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The Unexpected #1

Another Vertigo anthology with lackluster writing and great art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dave Gibbons, G. Willow Wilson, Alex Grecian, Joshua Dysart, Jeffrey Rotter, Mat Johnson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Brian Wood, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
Artists:
Dave Gibbons, Robbi Rodriguez, Jill Thompson, Farel Dalrymple, Lelio Bonaccorso, David Lapham, Rahsan Ekedal, Emily Carroll, Denys Cowan, Don Hudson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
October 17th, 2011

Legion Lost #2

Five members of the Legion are lost in the past, fighting an unknown number of foes with undefined capabilities. That past? Now. This book? Enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 15th, 2011

Resurrection Man #2

"Resurrection Man" is back from the dead and spryer than ever.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 15th, 2011

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E #2

Who would have known that dusting off the old DC property of Frankenstein would yield one of their best books of the relaunch?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
October 13th, 2011

Deathstroke #2

"Deathstroke" tries to have its action cake and eat it too, but it bites off more than it can chew.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 13th, 2011

Grifter #2

"Grifter" is light on story, but high on pretty action

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
CAFU, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 13th, 2011

Suicide Squad #2

Bad character designs aside, "Suicide Squad" is actually shaping up better than expected.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Federico Dallocchio, Andrei Bressan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 13th, 2011

Batman and Robin #2

Tomasi and Gleason bring a pleasant consistency to "Batman and Robin."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 13th, 2011

Mister Terrific #2

"Mister Terrific" is sadly not terrific.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 13th, 2011

Demon Knights #2

A band of odd characters -- including Etrigan -- sets their feet firm as they stand in the path of an invading horde.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 13th, 2011

Batwoman #2

Batwoman continues to search for the “Weeping Woman” while she juggles dating and the training of a new sidekick. To complicate things, Cameron Chase has come to town with one mission: find Batwoman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
October 12th, 2011

Green Lantern #2

"Green Lantern" feels like it hasn't so much re- launched, as regressed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 12th, 2011

The Shade #1

"Starman" fans, prepare to rejoice.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 12th, 2011

Batgirl #2

Batgirl takes on the Mirror, but doesn’t really like what she sees.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 12th, 2011

Green Arrow #2

Green Arrow fights against a gang of bad guys who kill a wannabe villain and post the video online.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, George Perez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
October 9th, 2011

Penguin: Pain & Prejudice #1

Wah, wah, wah. The Penguin gets a chance to show readers just how bad he can be, and quite honestly, his bad makes this book very good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Szymon Kudranski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 8th, 2011

Men of War #2

The second issue of “Men of War” reports for duty. Unfortunately, parts of the story appear to be classified, as there are significant jumps therein.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon, Jonathan Vankin
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 7th, 2011

O.M.A.C. #2

DiDio and Giffen expand the world around O.M.A.C. and Brother Eye, delivering a pair of DC characters that might not have been expected to appear here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 6th, 2011

Huntress #1

The Huntress heads to Italy to head off a deadly shipment headed for Gotham. Things don’t go as planned.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Marcus To, John Dell
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
October 6th, 2011

Batwing #2

Batwing continues to fight under the symbol of the Bat, even though he has a big gaping wound in his chest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 6th, 2011

Animal Man #2

Animal Man begins to discover that the Red might be much more than he ever thought it was.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 6th, 2011

Stormwatch #2

"Stormwatch" is starting to find its groove this issue, with undertones of Paul Cornell's late, lamented "Captain Britain and MI: 13."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda, Al Barrionuevo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 6th, 2011

Hawk & Dove #2

Enter Condor! No, seriously. This issue introduces Condor, because evidently all the characters in this title need to be bird-themed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 6th, 2011

Detective Comics #2

Batman comes face to skin-sewn-on-face with the Dollmaker. Scary.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Salvador Daniel
Artists:
Tony Salvador Daniel, Ryan Winn, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
October 5th, 2011

