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Detective Comics #49

As the second half of "The Bronze Age" continues in "Detective Comics" #49, Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin settle into the title as more statue-inspired murders move through Gotham.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 5th, 2016

Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1

Deadpool leads a group of Z-listers on a smash-and-grab operation that may have universal ramifications in Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin's "Deadpool and the Mercs for Money" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Salva Espin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
February 5th, 2016

Old Man Logan #1

An older version of Wolverine wakes up in the present, convinced he can stop his future from happening, in Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Old Man Logan" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Matt Little
February 1st, 2016

Hellboy Winter Special 2016 #1

"Hellboy Winter Special 2016" has some interesting winter-themed stories from a variety of creators, but almost all of them feel like they aren't quite the right length.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Chris Roberson, Chelsea Cain, Dean Rankine
Artists:
Tim Sale, Michael Walsh, Michael Avon Oeming, Dean Rankine
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 29th, 2016

All-New Wolverine #4

Tom Taylor, David Lopez and David Navarrot's "All-New Wolverine" #4 continues to mix things up as Laura and her sisters go to Doctor Strange to save Zelda's life.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artists:
David Lopez, David Navarrot
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 15th, 2016

Robin War #2

"Robin War" #2 brings the story to a slightly rushed but overall satisfactory conclusion, as King, Randolph, Martinez, Fernandez, Di Giandomenico, Pugh, McDaniel and Owens give us a story about rising up in the face of adversity.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Khary Randolph, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Steve Pugh, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 15th, 2016

Swamp Thing #1

Len Wein returns to the character he co-created with fellow veteran Kelley Jones in "Swamp Thing" #1, which uses simple and solid storytelling punctuated with beautifully creepy illustrations.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Len Wein
Artists:
Kelley Jones
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
January 11th, 2016

Doctor Strange #4

In Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's "Doctor Strange" #4, the good Doctor warns the other magic-users of the impending apocalypse, but his analogy of using magic, punching and puking is what seals the deal.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, John Livesay, Wayne Faucher, Victor Olazaba, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 11th, 2016

The Vision #3

Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's "The Vision" #3 gets even creepier when Vision tries to bring Viv back to life, the house gets vandalized and Agatha Harkness sees a vision of the future.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 8th, 2016

Obi-Wan and Anakin #1

Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto have a good handle on characterization in "Obi-Wan and Anakin" #1, but the setting and circumstance don't pack the same punch.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
January 7th, 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1

Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness reunite as Deadpool tries to hire himself a Spider-Man in "Spider-Man/Deadpool" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Matt Little
January 5th, 2016

Robin: Son of Batman #7

Patrick Gleason, Ray Fawkes, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens continue the "Robin War" crossover in "Robin: Son of Batman" #7, but a storyline that started off strong is starting to lose steam.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Patrick Gleason, Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 28th, 2015

Daredevil #2

Charles Soule and Ron Garney's "Daredevil" #2 is a standard Daredevil story, but its execution makes it above average.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 28th, 2015

Justice League of America #6

Bryan Hitch's story about a Kryptonian God's arrival on Earth approaches its conclusion, but "Justice League of America" #6 doesn't pack much punch.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Hitch
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
December 24th, 2015

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! #1

If you're a superpowered person in need of a day job, then you should call Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams' "Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!".

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kate Leth
Artists:
Brittney L. Williams
Reviewer:
Matt Little
December 23rd, 2015

The Mighty Thor #2

Jason Aaron slows down a bit in "The Mighty Thor" #2, but Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson's art continues to dazzle even in the quiet moments.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 21st, 2015

Ms. Marvel #2

In "Ms. Marvel" #2, G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa remind us that a secret identity shared is ultimately a good thing for readers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Takeshi Miyazawa
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 21st, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal #11

"Batman and Robin Eternal" #11 gives us the new origin for Cassandra Cain, and Ed Brisson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Fernando Blanco and Christian Duce wisely carry much of it over from pre-reboot continuity.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ed Brisson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Fernando Blanco, Christian Duce
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 18th, 2015

