Jim Johnson

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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."

REVIEW: Snyder & Lee's "Superman Unchained" #9

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's final issue of "Superman Unchained" "brings the entirety of the series to a positive close" for the Man of Steel.

REVIEW: Edmondson & Perkins' "Deathlok" #1

Wed, October 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nathan Edmondson & Mike Perkins' "Deathlok" #1 is "the best take on the property since the original incarnation."

REVIEW: Leth & Rausch's "Edward Scissorhands" #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kate Leth and Drew Rausch's "Edward Scissorhands" #1 is "a welcome and respectful return of one of Burton's more beloved creations."

5-STAR REVIEW: Jenkins & Bachs' "Fiction Squad" #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In "Fiction Squad" #1, Paul Jenkins & Ramon Bachs "blend an array of beloved childhood stories, give them a fresh slant with a definitely grown-up feel."

REVIEW: Morrison & Sprouse's "The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World" #1

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison & Chris Sprouse put together "one of the multiverse's most entertaining comics" with the latest chapter of "The Multiversity."

REVIEW: Snyder, Fawkes & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1

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

Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1 "succeeds the same way some of the better "Elseworlds" comics did back in the day."

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.

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.

Batman Eternal #41

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Kyle Higgins scripts "Batman Eternal" #41 as he, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver a suspenseful and unnerving chapter with a couple surprises that are elevated by appropriately effective images from Joe Quinones and Kelsey Shannon.

Earth 2 #30

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson and a team of artists put forth an inconsistent and fragmented "Earth 2" #30 that tangentially fits within the ongoing story, featuring some decent art overlaid with hurried stories and sloppy scripting.

Star Wars #1

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin create a proud statement of reclamation with "Star Wars" #1, with a faithfully drawn and scripted issue that welcomes alienated readers back while impressing existing ones.

Amazing Spider-Man #12

Thu, January 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

It's Spidey overload in Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith's fun, over-the-top "Amazing Spider-Man" #12, a "Spider-Verse" chapter that treads water in spots but is freshened by some story twists and breaks from continu

The Fade Out #4

Wed, January 7th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser demonstrate amazing synergy in "The Fade Out" #4, a compelling, splendidly characterized and beautifully illustrated mystery surrounding a suspicious death in 1948 Hollywood.

Abigail and the Snowman #1

Mon, January 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Roger Langridge brings his subtle wit and refined cartoonish style to "Abigail and the Snowman" #1, a delightfully enjoyable and well-characterized all-ages story about an outcast girl's new imaginary friend -- who is actually very real.

X-O Manowar #31

Fri, January 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Issue #31 is the start of a new storyline, introducing both a new status quo and a new if stereotypical villain, easily accessible with strong, competent art that welcomes new and existing readers alike.

Harbinger: Faith #0

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Harbinger: Faith" #0 gives a well-deserved look at one of the publisher's most likeable characters, and is well-handled by the ever-capable Joshua Dysart and mostly well drawn by Robert Gill.

Wytches #3

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder adds a real-life kind of horror to the supernatural, continuing to evolve the story in "Wytches" #3, while Jock and Matt Hollingsworth make add a sort of surreal haziness to the mood that makes the whole thing even scarier.

Batman #37

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder ramps up his "Endgame" arc with more creepiness and some big surprises in "Batman" #37, all effectively and beautifully captured by Greg Capullo, Danny Mike and FCO Plascencia, and a related backup story adds some extra va

They're Not Like Us #1

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane ensure "They're Not Like Us" #1 is not like any other comic about superpowered youngsters, with a well-characterized and nicely detailed issue that takes a minimal approach.

Afterlife With Archie #7

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Archie and most of the gang continue to survive the spreading zombie apocalypse in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7, another powerful and somber issue that continues to deliver surprises.

Deep State #2

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Deep State" #2 could have been tired and clichéd, but instead is remarkably fresh -- thanks to the deftness of Justin Jordan and some creepy renderings by Ariela Kristantina -- and holds together despite a somewhat incoherent cliffhanger.

The Valiant #1

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have millennia of backstory to establish and don't make The Eternal Warrior seem very competent, but "The Valiant" #1 is still a fun introduction that showcases a diverse array of characters drawn by Paolo Rivera.

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