Jim Johnson

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Swierczynski and Gaydos' "Black Hood" #2 is "a Decent Chapter"

Mon, March 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Despite the shift in the story's focus, both Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos evoke a darker and seedier mood" in "Black Hood" #2.

REVIEW: Gillen and Larroca's "Darth Vader" #2 Has "a Classic Vibe"

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's "Darth Vader" #2 "delivers a deeper dive into the trappings of the 'Star Wars' universe."

REVIEW: Motter's "Mister X: Razed" #1 Shows "Eisner-Esque Level of Storytelling Quality"

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Dean Motter's franchise hasn't lost any of its edge" in Dark Horse Comics' "Mister X: Razed" #1.

REVIEW: Morrison and Lee's "The Multiversity: Mastermen" #1 is "Localized and Accessible"

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Morrison and Lee's "The Multiversity: Mastermen" #1 is "a superbly paced and constructed issue, balancing darkness with humor, despair with hope and human drama with high-stakes conflict."

REVIEW: Conner, Palmiotti and Timms' "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 is "Lighthearted"

Fri, February 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Connor, Palmiotti and Timms' "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 is "a fun, harmless ode to this day of romance."

REVIEW: Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite's "Imperium" #1

Wed, February 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Imperium" #1 "will give existing readers everything that they enjoyed in 'Harbinger,' and new readers will find themselves wanting to stick around."

REVIEW: Aaron & Dauterman's 'Robust' "Thor" #4

Mon, February 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The first arc of Marvel's new "Thor" series concludes with a "dynamically illustrated" issue with "great characterization."

REVIEW: Hickman and Bodenheim's "The Dying and the Dead" #1

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In Hickman and Bodenheim's "The Dying and the Dead" #1, fans "will find plenty of grandeur here."

REVIEW: Robinson, Kirk and Kesel's "Fantastic Four" #642

Fri, January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

For James Robinson, Leonard Kirk and Karl Kesel's "Fantastic Four" #642, "more is definitely better as the team makes its grand return."

REVIEW: Van Lente and Henry's "Ivar, Timewalker" #1

Thu, January 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Ivar, Timewalker" #1, Van Lente and Henry "know what it takes to make a time-travel comic tick."

REVIEW: Aaron & Cassaday's "Star Wars" #1 is a 'Fitting, Superbly Constructed' Debut

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin's "Star Wars" #1 welcomes alienated readers back while impressing existing ones.

REVIEW: Brubaker & Phillips "The Fade Out" #4 is 'Tremendous'

Wed, January 7th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser demonstrate amazing synergy in the compelling "The Fade Out" #4.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Paul O'Neill, Artist Greg Hildebrandt Talk Art, Comics & Music

Mon, December 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The rock opera composer and comics artist discuss collaborating on album art, tour merchandise, stage shows, and even graphic novels

REVIEW: Snyder & Jock's "Wytches" #3

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Jock's "Wytches" #3 "succeeds on its ability to stroke readers emotions based on their fears, both real-life and imaginary."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #37

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #37 "delivers surprises, tension, chills and a lot of extra pages to boot" as "Endgame" continues.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Stephenson & Gane's "They're Not Like Us" #1

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane's "They're Not Like Us" #1 is a strong debut that's "definitely not like any other teenage mutant comic."

REVIEW: Aguirre-Sacasa & Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla return with "Afterlife With Archie" #7, "a superbly conceived and executed effort."

REVIEW: Meredith & David Finch's "Wonder Woman" #36

Fri, November 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Meredith & David Finch's debut issue of "Wonder Woman" falls short in an uneven and underwhelming start to the creative team's run.

REVIEW: Taylor & Cinar's "Superior Iron Man" #1

Thu, November 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tom Taylor and Yidiray Cinar's "Superior Iron Man" #1 is "a unique and good-looking spin" on the Iron Avenger's new mid-"AXIS" status quo.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #36

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue "Endgame" in "Batman" #36, "a strong and well-composed comic" and "the sign of strong craft."

Black Hood #2

Mon, March 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos step back from the focus on the main character and "Black Hood" #2 suffers a bit because of it, but it is still a dark and immersive chapter of this pseudo-hero.