Squadron Supreme #1

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk assemble a strong roster for "Squadron Supreme" #1 but deliver a somewhat one-dimensional story with some moments of disbelief.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
December 17th, 2015

Detective Comics #47

The Robins are all locked up, even as Grayson confronts Jim Gordon, but "Detective Comics" #47 comes across like less than a full chapter's worth of story in "Robin War."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Steve Pugh
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 11th, 2015

Secret Wars #8

Castle Doom is under attack in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's "Secret Wars" #8.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Esad Ribic
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
December 11th, 2015

Gwenpool Special #1

An array of stories featuring She-Hulk, Deadpool and -- of course -- Gwenpool make for a funny and whimsical holiday one-shot in "Gwenpool Special" #1, framed by Charles Soule and Langdon Foss with contributions from several other creators.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule, Margaret Stohl, Gerry Duggan, Christopher Hastings
Artists:
Langdon Foss, Juan Gedeon, Danilo S. Beyruth, Gurihiru
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
December 9th, 2015

Scarlet Witch #1

In James Robinson and Vanesa Del Rey's "Scarlet Witch" #1, Wanda makes a new home in New York City and an investigation of some violent deaths leads her to a more alarming discovery.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Vanesa R. Del Rey
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
December 9th, 2015

All-New Inhumans #1

Crystal, Gorgon and the NuHumans are on a diplomatic mission to Australia in Charles Soule, James Asmus, Stefano Caselli and Nico Leon's "All-New Inhumans" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Asmus, Charles Soule
Artists:
Stefano Caselli, Nico Leon
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
December 4th, 2015

Doctor Strange #3

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo are in perfect sync as they tell a whimsical and all-too-entertaining story in "Doctor Strange" #3, which paves the way for a looming threat.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
December 4th, 2015

Robin War #1

Tom King, Khary Randolph, Alain Mauricet, Jorge Corona and Andres Guinaldo launch a Bat-family crossover with "Robin War" #1, which takes all the promise of "We Are Robin" and makes it finally pay off.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Khary Randolph, Alain Mauricet, Jorge Corona, Andres Guinaldo, Walden Wong, Rob Haynes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 3rd, 2015

Daredevil #1

In Charles Soule, Ron Garney and Matt Milla's "Daredevil" #1, the Man Without Fear gets dark again, both inside and out, as he returns to New York with a slightly different status quo and some new cast members.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
December 1st, 2015

Red Wolf #1

A Native American sheriff deals with the prejudiced citizens of Timely and a supernatural threat in the period action drama "Red Wolf" #1 by Nathan Edmondson, Dalibor Talajic and Jeffrey Veregge.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Dalibor Talajic, Jose Marzan Jr.
Reviewer:
Matt Little
December 1st, 2015

The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Giant monsters, new heroes, overbearing sisters -- it's all in a day's work for Amadeus Cho in Greg Pak and Frank Cho's "The Totally Awesome Hulk" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Frank Cho
Reviewer:
Matt Little
December 1st, 2015

We Are Robin #6

"We Are Robin" #6 wraps up the series' first story arc as the Robins are inadvertently made public, but Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Rob Haynes's lead-in to "Robin War" needs to better define its cast of characters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lee Bermejo
Artists:
Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 30th, 2015

Venom: Space Knight #1

Flash Thompson is a swashbuckling outer space hero in "Venom: Space Knight" #1, but Robbie Thompson and Ariel Olivetti's series doesn't seem to have much more of a hook than, "Hey, it's Venom" so far.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robbie Thompson
Artists:
Ariel Olivetti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 25th, 2015

Ms. Marvel #1

In G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #1, Kamala Khan has growing pains as she becomes "Super Famous" and confronts changes in her friends, her neighborhood and herself.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 20th, 2015

