Jim Johnson

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SDCC: Comic Creators Offer Varied Thoughts on The Switch to Digital

Sat, August 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid hosted a vast array of creators at the Switch to Digital panel during Comic-Con, discussing the benefits and new challenges of digital.

REVIEW: Seeley, Snyder, Tynion & Simeoni's "Batman Eternal" #19

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tim Seeley & Emanuel Simeoni's "Batman Eternal" #19 demonstrates the series' strength with "an enjoyable standalone reading experience."

SDCC: Suicide Squad Takes Center Stage from Batman in "Assault on Arkham"

Tue, August 12th, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

Kevin Conroy and the cast and crew of Batman's newest animated movie explain the more mature tone and how it differs from past efforts.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Starlin's "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation" OGN

Tue, August 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jim Starlin's "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation" original graphic novel "is a terrific welcome home for one of comics' first fan-favorite creators."

REVIEW: Snyder & Murphy's "The Wake" #10

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" concluding issue "exceeds expectations that weren't even in place at the beginning of this series."

5-STAR REVIEW: Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy & Tim Kennedy's "Life With Archie" #36

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy & Tim Kennedy craft an icon's death in "Life With Archie" #36, "a magnificent example of solid storytelling."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #32 is "a superb showcase of collaborative comic book storytelling."

REVIEW: Johns & Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #32 is "an excellent story that speaks for itself, and captures both the nature and the scope of the character."

REVIEW: Bendis & Oeming's "The United States of Murder Inc." #2

Fri, June 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming's "The United States of Murder Inc." #2 is "an excellent noir-ish, alternate-reality, poli-criminal thriller."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite Kick Off "Armor Hunters" #1

Thu, June 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #1 is "exciting and well-drawn," with "exactly the kind of storytelling that an event like this needs."

REVIEW: Layman, March Provide a Shocking Twist in "Batman Eternal" #9

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman and Guillem March take the wheel for "Batman Eternal" #9, an issue filled with story developments and legitimately huge surprises.

REVIEW: Millar & Fegredo's "MPH" #1

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Like a sprinter running a forty-yard dash, Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo's "MPH" #1 moves in a pretty linear, straightforward manner.

REVIEW: Andrews' "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #2

Mon, May 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kaare Andrews continues "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" with a "beautifully drawn and accessible" second issue.

REVIEW: Azzarello, Lemire, Jurgens, Giffen & Zircher's "Futures End" #1

Thu, May 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The first issue of DC Comics' "Futures End" weekly series is "an enjoyable debut that's helped along by a strong artist."

REVIEW: Aaron & Latour's "Southern Bastards" #1

Fri, May 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's debut issue of "Southern Bastards" is a strong opening chapter to the Image Comics series.

REVIEW: "Daredevil" #1.50 Celebrates 50 Years

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Daredevil" #1.50 "one incredible birthday present" for Matt Murdock's 50th Birthday by Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez, Brian Bendis, Karl Kesel, Alex Maleev & more.

REVIEW: Snyder, Tynion & Fabok's "Batman Eternal" #1 is "A Tremendous Start"

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Jason Fabok deliver "a tremendous start" to DC Comics' new weekly series with "Batman Eternal" #1.

REVIEW: Jurgens & Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1 delivers an issue "bold in its confidence as a sister title."

REVIEW: Snyder & Murphy's "The Wake" #7

Fri, March 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue a strong run with "The Wake" #7, an issue that's "equally fascinating, terrifying and mysterious."

REVIEW: Pak, Lee, Rocafort & Tan's "Batman/Superman Annual" #1

Mon, March 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Kenneth Rocafort & Philip Tan craft "Batman/Superman Annual" #1, a "worthy issue that carves out a deserved place as part of the series."

Evil Empire #4

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

The story zigs and zags as the surprises keep coming in Max Bemis and Andrea Mutti's "Evil Empire" #4, a social/political thriller that suffers from some odd dialogue and characterization but is ultimately saved by its volley of twists.