Darth Vader #2

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Dark Lord of the Sith is forced to serve another, but that doesn't make him any less sinister in the beautifully illustrated "Darth Vader" #2 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca.

Mister X: Razed #1

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

Dean Motter returns with his mysterious architect-turned-detective in two striking, superbly executed holiday-themed tales in "Mister X: Razed" #1.

Orphan Black #1

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jody Houser and Szymon Kudranski join TV series writers Graeme Manson and John Fawcett for the accessible "Orphan Black" #1, but it's more of an adaptation than an expansion.

Moon Knight #12

Fri, February 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood bid the series adieu with "Moon Knight" #12, providing a well-structured and satisfying finale that compares the changing fortunes of hero and villain while setting up a new status quo.

The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Grant Morrison delivers an accessible entry to his event in the excellent "The Multiversity: Mastermen" #1, while Jim Lee provides disturbing imagery of a defeated America and an uncomfortable but conflicted Nazi incarnation of Superman.

Burning Fields #2

Wed, February 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

A dirty oil field in a war-ravaged land may not be pretty, but Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel and Colin Lorimer revel in that in the well-characterized and appropriately grimy "Burning Fields" #2.

Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1

Thu, February 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti bring some whimsical pseudo-romance into Bruce Wayne's life in "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 with a lighthearted tale that's attractively but inconsistently rendered by a roster of art

Satellite Sam #11

Wed, February 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin have honed their synergy to near perfection in "Satellite Sam" #11 as multiple but related storylines break open amidst a hostile environment of prejudice and backstabbing in the dawn of the television age.

Divinity #1

Wed, February 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt expands the footprint of the Valiant Universe with the time and location-spanning "Divinity" #1, focusing on both characters and high concepts that are aptly illustrated by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron.

Ant-Man #2

Mon, February 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas and Jordan Boyd all bring a light touch to a very fun and enjoyable "Ant-Man" #2, where things start to look up for Scott Lang as the ill-reputed superhero once again proves his character as a true hero.

Cluster #1

Wed, February 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro take a lot of tried and true story elements and fuse them together in the aptly-titled "Cluster" #1, a science fiction thriller driven by well-defined characters and some unexpected change-ups.

Imperium #1

Wed, February 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

A new ongoing series featuring the next phase of Toyo Harada's power grab begins in "Imperium" #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite, containing the same quality characterization seen in "Harbinger" and a couple of other surpri

All-New Invaders #14

Mon, February 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

After seventy five years, the Human Torch's sidekick Toro -- who faces a welcome transformation after a well-written bonding moment with his old partner -- gets the spotlight in James Robinson and Steve Pugh's "All-New Invaders" #14.

Thor #4

Fri, January 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

It's old Thor vs. new Thor in "Thor" #4 as Jason Aaron demonstrates his adeptness with two incarnations of the character, while Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson showcase a great showdown.

The Dying and the Dead #1

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Bodenheim and Michael Garland reunite for another tale of epic scope in the accessible, intriguing and detailed "The Dying and the Dead" #1, which features two ancient and opposing groups with man caught in the middle

Fantastic Four #642

Fri, January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

The First Family reunites and their foe's master scheme is revealed as the series reverts to its old numbering in James Robinson and Leonard Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #642, a fun issue full of guest stars, action and pivotal moments.

Ivar, Timewalker #1

Wed, January 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Fred Van Lente brings a timeless cool to the lead character in the lighthearted "Ivar, Timewalker" #1 and introduces a inventor of time travel while Clayton Henry and Brian Reber make the past look authentic and the future believable.

Creeple Peeple #1

Wed, January 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Matt Anderson, Patrick Pidgeon, Time Lattie and Diego Rodriguez's mad-science themed "Creeple Peeple" #1 is far more mild than wild and its science isn't really so weird.

All-New Captain America #3

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Rick Remender spends too much time on psychological warfare but provides some nice insight on Sam Wilson in the uneven "All-New Captain America" #3, though the art team makes everything look just a little too murky.

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