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Supreme: Blue Rose #1

In "Supreme: Blue Rose" #1 by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay, Diana Dane, ace investigative reporter, gets the biggest story she's ever seen for a potential paycheck beyond her wildest dreams -- but there's a catch.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Tula Lotay
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
July 28th, 2014

Groo vs. Conan #1

To save them from Groo, the villagers look for the greatest warrior in Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier's "Groo vs. Conan" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier
Artists:
Sergio Aragones, Thomas Yeates
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
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

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

A licensed comic book can be hard to land tonally, but Al Ewing, Rob Williams, and Simon Fraser nail it on their first try with "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Marc Ellerby
Artists:
Simon Fraser, Marc Ellerby
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 21st, 2014

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

"Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor" #1 is off to a quiet but solid start from Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande, focusing on a Mexican-American family running a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Nick Abadzis
Artists:
Elena Casagrande, Michele Pasta, Paolo Villanelli, Luca Lamberti
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 21st, 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

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

Ghost #4

Kelly Sue DeConnick bids farewell to the title character she revamped in "Ghost" #4, and this glimpse into Elisa's past is a fitting final story for DeConnick, even as Elisa herself is poised for the future.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 6th, 2014

X #13

"X" #13 has Duane Swierczynski pick up from last month's cliffhanger with X figuratively and literally at rock bottom, but the realistic and cleaner art this month doesn't do the title any favors.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Robert Atkins, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 14th, 2014

Angel & Faith Season 10 #2

"Angel and Faith Season 10" #2 has Victor Gischler and Will Conrad continue to establish Angel and Faith's new roles now that magic has returned, but you know it's just a matter of time until they intersect again.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 12th, 2014

Conan the Avenger #1

Fred Van Lente takes over the adventures of everyone's favorite moody Cimmerian in "Conan the Avenger" #1 with Brian Ching giving the action a kinetic, gritty feel.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Brian Ching
Reviewer:
Matt Little
April 25th, 2014

Angel and Faith Season 10 #1

Angel deals with pixie mobs and Faith slays zompyres in the debut issue of Victor Gischler and Will Conrad's "Ange and Faith Season 10" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
April 4th, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs kick off "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #1 with a strong debut that sets up the new status quo, in what could be the best Buffy "season" to date.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 19th, 2014

Ghost #2

"Ghost" #2 has Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela, Ryan Sook and Drew Johnson remind readers that a deal with the devil is one that's not to be trusted, even as a serial killer inches closer to a new prey.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Ryan Sook, Drew Johnson, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 14th, 2014

Revenge #1

"Revenge" #1 by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill is a contrived and cliché-filled story about just that: revenge, and is also full of violence, gore, sex and bad language, which would be fine if it had any kind of meaningful story.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Ross
Artists:
Ian Churchill
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
February 26th, 2014

X #10

"X" #10 has Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen reinvent a foe from the old "X" series, and having never experienced Carmine Tango before, he feels fresh and original to this new reader.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Eric Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 12th, 2014

Ghost #1

"Ghost" #1 from Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela and Ryan Sook is a supernatural adventure trimmed with mystery.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Ryan Sook
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
December 18th, 2013

Thought Bubble Anthology #3

"Thought Bubble #3 is an anthology tie-in to the Thought Bubble 2013 Festival, with contributions by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Brandon Graham, Ming Doyle, Jeffrey Brown and yearly contest winners.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Richard Starkings, Carlos Ezquerra, Cameron Stewart, Brandon Graham, Rufus Dayglo, Dan Berry, Oliver Redding, Lee Barnett, Ming Doyle, Tom Humberstone, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Ramon Perez, Marc Ellerby, Clark Burscough, Adam Cadwell, Lizz Lunney, Joe List
Artists:
Boo Cook, Carlos Ezquerra, Cameron Stewart, Brandon Graham, Rufus Dayglo, Dan Berry, Oliver Redding, Lee Barnett, Ming Doyle, Tom Humberstone, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Ramon Perez, Marc Ellerby, Clark Burscough, Adam Cadwell, Lizz Lunney, Joe List, Emily K
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 4th, 2013

