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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

Captain Marvel #2

Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Kris Anka provide thrills and intrigue as an abandoned spaceship looms in "Captain Marvel" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters
Artists:
Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 4th, 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

Batman and Robin Eternal #16

Azrael attempts to take down the Order of St. Dumas with the help of Red Robin and Red Hood in "Batman and Robin Eternal" #16.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Artists:
Andrea Mutti, Roger Robinson, Goran Sudzuka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 25th, 2016

Captain Marvel #1

Carol Danvers is now in charge of Earth's defense against otherworldly threats in Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Kris Anka's "Captain Marvel" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters
Artists:
Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Matt Little
January 20th, 2016

Justice League #47

The Anti-Monitor begins the final phase of his plan even as the League attempts desperate measures to stop him in Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's "Justice League" #47.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Matt Little
January 4th, 2016

Jughead #3

In "Jughead" #3, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson continue Jughead's battle against Riverdale High's new principal, even as we're served with yet another fantasy sequence in the middle of the comic.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Erica Henderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 31st, 2015

Wonder Woman #47

In Meredith Finch, Miguel Mendonca and Dexter Vines' "Wonder Woman" #47, Cheetah tries to steal an important artifact, and -- while there are still rough spots -- it's the strongest installment in Finch's run yet.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Meredith Finch
Artists:
Miguel Mendonca, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 31st, 2015

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

As "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #2 heats up, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson remind us that a chase scene can be just as gripping as exposition.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 23rd, 2015

New Romancer #1

Peter Milligan and Brett Parson's "New Romancer" mixes the romanticism of deceased historical figures with 21st century online dating, and the end result is intriguing, if a bit slow-moving.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Brett Parson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 11th, 2015

Gotham Academy #13

Brenden Fletcher, Adam Archer and Sandra Hope plunge the school into "Robin War" in "Gotham Academy" #13, which introduces zombies to the overall story, even as the title's own plots continue to advance.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Adam Archer, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 10th, 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

Mystery Girl #1

In Paul Tobin and Alberto J. Alburquerque's "Mystery Girl" #1, a girl named Trine can solve any mystery without leaving her own sidewalk, but -- for once -- she gets a question so interesting she's willing to leave home to see the answ

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Alberto Alburquerque
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
December 7th, 2015

Gotham Academy #12

"Gotham Academy" #12 wraps up the series' first year's worth of issues, and -- even as the students mount a rescue of Kyle from within the abandoned Arkham Asylum -- a greater danger lurks just around the corner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl, Msassyk
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 7th, 2015

Superman: Lois and Clark #2

Intergang retaliates against Lois in Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks' "Superman: Lois and Clark" #2.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
November 30th, 2015

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2

Squirrel Girl and Tippy-Toe are sent back to the 1960s in Ryan North and Erica Henderson's "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Erica Henderson, Matt Digges, David Robbins, Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
November 27th, 2015

Secret Wars Too #1

"Secrets Wars Too" #1 is an anthology of humorous stories set in Battleworld by various creative teams. Each has its funny moments, but there's one standout.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ryan Browne, Al Ewing, Rob Guillory, Jonathan Hickman, Kate Leth, Eric Powell, Kyle Starks
Artists:
Ryan Browne, Jacopo Camagni, Brian Churilla, Rob Guillory, Eric Powell, Ramon Villalobos, Brittney L. Williams
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 23rd, 2015

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert join Frank Miller and Klaus Janson for "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #1, establishing a strong but tentative middle ground between the two previous series.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 23rd, 2015

Astro City #29

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson use "Astro City" #29 to show us what it's like to grow up as a member of the enemy, other-dimensional race our heroes regularly fight against.

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

Jughead #2

While the regime at Riverdale High is new, Jughead is still the same in Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's "Jughead" #2, where he schemes his way around detention.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Erica Henderson
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 18th, 2015

Star Wars: Vader Down #1

The paths of the two ongoing "Star Wars" titles converge in "Star Wars: Vader Down" #1 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, where both creators show off their skill in adapting the franchise.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 17th, 2015

James Bond #1

Warren Ellis and Jason Masters' "James Bond" #1 offers a solid introduction to the newest comic starring Britain's most-famous spy, with all of the hallmarks that one would come to expect.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 5th, 2015

