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REVIEW: Gillen & McKelvie Continue to "Captivate" in "The Wicked + The Divine" #9

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #9 becomes "even more engaging as the characters continue to be explored."

REVIEW: Casey & Mahfood's "Miami Vice Remix" #1 is "Edgy"

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

Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood's "Miami Vice Remix" #1 "has so much swagger that it establishes a look and vibe all its own."

REVIEW: Albuquerque & Johnson's "EI8HT" #2 is a "More-Than-Capable Chapter"

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson's "EI8HT" #2 has a "rougher, grungy style... well-suited to this story."

REVIEW: Heisserer & Massafera's "Shaper" #1 is "Unique"

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Eric Heisserer and Felipe Massafera's "Shaper" #1 "benefits from great characterization."

REVIEW: Zdarsky & Quinones' "Howard the Duck" #1 is an "Impressive Debut"

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Howard the Duck" #1, "Zdarsky and Quinones deliver no shortage of laughs in this punchy and comedic debut issue."

REVIEW: Hickman & Caselli's "Avengers" #42 is "Impressive"

Fri, March 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman & Stefano Caselli's "Avengers" #42 "remains just as engaging as -- if not more than -- many of the issues leading up to it."

REVIEW: Lemire & Perez's "All-New Hawkeye" #1 is "Impressive"

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Lemire and Perez's "All-New Hawkeye" #1 is "a worthy follow up to the prior series but adds a new dynamic that freshens up Hawkguy more than ever."

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

The Wicked + The Divine #9

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #9 provides some historical context and one recurring character goes through an unexpected transformation.

Hit: 1957 #1

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Hit: 1957" #1 doesn't leap to the forefront of current crime comics, but Bryce Carlson and Vanesa Del Rey's new series is nevertheless a well-characterized -- albeit verbose -- entry in the genre.

Miami Vice Remix #1

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

Joe Casey, Jim Mahfood and Justin Stewart give "Miami Vice Remix" #1 its own chic, striking a balance between retro- and neo-cool that gives this comic a bold and confident swagger.

The Fly: Outbreak #1

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brandon Seifert and menton3 put together a stylish continuation of a nigh-forgotten property with "The Fly: Outbreak" #1, although it has some of the failings of the movie sequel that it stems from.

EI8HT #2

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson's "EI8HT" #2 introduces a new plot thread and advances the previous one but breaks away to explore the circumstance of a far-off land.

Shaper #1

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Eric Heisserer, Felipe Massafera and Wes Dzioba's "Shaper" #1 benefits from great characterization and makes a somewhat familiar idea unique.

Spawn Resurrection #1

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Paul Jenkins, JonBoy and Todd McFarlane's "Spawn Resurrection" #1, features the official return of Al Simmons, even if it doesn't add much to the overall storyline.

Howard the Duck #1

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones collaborate with impressive creative and comic synergy in "Howard the Duck" #1.

Ragnarok #4

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Walter Simonson takes on the Norse God of Thunder in "Ragnarök" #4 for a vibrant and exciting comic.

Avengers #42

Fri, March 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman's epic storyline confidently rolls towards its conclusion in "Avengers" #42 as Stefano Caselli and Frank Martin capture an attractive and fascinating array of personas and technology.

All-New Hawkeye #1

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire and Ramón Pérez cue up an impressive debut with "All-New Hawkeye" #1, a worthy follow up to the prior series which adds a new dynamic that freshens up Hawkguy more than ever.

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.

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