Action Comics #2

Superman is Lex Luthor’s lab rat. And Luthor likes to play rough. Uh oh.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Rags Morales, Brent Anderson, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
October 5th, 2011

Static Shock #2

"Static Shock" is quickly settling down to a solid, middle-of-the-road comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott McDaniel, John Rozum
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 5th, 2011

Justice League International #2

Full of clichés, "Justice League International" doesn't come close to its namesake, alas.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 5th, 2011

Red Lanterns #2

Peter Milligan takes his time setting up the "Red Lanterns" status quo, but this is going to shed readers quickly if it doesn't get moving.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Ed Benes, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 5th, 2011

Swamp Thing #2

"Swamp Thing" continues to change the rules for old readers while trying to draw in new ones.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 5th, 2011

Blackhawks #1

Blackhawks are go, but where and how they’re going needs a little more attention in order to keep my attention.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Costa
Artists:
Graham Nolan, Ken Lashley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 2nd, 2011

Voodoo #1

Priscilla Kitaen is a stripper and maybe an alien. That’s all we really learn in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Sami Basri
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 29th, 2011

All-Star Western #1

"All-Star Western" delivers a pleasant enough opening issue, mixing westerns with the DC Universe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Moritat
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 29th, 2011

The Savage Hawkman #1

If there’s one character that deserves the loving attention Aquaman is receiving in this relaunch, it’s Hawkman. He’s not exactly getting it, though.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony S. Daniel
Artists:
Philip Tan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 29th, 2011

Justice League Dark #1

The magic arm of the Justice League gets its roster together while the terrifying threat of Enchantress looms large.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 29th, 2011

I, Vampire #1

DC’s attempt at a vampire book in their “superhero world” both works and doesn’t for surprising reasons.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 29th, 2011

Fury of the Firestorms: the Nuclear Men #1

When Jason Rusch became Firestorm, fans of Ronnie Raymond were up in arms. Now, everyone should be happy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone
Artists:
Yildiray Cinar
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 28th, 2011

Teen Titans #1

"Teen Titans" starts rebuilding the Geoff Johns era, but with a few changes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

Superman #1

"Superman" finally has his debut, and the end result is... a little dull.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
George Perez
Artists:
Jesus Merino, George Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

"Green Lantern: New Guardians" might bore existing readers with its slow setup.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Tyler Kirkham, Batt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Paul Jenkins gives "Batman: The Dark Knight" a much needed boost, but it's still at the bottom of the heap.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins, David Finch
Artists:
David Finch, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

Aquaman #1

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis begin their rehab of Aquaman, and so far so good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

The Flash #1

Barry Allen pulls on the crimson cowl of the Flash once more in a sharp story and spiffy art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 28th, 2011

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Dear DC, this is a really bad book. Bikini-clad aliens and violent "heroes" can't sell this one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 25th, 2011

New Teen Titans: Games

Long before some of you readers were born, George Pérez started drawing this book. Twenty-three years later, you can kick back with a beer and read it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman, George Perez
Artists:
George Pérez, Mike Perkins, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 24th, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

This might actually be a good comic book, but it feels like issue #21, not #1 and thus ultimately fails.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 23rd, 2011

Green Lantern Corps #1

"Green Lantern Corps" is off to a slow start, but the little touches are what keep up your interest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 22nd, 2011

Captain Atom #1

Captain Atom is losing control of his powers, but there's no time to worry because there’s a volcano in New York to deal with!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 22nd, 2011

Blue Beetle #1

I’m not blue that I’ve gotten my hands on “Blue Beetle.” Quite the opposite, my friends. This is a great introduction to a hero for a new generation.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Ig Guara, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 22nd, 2011

DC Universe Presents #1

"DC Universe Presents" is saddled with an unfortunate name, hiding a quality comic behind the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 22nd, 2011

Wonder Woman #1

Diana is back, complete with a colorful cast of mythic characters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 21st, 2011
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