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The Adventures of Apocalypse AI #1

J. Michael Straczynski and Sid Kotian's "The Adventures of Apocalypse Al" #1 serves as an uneven start to what could be a promising and quirky mini-series.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Sid Kotian
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
February 7th, 2014

The Twilight Zone #1

J. Michael Straczyinski and Guiu Vilanova launch "The Twilight Zone" in its new comic book form for Dynamite Entertainment.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Guiu Vilanova
Reviewer:
Matt Little
January 3rd, 2014

Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #1

J. Michael Straczynski and Pete Woods bring more revelations about the origins of the Terminators and Skynet in "Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
December 5th, 2013

Sidekick #4

"Sidekick" #4 hits a presumed turning point for the series, as Flyboy hits an all-time low. J. Michael Straczynski's script is uncomfortable reading, even as Tom Mandrake's art is excellent.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 2nd, 2013

Ten Grand #5

Joe heads into the underworld in "Ten Grand" #5, but while J. Michael Straczynski and C.P. Smith's depiction of the afterlife has some nice ideas, the forward momentum of the comic seems to have wound down.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
C.P. Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 11th, 2013

Protectors, Inc. #1

Superheroism gets commercialized in J. Michael Straczynski and Gordon Purcell's "Protectors Inc." #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Gordon Purcell
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
November 7th, 2013

Sidekick #1

Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Tom Mandrake make a welcome return to the superhero genre in "Sidekick" #1, an uncomfortable but convincing story of a former hero who's long since fallen from public favor.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Tom Mandrake
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 9th, 2013

Ten Grand #2

"Ten Grand" #2 at first seems more standard and predictable compared to the first issue, but J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith aren't afraid to turn the tables and start delivering material much sooner than expected.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 6th, 2013

Ten Grand #1

J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith's "Ten Grand" #1 offers up an interesting spin on an old tale, but wades too heavily in clichés to feel entirely successful.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
May 3rd, 2013

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #4

The best thing about "Before Watchmen: Nite Owl" is getting to compare the difference an inker can make in a comic; in this case, Bill Sienkiewicz subbing in for the late Joe Kubert over Andy Kubert's pencils.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Bill Sienkiewicz
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 27th, 2012

Before Watchmen: Moloch #1

"Before Watchmen: Moloch" has J. Michael Straczynski and Eduardo Risso tackle the one "super-villain" from "Watchmen," but this "Before Watchmen" mini-series feels the most pointless of them all.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, John Higgins
Artists:
Eduardo Risso, John Higgins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 9th, 2012

Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1

"Before Watchmen: Dr Manhattan" #1 is a different look at the past of the titular character and while it's a well crafted comic in many ways it doesn't quite feel necessary after its execution falls somewhat short.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Adam Hughes
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
August 23rd, 2012

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1

Andy Kubert and his father, Joe, bring the Kubert magic to the origin of the Nite Owl. Unfortunately, the story is less inspiring.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Len Wein
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, John Higgins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 28th, 2012

Wonder Woman #614

Diana finally overcomes her Odyssey.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Lee Garbett. Drew Geraci, Robin Riggs, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
August 26th, 2011

Superman #814

Hello, Superman, hello. J. Michael Straczynski's "Grounded" plot wraps up here, with help from Chris Roberson and Jamal Igle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Roberson
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal, Robin Riggs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 3rd, 2011

Wonder Woman #611

Diana finally gets a glimpse of The Morrigan’s plan for her and is horrified, while her companions get brutally killed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Wayne Faucher, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
June 4th, 2011

Superman #710

That's right, it's yet another previously untold tale of an early Superman and Batman team up. (Just how many of them are there?)

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chris Roberson, J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Eddy Barrows, John Dell, J.P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 13th, 2011

Wonder Woman #609

Diana continues her very long, very uninteresting quest to find out who she really is and what she should really be doing.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Sean Parsons, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
March 31st, 2011

Superman #708

It's a Straczynski title crossover this month, sort of.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chris Roberson, J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 9th, 2011

Wonder Woman #606

“You’re right there, Princess. I owe you an equal share in this kill. After all, your carelessness led directly to her demise.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Eduardo Pansica, Jay Leisten, Marlo Alquiza, Wayne Faucher, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
January 27th, 2011

Superman #707

Incoming writer Chris Roberson gets this series back on track by derailing the absurdly bad “Grounded” run and offering a more exciting direction.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Chris Roberson, J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Allan Goldman, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
January 14th, 2011

Wonder Woman #605

Phil Hester takes the reins of "Wonder Woman" and the first changes are happening for the better.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Phil Hester, J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Daniel HDR, Jay Leisten, Marlo Alquiza, Wayne Faucher, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 22nd, 2010

Superman #705

Straczynski tries to make a point about every-day heroes, but it gets lost in the melodrama.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Wellington Diaz, Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 18th, 2010

Superman: Earth One

“I’m here. May as well see if he’s right. What do you have to lose?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Shane Davis, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 27th, 2010

Wonder Woman #603

Diana goes to Hell! Why, I don’t really know.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Allan Goldman, Jay Leisten, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
October 1st, 2010

