Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Williamson & Pizzari Deliver Straight Up Fun in "Red Skull" #1

Fri, July 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari's "Red Skull" #1 creates "some cool twists on almost-familiar characters that are part of a punchy introductory chapter."

REVIEW: Hickman & Ribic Impress with "Secret Wars" #4

Thu, July 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's "Secret Wars" #4 i"s full of micro-level character defining moments that... make for high midterm marks."

REVIEW: Palahniuk & Stewart Compile a Fascinating Chapter in "Fight Club 2" #2

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart "find new elements to explore that few had even realized existed" in "Fight Club 2" #2.

REVIEW: Bryan Hitch's "Justice League of America" #1 Establishes a Solid Base

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Hitch's "Justice League of America" #1 "has a few blemishes but it's a strong start to a new and worthwhile companion series... to 'Justice League.'"

REVIEW: Guggenheim & Pacheco Add Depth to "Squadron Sinister" #1

Tue, June 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"The strong characterization makes a case for Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco's 'Squadron Sinister' to stick around."

REVIEW: "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1 is "an Essential Chapter"

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti and CAFU's "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1 is "a key moment in the character's history."

REVIEW: Aaron & Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #1 is "a Fantasy Lover's Dream"

Tue, June 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #1 "is one of the most fertile and opulent 'Secret Wars' tie-ins thus far."

REVIEW: Jurgens & Chang Get "Batman Beyond" #1 Off to a Successful Start

Fri, June 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang's "Batman Beyond" #1 "smoothly blends elements from both the current and future Bat-mythos."

REVIEW: Guggenheim & Di Giandomencio Make "X-Tinction Agenda" #1 Genuinely Exciting

Thu, June 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Marc Guggenheim and Carmine Di Giandomencio "X-Tinction Agenda" #1 "is what such an event spinoff should be: accessible and enjoyable."

REVIEW: "Archie" #666 Closes a Decades-Long Run by Celebrating Tradition

Thu, June 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tom DeFalco, Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Fernando Ruiz, Tim Kennedy and Pat Kennedy's "Archie" #666 is "not a farewell, but a tribute to the franchise."

REVIEW: Waid & Krause Shake Up the Traditional Superhero Story in "Insufferable" #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Peter Krause "prove that there are still good and original superhero stories left to be told" in "Insufferable" #1.

REVIEW: Ellis & Shalvey's "Injection" #1 is "a Convincing Start to Something Big"

Thu, May 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Injection" #1, "Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey establish a basis for the series that makes it attractive enough to lure readers back."

ADV. REVIEW: Barbiere & Peterson's "Broken World" #1 is "an Emotionally Taut Tale"

Mon, May 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Frank Barbiere and Christopher Peterson's "Broken World" #1 is "an amazingly strong start."

REVIEW: Paknadel & Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1 is "Somber & Engaging"

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1 has "a script that throws in some surprises combined with some darkly fascinating art."

REVIEW: Kot & Gorham Deliver a Fast-Paced Romp in "Dead Drop" #1

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ales Kot and Adam Gorham's "Dead Drop" #1 is "a refreshing rollercoaster of an introduction."

REVIEW: "Batman" #40 Concludes "Endgame" with "an Epic Sense of Overture"

Wed, April 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #40 is "a fiery, violent and game changing climax that opens up new possibilities for the protector of Gotham."

REVIEW: Waid & Kitson's "Empire: Uprising" #1 Will "Immediately Hook Audiences"

Thu, April 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Barry Kitson's "Empire: Uprising" #1 is "the welcome and triumphant return of a long-missed series."

ADV REVIEW: "Harrow County" #1 Combines Genres for a Compelling Horror Story

Mon, April 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's "Harrow County" #1 is "an enticing enough start that blends a couple of diverse genres with a distinct setting that helps overcome its weak points."

REVIEW: Hawkins & Ekedal Enticingly Blur Right & Wrong in "The Tithe" #1

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal's "The Tithe" #1 is "a strong and approachable story with a fresh flavor."

REVIEW: McFarlane, Holguin & Crain Strike Impressive Creative Synergy in "Savior" #1

Mon, April 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Todd McFarlane, Brian Holguin and Clayton Crain's "Savior" #1 has "strong characterization and beautiful art."

