Jim Johnson

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"Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth" #1 Restores the Status Quo with Dazzling Artwork

Thu, July 14th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books, Comic Book Reviews

Not a lot happens in "Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth" #1, but it's so cosmically cool readers won't care.

For DC's "New Super-Man," China's Bat-Man & Wonder-Woman Are The Least of His Problems

Wed, July 13th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Fresh from his "Superman" run, writer Gene Luen Yang joins the DC Comics Rebirth fun with all-new characters offering different takes on familiar roles.

A New League Forms in "Justice League: Rebirth"

Wed, July 6th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Bryan Hitch introduces a new large-scale threat, forcing the pre-Flashpoint Man of Steel to join forces with the League -- whether they like it or not.

"Spider-Gwen Annual" #1 Swings In With 5 Amusing, Well-Crafted Stories

Fri, July 1st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Latour's "Spider-Gwen Annual" #1 "is a rare kind of anthology issue where all of the stories are enjoyable and well-crafted."

Millar & Quitely Reunite for Exciting, Action-Packed "Jupiter's Legacy 2" #1

Wed, June 29th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy 2" #1 "is a simple, action-packed treat... without any twists or distractions."

Powerful "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #5 Serves Up a Tension-Filled Turning Point

Tue, June 28th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"The series has truly hit its stride with" Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert's "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #5.

Batman's New Team Steps Up Their Game, Keeps Secrets in Tense "Detective Comics" #935

Wed, June 22nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Though there are some familiar elements in 'Detective Comics' #935, they're deftly crafted by James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows and Adriano Lucas."

LOOK: Classic Wonder Woman Foe Gets a Ferocious New Look

Wed, June 22nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp's "Wonder Woman" #1 confronts Diana with both a new mystery and an old enemy.

Pleasantly Strange "Weird Detective" #1 Keeps the Twists Coming

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"'Weird Detective' #1 impresses overall, as Fred Van Lente and Guiu Vilanova deliver enough twists to easily fill the issue's forty-six pages."

"Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade" Solves Decades-Old Mystery

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

The death of Jason Todd, alluded to by Alfred in "Batman: The Dark Knight," is explained, while new iconic villains make their TDK debuts.

"Superman" #1 Introduces Mysteries, Tragedy to Clark & Lois' Family

Wed, June 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Lois and Clark's son learns the downside to super powers, while Superman gets to know his new Justice League teammates.

The Dark Knight Bursts into All-Out Action in Classic-Feeling "Batman" #1

Wed, June 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and David Finch's "Batman" #1 "is well-structured and attractive beginning to the character's next era."

"The Flash: Rebirth" #1 Embraces New & Old Continuities

Wed, June 8th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico's "The Flash: Rebirth" #1 is "a well-characterized and likable issue for new and old readers alike."

Superman - and [Spoiler] - Returns in "Action Comics" #957

Wed, June 8th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

A number of familiar faces head back to Metropolis for the first Rebirth issue of DC Comics' longest-running title.

REVIEW: "Afterlife With Archie" Makes a Strong Return in Issue #9

Thu, May 26th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #9 features "unexpected touches that make the series a must-read."

REVIEW: Venditti & Perez Make "X-O Manowar Annual 2016" #1 Something Truly Special

Fri, May 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti and Per Perez's "X-O Manowar Annual 2016" #1 "welcomes new readers, embraces old ones and evokes the feel of classic annuals."

REVIEW: Landis & Jock's "Superman: American Alien" #7 Ends the Series on a High Note

Fri, May 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Max Landis and Jock "complete Clark's journey from boy to man to Superman with... a unique spin" in "Superman: American Alien" #7.

REVIEW: Horton & Thompson Kick Off an Impressive Space Opera in "Satellite Falling" #1

Mon, May 16th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson's "Satellite Falling" #1 "is a genuine example of storytelling excellence in comics."

REVIEW: Floyd, Azzarello & Bisley Bring a Drunken Swagger to "3 Floyds: Alpha King" #1

Wed, May 4th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Floyd, Brian Azzarello and Simon Bisley's "3 Floyds: Alpha King" #1 "is a well-crafted dark fantasy tempered with a down-to-earth background."

REVIEW: Kindt, Crain & Mack's "4001 AD" #1 Makes an Explosive Debut

Wed, May 4th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and David Mack's "4001 A.D." #1 "builds on an existing premise and then doubles down for an especially strong introduction."

