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Batwoman #1

"Batwoman" #1 picks up right where "Detective Comics" #863 left off a year and a half ago, and Williams and Blackman prove their writing chops.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Demon Knights #1

It's a little exposition-heavy in places, but "Demon Knights" is off to a good start.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Legion Lost #1

"Legion Lost" feels determined to shed everything that would make it unique, until you start to wonder why this is even a Legion-related comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Superboy #1

"Superboy" retains a surprisingly high amount of the character's origin, while tweaking what was left out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
R.B. Silva, Rob Lean
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Green Lantern #1

As Sinestro returns to the Green Lantern Corps, it looks like maybe the Sinestro Corps is going to have to consider a name change.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 14th, 2011

Men of War #1

Corporal Joe Rock is recruited for a new unit with a difficult mission. Of course, it all goes to hell right away.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon, Jonathan Vankin
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 11th, 2011

Action Comics #1

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman! Back again, but for the first time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
James Hunt
September 11th, 2011

Green Arrow #1

The relaunch has put a fresh face on Ollie Queen, except now he more closely resembles another famous comic book archer.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, George Pérez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 10th, 2011

Batwing #1

The DC relaunch all but guaranteed a new plethora of Bat-books. Week One saw 3 released, including “Batwing," which spins out of the stories from the much-ballyhooed “Batman, Inc."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd WInick
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 9th, 2011

Stormwatch #1

The new “Stormwatch” brings Wildstorm into the DC Universe as the group tries to recruit a superhuman known as Apollo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 8th, 2011

Static Shock #1

Static Shock’s return to comics comes just as he moves to New York City and becomes an immediately controversial hero.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott McDaniel, John Rozum
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Jonathan Glapion, Le Beau Underwood
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 8th, 2011

Hawk & Dove #1

"Hawk & Dove" is a team book that is less than the sum of its parts.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Rob Liefeld
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 8th, 2011

O.M.A.C. #1

There's a lot of mass destruction in "O.M.A.C." #1, but little else to recommend just yet.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 8th, 2011

Animal Man #1

The script for "Animal Man" does a better job of balancing the strange and mundane than the art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 7th, 2011

Batgirl #1

"Batgirl" is off to a slow start, but shows promise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 7th, 2011

Justice League International #1

DC reaches back to the 1986 relaunch of “Justice League” for some basic ingredients to add to this new “Justice League International” buffet.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 7th, 2011

Detective Comics #1

Daniel's first issue of "Detective Comics" is a game-raising effort from the writer/artist, promising dark times ahead for the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Salvador Daniel
Artists:
Tony Salvador Daniel, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 7th, 2011

Swamp Thing #1

This series appears to be just what the doctor ordered to help wipe out all memory of the recently completed lackluster “Brightest Day” tie-in. Scott Snyder’s story and Yanick Paquette’s art sure helps.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 7th, 2011

Flashpoint #5

As "Flashpoint" wraps up, the moment that everyone's been waiting for feels tacked on and disconnected from the rest of the comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1

The relaunch of the DC Universe starts with this issue. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of hype left unfulfilled.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1

"Justice League" #1 begins the new origin for the team, but this might not have been the best tactic for the first issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 30th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Superman — The '90s #1

On the eve of a Superman relaunch, this "DC Retroactive" comic is more comforting than I'd have imagined.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Louise Simonson
Artists:
Jon Bogdanove
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 28th, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #5

This epic Bat-Family mini-series exploring the history of Gotham and the families that brought it to greatness comes to an end.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott
Artists:
Trevor McCarthy, Graham Nolan
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
August 26th, 2011

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

Flashpoint: Project Superman #3

"Flashpoint: Project Superman" wraps up with a strange mixture of sadness and creepiness.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lowell Francis, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 25th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Justice League America — The '90s #1

One final time: "Bwahahahahahahaha!"

