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Detective Comics #31

The second part of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Icarus" storyline in "Detective Comics" #31 brings Batman across Sumo, a crime lord who just so happens to resemble a sumo wrestler.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 9th, 2014

Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1

Focusing a series of anthology one-shots on the four colors used for CMYK printing sounds odd, but "Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan" is off to a strong start with many good stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Shaun Simon, Joe Keatinge, Lee Garbett, Jock, Amy Chu, Monty Nero, Cris Peter, Ana Koehler, Robert Rodi, James Tynion IV, Fabio Moon
Artists:
Tony Akins, Ken Garing, Jock, Alitha Martinez, Al Davison, Ana Koehler, Javi Fernandez, Martin Morazzo, Fabio Moon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 1st, 2014

Southern Bastards #1

There's no southern hospitality here, as Jason Aaron and Jason Latour pretend that all the negative stereotypes in the Heart of Dixie are real in "Southern Bastards" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jason Latour
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
April 30th, 2014

Detective Comics #30

"Detective Comics" #30 looks absolutely gorgeous courtesy Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, and the story centering around a waterfront renovation feels timely and full of promise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 2nd, 2014

The Wake #7

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their captivating exploration of a world overrun with terrifying sea creatures in "The Wake" #7, in a well-structured and beautifully illustrated story that respects its readers' intelligence.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
March 26th, 2014

Animal Man #29

"Animal Man" #29 ends this era of the adventures of Buddy Baker and his family, courtesy of Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 19th, 2014

The Wake #6

The second half of Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" begins here, a fascinating and gorgeous kickoff to the second part of this brilliant maxi-series.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
February 27th, 2014

Animal Man #28

As the series starts to wind to a close, "Animal Man" #28 has Jeff Lemire and Rafael Albuquerque wrap up the Brother Blood storyline, even as the book doesn't lose sight of its focus on family.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 24th, 2014

Batman: Black and White #6

"Batman Black and White" #6 wraps up the anthology with five stories showcasing excellent art by Cliff Chiang, Becky Cloonan and Adam Hughes, among others.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cliff Chiang, Olly Moss, Dave Taylor, Adam Hughes, Dave Johnson
Artists:
Cliff Chiang, Becky Cloonan, Dave Taylor, Adam Hughes, Dave Johnson
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
February 10th, 2014

Wonder Woman #27

"Wonder Woman" #27 has Brian Azzarello's story start to slow down a bit, but Cliff Chiang's art is so gorgeous that in the end it's still a victory.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 24th, 2014

The Massive #19

Brian Wood moves the locale to Eastern Europe and begins a new story with the return of some familiar characters and plot threads in "The Massive" #19, and this post-crash world looks as bleak as ever as drawn by Garry Brown.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Garry Brown
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
January 22nd, 2014

Detective Comics #27

Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch and over twenty other top creators admirably and fittingly pay tribute to Batman and the character's enduring legacy on his 75th anniversary in the impressively-assembled "Detective Comics" #27.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman, Scott Snyder, Brad Meltzer, Peter J. Tomasi, Gregg Hurwitz, Mike Barr, Francesco Francavilla
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Sean Murphy, Bryan Hitch, Ian Bertram, Neal Adams, Guillem March, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
January 9th, 2014

Detective Comics #26

John Layman and Aaron Lopresti bring Man-Bat out to fight Batman in "Detective Comics" #26.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
December 5th, 2013

The Massive #17

The second part of the ‘Longships’ arc doesn’t live up to the promise of the first, but it’s still gearing toward an exciting finale.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Garry Brown
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
December 2nd, 2013

Animal Man #25

"Animal Man" #25 takes Buddy and Ellen Baker to the Hollywood Screen Awards where Jeff Lemire and Rafael Albuquerque throw some frightening surprises at them.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
November 25th, 2013

Wonder Woman #25

Brian Azzarello and Goran Sudzuka start moving pieces across the proverbial chessboard in "Wonder Woman" #25, as they remind readers that the personification of Strife is never someone to be trusted.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Goran Sudzuka, Jose Marzan Jr.
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 22nd, 2013