Wonder Woman #602

The all-new "Wonder Woman" is already proving to be a little dull, unfortunately.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Jay Leisten, Michael Babinski, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 25th, 2010

Superman #702

Superman’s walk across America continues on, with this issue bringing him to Detroit.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 15th, 2010

Wonder Woman #601

Witness the destruction of Paradise Island! Marvel at the death of Hippolyta! Wonder who this new Diana is, because we don’t really learn anything about her character!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Don Kramer, Michael Babinki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
July 28th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #35

The time travel might not make any sense (not that it ever does) but we get some Subs with our Inferior Five this time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
July 18th, 2010

Superman #701

“Grounded” begins with Superman in Philadelphia, where he handles all sorts of problems including reminding us of the importance of obeying traffic laws.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
July 14th, 2010

Wonder Woman #600

There's something for everyone in "Wonder Woman" #600, but overall it's not as strong as one would hope.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Geoff Johns
Artists:
Don Kramer, George Perez, Amanda Conner, Eduardo Pansica, Scott Kolins, Michael Babinski, Scott Koblish, Bob Wiacek
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 30th, 2010

Superman #700

This "Giant-Sized Anniversary Issue" may have plenty of pages, but I wouldn't say there's a whole lot to celebrate.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson, Dan Jurgens, J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Bernard Chang, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Eddy Barrows, J. P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
June 28th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #34

The Silver Age goodness from Straczynski and Saiz continues, bringing the Legion back in time to meet the Doom Patrol.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 27th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #33

Gorgeous art from Cliff Chiang and a story that's anything but subtle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
April 25th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #32

JMS continues to play in the DC Universe sandbox. Here he dusts off some fan favorites for a really unusual team-up.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 17th, 2010

The Brave and the Bold #30

Straczynski is living out the dreams of many a fanboy in his time on "B&B," as he connects random characters. Saiz takes it from there and the duo delivers a book that is consistently enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
December 19th, 2009

Thor Giant-Size Finale #1

J. Michael Straczynski exits "Thor" with a standard issue that advances the plot while not making things too difficult for those that follow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Danny Miki, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
November 25th, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #29

Feel like reading a comic where the only point is telling you how much better life was four decades ago? Yeah, me neither.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
November 22nd, 2009

Thor #603

Straczynski’s writing drags a little in this issue, but Marko Djurdjevic delivers some of his best interior work yet.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 30th, 2009

The Brave and the Bold #27

Almost a year ago, it was confirmed that J. Michael Straczynski would be the regular writer of "The Brave and the Bold". For his first issue, he goes back to the tried and true team-up formula of "Batman and . . ."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 20th, 2009

The Red Circle: The Web #1

"The Red Circle: The Web" trots out another one of the characters licensed from Archie, but once again, there's little you haven't already seen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Roger Robinson, Hilary Barta, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 24th, 2009

The Red Circle: The Hangman #1

"The Red Circle" event kicks with "The Hangman," but hopefully the remaining characters will have a slightly less cliché origin to be told.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Tom Denerick, Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 8th, 2009

Thor #602

An issue of subplots with no real central focus to drive things forward as Thor solves a problem, William adjusts to life in Asgard, and Baldur explains his rationale for accepting Doom’s offer of relocation.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marko Djurdjevic, Danny Miki, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
June 23rd, 2009

Rising Stars Compendium

J. Michael Straczynski’s complete story about 113 children with special powers and their lives is collected in one book. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a worthwhile and engaging read.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery
Artists:
Brent Anderson, Christian Zanier, Stuart Immonen, Keu Cha, Dave Finch, Gary Frank, Ken Lashley, Dan Jurgens, Staz Johnson, Karl Moline, Al Rio, Livesay, Edwin Rosell, Jason Gorder, Steve Nelsonm Marlo Alquiza, Alp Altiner, Danny Miki, Rick Basaldua, Al Ve
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
May 24th, 2009

Thor #601

The repercussions of last issue surface with Thor in exile and Balder considering Loki’s suggestion to emigrate to Latveria.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Marco Djurdjevic, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
April 20th, 2009

Thor #600

Have at thee! Marvel returns "Thor" to the numbering that began lo those many years ago with "Journey Into Mystery" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Stan Lee, Chris Giarrusso
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Marko Djurdjevic, Mark Morales, David Aja, Chris Giarusso, Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
February 11th, 2009

Thor #12

J. Michael Straczynski sheds new light on Loki’s past and how he came to be Odin’s adopted son. It was a lie, but that’s to be expected from the god of trickery.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
December 21st, 2008

The Twelve #8

Chris Weston's artwork thrusts this series toward excellence.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Chris Weston
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
October 12th, 2008

Thor #10

Straczynski has excised the Shakespearian language but not the intrigue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Allen Martinez, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
July 30th, 2008

Thor #9

J. Michael Straczynski's "Thor" has made a believer out of a long-time skeptic. Combined with Olivier Copiel's art, the book has a mission and a style worth looking out for every month.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Artists:
Olivier Copiel, Mark Morales, Danny Miki, John Dell
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
June 2nd, 2008
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