Years of Future Past #2

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

After a strong opening sequence, Marguerite Bennett attempts a "Chosen One" scenario in "Years of Future Past" #2, while Mike Norton and FCO Plascencia deliver some pleasingly strong and consistent art.

Red Skull #1

Fri, July 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari take a mashup of Marvel villains, pit them against Marvel Zombies and even find a way to work in the villain the series is named after in "Red Skull" #1.

Secret Wars #4

Thu, July 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina deliver a strong, character-centered chapter in "Secret Wars" #4 that both moves the story along and serves as a great examination of Drs. Doom and Strange.

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

Fri, June 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

James Robinson delivers some entertaining surprises in "Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies" #1, but Steve Pugh and Ron Garney deliver more consistency across a diverse array of styles.

Superman #41

Thu, June 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Gene Luen Yang's introductory "Superman" #41 has its moments, but is ultimately a weakly-scripted chapter in the out-of-order "Truth" saga.

Fight Club 2 #2

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart uncover some new history about the man trying not to be Tyler Durden in "Fight Club 2" #2.

Justice League of America #1

Thu, June 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Bryan Hitch pulls double duty as writer and penciller, delivering a somewhat inconsistent but overall enjoyable introduction in "Justice League of America" #1.

Archie vs. Predator #3

Wed, June 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski prove that two vastly disparate franchises can share the same comic -- mostly -- in "Archie vs. Predator" #3.

Squadron Sinister #1

Tue, June 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

A promising cover by Carlos Pacheco and Mariano Taibo gives way to an even deeper and more engaging character-driven story by Marc Guggenheim in "Squadron Sinister" #1.

Chrononauts #4

Fri, June 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Unwelcome plot twists partially undo Mark Millar's otherwise thrilling conclusion to "Chrononauts" #4, weakening the overall story but still showcasing time-blending excitement captured by Sean Gordon Murphy.

X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

In a single standalone issue, Robert Venditti and CAFU span millennia and the origin of the X-O Manowar armor in "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1.

Weirdworld #1

Tue, June 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo cobble together elements from the Marvel multiverse that don't fit anywhere else within "Secret Wars" and build a splendidly rich, darkly beautiful world of fantasy adventure in "Weirdworld" #1.

Giant Size: Little Marvel: AvX #1

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Skottie Young delivers a few kid-size laughs while never being worse than amusing in the form of "Giant Size: Little Marvels: AvX" #1.

Batman Beyond #1

Fri, June 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo begin to beautifully integrate a once-benign character into the mainstream DC Universe in "Batman Beyond" #1, smoothly blending elements from both the current and future Bat-mythos.

X-Tinction Agenda #1

Thu, June 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

Marc Guggenheim and Carmine Di Giandomenico take readers on a welcome return to a classic X-Men storyline in "X-Tinction Agenda" #1, a "Secret Wars" tie-in that works well both within the confines of that event as well as on its own.

Archie #666

Wed, June 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Tom DeFalco, Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Fernando Ruiz, Tim Kennedy and Pat Kennedy's "Archie" #666 is not a farewell, but a tribute to the decades old franchise, with the usual hijinks faithfully rendered in traditional style.

Secret Wars: Battleworld #1

Thu, May 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson go for straightforward action while Ed Brisson and Scott Hepburn go more for laughs in "Secret Wars: Battleworld" #1.

Insufferable #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Peter Krause's "Insufferable" #1 is anything but. This modern but dysfunctional spin on the superhero/sidekick motif has a fresh feel despite its genre, and storytelling shifts keep it moving quickly enough to engage.

Oh, Killstrike #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Oh, Killstrike" #1, Max Bemis and Logan Faerber's ode to the loved and loathed superhero comics of the 1990s, is part serious, part humorous and mostly fun.

Lantern City #1

Fri, May 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Trevor Crafts and Bruce Boxleitner's story about workers rising against the elite has been done, but not as beautifully as Paul Jenkins, Matthew Daley, and Carlos Magno's "Lantern City" #1.

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