The Wake #5

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy bring their first arc to a breathtaking conclusion in "The Wake" #5.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Meagan Damore
November 22nd, 2013

Federal Bureau of Physics #5

The usual anomalies seen in Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez's "Federal Bureau of Physics" #5 are kept to a minimum, but the intrigue is not as the focus shifts to how these occurrences have impacted the central character's family hist

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Simon Oliver
Artists:
Robbi Rodriguez
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 18th, 2013

Suicide Squad #25

"Suicide Squad" #25 brings O.M.A.C. into the mix as Matt Kindt and Patrick Zircher also address the ramifications of "Forever Evil" in the comic that calls Belle Reve one of its primary sets.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
November 15th, 2013

Detective Comics #25

"Detective Comics" #25 by John Layman, Jason Fabok and Jorge Lucas has a pair of Jim Gordon stories. The backup story, "Troubled Waters," flows directly out of "Whistleblower Blues," a Zero Year tale.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Jorge Lucas
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 11th, 2013

Animal Man #24

Jeff Lemire and incoming artist Rafael Albuquerque give us the rise of Brother Blood in "Animal Man" #24, even as the Hollywood Screen Awards begin to kick off.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 21st, 2013

Suicide Squad #24

Matt Kindt joins Patrick Zircher to take over "Suicide Squad" #24, which is fitting since this entire issue set during "Forever Evil" is all about rival creative teams pitted against one another.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 9th, 2013

Detective Comics #24

"Detective Comics" #24 has John Layman and Jason Fabok conclude their story of the Wrath (the anti-Batman) in exactly a manner as you expected, but it's still satisfying and well-told.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 7th, 2013

The Wake #4

In "The Wake" #4, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's deep ocean mystery twists into visually spectacular survival horror.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
September 27th, 2013

Wonder Woman #23.2

Series writer Brian Azzarello teams up with ACO to tell the First Born's story in "Wonder Woman" #23.2, and for all intents and purposes it's "Wonder Woman" #24.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
ACO
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 26th, 2013

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2

"Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.2 gives Jason Masters a full issue to draw, and that's the big attraction here, even as Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti try to tweak Mr. Freeze's motivations in the New 52.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 12th, 2013

Batman #23.1

"Batman" 23.1 by Andy Kubert and Andy Clarke embraces all the worst clichés that comic book villainy has to offer.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Andy Kubert
Artists:
Andy Clarke
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 4th, 2013

American Vampire Anthology #1

"American Vampire Anthology" #1 reminds readers why Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's creation is so beloved as more than a score of the comics' industry's biggest names contribute to the legend of Skinner Sweet.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Jason Aaron, Rafael Albuquerque, Jeff Lemire, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Gail Simone, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque, Declan Shalvey, Ivo Milazzo, Ray Fawkes, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Tula Lotay, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, JP Leon
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 28th, 2013

Wonder Woman #23

"Wonder Woman" #23 feels like another standard (if good!) fight against the First Born at first, but when Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang throw us a curveball, it elevates this into something much more interesting.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 22nd, 2013

Demon Knights #23

"Demon Knights" #23 comes to a conclusion as Robert Venditti and Phil Winslade wraps up the series with the fates of the Holy Grail, the Black Diamond and the Knights themselves.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 15th, 2013

Animal Man Annual #2

Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman reunite in "Animal Man Annual" #2 for a flashback to when Cliff was Buddy's only child, and the way it feeds into the present day is somewhat heartwarming.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 2nd, 2013

The Wake #3

"The Wake" #3 puts Scott Snyder's and Sean Murphy's latest creation in motion with devastating results.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 31st, 2013

Wonder Woman #22

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang provide plenty of New Genesis coolness in "Wonder Woman" #22.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 22nd, 2013

Suicide Squad #22

"Suicide Squad" #22 has some fun scenes as the Squad hits Vegas, but it feels like Ales Kot and Patrick Zircher skip some of the more interesting parts in favor of replaying those already seen last issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ales Kot
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 15th, 2013

