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REVIEW: Duggan & Virella Skillfully Adapt Marvel Universe Characters for "1872" #2

Mon, August 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella's "1872" #2 "is a superb example of a Western story, a 'What If' tale and just plain old great storytelling."

REVIEW: Young & Mahfood's "Howard the Human" #1 is "a Light but Tight Done-in-One"

Fri, August 21st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood's "Howard the Human" #1 is "a strongly assembled comic that serves up all kinds of craziness."

Scooby-Doo & KISS Solve A "Rock And Roll Mystery"

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: TV, Film

Filmmaker Kevin Smith moderated the SDCC panel following the debut of the latest animated crossover adventure.

REVIEW: Haun & Hurley's "The Beauty" #1 Has Limitless Ideas

Wed, August 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley's "The Beauty" #1 "is a pleasurable experience that fans will want to come back and enjoy again."

REVIEW: Millar & Gianfelice Create Another Terrific Chapter in "Jupiter's Circle" #5

Wed, August 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Davide Gianfelice's "Jupiter's Circle" #5 "is a terrific chapter in what has been a terrific series."

REVIEW: Cornell & Parker's "This Damned Band" #1 is a Strong, Immersive Introduction

Wed, August 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Paul Cornell and Tony Parker's "This Damned Band" #1 "is a triumph and a strong, fascinating introduction."

REVIEW: Spurrier & Walker's Elsa Bloodstone is Tough, Heroic in "Marvel Zombies" #2

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Si Spurrier and Kev Walker's "Marvel Zombies" #2 "works as a well-characterized and skillfully illustrated comic with an engaging story."

REVIEW: Ferrante & Parent Make Mindless Fun with "Archie vs. Sharknado" #1

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Anthony Ferrante and Dan Parent's "Archie vs. Sharknado" #1 "does a terrific job of taking the ingredients of a bad story and making it entertaining."

SDCC: "Justice League: Gods and Monsters" Cast, Crew Talk Dark Spin on Classic Heroes

Tue, July 21st, 2015 | Category: TV, Film

Bruce Timm, Sam Liu and more discuss the origins and challenges of developing almost familiar but totally different characters.

REVIEW: Fraction & Aja Deliver a Tense, Satisfying Conclusion in "Hawkeye" #22

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

Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" #22 "is a wonderful wrap up to a wonderful series that sets the stage for the character's next ongoing series."

SDCC: Timm Announces "Batman: The Killing Joke" as Next Animated Project

Sat, July 11th, 2015 | Category: TV, Film

Bruce Timm is re-teaming with director Sam Liu to adapt of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's classic story.

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."

Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1

Wed, August 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine provide a dark but intriguing peek into the future of the Valiant Universe in "Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak" #1. However, Ninjak's demise is flawed by the uncertainty of the side he has taken.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Mon, August 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Dan Slott, Adam Kubert and Scott Hanna's story takes a turn for the better as the good guys rally and familiar characters are introduced in "Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows."

1872 #2

Mon, August 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella totally get the Marvel Universe, the Old West and what a "What If" story can truly be in "1872" #2, a superb "Secret Wars" tie-in that's fun, intense and fascinating in its reimagining of the

Howard the Human #1

Fri, August 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood put together a well-constructed detective thriller but throw in all kinds of laughs and symbolism that make it even better in "Howard the Human" #1.

Batman/Superman #23

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Batman/Superman" #23, Greg Pak successfully puts readers back into Clark Kent's head while Ardian Syaf's rendition of an underground society gives the story a pulpy vibe.

Action Comics #43

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder deliver an emotionally raw Superman with a short fuse in "Action Comics" #43 but, despite exemplifying his heroic nature, there just isn't much for a depowered Man of Steel to do here except punch people.

House of M #1

Fri, August 14th, 2015 | Category: Review

Despite cliché characters and inconsistent artwork, Dennis Hopeless and Marco Failla's "House of M" #1 is compelling enough to make the issue work with help from a surprise cliffhanger.

The Beauty #1

Wed, August 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "The Beauty" #1, Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley craft a story about the world's first disease that people want to contract and the rich story examining its fallout.

Civil War #2

Fri, August 7th, 2015 | Category: Review

Charles Soule keeps "Civil War" #2 mostly within its own sphere despite its status as a "Secret Wars" tie-in, and Leinil Francis Yu makes it look appropriately dark and moody in this low-key but well-characterized chapter.

Jupiter's Circle #5

Wed, August 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Millar, Davide Gianfelice and Francesco Mortarino continue world building in "Jupiter's Circle" #5, this time focusing on the past of Skyfox, the troublemaking cofounder of the Union.

This Damned Band #1

Wed, August 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Paul Cornell, Tony Parker and Lovern Kindzierski fill "This Damned Band" #1 with strong, well-designed characterization.

Marvel Zombies #2

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Simon Spurrier demonstrates strong characterization and growth while Kev Walker makes it all disgustingly beautiful in "Marvel Zombies" #2, a "Secret Wars" tie-in.

Old Man Logan #3

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Old Man Logan" #3, a few character-driven moments are mixed in with the exploration of selected domains across Battleworld, as Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo take advantage of the scope of "Secret Wars."

Archie vs. Sharknado #1

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Anthony Ferrante, Dan Parent and Rick Koslowski create an over-the-cop campy crossover in "Archie vs. Sharknado" #1.

Planet Hulk #3

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Sam Humphries makes good use of the patchwork playground that "Secret Wars" has given him, but he doesn't have quite enough story to tell in "Planet Hulk" #3, though Marc Laming makes even the slow moments look impressive.

Book of Death #1

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Book of Death" #1, Robert Venditti scripts a grim but compelling future of the Valiant Universe amidst an otherwise passable story that's both beautifully and horrifically illustrated by Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite.

Hawkeye #22

Thu, July 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Hawkeye" #22, Matt Fraction and David Aja deliver an emotional and tightly constructed conclusion to a terrific series that defines the character for a new generation.

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.