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Kevin Maguire
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 25th, 2011

Justice Society of America #54

It’s last call for the Justice Society of America. Last one out, be sure to turn the lights off.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Sean Parsons, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 25th, 2011

Batman Incorporated #8

The latest "Batman Incorporated" feels more like a gimmick than a strong story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Scott Clark
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 24th, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3

The final week of “Flashpoint” tie-in madness gives us the final issue of “Kid Flash Lost,” and provides a glimpse into the “Flashpoint”- verse fates of Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and Wally West.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Oliver Nome, Scott Kolins, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 24th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman — The '90s #1

Sometimes you don't remember how good something was until your memory gets jogged.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Messner-Loebs
Artists:
Lee Moder, Dan Green, Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 18th, 2011

Supergirl #67

Up, up, and away for the girl of steel as this volume of “Supergirl” closes its final cover.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Chriscross, Marc Deering
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 18th, 2011

Justice League of America #60

In order for a new line of “Justice League” titles to emerge from next month’s relaunch, the current “Justice League of America” title has to wrap up.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Daniel Sampere, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 18th, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes #16

A sad combination of trite and predictable. Legion goes out in a rush, with the storytelling suffering for it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Daniel HDR, Marc Deering
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 17th, 2011

Superboy #11

In "Superboy," don't expect every storyline to get wrapped up.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 17th, 2011

Batman #713

"Batman" volume 1 wraps up with a truly generic comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Steve Scott, Daniel Sampere, Andrei Bressan, Walden Wong, Rich Perrotta, Rodney Ramos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 17th, 2011

Flashpoint: The Outsider #3

As “Flashpoint” nears the finish line, the miniseries also draw to a close, or at least they end. Some of the action is “to be continued,” naturally.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Javier Fernandez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 17th, 2011

Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3

More “Flashpoint” miniseries starting pointing back to the main series for the conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Rodney Buchemi, Jose Marzan Jr.
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 17th, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #10

Colleen and the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents square off with the villainous Iron Maiden!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Dan McDaid, Mike Grell, Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
August 13th, 2011

DC Retroactive: JLA - the ‘80s #1

DC’s Retroactive line hits the 1980s, with big hair, breakdancers, and bad outfits. That’s right, the Motor City Justice League is back.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gerry Conway
Artists:
Ron Randall, Chuck Patton, Mike Machlan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 12th, 2011

Batman and Robin #26

Release all preconceptions of linear and decompressed; this is a "Where's Waldo?" art hunt that only those who view life as Sudoku will survive.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine
Artists:
Greg Tocchini, Andrei Bressan
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
August 12th, 2011

Booster Gold #47

For the second time since "Crisis on Infinite Earths," Booster Gold's self-titled comic book series ends.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Dan Jurgens, Don Ho, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 11th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Superman – The '80s #1

Marv Wolfman gets to predict the future, which is easy when you've already read it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Sergio Cariello
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 10th, 2011

Teen Titans #99

I'm not sure this issue existing as sheer padding to get to #100 could be more blatant.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Jose Luis, Greg Adams, J.P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 10th, 2011

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3

In which we get a non-conclusion to the story of Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Vicente Cifuentes, Diana Egea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 10th, 2011

Batgirl #24

An emotional but satisfying and inspiring ending to this good comic book that is departing far too soon.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Pere Pérez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
August 10th, 2011

Detective Comics #881

Everything comes to a head in Gotham as Dick and Gordon frantically search for Barbara, kidnapped by her brother James.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
August 9th, 2011

DC Retroactive: The Flash – The '80s #1

Messner-Loebs is the Wally West writer that more people should remember.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Messner-Loebs
Artists:
Greg LaRocque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 5th, 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

Superboy #10

As a way to deliver backstory, this is a nice way to do so.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pete Woods, CAFU, Paulo Siqueira, Pier Gallo, Bit, Andrew Mangum
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 3rd, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #4

Fill-in artists and scripters result in a slightly rushed lead-up to the finale.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derec Donovan, Graham Nolan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 3rd, 2011
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