Detective Comics #22

"Detective Comics" #22 has John Layman and Jason Fabok introduce the Wrath into the New 52, and so far this villain is living up to its reputation as the Anti-Batman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Andy Clarke
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 3rd, 2013

The Wake #2

Spanning millions of years and with a fascinating and disturbing mystery at its center, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" #2 is a force to be reckoned with in comics storytelling.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
June 28th, 2013

The Massive #13

Writer Brian Wood alters the direction of the series for the better in "The Massive" #13, while keeping all of the dystopian elements that have made it great. Plus, the welcome return of regular series artist Garry Brown.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Garry Brown
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
June 26th, 2013

Animal Man #21

"Animal Man" #21 has Jeff Lemire, Steve Pugh and Francis Portela plunge Buddy Baker in the superstar life even as he grieves for his deceased son, and the end result is surprisingly compelling.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Steve Pugh, Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 19th, 2013

American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell #1

An oversized one shot by Rafael Albuquerque and Scott Snyder introduces new characters and brings back old for "American Vampire: The Long Road To Hell."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Rafael Albuquerque, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
June 14th, 2013

Detective Comics #21

"Detective Comics" #21 is a one-off story introducing a new villain, but despite John Layman and Scot Eaton's best efforts, Penumbra doesn't have the same instant grab that Emperor Penguin did.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Andy Clarke, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 5th, 2013

The Wake #1

In "The Wake" #1, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy introduce us to the main cast and perform a lot of set-up, but there's still enough material in this aquatic horror story to keep you interested in what's to come.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 29th, 2013

Wonder Woman #20

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's "Wonder Woman" has been chugging along on its save-the-baby storyline for over a year now and issue #20 is no different.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang, Goran Sudzuka
Reviewer:
Nat Webb
May 20th, 2013

Suicide Squad #20

Ales Kot and Patrick Zircher arrive onto "Suicide Squad" #20, and their debut issue holds a lot of promise, although the sudden creative team switch has some rough transitions here and there.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ales Kot
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 9th, 2013

Animal Man #20

"Animal Man" #20 has Jeff Lemire and John Paul Leon return to the movie world of "Tights" and Red Thunder, but this second time around it feels like a diversion that's been played out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
John Paul Leon, Timothy Green II, Joseph Silver
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 3rd, 2013

Wonder Woman #19

Brian Azzarello, Goran Sudzuka, and Tony Akins kick off "Wonder Woman" #19 (and the first chapter of the fourth collection) with a regrouping of characters, even as some prepare comebacks.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Goran Sudzuka, Tony Akins, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 17th, 2013

Demon Knights #19

Robert Venditti and Bernard Chang unleash an 11th century vampire horde in "Demon Knights" #19, and when even Hell is worried, you know things are bad.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 15th, 2013

Detective Comics #19

"Detective Comics" #19 is also the 900th issue of the series, and to celebrate John Layman and Jason Fabok not only unleash an army of Man-Bats, but welcome in a plethora of back-up stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Andy Clarke, Henrik Jonsson, Sandu Florea, Mikel Janin, Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 3rd, 2013

Time Warp #1

"Time Warp" delivers nine stories by fantastic talent like Damon Lindelof, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt among others. And, yes, there are dinosaurs. And Adolf Hitler. Not at the same time, though.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Damon Lindelof, Tom King, Gail Simone, Simon Spurrier, Toby Litt, Peter Milligan, Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, Dan Abnett
Artists:
Jeff Lemire, Tom Fowler, Gael Bertrand, Michael Dowling, Mark Buckingham, Victor Santos, M. K. Perker, Andy MacDonald, Matt Kindt, I.N.J. Culbard
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 28th, 2013

Wonder Woman #18

"Wonder Woman" #18 has Brian Azzarello, Goran Sudzuka, Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins, and Dan Green wrap up some long-running plots, but it feels strangely muted and anti-climactic in the process.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Goran Sudzuka, Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 22nd, 2013

Suicide Squad #18

"Suicide Squad" #18 continues the Squad's attack on the alive-once-more Regulus, but Adam Glass and Henrik Jonsson's comic is feeling a little tired as it heads down a familiar path.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Henrik Jonsson, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 15th, 2013
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