Spider-Gwen Annual #1

Fri, July 1st, 2016 | Category: Review

Jason Latour delivers five fun and enjoyable tales in conjunction with over a dozen artists in "Spider-Gwen Annual" #1, which keeps things light overall but briefly touches on a deep topic and even makes a thinly-veiled political statement.

Jupiter's Legacy 2 #1

Wed, June 29th, 2016 | Category: Review

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely make a welcome return with "Jupiter's Legacy 2" #1, a straightforward and action-packed reintroduction that focuses on the beginning of a resistance movement.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Tue, June 28th, 2016 | Category: Review

Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson's "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #5 is a well-scripted and beautifully visualized turning point, though it's blemished by the unnecessary mini-comic that accompanies it.

Action Comics #958

Fri, June 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens and Patrick Zircher bring both the action and the super back to "Action Comics" #958, a fun, attractive and fast-paced Superman vs. Doomsday battle combined with a few mysteries.

The Flash #1

Thu, June 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Ivan Plascencia step away from the developments in "Rebirth" to focus on Barry Allen and the "other" Wally West in "The Flash" #1.

Detective Comics #935

Wed, June 22nd, 2016 | Category: Review

Though there are some familiar elements in "Detective Comics" #935, they're deftly crafted by James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas.

Civil War II: X-Men #1

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Review

There's not much substance to Cullen Bunn and Andrea Broccardo's "Civil War II: X-Men #1," and the pleasant artwork can't overcome an uneven script.

Weird Detective #1

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Review

The title of "Weird Detective" #1 aptly describes Fred Van Lente and Guiu Vilanova's protagonist in every way possible, and it's that seeming quirkiness that carries this surprise-filled issue.

Batman #1

Wed, June 15th, 2016 | Category: Review

Tom King and David Finch's "Batman" #1 opts for a more traditional approach to the character, but one that is packed with action and no less enjoyable than its predecessors.

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Review

Spider-Man decides to keep the new Inhuman Ulysses close by, but his reasons for doing so seem more opportunistic than altruistic in Christos Gage and Travel Foreman's "Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man" #1.

Midnight of the Soul #1

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Review

Howard Chaykin brings many of his usual touches to "Midnight of the Soul" #1, including an alcohol-addicted, traumatized protagonist who discovers a dark secret.

The Flash: Rebirth #1

Wed, June 8th, 2016 | Category: Review

Expanding on the events from "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1, Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico make "The Flash: Rebirth" #1 a well-characterized, likeable and welcoming issue for new and returning readers alike.

Nighthawk #1

Thu, May 26th, 2016 | Category: Review

In David F. Walker and Ramon Villalobos' "Nighthawk" #1, a displaced version of Kyle Richmond finds himself a new home, and it's a very realistic one that could use a gritty hero's touch.

Afterlife With Archie #9

Thu, May 26th, 2016 | Category: Review

Reggie Mantle gets the spotlight in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's brilliant "Afterlife With Archie" #9, which establishes a surprising connection between his devious ways and the ongoing apocalypse.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

Wed, May 25th, 2016 | Category: Review

The old Cap is back and youthful as ever in "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #1, but his re-introduction is plagued by poor synergy between Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz.

Brutal Nature #1

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Brutal Nature" #1, Ariel Olivetti and Luciano Saracino's tale of a 15th-Century Inquisition invasion of a pristine land suffers from clichés and little excitement.

Mae #1

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

While nicely illustrated, Gene Ha's "Mae" #1 is diminished by weak, uneven story construction that deflates its own premise even before there's a chance to explore it.

X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1

Fri, May 20th, 2016 | Category: Review

Robert Venditti and Pere Perez dominate with a beautifully rich story in "X-O Manowar Annual 2016" #1, a diverse and accessible comic that welcomes new readers, embraces old ones and evokes the feel of classic summertime annuals.

Superman: American Alien #7

Fri, May 20th, 2016 | Category: Review

Clark Kent takes his last steps towards assuming his iconic role in Max Landis and Jock's "Superman: American Alien" #7, a beautiful yet gritty finale that puts the last piece of Clark's origin in place.

4001 AD: X-O Manowar #1

Fri, May 13th, 2016 | Category: Review

Robert Venditti and Clayton Henry craft an attractive and efficient one-shot with "4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar" #1, a far-reaching story that needs little characterization and makes no apologies for it.

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