Spider-Woman #1

Jessica Drew goes on maternity leave and finds herself in even bigger trouble in "Spider-Woman" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Matt Little
November 17th, 2015

Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

In many ways, Green Lantern feels the most removed from godhood in "Justice League: Darkseid War," which is probably why Tom King and Evan Shaner have such an uphill battle to make this comic work.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Evan Shaner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 16th, 2015

All-New Wolverine #1

Wolverine stops an assassination attempt but uncovers part of her past in Tom Taylor, David Lopez and David Navarrot's "All-New Wolverine" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artists:
David Lopez, David Navarrot
Reviewer:
Matt Little
November 16th, 2015

All-New Hawkeye #1

"All-New Hawkeye" #1 might as well be "All-New Hawkeye" #6, as Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez pick up right where they left off, dealing with the fallout of letting three weaponized children get taken away.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Ramon Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 13th, 2015

DMC #2

DMC must face off against a corporate drug scheme affecting civilians and superheroes alike in the anthology-sized "DMC" #2.

Publisher:
Darryl Makes Comics
Writer:
Amy Chu, David Walker, Darryl McDaniels, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Greg Pak
Artists:
Juan Doe, Sung Goo Won, Marcus Williams, Afu Chan, Elliot Fernandez
Reviewer:
Matt Little
November 10th, 2015

Hercules #1

Hercules fits one more monster into his schedule in Dan Abnett and Luke Ross' "Hercules" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett
Artists:
Luke Ross
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
November 9th, 2015

Velvet #12

In Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #12, Velvet and her former colleagues at ARC-7 match wits as with each side tries to play the other.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 9th, 2015

Nova #1

Sean Ryan and Cory Smith are the new "Nova" creative team for the series' relaunch, but Sam Alexander's new status quo feels sadly underwhelming.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan
Artists:
Cory Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 6th, 2015

Uncanny X-Men #600

Brian Michael Bendis and over a dozen artists gather for a quiet but satisfying finale in "Uncanny X-Men" #600, highlighted with key character moments and flashes of artistic beauty that gel together quite well.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Sara Pichelli, Mahmud Asrar, Stuart Immonen, Kris Anka, Chris Bachalo, David Marquez, Frazer Irving, Wade Von Grawbadger, Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 5th, 2015

Klaus #1

Just in time for Christmas, Grant Morrison and Dan Mora kick off a fresh take on the origin of Santa Claus in "Klaus" #1, where Klaus is noble and honest, yet also brutally brave.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Dan Mora
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 3rd, 2015

ODY-C #8

Part Greek mythology, part Arabian fable, "ODY-C" #8 feels dizzying as Matt Fraction and Christian Ward continue the story of Q'af and we learn just how dangerous its past is to our heroes in the present.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Christian Ward
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 28th, 2015

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

This is the second "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson to be published in 2015, but -- fortunately -- it's still just as silly and charming as before.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Erica Henderson, Joe Morris
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 27th, 2015

The Shield #1

Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and Drew Johnson's "The Shield" #1 brings an American myth to light and continues Archie's Dark Circle imprint launch.

Publisher:
Dark Circle Comics
Writer:
Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig
Artists:
Drew Johnson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 21st, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Ben Grimm heads for the stars in Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Valerio Schiti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 16th, 2015

Spider-Man 2099 #1

Kicking off with a slow burn, Peter David and Will Sliney's "Spider-Man 2099" #1 finds Miguel O'Hara as an executive at Parker Industries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Will Sliney
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 15th, 2015

Star Wars #10

In "Star Wars" #10, Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen deliver a space epic, a buddy cop comedy and a gladiator drama all-in-one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Matt Little
October 12th, 2015

Secret Wars #6

The forces arrayed against Doom get some new weapons in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's "Secret Wars" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Esad Ribic
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
October 12th, 2015

Detective Comics #45

The Justice League paying a visit to past and present Batman in "Detective Comics" #45, but Peter J. Tomasi and Marcio Takara's story feels like a tired retread.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 9th, 2015
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