relationship.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 31st, 2014

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night" #2

The Prodigals are caught between a mutiny and a cannibal in Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger's "Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night" #2.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger, Adam Gorham
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
July 28th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #4

When the events of "Original Sin" cause Peter to realize that he wasn't the only one bitten by a radioactive spider, he rushes across New York City to learn more in Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos' "Amazing Spider-Man" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
July 28th, 2014

Velvet #6

Velvet redoubles her efforts by returning home and going to the source in Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser's "Velvet" #6.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
July 28th, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #5 wraps up the first story of the new season, and Gage, Brendon and Issacs show that the new setup is full of possibilities and fun, even as it's unpredictable.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 23rd, 2014

Umbral #7

Rascal and her allies arrive at a farm called Sunrise in Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's "Umbral" #7.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Christopher Mitten
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
July 21st, 2014

Original Sin #6

Nick Fury reveals why he's assembled everyone for the investigation in "Original Sin" #6 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
July 18th, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #23

"Uncanny X-Men" #23 has Brian Michael Bendis and Kris Anka pick up the pieces from the last storyline, even as Cyclops' X-Men team heads towards another meeting with the main squad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 17th, 2014

Nightcrawler #4

Kurt discovers Margali's master plan, but the cost of stopping her is great in Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's "Nightcrawler" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
July 14th, 2014

Daredevil #5

"Daredevil" #5 shows readers what the completely synchronous creative team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez and Joe Caramagna can deliver, thanks to the appearance of Leapfrog and the death of Foggy Nelson.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 11th, 2014

Captain Marvel #5

"Captain Marvel" #5provides a revelation for the interest in Torfa and gives Carol Danvers renewed interest in fighting the bullies in this Kelly Sue DeConnick-written, David Lopez-drawn issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
David Lopez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 10th, 2014

Amazing X-Men #9

"Amazing X-Men" #9 stumbles down in quality, as Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, and Carlos Barber's story loses speed, reuses bad character designs, and advances very little in the storyline.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Carlos Barberi, Walden Wong, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 10th, 2014

New Warriors #7

The New Warriors face a close encounter of the fourth kind with Jakarta's resident Inhumans after one of their own gets kidnapped in Christopher Yost and Marcus To's "New Warriors" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Marcus To
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
July 7th, 2014

Moon Knight #5

Warren Ellis's plot for "Moon Knight" #5 is about as basic as you can get -- a fight through a building to save a hostage -- but Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire's art is simply gorgeous.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 4th, 2014

Original Sin #5

Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato deliver "The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury," in "Original Sin" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 2nd, 2014

Ghost #5

"Ghost" #5 features the new creative team of Christopher Sebela, Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, but this story with a potentially demonic movie host is lacking energy.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 27th, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #3

"The Amazing Spider-Man" #3 pits Black Cat against her frequent ally and companion, Spider-Man, in a story written by Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 27th, 2014

Thomas Alsop #1

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Chris Miskiewicz
Artists:
Palle Schmidt
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
June 23rd, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #22

It's the X-Men vs S.H.I.E.L.D., but only sort of, in Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo's "Uncanny X-Men" #22.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Marc Deering, Mark Irwin, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
June 23rd, 2014

Daredevil #4

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee wrap up their first storyline in the new "Daredevil" series, but this story with the Owl and the Shroud more of a "to be continued later" setup than a definitive conclusion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 23rd, 2014

Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #1

After a trip to Prospero's Island leaves them ragged and dispirited, Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Will find themselves on a new adventure in Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col & Andy Belanger's "Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger, Adam Gorham
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
June 19th, 2014

Original Sin #4

Jason Aaron takes an odd mix of characters and settings, and makes a pretty decent story in "Original Sin" #4, despite a subdued pace and one-dimensional dialogue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
June 19th, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #4 delves deeper into the ever-changing vampire powers, while Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, and Rebekah Isaacs investigate Xander, Faith, and Dracula.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 18th, 2014

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir #2

"Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir" #2 features the best characters from the prequels, well-defined by writer Jeremy Barlow and artists Juan Frigeri and Mauro Vargas.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jeremy Barlow
Artists:
Juan Frigeri, Mauro Vargas
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
June 18th, 2014

Red City #1

In Daniel Corey and Mark Dos Santos' "Red City" #1, former Mars PD and ex-conman Cal Talmage is the only man for the job in an effort to find the Mercurian ambassador's daughter and stop certain war.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Daniel Corey
Artists:
Mark Dos Santos
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
June 16th, 2014

Nightcrawler #3

"Nightcrawler" #3 continues to use an intensely boring new villain, Trimega, but Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's scenes with Nightcrawler among the X-Men save the book from crashing and burning.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Claremont
Artists:
Todd Nauck
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 12th, 2014

Figment #1

A scientist's mesmonic invention conjures a dragon friend he created as a child and then sends them both through some sort of portal in Jim Zub and Felipe Andrade's "Figment" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim Zub
Artists:
Felipe Andrade
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
June 12th, 2014

The United States of Murder Inc. #2

Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming put together both a fascinating alternate world and a compelling family drama in "The United States of Murder Inc." #2, a superb and moody noir-ish political/crime thriller.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Michael Avon Oeming
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
June 12th, 2014

Manifest Destiny #7

Writer Chris Dingess and artist Matthew Roberts return alongside Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in "Manifest Destiny" #7 as the Louisiana Purchase continues to divulge its secrets.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Chris Dingess
Artists:
Matthew Roberts
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 12th, 2014

Cyclops #2

The Corsair's less-than-spotless reputation stirs up a little trouble during the father-son duo's intergalactic road trip in Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman's "Cyclops" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
June 9th, 2014

Amazing X-Men #8

Ed McGuinness returns to the title with new writing duo Craig Kyle and Chris Yost as "Amazing X-Men" #8 opens up "World War Wendigo!"

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 9th, 2014

Moon Knight #4

In "Moon Knight" #6 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, Marc Spector makes his way into a persistent group dream that is driving the subjects of a sleep research project mad.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
June 9th, 2014

Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1

Jimmy Palmiotti presents two tales in "Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides" #1, with art from Juan Santacruz, Noberto Fernandez and Steve Mannion.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Juan Santacruz, Noberto Fernandez, Steve Mannion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 5th, 2014

Original Sin #3

"Original Sin" #3 is the sort of comic where Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato just throw random scenes together, and it succeeds in spite of its hodgepodge nature.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 4th, 2014

Sheltered #9

The body count rises as the balance of power in Safehaven shifts -- again.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brisson
Artists:
Johnnie Christmas
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
June 3rd, 2014

Fantastic Four #5

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk deliver a grand tour of the Marvel Universe and begin dealing with the ramifications of the assault on New York in “Fantastic Four” #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Jay Leisten, Rick Magyar, Chris Samnee, Dean Haspiel, Paul Rivoche, Phil Jimenez, Mike Allred, Jim Starlin, Andy Smith, Jerry Ordway, Derlis Santacruz, June Brigman, Roy Richardson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 29th, 2014
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