X #6

"X" #6 kicks off a storyline introducing the Dogs of War, as Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen's crime drama serve up its strongest installment to date.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Eric Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 9th, 2013

X #5

"X" #5 lets Duane Swierczynski and guest artist Tony Parker serve up an epilogue to the first storyline, even as readers start to see where X and Leigh Ferguson's relationship is heading.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Tony Parker
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 13th, 2013

Angel & Faith #25

With "Angel & Faith" #25, Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs stick the landing in the conclusion of this series, putting a cap on the most successful "Buffyverse" comic series to date.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 29th, 2013

Dark Horse Presents #27

"Dark Horse Presents" #27 has far more hits than misses, especially since to David Lapham, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Steve Lieber, Jane Espenson, Karl Moline, Steve Niles, and Menton3.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
David Lapham, Steve Niles, Peter Bagge, Michael T. Gilbert, Janet Gilbert, Ron Randall, Phil Stanford, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jane Espenson, Andrew Vachss, Mike Richardson, Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal
Artists:
David Lapham, Menton3, Peter Bagge, Michael T. Gilbert, Ron Randall, Patric Reynolds, Steve Lieber, Karl Moline, Andy Owens, Dominic Reardon, Melissa Curtin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 21st, 2013

X #3

"X" #3 has Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen show the danger of spilling all of your secrets on a blog, and we're not just talking about identity theft here.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Eric Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 10th, 2013

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #2

Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello are back in action in a faster-paced issue #2 that feels more like the original story it's based upon, and lets them both show their skills to the fullest.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Timothy Truman
Artists:
Tomas Giorello
Reviewer:
Nat Webb
June 28th, 2013

Angel & Faith #22

"Angel & Faith" #22 continues the end-run for the series, and even as Giles finally returns, Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs will make you wish that the series could get stretched out a bit longer.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 31st, 2013

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #1

Timothy Truman and Tomas Giorello's new "King Conan" miniseries that looks set to continue the team's standards of quality and reverence to the source material, but feels a bit formulaic after years of similar books.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Timothy Truman
Artists:
Tomas Giorello
Reviewer:
Nat Webb
May 31st, 2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #21 has the series limping towards its conclusion with a mixture of random story elements and lackluster art from Andrew Chambliss and Georges Jeanty.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Andrew Chambliss
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 9th, 2013

X #1

Following their prequel stories in "Dark Horse Presents" (and reprinted as an issue #0), Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen kick off the all-new "X" with a glimpse on how the rest of Arcadia reacts to the X-killer in their midst.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Eric Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 8th, 2013

X

"X" #0 from Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen is a brutally violent and terse revenge vigilante story of X killing off a series of mob men.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Eric Nguyen
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
April 9th, 2013

Ghost #4

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto's "Ghost" #4 wraps up this initial mini-series, with enough plot and exposition mixed in to support the upcoming ongoing series, as well as provide a hook so readers want to come back.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 15th, 2013

Conan the Barbarian #13

"Conan the Barbarian" #13 from Brian Wood and Mirko Colak is a quiet moment showing the growing distance between Conan and Bêlit and how that chasm will be reconnected.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Mirko Colak
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
February 20th, 2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #19

Andrew Chambliss and Georges Jeanty heat up the overall story arc in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #19, but a lack of focus in this series makes it hard to get that excited about "the Siphon."

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Andrew Chambliss
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 13th, 2013

Batman #17

"Death of the Family" delivers the punchline in "Batman" #17 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo for a satisfying conclusion to the Bat-family crossover event.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
February 13th, 2013

Angel & Faith #18

"Angel & Faith" #18 heats up as Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs show the master plan that's been brewing throughout the series -- and in a pleasant change of pace, all the pieces fit together quite well.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 30th, 2013

Conan the Barbarian #12

"Conan the Barbarian" #12 from Brian Wood and Declan Shalvey is an astonishingly touching story of Conan struggling to survive against all the death stacked against him in his world.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
January 16th, 2013

Batman #16

The Joker finally catches his King as "Death of The Family" continues in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #16.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Jock
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
January 15th, 2013

Ghost #3

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto serve up some exposition in "Ghost" #3, but the answers to a lot of the title's mysteries end up being satisfying rather than overwhelming.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 14th, 2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow Wonderland #3