Low #2

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini's "Low" #2 picks up ten years after the previous issue, with the same gorgeous visuals, but not the same optimistic outlook, where a surviving mother and son struggle to survive in a world near end.

C.O.W.L. #4

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Crime Story" meets "Astro City" only alludes to the basic premise of "C.O.W.L." #4 by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, Rod Reis, and St├ęphane Perger, the story of a superhero union on strike against a city overcome with political

Sundowners #1

Tue, August 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Tim Seeley and Jim Terry provide a classic looking superhero comic with an unusual perspective in "Sundowners" #1, with an evasive look at four characters who may or may not be the heroic personas they claim to be.

Daredevil #7

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez' "Daredevil" #7 is just another awesome issue of the series, and an "Original Sin" tie-in, full of the usual surprises, beautifully arranged art, stunning colors and understanding of the characters.

Black Market #2

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos' "Black Market" #2 is a bumpier ride thanks to a few too many flashbacks early on, but smooths out as the issue progresses.

Trees #4

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Trees" #4 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard tells compelling stories of two main characters that also reveal more about the mystery of the Trees, in another excellent issue that will snag the few readers who haven't fully committed.

Amazing Spider-Man #5

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos provide a witty, character-driven, balanced, and lighthearted story that explores Peter's relationship with Silk, and the Black Cat's vendetta against Peter, in "Amazing Spider-Man" #5.

Batman Eternal #19

Thu, August 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

Tim Seeley helms "Batman Eternal" #19 by interweaving tightly-paced story threads embellished with clever dialogue, while artist Emanuel Simeoni and colorist Blond adds to the mood with dense and richly textured panels that pack each page.

Dark Ages #1

Wed, August 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard reunite to bring aliens into medieval Europe in "Dark Ages" #1, pleasingly told in a straightforward manner while suggesting the notion that there's more to what's seen in this issue.

Moon Knight #6

Mon, August 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey deliver a tightly-paced origin for the new Black Spectre, capped off with a fitting confrontation to wrap up their run on the title in "Moon Knight" #6.

Harbinger: Omegas #1

Mon, August 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Joshua Dysart's "Harbinger: Omegas" #1 is a low-key but critical conduit between the recently-concluded "Harbinger" series and whatever comes next, nicely laid out and cleverly drawn by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona.

Original Sin: Hulk Vs. Iron Man #4

Mon, August 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Mark Waid somewhat redeem Tony Stark and clarify his role in creating The Hulk in "Original Sin" #3.4, with action and revelations that salvages the series, and has a convincing Hulk vs. Iron Man battle drawn by Luke Ross.

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

Tue, August 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jim Starlin stages an epic homecoming in "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation," an opus whose strength lies in the vast journey that takes readers through every cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe.

New 52: Futures End #13

Mon, August 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New 52: Futures End" #13 is a meandering, impenetrable and stagnant chapter in this weekly series, notable only for Patrick Zircher's pleasing artwork that props up Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen's story.

The Massive #25

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

As Brian Wood and Garry Brown's "The Massive" #25 begins the final arc of the series, the arc itself begins to chronicle what appears to be actual end of the world, in a tense & ominous tale that benefits from its atypically personal story.

The Wake #10

Wed, July 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Wake" #10 brings together everything previously laid out by Scott Snyder in past issues, revealing a far larger and surprisingly epic story that's nicely wrapped up and magnificently chronicled by Sean Murphy.

Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego" #1 is a fun and self-deprecating romp as one of comics' craziest characters makes her way to comics' most high-profile event.

Life With Archie #36

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Life With Archie" #36 by Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy and Tim Kennedy tells an incredibly optimistic and uplifting story that gives way to one of comics' most emotionally powerful and poignant death scenes.

The Last Fall #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

A well-defined, if somewhat familiar sounding, interplanetary conflict is a mere backdrop for a lesser but sufficiently developed story about a reckless and battle-weary soldier in Tom Waltz and Casey Maloney's "The Last Fall" #1.

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