Citizen Jack #1

Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson's "Citizen Jack" #1 grooms an utterly despicable character and then succeeds in making readers root for him in a strong introduction to a hard-luck loser on his way to becoming President.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Tommy Patterson
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 4th, 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

Lumberjanes #19

"Lumberjanes" #19 continues the mermaid storyline, but the team of Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh and Carolyn Nowak lacks some of the spark that made earlier issues so much fun.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh
Artists:
Carolyn Nowak
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 26th, 2015

Gotham Academy #11

The kids take a road trip to Gotham in "Gotham Academy" #11, as Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Msassyk and Mingjue Helen Chen start to reveal more about Olive's family.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl, Msassyk, Mingjue Helen Chen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 26th, 2015

Uncanny Inhumans #1

Medusa fights the good fight and sponsors a search for NuHumans in Charles Soule, Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten's "Uncanny Inhumans" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Brandon Peterson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 22nd, 2015

Back to the Future #1

Bob Gale, John Barber, Brent Schoonover and more include a pair of fun and faithful tales that focus on the characters' history rather than any new time travel adventures in "Back to the Future" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham
Artists:
Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening, David Witt
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
October 21st, 2015

Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Tumbling out of "Convergence," Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks' "Superman: Lois and Clark" #1 blends a "What If. . .?" concept into the current DC Universe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 19th, 2015

Sex Criminals #13

Chip Zdarsky and some other guy not important enough to be listed on the cover or get a Harvey Award introduce us to a new character in "Sex Criminals" #13 and, like, things happen.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 16th, 2015

Uncanny Avengers #1

Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman take the helm of the Avengers Unity Squad in "Uncanny Avengers" #1, but this strange mix of characters feels anything but unified.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Ryan Stegman
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 15th, 2015

Survivors' Club #1

Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen have big ideas in their script for "Survivors' Club" #1, but it's Ryan Kelly's visuals that evoke a sense of horror above all else as six survivors of occult events are brought together.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen
Artists:
Ryan Kelly
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 9th, 2015

Jughead #1

Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's "Jughead" #1 is yet another great debut issue for the updated Archie Universe.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Erica Henderson
Reviewer:
Matt Little
October 6th, 2015

Jem and the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1

When movie night falls through, it's off to dreamland for the Holograms in Kelly Thompson, Amy Mebberson, Arielle Jovellanos, Rebekah Isaacs, Jen Bartel, Agnes Garbowska, Sophie Campbell's "Jem and the Holograms Outrageous Annual" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kelly Thompson
Artists:
Amy Mebberson, Arielle Jovellanos, Rebekah Isaacs, Jen Bartel, Agnes Garbowska, Sophie Campbell
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
October 5th, 2015

Justice League #44

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's "Justice League" #44, the fourth chapter of "The Darkseid War," packs a punch and brings plenty of damage to the DC Universe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 2nd, 2015

Wonder Woman #44

Donna Troy gets a new outfit, but otherwise nothing really happens in Meredith Finch, David Finch and Jonathan Glapion's "Wonder Woman" #44.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Meredith Finch
Artists:
David Finch, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 21st, 2015

Superman/Wonder Woman #21

"Dark Truth" continues in "Superman/Wonder Woman" #21, as Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke and company introduce more bumps in the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship as well as a new power-hungry villain or two.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Mark Irwin, Sean Parsons, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 17th, 2015

Gotham Academy #10

The Phantom of the stage is brought to light in Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and Msassyk's "Gotham Academy" #10.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl, Msassyk
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 11th, 2015

Lumberjanes #17

Along with Rosie, Abigail and Barney, the Lumberjanes save the mountain even though lingering issues remain, and the greater mystery of what's happening at the camp inches forward in "Lumberjanes" #17.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters
Artists:
Brooke Allen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 31st, 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

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

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 Hennessey, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
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

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

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

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

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

Howard the Duck #5

It's the end times as Talos the Tamed wields the Abundant Glove in Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones' "Howard the Duck" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 13th, 2015

This Damned Band #1

Paul Cornell, Tony Parker and Lovern Kindzierski fill "This Damned Band" #1 with strong, well-designed characterization.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Tony Parker, Nick James
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
August 5th, 2015

Sex Criminals #11

"Sex Criminals" #11 kicks off the series' third volume with a reminder of just what it is that Suzie and Jon are up to, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky pay a brief homage to David Caruso's reign on "CSI: Miami." No, really

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 29th, 2015
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