Jeff Parker, Christos Gage, and Brian Ching show us a mystical coven in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow Wonderland" #3, and pull off an important trick: they make a potentially false happy ending seem real.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Christos Gage
Artists:
Brian Ching, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 7th, 2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16

In "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #16, Andrew Chambliss and Georges Jeanty begin a new storyline with a newly enlarged cast, but the intersection of multiple story foci results in a lack of suspense and direction.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Andrew Chambliss
Artists:
Georges Jeanty
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
December 17th, 2012

Batman #15

In "Batman" #15, the Joker just keeps getting a little more creepy and a lot more dark, thanks to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Jock
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
December 11th, 2012

Batman #14

"Batman" #14 has Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue "Death of the Family" with a dip into the chemicals that created the Joker and other past encounters, but the Joker is changing the rules this time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Jock
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 14th, 2012

Thought Bubble Anthology 2012 #2

"Thought Bubble Anthology" #2 is as brilliant and diverse as the entirety of the comics medium. An absolute, no-excuses must-buy.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Lucia Rose Harris, Pete Doree, Skottie Young, Gail Simone, Richard Starkings, Emma Vieceli, Matthew Sheret, Ivan Brandon, Steve Reynolds, Martin Simpson, Ben Haith, Stephen Mooney, Dave Johnson, Lee Barnett, Warren Ellis, Kate Beaton, Chris Lackey, JG Ros
Artists:
Sean Phillips, Tony Harris, Skottie Young, Tula Lotay, Boo Cook, Kristyna Baczynski, Emma Vieceli, Leigh Gallagher, Clark Burscough, Richard Hughes, Steve Reynolds, Martin Simpson, Ben Haith, Stephen Mooney, Dave Johnson, Ollie Redding, Kate Beaton, Chris
Reviewer:
James Hunt
November 12th, 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow Wonderland #1

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Willow Wonderland" #1 by Jeff Parker and Brian Ching has fun jokes and pretty art, but the story suffers from a lack of interesting action and a derivative, unimaginative setting.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Brian Ching, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 9th, 2012

Storm Dogs #1

David Hine and Doug Braithwaite's "Storm Dogs" #1 is a worthy addition to Image's growing library of sci-fi series, successfully merging the genre with crime fiction, and providing a solid visual experience.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
David Hine
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Andy Liegl
November 7th, 2012

CBLDF Liberty Annual #5

"CBLDF Liberty Annual" #5 is for a good cause, and there are some gems in it, including a "Walking Dead" story from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, as well as a stunning short piece from James Asmus and Takeshi Miyazawa.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
James Asmus, Howard Chaykin, Andy Diggle, Chris Giarrusso, Kieron Gillen, Brandon Graham, Jonathan Hickman, David Hine, Robert Kirkman, Jim McCann, Terry Moore, Chris Roberson, James Robinson, Steven T. Seagle, Richard Starkings
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Nate Bellegarde, J. Bone, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Marco Cinello, Chynna Clugston-Flores, Chris Giarrusso, Sina Grace, Brandon Graham, Jonathan Hickman, Roger Langridge, Janet Lee, Takeshi Miyazawa, Terry Moore, Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
October 31st, 2012

Ghost #1

Following the short stories in "Dark Horse Presents" (reprinted as "Ghost" #0), Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto hit the ground running with "Ghost" #1 as we learn more about our title character and start meeting villains.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 25th, 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14

Jane Espenson and Karl Moline unleash Billy the Vampire Slayer in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #14, and what could have been cliché or even offensive ends up actually working quite well.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg
Artists:
Karl Moline, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 15th, 2012

Ghost

For the first time in over a decade, Ghost returns to her own series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Phil Noto. While the pieces are all in place for a strong run, this debut issue falls flat with the focus off the titular character.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Andy Liegl
September 19th, 2012

Batman

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo bring a rare look at Bruce Wayne before he became Batman in "Batman" #0.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
James Tynion IV
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 13th, 2012

Angel & Faith #13

As someone who suffered through the original Connor storyline in "Angel," Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs show readers in "Angel & Faith" #13 that we actually can have a good story involving the hell dimension of Quor'toth.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 29th, 2012
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